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Lakers blog profile: Laker Tom's love for the Lakers extends from Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West to Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum

Laker Tom

This is the seventh post in a weekly series that helps you get to know members of the L.A. Times Lakers blog community. Feel free to send submissions to mgmedin@gmail.com.

Screen name: LakerTom

Real name: Tom Wong

Age: 65 years young

Gender: Male

Hometown: Mill Valley, CA

Occupation: Son of a dedicated entrepreneur, I spent the first two-thirds of my adult life creating and building various business enterprises ranging from a nationwide chain of retail leather fashion stores to a software development company specializing in interactive Web portal applications. The last third of my career has been spent as CFO and financial controller in the technology industry.

Education: My education background is as diverse and eclectic as my business background. I have bachelor degrees in accounting from CSULA and molecular biology from UCR. I also completed a year of law school at NYU and a year in a master’s program in comprehensive health planning at UCLA. That’s in addition to classes taken at over a dozen schools, including Berkeley in the '60s.

Mia & alexaFamily: Mrs. LakerTom and I were high school sweethearts who have been married for over 40 years; we have a son who is a computer programmer and die-hard Lakers fan, and one grandson and two granddaughters who are all being raised to worship purple and gold. The biggest lesson I had to learn as a man was understanding that the greatest reward life had to offer was love, not wealth.

Love of the game: Although I grew up playing the three major sports -- baseball, football, and basketball -- by the time I started high school, basketball had become my main passion. As a 5-9 point guard, I was a good high school player with a high BBIQ who could dunk a volleyball, make the right pass, hit the open shot, and hack and harass any player unfortunate enough to be guarded by me. While I was never good enough to play college ball, my love of the game led me to a lifetime of playing in pick-up games and recreation leagues all over Southern California. As I got older, I added coaching and refereeing as ways for me to get my basketball fix. Today, I am living my long-lost dreams of becoming a basketball coach by helping my son coach my grandson in his CYO League.

How I became a Lakers fan: I was born in the Midwest, the only son of a Chinese immigrant and his American bride, and didn’t start playing basketball until I moved to SoCal when I was 12 years old and started listening to the great Chick Hearn simulcast live Lakers games. I became a Lakers fan in 1970 when the Lakers traded for Wilt Chamberlain, my favorite NBA player.

Nick1Favorite Lakers Players: My first favorite Lakers player was obviously Wilt Chamberlain, but there is also a special place in my heart for Jerry West, as he was the player after whom I modeled my game, spending hours learning to stop on a dime and launch my pull-up jumper a la the Logo. Then came Magic Johnson and there’s no way any point guard could not immediately love Magic.

When Jerry West made the move to draft Kobe Bryant, he immediately became and still is to this day my favorite Laker player. I defended him when he shot the airballs in the playoffs, when he was falsely accused of rape in Colorado, and when he was blamed for the Lakers trading Shaq. When he finally hangs up his sneakers for good, Kobe will finally be recognized as the greatest guard ever.

Obviously, it is no secret that Andrew Bynum has become my second-favorite player on the Lakers. The fire I saw in his heart when he stood up against Shaq his rookie year was a transcendent moment as far as I was concerned. In that brief instant, I saw the same greatness that I had seen earlier in other great Lakers and NBA players. If he stays healthy, Drew will be the next great Lakers center.

Favorite Lakers Memories: It’s hard to choose a favorite moment when you have watched all 11 NBA championships the Lakers have won since moving to Los Angeles. Wilt and West finally winning a championship was unforgettable. Magic’s hook shot to beat the Celtics will forever be fixed in my memory, as will Kobe Bryant’s 63-point and 81-point games, feats we may never see repeated again.

Personally, however, the single biggest play that will forever be embedded in the front lobe of my brain was the 2000 West Finals game against the Blazers and the lob pass that Kobe gave Shaq to cinch the comeback. My son and I were watching the game on a muted TV in my daughter-in-law’s hospital room as she was being prepped to give birth to my grandson. Now that was a great day!

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photos: Tom Wong (second from right), known as "Laker Tom" within the L.A. Times Lakers blog community, enjoys time with his family, including his wife, Teresa (right), his son, Kevin (second from left), and his grandson, Nick (left). Wong also has two granddaughters, Mia and Alex, as shown in the second picture. And Wong has passed along his love for basketball to his grandson Nick (third picture), who is playing in a CYO game. Credit: Courtesy of Tom Wong

 
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So nice to meet you, LakerTom!

Thanks for all your posts and insight. I always enjoy them.

GO LAKERS!!!

Great read Tom. You're one of my favorite bloggers, and someone who has my respect any time he needs it. Don't let the naysayers move you one inch on your Bynum vision for the future. It's the only posibility.

Wes

LT - Thanks for sharing that!

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Whew Lakertom! That is a lot of time going to school. What made you took all those courses? And which you enjoyed the most in practice, applying it in your career, business and life..

OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!! i DON'T COME BACK FOR JUST ANY ONE.
BUT FOR LAKERTOM...I'D WALK TO HELL AND BACK.!! THAT'S MY IDOL!!!!!!

LAKER TOM IS THE BEST!!!!
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GO LAKER TOM!!!
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forver.
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GO LAKERS!!!

\o/ @ LakerTom and your beautiful family!

BYNUM and CARACTER! Lakers Young Bigs cooud be big.


If everything goes right for Bynum and Caracter, with the talent they both have could be a very formidable duo in the paint for the Lakers in the future.

LakerTom - thanks for sharing your profile! you have a beautiful family and your grandkids are adorable...so, you're from the Bay Area? so am I (SF)...yay for the Bay!!!

BLOG GOD YOU ARE BATTING 1000!!!!

wow Laker Tom you really look Chinese.

I knew you were half chinese but you look more than that LOL.

(No offense hopefully taken it's just you look more chinese than half chinese hehe. That's pretty cool dude).

LakerTom you have done LakerNation proud. I am proud to call you my idol sir!
Mamba24

MM - what happened to my post???

@LROB (& LEWSTERS) … Here you go. My Best of Lou Reed…
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New Sensations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OqVvYJnklM
Perfect Day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYEC4TZsy-Y&feature=related
Tell it to your heart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDWmvIa4JDg
Walk on the Wild Side: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wNknGIKkoA
My Friend George: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDF4_5RhMY8
The Dirty Boulevard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31n-8ffVFVg&feature=related
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TOM

Very nice to learn about your life, LakerTom. I hope it doesn't need to be stated, but I'll say it anyway: You're one of my favorite bloggers, and you have my unwavering respect. You are intelligent, coherent, passionate, and damn fun to read. Kudos to you and your beautiful family.

Go Lake Show!

@MM… Thanks for including all the photos. My grandkids will be thrilled to see they have made the “news.” Nothing better than introducing my blog family to my real family. As phred reminds, it’s all about the love.
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TOM

@MAMBA24… “OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!! i DON'T COME BACK FOR JUST ANY ONE.
BUT FOR LAKERTOM...I'D WALK TO HELL AND BACK.!! THAT'S MY IDOL!!!!!!”
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Larry, MM posting my profile brought a smile to my face but when I saw that you had returned, I just screamed “Outstanding” to the puzzlement of everybody in my office. Don’t scare us like that, Larry. We need you here and you have a lifetime Get out of Trouble Card. LOL. NOW we finally have the entire family here for the greatest season in the storied history of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise. Go, Lakers !!!!!
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TOM

iheartkb24 - I approved all the comments you put through. If it still isn't up, it may not have gone through the system for some reason. If you need to, feel free to put the post up again and I'll pass it through.

Laker Tom - Thanks for sharing your story with us. It was great to read and awesome to see the pictures of your beautiful family. Thanks again for providing such a great presence here.

MM

Great read, Laker Tom!
Here's my favorite passage:

"The fire I saw in his heart when he stood up against Shaq his rookie year was a transcendent moment as far as I was concerned. In that brief instant, I saw the same greatness that I had seen earlier in other great Lakers and NBA players."

I too, felt the exact same way while watching said game.
"this kid Drew has heart", I thought to myself.
And heart is something you can not teach.

Good afternoon to you, MAMBA24 and Jon K! It's 6:00AM here in the Philippines!

@Laker Tom -- i enjoyed reading, and it is a pleasure to know you more. There's something about the last game of that 2000 Western Conference finals that seems to have burned an indelible print in the minds and hearts of Laker fans.

LT

I'll take Romance over Finance every time, too. - Little Feat, from the Ain't Had Enough Fun record.

I felt like I knew you already. Lakers, Yankees, Niners, and a healthy respect for a young, 17 year old #10 pick darkhorse, raw 7 footer. By the way, I only own one Lakers jersey. That would be #17 which I purchased on April 9, 2009 right before the Lakers played and defeated the Nuggets. It was Andrew's first game back before the playoffs and he responded with 16 points on 7-11 shooting with 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. We all know he probably shouldn't have returned at all that championship season, but that was another demonstration of the fire you see in his heart. We saw it again in the first quarter of Game 1 against the Magic when he dominated Dwight Howard and helped spark us to a 100-75 victory. Given PJ's 48-0 record when his teams win Game 1 of a playoff series the rest, as they say, is history.

11 championships in LA... 1+5+5

Mamba24 - did you think people on here thought you left? You got another week to rest up before training camp. Don't pull anything! ;-)

Tom,

Watching game 7 against Portland in a hospital room while your grandson is being born? Wow, that's a great story. It must've been difficult to stay quiet in that room. Your grandson will forever be associated with one of the greatest Laker victories in history.

MM - sorry, I didn't notice insta-post is off...thanks for responding so quick =)

LakerTom I didn't mean to intrude on your parade, but I got so excited when I saw that Prrofile I said I got to do a Roll Call for this! You THE MAN LAKERTOM. Enjoy my brother!


Mamba24/Larry

"Mamba24:" You are an ANIMAL!!

GO LAKERS!

Bynum is still a work in progress. Laker Tom is a blog BEAST.

I don't think Kobe will be known as the greatest guard ever but he just might be recognized as the greatest laker guard but my favorite laker to this day is Magic. He had so much more game left for all of us to enjoy, it was just sad. i thought for sure he was a "goner" but just like everything else he did on the court, he survived. yep, if bynum can stay healthy, he will definitely become on of the great laker centers right up there with wilt and kareem. congrats on your blessed marriage and thanks for sharing your story.
GO LAKERS!!

Tom,

Watching game 7 against Portland in a hospital room while your grandson is being born? Wow, that's a great story. It must've been difficult to stay quiet in that room. Your grandson will forever be associated with one of the greatest Laker victories in history.

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | September 17, 2010 at 03:36 PM
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Two dynasties born on the same day.

Laker Tom!
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This one is for you!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd-FLEDTfao
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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!!!

@HTJ, another week? really? Cool!!!!!! Thanks! Lol
@FRMKT, no, I am a devoted fan and admirer of LakerTom sir! Why...I gues that would make me a...OH SWEET JESUS NO!... I'm a Bynum groupie too. Yes, yes, YES!!!!!!!!!!!

@STAPLES… “Whew Lakertom! That is a lot of time going to school. What made you took all those courses? And which you enjoyed the most in practice, applying it in your career, business and life.”
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LOL. Just an example of an ambitious but mixed up kid who really didn’t know what he wanted to be when he grew up so just kept at it until he was over 30 years old. I started out wanting to be a high school English teacher and basketball coach. Then because I was working for a CPA firm to support myself, I switched to accounting but decided that was totally boring (LOL, ironically, that’s what I am doing now) so after graduating I enrolled in Law School at NYU and we lived for a year on Washington Park Square in Greenwich Village, which was really cool. Unfortunately, I hated law school more than even accounting so I decided then that I wanted to be a doctor and returned to California and got a degree in Biology and had finished the first half of a master program in health planning at UCLA when I dropped out to start my own business.
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I found everything I learned in school to be useful later in life, including of course my accounting training and experience. The truth is that the greatest thing you get from going to college is learning to how to think and how to learn. That’s why I have always advised younger people not to worry about their major but just to focus on learning how to learn. It’s a skill that will help you meet the diverse challenges life throws at you. It also doesn’t matter how old you are. Education has given me the opportunity to have multiple careers. And while I made and lost fortunes, I have no regrets because I always was able to do what I wanted to do.
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TOM

Roll Call and a lakertom profile. Sweet.

Is it pre-season yet?

Very nice to learn about your life, LakerTom. I hope it doesn't need to be stated, but I'll say it anyway: You're one of my favorite bloggers, and you have my unwavering respect. You are intelligent, coherent, passionate, and damn fun to read. Kudos to you and your beautiful family.


(That's actually Outlaw's comment, which I stole, but it's what I wanted to say only he beat me to it.)


VERY nice to meet you!

LakerTom.........You have a beautiful family and loved seeing pictures of your Grandkids. They are so cute and seeing your grandson playing basketball has to make you so proud. And it's FREAKIN OUTSTANDING that YOU were able to get Mamba24 out of hiding. And like you, when I saw the BANDWAGON, I started to smile. We are now ready to ROLL.

MAMBA24 is back just like Kobe is coming back from well deserved summer vacation. CHARGE!!!!!!!!!!

@MM … Hey, if you’re into numerology, my profile went up on the 17th, Andrew Bynum’s number is 17 (his age when drafted), and this season will be our 17th NBA championship, tying the Boston Celtics. Go, #17!
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TOM

OMG!! It is True we do have a Faith sighting. Now all is well in LakerNation.
LakerTom & Faith too! SWEET JESUS! It don't get no better than that!!!

WOW O WOW...

Greatest post today MM...not only the legend's profile, but my brother Mamba24 did a post and run Roll Call...

Man the season can't start soon enough...

LAKER TOM -

I really enjoyed your profile, and what a wonderful family you have...you must be a proud husband, father and grandfather...

I know I told you before, but while lurking this blog for years, you have made an impact and was the biggest factor for transferring here...honestly...asked MVP888...i emailed him an example of one of your posts, and he was impressed after the first paragraph...and to top it off...you're Asian American...lol...but I agree with Blitz...your Dad's blood was stronger than your Mom's...

I can't wait to parallel your life and have my grandchildren born too...but it will be a while, both my kids are into their education and careers...guess I shouldn't complain about that...

Anyway, I feel the Blog is starting to get into it's season form...MM keep them profiles coming...

Lakers Rule...#17 Coming Up...

LakerTom,

I love your passion for hoops and Baby Bynum. You have a beautiful family and I must say you & Mrs. LakerTom have done good job of raising them right (as Lakers fans).

I agree that Bynum's dunk on Shaq was one of those special moments. I knew he had heart after that.

Thanks for sharing your story.

From Rotoworld:

"Erick Dampier is in the process of narrowing his options down to just a few teams, with the Heat, Rockets and (surprise) the Hawks currently leading the way."

C'mon Erica! Anywhere but Miami!

Nice to meet you LakerTom.
Nice of you to return Mamba24.

This is the guy refining Kobe's stroke. http://ow.ly/2G6lw

I wonder if the getup is part of it.

I was looking forward to the great LakerTom's profile. We share the same favorite moment- the lob pass from Kobe to Shaq. When my profile is finally submitted and posted I will have a funny story about that moment.

Laker Tom, you are just like I pictured you. Incidently that 2000 Finals game against the Blazers was when I became a Laker fan. My daughter, who had been a fan since the age of 13, finally persuaded me to watch a game, and the rest is history. Fabulous profile.

Nice to meet you LakerTom.
Nice of you to return Mamba24. Posted by: Gilbert Battung | September 17, 2010 at 04:40 PM

What the? Are my eyes decieving me? Talk about a Freakin 3-peat. 1st my idol LakerTom, Then the 1st lady of the Blog Faith! And now...and now...Yes, yes it is Gilbert Battung how are you sir? This has got to be one of the best days in Blog history! 3 of my favorite people. GOD###@%^&&&** The Band is getting back together folks!!!!!!!!

htj - lol...are you saying Chuck is part of the Village People...

Laker Tom - i'm into numerology...my number is 7...

Born Dec 7...
7 kids my family...
Left the Philippines when I was 7...
7 letters in my first, middle and last names...Alewyne Matthew Mariano (legal name)
Graduated 1977...
Wore number 7 in all my team sports...
Married my present wife on Nov. 7...
First time in Hollywood Park...my first race, I picked the horse #7...only because it was my favorite number...he won...3rd race...same thing...

And if Lamar has a real good, consistent season...I will break down and finally buy his #7 jersey....

OMG - Laker Tom's profile is posted and Larry is back! The world is now spinning on its axis correctly and all is right. Laker Tom, that was a terrific profile - that's a beautiful family you have and my respect for you as a person and as a Lakers fan grows every day. And, like you, when I saw Larry's roll call...a big, fat smile came across my face! How lucky we are as Laker fans to not only be blessed with the best team in the league, but to also be blessed with the best fan base in the world - especially as represented on this blog.
8 more days until camp!!! I can't stand it!!!


LakerTom

I'm seeing the word "respect" directed your way a lot.
That has to be satisfying. I want to say that you also add an element of dignity that helps balance things here.

Great to meet you.


LT & NBA4ever.

I've got a funny lob pass game story, and it leads to my undying belief that Detlef Shrempf is a point shaver.

So I'm in Vegas for that particular game. And I lay down $100 on the Lakers. Only I didn't. I guess the bookie misheard me at Mandalay and I look at my ticket midway through the 1st quarter (and I think the Lakers aren't looking too hot at this point), and it's a Blazers bet. Uggh. But it made that game so much easier to watch.

There were a bunch of Blazers fans talking all kinds of trash all game long. Until that lob pass. I hopped up, on my chair, and yelled "IT'S OVER," while giving them the throat slash.

And then, in the final moments, with the spread at 3pts, the Lakers up two and happy to dribble out the clock, and me already counting my money, Detlef Shrempf decides to foul either Kobe or Fox, could've been anyone at that point, the game was over, but whoever it was makes both free throws, with about 3 secs to play. Shrempf gets the inbounds pass and doesn't even attempt a shot. Shoeless Joe Shrempf I've called him ever since. I STILL WANT AN INVESTIGATION! If I ever see him, I'm asking for my money.

Well we obviously went on to win it all and I'd take that over a lousy $100 any day!

Hey guys. We got a new post up.

MM

Laker Tom,


Great profile, sir.
I wish all the best for you and your family (assuming all are Lakers fans...).

LakerTom,

Absolutely nothing you shared about yourself, your family and ... everything....

...absolutely fit how I perceived you would be. Thank You for sharing. It looks like you have lived a wonderful and will continue to do so for many happy years.

humanomaly, (a portmanteau of words, human plus anomaly)

Howard L.

I meant, "everything fit", I'm on vacation and drinking, so my pattern continues....

I've always regarded Tom as my closest companion on this blog...

H.

Rock on, Laker Tom! Always one of my favorite reads in any form.

Oooops, almost missed the thread of dear friend in the blog since time immemorial. Heard your voice in May now finally saw your face with your family in Sept. Everything comes on installment basis for the grumpy old men or not so old dudes but just maturing baby boomers. Wow a well rounded careern, you covered almost all schools from coast to coast. You can easily qualify as a professional student, a clear edge against Kobe or Bynum. Frankly, it has been a privilege in knowing the great GHF, head of the Lakerholic class as we went on a roller coaster exchange of opinions. I love that part when you get angry, it means we are back to being young again. Congratulations for having a beautiful clan and a gracious wife, Mrs. LakerTom. Wishing she is always in the best of health.

LakerTom - the man, the myth, the legend. Great profile; I especially liked the pics of all the kids.

LT,
I too remember Bynum's answer to shack taking him to the hole in that game. That indeed is indicative of the young man's heart.
I was umpiring a softball game when the Lakers played Portland. I told both teams I'd be quite upset if anyone let me hear the score. Near the end of the softball game I heard screaming from the houses nearby. The moment the game was over, I ran to center field, singing a song. I didn't want to miss that game no matter what, nor hear the score.
It was a great one, and I still have the tape. You-all remember those...
Thanks LT for the article.
You have been my favorite on this blog for a long time.

Hey LakerTom,
My brother from a different mother!
Great profile and between you and Edwin are really my favorite and respected co-bloggers.
I aleays respected your opinions and how you formulated your thoughts on how you got to your opinion(s). We shared many of the same opionions but we differed on some but it was always a civil and agree to disagree approach, especially about PJ.
You have shown us just how educated a man you are and like the rest gotta say you have a great and beautiful family. Well done my man.

Mamba24,
Like someone else noticed you really never left aka 8on8. But it is very good to see you back and as your old self.
Welcome back officially as Mamba24 and go back to doing your thing!

LONGTIMELAKERLOVER… Appreciate the kind words and always like your takes.
WES… Thanks for kind words. I’m really looking forward to reading your profile. It will be crazy.
HTJ… That was a great story about the Kobe/Shaq lob and dunk. Truly one of those moments.
MAMBA24 …Thanks for making my day. We Lakers Blogaholics are counting on you for 3-peat.
JON K… Thanks for link; it never gets old. And I’m so happy that you are back in SoCal.
UTZWORLD… Thanks for the game day prayers and “They hate us because they ain’t us.”
BLITZ… I always look more Chinese when I am smiling. Mostly people aren’t sure what I am.
IHEARTKB24… Great to have another SF Lakers fan. Let’s all meet and watch a game together.
OUTLAW… Now you’re making me blush. We need to see YOUR profile and Baby Outlaw.
PASSIONATE LF… It truly was truly a special moment that told you a lot about his heart.
RAYMOND 42N… Thanks for the kind words. Lots of great Lakers love from the Philippines.
KOBEMVP888… I have a KB080 jersey but an AB17 is next. And if I ever need a lawyer, wow!
LAKER TRUTH… We couldn’t do anything except jump up and down and share high fives.
TOM DANIELS… Thanks for the compliment. Coming from the better Tom, it means a lot.
FRMKT…Thanks. And thank God Magic survived Hearing he had AIDS was like JFK déjà vu.
FAITH… How great to hear from you. We’ve missed you. Hoping you’ll stop by more often.
JAMF… Where is your profile, girl? Someday we’ve got to get our families together for a drink.
NEWMEXICOLAKERLOVER… Thank you. You really know how to get to a grandpa’s heart.
LEWSTERS… Wow, that is the ultimate compliment. And get this: MY birthday is also 12/7.
LROB… Thanks. I don’t know where you were before but I’m sure glad you’re here now.
GILBERT BATTUNG… Same here. Like Mamba, I’m always happy to hear from you, Gilbert.
NBA4EVER… Looking forward to your profile and that WAS truly a magical moment.
LAKERSUNSHINE… You obviously raised a very smart daughter. She chose the right game.
JEFE01… Is it my imagination or does the blog chemistry really seem to be in great sync?
NOAH… Thanks for kind words. I don’t know about dignity but I appreciate the thought.
MAGIC PHIL… Thanks for the kind words. Always enjoy reading your positive posts.
HUMANOMALY… Great to hear from you, Howard. It will great to watch Jeremy Lin.
DAVE M… Thanks, Dave. Great to hear from one of my favorite long time compatriots.
EDWIN… Thanks for the kind thoughts, Edwin. You were my very first friend on this blog.
63 FOOTER… Heck, the main reason I sent in a profile was to show off my grandkids.
OREGON WADE… Thanks for the kind words. That WAS a defining moment for Drew.
JALF… Thanks for kind words, Justa. Looking forward to sharing the 3-peat with you.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
TOM

Wilt joined the Lakers in 1968-69 season.
My greatest moment was Wilt's reverse
dunk in game 5 1972 Finals.

This is great. LakerTom, you've always been one of my favorite bloggers here, so I'm glad to finally read more about you, your background, your beautiful family, and what makes you tick as a die-hard Laker fan. Really nice profile.

Mamba24, Like someone else noticed you really never left aka 8on8. But it is very good to see you back and as your old self. Welcome back officially as Mamba24 and go back to doing your thing! Posted by: JustaLakerFan | September 17, 2010 at 07:02 PM

JUSTALAKERFAN, Lol, Thanks for the welcome back sir! You are a better man than I . My sincere apologies for any pain anything I may have said or did in the past caused you.
Mamba24/larrY

I haven't posted in forever, but I've been lurking and reading. Just wanted to pop in and say I really love these "Lakers Blog Profiles". Great idea Mike, and thanks for sharing Laker Tom, you're one of my favorite posters on here.

I haven't posted in forever, but I've been lurking and reading. Just wanted to pop in and say I really love these "Lakers Blog Profiles". Great idea Mike, and thanks for sharing Laker Tom, you're one of my favorite posters on here.

Good morning,

Congratulations to Laker Tom, Jon K, LRob, LEWSTRS, Zaira, and others for your outstanding profiles. These are a wonderful idea, and it's nice to get to know you all on a more personal basis.

Some of you may or may not have noticed that I chose to take the summer off to recharge my Purple & Gold batteries. In the last week or so, I've quietly been lurking as a chance to catch up.

I do feel compelled to say that after the Lakers achieved their back-to-back, I was quite turned-off by the outbreak of drama, hating, spam, and other things that devolved the quality of the blog. I'm hoping that when camp starts next weekend we can all return to meaningful dialog about the team we love. If this sounds snotty, I make no apologies. I love you all but I think we have a responsibility to live up to the best of what the Lakers represent.

I'm going back to my cave for now. Miss you guys. See you again soon.

What a treat to get to know you better Laker Tom. A great Laker fan and blogger, more importantly, a life well-lived.

I gotta admit I didn't like these laker blog profile thingies when they first started rolling. If you don't know the blog name it seems meaningless, especially when all we are really checkin in for is some new news on Kobe's finger, Bynum's knee, Ron Ron's state of mind, etc. But we all know LakerTom and well now I'm going to say, "I get it." Very interesting and very nice touch added to this blog. The new direction of this Laker Blog is so much more personal and in tune with the bloggers than before. I looooove the K bros. However I will admit (as I'm sure they would too) that change is a good thing. I like what you guys are doing. Kudos. Keep up the good work and don't be afraid to keep thinking outside the box. LakerTom much love son. Much love.

Loved it LakerTom!

Its funny, but I always pictured you as some guy with long unkempt hair to his ankles, a beard to his waste, and dirty finger nails six inches long, typing away on an old Apple 2e in a closet full of dusty, yellowed newspapers, shared with mice.

I guess I was wrong......

LakerTom-
I couldn't agree more about Bynum! Great Profile, sir!

@LakerTom


Numerology indeed! It never hurts to have strange destiny on your side. If Bynum could average 17 ppg I'd say you'd have the plotline for an editorial in the LA Times. Or an Opinion column.


Someday I hope that the Lakers release archive games/footage with Chick Hearns radio voice overs, especially for playoff and NBA final games. I think shedding a little light on someone who is surely one of the greatest broadcasters in history and a Laker legend will help new Laker fans who will never hear a Chick Hearn simulcast or radio broadcast. I have no doubt that many of us who were alive and kickin back then turned down the TV volume and turned up Chick. Chick always did simulcasts (radio and TV) and framed perfectly the lob Kobe threw to Shaq in 2000 that you mentioned as one of your best memories. I know I would buy a few.


It's great getting to know a bit more about this community.

wow, could LakerTom be any more full of himself??!

I mean he should, he has a great resume, but man have some humility!!!

Here's another who became a 12 year old Laker fan the day I read in the St Catherines Standard (probably in those days it wouldn't have made the paper until August) that Wilt had been traded to Los Angeles.

When I was thousands of miles away I never wavered. In those days television never really started carrying NBA playoffs until the early 70's - I still remember Jerry West hitting it from the other foul line to force overtime, and Willis Reed hobbling onto the court.

Later, during Showtime I lived in Los Angeles, and now I'm in Toronto but through it all the one consistent team in my life has been the Lakers. There's been ups, some downs, and some bruising results, but the ride has sure been worth it.

Oh, and I'm with you on Drew, and the Portland lob. Keep up the good work. I love reading the blog contributors, just don't have much inclination to join in most of the time.

LT, We never got to meet up for that drink during the season! This coming season hopefully we can catch a few games and talk about Jeremy Lin of the Warriors, Email (bobabocker@yahoo.com) me and lets see if we can't plan something for the season! As many have already stated its needless to say that your write ups about the game are always interesting.

LT, We never got to meet up for that drink during the season! This coming season hopefully we can catch a few games and talk about Jeremy Lin of the Warriors, Email (bobabocker@yahoo.com) me and lets see if we can't plan something for the season! As many have already stated its needless to say that your write ups about the game are always interesting.

I have to ask profoundly apologies to LakerTom.
You're one of my very favorite bloggers here and I come honoring you ONLY so late.
Your profile is amazing; makes me shine watching your beautiful family and read the passionate words you write, which always make me ponder about my own tastes and visions as well (and I love that when I read others).
I am glad we share so much, and about what we could not COMPLETELY share, all I know is that your opinion surely has to be taken into consideration ALWAYS.
Thank you for sharing along us such awesome Lakers Love.

I'm honored to get chances to live this fan sport journey along you.

Z. :)


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