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My apologies, and remember Bob Boozer?

First, I want to apologize to the Lakers blog faithful for the length of time between posts yesterday and today. I have several resposibilities here at The Times, and manage to spend time with my wife and kids too, so time got away from me and I wasn't able to post something as frequently over the weekend as I wanted.

Good news: Mark Medina will be back Monday! You won't have to deal with me until his next vacation!

I wanted to highlight a story written by Jerry Crowe today. Crowe writes about Bob Boozer, who spent some time with the Lakers. An excerpt: 

"Knee injuries delayed the professional basketball debuts of No. 1 NBA draft picks Greg Oden and Blake Griffin.

For Bob Boozer, it was national pride.

The top pick in 1959, he kept the Cincinnati Royals at arm's length for more than a year to maintain his amateur status in hopes of playing for Team USA in the 1960 Olympics.

'I always had this deep desire to represent this country on its Olympic basketball squad,' Boozer says, 'and at that time, you only had one go-round at it. Everyone told me, 'Your chances are remote,' et cetera, et cetera. Each person that tried to get me to sign on the dotted line expressed that, but I said, 'Hey, this is something I've got to go for.' I knew I only had once chance.'

In 1966, he helped the Lakers reach the NBA Finals and in 1971 he won a championship with the Milwaukee Bucks.

'That season with the Lakers was the most enjoyable season I ever had in the NBA because it was Hollywood, Los Angeles,' Boozer says. 'Jack Kent Cooke had parties at his place and you got a chance to meet movie stars. It was a fun time.'


Anyway, it's a nice story, and I thought Lakers fans would enjoy reading it as a reminder of the rich history of the team. You can read the entire article here.

Thanks for sticking with us during the week, and I'll see you again down the road. Until then, I re-hand the baton to Mark Medina.

-- Houston Mitchell

 
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Houston, thanks a bunch for holding the fort while MM is enjoying some time off.
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I think you did great, we're a hard crew to please.
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Cheers.

Houston, we got no problem with you. This bloggers have always something to complain and it's normal to whine in this blog on any given, much more on dog days of summer w/o any Laker news. We don't mean to interrupt the vacation of MM, thought he was coming back next month before preseason starts. After one week with you and Liza, you'd think that he is indispensable.

Anyway, thanks for being the moderator for few days. You and Liza did a great job and it really takes a while to understand the eclectic bloggers here. They need a little TLC plus more percocet and vodka to cure the lakerholismboredom.

Houston,

Thanks for filling in for MM. We might get unruly at times, but we do appreciate your efforts.

Houston, you did spend time with your wife and kids, so it's fine. It's important to balance work and family, and you did great holding the fort for Mark Medina. The Laker crew will understand, no doubt about it. Thanks and see you again when MM goes on vacation. By the way, nice piece on Bob Boozer and national pride.

I have these phases where all I do is go out and travel and take trips. Plus I do a lot of traveling and attending seminars in my line of work and let me tell you that ISH get's old fast! Then I go thru phases where I don't want to see another train, airplane or party and I just hole up at home and gorge myself on old sci/fi movies and books. I'm right now in the hole up at home stage which I predict has a good 2 weeks to go. lol!

Posted by: mamba24 | August 08, 2010 at 04:51 PM

I know what you're saying Mamba24. I've work in the radio industry in sales and my job requires me to interact with a lot of artists and work with a lot of concerts. But the thrill of that part of my job got old a long time ago...and I love music!

They need a little TLC plus more percocet and vodka to cure the lakerholismboredom.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | August 08, 2010 at 09:21 PM
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I would have thought Jon K. would have "Always next year" Clipperisms to satisfy his Lakerisms until the season started. In fact here's a video of your favorite Clipper Jon K:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nqXPnHTY_c&feature=player_embedded

The crap again he stated (he lost a bet with Brian Shaw in 08-09 and had to wear a Lakers jersey one game) is even more reasons to crush that pathetic team in Playa Vista. Los Angeles doesn't need sewer filth to keep tarnishing the Laker's dominance in LA or to keep choking against Lebron.

Houston,

Actually MM paid us to be a pain so the big wigs at the Times would realize he's irreplaceable despite what Beyonce said.

Houston, we're always happy to have you as long as you leave insta-post running. In 1959, while Bob Boozer was holding the Cincinnati Royals at arm's length, I was studying for my Bar Mitzvah, and too busy to notice. I'm glad he got to party with Jack Kent Cooke and Hollywood starlets, though.

While Jerry Crowe was writing about 1959, there was other news today. Jeff Van Gundy anointed the Miami Heat as the greatest thing since Wonder Bread.

http://bit.ly/dn8aFB

And Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher were at the White House, hanging with the President of the United States.

http://bit.ly/aZHdu2

Of course, the headline about the same event on ESPN was about the other NBA players in attendance, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony.

http://es.pn/bW2mPa

Anyone who questions that ESPN hates the Lakers should remember this. Meanwhile, Lamar Odom goes back to work with Team USA on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

http://es.pn/bW2mPa

Roman poet Sextus Propertius was correct when he inspired Shakespeare to write that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Mark Medina stands taller with all of us when he returns from vacation.

But I make no apologies for the fact that we're a needy and unruly bunch. Thing how boring this blog would be if it were otherwise.

Sextus Propertius also said: "He who has vodka and percocet has the world."

Oooops! Apologies. The correct link to the Team USA story is:

http://bit.ly/ciYRk7

Sorry. I was busy pondering who Bob Boozer was and why anyone would be writing about him and lost my concentration.

Wasn't Bob Boozer a Laker? That's why.

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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - OWNER - We Got This & We Want More! Nothing but a (12th) Title will suffice.
(02) LEWSTRS - DRIVER - I'm on the "WE GOT THIS" bandwagon...
(03) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOT GUN - HELL YEAH WE GOT THIS!! Besides I got Justa's back!
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(30) RICK FRIEDMAN - WE GOT THIS

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THANKS HOUSTON MITCHELL FOR FILLLING IN MARK MEDINA - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAGIC PHIL - OWNER - Houston, thanks a bunch for holding the fort while MM is enjoying some time off. I think you did great, we're a hard crew to please.
(02) EDWIN GUECO – DRIVER - Houston, we got no problem with you. This bloggers have always something to complain and it's normal to whine in this blog on any given, much more on dog days of summer w/o any Laker news. We don't mean to interrupt the vacation of MM, thought he was coming back next month before preseason starts. After one week with you and Liza, you'd think that he is indispensable. Anyway, thanks for being the moderator for few days. You and Liza did a great job and it really takes a while to understand the eclectic bloggers here. They need a little TLC plus more percocet and vodka to cure the lakerholismboredom.
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUUN - Houston - much props to you - thank you!
(04) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN2 – Houston you did a great job putting up with us unruly brigands and you did it with Class. Thank you sir!
(05) LROB – SECURITY - Houston, Thanks for filling in for MM. We might get unruly at times, but we do appreciate your efforts. Actually MM paid us to be a pain so the big wigs at the Times would realize he's irreplaceable despite what Beyonce said.
(06) GILBERT B. BATTUNG - Houston, you did spend time with your wife and kids, so it's fine. It's important to balance work and family, and you did great holding the fort for Mark Medina. The Laker crew will understand, no doubt about it. Thanks and see you again when MM goes on vacation. By the way, nice piece on Bob Boozer and national pride.
(07) RICK FRIEDMAN – INSTA POSTING LOBBYIST - Houston, we're always happy to have you as long as you leave insta-post running.
(08) 63 FOOTER – THANKS HOUSTON - Sextus Propertius also said: "He who has vodka and percocet has the world."
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Thanks for filling in during the boring basketball days of mid-summer, Houston. Not much basketball news this time of year. Laker's bloggers are a tough bunch of regulars.

Good story about Bob Boozer's desire to be on the 1960 U.S. Olympic team and giving up money to be on the team. That US team won the Gold in Rome that summer with Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Walt Bellamy, and Bob Boozer among others. And, yes, the US beat the Russians that year.

Houston:

I did remember your gig when you filled in for the K Brothers before the hiring of MM. Thanks for filling in for MM. Drop by to see us from time to time, would you?

Have a great day.

PS - I'm sure most of us here do understand your reasons of having to be with the WIFE and kids. At least I know you have a life (Unlike MM and most of us here..lol!!).

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THANKS HOUSTON MITCHELL FOR FILLLING IN FOR MARK MEDINA - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAGIC PHIL - OWNER - Houston, thanks a bunch for holding the fort while MM is enjoying some time off. I think you did great, we're a hard crew to please.


(09) WALLACE - Houston: I did remember your gig when you filled in for the K Brothers before the hiring of MM. Thanks for filling in for MM. Drop by to see us from time to time, would you? PS - I'm sure most of us here do understand your reasons of having to be with the WIFE and kids. At least I know you have a life (Unlike MM and most of us here..lol!!).
(10) REDBLUFF PETE - Thanks for filling in during the boring basketball days of mid-summer, Houston. Not much basketball news this time of year. Laker's bloggers are a tough bunch of regulars. ood story about Bob Boozer's desire to be on the 1960 U.S. Olympic team and giving up money to be on the team. That US team won the Gold in Rome that summer with Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Walt Bellamy, and Bob Boozer among others. And, yes, the US beat the Russians that year.

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THANKS HOUSTON MITCHELL FOR FILLLING IN FOR MARK MEDINA - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAGIC PHIL - OWNER - Houston, thanks a bunch for holding the fort while MM is enjoying some time off. I think you did great, we're a hard crew to please.


(09) WALLACE - Houston: I did remember your gig when you filled in for the K Brothers before the hiring of MM. Thanks for filling in for MM. Drop by to see us from time to time, would you? PS - I'm sure most of us here do understand your reasons of having to be with the WIFE and kids. At least I know you have a life (Unlike MM and most of us here..lol!!).
(10) REDBLUFF PETE - Thanks for filling in during the boring basketball days of mid-summer, Houston. Not much basketball news this time of year. Laker's bloggers are a tough bunch of regulars. ood story about Bob Boozer's desire to be on the 1960 U.S. Olympic team and giving up money to be on the team. That US team won the Gold in Rome that summer with Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Walt Bellamy, and Bob Boozer among others. And, yes, the US beat the Russians that year.

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WE GOT THIS – TITLE 17 AND WE CAN’T MISS !! - BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - OWNER - We Got This & We Want More! Nothing but a (12th) Title will suffice.
(02) LEWSTRS - DRIVER - I'm on the "WE GOT THIS" bandwagon...
(03) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOT GUN - HELL YEAH WE GOT THIS!! Besides I got Justa's back!
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(30) RICK FRIEDMAN - WE GOT THIS
(31) WALLACE - I'm rding with JUSTA...WE GOT THIS!!!

That thing you told me about for all those sources http://sportscomplainer.com/nba was just what I needed, do u know of anything like that for entertainment news?

Mamba,

Add me to the "thank you" bandwagon. It's great having a place to stop and get a Laker fix, even when nothing at all is going on.


Tom D.

Add me to the "thank you" bandwagon. It's great having a place to stop and get a Laker fix, even when nothing at all is going on. Tom D. Posted by: Tom Daniels | August 09, 2010 at 06:38 AM
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And Good Morning to you Tom Daniels sir. Yes whenever I need a recharge of my Lakerholic batteries this is the place to go.
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THANKS HOUSTON MITCHELL FOR FILLLING IN FOR MARK MEDINA - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAGIC PHIL - OWNER - Houston, thanks a bunch for holding the fort while MM is enjoying some time off. I think you did great, we're a hard crew to please.


(09) WALLACE - Houston: I did remember your gig when you filled in for the K Brothers before the hiring of MM. Thanks for filling in for MM. Drop by to see us from time to time, would you? PS - I'm sure most of us here do understand your reasons of having to be with the WIFE and kids. At least I know you have a life (Unlike MM and most of us here..lol!!).
(10) REDBLUFF PETE - Thanks for filling in during the boring basketball days of mid-summer, Houston. Not much basketball news this time of year. Laker's bloggers are a tough bunch of regulars. ood story about Bob Boozer's desire to be on the 1960 U.S. Olympic team and giving up money to be on the team. That US team won the Gold in Rome that summer with Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Walt Bellamy, and Bob Boozer among others. And, yes, the US beat the Russians that year.
(11) TOM DANIELS - Add me to the "thank you" bandwagon.

Rick Friedman - "...and some other NBA players."

Kobe, the most popular NBA player, recently winning a Repeat-Title is now listed by ESPN as just a 'other' player.

More on the BBQ...

I heard President Obama had Michelle go to Spain on vacation because he heard Delonte West might be coming.

Mamba -

"Do not put me on the thank you bandwagon"

JK - Good morning Mamba and 'others'!

Mamba - "Do not put me on the thank you bandwagon" JK - Good morning Mamba and 'others'! Posted by: Fatty | August 09, 2010 at 07:04 AM
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I'm sorry Sir Fatty but...Whether you like it or not you are going on this Bandwagon!!! Now you can come aboard quietly or we can get security and carry you aboard. Your choice! LMAO!! Fatty you sure...If this is Fatty! Whta's the secret sign?


I heard President Obama had Michelle go to Spain on vacation because he heard Delonte West might be coming. Posted by: Fatty | August 09, 2010 at 07:02 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS!!! Lol! Fatty, Fatty, Fatty!! For shame sir!!

THANKS HOUSTON . . .

MM had a rough first month or so with us during his transition. It takes that long to get a feel for this community. To fill in for a week or so is an impossible assignment for sure. We appreciate your efforts!

Mike

Good Morning Laker fam...Mamba it looks like you're on a roll already. Keep holding it down. If you need extra security let me know cause I might know a few people down in B-more that are connected to Snoop (The Wire)

THANKS HOUSTON MITCHELL FOR FILLLING IN FOR MARK MEDINA - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAGIC PHIL - OWNER - Houston, thanks a bunch for holding the fort while MM is enjoying some time off. I think you did great, we're a hard crew to please.

(11) TOM DANIELS - Add me to the "thank you" bandwagon.
(12) LAKERMIKE - THANKS HOUSTON . MM had a rough first month or so with us during his transition. It takes that long to get a feel for this community. To fill in for a week or so is an impossible assignment for sure. We appreciate your efforts!


Good Morning Laker fam...Mamba it looks like you're on a roll already. Keep holding it down. If you need extra security let me know cause I might know a few people down in B-more that are connected to Snoop (The Wire) Posted by: LRob | August 09, 2010 at 07:49 AM
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Good morning LRob! See, now why did you do that to me? I had this idea that Snoop was the woman of my dreams till you revealed she doesn't just play the role for films, she really is a Homicidal Maniac. LMAO!!

Well I sit here and patiently await the name on the end of the Post that can make this another beautiful day. And no LRob I do not mean SNOOP!! ROFLMAO!!! Actually LRob I'm going to have to do some resear4ch on this. I believe all she need is a touch of Lakerholism and all those lil bad tendencies will just banish! Lol! Look what it did for Ice Cube! Lol!

MM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ARE YOU HERE YET????????????

I hope you had a great vacay, but also hope you NEVER leave us again. EVER. LOL!

DAMNNN! I swear I feel good all over. This is just as good as Lakerholism. What's that you say? Blasphemy! No, No, No!

Good Morning Crue...

Houston we have no problem...Good job on the relief work...Now we enter the ninth inning...time to put in Mariano Rivera Medina...

Everyone have a good Monday...Mamba24, please add me to the bus...

THANKS HOUSTON MITCHELL FOR FILLLING IN FOR MARK MEDINA - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAGIC PHIL - OWNER - Houston, thanks a bunch for holding the fort while MM is enjoying some time off. I think you did great, we're a hard crew to please.

(11) TOM DANIELS - Add me to the "thank you" bandwagon.
(12) LAKERMIKE - THANKS HOUSTON . MM had a rough first month or so with us during his transition. It takes that long to get a feel for this community. To fill in for a week or so is an impossible assignment for sure. We appreciate your efforts!
(13) LEWSTRS - Houston we have no problem...Good job on the relief work...Now we enter the ninth inning...time to put in Mariano Rivera Medina...


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