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Lakers Roundtable: Discussing Team USA with The New York Times' Pete Thamel

Though the 2010 FIBA World Championships are 17 days away, it's never too early to start looking ahead. After all, Team USA reassembled Monday in New York City to begin training for exhibition games against France (Aug. 15), Lithuania (Aug. 21), Spain (Aug. 22) and Greece (Aug. 25).

Amid all his various duties in staying on top of the college football and basketball scene, The New York Times' Pete Thamel recently went to Las Vegas during the team's tryouts and plans to see the team compete firsthand beginning Aug. 28 in Turkey, a tournament the U.S. hasn't won since 1994. Among the highlights from my conversation with Thamel:

-- How the makeup of Team USA changes, since no player from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, including Kobe Bryant, will play.

-- Why Lamar Odom is presumed to play backup center, what adjustments he needs to make and how he epitomizes the versatility Team USA needs in its lineup.

-- Thamel's prediction that Team USA won't win the tournament. The last time the team won was 1994.

-- You can follow more of Thamel's work here and on Twitter.

-- Mark Medina

mgmedin@gmail.com
 
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AAAAAIIIGGGGGHHHHTTTTT!

pHRED IN THE HIZZOUSE!

THAT IS RIGHT, I AM BACK, BABY!

blogger 1) "what, phred was gone?"

blogger 2) "yeah, he was on a road trip. Pacific Northwest

blogger 3) "I thought it was kinda quiet and less sarcastic around here"

phred) "Hey everybody, whatcha talking about? IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE!"

[everybody sort of remembers at the same time that they had to be home early]

Hey, I've got like six days worth of comments to catch up on. I'll be back in time, blogally speaking, for a few hours now, then I'll catch up to y'all and give me thoughts and comments on everthing. Or maybe I'll have a few beers and take a nap. It's all up in the air. Who knows.

DOWN HERE, IT IS THE LOVE’S TIME. IT IS THE LOVE’S TIME DOWN HERE.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

justa, thanks for the recognition. got more where that came from..

BIG LARDASS
BIG VETMINIMUM
BIG UNDESIRABLE
BIG GREEN BLUBBER

more to come later...

A shameless repost:

The Celtics will do anything to win: Including cheating

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/433904-celtics-will-do-anything-to-win-including-cheating

This has been a shameless self-promotion by Fatty

Posted by: Fatty | August 11, 2010 at 03:55 PM

shsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssSPLAT!!!!

That was the sound of Jim Gray's career falling hard...

First the infamous Pete Rose interview....

Then the debacle know as "The Decision"...

And now his report on Corey Pavin, Captain of USA Ryder Cup team, saying he would use his 'Captain's Exception', and include Tiger Woods on his roster...

After Pavin denied he made such remarks, Gray confronted Pavin, and stuck a finger in his chest, made remarks and gestures towards Pavin's wife, and stated to Pavin, "You are going down."

I don't care for Gray, who is a yellow journalist, and I hope he loses his job at the Golf Channel, and he get's buried to a Blog Moderator for some nickel and dime periodical.

(no insult intended to MM)

I REALLY HATE ESPN...

everywhere i look its espn espn espn ... espn channel, espn magazine, espn website, espn radio, espn store, espn award show (espys) , and espn phone.. give me a break!! whats next espn cologne and espn car??

they are officially a monopoly with a firm control over everything in the sports industry... it is now virtually impossible to be a casual fan without subscribing to their services... much like microsoft then.. and now they've gone international infiltrating every home in europe, south america, and asia.

WE MUST BOYCOTT BSPN NOW!!

They may take your lives but do not let them take your FREEEEEDOM!!!!


*** REPOST ***

@ KobeMVP888,

I'm well aware of our holding their rights for 3 years.

I agree. I hope they think more like Shannon, but sometimes youth gets in the way of good ole common sense. At their age, most of these guys think they've got their whole careers ahead of them. They don't fully comprehend that:

THEIR GOOSE JUST CRAPPED THEM A GOLDEN EGG...

HEY CARACTER! HEY EBANKS! SIGN WITH THE LAKERS ALREADY!!!
______________________________________________________

GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT TO THE SECOND POWER!!!!!!

@yellofever

How about:

THE BLOB THAT ATE BEANTOWN
______________________________________________________

GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT TO THE SECOND POWER!!!!!!

My responses, first couple of threads. (If you said something earlier and you want to know what I thought, 1) I have to seriously question your judgment, and I think the guys in white coats are coming for you and 2) you will have to repost, sorry.

Oh, and I totally have a couple of good rants saved up about BSPN and Jeff Van (I’m Ron Jeremy’s Brother!) Gundy. Ask me later.

Ok, seriously, FCM, when did you get back, did you do anything on your time off except write stuff, and how many threads have you started in the last two days? I go all the way down the to bottom, and it’s still yesterday.

Ok, I’m going all the way back to ‘quick hit thoughts on Shannon Brown’s yadda yadda yadda.”

Cause that’s when FCM got back, right. And I do love FCM. In a totally hetero, still not totally impressed with his ‘sense of urgency’ writing ass sort of way. (should I have some hyphens there?)

Red bluff pete- nice to hear from you.

Worth reposting, I suppose;

http://my.lakers.com/blogs/2010/08/02/laker-girl-auditions-photo-gallery/

Mamba24- seriously, don’t you win post of the day all the time? Really? FCM, work on that. Larry, I would suggest you ask Rick to share those pictures he seems to have of FCM.

I got two comments posted in the 1000 comment highlight! WHOOOO! It’s cool, because near as I recall, I only made like two comments in the 1000 comment thread. Not sure if that’s good or not.


Dang, Jon K had him some funny *@$( in the thread I am reading now (nope, not sure which one it is, there were zillions, jeez)

On second thought, dissing Canadians is totally not cool. They are so inoffensive, laid back and cute, it just isn’t fair. Of course, I don’t think it is an accident that many US citizens when traveling abroad often claim to be Canadians. Everybody loves Canadians, or at least is confused, because they have no idea what the hell “Canada” is, and they hold off on shooting long enough for us hapless United Statesian (Canadians are American too!) to dive for cover in the nearest Starbucks and call in the air strike.

STOP. PAGE BREAK. READING MORE

ok, i might have gone back further in the threads. I'm confused, lost and bewildered by how freakin many of them there are.

Here I sit broken hearted...
Tried to post but only farted...
I search the net, from site to site...
But no Laker news, oh what a fright...

My Laker disease, it makes me tweak...
For Laker action is what I seek...
My Laker jonesin is the symptom...
For me and all in Laker Kingdom...

So what to do, oh what to do...
In a predicament like all of you...
We covered all, from movies to shows...
Still everyday, our boredom grows...

My laptop is smoking from Google Chrome..
And so is my desktop, when I'm at home...
We can talk about Shaq, trades, and Miami..
Oh I forgot, we did that already...

Nothing left, so this poem I write...
Either that, or I can pick a fight...
Like Magic Phil, I'm lover and not a fighter..
Instead of the dark, I think of the brighter...

So hang on crew, we have some time...
Still months to go, before we chime...
It's here at last, oh what a sight...
We're finally here, it's Opening Night...

Lewstrs

I am reading the comments about Obama playing basketball. I keep expecting some complaints. I was wondering, if George Bush II was playing baseball with the greatest living baseball players, would I complain about the coverage? And would George make the second out by catching a fly ball with the bases loaded and then flip the ball into the stands and run back to the dugout to pose by a ‘world champions’ sign he had preprinted? I guess I will just refuse to speculate.

Wait, I’m all the way down, and I have to think FCM deleted at least one comment, but ok, I’m going to put up that last one.

The Q- masterful sarcasm. [bows]

For the record, my nickname for Shaq remains ‘the big offensive tire boot,’ Cause when he is in the game, his team’s offense can’t move. At all. Just sayin.

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Posted by: reason | August 09, 2010 at 07:56 PM”

I’m just gonna figure Jean Anouilh had something to do with this.

RE wes- Larry, you know you can put me on bandwagons like this. Only bandwagons like this, true, but put me on there.

RE Shaq and the Celtics discussion; We won. You win next year, you can take part in the conversation. Until then, you can read, but if you want to talk, be humble.

“Fatty - I think JVG is always drunk AND a complete idiot. All day. All the time. He should just fall on his spork and put himself out of our misery. What a maroon...
Posted by: justanothermambafan | August 10, 2010 at 09:16 AM”

Had to put that one in there, cause Fatty deserves a reference and I just wanted to reiterate that justa is funny.

DHDH- [HIGH FIVE!]

“try to surpass 72 wins? that's not really the Lakers style. experiment with lineup, tinker, rest up injuries, and cruise control through the all-star break. then kick it up a notch to gain some momentum into the playoffs.
leave the 73 wins to lebron and company. lol.
Posted by: brian | August 10, 2010 at 10:03 AM”

Note to self- check to see if this made RCOTD. If not, object strenuously.

Razdizzle- good points, particularly RE the level of competition faced by the Bulls 72 win team.

STOP TO REST. POST PREVIOUS RESPONSES

EVERYBODY NOT MENTIONED-

GREAT POSTS. THANKS FOR THE GREAT READING

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

wes- i am really sorry to hear about your friend. Deepest condolences.

Lakertruth

Good post earlier about 3 threads ago on kupchak. It is a little odd how someone who used to acquire nothing but nonathletic stiffs then year after year (ie.. Luke, sasha, cook,sun yue, kwame) has completely changed his philosophy and is now acquiring players like ariza, artest , shannon, ebanks, etc..

Somewhere along the way something very strange happened to him and its no coincidence that is when kobe started winning titles... Let's not forget pau came giftwrapped courtesy of our very own jerry west.

yello- I agree with you. &*^% BSPN.

They are not only content to ruthlessly exploit the weaknesses in the sports journalism market, they pretty much just want to skull **@! sports journalism and then stand over the corpse, pose, and then sell the pictures for cash, which they then spend on "strumpets" and "nose candy" which they will give to Lebron James in order to convince him to keep giving them stories about "basketball"

sigh. I'm copying and pasting this, if it gets deleted for some "weird reason" I will repost on the next 1000 comment thread when the moderating is just to much work.

So Shannon Brown took less money and re-signed with the Lakers because he recognized that the Lakers are on the cusp of history with another potential threepeat, and possibly the last year to be coached by Jackson. Smart guy, that kid. In contrast, Ariza went elsewhere for supposedly better opportunities and within a year has been traded to New Orleans. Poor guy, he shone so brightly in LA partly because he was playing with the best player in NBA who drew double teams.Take that out of the equation, and he's back to being an average joe.

Good post earlier about 3 threads ago on kupchak. It is a little odd how someone who used to acquire nothing but nonathletic stiffs then year after year (ie.. Luke, sasha, cook,sun yue, kwame) has completely changed his philosophy and is now acquiring players like ariza, artest , shannon, ebanks, etc..

Somewhere along the way something very strange happened to him and its no coincidence that is when kobe started winning titles... Let's not forget pau came giftwrapped courtesy of our very own jerry west.

Posted by: yellofever | August 11, 2010 at 06:07 PM
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Maybe he had a talk w/ The Logo on how to recognize a good player?
Can't think of anything else.

Ok, I had a short cynical comment about Jeff Van Gundy and his full of (*@(ness here, but once I got started, I kind of kept going. This is a bit political, this is a bit unfun, this is a bit might deleted by the powers that be. But this is what I think, sometimes, in the night, when I am alone with my demons.

There is a standard criticism of the NBA; Focuses too much on superstars, hypes the best players and ignores the games, puts dunks on sportscenter and ignores the good defense and solid passing. The officiating is bad because they won’t call a travel on a superstar and swallow their whistles on close plays in the last two minutes. Old stuff like that.

I like old stuff like that. Because I have seen the new side of the NBA- it is ESPN.

Cover the players, not the sports. What the players do, how they do it is more important than basketball. When a player does something or doesn’t do something, that is the story. Personality preempts the game.

What happens on the court? We might mention it. Who wins the title? We will mention it in the context of ‘nba history’ which is our code for ‘old (*@$ you shouldn’t care about anymore”

What is ‘exciting?’ What ‘bleeds and leads?’ totally the story. You know what? That isn’t quite good enough. We won’t cover that, at least until you sign a contract with us. You let us get our hooks into you, Mr Collins, Mr Van Gundy, Mr Johnson, Mr James, then we will hype your story, your words. We think that is part of what makes this ‘basketball’ so interesting.

Do you do, or have you ever done, anything that might hurt your (our) image? Well, we are interested in that, as long as we can sell the ‘controversy.’ If that doesn’t last, we don’t care, until we can do a brief story on how you ‘have overcome the controversy”

Who are we, anyway, us at the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network? (No silly words like ‘reporting’ or ‘journalism’ or ‘any kind of objective truth at all’ in there, huh?

We pretty much answer to a large body of stockholders. Disney stockholders, nowadays. What is Disney? Well, what isn’t Disney. ABC news. A huge chunk of Hollywood and their movie storylines. A fleet of cruise ships that is actually the fourth largest navy in the world. Pixar. Dreamworks. Marvel Comics. No mustaches, but the frozen head of a guy who was pretty sure that the Jews were the enemy.

Ok, I might have gotten carried away. But none of that is untrue.

But hey, we were discussing ESPN.

So, if you are (my empathies) a sports fan, and you want to know what is going on in sports, you probably have at least one option- ESPN, or some poor schlob local news network that gets no exclusive interviews, has no pre printed press releases, has to ask ESPN for copies of the just released schedules for the upcoming seasons. Oh, and they have to ask for permission to rebroadcast the film of anything that happened in any sports event, anywhere, ever.

Except that stuff Fox gets. You know, that Fox. Whhhooooo, impartial journalism just brimming over there.

And you know what? If you want to watch any of this? Guess what channels it’s on. Well, it might be NFL TV. Wait, that pretty much is a subsidiary of the NFL, which has exclusive contracts for coverage of most of its games with –wait, I know this one…or maybe NBATV, which….hmmm, this sounds familiar.

Man, this almost begins to scorch my potatoes. Where would a guy go to see real coverage of what really is happening in sports? How about his local paper? Damn it, my local paper just folded. Maybe there is a journalistic organism that still prints sports news. I wonder who owns it? I wonder if they have any broadcast rights to sporting events? I wonder if those rights just got purchased by a certain company?

(*#@. Wondering just don’t help much these days.

So, is the great ‘story’ of next season going to be the Heat (copyright Lebron, 2010) and all their games, and everything they do? Is the great hope of the counterculture going to be the Lakers (part of the NBA. Answerable to David Stern. A business partner with a financially vested interest in the renegotiation of the collective bargaining agreement next year. )

Oh yeah, that CBA. I bet the fans are going to want to know what is going on there, in order to form some opinions there, opinions which might influence how they spend their money on watching basketball in the future. I wonder where the average fan is going to get their news on how that is going down.

Hey, I bet they have lots of options, and will be able to find the truth through a sophisticated and informed analysis of the information provided on all the sports journalism outlets.

Of course, they might be distracted by all the monkeys flying out of my (*@ too, which is about as likely as my last sentence.

THE LOVE IS SORRY FOR THE BRIEF INTERRUPTION. THE LOVE WANTS YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT THE LOVE IS ALL ABOUT SPORTS. THE COMPETITION, THE PREPARATION, THE TALENT, THE SKILL, THE HARD WORK AND THE AMAZING THING WE CALL HUMAN POTENTIAL.

THE LOVE SOMETIMES WONDERS IF IT IS DOOMED FOR DISAPPOINTMENT

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

RE BSPN; This organization frequently goes out of its way to tell us that it really does care about impartially reporting the news. It cites arguments about how well it covers the news.

Well, as opposed to what? Why wouldn’t it cover the news? What could its agenda be other than covering the news? Is there something about its agenda that would preclude it from citing the news, if it was to follow its desired agenda? Really? So, would it be reasonable to suggest that it covers the news as much as it has to, to justify the demands of impartial journalism, at least until it has to retreat to the claim that it is, in fact, about ‘entertainment’ more than journalism?

What would it rather do, instead of covering the news? Something, obviously, or else it wouldn’t have to take the trouble to try to pretend to cover the news.

What is that something? We wonder. Or we would wonder, if we were dumber than fish sticks. Instead, we know; ESPN covers what it is in the interest of ESPN to cover. We can only wonder and hope that what it is in the interest of ESPN to cover doesn’t involved the destruction of all humanity, cause apparently they are cool with that. After all, wouldn’t that be entertaining?

Damn Trevor you should have stayed with us homey!! Cp3 will help his game out a lot though. Good luck

jeez. I love this game. I love this sport. I am going to drink a few more and lean against the game and the sport and tell it, in very slurred and pungent exhalations, how much so I just love it, and I am very sorry for offending it, and I want it to be all about the love.

wait.

dang, I am lucky, and I can skip all that because, well, you know

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

Darren Collison for Ariza? Well, that should reinvigorate the whole 'should be have resigned Ariza and signed Artest' argument. Cause maybe then we could have us some Collison. THE NBA. WHERE THE BAD TRADE RESULTS IN THE UNFORESEEABLY GOOD OUTCOME.

dang it.

Jeez. The lesson, apparently is ‘sign all the players you have Bird Rights to to absurd long term deals, cause you can trade them for rebuilding pieces later on.

Well, actually, I think we already do this, and I think this will help us in the long run. We will soon have the expiring contracts of Odom, Artest, Barnes, Brown, and frankly, Bynum, Gasol and Kobe to play with. We are pretty well set. Props to Jerry Buss and Mitch Kupchak, who well just dominate.

They are the standard. NBA team owners want to be them, NBA team owner groupies want to be with them. They are the bastard love child of David Tennant and Shakira of the NBA.

um, everybody thinks that about David Tennant and Shakira, right? Well, you should.

sigh.


THE LOVE IS ABOUT REAL SPORTS

NOT THE ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS PROMOTIONAL NETWORK (NEW ACRONYM 'TOOL')

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

oh yeah, Luke's contract is a tradeable asset roughly the same time as Kobe, Pau, Lamar and Drew's contract. That is some seriously tradeable contract there.

I would almost suspect Mitch knew what he was doing.

Next thread here on the Lakers blog:

Mark Medina and Justanothermambafan discuss the 2011 NBA All-Star Game.

Topics to be discussed:

* Vodka & Percocet vs straight Vodka.
* Justanothermambafan vs the Laker Girls.
* Why a single post by Justanothermambafan can cause a new thread to appear.
* Why have most of the other female bloggers disappeared?
* Nemaia vs Justanothermambafan
* Mari G vs Justanothermambafan
* Why is MM holding out on the ASG tickets?
* What is the biggest secret regarding our bloggers that has yet to be revealed?

This will become the first thread in the history of the blog to spark 5,000 comments in 24 hours, causing sporadic outages across the worldwide web and endangering national security.

RED AUERBACH Legacy being kept alive by his student Danny Ainge. Red taught well and I am sure he is very proud of his legacy:


http://bleacherreport.com/articles/433904-celtics-will-do-anything-to-win-including-cheating

All you heathens pray for your salvation!!

Rick- have all our female blogger disappeared?

Perhaps they resent being lumped together as a gestalt frau- the female blogger entititty.

oh *&*@, did i just say that? Damn irony still owns me. But my point remains.
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WHO IS MARI G?

WHO IS DAVID LYNCH?

WHO IS SHERILYN FENN?

RICK, YOU GOTS YOU SOME 'SPLAININ TO DO."


phred - lol what's with the hate man? last week i didn't do a single ounce of writing. i caught up on errands, and then went to the beach, the gym and hung out with friends every single day. i then went back at it on monday

MM

Rick - I like your idea for the next Laker Roundtable discussion lol

Rick - my BFF - LOL but I'm just not that interesting.


I think a better topic would be "what the hell is phred drinking and where can I get some"?

FCM- THERE IS NO HATE. THE IS ONLY LOVE. YOU ARE PERHAPS OVERSENSITIVE TO CLAIMS THAT YOU POST TOO MANY THREADS?

pHRED POSTS A COMMENT THROUGH IMPAIRED FACILITIES TO REMIND YOU IT IS ONLY ABOUT THE LOVE. THE LOVE WHICH pHRED IS UNDER THE (POSSIBLY MISTAKEN) IMPRESSION THAT IT HAS EXPRESSED TOWARDS THE EVER FUNKY AND COLD MARK MEDINA.


IF YOU POSTED ALL YOUR POSTS ON MONDAY, THEN pHRED SAYS! (um,,, something the Borat w9ould say.) You are producer of much superior potassuim.)
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RICK- TALK TO ME LATER. I HAVE MUCH PWNINGS OF YOU AND YOUR PTS TO BROADCAST WITH MY INTERNET KNOWLEGE SAVVY;

THE LOVE WANTS TO KNOW WHO WILL **(&# WITH pHRED. WILL YOU (@)(*@ WITH pHRED? (*&@O$* KREEEGAH~ ()*&()*)*!!!
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pHRED WILLL (*#@&$*(& YOUR....Wait, What the heck? Shut up, LOVE. I am not so much into the (&*()&(ing, unless it is describing BSPN's skull (&*(&*#ijng.

crap. IT HAS BEEN A LONG WEEK

I AM JUST GONNA HAVE TO GET BACK TO y"ALL.

Justa,

>>> I'm just not that interesting.

I think a poll here would say otherwise. But I'm glad all the attention you get hasn't gone to your head.

And yes, we all could use whatever Phred's drinking (or smoking).

And what of the Brobingdagian dissemination of disinformation? Is it in fact the Brobdingangian dissemination of misinformation?

FIE! FIE UPON YOU SIR!

damn it.

like I never post anything worth posting under the influence of strong spirits.

Like I never posted anything about the ESPN under the influence of outraged good judgment.

FCM- KEEP THE LOVE

Rick- do you disagree?

phred,

They're coming to take you away Ha Ha
They're coming to take you away ho ho he he ha ha
to the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time, and you'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats
and they're coming to take you away ha ha

You thought it was a joke and so you laughed, you laughed when I had said that blogging would make you flip your lid, right? You know you laughed, I heard you laugh, you laughed, you laughed and laughed and then you left, but now you know you're utterly mad.

And they're coming to take you away Ha Ha
They're coming to take you away ho ho he he ha ha
To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds and basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes
They're coming to take you away ha ha...

And They're coming to take you away Ha Ha
They're coming to take you away ho ho he he ha ha
To the loony bin with all you can eat prescription drugs like thorizine, and lithium, and electric shock and insulin
They're coming to take you away Ha Ha

Here they come!

Smoking, phreds definitely smoking something...and i want a hit :)

Rick -

I can hear the sirens now.....

It's scary in here at night...


LeBron's enemies list, courtesy of Jeff MacGregor, ESPN:

http://twitpic.com/2dpsl8

BTW, the Ode to Phred (above) is adapted from an oldie originally recorded by Napoleon IV, who, legend has it, was actually Kim Fowley, creator of the Runaways.

Sour corn mash whiskey

Summer night in the canyon

Asteroid shower coming soon.

How strange to not play BBall any more.

Knees are shot.

Was a scorer supreme -

Now just a dream.

Now you've done it, Otis. Andy's coming to lock you up. I'll tell Aunt Bee not to wait up... *sigh*

Finally catching up from a long day...

Mamba - don't play...we all know you were the winner of the 1,000 post day, but your humility is commendable

Lewstrs - you were right about Mamba's 200+ post....also nice poem.

Nemaia - Actually the L is Lee, but maybe my parents knew I would have much love for the Lakers.

Puddle - Great job on the trade analysis. However with the Nets I think Terrence Williams is the one to watch...yes they just signed Morrow to some decent coin but TWill is a better baller.

Fatty - Excellent point about Jim Buss.

LongTimeLakerFan - Ray Allen is a lock for HOF. He's a 9 time all star and will retire as the all-time 3pt leader. Currently only 114 behind Reggie

LakerTom - Is Collison really that good?

Justa - The ASG tickets are within your grasp...you're wearing MM down and he'll cave any day now.

Jon K - Now that's what I call a win-win-win. Game tickets for us, more traffic for the blog and increased love for the P&G.

MM - Make Jon K's suggestion happen. Surely the Lakers marketing department will see the benefit, if not the Times will get a great ROI.

MagicPhil - That boy is brilliant already...look out.

Logo44 - Thanks for the WVU inside scoop on Ebanks. On other WVU notes Coach Rich Rod is on very thin ice at U-M...I know that makes Mountaineers everywhere happy.

Phred - That'll teach you to road trip in the middle of a tedious off season. Judging from your rapid fire posts you must've learned Evelyn Wood techniques back in the day.

Rick - That's what great about this blog. Where else can you find great hoops discussions and get a Napoleon XIV aka Jerry Samuels reference.

FYI...I like Lebron "taking notes" tweet...I'm glad he's at least talking the talk.

Justa; You are as advertised - nice.

phred

you on a roll.. we should call this the phred thread

BSPN the worst form of MEDIA BIAS in sports. the dumbing down of news.. the mother of all mother establishments of MEDIA BRAINWASHING in our sportsworld.. rampant corporate bias (NBA), sensationalism in its worst (THE CRAB) and their dumbass reporters/writers who are circus performers not journalists

BSPN a monopolistic business in itself out to PROMOTE ITSELF and ITSELF ONLY


so its true.. the 3KINGs played us all like fools. comin from the horses mouth

http://tinyurl.com/35nuh57


They're not 3 Kings - they're 3 A-holes.

That's what they'll be known by from now on by me, and I'm sure I'm not alone in the parking lot on this one.

Just for a thought for still-Ariza lovers....how about trade Odom, Artest, and Sasha plus something for CP3 and Ariza??

They're not 3 Kings - they're 3 A-holes. That's what they'll be known by from now on by me, and I'm sure I'm not alone in the parking lot on this one. Posted by: justanothermambafan | August 11, 2010 at 10:24 PM
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I dare, I say, I DARE, This to be made RCOTD! LMAO!!!!

why are my posts not going through?

Ok that one went

blogger 1) "what, phred was gone?"

blogger 2) "yeah, he was on a road trip. Pacific Northwest

blogger 3) "I thought it was kinda quiet and less sarcastic around here"

phred) "Hey everybody, whatcha talking about? IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE
Posted by: phred | August 11, 2010 at 04:26 PM

Phred, is this your multiple personality thing coming out again?

Wow Fatty, people were really attacking you on that BR post. I'm having out with a Celtics fan on that thread right now and I gotta say, it's pretty fun.

troy B- that's 'dis association disorder" Thanks very much. I didn't really think that was what was going on there. That is usually what is going on between phred and the LOVE.

That which you cited before was simply pHRED BEING FUNNY! A weird concept, I know. Humor has previously only had a role in the comments of justanothermamban fan, Fatty's posts, and pfunks diatribes.

I am loath to disillusion you, but humor is to be found all throughout the blogoshere. Watch your head, to say nothing of your funny bone.

jeez. all kinds of ugliness going down.

Celtics fans, please keep yourselves to the right. There will be plenty of time to view the awesomeness that is the Lakers 2010 playoffs. Please lock your car doors, the management is not responsible for lost of stolen washed up NBA players.

Of course, we hope you leave this instructional session with a greater appreciation of what it will take to compete in the playoffs next year. Fight the hype. Play the game. Send Cash to phred.

Phred-

I agree with you 100%, ESPN is slowly taking over the world and all they spew is garbage. David Stern and Mickey Mouse are secret lovers.

My take about JVG motive behind his declaration of the heat greatness is to try helping his brother's team by putting more pressure on LBJ and we all know how he handles pressure like an extremely hot potatoe he could not get rid off his hands soon enough.

My take about JVG motive behind his declaration of the heat greatness is to try helping his brother's team by putting more pressure on LBJ and we all know how he handles pressure like an extremely hot potatoe he could not get rid off his hands soon enough.
Posted by: ctran | August 12, 2010 at 05:39 AM

Ctran - I agree. No way on God's green earth that JVG thinks Miami will win 72+ games or 33 in a row

Mamba24,

No row call yet...How am I supposed to start my day?

@ phred:

*HIGH FIVE*

*CHEST BUMP*

What up, dog?

DBDH!

LROB,

you wrote: Ctran - I agree. No way on God's green earth that JVG thinks Miami will win 72+ games or 33 in a row

my response: I'm not sure I agree with you. I think he's looking at the offensive
numbers of the past and not realizing that the East just got tougher.

Lewstrs... Loved the Poem! SHAQ.. The Big Obi Wanna Beat Kobe!!!

Troy B -

Thanks for your support. Dealing with all those greenies was getting tiresome.

What part of Ainge's statement "it was childish, classless, and unprofessional" do they not agree with?

There own GM condemned the act as foolish and deserving of a fine, the first time. So why not get fined the 2nd time?

What I find interesting is so many of those Boston fans feel there is NOTHING wrong with cheating. So why are they in an uproar? They should be taking it as a compliment, the video documenting of the Celtics trying to cheat and steal a game in the Championships.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/433904-celtics-will-do-anything-to-win-including-cheating

Good morning Lakers crew!

Somewhere out there Mamba is lurking......come on in Mamba, the water is fine.

Hey, hardly anyone home it seems, EXtremely quiet in here this morning.

Need something controversial?

Check out this vid,

title:

Kobe Attacks Old Lady

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lofoN5g2FI&NR=1

Well Good Mornin' Y'all!!!!
(so far I see Art, LRob, fatty, ctran, DBDH, NMLL... phred I see you must have been on a GOOD ONE last night.. lmao)

Mamba, Justa... RISE AND SHINE you two... chop, chop let's go...

LEWSTRS, that poem was the ish, had me laughing out loud (which isn't good 'cuz I'm at work and they frown on happiness here).

The following is part of the article from a link provided by yellow (which most of you might have read already)

"By joining the Heat and forming a megastar compilation, Bosh - who has never won a playoff round - immediately set the bar to the highest level.

"Championship. First year. That's the goal," he said. "That's what we're trying to achieve.

"I think everybody knows that. I think everybody in the organization is on the same page. I think LeBron and Dwyane will say the same exact thing. It's either championship or fail for the duration that we're together. We did this to win a championship. So there is no two-year, three-year plan. It's like let's play right now for a championship.""

ATTENTION EASTERN CONFERENCE DIVISION TEAMS (not named the Heat): It is IMPERATIVE that you do ALL in your power to make sure that this NEVER comes to pass. TEAR DOWN the Lego built team's hopes of ever getting near a Finals.

That is all.

"I think everybody knows that. I think everybody in the organization is on the same page. I think LeBron and Dwyane will say the same exact thing. It's either championship or fail for the duration that we're together. We did this to win a championship. So there is no two-year, three-year plan. It's like let's play right now for a championship."

Posted by: HalosAnt | August 12, 2010 at 08:34 AM

HalosAnt - The funny thing is Bosh has NO idea what it takes to win a championship.


I'm here but Rick F. really....I can't keep up with folks like you and Phred, Lewstrs, etc. Too much wit.

I need the more serene, reasoned blog posts where we are discussing all things Lakers. I know its lame but this Summer lunacy is too much for me.

Help, help, can we at least get to camp and preseason???

Cheers - PLG

PS - apparently Justa is capable of holding her own as well as the rest of us Laker blog girls. She rules!! Go Justa, go Justa!

Good morning Lakers crew!


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