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Lakers blog profile: LRob shows his devotion as a Laker fan during a bridal shower

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This is the first 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 [email protected]

Screen name: LRob

Occupation: Radio account executive

Age: 49

Gender: Male

Hometown: Detroit

Story behind your screen name: Short for my birth name

How I became a Lakers fan: It started when Kareem was traded to L.A., but really cemented when Magic was drafted by the Lakers. I attended MSU at the same time as Magic

Favorite all-time Lakers memory: NBA Finals 1985 Game 6, when the Lakers won the title in Boston. It was the first time the Lakers beat Boston in the finals and it was sweet payback from the '84 finals. In '84, the Celtics not only beat the Lakers but they also bullied and mocked them. Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell made choking gestures, Bird goaded McHale into clotheslining Rambis and all of Bean Town took to calling Magic “Tragic” Johnson. So 1985 was sweet revenge. No opposing team had ever won the championship on Boston’s home court. Kareem won the finals MVP at the age of 38. A feat that may never be duplicated.

2009-2010 memory: “The Pat.” Kobe’s Game 6 performance against Phoenix when he hit all those incredible jump shots and gave Gentry a "nice try" pat after icing the game. Steve Nash could only marvel, saying, “Those are best-player-in-the-game-type shots."

Most heartbreaking Lakers experience: Easily the 1984 Finals. Nothing hurts like losing to Boston. The Lakers were the better team, but Boston was the tougher team. This was not like 2008, when Boston was the better team and the tougher team.

Favorite Lakers player: Magic

Greatest all-time Laker: Kobe

Last time you went to a game at Staples Center and at the Forum: Haven’t attended a game at Staples. 1987 at the Forum.

Opposing team, player you dislike the most: Boston's Paul Pierce and Ray Allen

Interactions with Lakers players: None recently. Once helped Magic promote an all-star game in Detroit during the off-season.

Most cherished piece of Lakers memorabilia I have: Old game tapes on DVD.

Memorable stories about being a Lakers fan:

1) Deciding the night of the final game of the 2000 championship that I would fly down to L.A. the next morning. I wanted to be in L.A. to read all the papers and soak up the celebration because it was a long drought since the '88 title. I got my brother to hang out with me and we were L.A.-bound the next morning. I got all of my championship gear, hung out for a few days and went to the parade. It was an expensive getaway but one I thoroughly enjoyed.

2) During the 1980 Finals, my best college buddy, who was a 76ers fan, and I decided at the last minute we’d ride to Memphis [Tenn.] with another friend. He was going home to attend his brother’s wedding. (I should’ve staying at school and studied for finals coming up the following week, but hey, it was college and kids do dumb stuff.) We arrived the night of Game 6. Back then, the game wasn’t televised live. My boy was confident that Philly would win because Kareem wasn’t playing due to a severely sprained ankle. I was skeptical of the Lakers' chances also, but I put up a brave front.

So while everybody was making plans to go to the bachelor party, we were trying to figure out where we could watch the game on tape delay without any distractions. (I also had to make sure nobody that knew the outcome told me the score.) The guy I rode with had no choice but to attend his brother’s bachelor party. He gave me and the Philly fan two options. We could go to the bachelor party and “maybe” see some of the game. Or he could drop us off where they were having the bridal shower and we could ask to watch the game there.

Of course, I chose to take my talents to the bridal shower. In one room was a bunch of women, some fine ones, too, I might add, doing their thing. We were in the next room with strict orders not to make any noise or interrupt their gathering. We watched the game, but couldn’t get animated or really taunt each other. The Lakers shocked the world that night, led by Magic’s historic performance of 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. Silk chipped in with 37 point.

---Mark Medina

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Photo: LRob has a significant attachment to Magic Johnson, seen here hugging Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo, because the Detroit native followed his career with the Spartans and once helped Johnson promote an all-star game in Detroit. Credit: Jeff Roberson / Associated Press

 
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Guys, we will have a live chat at 2:30 pm. for the Team USA game vs. Lithuiana. I won't be there since I'll be in Baltimore with family, but people at G-Snap will be overlooking everything to make sure things run smoothly.

MM

Nice! I've been carrying on an enjoyable discussion with today's featured Lakers fan. It's an honor.

Just a thought...Who could be the greatest LA Laker who didnt win a championship?

LRob - very cool going to MSU same time as Magic. Nice tidbits we learned.

FCM - I like this!

Cheers all - PLG

KobeMVP888,

on DFish - I agree with you 100%. He's been underappreciated and its good to see him get his props now. I must confess that my hands are not clean in this matter. I didn't want the Lakers to resign him 07. I was also critical of him in 09 playoffs. But his clutch play in 2010 championship (gm3 4th quarter), gm7 (big 3pt to tie) and solid d on Ray Allen all series has earned him a "free pass" the rest of his career.

on Pippen - Glad to see your high opinion of Scottie. Too many smart basketball people still underrate him. That 91 series was up for grabs until the Bulls switched Scottie on Magic. He slowed Magic a little, but more importantly it kept MJ out of foul trouble and from exhausting himself guarding Magic. Of course, this was only possible because Worthy was hobbled therefore Pip didn't have to check him.

on The Breaks of the Game - Yes, I also have that book and love it. It gives great insight into player interaction and front office thinking. Speaking of books did you ever read Connie Hawkins autobiography, "Foul"? I had a copy back in the day and it was one of my favorites...but it doesn't exactly paint Goodrich in the best light.

Have a great day also!

While there is general consensus in the blog that Tex should be inducted in the HOF, the other question is: should he be enshrined as coach or contributor?

http://www.hoophall.com/enshrinement-process/

Tex has been on the HOF final ballot 7 times.

LRob,

Great bridal shower story. I had to also attend a bridal shower once b/c my girlfriend didn't speak English well but my family wanted here there, and though I stayed in another room, I had drinks and food made for me all day long. It was great. It was really perfect and it made me realize thet men are missing out. Think about it--4-5 straight hours where your gf is partying in the next room, having fun, not bothering you, being safe, not driving, drinking and preparing for the afterparty while you watch football. Sounds great to me.

MM,

I like this blogger series. I really do. I don't know if I have enough Laker stories to get involved, but it's fun to read about other bloggers. You may even want to consider blogger contributuions in writing the next time you go on vacation. I just think that someone like Laker Tom or Larry or Jon K would do a much more intense, lakerholic/Lakercentric daily post than the LaTimes writers did. Maybe you have a little contest and say, "I'm leaving for 4-5 days, submit your posts" then publish the best four each morning that you're gone. I think you'd have daily posts that someone worked really hard on with all kinds of interesting, personal laker stories--and that would be awsome and super cool.

Not that I didn't like the subs while you were gone, but, we maybe wanted a bit more.

Wes

Oh no. No instant posting. Maybe if we're good it'll come back in a week or so.

Wes

Guys, Good to hear the positive feedback on this series. Plenty of people have submitted their profiles, but I encourage everyone to send one. You can fill out the template I had or add any of your own questions.

MM

Wes - We'll stick with moderation once things settle down. I hate to penalize the good people here at this blog but also lots of trolls seemed to be ruining the experience for some and I don't want that to happen.

MM

*MARK MEDINA, You Magnificent Blog God you!!!!! NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.
I have only one thing more to say...OUT FRAKIN STANDING SIR

Good morning JustaAnotherMambaFan(Head of Mamba Clan) & the fabulous Laker morning CRUE!!!
LROB, MY BROTHER!!! I feel like I've known you all my life. I wasn't going to fill out one of those forms but now with you for inspiration I think I will. Oh by the way on the profile...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!
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Just a thought...Who could be the greatest LA Laker who didnt win a championship? Posted by: LakerPeace | August 21, 2010 at 09:49 AM

I would say...ELGIN BAYLOR.

LakerPeace: Elgin Baylor?

Wow...I have to agree with Elgin Baylor. I thought he won in 1971-72 season, but he retired nine games into the 1971-72 season because of his nagging knee problems and never won the championship.

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Wow, I'm first out of the gate. I was a little hesistant about completing the profile at first. But now that its up...I guess I feel like...I feel like....oh well I'm at a lost for words, so I'll let your Royal Purple Badness explain...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeLgcH6ynPw

Wes, Thanks. I agree being around a bunch of beautiful women is ALMOST never a bad thing...especially when they're in a celebratory mood.

Nice! I've been carrying on an enjoyable discussion with today's featured Lakers fan. It's an honor.
Posted by: KobeMVP888 | August 21, 2010 at 09:36 AM

Stop that! The pleasure is all mine. Your passion for the game is evident.

LRob - very cool going to MSU same time as Magic. Nice tidbits we learned.
Posted by: PsychedLakerGirl | August 21, 2010 at 09:58 AM

Thanks PLG...it was great especially when MSU cut down the nets in the NCAA finals. It was a short lived party for State though - cause Magic left and the rest is history!

Thanks for sharing LRob. I love hearing everyone else's stories!

Hello you unrecovered Laker fans! Wish I was able to chat today, but life beckons outside the blog world, even if it is freakin' hot!!

So many people walking around my town (Murrieta) with their Laker jersey's on and it's a beautiful sight. We're hollering "Go Lakers!" at each other and waving like crazy. Every true Laker fan is waiting for the start of the season, excited by the potential to threepeat.

GO LAKERS!!!!!

Good morning JustaAnotherMambaFan(Head of Mamba Clan) & the fabulous Laker morning CRUE!!!
LROB, MY BROTHER!!! I feel like I've known you all my life. I wasn't going to fill out one of those forms but now with you for inspiration I think I will. Oh by the way on the profile...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!
Posted by: MAMBA24 | August 21, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Mamba - the feeling is mutual. Glad I could inspire you. Of course, you know this wasn't optional for you. None of us on this blog would've let you get away without completing a profile.

Speaking of books did you ever read Connie Hawkins autobiography, "Foul"? I had a copy back in the day and it was one of my favorites...but it doesn't exactly paint Goodrich in the best light.

Have a great day also!

Posted by: LRob | August 21, 2010 at 10:01 AM
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I read that book when I was a teenager and it remains one of my favorite sports books ever. I must re-read it. My parents grew up in NYC (Brooklyn and Queens) and I was a Knicks fan until I left New Jersey in 1974, so I was curious about this Bedford-Stuyvesant product who some thought had the potential to be the greatest ever. I was at the Willis Reed game (great story behind getting tickets to those playoffs). Back to Foul!, there was a quote from that book when Connie Hawkins and a couple of his friends were riding in a car and one of them farted that I still use to this day. "He peppered the air with a booming salvo!" Ball Four! by Jim Bouton and Foul! were my two faves as a youth.

Just a thought...Who could be the greatest LA Laker who didnt win a championship?

Posted by: LakerPeace | August 21, 2010 at 09:49 AM
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Intriguing, LakerPeace you tend to ask some of the most thought provoking questions.

Nick the Quick, Vlade, Actually, there are some greats, too, aren't there?

--FEARless

MM - Thanks for the feature. I like your photo selection and comments. Always nice to see the ole Alma mater get a little love. Hopefully I can get the double dip this year, a Lakers and MSU title just like in 2000. But if only one can win....no contest...make it the Lakers!

Good Morning Nation...

LRob - nice to meet you sir...

Mamba24 - that was a hell of a roll call...you are the man.

MM - good idea on the member's profiles...

Have a great Saturday all...

Speaking of books did you ever read Connie Hawkins autobiography, "Foul"? I had a copy back in the day and it was one of my favorites...but it doesn't exactly paint Goodrich in the best light.

Have a great day also!

Posted by: LRob | August 21, 2010 at 10:01 AM
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I read that book when I was a teenager and it remains one of my favorite sports books ever. I must re-read it. My parents grew up in NYC (Brooklyn and Queens) and I was a Knicks fan until I left New Jersey in 1974, so I was curious about this Bedford-Stuyvesant product who some thought had the potential to be the greatest ever. I was at the Willis Reed game (great story behind getting tickets to those playoffs). Back to Foul!, there was a quote from that book when Connie Hawkins and a couple of his friends were riding in a car and one of them farted that I still use to this day. "He peppered the air with a booming salvo!" Ball Four! by Jim Bouton and Foul! were my two faves as a youth.

MM - Nice accompanying picture of Magic in his Mich St. green, for LRob's story.

Speaking of books did you ever read Connie Hawkins autobiography, "Foul"? I had a copy back in the day and it was one of my favorites...but it doesn't exactly paint Goodrich in the best light.

Have a great day also!

Posted by: LRob | August 21, 2010 at 10:01 AM
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I read that book when I was a teenager and it remains one of my favorite sports books ever. I must re-read it. My parents grew up in NYC (Brooklyn and Queens) and I was a Knicks fan until I left New Jersey in 1974, so I was curious about this Bedford-Stuyvesant product who some thought had the potential to be the greatest ever. I was at the Willis Reed game (great story behind getting tickets to those playoffs). Back to Foul!, there was a quote from that book when Connie Hawkins and a couple of his friends were riding in a car and one of them farted that I still use to this day. "He peppered the air with a booming salvo!" Ball Four! by Jim Bouton and Foul! were my two faves as a youth.

Just a thought...Who could be the greatest LA Laker who didnt win a championship? Posted by: LakerPeace | August 21, 2010 at 09:49 AM
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Do you mean OTHER than Elgin Baylor?

@LakerPeace

Very Easy Call: ELGIN BAYLOR, THE "MJ" BEFORE "MJ"; THE "DR. J" BEFORE "DR. J"!!!!!!
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT TO THE THIRD POWER!!!!!!!!!

LRob's memories of the 1985 win are on the mark. I still have the videotapes from those games, and look at them every now and then. Finally, finally, in 1985 we won a Final's series against a good Boston team.

Boston fans and sometimes players always found ways to get under your skin, tick you off ... I loved it when they evaporated as contenders until 2008. Now we have to watch Kevin Garnett growl, and bark, and monkey down on the floor or Paul Pierce whine like Danny Ainge used to do about fouls .... some things never change.

2 hours and my posts still haven't showed up????

GOOOOooooooOOOOOD afternooooon Laker Blog.


Nice feature, MM; LRob I liked your story about coming to LA in 2000. We gotta get you into Staples, it's a great basketball venue. Bring some beer oney, though; cha-ching!


@mamba24 - Thank you for your enthusiasm and spirit, it's posters like you (and others of like mind) that keep me popping by. Thanks for putting me on the LakerTom band wagon and if it's still bopping around you can throw me on the Tex Winter bandwagon as "Tried holding my breath until he was accepted. Passed out. Next scheme..."


@MM - I know that on NPR's Monitor Mix blog there's a content filter for posters. I know it wouldn't filter out rudeness that wasn't profanity, but since this is a public forum and people seem to be lacking in decorum isn't there some way to restore decorum to the forum with a profanity filter?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF4uboXhJ7I&feature=related

You know...for the kids?

That's beer 'm'oney, money. fingers of fail

LRob... I really enjoyed reading your profile!! Some interesting info. You have your self a great day! Mamba24, Thanks for the mention on the LAKER BANDWAGON.

LRob, great read on your profile. I did not realize how long you have been a fan.

LRob, we should be learning from your experience over the years. Hope you can share more of your Laker linkages with the big wigs.

LRob, a class act all the way.

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LROB , OUTSTANDING PROFILE – BANDWAGON
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Wow, I'm first out of the gate. I was a little hesistant about completing the profile at first.
But now that its up...I guess I feel like...I feel like....oh well I'm at a lost for words, so I'll let
your Royal Purple Badness explain... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeLgcH6ynPw
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(01) KOBEMVP888 – OWNER - Nice! I've been carrying on an enjoyable discussion with
today's featured Lakers fan. It's an honor.
(02) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – DRIVER - LRob - very cool going to MSU same time as Magic.
Nice tidbits we learned. FCM - I like this!
(03) WES – RIDING SHOTGUN - LRob, Great bridal shower story. I had to also attend a bridal
Shower once b/c my girlfriend didn't speak English well but my family wanted here there, and
though I stayed in another room, I had drinks and food made for me all day long. It was great. It
was really perfect and it made me realize thet men are missing out. Think about it--4-5 straight
hours where your gf is partying in the next room, having fun, not bothering you, being safe, not
driving, drinking and preparing for the afterparty while you watch football. Sounds great to me.
(04) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN2 - LROB, MY BROTHER!!! I feel like I've known you all
my life. I wasn't going to fill out one of those forms but now with you for inspiration I think I
will. Oh by the way on the profile...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!
(05) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER – CHIEF OF STAFF - Thanks for sharing LRob. I love hearing everyone else's stories!
(06) LEWSTRS - LRob - nice to meet you sir...
(07) REDBLUFFPETE - LRob's memories of the 1985 win are on the mark. I still have the videotapes from those games, and look at them every now and then. Finally, finally, in 1985 we won a Final's series against a good Boston team. Boston fans and sometimes players always found ways to get under your skin, tick you off ... I loved it when they evaporated as contenders until 2008. Now we have to watch Kevin Garnett growl, and bark, and monkey down on the floor or Paul Pierce whine like Danny Ainge used to do about fouls .... some things never change.
(08) JAMIE SWEET - Nice feature, MM; LRob I liked your story about coming to LA in 2000. We gotta get you into Staples, it's a great basketball venue. Bring some beer Money, though; cha-ching!
(09) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER - LRob... I really enjoyed reading your profile!! Some interesting info. You have your self a great day!
(10) ENJOYTHERIDE - LRob, great read on your profile. I did not realize how long you have been a fan.
(11) YELLOWFEVER - Lrob thanks for sharing and great bridal shower story. bachelor party or laker game? that about a tough decision.. thank God for Tivo. it is the greatest invention for sports fans since sliced bread.
(12)

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LROB , OUTSTANDING PROFILE – BANDWAGON
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Wow, I'm first out of the gate. I was a little hesistant about completing the profile at first.
But now that its up...I guess I feel like...I feel like....oh well I'm at a lost for words, so I'll let
your Royal Purple Badness explain... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeLgcH6ynPw
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(01) KOBEMVP888 – OWNER - Nice! I've been carrying on an enjoyable discussion with
today's featured Lakers fan. It's an honor.
(02) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – DRIVER - LRob - very cool going to MSU same time as Magic.
Nice tidbits we learned. FCM - I like this!
(03) WES – RIDING SHOTGUN - LRob, Great bridal shower story. I had to also attend a bridal
Shower once b/c my girlfriend didn't speak English well but my family wanted here there, and
though I stayed in another room, I had drinks and food made for me all day long. It was great. It
was really perfect and it made me realize thet men are missing out. Think about it--4-5 straight
hours where your gf is partying in the next room, having fun, not bothering you, being safe, not
driving, drinking and preparing for the afterparty while you watch football. Sounds great to me.
(04) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN2 - LROB, MY BROTHER!!! I feel like I've known you all
my life. I wasn't going to fill out one of those forms but now with you for inspiration I think I
will. Oh by the way on the profile...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!
(05) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER – CHIEF OF STAFF - Thanks for sharing LRob. I love hearing
everyone else's stories!
(06) LEWSTRS - LRob - nice to meet you sir...
(07) REDBLUFFPETE - LRob's memories of the 1985 win are on the mark. I still have the videotapes
from those games, and look at them every now and then. Finally, finally, in 1985 we won a Final's
series against a good Boston team. Boston fans and sometimes players always found ways to get
under your skin, tick you off ... I loved it when they evaporated as contenders until 2008. Now
we have to watch Kevin Garnett growl, and bark, and monkey down on the floor or Paul Pierce
whine like Danny Ainge used to do about fouls .... some things never change.
(08) JAMIE SWEET - Nice feature, MM; LRob I liked your story about coming to LA in 2000. We gotta get you into Staples, it's a great basketball venue. Bring some beer Money, though; cha-ching!
(09) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER - LRob... I really enjoyed reading your profile!! Some interesting info. LRob... Thanks for the Sota love!! You're are our star!! Prince was really looking young there. Hi to wifey You have your self a great day!
(10) ENJOYTHERIDE - LRob, great read on your profile. I did not realize how long you have been a fan.
(11) YELLOWFEVER - Lrob thanks for sharing and great bridal shower story. bachelor party or laker game? that about a tough decision.. thank God for Tivo. it is the greatest invention for sports fans since sliced bread.
((12)DAVE M. LRob, a class act all the way.
(13) EDWIN GUECO - LRob, we should be learning from your experience over the years. Hope you can share more of your Laker linkages with the big wigs.
(14) MAGIC PHIL - LRob u r famous
(15) JEFE101 - 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
(16) CRYSTAL - Hey LRob, dr. buss is a better man than I.
(17) RICK FRIEDMAN - Props to both Zaira and LRob on your profiles. Outstanding

LRob!


Congratulations!


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

nice. this laker fan is like me.

greatest laker: Kobe
boston players i hate: pierce and allen.

love you.
(see how sports and being fans bring us together?)


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