Lakers blog profile: LEWSTRS is an avid Lakers collector
Screen name: LEWSTRS
Real name: Lew Mariano
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Story behind your screen name: It's my license plate number. Derived from my company: Lews Allstars
How I became a Lakers fan: I saw Magic in the NCAA championship against Bird, then the Lakers drafted him No. 1, and the rest is history.
Favorite Lakers memory of all time and of the 2009-10 season: Magic’s baby hook shot, which finally broke the Celtics jinx. For the 2009-2010 season would have to be Game 7 and Artest being the difference, proving Mitch Kupchack’s only move for the year paid off brilliantly.
Most heartbreaking Lakers experience: Lakers losing Game 6 against the hated Celtics in '08. Not only did we lose, but how we were blown off the court.
Favorite Lakers player: Magic.
Greatest all-time Laker: Kobe "Bean" Bryant.
Last time you went to a game at Staples Center and at the Forum: Game 1 of the Finals vs. Detroit at Staples, and playoff game against Spurs on Mother's Day at the Forum.
Opposing team, player you dislike the most: LeBrick James, Kenyon Martin, KG, Paulina Pierce, Rondo, Ray Allen.
Interactions with Lakers players: My wife and I met Chick Hearn at Staples, he was a lot taller than I thought, and of course he was gracious enough to give us his autograph. We saw Nick the Quick on the 405 Fwy, and he waved back to us. I high fived Magic at a Ralphs Market in West LA. Watched Jerry Buss play poker at the Bellagio. Kobe pointing at our group, giving us props, during a preseason game against the Kings in Vegas..
Most cherished piece of Lakers memorabilia I have: 'I Love LA' sign autographed by Chick Hearn. Shaq bbblehead, and my Laker jersey collections. I have the complete set of Kobe's #8 and #24 except his All Star, Olympic, and Throwback Baby Blues jerseys. I have four Shaq jerseys, a Van Excel jersey and a Gasol jersey.
Memorable stories about being a Lakers fan: My wife got a row of seats from her work at a Staples game. I took my two kids, Cathy (11 years old), and Corey (9 years old). We also took Grandpa, a huge Laker fan since the West/Chamberlain days. This was all our first game at Staples Center, and first overall for my kids. It was so precious watching my kids get into the game, cheering and dancing. Their Laker fanhood was baptized at that moment, and I have done my part in making sure the next generation of Laker fans continues to grow.
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Photo: Lew Mariano (second from right) recently attended a Lakers game at Staples Center with his family. Credit: Lew Mariano