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Caught in the Web: Lakers' training camp starts in five days

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We're going to have a live chat today at 4:00 p.m.

--The Times' Mark Heisler explains how the Miami Heat has reshaped the NBA.

--True Hoop's Henry Abbott introduces you to Russell Hicks, who will be trying out at the Lakers' training camp.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr wonders which Laker would be a good candidate on "Dancing with the Stars."

--Fox Sports Southwest's Mike Fisher argues that the Lakers made the second-most significant off-season moves among Western Conference teams.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down a few Lakers-related topics on their latest podcast, including teams that could threaten the Lakers, Kobe Bryant's Q rating and the possibility that Andrew Bynum could play limited minutes.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller details why LeBron James is nowhere near Bryant's level.

--Sports Illustrated has a pretty extensive photo gallery of the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

--AOL Fanhouse's Bethlehem Shoals and Tom Ziller take Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to task for proclaiming his team has more depth than the Lakers.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell asks Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks numerous on-and-off-court questions. I'm particularly intrigued with the 2Pac/Biggie debate involving who's the better rapper. It's a topic I'll surely follow up on once training camp starts.

--Lakers.com lists Derek Fisher's Game 3 performance against the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals as the second-best moment of the postseason.

--The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn reports that when Bryant boasted in his post-Finals news conference that he has more rings than Shaq, Celtics principal owner Wyc Grousbeck immediately thought of acquiring him.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski explains why he misses Byron Scott.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore lists the greatest Lakers of all time from numbers 24-29. Hmm, something tells me Kobe is somewhere in that article.

--The Lakers Nation's Kam Pashai argues Lamar Odom elevated his stature with his effort in the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

--Lakers of Fire's Garrett Wilson evaluates the San Antonio Spurs, and whether the Lakers should be concerned about them.

--Laker Nation's Trevor Wong rates the Lakers' top five shooting guards of all time.

Tweet of the Day: "Did a gurl jus really yell I LOVE YOU EBANKS to me in front of Subway lol LA is crazy" -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I do get tired of the 'fair-weather' fans at games, though; they're the ones texting all the time during the game. Seriously... DURING the game?! They're also the ones who turn and stare at me when I start cussing out players, refs and coaches (not real vulgar, just enthusiastic and creative). On the other hand, I once got a 'thumbs up' from Jack when I laid into Larry Bird during a regular season game. I felt I had 'arrived.' " -- 63Footer

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers fans have enjoyed images of the championship run. But they're ready for another season to start. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 
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Jeff Miller's OC Register is wasted time and space. Any Lakerholic can sum those differences up. It's real simple.


LeBron: Zero rings
Kobe: 5 rings - 3 as a sidekick, 2 as leader of a team.
And that's just your opening paragraph!

utz - i wouldn't say kobe was a sidekick for all 3 of those years.... maybe just one.... but that's an opening for another debate so i won't go there.... lol

I'm keeping it real Justa. It was Shaq's team all along. Kobe knew it. Laker Nation knew it. Everybody knew it. Phil said it best..as brilliant and talented as Kobe was, NO ONE was willing to follow him.


The journey he took from Shaq leaving up to the 08-09 Championship Season was Kobe's hard knocked growing pained transformation into a true leader of this team. And everybody knows that, too!

utz - i wouldn't say kobe was a sidekick for all 3 of those years.... maybe just one.... but that's an opening for another debate so i won't go there.... lol

Posted by: justanothermambafan | September 20, 2010 at 10:56 AM
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He was a sidekick for the first title for sure as he regularly manned the point.

Bryant was still a sidekick though coming on his own on the second title.

Third was a co-leader that got along with O'Neal.

After that he became the leader in 02-03 but then didn't want to reduce his game when Shaq rose his game and it caused problems.

03-04 was still 1b albiet now in a feuding way with O'Neal that was a factor in the failure of the season.

Now the only alpha dog with Gasol his sidekick and the rest of the Bryant-airres.

Good Morning Everyone!

the following clip is for everyone. hope you enjoy

http://tinyurl.com/26zoahh

Unlike Scottie Pippen and Pau Gasol, who are truly the second fiddles of their teams, Kobe Bryant was more like a 1a. Remember, Shaq couldn't hit free throws so Kobe was the go to guy at the end of games. In 2001, he was unconscious in the playoffs, scoring 48 points in Game 4 against the Queens and following it with a 45 point outburst in Game 1 in San Antonio causing Shaq to proclaim hi the best player in the league. So he was extremely instrumental in helping pave the way for Shaq to toy with his inferior opponents in the NBA Finals. Therefore, he was more than Pippen or Gasol to Shaq, and more than just a "Robin."

Congratulations 63 footer for RCOTD, I think there is misprint there as TOD, I remember it because it was a reply to my post.

Training camp starts in 6 days for others gallivanting the world and hospitals but to the fresh horses, they have been preparing for this season as reported here like Blake, Ratliff, Ebanks, Caracter and Kobe. Drew and Walton are undergoing rigid conditioning to accelerate their rehab work. Walton is still trying to belong the cream of the crop so let's give him that benefit of doubt to justify his contract. So far we are clearly divided on this blog especially now that Barnes, Ebanks are here. It used to be Ariza and Artest that are threat to Luke.

I think Phil will only exit if the Lakers don't make it to the top or else the show must go on. I also believe Phil will coach again after a rest of one year, not with the Lakers but to his home team where he originated, that's NY Knicks. In Maslow's Pyramid, Hierarchy of Needs, it is said that human beings are motivated by unsatisfied needs, therefore an individual would like to accomplish some more......PJ is now at the level of satisfying his self esteem as a 3peat Coach, he would want to fulfill more challenges in trying to reach that self actualization, helping the Knicks to a run for Championship.

catching up, as usual!

PLG: Beautiful profile, especially mentioning how touched you were by Magic on the trading floor of the stock exchange watching his press conf. Thank god Magic is still with us, looking better than ever. God had bigger plans for him than playing PG for our Lakers, Magic has been a living inspiration to millions around the globe, helping them know there was life beyond HIV.

Gotta say, having D-Fish as your fave player is just sooooo cool!!! Glad to know ya better, see ya round the blog!

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I believe that Phil, from this point on, is going to take it year by year, season by season. Signing 1-year contracts from now on, whatever. I think what he means by 'last stand' he is more referring to this particular team, core members being signed for another 3 seasons. I believe that is what he's referring to (OK, I'll admit, a lot of hopeful thinking there!!!).

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LakerTom: thanks for the links. Hadarii Jones, who wrote the first piece, is a great writer, he also argued that Bynum was the key player that seperated L.A. from Miami, he was the one factor that the Heat wouldn't be able to answer. Hadarii definitely knows his stuff!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Utzworld,

You can't call somebody a sidekick if he's the #1 option in the fourth quarter, you know, the most important quarter in basketball, the quarter that usually decides the games. As Kobe888 noted, Kobe was more like 1A.

Bynum is the key for this season. It is the take off stage to reach new heights. Being the key, the question remain which door will he open, the door as the beast of the post as LT predicted or the door that leads him to oblivion of zero growth due to injuries. Well, like Luke, Bynum is just one of the weapons in the Lakers arsenal. If he does not pan out, Gasol, LO, Theo are there in the wing ready to take over. They may not the B2 bomber but could occupy the post w/o much of worries. Based on competition we need everybody to gel and healthy throughout the playoffs. Last year was a huge challenge and glad we made it. Don't underestimate the other teams in the West, this is NBA not a cakewalk to just sidestep other toes. We are the Champs before the ceremony, after wards we are all in the same standing of O - O, proving to be the Champ 3 years in a row will be harder than making it the first time.

kobe has NEVER been a sidekick to anyone, it appears. even as a kid, he would keep on driving and driving. to consider him a side-kick is to ignore the reason for the split . he just will not be an extra in someone else's movie. I was thinking of CHICKIE-BABY and i just miss him. sometimes i will listen to a came to hear his voice

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ONE PEAT AT A TIME...WE JUST WANT PJ TO GO OUT WINNING - BANDWAGON
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(01) LEWSTRS - OWNER - PJ needs to complete the 3 peat first...then we can talk retiring...Will he be able to walk away, and pass up the opportunity for the 'quat row' (nice justa)...One peat at a time...I just want PJ to go out winning...he deserves it...
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER - Next year will be Quat-Row. PJ will be there - it will be fabulous and make history!! You read it here first, folks.
(03) MAMAB24 - RIDING SHOTGUN1- Heck yeah I'm on board.
(04) MAGIC PHIL -RIDING SHOTGUN2
(05) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER - If, no when, we win our 17th Championship, Phil will not be able to leave with out another stab at four in a row. He has a really good group of guys and I don't think he'd be able to walk away from that. He's too competitive to let the Miami's of the world take over while Kobe and gang can still produce!!! That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!:)
(06)CYBER CosmiX - I believe that Phil, from this point on, is going to take it year by year, season by season. Signing 1-year contracts from now on, whatever. I think what he means by 'last stand' he is more referring to this particular team, core members being signed for another 3 seasons. I believe that is what he's referring to (OK, I'll admit, a lot of hopeful thinking there!!!).
(07)EDWIN GUECO - I think Phil will only exit if the Lakers don't make it to the top or else the show must go on. I also believe Phil will coach again after a rest of one year, not with the Lakers but to his home team where he originated, that's NY Knicks. In Maslow's Pyramid, Hierarchy of Needs, it is said that human beings are motivated by unsatisfied needs, therefore an individual would like to accomplish some more......PJ is now at the level of satisfying his self esteem as a 3peat Coach, he would want to fulfill more challenges in trying to reach that self actualization, helping the Knicks to a run for Championship.
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NBA experts voted on - Will this be the year Andrew Bynum makes the All-Star team?

http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/10511/experts-panel-will-this-be-the-year-andrew-bynum-makes-the-all-star-team#more

7 Yes
3 No
3 Not Sure

This will be a an interesting summer camp with 5 new role players ready to contribute given the chance.


The summer camp theme should be how to incorporate all the new talented role players like Blake, Barnes, Ratliff and even Artest's offense, including talented rookies DC and EB.


The good thing is eight of the current roster has been together for the last 3 NBA Finals. Bynum, Gasol, Odom, Walton, Sasha, Kobe, Brown, Fisher.


RE: that Maslow's hierarchy .I don't see this for pj. he looks old and worn out and i think that we should be grateful for one more time around as it is

Blake should practice with the starters and let Odom, Fisher and Brown help stabilize the triangle for Barnes and Ratliff on the 2nd team.

as a side note to LT before I leave for a couple hours- I was really disappointed in the Niners opening week game. I really hope they come out strong tonight to show that the preseason hype was more than just hype!

Mamba24, the soul of the blog is back. Now I want to ask a serious question, did u really post that farewell or another troll assumed your name? I was surprised to read of Mamba's faint heart or degree of sensitivity lol, now Justa JALF is not in the mood, you might again post another twists. We look forward to reading your profile, how many Kleenex will I consume to wipe the tears? lol Goodluck for the opening of the season....will there be a new poem?

Wait 'till my Heat get ahold of these Fakers...

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | September 20, 2010 at 11:50 AM

~~Not my post, MM please erase.

My own QOTD and random thought...........

Should Ron Artest be the first Laker to receive his ring on opening night or the last?

Do the captains usually go first? Do you think they will relinqush that tradition?

Hmmmm. Just TOL (thinking out loud). Discuss.......

Cheers - PLG

Mamba24, the soul of the blog is back. Now I want to ask a serious question, did u really post that farewell or another troll assumed your name? I was surprised to read of Mamba's faint heart or degree of sensitivity lol, now Justa JALF is not in the mood, you might again post another twists. We look forward to reading your profile, how many Kleenex will I consume to wipe the tears? lol Goodluck for the opening of the season....will there be a new poem? Posted by: Edwin Gueco | September 20, 2010 at 11:53 AM
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This is some funny ISH, but...It sure in the Heck is not EDWIN!

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ONE PEAT AT A TIME...WE JUST WANT PJ TO GO OUT WINNING - BANDWAGON
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(01) utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER - CHAPLAIN - This is Phil's farewell tour. I have accepted it. I will be praying all season long that he goes out on top as a CHAMPION
(02) LEWSTRS - OWNER - PJ needs to complete the 3 peat first...then we can talk retiring...Will he be able to walk away, and pass up the opportunity for the 'quat row' (nice justa)...One peat at a time...I just want PJ to go out winning...he deserves it...
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER - Next year will be Quat-Row. PJ will be there - it will be fabulous and make history!! You read it here first, folks.
(04) MAMAB24 - RIDING SHOTGUN1- Heck yeah I'm on board.
(05) MAGIC PHIL -RIDING SHOTGUN2
(06) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER - If, no when, we win our 17th Championship, Phil will not be able to leave with out another stab at four in a row. He has a really good group of guys and I don't think he'd be able to walk away from that. He's too competitive to let the Miami's of the world take over while Kobe and gang can still produce!!! That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!:)
(07)CYBER CosmiX - I believe that Phil, from this point on, is going to take it year by year, season by season. Signing 1-year contracts from now on, whatever. I think what he means by 'last stand' he is more referring to this particular team, core members being signed for another 3 seasons. I believe that is what he's referring to (OK, I'll admit, a lot of hopeful thinking there!!!).
(08)EDWIN GUECO - I think Phil will only exit if the Lakers don't make it to the top or else the show must go on. I also believe Phil will coach again after a rest of one year, not with the Lakers but to his home team where he originated, that's NY Knicks. In Maslow's Pyramid, Hierarchy of Needs, it is said that human beings are motivated by unsatisfied needs, therefore an individual would like to accomplish some more......PJ is now at the level of satisfying his self esteem as a 3peat Coach, he would want to fulfill more challenges in trying to reach that self actualization, helping the Knicks to a run for Championship.
(09) LROB - MM- I'm saying no way PJ can retire after this years' 3peat. But that's probably my heart speaking more than my head.
(10) TROYB - Phil's last season? I could see that, and If so it will be a sad time next summer for Laker fans. However, if the 11/12 season is lockout shortened like everyone thinks I could see him coming back for a half season to try something he's never done before, a 4-peat!
(11) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - As for the PQOTD: I voted no but then if we win - he might just say he's retiring to go out on top. But if we don't (please pray) have any major injuries, he might just say okay give it another go so he can be part of the "one more banner than the C's". So maybe I should have voted IDK? But Zen is all about the signs. I don't think we will see many outward signs - during the season, I hope MM can give us some inside the El Segundo insight. If he starts allowing B. Shaw and others to be in the glare, then maybe that's a sign he's willing to let go. During games if there are any changes in timeouts, halftime, scouting, etc. - that might supply us some clues. At the end of the day, it might be Jeanie tweeting out clues. So none of my prognostications will be worth anything. It is Hollywood, right?
(12) LAKER PEACE - This season is more likely PJ's last season. But, how about PJ coaches 41 home games and Shaw coaches 41 away games next year? If PJ steps down, then who is going to be the next coach? Shaw? Coach K? Scott? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?
(13) JON K - As much as I hate to admit it, I think this may be Phil Jackson's last year. I sure hope not.
(14) STAPLES 24 - Four 3 peat would be a great exit for Phil. But what if he can win 5 straight in a row, 3 more years Phil. 67 is the new retiring age. 6 Bulls, 8 Lakers - then you can retire. I dont think Phil will retire with a TRIANGLE perfect roster that includes dominant superstar players (Bynum,Gasol,Kobe)and perfect role players (Odom,Artest,Barnes,Blake).
(15) FRMKT - Win or lose, Phil retires but we all know he will finish with his 4th 3-peat, finishing his career with the NBA's 2nd best all time shooting guard in the game. What a legacy: he has coached and won with some of the biggest names in the league. The guy is just a KILLER DUDE and THE BEST COACH IN NBA HISTORY, bar none...
(16) TOM DANIELS - I think this may really be Phil's last year. But he treats every one like the last (part of his self motivation, I think) so it is hard to tell.
I am working on making an offer for the Dodgers myself. I've got verything but the money.
(17) KOBEMVP888 - This will be Philip's last season. He has committed to that and I take his word for it. I think that (not so) secretly, he wants to go out with a great season and his fourth three-peat. Then he can write another book where he can proclaim once and for all that Kobe Bryant was the greatest player he ever coached.
(18) MUD - may be Phil's last year as head coach, but i wouldn't be surprised if he took a lesser role, such as Tex's old job of consultant, at least as long as the Lakers keep the present system intact. regardless, i come to this site for info. i like all the others here have no idea what will actually happen. that's the fun in life. only Phil, if any human being knows, knows. and that is not even a surety...
(19) JUSTALAKERFAN - I don't think this will be PJ's last year. He will get the 3-peat and be re-energised to get the record not done yet, the 4-peat. Yes justanothermambafan you said it first. Well done.
(20) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - As for Phil, I don't think even he knows for sure if this is his last year or not if the Lakers win it all again. However, if the Lakers don't win it all I feel sure he will call it quits.
(21)LANCE FROM DA BRONX - i'm a little confused. pj is coming back for this season, right?. if not so be it but i think people are already grieving his leaving. i think that the zen master will remind you of the impermanence of everything, so enjoy it while we have this new adventure to win another threepeat


PLG: "Should Ron Artest be the first Laker to receive his ring on opening night or the last? Do the captains usually go first? Do you think they will relinqush that tradition?"
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Artest, even if he does give away the ring to auction for mental health awareness (which is AWESOME!), makes me feel bad that he isn't going to enjoy it. I love the fact he's going to give away the ring, but I was partly disturbed soon after winning the championship he was already telling people on twitter he was giving it away.

I hope he isn't doing it because he feels less a part of the team than other players - because he wasn't. Or that because he had just arrived that he was riding the lakers 'bandwagon' - which he didn't, he was as integral as anyone on the team to the title win last year.

I do hope the Staples Center fans on opening night give him a FULL-ON, LOUD A HECK STANDING OVATION when he gets his ring! Not only because of his selfless, beautiful act of auctioning his ring for charity, but to thank him for all he did for the team last year, and his importance in winning a title.

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Utz: That title in '00, Shaq was absolutely a dominating force, but Kobe never wanted to play the Robin role. If anything, Kobe was an unwilling sidekick, but there was nothing stopping Shaq that year, especially not NBA centers.

Princess Jimmy is all too happy to go to Miami and be Wade's, well, female dog, and let Wade and Bosh do the heavy lifting so that she and Maverick Carter can work on branding, marketing and come up with new nicknames. Is the sidekick princess going to call herself GOD James next?


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Did anyone catch the FSN-West broadcast of the 2000 Game 7 WCF last night? That was an amazing game. I still remember exactly where I was and what I was doing as I watched that masterful comeback unfold.

Kobe was certainly NOT a "sidekick." He was -- as others have stated -- the go-to guy in that pivotal fourth quarter. Clutch shot after clutch shot, and the famous alley-oop to Shaq (of course). My favorite moment, though, was Kobe crushing one on Pippen's head -- with a little backboard assist that the refs didn't catch. Come to think of it, I didn't notice it in real-time, either.

Check it here (and watch Kobe's left hand): http://youtu.be/tgmE99zAK8A

Go Lake Show!

"James, who was also supposedly "all about the money," left the same $15 million on the table.

Wade took $105 million, leaving $19 million on the table."


This is why the Heat and Lebron James is hated now? Didn't we all wanted this from Shaq, Kobe, Odom, Artest, Ariza, Bynum, Brown to take less money.


Their Superstars did it Cb, LBJ, DW and all thier other free agents signee followed their lead. Why is this not SO AMAZING?



Princess Jimmy is all too happy to go to Miami and be Wade's, well, female dog, and let Wade and Bosh do the heavy lifting so that she and Maverick Carter can work on branding, marketing and come up with new nicknames. Is the sidekick princess going to call herself GOD James next?GO LAKERS!!!!!Posted by: CyberCosmiX | September 20, 2010 at 12:24 PM
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ROTFLMAO! OH SWEET JESUS!! Just give him the RCOTD right now! Right Now!!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!

utz - LOL - I TOLD you that opened up another debate. I also told you I didn't want to go there. See what you went and stirred up?? LOL!!! Well - at least we can agree that 2 3-peats would be better than just one!!! :)

That Mike Trudell link above is a great read on our 2 new rooks.

BTW - my vote is Tupac - hands down.

As long as Phil continues to win (back-to-back) championships with this team, I do not see him retiring. The run won't go on forever, but as long as it's going I gotta think he's on for the duration.

BTW - my vote is Tupac - hands down. Posted by: justanothermambafan | September 20, 2010 at 12:35 PM
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Impecable taste...as always! Lol!

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ONE PEAT AT A TIME...WE JUST WANT PJ TO GO OUT WINNING - BANDWAGON
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(01) utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER - CHAPLAIN - This is Phil's farewell tour. I have accepted it. I will be praying all season long that he goes out on top as a CHAMPION
(02) LEWSTRS - OWNER - PJ needs to complete the 3 peat first...then we can talk retiring...Will he be able to walk away, and pass up the opportunity for the 'quat row' (nice justa)...One peat at a time...I just want PJ to go out winning...he deserves it...
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER - Next year will be Quat-Row. PJ will be there - it will be fabulous and make history!! You read it here first, folks.

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(22) JEFE01 - As long as Phil continues to win (back-to-back) championships with this team, I do not see him retiring. The run won't go on forever, but as long as it's going I gotta think he's on for the duration.

LOL mamba, thank you sir, maybe one day I'll let you know what I really think... =D

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staples 24, I really think that was a case of another of these 'stolen screen names' in the comment above. I really hope so. Because when one considers themself 'Chosen One' or 'King' - do you really go join up with adversaries? Cross the line? If the Germans were winning WWII, should our guys have signed up with them?

Good god, please, it's not about the money at all. Frankly, a couple of $-mill a season is pocket change compared to their marketing money.

Please say it was a case of stolen ID...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

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ONE PEAT AT A TIME...WE JUST WANT PJ TO GO OUT WINNING - BANDWAGON
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(01) utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER - CHAPLAIN - This is Phil's farewell tour. I have accepted it. I will be praying all season long that he goes out on top as a CHAMPION
(02) LEWSTRS - OWNER - PJ needs to complete the 3 peat first...then we can talk retiring...Will he be able to walk away, and pass up the opportunity for the 'quat row' (nice justa)...One peat at a time...I just want PJ to go out winning...he deserves it...
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER - Next year will be Quat-Row. PJ will be there - it will be fabulous and make history!! You read it here first, folks.

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(22) JEFE01 - As long as Phil continues to win (back-to-back) championships with this team, I do not see him retiring. The run won't go on forever, but as long as it's going I gotta think he's on for the duration.
(23) LAKERTOM - Put me on the 1-peat at a time bandwagon. After we 3-peat this year and Drew has his healthy breakout year, Phil will be revitalized that he will opt to stay for 3 more years, which will give Derek Fisher at least 2 years as an assistant before he takes over for Phil after the 6-peat shooting for the Lakers 10th NBA championship in this century. What could be sweeter than Fish taking over for the 7-peat?
(24) DAVE M. - I'm also one that thinks Phil will retire. Like Mud, I wouldn't be surprised to see him stay on in some capacity however. He's mentioned it obliquely in the past.


Rogue chat still going 24/7 thanks to Magic Phil.

Peeps pop in & out, so come on by whenever...

http://felipereis.com/lakerholic/

Good god, please, it's not about the money at all. Frankly, a couple of $-mill a season is pocket change compared to their marketing money. Please say it was a case of stolen ID...Posted by: CyberCosmiX | September 20, 2010 at 12:41 PM
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You're on a Roll today my Brother! Some good stuff, mixed with some fun stuff. Don't get no better than that!!!

TROY B… “as a side note to LT before I leave for a couple hours- I was really disappointed in the Niners opening week game. I really hope they come out strong tonight to show that the preseason hype was more than just hype!” LOL! Disappointment doesn’t even cover the dismay that Niners fans felt as the team choked on both offense and defense. Steve Young said it best. Tonight is a chance for them to redeem themselves and prove that all the hype was not misplaced. Good news is that a win puts them in a tie for the lead in the their terrible division. The hope is that it’s how you’re playing in December that counts.
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mamba24: we were really missing you on the blog lol, well the 'mamba24' persona at least lol! Thank goodness you're back home in our cozy, little disfunctional (in a Ron Ron way!) fam!

I wonder how many of us are starting to feel like giddy kids, before x-mas day. Only 5 days until our purple and gold x-mas!

We got some cool toys too. A smart, great fitting PG, a tough-nosed swingman pit-bull that we could let loose with Ron Ron to patrol the yard. We extended the leases on a couple key pieces too, so we will be whole and intact going into battle. Santa Kupchak even got us a couple of shiny new talents that look like real bargains, he really did a good job scouring the aisles finding them.

Man, I can't wait, I hope that someone, somewhere can shoot extended Media day footage (hint, hint MM :) that shows a lot of the behind the scenes type things aside from the interviews. This should be one of the funnest years to be a Laker fan, and looks like we may be smack-dab in the middle of a dynasty, right as we speak. Exciting stuff!!!

Should be fun sharing this season with all of you guys, right here on the blog!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

What up, y'all? I missed the blog crew while I was tending to a family health emergency last week. Man, reading the paper is not even close! It took me a while, but I finally got up to speed last night reading the last 10 days of content from you magnificent bloggers! Bravo!

Bandwagon entry:

***Title Heaven in 2011!***

p.s. @ Outlaw... I saw the backboard assist in real time, friend! My wife argued that he should've been called for a technical! NO! Destiny could not be stopped that night! She also is convinced that Kobe shot an airball floater and Snaq just caught it at the right time. Sheesh!

Back in full effect,

DBDH!

The Outlaw: "My favorite moment, though, was Kobe crushing one on Pippen's head -- with a little backboard assist that the refs didn't catch. Come to think of it, I didn't notice it in real-time, either.
Check it here (and watch Kobe's left hand): http://youtu.be/tgmE99zAK8A"
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I concur: OWNAGE!

I love Pip taking out a towel rack after a loss during that series, too.


GO LAKERS!!!!!


@ Cyber,

"I concur: OWNAGE!

I love Pip taking out a towel rack after a loss during that series, too."

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Pip unleashing his Hulk-Smash fury upon the towels was classic! Somebody call the WAAAAAAAAAAmbulance! Kobe pulled Pip's Man Card on national TV! Woot-woot!

DBDH!


Party foul on multiple posts. Slow network over here.

(dbdh)

DBDH: "Pip unleashing his Hulk-Smash fury upon the towels was classic! Somebody call the WAAAAAAAAAAmbulance! Kobe pulled Pip's Man Card on national TV! Woot-woot!"
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Yeah, what did those poor towels do to deserve that? lol. Someone should make a compilation of all these classic moments of Laker-imposed frustration: Raja's clothesline on Kobe, Sabonis literally crying when utterly dominated by Shaq (well, I might have cried too...), Doug Christie punching Rick Fox, the stunned look on faces after D-Fish's .04 shot - as well as after every one of Kobe's buzzer beaters.

I could go on and on, the Lakers have made quite a lot of players and teams 'lose it'!

By the way, I DO blame ol' Delmer Harris!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

@CyberCosmiX, thank you my brother. Yes I was even thinking of looking up Ron Ron's Psychologist...Hey, it worked for him!!! LMAO!!!

RCOTD = 63 FOOTER Yes, Yes & Yes!!! ...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!! I salue you sir!!!

After hearing the passionate debate, I'll upgrade Kobe from "sidekick" to "1A" as many have suggested...


But y'all know GOSH DARN well it was still Shaq's team right on up to the moment he got traded! Who won the Finals MVP again? Once again, not trying to start no trouble or give the Kobehaters any ammo. Just KEEPIN IT REAL!

Mamba24, the soul of the blog is back. Now I want to ask a serious question, did u really post that farewell or another troll assumed your name? I was surprised to read of Mamba's faint heart or degree of sensitivity lol, now Justa JALF is not in the mood, you might again post another twists. We look forward to reading your profile, how many Kleenex will I consume to wipe the tears? lol Goodluck for the opening of the season....will there be a new poem?

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | September 20, 2010 at 11:53 AM

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Now who is this fake Edin trying to stir ISH up? Come on now, we know Edwin would not say that.

oops meant Edwin

>>>I'm keeping it real Justa. It was Shaq's team all along. Kobe knew it.


Gotta go with utzworld on this one.

Shaq was the most dominant player in the NBA from 2000-2002. Maybe by the last ring in 2002 Kobe was nearly Shaq's equal, but not quite.

He was a major major sidekick (remember, Magic was Kareem's sidekick when he started with the Lakers), but definitely a sidekick.

The Lakers are going to get killed in the Finals this year by the Celtics. Shaq is going to rip Kobe's arms off.


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