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This is the second post in a weekly series that helps you get to know members of the L.A. Times Lakers blog community. Feel free to send submissions to mgmedin@gmail.com

Screen name: ZairaAmaterasu

Real name: Zaira Scotti

Occupation: Biologist and Pharmacon researcher

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Hometown: Lodi, Italy

Story behind your screen name: People consider me a goddess (how modest... I know... LOL) and I love Japan to pieces. So one of my former friends with benefits one day a few years ago just started to call me "Amaterasu" (Japanese goddess of Sun) and everybody in my crew simply followed in his footsteps. Being an ego-filled person, and totally vain, I happily accepted the trend.

How I became a Lakers fan: I have always been tall, and naturally since a very early age I got trapped following -- and practicing -- every sport related to height. I loved basketball since I was 3. Great Armani jeans fan. But being part of a traveling-the-world family, I got in contact with NBA pretty soon. Never fell under MJ's charm, and started to look out for a better jersey color. At age 6, I discovered the Purple & Gold jersey in one of my elder cousins' suitcase. He was coming back from an L.A. residency. It was love at first sight. It was a Magic Johnson jersey, and just around those days, Magic had revealed his tragic truth to the world. My cousin could barely hold his tears so I wanted to know the story of this man able to make him (a very strong man in my mind) cry. Don't think a girl of age 6 could be shocked about death and AIDS because I come from a family of doctors, and I started to read books about diseases and death and tragedies by 5. ... So the question wasn't out of the blue to any of my relatives (I have always been this over-curious baby anyway. ...). From his poetic rendition of Magic and the history of the Lakers blossomed my own love, like a wildfire touching golden dried bushes on a sunny hill, I became pretty much a lover to a town as well, because through the Lakers love, I learned also how to love Los Angeles and the whole state of California. By age 10, I was this strange, tall stick girl knowing every single thing about L.A. and the Staples Center even though, hilariously, my first touch-in with the town was due to the football (your "soccer" ) World Cup in 1994. My Lakers love grew year after year, through everything I could grasp onto. One of my most blessed meetings of passion. Ever.

Favorite Lakers memory of all time and of the 2009-2010 season: I tend to change favorite memories depending on my mood. To me it's often about the intensity of a single action, and of a single mattering sport gesture. I tend to believe my favorite Lakers memory of all time has yet to come. And it must. Even though I have to admit the first time I stepped into Staples Center for a game must have a special place in my heart. ... Favorite memory of this past season, beside the parade, sure has to be the moment when I bought the tickets for the parade. I mean ... the tickets for the airplane that would have brought me in L.A. for a due parade. We were about to get trashed by the Celtics, behind them in games, and we were forced to win the remaining two face-offs, and I sure remember that the mood around wasn't the brightest or the most optimistic. And I was sure we would have won, so totally, instead. Never had a doubt (anybody who has been in the chats this season knows how much I was always saying we would have won the ring ...). Never ever feared a thing. So I paid thousands of dollars for airplane tickets, because I knew in the end I would have been witnessing a parade. It was like I could feel the destiny and like I could live into our players' heads and hearts for a moment. There I got assurances, and then I just had to be faithful. No big deal. Really. ;)

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Most heartbreaking Lakers experience: Easy, Kobe's humiliation and that press conference. I still cry watching him in the dust every single day anybody recalls that to me. But I also learned, thanks to him (my total hero and inspiration) how from ashes a true phoenix revives stronger. And better. And more powerful. Experiences are what define a human, because in the way you deal with and through them, you show who you really are. Choices are what make you grow, both good and bad ones. Responsibility is what builds your ethic, when you accept all the consequences of what your actions imply. And your mistakes are a step you gotta take into your own perfectibility, if you have the force and the brain and the heart for riding even the wildest of rides, fearlessly. This did Kobe. This is what I try to do every day too. Sport is a school of life, and he's my best example to follow. Forever.

Favorite Lakers player: Need to ask? I rarely feel bonds and inspirations around like those Kobe inspires in me. Really ... when I say he's my hero I do say it because I find somebody to confront my own approach to life with in the way he manages to practice this sport. I have learned if you want to, there's no impossible you can't make possible. Everything is reachable through work, will, will, will, and an unbound, unescapable, inextinguible inner fire that tells you "get better every day." It's not pride, it's not arrogance, it's not pretentiousness. It's a way to make your life full and fulfill the gift you've been gifted along with. Do Your Best. Every Day More. This is the greatest lesson in life, and Kobe just [does] it so incredibly well. That's why he's my fav player and forever will be.

Greatest all-time Laker: So far, it still Magic. But everyone knows I do believe Kobe can take that crown.

Last time you went to a game at Staples Center and at the Forum: Sigh ... last year Finals game with the Magic. It has passed way too much time. :) At the Forum, well, as soon as we won, and I jumped on that famous plane to celebrate our Duplets, of course.

Opposing team, player you dislike the most: I really don't dislike teams. I mean, of course, Celtics to me are "the Green Enemies" and I feel the rivalry. I don't bend to hate. To me, it would be simply not be elegant. I don't say this because I am kind: I'm so proud of my Lakers faith, and I feel so much our greatness and glory that to "hate" other teams would somehow show me not reckoning how much splendid being a Lakers fan is. To put it simply, I'm so into the Lakers that I don't care about other teams.  As for players, I really don't like air balloons. I don't like overrated PR machines. I don't like traitors. So in a nutshell, I can't stand Princess Jimmy and I deeply disrespect FatShaq. But I don't hate any of them. Again, just because they don't deserve such a huge feeling or sentiment. In the first place ;).

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Interactions with Lakers players: Well, I have got the immense pleasure of meeting Kobe in Italy and England. ... Never really had the courage to try to ask him a thing in L.A. But just because it would feel like stalking, and I generally avoid bothering people I like and admire. I have always faith things will happen in my life that will bring me near to my idols, and so far it has happened so many times, I can only be grateful to a fair destiny. Anyway, my admiration for Kobe would make me say only stupid things in front of him in fan meetings or similar occasions, and I so totally hate to look stupid, I avoid that kind of stuff on principle, and fiercely. Those two chances were organized by friends involved in PR stuff, so both times I just briefly cheered him in Italian and got the memory of his answer and smile back like a treasure (surely he thought: "Another brainless blond doll"). It's enough for me to remember his smile and his calm, deep, awesome voice speaking in Italian back at me. It's like a treasure that I carry inside. But everyone knows I totally admire Kobe's head and intelligence so I would adore to get a chance to hear him speak about anything, knowing I could learn a lot from him. Of course that could never happen (also because, after all, the "stupid-me version of me" couldn't even attempt to verbalize a decent question at his stance ... *sigh* ...).

I met Pau Gasol when he was still a European player and saw from a 2-inch distance Magic. ... And I met Rick Fox.

My dream would be to speak with Kareem at least once ... well ... and Jerry West. And Phil Jackson. And I would love to talk to Derek Fisher. ... I am sure I would also adore to talk to Ron Ron. Oh, darn... I would love to talk to them all.

Most cherished piece of Lakers memorabilia I have: Don't laugh please. I have a towel from that last game I attended at Staples, the one against Orlando. I have been [assured] Kobe rolled in it at halftime. And I trust the person who landed that guarantee on me. I know ... it's creepy, but of course that towel has been framed. It's in my house private Spa space. It hangs on a wall, and below I have a motto that reads, "Every major victory comes from a full effort taken." And now go call the police ... because as I said, I know it's a creepy thing ... *sigh.*

Memorable stories about being a Lakers fan: Everything about being a Lakers fan is memorable. From enjoying the thrill of a team that can be equally lazy and mind-blowing, from the memories of years of pain, turning into glorious shining dominance, then getting shadowed and then gaining back brilliance and glitter again. ... Everything about the Lakers is like fireworks that make nights clear and colorful. It's a bliss, an emotion, and an honor to be a Purple & Gold fan. To me, it's also a sort of duty. I want that style, elegance; the fantasy and the power of this extraordinary franchise gets reflected in the class of their fans. It's us, me and you, and everyone else who jumps up on chairs at every layup by our guys that make LakerNation so lively, flamboyant and special. We are special, and we make a special team just perfect. What is memorable about being Lakers fans is that we can spill the beans for ages about the smallest detail of any player's play, but then we all know our major joy comes through them all. They give us magic and we give them passion. To repeat ... to repeat ... to repeat. Ad libitum. Everything about the Lakers is memorable. EVERY DARN THING. ;) Just watch out: Next missing heartbeat is around any corner. ;) And I can't wait to catch it all along with you, Laker Fam. Live to win, and trust Purple & Gold Knights!

-- Mark Medina

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Photos, from top: ZairaAmaterasu first became a Lakers fan after her cousin showed her a Magic Johnson jersey. Credit: Zaira Scotti. Kobe Bryant, triumphant. Zaira says she admires Bryant's work ethic. Credit: Christina House / For The Times. Bryant on the court. Zaira says she met Bryant in Italy and England. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 
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The first time I saw your "amaterasu" surname I thought you were a Naruto otaku. But I would have nicknamed you Kuroneko

Yes, Yes, Yes! That is our Blog Goddess Zaira!! Mark Medina you Magnificent Blog God Genius!!! Two in a row! You sir are batting a Thousand!! Outstanding Bio/Pofile. How about that, I was calling
her a Blog Goddess and never knew her friends also considered her a Goddess. Well I guess it's official...Zaira you are a GODDESS!!! But with all due respect dear...MARI. G. is still the MOST BEAUTIFUL BEING IN CREATION. That's not to say you're not "All That", cause Zaira...You are "All That" and more!! Beauty, Wisdom and a Laker Fan!! Oh Sweet Jesus!!! Oh, Zaira, one more thing, you are also...OUT FREAKIN STANDING MAM!!!!!!!!!!

wow... that is a very nice history from a member of the lakers family i liked...thanks for your passion.
my 4th post ever.

Amaterasu,

Yes, you are darn right. Earvin Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant are the contemporary Gaius Octavius Thurinus and Gaius Julius Caesar and we are their Legions. Being so far away yet feeling so close as a Lakers' Fan, I take my hat off to you.

Nice profile, I live 10 mins. away from Lodi, Lodi CA that is. I wonder if Italy is where the name comes from. So a friend with "medical insurance" gave you that nickname.....that's great!

What a witty, intelligent, passionate, and heart-felt profile you wrote Zaira. I really enjoyed reading it...


You GO, sistah!


Greetings from Florida,

Iggy

ZairaAmaterasu -

You are young, beautiful and international...That's an awesome 3Peat...

Thanks for sharing your profile, enjoyed all the topics...

Mamba24 is absolutely correct...your are a Blog Goddess...

@MM - Lovin' these features.


@Zaira - Nice to 'meet' you, it's cool you've met so many Lakers overseas. Hopefully you'll get the chance to come back see some 3 peat action. Thanks to ESPN and the wonder of satellite TV, I reckon you hardly ever miss games. It's nice to know that a lack of vanity isn't exclusive to America!


@mamba24 - Fine form, sir, fine form. Top of your game, chum.

I read a lot of posts and have only posted a few times, but this is well done. it's nice to see the magnitude of LAL fans worldwide. 3 peat baby, bring on the season already!!!

Again,

This series rocks, MM. I might have to give it a shot, if I can find a good picture and can come up with something funny to say.

Zaira,

I just hope if you ever do meet Kareem, your experience goes better than mine...(Nagasiki, 1997, with my study-abroad group. We all saw him standing there, but I was the only one brave enugh to ask for an autograph. He refused, and before he even finished his sentence, his back/ass was in my face. It was the most humilating moment of my life, to have a hero of mine diss me in front of all my friends).

I love your neck Zaira. Very Thai-hill-tribish. Or maybe Thaihilltribarian.

Wes

Hey MM,

Is there a deadline for these stories? I want to do one too, but I need to get the funny pictures of me as a monk mailed form California.

Then I'll submit mine for consideration.

Wes

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ZairaAmaterasu,

You grew beautiful from that spindly little girl. I knew this prior to seeing your photo. You grasp of prose sealed the deal fr me. I love experiencing your poetry!

You are a Goddess, and your words...manna from heaven!

--FEARless

Zaire,

I loved your quote below about how Kobe inspires you....

"Everything is reachable through work, will, will, will, and an unbound, unescapable, inextinguible inner fire that tells you "get better every day." It's not pride, it's not arrogance, it's not pretentiousness. It's a way to make your life full and fulfill the gift you've been gifted along with. Do Your Best. Every Day More. This is the greatest lesson in life, and Kobe just [does] it so incredibly well. That's why he's my fav player and forever will be. "

Such wisdom from such a young woman. Are you sure you're only 25...lol?
You indeed are a great Laker fan.

Dave M - Thank you sir.

Edwin G - We all learn from each other. I certainly learn from reading your posts. As far as link to Laker big wigs...I'm all tapped out...lol.

Magic Phil - Thanks for the shout out...especially in midst of legoland

Mamaba - You outdid your self with the bandwagon. Your enthusiasm is contagious. It wasn't quite as sunny here the few days you were away.

Very touching insight into how you learned about Magic and the Lakers. We all appreciate your poetic prose on this blog. Keep it coming!

We have a real nice, world of Lakers fans.....

HugoSpain - That was a little sloppy, the game, but still fun to watch.

"This time, practice. Next time we meet, is for real Daniel-son" - Mr Miagi

"Make note to self. Do not EVER sign or trade for Tyson Chandler." - Mitch Kupchak (Who is somewhere tanning on the beach on the Costa Brava)

Fatty - Temporarily pardoned by MM to post this comment


Nice to meet you Zaira


Audrey Hepburn's neck just conceded..

Thanks for sharing your profile, and thank MM for this brilliant IDEA. It is my first time posting here, but I've been a blog reader for years......I may even submit my own profile soon!

"Do Your Best. Every Day More. This is the greatest lesson in life, and Kobe just [does] it so incredibly well. That's why he's my fav player and forever will be."
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That's what I'm talikng about!!!!!!!!
Carry on.
Nice profile, Zaira.

It's nice to know that a lack of vanity isn't exclusive to America!Posted by: Jamie Sweet | August 22, 2010 at 12:28 PM
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ROFLMAO!!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!

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Born and Raised in Los Angeles

Beautiful Post from Dr. LadyLaker,

Which inspires my Laker, testimonial.

The year was 1980, I was 8 years old, I was more interested in Scooby-Doo and The Greatest American Hero than sports. I remember it like it was yesterday, the sports portion of the news was on and the reporter described the new found excitement at the forum. He called it Showtime as the highlights showed Magic in the middle of the court with Michael Cooper on one side and Jamal Wilkes on the other. That was my introduction to Lakers basketball. From that point in 1980 untill 1988, the Lakers won 4 Championships. Which means, I missed Magic's entire rookie year and his 6 game heroics in Philli, to win his first. I've been hooked every since.

BEST LAKERS ERA:
The Eligin Baylor, Jerry West lead teams were Legendary and I cant imagine the pain they fealt losing year after year to the, FAILTICS.

The '72 team set records that still stand and they will alway's be known as the team that brought LA, our first Championship.

Shaq/Kobe spear-headed the millenium's first three-peat and endured more drama than, All My Children.

Kobe/Pau- that script is still being written.

The Showtime Era was the best era of them all. Magic was much more than i remember, i had to meditate to, rember the times. That lakers team was a well oiled machine, and Magic's passes were more exiting than a slam dunk. Transition, all day long, run-run and run some more while Magic pi p[ointed passes all over the court. To me nothing will be able to top that, era.

THE BEST ATHLETE EVER:
I have never seen a player want it more than Kobe Bryant. MJ's legendary, Jim Brown Has to be in the conversation, and a personal favorite, "PRIME-TIME'.
For me, nothing top's the will, the passion, the dedication, the relentless drive to get better and win. Kobe is the poster boy of second chances. I believe he's beloved more now than ever before. Jerry Rice is the only other athlete that i can put in the same work out category as Kobe. Kobe is the athlete we all as sports fans wanted to be when we played. I'm going to miss him when he's gone so i'm enjoying him while he's still playing.

TRAILS AND TRIBULATIONS:
The Lakers are like music to me. I can here a song that was out years before but when i hear it i know exactly what i was doing during that time. When I lost a job that rendured me homeless at one point, i remember thinking, it's all good the Lakers come on at 7:30. As i rehabilitated myself or remade myself living in a insect infested hotel, i remember thinking, good they play at 5pm instead of 7:30. When i started my own business, i remember thinking, life is good, i'm making money and the Lakers play tonight. I'm sur you undestand where i'm going with this. Yes the Lakers are great and yes it's just a game but im sure i'm not the only Lakers fan who clinged to every win and loss as if it were the end of the world despite the good or bad that life has to offer us. The Lakers have gotten me through so many bad times and so many good times I feel like i owe them something. I love to be a Lakers fan and i love arguing with Laker haters, who would rather watch the Lakers lose rather than rooting for there team, and a large % of them didn't even have a team.

This is the best Lakers team we've had in years, i pray for an injury free season. If that happens, boy-oh-boy, the rest of the league is in trouble.

I'm sure my story isn't different from a lot of Lakers fans. Here in LA the Lakers are a way of life. Winning, I'm a winner, all Lakers fans are winners. Regardless of how your life is going if you are a Lakers fan, ALWAY'S REMEMBER, YOUR'RE A, WINNER.

Now it's time for our annual, THREE-PEAT, LAKERS4LIFE...

I try to read this blog everyday, and don't post here as much as I'd like, but I can't tell you how impressed I am with the wisdom, passion and knowledge that is shared here amongst the hard-core regulars. MM's profiles are a stroke of genius and I look forward to the rest of the series as it has really helped to gain a better understanding of some of the best Laker fan minds and personalities that I believe exist in the world. LRob and Zaira are two of the best, and I can only imagine what's in store for the dozen or so other big time contributors to this blog (LakerTom, that means you too - so please find it within yourself to revive yourself long enough to consider submitting a profile as I am a big fan!)

Zaira's take on Kobe is right on the money - perhaps the most polemic figure in the game distilled down to the essential qualities - work ethic and sheer force of will. I really do think that when it's all said and done, Kobe will prove to be the greatest Laker player of all time.

Zaira - sorry for the typo on your name earlier. Beautiful name by the way!

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ZAIRA AMATERASU – OUTSTANDING PROFILER & BLOG GODDESS – BANDWAGON
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Story behind your screen name: People consider me a goddess (how modest... I know... LOL) and I love Japan to pieces. So one of my former friends with benefits one day a few years ago just started to call me "Amaterasu" (Japanese goddess of Sun) and everybody in my crew simply followed in his footsteps. Being an ego-filled person, and totally vain, I happily accepted the trend.
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Memorable stories about being a Lakers fan: Everything about being a Lakers fan is memorable. From enjoying the thrill of a team that can be equally lazy and mind-blowing, from the memories of years of pain, turning into glorious shining dominance, then getting shadowed and then gaining back brilliance and glitter again. ... Everything about the Lakers is like fireworks that make nights clear and colorful. It's a bliss, an emotion, and an honor to be a Purple & Gold fan. To me, it's also a sort of duty. I want that style, elegance; the fantasy and the power of this extraordinary franchise gets reflected in the class of their fans. It's us, me and you, and everyone else who jumps up on chairs at every layup by our guys that make LakerNation so lively, flamboyant and special. We are special, and we make a special team just perfect. What is memorable about being Lakers fans is that we can spill the beans for ages about the smallest detail of any player's play, but then we all know our major joy comes through them all. They give us magic and we give them passion. To repeat ... to repeat ... to repeat. Ad libitum. Everything about the Lakers is memorable. EVERY DARN THING. ;) Just watch out: Next missing heartbeat is around any corner. ;) And I can't wait to catch it all along with you, Laker Fam. Live to win, and trust Purple & Gold Knights!
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(01) FEARLESS – OWNER - ZairaAmaterasu, You grew beautiful from that spindly little girl. I knew this prior to seeing your photo. You grasp of prose sealed the deal fr me. I love experiencing your poetry! You are a Goddess, and your words...manna from heaven!
(02) LROB – DRIVER - Zaira, - I loved your quote below about how Kobe inspires you...."Everything is reachable through work, will, will, will, and an unbound, unescapable, inextinguible inner fire that tells you "get better every day." It's not pride, it's not arrogance, it's not pretentiousness. It's a way to make your life full and fulfill the gift you've been gifted along with. Do Your Best. Every Day More. This is the greatest lesson in life, and Kobe just [does] it so incredibly well. That's why he's my fav player and forever will be. " Such wisdom from such a young woman. Are you sure you're only 25...lol?
You indeed are a great Laker fan.
(03) SEELY-IGGY – RIDING SHOTGUN1 - What a witty, intelligent, passionate, and heart-felt profile you wrote Zaira. I really enjoyed reading it... You GO, sistah! Greetings from Florida,
(04) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN2 - Yes, Yes, Yes! That is our Blog Goddess Zaira!! Mark Medina you Magnificent Blog God Genius!!! Two in a row! You sir are batting a Thousand!! Outstanding Bio/Pofile. How about that, I was calling her a Blog Goddess and never knew her friends also considered her a Goddess. Well I guess it's official...Zaira you are a GODDESS!!! But with all due respect dear...MARI. G. is still the MOST BEAUTIFUL BEING IN CREATION. That's not to say you're not "All That", cause Zaira...You are "All That" and more!! Beauty, Wisdom and a Laker Fan!! Oh Sweet Jesus!!! Oh, Zaira, one more thing, you are also...OUT FREAKIN STANDING MAM!!!!!!!!!!
(05) JAMIE SWEET – CHIEF OF STAFF - Zaira - Nice to 'meet' you, it's cool you've met so many Lakers overseas. Hopefully you'll get the chance to come back see some 3 peat action. Thanks to ESPN and the wonder of satellite TV, I reckon you hardly ever miss games. It's nice to know that a lack of vanity isn't exclusive to America!
(06) LEWSTRS – CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD - ZairaAmaterasu - You are young, beautiful and international...That's an awesome 3Peat... Thanks for sharing your profile, enjoyed all the topics...
(07) KURILAKER – SECURITY - wow... that is a very nice history from a member of the lakers family i liked...thanks for your passion. my 4th post ever.
(08) THANHNUGENT - Amaterasu, Yes, you are darn right. Earvin Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant are the contemporary Gaius Octavius Thurinus and Gaius Julius Caesar and we are their Legions. Being so far away yet feeling so close as a Lakers' Fan, I take my hat off to you.
(09) MAGIC –PHIL - Do Your Best. Every Day More. This is the greatest lesson in life, and Kobe just [does] it so incredibly well. That's why he's my fav player and forever will be."That's what I'm talikng about!!!!!!!! Carry on. Nice profile, Zaira.
(10) LAKERADICT08-24-78 - Thanks for sharing your profile, and thank MM for this brilliant IDEA. It is my first time posting here, but I've been a blog reader for years......I may even submit my own profile soon!
(11) NAOH – GODS FAVORITE - Nice to meet you Zaira. Audrey Hepburn's neck just conceded..
(12) FATTY - We have a real nice, world of Lakers fans.....
(13) MCLYNE - Very touching insight into how you learned about Magic and the Lakers. We all appreciate your poetic prose on this blog. Keep it coming!
(14) WES - Zaira, I just hope if you ever do meet Kareem, your experience goes better than ine...(Nagasiki, 1997, with my study-abroad group. We all saw him standing there, but I was the only one brave enugh to ask for an autograph. He refused, and before he even finished his sentence, his back/ass was in my face. It was the most humilating moment of my life, to have a hero of mine diss me in front of all my friends). I love your neck Zaira. Very Thai-hill-tribish. Or maybe Thaihilltribarian.
(15) LAL FAN IN SACTOWN - I read a lot of posts and have only posted a few times, but this is well done. it's nice to see the magnitude of LAL fans worldwide. 3 peat baby!!
(16) LAKERJ - Nice profile, I live 10 mins. away from Lodi, Lodi CA that is. I wonder if Italy is where the name comes from. So a friend with "medical insurance" gave you that nickname.....that's great!
(17) HUGO SPAIN - The first time I saw your "amaterasu" surname I thought you were a Naruto otaku. But I would have nicknamed you Kuroneko

Busy lately, but not too busy to be placed on the Bandwagon, thanks!

And the profile is so true to what we get on such a consistent basis from Zaira. I can't think of any other contributer who has come in with such an unabashed, positive and passionate energy. Kudos.

I would like to thank MM and the countless contributions from all the readers. Although I live in Portland, Oregon but I still don't support Blazers, my heart is still with Lakers.

Since I started reading lakers blog, My love for lakers has been growing ever since and the comments from die hard fans like Mamba24, LakersTom, JonK and so on are just amazing.

Every morning I begin my day browsing to LakersBlog and reading Fan's comments.

Thank You Lakers and Thank You Kobe and Thank You all the fans like me

Zaira Amaterasu-
That was a very interesting piece indeed. Very well thought out and descriptive. I would like to know if when you met Pau, did you speak spanish to him? And was he a star in Spain at the time?

Just got to blog now, Zaira is not only Amaterazu but also Tiramizu (sweet). I admire international Laker fans for their sacrifices in keeping up with the blog due to the time difference, that's real passion.

LeRob, you are one of the privileged few here who was embraced by Magic in person whether that was eons ago but something you can boast. The closest I got is a poster or a 5 second smile and wave during the parades.

Well, we are just the "hoi poloi" fans, the Laker masses who works hard to contribute to the players' income. We get our bread from a hard days work like The Man With the Hoe - "Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans; Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground; The emptiness of ages in his face; And on his back, the burden of the world." Quoted from by my first name contemporary Edwin Markham.

I'm sure my story isn't different from a lot of Lakers fans. Here in LA the Lakers are a way of life. Winning, I'm a winner, all Lakers fans are winners. Regardless of how your life is going if you are a Lakers fan, ALWAY'S REMEMBER, YOUR'RE A, WINNER. Now it's time for our annual, THREE-PEAT, LAKERS4LIFE... Posted by: ToneBone24 | August 22, 2010 at 05:11 PM
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ToneBone24, that was a fantastic profile! I hope you submitted it so it can be
done up right in Banner headlines and with pictures. Oh and ToneBone24, welcome to LakersBlog and...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!

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OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP OF THE FAMILY THIS YEAR - BANDWAGON
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(01) HELLRAISER(CERTIFIED MAMBA FAN) – OWNER – JustAnotherMambaFan We
Thrive on being The Best We Can Be !! As Long As We Have Kobe And Thee!!
(02) FAN OF THE MAMBA – DRIVER - You are indeed The Head Of The MAMBA CLAN!
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN – Yes your Magnificence, you are a wonderful Mamba
Clan Head. Now please don’t throat punch me. Lol! Just kidding! Excellent Leadership Justa!
(04) MAMBA24-FANFORLIFE
(05) BROWN-MAMBA24
(06) WHITE-MAMBA24
(07) BLACK-MAMBA24
(08) SEMPERFI-MAMBA
(09) DC-MAMBA
(10) CULVER-MAMBA

Erratum: The Man With A Hoe ( not 'the')

PROFILE

I'm an aquarium fish lion, 22-67 years old, and a Laker fan.

My likes are TALKING basketball and calling them az i seez em

My dislikes are stupid Threads like these.
Stoogies on a Laker blog that are so far up or is it vice verses that it has almost ruined what was once special.
Elitist bloggers who dictate what is said and done
Moderators who haven't a clue that they are a tool to these attention addicts


At least when the K Bros ran this thing, I knew who was calling the shots, and the blog wasn't turned into some reality fluff circus.

BOOOO BOOOO

You're all adorable :)
Thanx MM for this brilliant profile thread idea and for putting me up this soon.
Thanx everyone for your cuteness - and yep, I'm only 25 ;)-.
I'm still sailing - now in Greece - but when holiday's over the BEST output will be the fact I will start again bliggin with you all. Luv ya Laker Fam :)

*blogging*
Yikes. Typing on iPhone is insane. I should use iPad, but we're strolling in Mykonos and iphone is easier to carry on.
PS: Larry , you are a sweetheart :)

Zaira..

Nice...Really nice story..

I was at school when the MJ train strolled in to town,but unlike the rest of the passengers who jumped on board i remained on the platform...

The Magic Johnson train passed through when i was 4 years old and i was lucky enough to jump on board....Best train to have ever left the station...

Nice to have a little Italian flave on the blog...I married an Italian.My parents are from Italy and i still have Family in Milan,Calabria and Rome...

Cheers..

that's a true Lakers fan right there sister Zaira. Very classy !!

Wow Zaira nice profile and take about KOBE,he will not only become the geatest laker of all time,he's also the greatest player of all time handsdown after its all said and done.Zaira your not on Goddess in name but also Goddes in beauty...

Thank You Lakers and Thank You Kobe and Thank You all the fans like me Posted by: CobraWithBlackMamba | August 22, 2010 at 08:52 PM
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Welcome aboard CobraWithBlackMamba. Always good to have a new addition to the LakersBlog and the MambaClan. I think you will fit right in sir. So once again welcome aboard. Carry On!
Mamba24

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ZAIRA AMATERASU – OUTSTANDING PROFILE & BLOG GODDESS – BANDWAGON
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You're all adorable :) Thanx MM for this brilliant profile thread idea and for putting me up this soon.
Thanx everyone for your cuteness - and yep, I'm only 25 ;)-. I'm still sailing - now in Greece - but when holiday's over the BEST output will be the fact I will start again bliggin with you all. Luv ya Laker Fam :)
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Story behind your screen name: People consider me a goddess (how modest... I know... LOL)
and I love Japan to pieces. So one of my former friends with benefits one day a few years ago just started to call me "Amaterasu" (Japanese goddess of Sun) and everybody in my crew simply followed in his footsteps. Being an ego-filled person, and totally vain, I happily accepted the trend.
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Memorable stories about being a Lakers fan: Everything about being a Lakers fan is memorable.
From enjoying the thrill of a team that can be equally lazy and mind-blowing, from the memories of years of pain, turning into glorious shining dominance, then getting shadowed and then gaining back brilliance and glitter again. ... Everything about the Lakers is like fireworks that make nights clear and colorful. It's a bliss, an emotion, and an honor to be a Purple & Gold fan. To me, it's also a sort of duty. I want that style, elegance; the fantasy and the power of this extraordinary franchise gets reflected in the class of their fans. It's us, me and you, and everyone else who jumps up on chairs at every layup by our guys that make LakerNation so lively, flamboyant and special. We are special, and we make a special team just perfect. What is memorable about being Lakers fans is that we can spill the beans for ages about the smallest detail of any player's play, but then we all know our major joy comes through them all. They give us magic and we give them passion. To repeat ... to repeat ... to repeat. Ad libitum. Everything about the Lakers is memorable. EVERY DARN THING. ;) Just watch out: Next missing heartbeat is around any corner. ;) And I can't wait to catch it all along with you, Laker Fam. Live to win, and trust Purple & Gold Knights!
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(01) FEARLESS – OWNER - ZairaAmaterasu, You grew beautiful from that spindly little girl. I knew this prior to seeing your photo. You grasp of prose sealed the deal fr me. I love experiencing your poetry! You are a Goddess, and your words...manna from heaven!
(02) LROB – DRIVER - Zaira, - I loved your quote below about how Kobe inspires you...."Everything is reachable through work, will, will, will, and an unbound, unescapable, inextinguible inner fire that tells you "get better every day." It's not pride, it's not arrogance, it's not pretentiousness. It's a way to make your life full and fulfill the gift you've been gifted along with. Do Your Best. Every Day More. This is the greatest lesson in life, and Kobe just [does] it so incredibly well. That's why he's my fav player and forever will be. " Such wisdom from such a young woman. Are you sure you're only 25...lol?
You indeed are a great Laker fan.
(03) SEELY-IGGY – RIDING SHOTGUN1 - What a witty, intelligent, passionate, and heart-felt profile you wrote Zaira. I really enjoyed reading it... You GO, sistah! Greetings from Florida,


(18) JEFE101 - try to read this blog everyday, and don't post here as much as I'd like, but I can't tell you how impressed I am with the wisdom, passion and knowledge that is shared here amongst the hard-core regulars. MM's profiles are a stroke of genius and I look forward to the rest of the series as it has really helped to gain a better understanding of some of the best Laker fan minds and personalities that I believe exist in the world. LRob and Zaira are two of the best, and I can only imagine what's in store for the dozen or so other big time contributors to this blog (LakerTom, that means you too - so please find it within yourself to revive yourself long enough to consider submitting a profile as I am a big fan!) Zaira's take on Kobe is right on the money - perhaps the most polemic figure in the game distilled down to the essential qualities - work ethic and sheer force of will. I really do think that when it's all said and done, Kobe will prove to be the greatest Laker player of all time.
(19) TONEBONE24 - Beautiful Post from Dr. LadyLaker, Regardless of how your life is going if you are a Lakers fan, ALWAY'S REMEMBER, YOUR'RE A, WINNER. Now it's time for our annual, THREE-PEAT, LAKERS4LIFE...
(20) ADRIAN PALOMAR - Wow Zaira nice profile and take about KOBE,he will not only become the geatest laker of all time,he's also the greatest player of all time handsdown after its all said and done.Zaira your not on Goddess in name but also Goddes in beauty...
(21) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Busy lately, but not too busy to be placed on Zaira’s Bandwagon, thanks!
(22) DAVE M, - And the profile is so true to what we get on such a consistent basis from Zaira. I can't think of any other contributer who has come in with such an unabashed, positive and passionate energy. Kudos.
(23) TNTLAKERFAN - Zaira Amaterasu- That was a very interesting piece indeed. Very well thought out and descriptive. I would like to know if when you met Pau, did you speak spanish to him? And was he a star in Spain at the time?
(24) EDWIN GUECO - Just got to blog now, Zaira is not only Amaterazu but also Tiramizu (sweet). I admire international Laker fans for their sacrifices in keeping up with the blog due to the time difference, that's real passion. LeRob, you are one of the privileged few here who was embraced by Magic in person whether that was eons ago but something you can boast. The closest I got is a poster or a 5 second smile and wave during the parades. Well, we are just the "hoi poloi" fans, the Laker masses who works hard to contribute to the players' income. We get our bread from a hard days work like The Man With the Hoe - "Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans; Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground; The emptiness of ages in his face; And on his back, the burden of the world." Quoted from by my first name contemporary Edwin Markham.
(25) THIRTY2 - Zaira.. Nice...Really nice story.. I was at school when the MJ train strolled in to town,but unlike the rest of the passengers who jumped on board i remained on the platform...The Magic Johnson train passed through when i was 4 years old and i was lucky enough to jump on board....Best train to have ever left the station... Nice to have a little Italian flave on the blog...I married an Italian.My parents are from Italy and i still have Family in Milan,Calabria and Rome...Cheers..
(26) SP - that's a true Lakers fan right there sister Zaira. Very classy !!
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Well, we are just the "hoi poloi" fans, the Laker masses who works hard to contribute to the players' income. We get our bread from a hard days work like The Man With the Hoe - "Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans; Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground; The emptiness of ages in his face; And on his back, the burden of the world." Quoted from by my first name contemporary Edwin Markham.
Posted by: Edwin Gueco | August 22, 2010 at 09:28 PM

Edwin - Why are you sending me to school this early in the morning...lol? I have no idea who Edwin Markham is so you know I had to look him up. Wow a renowned poet & educator. Thanks for the education on your name sake.

Good morning Laker fam -

Can't get this song outta my head lately. Kind of takes me back to days of youthful innocence. WARNING - this is not for the musical snobs among us...lol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKG2hHdjKvA

Zaira...Loved your profile. You are very articulate and passionate and a great role model for all our young adults today. Also,any fan of Kobe is a fan of mine.

Zaira

I don't know you you and you don't know me, but what a lovely intro! I look forward to your passion during this upcoming season. Great "profile!"

Princess Jimmy! That's a good one Zaira.

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ZAIRA AMATERASU – OUTSTANDING PROFILE & BLOG GODDESS – BANDWAGON
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You're all adorable :) Thanx MM for this brilliant profile thread idea and for putting me up this soon.
Thanx everyone for your cuteness - and yep, I'm only 25 ;)-. I'm still sailing - now in Greece - but when holiday's over the BEST output will be the fact I will start again bloggin with you all. Luv ya Laker Fam :)
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Story behind your screen name: People consider me a goddess (how modest... I know... LOL)
and I love Japan to pieces. So one of my former friends with benefits one day a few years ago just started to call me "Amaterasu" (Japanese goddess of Sun) and everybody in my crew simply followed in his footsteps. Being an ego-filled person, and totally vain, I happily accepted the trend.
*__________________________________________________________________________*
Memorable stories about being a Lakers fan: Everything about being a Lakers fan is memorable.
From enjoying the thrill of a team that can be equally lazy and mind-blowing, from the memories of years of pain, turning into glorious shining dominance, then getting shadowed and then gaining back brilliance and glitter again. ... Everything about the Lakers is like fireworks that make nights clear and colorful. It's a bliss, an emotion, and an honor to be a Purple & Gold fan. To me, it's also a sort of duty. I want that style, elegance; the fantasy and the power of this extraordinary franchise gets reflected in the class of their fans. It's us, me and you, and everyone else who jumps up on chairs at every layup by our guys that make LakerNation so lively, flamboyant and special. We are special, and we make a special team just perfect. What is memorable about being Lakers fans is that we can spill the beans for ages about the smallest detail of any player's play, but then we all know our major joy comes through them all. They give us magic and we give them passion. To repeat ... to repeat ... to repeat. Ad libitum. Everything about the Lakers is memorable. EVERY DARN THING. ;) Just watch out: Next missing heartbeat is around any corner. ;) And I can't wait to catch it all along with you, Laker Fam. Live to win, and trust Purple & Gold Knights!
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(01) FEARLESS – OWNER - ZairaAmaterasu, You grew beautiful from that spindly little girl. I knew this prior to seeing your photo. You grasp of prose sealed the deal fr me. I love experiencing your poetry! You are a Goddess, and your words...manna from heaven!”


(27) RICK FRIEDMAN - Props to both Zaira and LRob on your profiles. Outstanding!
(28) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER - Zaira...Loved your profile. You are very articulate and passionate and a great role model for all our young adults today. Also,any fan of Kobe is a fan of mine.
(29) KOBEMVP888 – Zaira I don't know you you and you don't know me, but what a lovely intro! I look forward to your passion during this upcoming season. Great "profile!"
(30) BBALLER - Princess Jimmy! That's a good one Zaira.

Quite a laker u are miss.. Your story is trully touchin..
I play ball and i have been a laker as far as i can remember..
Wish kobe could see me performing some day here in Mozambique(he has been so close to me in Soweto, i could even feel his presence).. Anyway i am posting to say Happy b'day to the G. O. A. T and best basketball player i have ever seen in my breathing days..
God bless Kobe..
God bless the Lakers(its fans and all)..
May we all be united and wait for the three-peat.

PS: Larry , you are a sweetheart :) Posted by: ZairaAmaterasu | August 23, 2010 at 12:24 AM
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And Zaira to quote a famous person “Being an ego-filled person, and totally vain, I happily accept the compliment” Lol! But...I roll with Justa!! Just playing with you Zaira! Thannnnnnks and enjoy your sailing and your summer!
Mamba24/Larry

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ZAIRA AMATERASU – OUTSTANDING PROFILE & BLOG GODDESS – BANDWAGON
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You're all adorable :) Thanx MM for this brilliant profile thread idea and for putting me up this soon.
Thanx everyone for your cuteness - and yep, I'm only 25 ;)-. I'm still sailing - now in Greece - but when holiday's over the BEST output will be the fact I will start again bloggin with you all. Luv ya Laker Fam :)
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(01) FEARLESS – OWNER - ZairaAmaterasu, You grew beautiful from that spindly little girl. I knew this prior to seeing your photo. You grasp of prose sealed the deal fr me. I love experiencing your poetry! You are a Goddess, and your words...manna from heaven!”

(30) BBALLER - Princess Jimmy! That's a good one Zaira.
(31) DERCIO MARIOTE - Quite a laker u are miss.. Your story is trully touchin..
I play ball and i have been a laker as far as i can remember..
Wish kobe could see me performing some day here in Mozambique(he has been so close to me in Soweto, i could even feel his presence).. Anyway i am posting to say Happy b'day to the G. O. A. T and best basketball player i have ever seen in my breathing days..God bless Kobe..God bless the Lakers(its fans and all)..May we all be united and wait for the three-peat.


Loving these profiles! Nice to meet you, Zaira!

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ZAIRA AMATERASU – OUTSTANDING PROFILE & BLOG GODDESS – BANDWAGON
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You're all adorable :) Thanx MM for this brilliant profile thread idea and for putting me up this soon.
Thanx everyone for your cuteness - and yep, I'm only 25 ;)-. I'm still sailing - now in Greece - but when holiday's over the BEST output will be the fact I will start again bloggin with you all. Luv ya Laker Fam :)
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(01) FEARLESS – OWNER - ZairaAmaterasu, You grew beautiful from that spindly little girl. I knew this prior to seeing your photo. You grasp of prose sealed the deal fr me. I love experiencing your poetry! You are a Goddess, and your words...manna from heaven!”

(32) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER - Loving these profiles! Nice to meet you, Zaira!

Zaira,


I do believe I'm in love.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!

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ZAIRA AMATERASU – OUTSTANDING PROFILE & BLOG GODDESS – BANDWAGON
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You're all adorable :) Thanx MM for this brilliant profile thread idea and for putting me up this soon.
Thanx everyone for your cuteness - and yep, I'm only 25 ;)-. I'm still sailing - now in Greece - but when holiday's over the BEST output will be the fact I will start again bloggin with you all. Luv ya Laker Fam :)
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(01) FEARLESS – OWNER - ZairaAmaterasu, You grew beautiful from that spindly little girl. I knew this prior to seeing your photo. You grasp of prose sealed the deal fr me. I love experiencing your poetry! You are a Goddess, and your words...manna from heaven!”

(32) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER - Loving these profiles! Nice to meet you, Zaira!
(33) JON K - Zaira, I do believe I'm in love.

Mark, great idea about bio/profiles by Laker fans/bloggers. The first two were really interesting, in some ways uplifting, insightful, and well worth the reading.

Thanks for sharing such wonderful posts, ZairaAmaterasu and LRob. You have set high standards for others to rise to. I can't wait to read the other bio's of some of this blogs "All Stars."

Nice write Zaira!

This idea by MM was great. This way people can put pen to paper their passion for the Lakers.

I don't have great writing skills specially in English.

But just by reading this pieces by Lakers Fans makes me happy.

Zaira...
I am too a huge Laker fan. HUGE! I read your story and I felt as if I was reading an autobiography, minus the entire towel thing because if I had a Kobe Bryant towel of my very own, I'd roll in it myself. My husband said and I agree that the only way Kobe will ever notice me is if he has to pull a restraining order out on me. Yes I'm that crazy Kobe fan...
Here's to another great Laker Season
~Kristie Nolen
Lakers Fanatic

Everything about the Lakers is like fireworks that make nights clear and colorful.


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