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What's your first memory of Kobe Bryant?

I'm going to be out of commission for blogging Sunday as I spend time in Washington, D.C., with family and friends and visit Nationals Park to see Stephen Strasburg pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

So what does this exactly have to do with the Lakers blog? Well, this will be the only post of the day, and I thought this could serve as a springboard to another topic. Strasburg created lots of buzz at San Diego State and continued to do so as he quickly moved up in the Nationals minor league system and then, in a Nationals uniform, proved the hype justified.

That leads me to this question: What were your initial thoughts when you first heard about Kobe Bryant? Where were you when you first saw him play? And what were your expectations on how everything would turn out?

This should spark a range of responses and keep us occupied for the day.

-- Mark Medina

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My first memory of Kobe is his taking Brandi to the Prom, not any basketball
score total, game or anything. Here was a nationally prominent all-star taking
the star of a TV- sitcom to a high-school Prom and both of them came across
as real people and not this fake Lebron James staged nonsense. I knew then
that even though he was so young to be entering the game, he was going to be
able to handle the pressure. I knew he was going to be good. But I thought Silk
or BScott good. Instead he became - and I hate to say this name or
initial - MJ Great, not good.

I remembered him having his own PC wearing a suit and a pair of Oakleys where he was taking his talents to the NBA and the controversy that followed.


Lebron of course ripped that off with his "Decision"

I remember seeing how slight he looked, how much he looked like a high school kid. And I thought, Jerry West, are you sure? Then he got the ball in his hands and I thought, wow, in a couple of years when this kid grows up, watch out.


One of my favorite memories of young Kobe was a game where the Bulls were blowing out the Lakers, and Kobe made an amazing dunk in garbage time. MJ turned to Scottie on the Bulls' bench and said "did we used to be able to jump like that?

I remember him airballing a couple of 3's against Utah...

My first memory is when the Lakers on draft day that year traded Vlade Divac to Charlotte for the draft pick to select Kobe Bryant. I figured the Lakers brain trust must have known something about this very young man to trade away a starting center to get him.

The 15 rebounds he grabbed in game 7 against the Celtics. This finally proves that he will do whatever it takes to win, and that he is a team player. His shot was off all game, but he went to the boards to make up for it.

Slam Magazine 1996, profiling the high school players of 1996.
He was #1 then too.

To be honest, I thought he came off a little cocky. But in saying that I'm so glad he's our cocky, without that, he wouldn't be who he is today, for now it is a whole bunch of CONDIFENCE!!!!!!! My best moment was when he finally beat Shaq. The look on his face was RELIEF and satisfaction. I'm sure he was rapping "Hey Shaq tell me how my Azz tastes" One thing I am so happy that we kept him and not Shaq, always liked Kobe more!!!!

Oh man. Sometimes, people just suck. Posted by: JohnnyV | August 15, 2010 at 09:14 AM
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Please JohnnyV, don't classify THAT, with People!

Please JohnnyV, don't classify THAT, with People!
Posted by: mAMBA24 | August 15, 2010 at 09:21 AM

Fair enough Mamba. I wish I had your tolerance. I can't stand mean spirited or plain ugly people. I always seem to react to it.

I spend most of my time on this blog reading what the brilliant basketball minds have to say but what gets me to post? The ugly people. Not sure why that is.

I was in Chicago, December 1997 - Lakes were playing Bulls.

Kobe and Michael went at it all night long - Lakers losing, for they were not ready. Kobe had this fade-away jumper from the baseline that Michael could not stop - they played to a stand-off with Kobe getting 28. That's when I knew what he could do.

The neat thing is how those two talked to each other all game long - not bad trash, but as two high-plains drifters - alone at the top. That was some severe acknowledgement.

You know, (back to yesterday and JB's hof ceremony) I am wondering about Buss and Kobe. Buss has such unabashed love for Magic it dwarf's everything else. When JB was asked what his all time starting Lakers 5 unit would be, his response was Magic at all 5 positions. LOL.

Now, if you are working for Buss (enter Kobe) how do you compete with that? It's clear that Magic is deserving of the love and praise that JB showers him with and it's clear that the two men clearly love each other.

Kobe on the other hand isn't the type to warm up to Buss the way that Magic did (and still does). Someone mentioned it yesterday and I thought it was a great point. Kobe is aloof like Kareem. It's just who he is. But in all of us, we want to please and be appreciated. I think Buss appreciates Kobe and my guess is that Kobe is "The Show" right and Buss is grateful for it.

Kobe is just wired for competition and war on the court. He is not a lover (in the metaphoric sense, LOL) like Magic is. Where Magic is all about winning, he is all about the love as phred may put it. Kobe is Buss's "King Warrior" and while you can admire and appreciate a guy like that, they aren't the warm fuzzy type. It just isn't in the genes.

So, I wonder what that's like for Kobe. Doing all he does for us while Buss continues to have his clear favorite child Magic. I don't think Kobe "Needs" to be loved, so in truth it may not bug him at all. After Kobe retires, Buss may well be passed on by then. Meaning that after Kobe retires, the next Laker owner is the one that Kobe will relate to in his retirement years. Maybe Jimmy Buss and Kobe are tight? Will it matter? Will Kobe "Need the Lakers" when he retires?

Just makes me think. No matter what Kobe does, he will never occupy the place that Magic does in Buss's heart. He can and may go on to be the greatest player of all time and yet still be #2 on the Lakers. WOW!

I changed my mind and now think Kobe sucks. We should trade him for Durant. Phil sucks and we should hire Jeff Van Gundy.I wish I had dated Brandi instead of Kobe.

Hey Mamba,
I think we should trade Kobe 2 and start a bandwagon.

My first memory of Kobe was hearing that we attained him for Vlade. Vlade was well liked and a decent starting center. I was curious to see who we got. So when he played, I scrutinized his every move...and was pleasantly surprised. I get the feeling that my favorite memory of him is yet to come!
I'm sorry, Vlade who?

Mamba24... I know I should be a bigger person, God only knows I'm old enough to do that.........But every time Kobe's incident comes up I feel I have to defend him.. You are a good person, your chlidren have a great role model!


Obviously we have trolls in the house. I will say no more!
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I also think we should trade Gasol for Garnett.

I also think we should trade Gasol for Garnett. Posted by: Mamba24 | August 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM
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Now that is some seriously funny ISH! Why? Because it shows your stupidity on two different fronts! LMAO!!! Carry On!

About his rookie all star game against AI, and scored 31 points but was stolen his MVP trophy. The next day then he got the slam dunk champion. We all knew then a superstar is coming.

No one knew at the day a top 5 all-time best was emerged

The first memory of Kobe is KOBE...his first name. I thought "What the heck was that?" Later, we found out his name was after Japanese beef name. What a way to name!!! And he is the only one in the NBA called by the first name since then...

him and brandi at prom

My first real memory of Kobe Bryant on the court was the time he crushed a dunk from just past the free-throw line on a young Ben Wallace (Wizards) in a preseason game. That classic video is readily available on the web, however, I had the pleasure of watching it happen live on TV. Nick Van Exel's expression after the play was priceless. Kobe crossed up some dude (maybe Antonio Daniels?) then went to the rack, extended, hung, then destroyed Big Ben.

DBDH!

First memory: When I was 11 I saw the clip where Kobe announced,, with sunglasses on his head, that he was taking his talents to the NBA. I didn't know anything about him and was pissed when the Lakers traded Vlade for him. Then again I was 11. What would I know :)

My first memory was reading that we were sending Vlade to Charlotte for their draft pick - a high school player. I honestly thought the only reason for the trade was to dump Vlade's salary in order to be able to afford to pay Shaq the richest deal in NBA history. Even though I loved Vlade, that made sense to me. Then I saw Kobe play. I couldn't believe his talent level and I didn't like the fact that he was coming off the bench behind Eddie Jones. Heck, in his second year he was voted as a starter in the All Star game despite the fact he wasn't even a starter on his own team! The rest was history - waving off a screen by Karl Malone so he could play one-on-one, the back to back airballs against Utah when the rest of the team (that includes you Nick Van Exel!) were afraid to take a shot, and then that crazy come from behind win against Scottie Pippen's Blazers in game 7 that lead to the first three-peat. People that don't want to put Kobe in the same breath as MJ are only fooling themselves.

My first memory was reading that we were sending Vlade to Charlotte for their draft pick - a high school player. I honestly thought the only reason for the trade was to dump Vlade's salary in order to be able to afford to pay Shaq the richest deal in NBA history. Even though I loved Vlade, that made sense to me. Then I saw Kobe play. I couldn't believe his talent level and I didn't like the fact that he was coming off the bench behind Eddie Jones. Heck, in his second year he was voted as a starter in the All Star game despite the fact he wasn't even a starter on his own team! The rest was history - waving off a screen by Karl Malone so he could play one-on-one, the back to back airballs against Utah when the rest of the team (that includes you Nick Van Exel!) were afraid to take a shot, and then that crazy come from behind win against Scottie Pippen's Blazers in game 7 that lead to the first three-peat. People that don't want to put Kobe in the same breath as MJ are only fooling themselves.
Posted by: Kilgary | August 15, 2010 at 11:03 AM
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Now that's some great memories!! And yes, Yes, Yes I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!! Carry On!

First impression was, "Lakers traded away a proven 7-footer in Divac for a high school'er? WTF! Are they nuts!"
But I was convinced pretty soon that the time will come when he becomes the "next Jordan."

OH SWEET JESUS! You're not just an idiot, you're a FREAKIN IDIOT!! ROTFLMAO!!! WHAHAHAHHAHHAHHHAHAHHAHAHHA!!!!! Under your whim, hahahhahhaahhah! Stop it, Stop it Now!! you will continue under your whim! OH MY!!!


Posted by: mAMBA24 | August 15, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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Truth hurts don't it? Don't like your named jacked but try to play it off as no big thing. But it hurts son, hurts. Cry me a tear you blithering moron.

I think we should trade Artest for Paul Pierce. I know thinking hurts but I try anyways.

Would you Mamba24, Edwin, Lewstrs, LRob, etc like it if I blogged under your names? I doubt it! Is that enough whim for you Richard Cranium?
Come on out and play or will momma not let you out of the house yet? Respond to @zz Pussy cat.

OK, I will let you cry it out for a while. But try to show respect to others and their blog names!!

I doubt it! Is that enough whim for you Richard Cranium? Come on out and play or will momma not let you out of the house yet? Respond to @zz Pussy cat. Posted by: Mamba24 | August 15, 2010 at 11:29 AM
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Boy you are sicker than I thought. This name fixation thing of yours whats wrong? Not happy being you. And who the Frak is Richard Cranium? Did you 2 have an arguement? Boy you need serious help if you think a freakin Name or that other silly ISH you said is suppose to represnt something. I know who the Frak I am silly lil Biatch @zz MF! But it's aparent your lil punk bad@zz wanna be don't have no idea who the Frak you are. I'm done responding not because of your silly ISH, but because all these hits show up as Mamba24.

Divac was suddenly gone. Shaq had arrived. Kobe came, he was a teenage raw talent. What a great Draft pick! Thank you Hornets for trading him to the right team!

His afro and his smile. That's my first memory of Kobe. I don't remember when or where.

Oh boy - Slow Saturday followed by Troll Sunday - great.


When I got my first look at Kobe on the court, all I initially noticed was how lanky he was, had a funky adam's apple sticking waaay out and a big old fro. All I could think was DUDE - that's not right - cut your hair! LOL! Then of course you watch him play and.... well..... you just KNEW. He took is talents to the NBA and the rest is history. So glad West knew exactly what he was looking at during that workout.


Also - justalakerfan - if you are ticked about others calling me justa instead of you, I'm sorry. No need to change my handle, though. Maybe others can just use JAMF for me - would that make it all better? LOL - get a grip, man. Everyone knows who's talking to who. There are bigger fish to fry - ya know?


@Larry "I don't follow sports"

One Question: If you don't follow sports, then what are you doin' on a Lakers blog?

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When MM's away, the 3rd Street Bridge Trolls come out to play... Hopefully MM will read today's postings. Obviously, the Troll posing as Mamba24 is a Keltic fan too. That's why he wants Gasol traded for K-Flea!
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The first memory of the mamba for me has to be the faceoff against Jordan,that was definitely a sign of great things to come.As for where I was,when i saw him,I'm at now at the same place as i was then(lol).Definitely felt he was a lil cocky and very confident at first.(I think many people still do and that's why they dislike him). I remeber Utah and the airballs. Whenever I tell people about Kobe I always mention that,cause unlike jordan and lebron he came of the bench and wasn't that high of a pick,but those airballs was the defining moment of his greatness,his determination, and drive to be the best.So I always felt he would be real good and close to jordan despite what others thought.
A few moments always stick out in my mind..
60 something in 3 quarters(he couldn't possibly beat that right?)
to the worlds suprise(and Bosh's) 81.
a string of 40 pt games.
the 200l destruction of the spurs..
speaking of determination evrytime I think back on 2001 and Kobe going up for a rebound between duncan and robinson..
oh yea and shaq calling him the best a few times...

This post shocked me:

"I changed my mind and now think Kobe sucks. We should trade him for Durant. Phil sucks and we should hire Jeff Van Gundy.I wish I had dated Brandi instead of Kobe.


Posted by: Mamba24 | August 15, 2010 at 10:09 AM "


I never knew Mamba24 had dated Kobe.

LOL Tom Daniels - you're just trying to stir the pot now too huh?!!

@FATTY… “On his knees and everything....’Jeannie Buss. Will you marry me..... and make me part owner of the Lakers?’" LMAO. Fatty, you are one talented and funny guy. The blog Steve Martin. I am always amazed at how differently people in love today feel about marriage. I’ve several friends who have lived together for years and refer to each other as spouse but have never married. While they always say it doesn’t matter, you have to believe that in some way that Jeanie still has hopes. It may not happen until you’re 50 or 60, but I firmly believe we each have a soul mate for life. And nothing like getting a dowry in the form of minority ownership in the Los Angeles Lakers. Now there’s a Hollywood story that needs a Hollywood ending. Time to watch the 49ers and see if there is any chance for my Lakers, Yankees, 49ers trifecta. Do the right thing, Phil. LOL!
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@Nano
dang how could I 4get the fro..I loved that ish...
does anyone know who or why he cut it?was it his own maturity or something else? anyhow it was cool,since it was kinda silly seeing evryone walking around clean cut or bald headed like mickey.It gave him his own identity,and it did look better than bald headed slam-dunk champ Kobe..lol

IMPOSTER ALERT!!!

Hey Mamba,
I think we should trade Kobe 2 and start a bandwagon.
Posted by: LRob | August 15, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Not the real LRob.

Fellow Bloggers, it is quite obvious that Dingo8mybaby is an idiots and a fool.
Fools only flirt with truth, reality, and the real world.
Never fully involved with or committed to either.

You can read what they say, you can give them their say (after all this IS America) but have a caution, don’t engage them. Never engage fools or idiots!
Once you engage them, they will only drag you down to their level, and then beat you with their experience.

The Lakers success attracts both well wishers and haters.
These clowns are certainly haters.
Move past them.

Three consecutive NBA Finals, winning the last two, on the way to yet another 3-Peat.
Go LAKERS

When I first heard about Kobe I was impressed by his brashness and assumed he had skills because he was Jellybean's son. Then I read what the Logo said about him and was feeling even better. After that, I heard he scored 30+...while getting to the free throw line 20+ times in a summer league game and I started getting excited. Then when I finally saw him play and his athleticism I fell in love with his game and he was instantly my favorite Laker. (Supplanting Nick the Quick). Little did I know that he the focus and determination to be one of the all-time greats.

So, I wonder what that's like for Kobe. Doing all he does for us while Buss continues to have his clear favorite child Magic. I don't think Kobe "Needs" to be loved, so in truth it may not bug him at all. After Kobe retires, Buss may well be passed on by then. Meaning that after Kobe retires, the next Laker owner is the one that Kobe will relate to in his retirement years. Maybe Jimmy Buss and Kobe are tight? Will it matter? Will Kobe "Need the Lakers" when he retires? Posted by: JohnnyV | August 15, 2010 at 10:07 AM
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JohnnyV - I don't think it phases Kobe at all. Dr. Buss showed his commitment to Kobe when he traded Shaq and didn't resign Phil in 2004. He also showed the love with the most recent contract extension. And probably most importantly to Kobe he showing the love by giving him championship caliber teammates.

Once you engage them, they will only drag you down to their level, and then beat you with their experience.

The Lakers success attracts both well wishers and haters.
These clowns are certainly haters.
Move past them.

Three consecutive NBA Finals, winning the last two, on the way to yet another 3-Peat.
Go LAKERS
Posted by: tonyman262 | August 15, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Great post Tonyman262! Jon K once posted something describing difficult personalities. I wish I would have copied that and saved it. Truly amazing stuff. Trolls post things in order to stir the pot and to ruin what we value (and what THEY do not have).

I wonder if the person that has been posting under Mamba24 today is the same one that has been posting under everyone elses name for the last year.

Good article on Trevor and how CP3 is excited to have him on the Hornets. I'll be rooting for you Trev except when you play the P&G

http://www.nola.com/hornets/index.ssf/2010/08/trevor_ariza_already_feels_nee.html

I was in Chicago, December 1997 - Lakes were playing Bulls.

Kobe and Michael went at it all night long - Lakers losing, for they were not ready. Kobe had this fade-away jumper from the baseline that Michael could not stop - they played to a stand-off with Kobe getting 28. That's when I knew what he could do.

The neat thing is how those two talked to each other all game long - not bad trash, but as two high-plains drifters - alone at the top. That was some severe acknowledgement.

Posted by: Otis | August 15, 2010 at 09:54 AM
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You're right Otis. You could tell something special was in the "air" that night.

Geez... Somebody must have peed in that trolls wheaties. We have some Laker hate going on here today!!They had me fooled at first but then the troll showed his true colors. They just HATE our Laker Greatness. Sister Justa, you tell um!! We know who the Real Justa's are.

I was at a Laker preseason game in Las Vegas (I was 5 at the time) and I remember asking my dad about where Shaq was (he didn't play in this game). I kept on trying to convince my dad that the bald guy was Shaq and my dad insisted that it was this new player "Kobe Byrant." I was disappointed about Shaq not being there. I wish I could have seen into the future on that night. Life is better without The Big Substitute.

My first memory of Kobe Bryant was the Lakers mural that went up on the corner store right by my elementary school in East L.A.

I was 10 when he entered the league.

What sticks out the most on that mural? Kobe with a bald head. Now that's young Kobe!

Tonyman262 - I agree about ignoring a clown. Like the Good Book says, "Leave a fool to his folly"

Good Morning LRob sir. I think we did a good job on this thread, it went from 23 to almost a hundred. I think we deserve a cut! Lol! As for posting the clip yes, yes, yes that must stop. But LRob that Clip is the MOVIE!!! All the rest is filler. And when the boy says Double or nothing...I shouldn't say this but... sniff*, *sniff* tears yes tears begin forming in Mamba24's eyes. Lol! GOD!what a scene, the only better scene is The Wild Bunch when Cord says Time to Go and you know he and his boys are going to get their Freakin brains blown out but they can't let their boy be tortured like that. Now you might say Mamba24 how can you compare two entirely different types of movies like that and I say...Mamba24's mind is a very strange place to visit sir. LOL!
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Thanks Mamba. I haven't seen the Wild Bunch so I'll have to take your word for it. My only problem with posting the clip is....one has to see the whole movie to really appreciate that scene. As far as comparing two different genres...and your mind being a "strange place" that is the essence of Mamba don't go trying to conform on us.

Nuggets waived Coby Karl. Too bad. Although I'm not a Thuggets fan, I like Coby Karl as a person and it would've been the first time a father coached his son in the NBA.

Coby is an excellent perimeter shooter. He'd make an excellent 15th man for us.

I know, NOT GONNA HAPPEN...

ANYONE WANT TO START A "BRING BACK COBY CARL BANDWAGON"?

COME ON EVERYONE, WE NEED SOMETHING THAT'S NOT TROLL RELATED TO DO...
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My first memories of Kobe are his dunks. Wow, did I miss those dunks. He was so creative and could move in so many ways. Thanks for the memories.

I remember reading about him as a high schooler in Slam Magazine, but I brushed off their praise because Slam overhyped everybody. Then I saw him in preseason that year and was like 'Oh, we got that kid'. I kept mistaking him on he court for Eddie Jones because they looked similar from a distance. He had obvious potential and athleticism, and as the games went on it was clear he would be good. When he came into the game he'd get your interest because he was fun to watch and I wanted to see what the kid was capable of.

I remember thinking it would be great if he could be a 20-25 ppg guy like Mitch Richmond or Penny Hardaway. He's now the best player in the world.

@LRob "I haven't seen the Wild Bunch"

Say What???? Robert Ryan, William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Dub Taylor, Strother Martin and the List Goes On and On!!! Great Western!!! But NOT Your Typical Western...

Too Bad, So Sad. It played on TCM just the other day.

All I can say is that you're lucky there isn't a House Un-American Committee anymore. LOL

The Scene that mAMBA24 referred to is FAR SUPERIOR TO THE ENDING OF "BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID".

In Butch and Sundance, you know they're goners, but it just seems comical how they go out.

In THE WILD BUNCH, YOU FEEL THEIR PAIN AND YOU STILL WILL THEM TO GO OUT TO CERTAIN DEATH...

THERE'S AN UNWRITTEN CODE THAT THE AUDIENCE UNDERSTANDS AND EXPECTS TO BE FOLLOWED THROUGH.

OUT FREAKIN' STANDING SIR!!!!!!
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Kobe's knee feeling good after surgery . I've never seen a player who recovers from the injury quicker than Kobe. He has the amzing body as well as the mind.....

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5464521

WHOOPS! "ANYONE WANT TO START A "BRING BACK COBY CARL BANDWAGON"?"

CORRECTION: "COBY KARL"
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Johnny V & Tonyman262,

This is one area that Mark Medina and the LAT blog staff should look into in their automatic posting. A system undergoes improvement, it also create flaws or side effects that goes with it. Somehow the human mind always introduces negativity to any novel idea. What I remember with the KBros, tho' they kinda stifle dissent and get involved with controversies, they managed their blog and prevent the the domination of blight and follies. Even during the heigh of Mike T and KL reign, the KBros thread with caution and controlled every situation as they always bring back mainstream sanity into blogging. Mark and his staff kinda puts the blog on autopilot, used their edit on past posts not the present which somehow bring down the quality of what they wish to accomplish. This is unfair to the advertisers who investing ads to attract responsible would-be consumers but got into the site of yellow shallow blogging (another word for yellow journalism) Well, Laker fandome and passion goes with several ways in many generations that bring the attention seekers into this blog. We have lot of sick children who are lonely and would be happy to seek recognition and fame. Some expressed their loneliness in a fruitful manner while the others use mischievousness as a weapon to destroy whatever good order established. What they did not accomplish in a fair game or a fair play, they engaged in fantasy posting. It is all about love and hate, it brings them joy when they accomplish their 'gotcha' methods in disrupting the good order. Like a guerrilla or these terrorist groups, they used anonymity as a good cover to propel such cynical objective.

This is a good study for sociologists and psychiatrists in tracing the patterns of potential psychopaths. It is an experiment of a classroom setting that when the teacher is not there, immaturity in the children suddenly erupts and interrupts the good order that has been learned. It gives truth to the adage: "An empty mind is the devil's workshop."

My first memory of Kobe was when we first got him in that amazing 1996 offseason. Seeing only highlights from high school games in that burgundy uni. I remember the excitement and anticipation of waiting for #8 come off the bench behind our all stars at the time and del harris "pulling the reins" on him all the time.

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(01) THE TRIANGULATOR - OWNER - Nuggets waived Coby Karl. Too bad. Although I'm not a Thuggets fan, I like Coby Karl as a person and it would've been the first time a father coached his son in the NBA. Coby is an excellent perimeter shooter. He'd make an excellent 15th man for us.
(02) mamba24/larrY - DRIVER - Once a Laker always a Laker! Heck Yeah why not? He deserves a Ring. More motivation as if they don't have enough
to get this 3-Peat
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Is anyone else watching Team USA play?

This post shocked me: "I changed my mind and now think Kobe sucks. We should trade him for Durant. Phil sucks and we should hire Jeff Van Gundy.I wish I had dated Brandi instead of Kobe. Posted by: Mamba24 | August 15, 2010 at 10:09 AM "
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I never knew Mamba24 had dated Kobe. Posted by: Tom Daniels | August 15, 2010 at 12:11 PM
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ROTFLMAO!!! Yes I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR
No that was not my post, but the reply was funny as Hell!

Is anyone else watching Team USA play? Posted by: justanothermambafan | August 15, 2010 at 02:23 PM
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Is Lamar playing? Who are they playing?

Coby Karl? You're kidding, right Marc??

Ok - I'll hop on board. Let's sign Coby Karl just so we can have all the Kobe's on one team. You know - so no one gets confused wondering which one's which.

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(01) THE TRIANGULATOR - OWNER - Nuggets waived Coby Karl. Too bad. Although I'm not a Thuggets fan, I like Coby Karl as a person and it would've been the first time a father coached his son in the NBA. Coby is an excellent perimeter shooter. He'd make an excellent 15th man for us.
(02) mamba24/larrY - DRIVER - Once a Laker always a Laker! Heck Yeah why not? He deserves a Ring. More motivation as if they don't have enough to get this 3-Peat
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN - Ok - I'll hop on board. Let's sign Coby Karl just so we can have all the Kobe's on one team. You know - so no one gets confused wondering which one's which.

Mamba24 - sup?! Well, they're not actually playing right now. I've got a game TiVo'd. I was just wondering if anyone else has been watching & what they think.

Lamar's there. Playing well. These announcers are pissing me off though. More Laker haters..... ugh. They've barely mentioned Kobe at all when speaking of the 2008 team. Then they're talking about how Rondo is playing so great after over 100 games this season - with no mention of Lamar doing the same thing but actually winning. Idiots.

I wonder what it would've been like for Kobe if say Phil was coaching the team at the time he was a rook? The first time I say Kobe play was against Chicago and I couldn't believe our good luck. It was clear to me that he was very good, and because I have so much confidence in the Lakers as an organization, I figured he would have every opportunity to be great.
I liked Shaq until he turned bitter. As he soured and "surled" (turned surly) I soured on him too. It is something that will always live with this fan, the woulda, coulda, shoulda of the big faker leaving Lakerdom, and how sweet it is that we kept the Kobester and the incredible epic ride it has been.
Like HOF JB, I too came to the Lake Show with Magic, and its been a helluva ride for this fan too.

Well, they're not actually playing right now. I've got a game TiVo'd. I was just wondering if anyone else has been watching & what they think.Posted by: justanothermambafan | August 15, 2010 at 02:30 PM
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Naw, with none of the real stars I can't get into it. Plus I have a bad feeling about this team. I wish them the best, if only for LO and Kevin Durant, but I don't think they are going to do that well.

@Edwin Gueco "An empty mind is the devil's workshop."

Yes, But "An Empty Diaper is a Proud Parent."

Translated: MM needs to find a way to clean the TROLL ISH up.

Whether it be by setting up accounts with full profiles, avatars and fixed emails so that Trolls don't have it so easy or by setting up a list of regular posters (case insensitive name and email) that has to match for that name to be posted.

MM NEEDS TO DEVELOP AN "ANTI-TROLL" ARSENAL...
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT TO THE SECOND POWER!!!!!!

My early memories from Kobe was his 1st game against the Bulls. He did GREAT.

Buying the N64 video game NBA Courtside, for which Bryant was on the cover.

My favorite memory of Kobe:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLyM3tE23cI

Enjoy!

DBDH!

Having just ingested a quarter pound of El Monte menudo and a couple of swigs of tap water, like so many of you, I think I must have been perched on the can when I first heard the name. ‘Kobe’...a name for big beef...it fit the occasion.

I thought to myself, ‘Man, this guy is young!‘ He’s just a Philly high-schooler. How will he ever manage the glitz and fame of Hollywood?‘ One could only wonder if the Lakers would pay him enough to buy his way out of any serious trouble he might get into. Of course, we learned the answer to that only a few years later in the Rockies.

But I thought, ‘Kobe? Now that’s an unusual name’. It was like, ‘I’ve grown accustomed to people naming their children after a favorite breakfast cereal or something, but a type of beef?‘ But then, after some thought, I realized that it really wasn’t so unusual.

There is beef Rouladen. And Szechuan Beef. And there is Tournedos Rachel, and even Salisbury steak. And there are Bechamel and Bearnaise sauces. Let’s not forget Oysters Rockefeller, and Souffle Rothschild! How about Chicken a la King, woops, wrong player. How about Cherry Garcia Ice Cream, or a Shirley Temple?

You see, Kobe is a fine name. I just think that ‘Hot Dog‘ would have been a much better fit.

Go Kings!
Go Niners!
Go Los Angeles football team!

Sonnybelfast

Team USA: I want them to do well, but they just feel like a bronze squad in the game vs. France. That might make them more interesting to watch, since they will have to fight through some close games. This team should never go into a game thinking it'll be a blowout. If they go into each game with a sense of urgency they'll increase their chances for gold.

My favorite memory of Kobe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLyM3tE23cI Enjoy! DBDH! Posted by: Don'tBlameDelHarris! | August 15, 2010 at 02:48 PM
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DAMMMMMMN!!! I bet Steve Nash can relate to that. And Nick Van Excels reaction was priceless! Big Ben didn't know what to do, sit there or get up. Lol! Thanksssssssssssssss!

There is beef Rouladen. And Szechuan Beef. And there is Tournedos Rachel, and even Salisbury steak. And there are Bechamel and Bearnaise sauces. Let’s not forget Oysters Rockefeller, and Souffle Rothschild! How about Chicken a la King, woops, wrong player. How about Cherry Garcia Ice Cream, or a Shirley Temple? You see, Kobe is a fine name. I just think that ‘Hot Dog‘ would have been a much better fit. Posted by: Sonny Belfast | August 15, 2010 at 02:53 PM
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LMAO!! Ouch, Stop that! I see you have not been taking your Dr. Fatty's LakerHolic tonic as prescribed. Lol! How are you brother? Hot Dog is cool Thats what I said when he scored that 81! Wow, Hot Dog!!! LMAO!! Take care & be careful bro!

Remember the Hansen brothers of Slap Shot fame? The entire Spanish squad are a bunch of Hansen brothers. If Team USA tries to get physical with them, and play their game, the USA will lose. Otherwise, no problem. Repeat, absolutely, no problem.

Watched the entire Spain vs. Slovenia game (Slovenia gave them all they could handle) and was totally unimpressed. Poor ball handling, terrible spacing, and even worse shooting. It was laughable. A bunch of goons.

Their star, Ricky unibrow Rubio, may be a great basketball player someday...somewhere in Europe. Ain't gonna happen here though. Thank God we took Reke, and not Rubio.

That's all I've got to say on that.

Can't wait to see Reke spin the Kobe beefster like a top again. Your bigs aren't going to like my new Cuz. I hope he doesn't seriously hurt them.

Go USA!
Go Kings!
Go Niners!
Go Los Angeles Football Team!

Sonnybelfast

He had hair.

He looked happier then.

When I first saw Kobe slash to the basket, I immediately thought about Doug Christie, another young raw, brash rookie the Lakers had not too long before Kobe Bryant came about. He too, showed promise, but never quite blossomed into the player everyone was hoping for. I hoped Kobe wouldn't be another bust. We desperately needed that iconic player to take us to the next level for years to come. Mission Accomplished!

If Team USA tries to get physical with them, and play their game, the USA will lose. Otherwise, no problem. Repeat, absolutely, no problem. Watched the entire Spain vs. Slovenia game (Slovenia gave them all they could handle) and was totally unimpressed. Poor ball handling, terrible spacing, and even worse shooting. It was laughable. A bunch of goons. Their star, Ricky unibrow Rubio, may be a great basketball player someday...somewhere in Europe. Ain't gonna happen here though. Thank God we took Reke, and not Rubio.
That's all I've got to say on that.
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Much better Sonny! Lol! And thanks for relieving my mind about the US squad. But I don't know, aint much Basketball IQ on our squad and if games get tight...I just don't know. Good to see you're starting to get optimistic about your team. maybe we can get those old rivalries going again! Lol!
So Big question...Finals Winner: Miami or Lakers? Don't be shy jump right in Sonny!
Lol!

I hit Jesse Dixon upside the head with it, knocked him off that Kobe jersey...kilt him dead.
Oh what good times.
Wes
Posted by: wes | August 15, 2010 at 03:43 PM

LOL! Dang Wes, talk about a stretch! ROFL! I do love that movie though. I have seen it soooo many times. That whole scene with the band that Dwight played in? Ohhhhhh, talk about bad! He needed to be killed.

I remember when we traded Vlade for Kobe...There was a lot of hype surrounding him when he first surfaced...

I felt it was time for Vlade to go, but like everyone, I didn't know much about Kobe, except he was a High School Phenom...Then I remember his prom date with Brandy, how big a story that was...No tweeting and blogging was not big then...

Now the rest is history...and now this is what I think about when I hear Kobe's name...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZbhF9LcGLE&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34Xtx9rgmMk&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Xol_fICjVI&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ba0TONz2LXk&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7BS-EuMZJw&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyoxQ68LOsg&feature=related

Larry,

I honestly have my doubts that the Lakers will have home court advantage come season's end...and if they don't...that's big trouble for the Lakers. I lay low here in Thailand...things are good. Thanks.

Wes,

One of the funniest posts I've read in a while for sure.

Sonnybelfast

Johnny V,

Yep, dwight Yoakam is amazing in that movie. I also love the bad song writing/playing the band does. It reminds me of the bad dialogue that starts off "Barton Fink."

wes

Here is some current news on the Kobestrs...

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5464521

Sonny,

How's my Chiang Mai? I studied there 6 months, and fell in love with the Kao Soi, the curry/chicken/noodle dish that northern Thailand is famous for. I was there for Loi Gratong, too.

Wes

I'll never forget the first time I saw Kobe play. I was fourteen years old and had been playing basketball for a while, but had never actually watched basketball. So one day I decided to start watching the NBA.

I saw a Raptors|Wizards game on and I decided I would follow whichever team won that night. The Raptors won, so I had a team. It was only a few days later that I saw my newly adopted team face off against the lakers...

I suffered as I saw this incredible player score over and over again, it seemed no one could stop him. Then as the night progressed, I realized that I was actually witnessing something legendary. I converted as I saw this man rise above all others.

I started watching the NBA just in time to see his legendary 81 point game. The rest as they say, is history.

My first memory of Kobe was probably the controversial announcement to skip college and go straight to the pros. That then led to him gaining celebrity and taking Brandy to his prom. But I remember the criticism that he received that Garnett didn't. Much of the reasoning was Garnett was a 7 foot freak of nature while Kobe was a typical 6 foot 6 athletic shooting guard who couldn't shoot. But unlike many others who were upset at trading Vlade for Kobe, I was jumping out of my seat in excitement. I remember hearing rumors about how West thought Kobe had the best workout that he'd ever seen out of any player the Lakers ever drafted and that included Magic and Worthy. Never had I heard about West being so excited about one player. I remember my first thought was "Oh my God... I think we just found the next Jordan!" It took probably 4 seasons until it came into fruition but by his 5th season he was arguably the best combination of athleticism and skill in the game and still is today.

Words from The Mailman:

Malone said the Lakers also got better over the summer with the additions of Matt Barnes and Steve Blake. While admitting he's biased, he believes they will win a third in a row.
"As long as you've got Kobe on that team," Malone said, "and Derek Fisher on that team and Pau Gasol and coach (Phil) Jackson and his staff, I'm picking the Lakers."


I remember seeing Kobe during the McDonalds All-American game. There was a lot of hype but he didn't really impress me. Corey Benjamin was way more exciting that day. I'm glad Jerry West didn't draft Corey Benjamin.

Just got back from the USA vs. France game at MSG. Lamar played well primarily at center.

I cant remember what year it was but it was definitely a wonderful year. I decided not go out and i was in my brother's room going through his stuff while I was back in Nigeria. It was a magazine that profiled various basketball player and other great athletes. I turned to one of the pages and i came across this 19 year old kid flying high with his back to the basket about to dunk. Like a match made in heaven, i instantly fell in love. Here is link to the image of the dunk http://www.the-planets.com/star-biography/Kobe_Bryant_Biography_2.jpg. And since i came to America in 2006, Not only have i studied basketball history, i have followed my beloved Lakers religiously, all because of a skinny 19 year old kid about to dunk the basketball with his back to the rim

NOTE: I hope I am welcomed to the LA Lakersposting board. Have always been a consistent reader but this is my first ever post. Thanks

I admired Kobe from the beginning, his energy was exciting and his confidence was well beyond his years. But what I remember most about the early years was how Phil use to criticize him in public fter every game no matter what he did, while praizing Shaq no matter what he did. Kobe didn't cry and complain. He just kept playing hard. When Shaq would try to humiliate him in the public, then and even now, he just keeps his head up and plays basketball. Its arguable if Kobe is better than MJ, but what's not arguable is his heart. No one, including MJ, has Kobe heart. Others play basketball, Kobe is basketball.

Here's Kobe's latest news and pictures taken yesterday:

http://dimemag.com/2010/08/kobe-bryant-teaches-fundamentals-at-rucker-park/

Just looking at Kobe's pictures here, his finger(s) looks OK to me.

Agent Jay - if you love the Lakers, then you're more than welcome here!

Udonis Haslem of the Heat arrested on a drug charge. Not a good news for Miami.....

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5466256

My first memory of Kobe was not a visual, it was a description given to me by my late, great friend Thomas Earl Wright... He called me on the phone, elated at his viewing of a summer league game involving the draft pick we traded Vlade Divac for, Kobe Bryant. Thomas couldn't stop raving about this kid's initial motion whenever he had possession of the ball. He actually said out loud, which at the time seemed blasphemous, that he had the quickest first step he had ever seen. I immediately qualified that statement and asked, "Quicker than James Worthy?" He paused for a second, then very confidently confirmed, "Yes."
Thomas died before Kobe ever dribbled a ball in the regular season, but not before impressing a fellow Laker devotee like no other rookie before. I have to say, the kid lived up to every bit of my dear departed pal's advance hype.

Kobe's first NBA game:
Nov. 23, 1996 vs. MIN
6 minutes played
0-1 FG, 0 pts
1 defensive rebound
1 block
1 turnover
1 personal foul

My first memory also was when, on draft day, the Lakers traded Divac to Charlotte for the draft pick to get Kobe.
I remember hoping that the trade would work out well, as I did like Vlade, even though he was a flopper. I also do remember how upset Vlade was (who wouldn't be??) and how he threatened to quit basketball.

 
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