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Kobe Bryant reportedly doing well after knee surgery

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After undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee nearly a month ago, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told reporters in New York this past weekend that he's satisfied with his rehabilitation process.

"In a sense, I'm getting ready now," Bryant said at a Nike basketball clinic at Rucker Park in Harlem. "I'm doing rehab constantly for my knee, making sure the leg is getting stronger. As soon as the leg gets strong enough to go, that's when I turn it up."

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak had said Bryant's operation "went well," and the team expects Bryant to be fully healthy once training camp begins.

Bryant's latest remarks provided little insight on what his rehab process entails, and it's not fully clear whether he'll have surgery on his right index finger. Also, it's safe to presume that had Bryant gone through any setbacks, he'd be reluctant to share them. Nonetheless, Bryant has kept his promise in maintaining a low profile on the basketball court this season. He's abstaining from playing with USA Basketball for the 2010 FIBA World Championships and even sat out a pickup game organized by President Obama.

Bryant isn't the only Laker considering health concerns in the offseason. After nursing two separate hamstring injuries, forward Pau Gasol decided to forgo playing in the FIBA championships with the Spanish national team. Despite having injuries to his left shoulder and right knee, forward Lamar Odom still plans to play in Turkey. Center Andrew Bynum recently had surgery on his right knee, which kept him limited throughout the postseason.

--Mark Medina
twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Kobe Bryant is reported to be recovering well after having surgery on his right knee. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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I'm glad the mamba is doing well...rest up and we'll see you in October!

good news on the knee. now what to do about that finger?!

Can they fix his finger? I think someone here said that they may not be able to fix it...it has something to do with arthritis???

totally agree with you yello, i'm most concerned about his finger. and it doesn't appear that he is going to have anything done to it. granted, i'll take Kobe with an effed up index finger over anyone else full strength - but man i was sure hoping to have him 100% healthy this season. it looks like he will be dealing with this finger issue for the remainder of his career, and life, for that matter.

The knuckle of the index finger is arthritic, besised physical therapy and groundbreaking surgery, there's nothing further that can be done, the avolusion fracture has healed.

Good news on the Kobe front.

With the latest report that Melo is leaving Denver...the question is will there be any competition for Kobe in the west?

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5468878

Jerry West back to the front office? These owners are out to lunch if they don't call the Logo NOW.

http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2010/08/16/jerry-west-is-open-for-business/

Looks like I missed all the fun today on the blog....

We got flash flooded again....only minor damage to some fencing and our road became a torrent. But a Fed Emergency response guy that came by to check on us, said the neighborhood only a few blocks away got hit pretty good.

NBA, beware...

DBDH!

kobe. wish u well. you good to go the black mamba .24

Wow Fatty. Sure glad to hear you guys are still ok...

Man no rest for the weary...hang in there Fatty...

Are your sandbags stacked Laker Defense style...

Or did you got to the Phoenix Zone Defense...

I hope Kobe can play without the splint.

Who here thinks Amare is gonna suck this year? I don't think he can get his own shot without Nash handing him perfect passes while he's running full speed toward the rim.

@raiderlaker1980 "The knuckle of the index finger is arthritic, besised physical therapy and groundbreaking surgery, there's nothing further that can be done, the avolusion fracture has healed."

Neptune Krill Oil supposedly helps arthritic joints, reducing swelling in tendons too. If he's not allergic to shellfish or on blood thinners, it's worth a shot.
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@ LakerFanInCowTown

Amare's going to post a lot of numbers, but the Knicks will still suck. No David Lee means a lot less rebounds.

Vegas odds (as of 8/2/10) have the Knicks at 45/1 to win the championship. Interestingly, they are ahead of the following teams that I believe are better:
Cavs (50/1)
Hornets (50/1--not sure now that they have Ariza and Courtney Lee)
Bobcats(50/1)
Grizzlies (50/1)
76ers (100/1)
Nets (100/1)
Pacers (100/1)
Clippers (100/1)
Wizards (100/1)
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MM WON'T LET MY FINGERS DO THE THINGS THAT THEY SHOULD DO...
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Get well soon KOBE,see you on Octobert 4 here in London...

Glad to see the real man of the NBA get his stuff together. Although it's not easy to play with a messed up finger.... but at least the man is getting a well-deserved rest.. hit the reset button so to speak.

Ok, now i've been working for four straight days and whatnot and I'm almost exhausted enough to post come stuff. I'm not drinking, but I took a couple tylenol cold thingies, and it's not like anyone can tell with me anyway.

--Hmmm. It actually took me a while, but I remembered one of my favorite Kobe plays, probably because it didn’t work, pardon my vagueness, if I’m misremembering I’ll always cherish my initial preconceptions; fall of 98 in a relatively meaningless game against Golden State the Lakers were down two with about no time left and Glen Rice was taking two free throws. He missed the second one on purpose and Kobe skyed in about six feet above the hoop to jam it in, it was ruled no good because and I emphasize this in my memory ON THE WAY DOWN he supported himself with his arm on the rim. He didn’t need to do it, and he was embarrassed that he screwed up.


--Milton Machel- I don’t mean to single you out to pick on you, but I loved your post and correction. I was definitely skeptical about your first claim, but I believe the second one. And no offense, but I suggest that from now on, every time somebody claims something ridiculous on this blog, they should be immediately forgiven if they come back on and say ‘in Mozambique’
I realize this is not fair to Mozambiqueans (yeah, I am being deliberately obtuse here), but it would be awesome.

WRONG; ‘Andrew Bynum is the greatest Laker player of all time!’

RIGHT ‘Andrew Bynum is the greatest Laker player of all time ‘IN MOZAMBIQUE!’

WRONG ‘Pau Gasol is soft’

RIGHT ‘Pau Gasol is soft. IN MOZAMBIQUE!’

WRONG ‘phred is making perfect sense, and a funny point!’

RIGHT…um, never mind, there is no way that sentence is ever going to be right.

Hey, sorry if I offended, Milton (and every other person from Mozambique, ever), thanks for posting, it is still all about the love.

--FCM- It’s all good, sometimes I have to stop and throw up between posts. Usually it’s either from Winton’s picture, one of wes’s stories, or anything Jeff Van Gundy ever says. Or, you know, the booze. Whichever.

--Re pvs thread; First person to offer to commission Ron to show up and learn the triangle offense gets a prize.

--Oh, I am so down on the clown extermination bandwagon. Clowns are evil and creepy and wrong.


THE LOVE IS TOTALLY COULROPHOBIC.

NO, IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT, YOU CAN LOOK IT UP.

NEVER MIND, THE PICTURES ARE STILL REALLY SCARY AND CREEPY

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

Who here thinks Amare is gonna suck this year? I don't think he can get his own shot without Nash handing him perfect passes while he's running full speed toward the rim.
Posted by: LakerFanInCowTown | August 16, 2010 at 04:33 PM
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LakerFan - I think Amare will do just fine without Nash. He avg 23/9 last year. I think he'll go for at least 25/10.

Thanks, Triangulator.

I do agree that Amare will put up numbers but I think it will be worse without Nash feeding him since he can't create his own shot and all defenses will now focus on him alone.

I do think the Hornets will be better with Ariza and I think the Cavs will be suprising with Byron Scott as their coach (who's playing center for them?). I hope the Cavs beat the Heat everytime they meet - wouldn't that be justice?

Lrob isn't Mr. Anthony Longoria Parker heading up north soon?

Lebron is better than Kobe...
The Miami Cheat will win 7 consecutive Finals...
Shaq will win a ring in Boston...
Fred Flinstones is from the Space Age...
George Jetson is from the Stone Age...

IN MOZAMBIQUE BAYBEE....

LEWSTWS -

I think its, "No rest for the wicked", but same thing.

My defense? A good combination of some tough one on one, 'mano y mano', with me and the flash flood god.

I may not be as agile as I once was, so I have to use my cunning, cleverness, and smarts to beat him. Ha, I laugh in his face. And when that fails, I just cuss him out.

Like today, the torrent on my street widened and changed directions for my property. I quickly ascertained the situation with my brilliant thinking ability and promptly piled more sand bags down. It worked....a little, then it took my fence out. So I cussed him out.

It worked in the end. One hour later the water receded. Ha, I laugh in his face again.

LRob - I say 20/8, plus another injury.

Sorry to get on the topic of Amare on a Laker blog - was reading your link at ESPN about Melo.

The season can't start soon enough - baseball is boring.

Fatty,

>>> One hour later the water receded. Ha, I laugh in his face again.

Fatty 1, Elements 0.

As it should be.

Fatty- Do you want;

“(Zeus:) ‘For his sake Poseidon, shaker of the earth, although he does not kill Odysseus, yet drives him back from the land of his fathers. But come, let all of us who are here work out his homecoming and see to it that he returns. Poseidon shall put away his anger; for all alone and against the will of the other immortal gods united he can accomplish nothing.’ (The Odyssey, some version, 1.74-79)”

“Curse God, and die.”
(Job, 2. 9)

“The Mole: I can't help you. I'm grounded in my room for the next three days.
Kyle: So are we. Our parents think we're home right now.
Stan: Why are you grounded?
The Mole: Why? Because God hates me, that's why. He has made my life miserable. So I call him a [Jeff Van Gundy], and I get grounded.”
(South Park, the Movie)


Hey, I hope you stay dry and safe. Much love

Hmmm. It actually took me a while, but I remembered one of my favorite Kobe plays, probably because it didn’t work, pardon my vagueness, if I’m misremembering I’ll always cherish my initial preconceptions; fall of 98 in a relatively meaningless game against Golden State the Lakers were down two with about no time left and Glen Rice was taking two free throws. He missed the second one on purpose and Kobe skyed in about six feet above the hoop to jam it in, it was ruled no good because and I emphasize this in my memory ON THE WAY DOWN he supported himself with his arm on the rim. He didn’t need to do it, and he was embarrassed that he screwed up.
Posted by: phred | August 16, 2010 at 04:56 PM

I vaguely remember that play...I'll have to put my crack research staff on the job. I do remember Kobe being successful on a similar play. It might have also been vs. GS the same game Kobe and Jamison both had 51pts but Lakers lost in OT. Kobe teammates (I think Foxy in particular) roasted him afterwards saying he was trying to do too much.

I wonder if ever on the floor we’ll see a line-up of Bynum, Bryant, Blake, Brown, and Barnes. That’d be, well . . . a honey of a team. Could be the starting five for Charlotte.

I wonder if ever on the floor we’ll see a line-up of Bynum, Bryant, Blake, Brown, and Barnes. That’d be, well . . . a honey of a team. Could be the starting five for Charlotte.

Posted by: Allnet | August 16, 2010 at 05:40 PM
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THE ALL B's TEAM!

Sorry to get on the topic of Amare on a Laker blog - was reading your link at ESPN about Melo.
The season can't start soon enough - baseball is boring.
Posted by: LakerFanInCowTown | August 16, 2010 at 05:08 PM
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No problem. From what I can see no topic is off limits...other than the usual suspects. Ditto on baseball especially when your team is struggling...and the Tigers are doing just that.

Fatty,

I admire the way you've maintained your sense of humor while weathering the storm...okay that's a bad pun, but that's the best I got for now.

From the Odyssey to the Bible to South Park only phred could pull that off. This ain't no imitation, it's the real phred.

I wonder if ever on the floor we’ll see a line-up of Bynum, Bryant, Blake, Brown, and Barnes. That’d be, well . . . a honey of a team. Could be the starting five for Charlotte.

Posted by: Allnet | August 16, 2010 at 05:40 PM
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THE ALL B's TEAM!

Posted by: Magic Phil | August 16, 2010 at 05:42 PM ----


Yeah! And anyone who doesn't like it can . . . buzz off!

Here's that Kobe vs Jamison 51pt duel. Chick sure does sound great.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR7dG-bE14E

I wonder if ever on the floor we’ll see a line-up of Bynum, Bryant, Blake, Brown, and Barnes. That’d be, well . . . a honey of a team. Could be the starting five for Charlotte.

Posted by: Allnet | August 16, 2010 at 05:40 PM
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THE ALL B's TEAM!

Posted by: Magic Phil | August 16, 2010 at 05:42 PM

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Hey we can call it The Killer Bees Mob....or Killer B's Squad...

I didn't get on early enough yesterday to talk of my fav Kobe memory, so not many saw it, but here it is again. I took my son (12) to a Laker road game to see the Lakers in Kobe's rookie season. We were at the hotel when the team arrived. My son was hoping for a auto and pic from Kobe and when we saw Kobe walking by, (always taught my son to be respectful) I said, "Mr. Bryant." He kept walking, so I said that again, but he kept walking. It then came to me, duhhh, he doesn't get called Mr. Bryant by anyone, he's just 18 for crying out loud. I said then, "Kobe." He immediately turned and came over to us and signed for my son and took a pic with him! Kobe was great and this is a great memory for me and still my son (27)!

LRob- [bows]

I'm pretty sure this was way before the Jamison-Kobe duel, but thanks for the clip.

Picture of Mr. Bryant - $4.99

Picture of Mr. Bryant with autograph - $50.00

Picture of Kobe with son and autograph - PRICELESS

"I wonder if ever on the floor we’ll see a line-up of Bynum, Bryant, Blake, Brown, and Barnes. That’d be, well . . . a honey of a team. Could be the starting five for Charlotte.

Posted by: Allnet | August 16, 2010 at 05:40 PM

I wonder if ever on the floor we’ll see a line-up of Bynum, Bryant, Blake, Brown, and Barnes. That’d be, well . . . a honey of a team. Could be the starting five for Charlotte.

Posted by: Allnet | August 16, 2010 at 05:40 PM
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THE ALL B's TEAM!"

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HEY GUYS! WHERE'VE YOU BEEN? I'VE BEEN CALLING THEM "THE NEW KILLER B'S" FOR LIKE 2+ WEEKS...
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The finger! The finnnnnnnnnnnnnnngerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.......That's all I want to know about.

LEWSTRS,

Very well done my friend!

Whats up with the finger is he having that looked at as well???

jeez. ok, i'm looking through glen rice's career stats. Near as I can tell, The Lakers played the golden state warriors six times while Rice was with the team and won 5. The game they lost was on April 3, 1999, which mostly fits with the year and season I remember, but I can't find a game recap.

box score;

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/199904030LAL.html

The LA Times wants some money from me to read the whole article on the game, can anyone help a guy out? With a copy of the article, not money, although that would be fine, I'm not a proud man. : )

FCM, do you have any inside info?

Kobe is doing well after surgery?

That is all I needed to hear!

--FEARless

phred - okay here's the best I could come up with. Glen Rice intentionally missed free throw and Kobe tips it in to force OT. This was April 20, 1999.
SEE CLIP OF GAME BELOW and actual story from AP.....The game is done by Kevin Callabro...I used to love listening to him when he was the Sonics play by play. (The 51 pt game was Dec 6, 2000).


http://stubdb.com/concert/kobe-bryant-vs-gsw-golden-state-warriors-lakers-98-99-1999
Lakers lose Shaq, but not game, thanks to Bryant
The Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. — Kobe Bryant's buzzer-beating tip-in forced overtime and
the Los Angeles Lakers, who trailed by 20 points at the start of the
fourth quarter, came back tobeat the Golden State War-riors 106-102 Tuesday night.; The Lakers overcame the loss of Shaquille; O'Neal, the NBA's leading scorer, who was; ejected after drawing his second technical; foul late in the second quarter.; The game was played before a sellout crowd that included Michael Jordan, who sati at courtside with baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan. Bryant scored 25 of his 27 points after;halftime to lead the Lakers back.

phred,
You made it tough on a brother because no games were played in Fall 98 due to the lockout. Games started in February 99 that season. Lakers got Rice in March 99. Here's irony for you. His 1st game with Lakeshow was vs GS on March 12. Lakers only lost once to GS with Rice on roster. It was Apr. 3, 99, but it did not involve missed free/tip in. We swept GS in 2000 and of course Rice was gone by 2001 season

---compliments of LRob's crack research staff. All services are free of charge..but only for phred, imposters need not apply.

@phred:

WRONG ‘phred is making perfect sense, and a funny point!’

RIGHT…um, never mind, there is no way that sentence is ever going to be right.

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Waaaaayyyy toooo funny! Keep up the good work!

--FEARless

phred,

Here is the AP story from that game. (Sorry but it was not the game)
Warriors 81, Lakers 76: ReserveDonyell Marshall scored 12-of his 14 points in the first half as Golden State snapped Los Angeles' three-game winning streak with the victory at Inglewood,Calif. The Lakers rallied from 17points down in the third quarter to get within two when Kobe Bryant scored over John Starks with' -4:09 remaining in the game. Then Dennis Rodman unraveled. The Lakers forward received two technical fouls and was ejected with 2:04 remaining.

LRob,

Thanks for that blast from the past. Wonderful! Chick sounds perfect!

--FEARless

LRob- that's pretty much the conclusion I came to. Now the only question is whether a memory so preserved does not possess and inherent truth of its own, which, like the myths of old...ah, crap. Probably another game, or another team, or another complete delusion.

But why did it seem so real?


Why?

phred,

fret not...that play did happen...at least I kinda remember it. It had to be against someone else, either that or we're both nuts...which I'm sure some here would say is the latter.

Or maybe if we really believe it happened then it happened...like that Twilight Zone episode with the boxer (Bolie) and the little boy kept telling him, "you gotta believe".

Kobe's knee doing well is not a total surprise. The real question is how is Bynum's knee doing??? That's what I want to know.

phred - Ok...since you got me going back in the archives. Here is article the day after Rodman cost the Lakers the GS game. Sorry to dreg up unpleasant memories. Check out Kobe's maturity at age 20...

Report: Lakers blast Rodman's antics
But forward says only he can bring Los Angeles a title
State Journal wire services
Dennis Rodman says the Los Angeles Lakers need him to succeed.

Some of his teammatesaren't'so sure. "We can't afford another distraction
from him," guard Derek Harper said in this week's edition of Newsweek. "I'm not management, but if it happened again, that would be it." Rodman has been late for practices and squabbled with new coach Kurt Rambis. He also missed four games on a recent road trip because of undisclosed personal reasons. He was ejected Saturday against Golden State, his two technical fouls increasing his season's total to 11. The rest of the team has 12 technicals. "We get called a party team all the time and that's not what all of us do," Kobe Bryant told Newsweek. "Some of us take this seriously." Rodman told the magazine he is
the only one who can lead Los Angeles to the NBA championship. "They depend on me to keep this ship afloat," he said. "It's amazing to me that a person who doesn't score, doesn't make Michael Jordan-type moves, is expected to come in and win a championship for a team in total disarray.
Am I a genius? Am I a miracle worker? Am I God? No —but I have a gift."

But why did it seem so real?


Why?

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phred - I'm thinking it's the vodka. Or the percoset. Or the vodka/percoset martinis. Although I could be wrong. It could be the pepsi and hennessey cocktails. You know the ones - with the little umbrellas in them. Although those probably aren't your style. Maybe the hennessey straight up? Of course it could also be the Jamaican lager. Or possibly the Dos Equis. Then again I think you've been known to imbibe some fine wine, right? Or was it the kind straight out of the box?


FEARless - My pleasure.

Bird played half his career without ligaments in the middle finger of his shooting hand - he kept it taped to an adjacent finger to keep it from bending all the way back.

He shot really, really, really well. Kobe has nine fingers that function. Good enough.

phred...it did happen if you believe...you just gotta believe...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBzvrKtraNw (short clip)

I don't know which is strangest, phred not remembering correctly or actually seeing a Twilight Zone episode featuring blacks! Hmmm. Which makes me wonder was it a classic to me because of the story line or because I was happy to see black faces on TZ.

http://www.cbs.com/classics/the_twilight_zone/video/?pid=G4TWohzDDMdChh3Uk__6m9suQdbJRe3j (full episode)

Otis - thanks for sharing info on similarities between Bird and Kobe. Well check out the following quote from Larry Legend.

“I watch all the teams and what they did for LeBron, and [the Heat] still have to go through the Lakers with Kobe Bryant out there, who’s been my favorite player for a long time,’’ said Pacers president Larry Bird. “And I don’t think whatever they do in the East is really going to concern him that much.’’

Here is the complete article:
http://www.redsarmy.com/home/larry-bird/

Now just think of all the grief Magic gets when he says anything that "appears" to be anti-Lakers. A lot of people on this blog get enraged.

Kobe isn't going to have surgery on the finger. Again there is *nothing* to repair. The Avulsion Fracture? Already healed on its own similar to what it did about the pinky. What the deal about the finger is the arthritis that came with it as a result of not getting it fixed during the season. Surgery will do diddly poo on the finger. Kobe Bryant will have to deal with the arthritis with the rest of his life.

Justa,

I read transcript from live chat and saw another Justa -justalakerfan was also on the chat. Since I'm relatively new to posting here I was just wondering who was here first? I didn't see her reply to you. I'm not trying to stir the pot or anything just curious. Background please...

LRob - I do believe justalakerfan was around first, and I also believe he's a guy. I think he's irritated that people now call ME justa and not him. Whatever. You can call me justa, you can call me jamf, just don't call me late for dinner....

Seriously, I'm pretty sure we'll all know to which justa people are referring when they post.


Maybe everyone can just identify their justa? Sheesh. Well let's make everyone happy.


JUSTA (from one to another) - IT"S ALL ABOUT THE CONTEXT.

AND THE LOVE of course.

LRob and phred, I remember the play myself. Kobe did have a freethrow alley-oop dunk waved off. I have no recollection, though, of the game, opponent, season, whatever...I do remember the play.


LRob, I'm also quite sure there were blacks in at least two (yes, count 'em, two) episodes with Blacks in them. I'm quite sure of it.

--FEARless

LRob,

Did you read the poll on the article you posted? Most of the Beanies think Snaq is their most important off-season move.

Woe is them!

--FEARless

:)

Wow - a ChicNstu sighting - how YOU doin' ?

been spending time with my sis. she's not doing well.

just thought i would see whats up with my family here. i miss ya JAMF!

side note-

re: Kobe & Portland game tying & winning shots - check out Mo Cheeks not wanting to see the final play, he's standing on the side facing the crowd & doesn't move after it goes in. also, Damon Stoudemire catching the game winner as it goes through the hoop & then launching it into the stands.

thanx for the Bird interview LRob - would like to add that when Bird was interviewed by Jim Rome in 08, he mentioned that he didn't understand how a player like Kobe had not won an MVP yet & was wondering what his MVPs were worth because of that.

it's all about old school, that's why many of the older players (besides the bitter grumps) admire Kobe - not too many players like that any more

My favorite kobe moment is yet to come. When he has 8 cookies will be my fav moment!

Miss you too, chic - hope your sis gets better really soon.

Thank you sweetie. i just popped in in hopes of seeing Utz around and ask him for his prayers.

Ill be back when she feels better.

2002 LA Lakers vs 2011 LA Lakers!


Shaq vs Bynum
Horry vs Gasol
Fox vs Artest
Bryant vs Kobe
Fisher vs Fisher

loved that 4th qtr comeback against Dallas @ Staples, beginning of 02-03. down 28 pts., Kobe didn't miss in the 4th, B Shaw, starts it off w/ a 3. btw, B Shaw & Horry, 2 guys that either started rallies or continued them.
also, at the end of the game when Kobe was getting ready to be interviewed, Horry comes up from behind & they both hug - Samaki Walker follows immediately after, but as soon as Kobe & Horry are down, Kobe turns right away from Samaki & doesn't even acknowledge him (ha, should've punched him in the eye right then).

KB and MJ!!!

Kobe MJ'ing MJ in all star weekend game. The nerve of young Kobe doing it to the best player of all time.

another one of Kobe's under-the-radar-injuries: plantar fasciitis. i remember him saying that it's not bad during games but once home, his feet start flaring up.

Kobe, Gasol and Bynum all resting to get ready for a dominant season. THE most important BIGGEST TRIO is going under the radar of NBA analyst of big three's.

Justa - thanks for the background

Justalakerfan - what's up bruh!

another early K.O.B.E. memory:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpzJgLzzX38

LRob and phred, I remember the play myself. Kobe did have a freethrow alley-oop dunk waved off. I have no recollection, though, of the game, opponent, season, whatever...I do remember the play.
Posted by: FEARless | August 16, 2010 at 09:23 PM
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c'mon FEARless...you gotta give me a little more than that. Do you have a guesstimate of the year? Was it a game changing play? I have a full research staff (of one) ready to explore but I can't go on a fishing expedition.

LRob, I'm also quite sure there were blacks in at least two (yes, count 'em, two) episodes with Blacks in them. I'm quite sure of it.
Posted by: FEARless | August 16, 2010 at 09:23 PM
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What was the other one...lol?

Did you read the poll on the article you posted? Most of the Beanies think Snaq is their most important off-season move.
Posted by: FEARless | August 16, 2010 at 09:29 PM
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Yeah I read that. I thought Shaq was a good pick up for them also because it kept him away from the other contenders...Miami, Chi and ATL. But their biggest need is a perimeter defender to replace Tony Allen. That didn't address that and it could come back to haunt them vs. Miami, Orlando and of course against our World Champion...Lakers.

ms - agree about that Dallas comeback. They've had the fear of Kobe in them ever since.

chicNstu - saying a prayer for you and your sister. I hope she gets better.

Wow 8 cookies...that's a tall order, but he just might be up to it...with a little help from his friends...ahem AB that means you.

2002 LA Lakers vs 2011 LA Lakers!
Shaq vs Bynum
Horry vs Gasol
Fox vs Artest
Bryant vs Kobe
Fisher vs Fisher
Posted by: Staples 24 | August 16, 2010 at 09:54 PM

until 2011 team 3peat I'll have to give the nod to 2002! But like a ref reviewing a play its subject to change based on further review.

LRob,

Doing ANYTHING based on my recollections is a lost cause. You are talking to probably the person with the worst memory that you know. Honest.

Most of the times on this blog, I say stuff, then Mamba or Tom, or somebody, uh..., realigns my memories with the actual facts. I tend to be within shouting distance of the truth, though.

But, I do remember the play. It had to be pre-knee trouble Kobe, 'cause dude was WAY over the rim. Chick 'bout had a conniption trying to explain what he just saw. It was one of the greatest dunks that didn't count.

But, the ref got the call right. Kobe did use the rim, and previous posters are right in that he used the rim on the landing -- he didn't need it to make the dunk itself.

Amazing. Maybe I'll put my crack investigative staff (of one) on the task myself. See what I come up with...

--FEARless

BTW, it is quite easy to be FEARless when you have no memory.

LRob,

You are quite right, Dallas has never been the same since Kobe yanked that victory right out of their clutches. Outscoring them for three quarters didn't help the psyches either. Especially since he did it with Dirk in the game, and in a year when Dallas was leading the league in scoring. He was just better than their whole team, that's all.

--FEARless

JAMF,

Justalakerfan may be the first to this blog, but you are the first with a disciple; ME!

--FEARless

Staples 24,

What a game that would be. I'm not sure which team I'd pick. The '02 had three big-time shot makers in Kobe, Fish and Horry. But, Gasol is sooooo smoooth...I don't know. Do you think Artest could stick Horry? Remember, Horry had that peg leg of his. But, he had such a quick release...

Good game. Good thought exercise.

Brilliant!

--FEARless

What's UP! ChicNStu -- Best Handle Ever!

--FEARless

Now just think of all the grief Magic gets when he says anything that "appears" to be anti-Lakers. A lot of people on this blog get enraged.

Posted by: LRob | August 16, 2010 at 08:55 PM

As one of those upset with Magic let me say why. Bird's favorite player is Kobe, that's not anti-Celtic. Magic, on the other hand, always pick the other team to beat the Lakers, that's anti-Laker. He can hate Kobe all he likes and who cares? Fact that he's always wrong doesn't make him shut up, he just does it again the following year. Phasckle and Simers influence.

FEARless - consider it on my "to do" list. Don't know when or how...but we'll find it. I do remember it also and now that I think about it I believe it was late game...meaning a 10:30 start my time (EST)...which narrows it to a Laker home game or road game within Pacific division and possibly Portland.

Don't be surprised if a month from now out of nowhere you see me post about it.


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DRAFT RON ARTEST TO HOST A LAKERS BLOG PARTY/LIVE CHAT - BANDWAGON
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(01) RICK FRIEDMAN - OWNER - Forget having Ron do a live chat. Let's see how much it costs to have him host a blog party. Bandwagon, anyone?
(02)JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER - Rick - my BFF - OH HELL YEAH!! Count me in! But only if he wears his championship pink feather hat!
(03) MAGIC PHIL - ALT. DRIVER - We need a GET RON ARTEST ON THE LIVE CHAT BANDWAGON!!!!!!
(04) LAKER LASS - RIDING SHOT GUN - I was going for the live chat as a kind of starter session, then figured we could go for the blog party. We want RonRon. We want RonRon.
(05) MAMBA24 - SO SAY WE ALL!!!
(06) FATTY - Ron could fit in quite nicely. He could share stories, tell jokes, and sing.
(07) THE SNAKE - Sing? Well, OK, as long as it none of that Celine Dion stuff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpHOVO0aS1U
(08) RAIDERLAKER1980 - as far as Ron and a live blog party... o most definitely!
(09) LROB - Sign me up for the Blog party/live chat...sing? ok no Celine Dion or Raul Pierce serenade:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD796H08J7w
(10) DONT'BLAME DELL HARIIS - Add DBDH to the list, sir.
(11) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - I AM IN on the Ron Artest blog party bandwagon! Rick F. - awesome idea! He would totally do that if he knew about the late night crazies that would show up to talk all things Lakers. And BTW - I did ask him on his site to join us for a live chat before I read this. I said anytime, day or night, off-season or during any road trip. I have a good feeling about this one!
(11) JON K - Seriously, how could Ron Artest turn down hosting a L.A. Times Lakers blog party? How could he
(12) KOBESBAD - I am on the ron ron party for the blog
(13) PHRED
(14)


Posted by: mamba24 |

Okay peeps and finished working the board late shift and I'm "moving out" for the night. I'll leave you with this classic...We work so hard we have to ask ourselves... "Is that all you get for your money?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UBpt1dya60

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SAY A PRAYER FOR ChicNStu's SISTER - BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - OWNER - Miss you too, chic - hope your sis gets better really soon
(02) LROB - DRIVER - chicNstu - saying a prayer for you and your sister. I hope she gets better.
(03) FEARLESS - RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) MAMBA24 - Our prayers are with you and your sister ChicNStu
(05)

@LRob, good taste my brother! Take care be safe!

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SAY A PRAYER FOR ChicNStu's SISTER - BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - OWNER - Miss you too, chic - hope your sis gets better really soon
(02) LROB - DRIVER - chicNstu - saying a prayer for you and your sister. I hope she gets better.
(03) FEARLESS - RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) MAMBA24 - Our prayers are with you and your sister ChicNStu
(05) LROB -

wow, that crazy over "justa"...

she says that the other guy was first and then she says, "call me whatever and i'm cool" and still a blood vessel bursts. i remember when people first started calling her "justa" last season, they did it because they liked it, not because she asked.


one thing for SURE, justanothermambafan is a fully legal and righteous handle(well as far as Lakersblogs go) as JustaLakerFan. panties unbunch!

err,
one thing's for SURE, justanothermambafan is as fully legal and righteous handle(well, as far as Lakersblogs go) as is JustaLakerFan. panties unbunch!

still a grammar nightmare, but a little bit more legible...

JustaLakerFan,

Sorry about the illness you are experiencing.
I can't comment on the justification for your anger or bitterness, I am not in your shoes.
But I do hope you find some peace and relief.
Best wishes.

It must be the off season.

Now back to basketball.That #24 guy's pretty good, don't ya think, LRob?

This is not the late, late crew i'm used to.

Good news about Kobe's rehab progress!! I hope that he and his family are enjoying New York and the good folks in the Northeast.

This Laker's group seems dedicated to intelligent and hard training with doctors, trainers and great facilities at their fingertips.

Is Brian Shaw the Coach to Be in 2011-2010?

I'm still having flashbacks to Artest's last game. Nobody can "shut down" Paul Pierce, but Ron did not let Paul be the the series MVP as happened in 2008. Ron can host a Laker's bloggers Party anytime.

 
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