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Caught in the Web: Check out Kobe Bryant's new Nike shoe

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-- Nikeblog.com gives you a sneak peek at Kobe Bryant's new shoes.

-- True Hoop's Henry Abbott credits Lamar Odom's work ethic in the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

-- NBA.com's Fran Blinebury lists Shaquille O'Neal, Rick Fox and Wilt Chamberlain as part of the NBA's Benedict Arnolds.

-- AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick talks to Oklahoma City Coach Scott Brooks, who reveals, among other things, that he's friends with Odom.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding shares a column he wrote last season about Odom handling his new celebrity.

-- Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin argues Matt Barnes is trying to portray himself as a family man by posting pictures of his kids on Twitter the day before his court date for getting arrested last week on suspicion of domestic violence.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky features a round table of writers, including yours truly, and their take on which Western Conference team has the best chance to beat the Lakers in a seven-game series.

-- ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan believes Bryant will play in the 2012 Olympics, but doesn't believe Odom will make the cut.

-- Lots of NBA rookies tell Sports Illustrated how they'd love to match up with Bryant, even if it means getting embarrassed.

-- Lakers.com lists Bryant's fourth-quarter performance in Game 6 of the 2010 Western Conference Finals as the fourth best moment of last season.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano loved Odom's jack-of-all trades role with Team USA.

Tweet of the Day: "Jus met Kobe @shannonbrown and @steveblake. Shannon is mad funny behind the scenes lol Blake was laid back cool dude. And Kobe was Kobe! Lol ... This dude DC acts so much older than his age. He is only 22 and acts like he is 43 wit two kids, a wife , and a bad back lol -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)

Reader Comment of the Day: "PJ should leave everything like last year...No need to jinx the 3Peat...Same facial features...only thing acceptable should be a new hat with XII on it..." -- LEWSTRS

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant just came out with a new pair of kicks from Nike. Credit: Mike Blake/Reuters

 
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Good morning everyone!


Congrats lewstrs on the RCOTD! Oh - BTW - I'll only be on that team if Jon K is. We're a tag team duo to be reckoned with LOL!

did bynum make weight?

Jon K - regarding your 'rant' on the previous thread - agreed. It's unbelievable how so many people - regardless of sex - think that they must have everything their way or the world will end. Histrionics have no place in society, but it really does seem to be the norm.

I must admit, in my younger days I've pulled a few idiot moments, but those days are gone. It's not worth it. You either demolish your relationship immediately, or it drags on with simmering resentments ready to explode at the slightest provocation. I've learned that my personal preferences are not as important as a harmonious relationship. As long as my Bible-trained concience isn't violated, I can pretty much give way if he wants something different from me. It's truly a blessing in a relationship if each person can agree to disagree, look out for each other's best interests, and remember that love covers a multitude of sins (or differences of opinion).

All in all, I think that Barnes and his woman really need counselling of some sort. Or perhaps a Bible study. Each person really needs to completely understand that in the grand scheme of things, our own individual concerns are really pretty small. There are much more important issues to give our passions over to.

*end of my rant*

justanothermambafan - very well spoken. Kudos

MM

justanothermambafan - I banned their IP address. It's a spammer trying to sell a product

MM

@Justa: Bible study for the Barnes clan? I can dig it. Although...I'd start at step 1: SALVATION! Matt's anger issues are definitely a outcry from within his spirit for healing & release. God would undoubtedly teach him how to properly channel that anger.

justanothermambafan,
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During my time in Akron I witnessed SO many freakouts you have no idea. Girls literally pulling out fistfuls of hair because one bumped into another and screeching throughout.
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What I've come to realize is that people who embrace drama do so because in the drama they feel significant, they feel like the moment is HYPER-important--when it really is not. People who gravitate towards drama do so because deep inside they do not feel significant, so they create drama to feel that significance, even if it is a negative significance. The pain of the conflict of drama is better than the emptiness they otherwise would feel.
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It's sounding to me like Matt's woman is a victim of this disease (borderline personality disorder, perhaps?) and he's gotten caught up in it himself.
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We don't need this crap on our team.
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Matt better follow up on Thriller's lead and get himself and his woman some therapy and pronto.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

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Reading this article reminds me how laughable it was to try and trade LO for Jermaine O'neal. If I remember correctly they even thought about throwing Bynum in some of those deals.

Thankfully, Mitch, Dr. Buss, and the rest of the FO all know more about bball than the blogosphere.

the most important thing in ANY relationship is kindness, i would suggest that PJ may want to consider giving barnes ( and maybe others on the team) a copy of the Dalai Lama's book 'THE ART OF HAPPINESS'. even as a 7th or 8th man, barnes can be toxic in the locker room

Matt Barnes and everybody else really just need to back away from the twitter.

Lakertom, KobeMVP888, EJK, Edwin Gueco, Lrob and others..


Proud of you guys. Please continue to make this blog a happier and safer place for Lakerfans like us to freely state our opinions at any given time, right (with sense) or wrong (with no sense) without being harrassed. Just what we think or not completely thinking of how our Lakers would look great everyday, everytime, everyear.

One thing we've lacked in while is an extended winning streak. Every time we throw together 6-7 in a row, a head-scratching loss soon follows.

This team, with it's talent and depth, needs to give us fans multiple double-digit win streaks for our peace of mind and a healthy dose of troll-be-gone to the haters.

Barnes (unstable - maybe?) and Odom (on and off), both have HIGH VALUE in the NBA right now for recent great performances, Barnes in Orlando, Odom in FIBA. I propose to trade both for Carmelo Anthony... If it gets accepted it is a huge upgrade for the Lakers.


Bynum, Gasol, Melo, Artest and Kobe could very well be the greatest team ever asssmebled for an NBA team.


Billups and Odom are great together in TEAM USA, they could do the same thing for Denver. You'll never know Denver might like it.

htj -

You're right about those extended streaks. It'd be nice to hit 10 or 11 every once in a while. The 2000 team had streaks of something like 13, 17 and 19. That's insane. Then again, even if their longest win streak is 3 games, I won't care as long as they got the bling at the end. Cleveland's winning streaks last year are long forgotten.

Great seeing LO get all that love. He deserves it for the sacrifice he made and effort he put forth this summer.

Good article on Scott Brooks. I always liked him because he was scrappy and played hard as a player. Now I like virtually everyone on the team he's coaching....and they're the Lakers biggest competition in the west. Therein lies my conundrum. Why couldn't they pick up Raja Bell or maybe Tim Thomas?

Staples24 - Thanks, but I don't think I did anything to deserve any accolades.

Justa and Jon K,

Well, you mentioned about Generation Y and histrionics of couples today. I would add some dimension to it that there is so much self centered life and insular privacy among couples today. They lost the touch of family/clan support handed down by generational tradition of goodwill. While I also disdain the constant intervention of relatives and being nosy to every decision, if the filial piety is extended in a selfless manner then I believe in the dictum two heads or more heads are better than one. Why try to experiment marital relationship when you can learn from the experience or pitfalls of others. Marriage or interrelationship without the ceremony should not be treated lightly like selecting clothes in the closet, once you feel bored and consider out of fad, you should readily dump it or give it away. I think Justa was right when he suggested to adhere to the bible study especially on marriage and relationship. Our creator's advice: "To whom God has joined together, let no man put asunder." I know this is a difficult task in lifetime relationship. This is the challenge siblings and kids expect from you, it needs dedication, sacrifice, reinvention, give and take as you share obligations. Along the way, both of you are going to make mistakes like Barnes, like Kobe or Shannon Brown. That's OK, as long as you recognize them and avoid its repetition. Once you dedicate your life to constant egoism, then you are history. It repeats by itself.

Sorry guys, I've been out for a day or two.

Thanks, Blitz, for starting me thinking about fantasy basketball. I'm going over to check my emails and see if I can get to the records from our teams last year and send out some messages to anyone that wants to join. We should get together and work something out.

anyone interested in fantasy basketball my email address is

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Hey guys. Just wanted to check in real quick. A post is being edited fairly soon. I would imagine it'd be posted within the next hour or so

MM

Repost from 2 minutes ago

What exactly is 'over the top' Mark?

Is it something vulgar, physically threatening, or illegal? Did Jon say he was going to blow something up, or just tell someone they are an idiot?

If it wasn't any of those things, then I would personally find it hard to swallow that you censored him, or even that this is happening, in a public forum,
in the USA.

Yes it's true. The nanny whimps asked for it.

Yea. You know who you are. Go get your nanny so you don't get lost,
right now.

I'm a U.S. veteran in a foreign land, and sometimes I feel like I've escaped
the tyranny of America, thanks to many of you.

Sonnybelfast


Is this going to be a showdown of bigs?


Assuming all the bigs are healthy. How would they fair in their matchups? Lakers vs Celtics in 2011!!


Perkins - Bynum (Lakers)
Shaq - Ratliff (Celtics)
KG - Gasol (Even)
JO - Odom (?Even)
Davis - Caracter (Celtics)


In the 4th quarter it is highly possible the we may see a JO/KG from the Celtics and Gasol/Odom from the Lakers. Who will have the advantage then?


If it was Perkins/KG and Bynum/Gasol in the 4th, who has the advantge?


Will Jermaine Oneal playing for the first time in NBA Finals in 2011 at only 31 yrs old bring back the ALL-STAR in him?


How much a healthy KG and a healthy Bynum can make a big difference for each team?


Sonny- why don't you go and start website (maybe one for the Kings? (crazy, I know), spend your money to keep it running, put your name and face on the front of it, and then we can all come by and post anything we want to on it, and IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM! you have to keep paying to keep those words and images up and running.

Cause that's what you are asking the LATimes to do.

Actually, you are just trying to start trouble.

"I've learned that my personal preferences are not as important as a harmonious relationship. As long as my Bible-trained concience isn't violated, I can pretty much give way if he wants something different from me. It's truly a blessing in a relationship if each person can agree to disagree, look out for each other's best interests, and remember that love covers a multitude of sins (or differences of opinion)."

Justa - well said. It does my heart good to hear this. As someone married nearly 20 years, I know how hard it can be to go through the truly difficult times and come out the other side better for it. For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. I think we've done it all. I love that you're dedicated to making this happen. Remarkable in this day and age of "me first" attitudes. :-) Just a great post.

LTLL

ltll - thanks - it was truly meant. As a happily married woman of 18 years, I learned a long time ago that I can either have it my way and do it alone, or have it our way and cultivate a harmonious relationship. I prefer ours.


Funny - but the blog family is kinda like that too. We've got those who want to be right and ultimately end up shouting into the wind, and those who understand and appreciate what we have in common and agree to disagree at times. I have to say the give & take approach with a heaping helping of respect goes a long way in the real world as well as in the virtual.

JAMF… As one of those fortunate few who have “survived” over 40 years of marriage to the same wonderful woman, I loved your post and your attitude. One thing that a real marriage requires in order to survive much less thrive is compromise. What young people don’t yet realize is that over the years we all change, which often puts a great strain on a relationship. Sometimes, it even requires you to fall in love with a different person to keep the marriage alive. Like any relationship, we’ve had our rough moments and tough times but if you work at it, like with everything, you can make it work and the rewards are like nothing else in life.
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TOM

I think the Fred is coming out in you Phred.

And on the Kings website idea...probably a very good one, but no thanks.

This is a public forum, I am a basketball fan (and was probably a Laker fan for as many years as you've been alive) and for the moment at least, my choice
(I think it's still my choice...no?) I think I'll just peek in and have a word here every now and then, thankyou.

An no Fred, that's not what I'm asking the LaTimes to do at all.
Rather, I'm asking, rather pleading with the LaTimes not to do on this board, what so many of you are doing to the rest of us in American society today.

Catch the drift, Phrederick.

Sonnybelfast

Thanks LakerTom. And in response to something you posted awhile back, I'd LOVE to meet you and Mrs. LakerTom some day!

:)

this was written: the most important thing in ANY relationship is kindness, i would suggest that PJ may want to consider giving barnes ( and maybe others on the team) a copy of the Dalai Lama's book 'THE ART OF HAPPINESS'.

my response: I watched my father be kind to my mother and then they
got divorced. When I talked to my father about what happened I found out
that there were a lot of things he didn't share with my mother for the sake of
being kind/avoiding confrontation.

So far it seems that love without truth doesn't work. For those trained in
judeo-christian concepts I don't think the Bible divorces the two.

Compromise is great, but you have to be honest about what's going on.

ltll - thanks - it was truly meant. As a happily married woman of 18 years, I learned a long time ago that I can either have it my way and do it alone, or have it our way and cultivate a harmonious relationship. I prefer ours.


Funny - but the blog family is kinda like that too. We've got those who want to be right and ultimately end up shouting into the wind, and those who understand and appreciate what we have in common and agree to disagree at times. I have to say the give & take approach with a heaping helping of respect goes a long way in the real world as well as in the virtual.

Posted by: justanothermambafan | September 14, 2010 at 01:12 PM

Well said Justa & LTLF. Very refreshing attitude and I echo your sentiments.

Justa - I got you beat by 1yr (19yrs)...lol, but got a long way to go to catch LakerTom.

hobbit - I totally agree. Without honesty there would be no basis for trust. Doesn't matter how kind you are, it wouldn't last - as you unfortunatly are a first hand witness too.

Before long, Matt Barnes will earn the Lakers fan's respect ON THE COURT. He joined the Lakers with less money and will be focused once the season starts. He is one the best perimeter defenders in the leauge, and his hustle play will earn the fan's respect. He is the kind of player you hate when he plays for other team, but you love him when he plays for your team. Go Lakers!!!

As a graduate of Paramount High School back in the day, I fondly recall the words of a song written by someone who attended our old 'Coast League' rival, Downey High School.

'We've Only Just Begun'

While watching Kevin Durant at the FIBA World Championships, those words frequently came to mind, and I was reminded just how good the Thunder are going to be this season. Here is a man who is likely to win several NBA MVPs.

You better hope that the league has something else up their sleeves for you besides absolutely bare minimum back-to-backs. There is no way you'll even get to Miami without home court advantage.

Posted by: Sonny Belfast | September 14, 2010 at 09:56 AM
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Sonny,

Durant and OKC are indeed the team of the future in the western conference. Hmmm...I remember the Kings were also that team of the future in the early 2000's. Being the team of the future is one thing...getting over the top is another.

Oh yeah...nice Carpenters reference but I don't think they wrote that one.

Justa, LT, LRob et al..
Like a said a couple of days ago, there are times when it is necessary to say "you're right" and back away slowly. It's just not worth the price of being right all the time. My time being married to the same little Irish/Seminole woman is pretty much in the middle between LT and LRob and I'm tellin' ya, Harmony is a good thing.

JR

As a man who has been married 10 years, I agree with the honesty, trust, kindness, and compromise comments. I would also like to add forgiveness. Let's be honest we all make mistakes and need forgiveness at times. Without forgiveness we will harbor resentment, which can be devastating to a marriage. I've experienced this first hand.

LRob,

You are correct. 'We've only just begun' Written by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols. That crossed my mind after I posted.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

justanothermambafan....You are so right. .My husband and I also have been married over 40 yrs and with a lot of love, respect and a dose of patience ,and a lot of give and take you can make it work.

Sonnybelfast - Hey, it seems like you're getting a little personal with phred. Let's stay civil okay.

MM

Also we got a new thread up

MM

Troy B - to err is human - to forgive divine.

Beautiful.

Guys - I have to give you guys lots of kudos in steering this conversation about such a sensitive and serious topic into an enlightening and thoughtful conversation about relationships. Thanks for setting a good tone

MM

Outstanding article by Henry Abbott on Team USA/FIBA.

@TROY B… Well said, my man. And believe me, there can be a lot to forgive after 40 years of life. LOL!
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TOM

FCM- calling me 'Fred' isn't personal, it is weird. Sort of like calling a guy named Jim 'Frank.'

It isn't my name, but last I checked, it wasn't an insult.

"Rather, I'm asking, rather pleading with the LaTimes not to do on this board, what so many of you are doing to the rest of us in American society today."

Right. Well, I'd consider pleading with y0u to make sense, but I know better.

"We" here at the blog put up with a lot of *##$. We'll put up with you too, but don't think that tolerance is the same thing as 'giving a crap what you think about what 'we are doing to society.'

Whatever that means. No, don't tell me.


Good Afternoon Nation...

MM - thanks for the RCOTD...

justa - I agree...Jon K will be on the debate team to have your back...lol
Great words of wisdom on relationships...you can't argue with your 15 years of marriage..(i think you said 15, but correct me if I'm wrong)...

I love the fact, that a lot of our senior members, have had long marriages and relationships...It's a known fact..."give and take" is not that simple...

Sonny Belfast - still waiting for an answer on my challenge...lol

To add to phred's great saying "It's all about the love"...I must include..."It's all about the family"

I learned this lesson the hard way...Material things are an illusion...what matters and counts the most is FAMILY...

Do what it takes to make it work...the sacrifices pay off in gold in the long run...

Have a fantastic day all....

Some FYI:

In Nikeblog.com they were discussing the new Zoom Kobe VI's..."which feature the word “venomenon” on each, presumably a portmanteau of phenomenon and venom."

...I noticed the use of the word pormanteau to describe the assembling of a word "venomenon" by combining the words "phenomenon" and "venom"

That's basically how I made up by user name of "humanomaly", by combining the words of "human" and "anomaly". The world is somewhat sick, as I have tried to grab it as a user name in certain websites and I'm told that it's already been used. Am I the follower, or are there people out there that just peruse the internet and "copy"?

Just using the dictionary in my Mac, they define "portmanteau word"

portmanteau word
noun
a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel (from ‘motor’ and hotel’) or brunch (from ‘breakfast’ and ‘lunch’).
ORIGIN portmanteau coined, in this sense, by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass (1871).


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