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Caught in the Web: Lakers training camp starts in three days

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains how Lakers forward Pau Gasol has made a positive impact on the international scene. Ding also highlights Ron Artest's suggestion that San Diego should trade the Chargers to L.A. for the Clippers.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talk with Artest. Among the main highlights: Artest has given himself the nickname "Jockstrap Ron." Listen to find out why.

-- The Washington Post's Michael Lee reports that former Laker Adam Morrison has accepted the Wizards' training-camp invitation on a make-good contract.

-- Sign on San Diego's Mark Zeigler explains why Artest is upset that Pluto is no longer a planet.

-- Lakers.com lists the top moment of 2009-10. Feel free to guess what it is.

-- Hooped Up showcases Rick Fox's performance on "Dancing With the Stars" in the video below.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark is excited about the season starting.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano looks at the NBA's past super teams.

-- Lakers of Fire's Garrett Wilson profiles Derrick Caracter.

Tweet of the Day: "On my way to workout with @RobKardashian. Training camp starts on Saturday. No breaks! Life is good." -- RealLamarOdom (Lakers forward Lamar Odom)

Reader Comment of the Day: "On the one hand as some have pointed out, Bynum being out in the preseason will give some of the young guns more playing time and a chance to prove they belong on the team. On the other hand, we know that basketball shape is acquired playing basketball. Also, the new additions need to play with 'the starters' to develop a sense of chemistry and basketball rapport that only comes with playing with each other. Phil mentioned it, teamwork! You can not develop teamwork with the rest of your teammates if you are not on the court. Phil looks for certain lineups that give him a particular advantage during a game. It will be hard to figure out how Drew will fit with Blake, Barnes, and even Caracter playing together unless.... yup, they play together. Let's also not forget that they will be learning the triangle offense in the process, and Bynum needs to be a part of that puzzle. It will happen, but you want that to happen sooner rather than later." -- Laker J

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and the team begin training camp in four days. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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Congrat LakerJ on the RCOTD....Bynum will have time to acclimate the new rotations...Bynum and our length is our advantage over the league...PJ will tap the most out of that factor...there is no RUSH!!!

LEWSTRS - yups! I'm your pinay sis on this blog...I would love to see the Lakers while I'm in London...hopefully meet up with Adrian and other Lakers fan in London...
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I also would like to meet the Bay Area peeps..LakerTom - let me know when and where and I'll be there!!!

@LAKER J… Outstanding post about Drew to win RCOTD. I’m still trying to decide whether I want the Lakers to restrict his playing time during the regular season like the Rockets are planning to do with Yao to preserve him for the playoffs or whether to just turn him loose and give him as many minutes as his play dictates. One thing for sure is we need him to be healthy for the playoffs but we also need to win home court advantage.
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TOM

Lakertom,


" That’s why I think it is going to be hard for the Miami Heat to really get it together their first year."


You are forgetting Pierce, KG and Allen won it all in their first year together, the team was constructed over night. They could have won two more if not for injuries easily.


Heat has a roster that is mainly Miami in addition to Bosh, James, Big Z and Miller. The rest of the crew have been wit the Heat.


Wade, Haslem, Chalmers, Anthony, Arroyo, House. These guys will all see significant mminutes in the rotation. How hard is it for Bosh and James to adapt to these guys?


Wade, James and Bosh have all played together for TEAM USA, and have chemistry and bonding with eachother.


I think it is the NBA fans who like your self TOM, who will be in for a rude awakening. THE MIAMI MEAT ARE FOR REAL. Just like the SEPTICS were for real. Don't forget the Celtics in 2008 built overnight defeated the Lakers with by huge embarassment even with Kobe and Odom playing so many years together. It is better to be prepared than to be caught by surprise. I think this time Lakers are not taking anybody lightly, they upgraded a championship team and they did the right thing.


I believe the Kobe Bryant undestands Miami is going to be great and a formidable foe. This is why he wanted Bell or Barnes on top of Artest, to shore up the defenses.

iheartkb24 - my bad Comadre...Hope you get them tickets...try Laker.com, I saw tickets sales there for all the games...preseason, regular season, and abroad games...

@IHEARTKB24… “I also would like to meet the Bay Area peeps..LakerTom - let me know when and where and I'll be there!!!” That would be great. I used to have a list of Bay area Lakers bloggers but we need to update it. Let us know if you are a NorCal blogger who would love to get together to watch some games this year…
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NORCAL LAKERS FANS…
(01) LakerTom
(02) iheartkb24
(03) PsychedLakerGirl
(04) Jay Jay
(05) DKWSFO
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Damn, I know I missed several people. Who was it that brought this up and said there was a Lakers bar in the Sunset that would be a good spot. Cut and paste and add your name if you are a Bay Area Lakers fan. Once we get the list, we can then start planning a few get togethers during the season. That would be a blast.
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TOM

4 days to go...wow...

First off, Ron Artest...I think he makes it to the top 5 all-time Lakers interview team.

Secondly, Bynum...sigh.

Lastly, did anyone think that when Paul Pierce said they weren't going to come back to LA after Game 2 last year that karma would allow the Lakers to sweep the games in Boston? That's the first thing I thought and after Game 3, I was convinced it was going to happen. I can't tell you how amazingly blissful that would have been - I think if that happened, it would have broken Paul Pierce for the rest of his career (even more so than having Artest shut him down for the whole series). If I were a Lakers player guarding Pierce, I would just whisper to him, "You're never coming back to LA for a playoff game..."

Mamba: The Princess Jimmy song is...

think Guiness beer TV commercials,
'BRILLIANT'!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Ron Artest on finally winning a championship in his 11th NBA season: “I still feel like I have something to prove. You don’t have a big legacy or make Hall of Fames or anything like that with one ring, so I don’t want that to be my story: Ron Artest has one ring. I have a legacy I’m trying to build right now.”


Every day I'm loving Ron more... and more.... With more of our players having this Kobe-like attitude to winning, the Lakers are gonna be scary good. And we thought they were great last year! I've got a very good feeling they'll prove to be much better this year.


Is it October yet?

Happy 83rd birthday TOMMY LASORDA!!!

I know this is a Laker blog, but there are many Dodger....even if we are tortured.

PLG

@STAPLES… “THE MIAMI MEAT ARE FOR REAL.” LOL. I will believe it once they played some games but I find it very ironic to proclaim them great and potential winners of 7 championships when none of these guys really have a championship on their resumes other than the asterisked title by Wade. Seriously, the games are won on the floor, not on paper or in the media. Team mystique and championship chemistry is a reality for the Lakers but will remain a fantasy for the Heat until they prove they can do more than dance and celebrate.
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I also don’t buy the argument that these three young stars in their prime are going to have the same motivation as the Celtics three desperate stars who were at the tail end of their careers and willing to really compromise to win. And anybody who thinks Bosh can anchor a defense like KG did in 2008 is the one who will be rudely awakened. The Heat still have to solve the problem of how LeBron and Wade are going to share the ball and how to handle the superior front courts of the Celtics and Lakers, especially when things slow in the playoffs. IMO, you forget we are the back-to-back NBA champs and disrespect the value of that experience.
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TOM

Staples24-

You do make a great point about Boston winning It all in their first year together. I really think there's a chance that Miami will be great immediately. I also believe that Miami will be one of only a couple teams that will have a serious shot at dethroning the Lakers and winning a title over the next several years.

The one thing that bugs me about people mentioning Boston related to Miami is that they seem to forget that bostons "big 3" happened to have styles that complimented on another perfectly before they joined up. One ball dominating player, one seriously talented spot up shooter, and one enormously selfless star post player. That is a perfect recipe for success. Miami on the other hand will have to learn how to play with one anothers styles, which is why I don't think it will happen this year.

justa "Every day I'm loving Ron more... and more.... "
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Me too! He's like a giant kid, with a good heart. I think he probably didn't fit in too well at his previous stops and was always judged to be a bad-dude after the Malice in the Palace episode.

He's really a sweet tempered, nice guy - given what we've seen of him, of course. But some recent players we can just get that vibe from, like D-Fish, like Josh Powell, DJ Mbenga, Mark Madsen, Ron Harper, Ronny Turiaf, AC Green, Jamaal Wilkes... These guys are good guys, you can just sense it, and Ron Ron is too, he fits with these guys. Not to say that others on the team aren't good guys too, but you just get a really good vibe about those guys.

I wish the Lakers management or players or both should pitch in and get Ron Ron another ring, given his selfless deed of auctioning this one for charity, and tell him that he MUST keep it, because he was instrumental in earning it!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Lakertom,


NBA Pro players much more NBA Superstars knows all the drills, x' and o's, how to make a good pass, pick n roll, help defense, switches, proper position, rebounding, fast break, transition, game plans they've seen many times and executed etc, etc.


If they don't get injured, they will have plenty of time to play together. Miami Meat has started talking and playing with eachother even before the summer camp starts, then they have summer camp with the voices of the Coaches. Pre-season games to practice NBA level. 82 games to get it perfect and another 100 practices during the regular season games before the playoffs starts. I think by then they will know eachother.


1st rd of the playoffs, Miami will win four games and loose two while practicing execution of game plan.


2nd rd they will meet title contenders as there are 4 elite teams in the East. If they pass, they would have just polished their Chemistry.


East Finals, Boston and Miami is going to be a showdown, who ever comes out definitely has the respect of the Lakers.


From here it is war.


If it is the Meat. We have a Finals MVP in Kobe and they have one too in Wade + one guy that is hungrier and younger than both Finals MVP, a guy from Akron Ohio who's jersey's just got burned. You think that won't light a fire on a TWO TIME REGULAR SEASON MVP last two years and still only 26 years old and never had any major injury..


Lakers are mighty, but I expect a mighty opponent as well.



I wish the Lakers management or players or both should pitch in and get Ron Ron another ring, given his selfless deed of auctioning this one for charity, and tell him that he MUST keep it, because he was instrumental in earning it!
Posted by: CyberCosmiX
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I've said this before on here too, and I'm actively campaigning for it to happen!!! Seriously, if not for Ron does Sweet 16 happen? I don't know, but I'm glad we didn't have to find out. He certainly was instrumental many, many times in the post season, and especially Game 7 of the Finals. He deserves that ring just as much as some and even more than others. Please Ron. Your heart is in the right place but please don't auction it off. Or - if you must - and I'm quite sure your heart is telling you that you must - I at least hope someone (hint hint Lakers) gets it for you and you end up with it on your mantle where it belongs - in a little glass box looking all bright and shiny.

LakerTom and IHEARTKB24 - I am in SF but split time in Palm Desert area - so count me in for an SF gathering if I am here. Very fun.

Also, LakerFaninCowTown - assume he is in Sacto. And we'd have to include Edwin Gueco in any blog gathering invite just because....

So our marketing girl (a VERY petite young woman) stopped at a cafe to get lunch on her way in today, running late, and who's at the counter? Kobe. She says to him "I'm running late, mind if I cut in front of you?" He says, looking at down at her with an amused smile on his face "it's always the little ones". And lets her in front.


Yeah. Nothing like someone who could not possibly care less about the Lakers run into Kobe like that. (Although she did know who he was cuz they go to the same church). Yeah.

LakerTom: "The Heat still have to solve the problem of how LeBron and Wade are going to share the ball and how to handle the superior front courts of the Celtics and Lakers"
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Absolutely. Wade and princess jimmy play the same position, essentially. Both were the go-to guys on their teams, and basically did the same things. Their games overlap quite a bit, and it isn't exactly like matching Chris Paul with Wade, the little princess dominated possession and wasn't looking to create shots for others, as demonstrated by every single end of game situation the Cav's were in, especially during tight playoff games.

Great argument about Bosh too, people overlook that Celtics are a gritty defensive team, surrounding KG. Outside of the blunt-smoking Haslem, they don't have that type of grit with Mike Miller or ancient Big-Z. Most of the scrubs on the bench will only be seeing sporadic time on the floor.

They will be susceptible to speedy PG's, and of course in the middle. This is why Bynum is so crucial against them. They have more holes in their lineup than swiss cheese, and the Mike Miller signing still baffles me, if they got good shooting out of a PG, ok, but giving Miller their mid-level means they must plan to start him, but he basically is a swingman, giving them 3 on the floor at once?

OK, I must be missing something when people are bending over backwards to heap praise on Riles, when he wasn't even responsible for putting the 'big-3' together outside of happening to GM the team in the city they decided to play in, then making some mistakes assembling this team.

I'm not a GM, but we'll see in the end. Riles made some mistakes, they will become apparent during the course of the season, some things that despite having 3 top-10 players on the floor together may not be able to be overcome. We'll see...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

LakerTom - you appear to have left MrsLakerTom off your list. OOOO - you're in troublllllle.....

I wish the Lakers management or players or both should pitch in and get Ron Ron another ring, given his selfless deed of auctioning this one for charity, and tell him that he MUST keep it, because he was instrumental in earning it!

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | September 22, 2010 at 01:32 PM
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Cyber - I agree about Ron having a big heart and being a genuine good guy. But when someone is motivated to a good deed like Ron is - you let him do it. Sometimes you can have greater satifaction in giving something, than keeping it. Plus, this will give Ron extra motivation (not that he needs it) to win another ring.

Lakers are mighty, but I expect a mighty opponent as well.
Posted by: Staples 24 | September 22, 2010 at 01:39 PM
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So who wins and in how many games?

LRob - RonRon said that he's out to win his first ring this year. He's not counting the one he's giving away and says he won't even try it on. You gotta love this guy for doing this. It's a worthy cause and a selfless act.

I still want someone to get it back for him though.

justanothermambafan: "I've said this before on here too, and I'm actively campaigning for it to happen!!! Seriously, if not for Ron does Sweet 16 happen? I don't know, but I'm glad we didn't have to find out. He certainly was instrumental many, many times in the post season, and especially Game 7 of the Finals. He deserves that ring just as much as some and even more than others. Please Ron. Your heart is in the right place but please don't auction it off. Or - if you must - and I'm quite sure your heart is telling you that you must - I at least hope someone (hint hint Lakers) gets it for you and you end up with it on your mantle where it belongs - in a little glass box looking all bright and shiny."
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I smell a bandwagon starting up... I call shotgun!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Justa - awesome tidbit. That's very funny.

For any planners who need advance notice to schedule lunch dates:

Anyone care to join me at LA Live/ESPN Zone on Oct. 4 at noon to see the Lakers/Minny game being played in London? I have a couple hours to kill before my flight and will be in that area. I know it's pre-season game but it might be fun if anyone wants to gather and share a Lakers blog lunch!

PLG

I hope a Laker fan with deep pockets buys it, and gives it right back.

Now THAT would be the best!

LRob, I don't know if Artest needs any more motivation since I see him always giving 110%, but yeah, if someone wants to do a good deed, then let him. I am just hoping one of the reasons he may be doing it is because he doesn't feel worthy.

If that is the case, let me tell ya Ron, you are WORTHY AS ANYONE ON THE TEAM AND AS RESPONSIBLE FOR WINNING THE TITLE AS ANYONE!

Now just hope he reads the blog... ;)


GO LAKERS!!!!!

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LAKER ORGANIZATION PLEASE BUY BACK RONS RING – BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - I've said this before on here too, and I'm actively campaigning for it to happen!!! Seriously, if not for Ron does Sweet 16 happen? I don't know, but I'm glad we didn't have to find out. He certainly was instrumental many, many times in the post season, and especially Game 7 of the Finals. He deserves that ring just as much as some and even more than others. Please Ron. Your heart is in the right place but please don't auction it off. Or - if you must - and I'm quite sure your heart is telling you that you must - I at least hope someone (hint hint Lakers) gets it for you and you end up with it on your mantle where it belongs - in a little glass box looking all bright and shiny.
(02) LEWSTRS – DRIVER
(03) CYBERCOSMIX – RIDING SHOTGUN - I wish the Lakers management or players or both should pitch in and get Ron Ron another ring, given his selfless deed of auctioning this one for charity, and tell him that he MUST keep it, because he was instrumental in earning it!
(04) MAMBA24 – Come on Lakers Org. you can do it. Kobe do it & Ron Ron will be your bodyguard.
(05) LROB - Cyber - I agree about Ron having a big heart and being a genuine good guy. But when someone is motivated to a good deed like Ron is - you let him do it. Sometimes you can have greater satifaction in giving something, than keeping it. Plus, this will give Ron extra motivation (not that he needs it) to win another ring.
(06)

Rick Fox really represented on DWTS!! He showed grace and that championship Laker poise. That hot partner of his wasn't bad either. JK!

As training camp approaches, I find myself lusting for some Laker/NBA action. Unlike many on the blog, I enjoyed the offseason and was content to bask in the Lakers' latest championship. As a fan, I needed a break. My hope is that this Laker team blends all the talent that it has assembled into a smooth, healthy mix. If that happens, they will threepeat in style.

I still want someone to get it back for him though.

Posted by: justanothermambafan | September 22, 2010 at 01:55 PM
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Justa - that seems like something Fish would do. Or even Magic.

As training camp approaches, I find myself lusting for some Laker/NBA action. Unlike many on the blog, I enjoyed the offseason and was content to bask in the Lakers' latest championship. As a fan, I needed a break. My hope is that this Laker team blends all the talent that it has assembled into a smooth, healthy mix. If that happens, they will threepeat in style. Posted by: bronxlakerfan | September 22, 2010 at 02:17 PM
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Now that is the proper attitude! Bask on Bronxlakerfan!!!!

LRob: "Justa - that seems like something Fish would do. Or even Magic."
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How bout Norm Pattiz? He got a ring from Shaq, this could be his goodwill motion back to the team.

BTW, for those that don't know who he is, he's the guy that sits between the Laker bench and the scorers table and always rolls-up his stat papers and holds it up, using it to clap his other hand with.

He owns clearchannel I believe, so the dude can definitely afford it!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

I still want someone to get it back for him though. Posted by: justanothermambafan | September 22, 2010 at 01:55 PM
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Actually there is a very simple solution to this. Since the Lakers are buying the Rings, just buy an extra one. After Ron auctions his off and after an exspecially good performance by Ron in a game, instead of getting a game ball like in football, they present him with the extra Ring. I bet he'd be so touched he'd go out and win the DPOY.

Couple tidbits. My son and I watched the 4th Q of the Olympic Championship the other day. If anybody was watching, Kobe got the team Gold, nearly single-handed! He had 2 Blocks, scored 13 points and had 2 assists that tallied another 5 points. That Champ game was all about Kobe!
Also, how in the world does New Jersey expect to trade for Melo and still keep Lopez and Harris? Are we sure we wouldn't give LO, Sasha and one of the rooks for him? Just a thought?

On board for an extra Ring for Ron!

Maybe it's the cold medicine, but if Ron chooses to call attention to mental health by auctioning off his ring, basically saying "there are more important things in life than basketball" then I think it lessens the gesture if he's given the ring back.

Mental health IS more important than basketball. There are a lot of things that are more important than basketball. Ron recognizes that and has focused on a particular thing (dear to him) and if he's willing to actually auction off the ring, then it's a more powerful statement if it doesn't come back to him, which effectively lessens the sacrifice, and without the sacrifice, it's not much of a gesture is it?

MAMBA24: "Actually there is a very simple solution to this. Since the Lakers are buying the Rings, just buy an extra one. After Ron auctions his off and after an exspecially good performance by Ron in a game, instead of getting a game ball like in football, they present him with the extra Ring. I bet he'd be so touched he'd go out and win the DPOY."
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I hope it's from your lips, well blog post, straight to Jerry Buss' ears!

Wouldn't it be awesome if they surprise him like that? I HOPE they do!

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D(erek)J(eter): "Also, how in the world does New Jersey expect to trade for Melo and still keep Lopez and Harris? Are we sure we wouldn't give LO, Sasha and one of the rooks for him? Just a thought?"
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I'd hate to break up the chemistry of this team, giving up L.O. (who is a lot better than many of the people above him with his 48 'mis-'ranking). That would be a hard one, but 'Melo is a heck of a scorer. Don't think they'd do it though, they want a good, young player and the Lakers have no one to compete with Favors as far as young talent...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

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LAKER ORGANIZATION PLEASE BUY BACK RONS RING – BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - I've said this before on here too, and I'm actively campaigning for it to happen!!! Seriously, if not for Ron does Sweet 16 happen? I don't know, but I'm glad we didn't have to find out. He certainly was instrumental many, many times in the post season, and especially Game 7 of the Finals. He deserves that ring just as much as some and even more than others. Please Ron. Your heart is in the right place but please don't auction it off. Or - if you must - and I'm quite sure your heart is telling you that you must - I at least hope someone (hint hint Lakers) gets it for you and you end up with it on your mantle where it belongs - in a little glass box looking all bright and shiny.
(02) LEWSTRS – DRIVER
(03) CYBERCOSMIX – RIDING SHOTGUN - I wish the Lakers management or players or both should pitch in and get Ron Ron another ring, given his selfless deed of auctioning this one for charity, and tell him that he MUST keep it, because he was instrumental in earning it!
(04) MAMBA24 – Come on Lakers Org. you can do it. Kobe do it & Ron Ron will be your bodyguard.
(05) LROB - Cyber - I agree about Ron having a big heart and being a genuine good guy. But when someone is motivated to a good deed like Ron is - you let him do it. Sometimes you can have greater satifaction in giving something, than keeping it. Plus, this will give Ron extra motivation (not that he needs it) to win another ring.
(06) D(EREK) J(ETER) - On board for an extra Ring for Ron!

ron-ron is a very kind person. he is also a warrior.he is doing good getting money for a thing, the ring. what he is not doing is ever forgetting what he did to get it done. i still think that given his character and experience, this will be his best year

Understand the Melo thing, however, if we expect any young superstar help anytime soon, they will mostly be signed already. Just a thought.

>>>You are forgetting Pierce, KG and Allen won it all in their first year together,
>>>the team was constructed over night. They could have won two more if not
>>>for injuries easily.

And they could have lost the first year in the finals if not for two of their finals' opponents starters being out with injuries.

Cyber - do you know Norm?? Does anyone know Norm?? SOMEONE TELL NORM!!!

the laker organization should buy the ring , open a foundation in ron-rons name

the laker organization should buy the ring , open a foundation in ron-rons name

PLG -

As a fellow Dodgers and Lasorda fan, I thought you might like this story...

During the 80s, my mom was an ICU/CCU nurse at a hospital in the SFV. She has been a huge Dodger fan since the early days of Garvey, Cey, Lopes, Russell and that group. One day when working in the ICU, she sees a name on her patient list and she almost falls over. She was caring for Roy Campanella!

Over the course of several months, she cared for and got to know Campy and his wife Roxy, and they became good friends. The litany of baseball greats that came in to see Campy was unreal. My mom got to meet Garvey and the gang, Scioscia, Ernie Banks, Ozzie Smith, Don Newcombe and, of course, the great Tommy Lasorda.

One day, she goes to care for Campy at his home (which I got to visit when I was maybe 7 or 8 years old), and Mr. Lasorda stops by. She and Tommy talked baseball and the Dodgers for probably 30 minutes or so. She tells me today that she swears he could have sat there the rest of the day talking Dodger baseball with her if she didn't have to get up and care for Campy. The man was so passionate about the Dodgers, he's not exaggerating when he says if you cut him he bleeds Dodger blue. He just has such a vitality and passion about him, it sticks with you for a long time.

It's a shame that those who run the Dodgers today don't have the same passion for winning and for making the Dodger name great as good ol' Tommy does. I just hope he gets to see another Dodger winner before it's too late.

Happy Birthday Tommy! You're the best!

>>>You are forgetting Pierce, KG and Allen won it all in their first year together,
>>>the team was constructed over night. They could have won two more if not
>>>for injuries easily.

And they could have lost the first year in the finals if not for two of their finals' opponents starters being out with injuries. Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | September 22, 2010 at 02:51 PM

Yes my goodness yes!!! Longtimelakerfan is on the case folks!!

Aloha Staples 24,

What you are forgetting about the Celtics is they had a quality point guard in place with Rondo. They had a quality center in place with Perkins. Miami has neither and the NBA is all about match ups. While Miami should win a ton of games they will have probelms with the Lakers, the Celtics, Portland, Houston if Yao is healthy and the Magic. Matchups rule in the NBA.

MH

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LAKER ORGANIZATION PLEASE BUY BACK RONS RING – BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - I've said this before on here too, and I'm actively campaigning for it to happen!!! Seriously, if not for Ron does Sweet 16 happen? I don't know, but I'm glad we didn't have to find out. He certainly was instrumental many, many times in the post season, and especially Game 7 of the Finals. He deserves that ring just as much as some and even more than others. Please Ron. Your heart is in the right place but please don't auction it off. Or - if you must - and I'm quite sure your heart is telling you that you must - I at least hope someone (hint hint Lakers) gets it for you and you end up with it on your mantle where it belongs - in a little glass box looking all bright and shiny.
(02) LEWSTRS – DRIVER
(03) CYBERCOSMIX – RIDING SHOTGUN - I wish the Lakers management or players or both should pitch in and get Ron Ron another ring, given his selfless deed of auctioning this one for charity, and tell him that he MUST keep it, because he was instrumental in earning it!


(07) LANCE FROM DA’ BRONX - The laker organization should buy the ring , open a foundation in ron-rons name

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LAKER ORGANIZATION PLEASE BUY BACK RONS RING – BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - I've said this before on here too, and I'm actively campaigning for it to happen!!! Seriously, if not for Ron does Sweet 16 happen? I don't know, but I'm glad we didn't have to find out. He certainly was instrumental many, many times in the post season, and especially Game 7 of the Finals. He deserves that ring just as much as some and even more than others. Please Ron. Your heart is in the right place but please don't auction it off. Or - if you must - and I'm quite sure your heart is telling you that you must - I at least hope someone (hint hint Lakers) gets it for you and you end up with it on your mantle where it belongs - in a little glass box looking all bright and shiny.
(02) LEWSTRS – DRIVER
(03) CYBERCOSMIX – RIDING SHOTGUN - I wish the Lakers management or players or both should pitch in and get Ron Ron another ring, given his selfless deed of auctioning this one for charity, and tell him that he MUST keep it, because he was instrumental in earning it!


(07) LANCE FROM DA’ BRONX - The laker organization should buy the ring , open a foundation in ron-rons name

DARN DOUBLE POST!!!

have the auction at the staples center. THE NBA CARES!!!!

It's a shame that those who run the Dodgers today don't have the same passion for winning and for making the Dodger name great as good ol' Tommy does. I just hope he gets to see another Dodger winner before it's too late.
Happy Birthday Tommy! You're the best! Posted by: puddle | September 22, 2010 at 02:56 PM
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Wonderful post Puddle and yes I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

LRob: "Justa - that seems like something Fish would do. Or even Magic."
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How bout Norm Pattiz? He got a ring from Shaq, this could be his goodwill motion back to the team.

BTW, for those that don't know who he is, he's the guy that sits between the Laker bench and the scorers table and always rolls-up his stat papers and holds it up, using it to clap his other hand with.

He owns clearchannel I believe, so the dude can definitely afford it!
Posted by: CyberCosmiX | September 22, 2010 at 02:28 PM
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Norm Pattiz...so that's who that dude is. Who knew?

Nah he doesn't own Clear Channel cause that's my employer. He was the founder of Westwood One. They provide programming to radio and tv stations. Yes, it would be safe to say he can afford it...lol.

Maybe it's the cold medicine, but if Ron chooses to call attention to mental health by auctioning off his ring, basically saying "there are more important things in life than basketball" then I think it lessens the gesture if he's given the ring back.

Mental health IS more important than basketball. There are a lot of things that are more important than basketball. Ron recognizes that and has focused on a particular thing (dear to him) and if he's willing to actually auction off the ring, then it's a more powerful statement if it doesn't come back to him, which effectively lessens the sacrifice, and without the sacrifice, it's not much of a gesture is it?
Posted by: 63 Footer | September 22, 2010 at 02:38 PM
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Preach on brother. It's not the cold medicine.

Mamba - I just checked out your earlier post. Shall I say Rico Suavey..lol.

Puddle - love that story. Thanks so much for sharing.

I have my own personal Tommy Lasorda story which I treasure as well. It's too long for here but let's just say I have a whole wall in my office dedicated to Tommy and various things he autographed for me.

The O'Malley's were all about the Dodger FAMILY and history. I am so glad I grew up learning and seeing that. Sadly that was all lost when they sold to Turner, then McCourt's.

I know it's a business but you definitely have to appreciate how Dr. Buss and his family continue to provide a winning product. As a fan, you feel like your part of the Laker "family" when they win. Even if you can't afford to go to games, you still feel the Buss family passion and that is reflected in how the players reach out to the public.

Like Justa's story earlier - Kobe could have been a jerk but he made a joke of a moment with a random person. Look at Ron-Ron and his interactions with fans. Look at how Pau has energized the Hispanic Laker fan base.

I think that's clearly why the Lakers are the top LA sports team right now and not the Dodgers. As we experienced in the 80's, there's still room for both, but we need a Dodger change of ownership to bring back the family pride.

Bynum injury update from lakers.com: ..."the team is hopeful Bynum will be able to resume playing towards the end of training camp, but his progress will be measured on a day-to-day basis as camp and the preseason progress."...
My gut feeling is we might see Bynum playing a couple of games before the season starts.

http://my.lakers.com/blogs/2010/09/22/922-injury-update-andrew-bynum/

justanothermambafan: "Cyber - do you know Norm?? Does anyone know Norm?? SOMEONE TELL NORM!!!"

LRob: "Nah he doesn't own Clear Channel cause that's my employer. He was the founder of Westwood One. They provide programming to radio and tv stations. Yes, it would be safe to say he can afford it...lol."
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Knew he owned some big media/radio company, wasn't sure which one lol. But I wish I knew him, he and Jack (and some others like Lou Adler, Joe Smith, Jimmy Goldstein, Dyan Cannnon...) are some great Laker fans, the 'regulars' that we've seen for many years, since the Showtime days.

Man I really wish I knew one of those superfans, maybe they'd have a spare seat to one of a game!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Mamba24... Pls put me on that RonRon bandwagon! I love that guy:)

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LAKER ORGANIZATION PLEASE BUY BACK RONS RING – BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - I've said this before on here too, and I'm actively campaigning for it to happen!!! Seriously, if not for Ron does Sweet 16 happen? I don't know, but I'm glad we didn't have to find out. He certainly was instrumental many, many times in the post season, and especially Game 7 of the Finals. He deserves that ring just as much as some and even more than others. Please Ron. Your heart is in the right place but please don't auction it off. Or - if you must - and I'm quite sure your heart is telling you that you must - I at least hope someone (hint hint Lakers) gets it for you and you end up with it on your mantle where it belongs - in a little glass box looking all bright and shiny.
(02) LEWSTRS – DRIVER
(03) CYBERCOSMIX – RIDING SHOTGUN - I wish the Lakers management or players or both should pitch in and get Ron Ron another ring, given his selfless deed of auctioning this one for charity, and tell him that he MUST keep it, because he was instrumental in earning it!


(07) LANCE FROM DA’ BRONX - The laker organization should buy the ring , open a foundation in ron-rons name. Have the auction at the staples center. THE NBA CARES!!!!
(08) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER - Pls put me on that RonRon bandwagon! I love that guy:)

ok..I've been lurking on this blog for a while now and been reading all the wonderful comments of my fellow lakerholics! I think it's time for me to join you guys and be a part of the Laker blog family! Let's go Lakers!

I was Dodger fan even longer than I was a Laker fan, both for many years.
Both are storied sports franchises.

But I think the most storied of all franchises in the greater L.A. area
is your NFL team, the,,,the,,,woops.

Anyway, much too rough a sport for the nanny souls on this board...
so you don't like football...that's OK.

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My guess is that Ron already regrets (his heart speaking) shooting off his mouth off about donating his ring to charity, but I have an idea.

Let's see now...hmmm

Total Laker fan, CFO, Marin County...yes, that's it.

Let's start the 'Laker Tom will reclaim the ring for Ron bandwagon!'

Good idea Sonny!

(I kind of like that Cookie Monster, third person stuff, except that I'll expand it to include talking to myself)

Go Sacramento Kings of Basketball! (We will sneak up and pounce)
Go Niner! (Three more losses this season. That'll be it)
Go Giants! (Half-a-game out)
Go Manny, go!
USC (It doesn't matter. We know they will choke, don't we?)
Go Boise!
Go Nevada Wolfpack!

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