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Kobe Bryant's comments after 2010 NBA Finals apparently planted seed for Shaq joining the Celtics

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Welcome to Phase II of the Kobe/Shaq rivalry.

And if you believe the Celtics' principal owner, Wyc Grousbeck,  Bryant planted the idea for Boston to acquire Shaquille O'Neal because of his comments to a question after Game 7 of the NBA Finals this spring regarding what a fifth NBA championship means to him.

"Just got one more than Shaq," Bryant said to a laughing press corps, which normally receives glares, rolled eyes and non-answers when they ask Kobe a Shaq-related question. "You can take that to the bank. You know how I am. I don't forget anything."

That probably includes Shaq's distasteful freestyle about Bryant after the Lakers lost in the 2008 NBA Finals. So why is it called Phase II? Bryant truly wants to win more titles than than Shaq and anyone else, but this rivalry is now just manufactured.

“The minute I heard Kobe [Bryant] say he had one more ring than Shaq, I said to [Celtics president] Danny [Ainge], ‘Let’s go get Shaq,’ and it happened,’’ Grousbeck told the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.

Grousbeck may have actually said that, but I don't buy for a second the impression Boston wouldn't have come up with the idea in acquiring Shaq if not for Bryant's post-game comments.

It was just two years ago where the symbolic images of the 2009 All-Star game, at least superficially, showed their feud had ended. Bryant and O'Neal played alongside each other and were coached by none other than Phil Jackson. They also shared the MVP award, with Bryant scoring 27 points and Shaq adding 17 in the West's 146-119 victory over the East. The two even hugged each other. Shaq had remarked during the 2009 NBA Finals that the storyline of "Can Kobe win a title without Shaq" was misleading. He argued that Kobe would be the Lakers' greatest player of all time if they beat Boston in the 2010 NBA Finals.

The Times' Mark Heisler had observed during Kobe's and Shaq's All-Star reunion that their spat actually ended in 2006 and the two remain cordial, though they were never friends. But given the fact the Celtics again could meet the Lakers in the Finals -- Shaq's figured out the media game pretty well and we're very willing to accommodate -- this likely will become a repeated storyline. Just don't put too much stock in it. 

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina.

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

 
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What is it with these delusional Celtics? First, Doc Rivers talks that gibberish about their starting unit never losing, and than Grousbeck comes out with this nonsense. If he wanted Shaq as soon as Kobe made that comment, why were the Celtics pursuing Jermaine Oneal and Kwame Brown this summer before pursuing Shaq?

If that were true, then why did they wait so long to sign The Big Sellout? If the Septics were really that inspired and infuriated, they would have signed him BEFORE Jermaine O'Neal or anyone else! Ainge is full of it...just like the rest of them!


No class. No honor. No dignity in Boston. That's probably why I didn't like Affleck's "The Town"...all the damn Shamrocks made me sick to my stomach!

Grousbeck just wanted some attention... nope, you don't fool me!

Next story please....

LakerTruth - Because the big delusional thought someone would actually entertain the notion of paying him more than the league minimum.

Ainge wasn't going to give Snaq a MLE deal. He'd rather give it to a slightly younger, less divisive Jermaine Oneal. No way Detroit or Atlanta were gonna pay Snaq what he wanted anyone.

When Shaq finally realized that was all he was getting was the minimum, he figured he get it on a contender and what better way to stick it to Kobe and the Lakers by signing with Boston. The kelts are just continuing on with their underhanded tradition of head games and dirty dealing by saying they sought out snaq as soon as Kobe made his post game comments.

I say be careful what you wish for kelts. You can't throw a rock in this league without it landing on a bridge the big delusional burned.

I honestly thought last year that the Finals would include Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest beating LeCreep and Shaq. Didn't happen. Actually happened better.
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But from my sources on the street in the Greater Northeastern Ohio area, Shaq actually created a lot of problems in the locker room--including for better or worse standing up for Mike Brown when LeBron went off on him after finding out about the tryst between Gloria James and Delonte West.
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You know Shaq. I know Shaq. WE know Shaq. The dude is crazily immature and has a tremendous ego. I used to love the guy when he was a Laker, but I honestly believe that he was the cornerstone in keeping us from a sixpeat. Too much drama. Can you imagine if our team ALL embraced Kobe's work ethic? Really? Forget about it! It would have been nuts.
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Anyhow, now the Big Aristotle has become the Big Troll. It's what Shaq would do. Still, he will cripple the Celtics. He will. It's what he does.
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The ONLY (and I mean ONLY) way that the Celtics will get to the Finals is because Shaq has MAJOR issues with the Magic and the Meat. [On some level I am utterly amazed that every fricken team that stands between Shaq and the Finals is a team that he has a major vendetta against. It's fricken cryptic. It's Wagnerian Operairific.
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Shaq MIGHT somehow transcend himself and actually put these Generation Y lametards in their place... but he won't beat the Lakers. He can't. Despite everything, he's still a Laker. He'll be retired in a Lakers jersey. He knows it. We know it... and he knows that Kobe Bryant is a better player than he is... and it drives him nuts. But eventually he'll have to accept it.
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And this is the year that Andrew Bynum shows that he has accepted the mantle as the next Great Lakers center. It's happening. Believe me, it's happening. Shaq will pass the mantle on to Andrew by beating beat by him. That's how this goes.
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And Ebanks and Caracter are going to both show that they should have been top 15 picks... much to the utter outrage and indignation of all other GMs in the game. It's going to be AWESOME!
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Best... Lakers... Season... Ever!
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Really.
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Let's fricken go!
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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!!!

That's gibberish. He just wants to motivate Shaq.

That's the problem with Shaq, you have to motivate him. With Kobe, he motivates himself.

If Shaq somehow actually helps the Celtics defeat the Miami Cheat, then I'm all for it...

but, a year older and they're that much less of a threat

Who the Van Gundy is Wyc Grousbeck? I refuse to believe that is a real name. Some drunken frat boys were the source on this.

Also- That is a horrible, horrible picture. I would like to believe somebody talked them into this, possibly also drunken frat boys.

They were also responsible for the crash of 1929 and the current economic crisis. Hmmm... I wish I was kidding here.

Jon K- No offense to your sources on the street, but I didn't even know they had fraternities in Cleveland.

Personally, I think standing up for Mike Brown against LBJ would make you a better person in my book.... Of course, my book hasn't been written yet, so i has pretty low standards...

Shaq trying to motivate the Celtics to beat Miami

"THOSE GUYS ARE NOT THE BIG ANYTHING! I AM THE BIG ANYTHING! I AM GOING TO SMA....OW! I FELL AND I CANNOT GET UP!...NO, DO NOT HELP ME! I AM GOING TO...OW! I FELL AGAIN! I WILL GET UP WHEN I HAVE TO! I WILL GET UP ON COMPANY TIME! WHEN THE COMPANY PAYS ME! WHAT, WE WON? TELL ME HOW MY...OW! I KEEP FALLING DOWN!"

"TELL ME HOW MY "OW! I FELL DOWN, AND I CANNOT RAP! TAS...MAN, I WISH I WAS NOT SO FAT!"

HEY! THE CELTICS LOST BECAUSE OF MO WILLIAMS! OR WHOEVER! WHO IS GOING TO GIVE ME A CONTRACT NEXT!?"

sigh. My Shaq impression sucks, but is is better than Shaq's.

Next time the press corps pushes Kobe for an opinion on the Heat's lack of a point guard, perhaps the Kobester can offer, "Got five more than Smush Parker."

Catch up time.......

Kobe sidekick or 1a? I like calling him 1a. Like LakerTruth said he was go to guy in 4th qtr and like KobeMVP888 said dropping 45 on SA or 48 on Sac is not the work of a sidekick.

Trade Bynum for Melo? No dice. Like others have said I wouldn't give up our that great advantage of the trio of Pau/Bynum and LO. Besides we need a defensive minded player at the SF position.

PLG - Not sure what order they give out the rings, but I do think the bigger names are the last announced. Either way it'll be very emotional watching Thriller get his.

Outlaw - thanks for sharing that video. That was a great battle between an old warrior and a young buck in that series.

How long do I celebrate? Of course when the season starts back up I focus on the next ring, but I never stop enjoying any of the titles. I'll go back and relive them over and over again.

Shaq vs. Kobe - like Jon K said Shaq knows Kobe is greater than him. It's like if you work with someone and they work harder than you, and are as talented as you...you just have to tip your hat to them.

Can you imagine Dr. Buss saying he picked up a player for emotional reasons? Tell me you picked up Diesel to help you win, to help you defend Howard or the Lakers, but not because of what Kobe said. Glad Grousbeck is the Celtics owner and not the Lakers. Dr. Buss doesn't make knee jerk emotional decisions and that's another reason why he's the best owner in basketball.

Best 6th man? Of course all-time is Hondo. Best Laker 6th man. Cooper. Best 6th man in last 20 years? Ginobli, Odom and Kukoc.

And this is the year that Andrew Bynum shows that he has accepted the mantle as the next Great Lakers center. It's happening. Believe me, it's happening. Shaq will pass the mantle on to Andrew by beating beat by him. That's how this goes.
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And Ebanks and Caracter are going to both show that they should have been top 15 picks... much to the utter outrage and indignation of all other GMs in the game. It's going to be AWESOME!
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Best... Lakers... Season... Ever!
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Really.
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Let's fricken go!
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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!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | September 20, 2010 at 07:20 PM

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Now that's the ticket. Well done.

Jon K,

Ebanks and Caracter are going to both show that they should have been top 15 picks.

~~If PJ will change his policies of treatment of rookies and give them decent playing time that is not garbage time or 1 minute before the buzzer sound in the first half.

Justa JLF,

I hope you read my comment in previous thread to answer your concern. There is no change in mutual respect, I hope you withdraw those name calling.

phred,
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You are correct. To my knowledge there are no fraterities in Cleveland.
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Case Western is a fine university, but with the exception of Little Italy (still mafia protected!) all the surrounding areas would probably quickly sell Case Western frat boys for their body parts in a very short period of time.
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Cleveland State is nothing more than a commuter school.
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So, yeah, I'm aware of no fraternities in Cleveland, but I am still totally confused by your statement because it has nothing to do with what I was talking about.
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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!!!

Jon K- Didn't it? Now didn't it?

[states into distance]

of course it's all hype. it's fun!(to an extent just short of seriousness)


MM-fwiw, my comment on your questions wasn't really personal, nor do i think it's defensable. it IS stupid for us to be asked, say, what Phil will have for breakfast, or will he retire or will so and so get serious this year, because none of us know[yes, there's laughter]. luckily for you and your job, lots of us enjoy acting like we know. that's why i say it's YOUR job to tell us those things. so we know...you went to newspaper reporting school or something, no? otherwise, it's a great job keeping us all frothing at the mouth between seasons.


I think Phoenix and Cleveland already attempted to kick the tires on 'ole Mr. O'Neal. He is nothing more than a role player today, and in reality not a factor. The other O'Neal (Jermaine) will have a greater impact in my opinion.

mud - I'm just trying to lighten it up. The beard thing was a spin off of Jeanie Buss' tweet asking readers. The birthday item was a light-hearted item too. The fact is Jackson and players aren't around in the offseason so you can't exactly just stop at the Lakers facility and ask them that. So it's the dog days of summer and it's just to lighten the mood.

MM

Kobe, shhh... gotta keep this quiet. OK, here's a little advice, next time say you have more titles than, umm, Kwame Brown, Adam Morrison and Brian Scalabrine - no, wait, that stiff is already a Celtic, ummm, say Darko Mil-wait he just signed too with the T'Wolves, man poor Rambis.

Ok then, say Garret Anderson. So it's wrong sport, who cares? The Celtic owner apparently wants to get guys that are motivated to pass you up, so he probably doesn't even know what sport they play in.

Oh and here's another name, say you have more titles than Pepe Mantilla, he's about 60 and is the Lakers spanish radio announcer, maybe the Celt owner will just think he's a Spaniard. That should about do it.

Just for fun, you could always say you have more titles than Seymour Skinner, you know, the principal on The Simpsons? Imagine him telling Ainge to go sign that Skinner guy, and they spend weeks sending out scouts to search him out. Maybe they'll call off looking for him and just trade for Brian Skinner from the Clippers.

Nice job Kobe, you got them to take the unmotivated, out of shape, over the hill, trouble-starting, locker room instigating Shaq! That's awesome!

But just answer me one question, how much did they pay you for being their assistant GM?

The chowds pick their roster based on names Kobe calls out. Gotta love it!!!!

Red Auerbach's gotta be rollin over in his grave!!!!!


GO LAKERS!!!!!!!

This is like round 25 of the Shaq/Kobe rivalry. Every time Shaq does anything he is sure to mention Kobe.

I agree - this is all gibberish. Everyone know Shaw needs motivation and this is the best way to do it - throw out a bone. But for a guy who might be coming off the bench more times that he starts - seriously who cares.

I'm glad Shaq was a Laker and will give him his charity applause after he retires. But he's no Magic and not even close to Jerry West, Kareem or Elgin. So in my mind, he's a big guy who served his purpose and was paid well.

Thanks for the memories Shaq but you are not missed.

PLG.

ok, MM.


i'm kinda light myself, but i still think you're trying too hard to get us to tell you things, when you have things to find out about and then tell us...


TELL US!
[can't you hear my laughter?]

I honestly thought last year that the Finals would include Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest beating LeCreep and Shaq. Didn't happen. Actually happened better.
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But from my sources on the street in the Greater Northeastern Ohio area, Shaq actually created a lot of problems in the locker room--including for better or worse standing up for Mike Brown when LeBron went off on him after finding out about the tryst between Gloria James and Delonte West.
-
You know Shaq. I know Shaq. WE know Shaq. The dude is crazily immature and has a tremendous ego. I used to love the guy when he was a Laker, but I honestly believe that he was the cornerstone in keeping us from a sixpeat. Too much drama. Can you imagine if our team ALL embraced Kobe's work ethic? Really? Forget about it! It would have been nuts.
-
Anyhow, now the Big Aristotle has become the Big Troll. It's what Shaq would do. Still, he will cripple the Celtics. He will. It's what he does.
-
The ONLY (and I mean ONLY) way that the Celtics will get to the Finals is because Shaq has MAJOR issues with the Magic and the Meat. [On some level I am utterly amazed that every fricken team that stands between Shaq and the Finals is a team that he has a major vendetta against. It's fricken cryptic. It's Wagnerian Operairific.
-
Shaq MIGHT somehow transcend himself and actually put these Generation Y lametards in their place... but he won't beat the Lakers. He can't. Despite everything, he's still a Laker. He'll be retired in a Lakers jersey. He knows it. We know it... and he knows that Kobe Bryant is a better player than he is... and it drives him nuts. But eventually he'll have to accept it.
-
And this is the year that Andrew Bynum shows that he has accepted the mantle as the next Great Lakers center. It's happening. Believe me, it's happening. Shaq will pass the mantle on to Andrew by beating beat by him. That's how this goes.
-
And Ebanks and Caracter are going to both show that they should have been top 15 picks... much to the utter outrage and indignation of all other GMs in the game. It's going to be AWESOME!
-
Best... Lakers... Season... Ever!
-
Really.
-
Let's fricken go!
-
What do we play for? RINGS!!!
-
Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
-
GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | September 20, 2010 at 07:20 PM

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I bow down, Jon K. That is some killer stuff there, awesome material!!!

hurry up clock, cannot wait for the preseason to start!


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Shaq is missed - STFU from a great Lakers fan right here - go to bed, children.

JonK --

Sonny Jesus, for crying out tears, you once stated that your "sources" informed you that Shaq had a very small penis, disporportionate to his massive frame, which according to you, explained his out-of-control insecurities vis-a-vis our beloved Kobe Bryant (by your rationale, the Kobester must be hung like a goddamn horse -- perhaps that's why he goes by the moniker "Black Mamba")... just perhaps... But anyway, you sure seem to have a lot of NBA "sources," pal!

Who are you really, Jim Grey?


Maybe Jim Grey with a blonde wig, ala David Lee Roth???

Reading this makes me say, no wonder Lebron left. In the words of Mark Jackson, Mo Williams you're better than that!

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=mc-williamscavs092010

If Bynum stinks it up during the first part of the season or gets hurt once again, then you make that trade for Melo. Potential my arse.
Getting hurt Once Is Chance, Twice is Coincidence, Third Time Is A Pattern, fourth time comes insanity when thinking there will be a different result next year and the next year and the next year.

Classic Ron Ron....excerpt from ESPN article...

http://espn.go.com/

As for the Lakers, Artest feels they'll be better this coming season. Training camp starts Saturday.

"I still feel like I've got a lot to prove," he said. "We really need to come out with a mindset. I've got a lot to play for again this year. I'm going after my first ring.

"We're hungry. I know I am, as much as anybody else is. And you know Kobe [Bryant] is. Kobe's after something, I don't even know what it is. I think he's after stardom on Pluto or something," Artest said, taking off on one of his humorous tangents. "Pluto's not even a planet no more, which I'm very disturbed about. I grew up when Pluto was a planet. Now, I'm 25, I turn around and Pluto's no longer a planet. I'm going to elbow that guy in the nose. I love Pluto. Everybody loves Pluto. There's a dog named Pluto in the cartoons. I don't know how we got on that subject. We've got to see if we can get Pluto back."

Good for Kobe...I'm glad he suckered the Celtics into making that foolish move. Couldnt have happened to a "nicer" team...

I was in Phoenix the night they introduced Shaq as the newest member of the Suns...he "guaranteed" them their first NBA ring & they were slurping it up like hogs in slop!! LOL...

SHAQ+CELTICS=MATCH MAD IN HELL (for them, not other teams)

The excuse-making sore losers from Beantown & the fat slacker DESERVE each other!!

Gooooooooood Morning Laker Nation!!!!!
Gooooooooood Morning Cru'


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@NewMexicoLakerLifer, Vikings 0-2 WTH!!!!! My Bad, I was sure they would win Sunday. But don''t lose the Faith. Takes a couple games to get in sync. They are still going to the SuperBowl! KEEP HOPE ALIVE! And on that note other than a bad football weekend how are you doing this lovely Laker morning?

Any Laker who joins the green team after leaving the Lakers should not have his number retired, period and that means not even the rest room's wall altho that is where he is most comfortable. Not to mention Shaq burned bridges everywhere he went, at this rate he will have burned the last bridge and have nowhere to turn to. Shaq would've loved to go to Miami but ooops he already trashed that organization, he would've never thought James and Bosh joining Miami when he fired his BIG MOUTH at the Heat. Good luck Celtics, nowadays Shaq's lips move faster than his feet and too bad he can't shoot free throws with them either.

Hmm. Interesting development in the rear parts of Paul Pierce's shorts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWr-SC8Hsyc&feature=related

Wes

Shaq will not make it to the post-season this year.

What a pic! Who are those big dudes, and what are they sucking on?

After being away for a few days, I did a quick gist read of some of the recent posts.
Nice profiles, by the way. Ya’ll are excited.

Too bad the Lakers aren’t going anywhere this year.
I’ve got you fourth in the West, that is, if you stay healthy.
Very, very unlikely.
The ol’ boys got some miles, especially the Saint.

Haven’t got a whole lot of time to waste now, but I was struck by a challenge made to me by one of the regulars here. Something about, still waiting for a response to something or other???

First, to be totally honest, I don’t play well with others, I’m a notorious cheat, and my posts here are completely self-serving (I mean, would any of you have it any other way...for yourselves, I mean?) and I only play the games that I want to play, when I want to play them.

But honestly Your Honor,

Come on, give it up. What kind of ploy have you got up your sleeve?
This isn’t one of your lawyer tricks is it?

O.K., I got one for you:
What’s the difference between a lawyer and a catfish...no no no, never mind. We can’t tolerate any scum-sucking jokes on the nanny board.
Pictures tell a thousand words anyway.

How about this one:
What’s the difference between a lawyer and a rooster?
Answer: In the morning, one’s primal urge is to cluck defiance.

Oh Lord! That one’s got me laughing so hard I’m gonna have to take a long break...
but no worries mates, you’ll hear from me again, when you hear from me again. Hold your breaths.

Go Sacramento Kings of Basketball!
Go Niners! (Laker Tom and I are buds)!
Go Giants! (Great Pennant Race. Too bad the Dodgers suck. Darn)
Go Manny, Go!

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@Jon K.

"It's Wagnerian Operairific", you are in rare form today. Inspired use of metaphor or that one. Also, your pick of Bynum surpassing O'Neil in the Finals would just be so much poetic justice. Then, the utter vindication of both Ebanks and Caracter (both of whom were at one time slated to be drafted in the lottery)? That would make for a classic season as the Lakers finally eclipse the Ceptics with their 18th title.

Sounds to me, my friend, that you are rounding into shape already. You will indeed be nice and fit come training camp. I cannot wait.

ALSO, we know Snaq is going to melt-down some kind of way in Beantown. That Kobe is somehow going to be partly responsible for the desolation that is to occur...I'm trying to see the downside to that...coming up dry...

--FEARless

"The consensus across the league is that the Nuggets will trade Anthony to New Jersey, New York, Chicago or one of the two Los Angeles teams,....."
- From some Denver newspaper

Odom. Luke and Sasha will get that puppy done. Already faxed the offer to Denver for Mitch.

"Melo will REALLY strengthen the Lakers bench. A lock for 6th man of the year" - Fatty

Fatty - Who's internet is as spotty as a living room carpet potty training 6 puppies.

Fatty - Who's internet is as spotty as a living room carpet potty training 6 puppies. Posted by: Fatty | September 21, 2010 at 07:30 AM
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Fatty returns and once again all is right and good in Lakers Nation. Good Morning sir it is always good to see a Post by you. How are you this fine Lakers Morning?

And a fine good morning to you Mamba24 sir.....

Is training camp REALLY starting this week?

Pinch me Justa....I musta be dreaming.

Hmmm...my post disappeared...maybe I'll try again...

@Jon K.:

"Wagnerian Operairific", you are in rare form today. That is a brilliant use of metaphor. Also, predicting that Bynuum will surpass Snaq in the Finals? Poetic Justice if it were to come to fruition. Then, preciting that both Ebanks and Caracter would earn redemption (both of whom were at one point slated as lottery picks)? That would truly be classic.

You, sir, are really rounding into form. It is apparent that you will be in game shape come training camp. Kudos.

--FEARless

Hello all,

That Snaq will meltdown in Beantown is an almost certainty. That Kobe would be somehow be partially responsible for the calamity that is to befall the Ceptics...I'm searching for a downside to this...drawing blanks...

--FEARless

Pinch me Justa....I musta be dreaming. Posted by: Fatty | September 21, 2010 at 07:45 AM
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Careful Fatty, she might think you said Punch Me. Lol! And she packs a wallop for such a tiny thing. My throat still has not recovered. Yes it is true Training camp does begin this week and then the March towards 17. Ahhhhh what a glorious season it is going to be sir. To quote LakerTom, "This one will be one for the ages!" yes, yes, YES!!!!

Good Morning Laker Family.

Here's a song to remind us that Every Morning we wake up to the Best Team in the World.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cqU1pFRqYE


Mamba - excellent poem!
Tom Daniels - I'm loving your prediction mate!
Fatty - Melo - 6th man works for me. We'll trade one reality star for another!

WE ARE CREATED LAKERHOLICS, 16 TIME NBA CHAMPIONS, CREATORS OF DYNASTIES.
TRAINED BY THE ZEN MASTER IN LAKERHOLISM, SUN SOURCE OF ALL BASKETBALL ARTS.
WHERE IS THIS DOGMEAT CALLED THE HEAT & THE BIATCH WHO WOULD BE PRINCESS

We'll trade one reality star for another! Posted by: LRob | September 21, 2010 at 08:01 AM
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Well I think we have our RCOTD folks! Good morning LRob and how are you sir on this wonderful Lakers morning? Thanks for the compliment, it's an old poem but I thought I'd dust it off while I'm getting back in shape for the season. Lol!

Who cares what Snaq O'Meal says? Who cares what the Celtics say? We don't care. We KNOW the truth. The truth is Snaq is past his prime, and Kobe is still in his. We KNOW that the Celtics are old and broken down, except maybe Rondo. JO? Dude. He's made of glass. So to this whole "We got Shaq because of Kobe's statement" is truly meaningless to me. So what? So you got yourself an old, creaky, can-barely-elevate-myself, overinflated ego, past-his-prime player. Ohhhhhhh I'm quaking in my boots!

My overall word that sums this story up? Meh.

C'mon, Saturday! I'm jonesin' for my team! GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Ha! Mamba, you know I am a TOTAL unrecovered Lakerholic!! I see my name on there already man, so give me a title and lets get this bandwagon going, baby.

I'm SO psyched for this season! All around my town people are wearing their Laker gear and going crazy! Had a guy come into my work and we started talking all things Laker. Pretty soon he whips out his photo of him holding a championship ring from 2003, so I whip my photo out of me holding the 2009 championship ring! It was a beautiful moment. All I can think about is seeing Staples all decked out in the PnG, the vibe in the city, and my team, out there playing the most beautiful game ever created.

Let the games begin!!!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!

Whoops. Twice posted. Crap. Sorry!!

*his photo of him holding a championship ring from 2003*

Sorry - my finger must have slipped! 2002. Yikes!!!

@WES… Thanks for the PP diaper link. Looks like he got a little excited, LMAO.
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@TROY... Niners will still win the west and make the playoffs. Alex Smith will have a break out year.
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@KBMVP & DJ… Great to watch the Boss get credit and the Yanks to win. The House that George built.
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@LROB… Thanks but that song of Sugar Ray’s is hard to get out of your mind once you hear it. LOL!
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TOM

Shaq will not make it to the post-season this year.

Posted by: Tom Daniels | September 21, 2010 at 06:55 AM
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wow Tom that is bold. If Shaq was on the Suns or Cavaliers maybe but this is Boston we are talking about and as much as they are hatable they still have a very good team with Pierce/Garnett/Allen and Rondo. Plus JO will provide them with another big body.

If you are suggesting by injury that Shaq will not play in the post-season....that's another big if. Sure he might lose games in the regular season but usually he's ready by post season so wow that's pretty bold there.

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WE ARE CREATED LAKERHOLICS, 16 TIME NBA CHAMPIONS, CREATORS OF DYNASTIES.
TRAINED BY THE ZEN MASTER IN LAKERHOLISM, SUN SOURCE OF ALL BASKETBALL ARTS.
WHERE IS THIS DOGMEAT CALLED THE HEAT & THE BIATCH WHO WOULD BE PRINCESS
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YES I AM A LAKERHOLIC – BANDWAGON
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WE ARE CREATED LAKERHOLICS, 16 TIME NBA CHAMPIONS, CREATORS OF DYNASTIES.
TRAINED BY THE ZEN MASTER IN LAKERHOLISM, SUN SOURCE OF ALL BASKETBALL ARTS.
WHERE IS THIS DOGMEAT CALLED THE HEAT & THE BIATCH WHO WOULD BE PRINCESS
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(00) ZAIRA AMATERSU – GODDESS – Yes I am a LakerHolic
(01) LAKERLASS – OWNER - We're Lakerholics for goodness sake.As long as the Lakers are collecting Larry O'Brien's, Lakerholics will be collecting the memories. See what a shot of Dr. Fatty's Lakerholics Tonic can do? wheeeeeeeeeeeee! *hic*
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER - A Lakerholic moving on after a championship? That's a complete and total oxymoron. We don't move on. We never move on. We just keep jonesing for the next fix. The next piece of Laker news. The next championship. It's a never ending, always exhilarating cycle of everything purple and gold. Of everything that's pure and right and just. Move on?? Are you freaking kidding me? We're Lakerholics baby. We don't move on - we just want more of the same! Number 17 coming up! And then # 18... and then # 19.... and then # 20.... and then
(03) TROY B. – RIDING SHOTGUN - I only wish I had as great a mind as you! Maybe I'll get there one day. For now I'll just settle with being a lakerholic who pretends to know what he's talking about sometimes!
(04) MAMBA24 – My name is Mamba24 and yes…I am an unrecovered Lakerholic
(05) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER - you know I am a TOTAL unrecovered Lakerholic!! I see my name on there already man, so give me a title and lets get this bandwagon going, baby. I'm SO psyched for this season! All around my town people are wearing their Laker gear and going crazy! Had a guy come into my work and we started talking all things Laker. Pretty soon he whips out his photo of him holding a championship ring from 2003, so I whip my photo out of me holding the 2009 championship ring! It was a beautiful moment. All I can think about is seeing Staples all decked out in the PnG, the vibe in the city, and my team, out there playing the most beautiful game ever created.



(33) NOAH
(34) COMPLEXBROTHA

LOL @ Sonny! 4th in the West! ROTFLMAO!!!!

Justa JLF,

I hope you read my comment in previous thread to answer your concern. There is no change in mutual respect, I hope you withdraw those name calling.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | September 20, 2010 at 08:50 PM

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Edwin,
I am confused as to what you are talking about. Please repost your comments from previous thread to me as I still don't get it. Are you talking about comments to Mamba24 since I never made comments to you? If talking about Mamba24 please go back and read my apology to him. Please clarify.

From Laker Nation,
Bynum could miss the start of the season?
By Chris Manning | September 20, 2010 | Lakers News 22 commentsIt looks like Bynum could miss the early part of the season. But remember, when it counted, he played through the pain. Thoughts?

Yahoo: Bynum underwent knee surgery in July and will be limited in training camp and the preseason. If he doesn’t get much practice time before the season starts, the Lakers may choose to leave him on the bench for a while at the start of the year to let him slowly work his way back into game shape.
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If need be I think caution is best especially in October. Only 3 games in October anyways as someone noted.

BLOG CRUE
It's almost basketball time. The upcoming season will be great to watch, time to renew my NBA League Pass. Hope all is well with the purple & gold lovers.

Any update on the Barnes incident?

Colorado (via Hungary) loves our World Champion Lakers!

Colorado (via Hungary) loves our World Champion Lakers!
Posted by: Hugo Boss | September 21, 2010 at 08:53 AM
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And Lakers Nation loves Hugo Boss! How you doing my brother? It's been awhile. Hope everything is going good for you & family.

L0$ @NG3L3$ L@K3R$

Thanks for sharing this post! Go Lakers! Kobe Bryan is so great! Congrats to the team!:)

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