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Phil Jackson plans to play Kobe Bryant in limited fashion in European exhibition games

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said he plans to limit guard Kobe Bryant anywhere between eight to 16 minutes per game when the team begins its exhibition schedule in London on Oct. 4 against the Minnesota Timberwolves and in Spain on Oct. 7 against Regal FC Barcelona.

"We want him to be out there on the court and play," Jackson said following Thursday's practice in El Segundo. "Whether it's a six-to-eight minute run, or two of them, that's what I'd prefer."

When told of Jackson's plan, Bryant simply said, "That's realistic." Although he considers exhibitions to simply be "practice games," Bryant said he's well aware that European fans will want to see one of the league's best players on the floor. 

"It's all about whether I can perform or not and play," Bryant said. "That's with any game. That's why I've always been very adamant about not missing games. People spend their hard-earned money to come watch me play. You want to make sure you get out there and play."

Thursday's practice preceded the Lakers' flight to London today at 5 p.m., and Jackson said the team appeared distracted because of the upcoming trip. Hamstring issues sidelined Luke Walton (right) and Matt Barnes (left), but the team considered their injuries to be minor. Bryant sat out, as didAndrew Bynum, who's traveling to Europe because the team's trainers will be there but is resigned  to doing only his rehab efforts. Meanwhile, the Lakers waived Anthony Roberson and Russell Hicks, trimming down to 16 players.

Jackson worries the trip might negate the team's development.

"We have to go over there and find a way to get some progress," Jackson said, "and not sidle along and stay neutral here."

--Mark Medina

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MM, it's hard to catch up with you today. How many more threads coming?

What Anthony Roberson was doing there?

T'wolves, FC's, dolls and lads- you can look- but you can't TOUCH.

Kb24- UNTOUCHABLE.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVRisphKOkI

This is an oddball question, but did George Mikan wear uniform number 21 with the Minn Lakers shortly before number 99? I saw a 1948 card of him and it appears to be a 21 on the front. Anyone out there know for sure? PLMK, thanks!

Matt Barnes and Luke both have hamstring injuries? It seems Luke's injury proneness is rubbing off on his teammates. It's time for Luke to retire before he causes any further damage.

I kinda like "The Beez"! It sounds powerful and in command. So ready for Laker Preseason to start...

Posted by: NewMexicoLakerLifer | September 30, 2010 at 02:02 PM

And it's another one for The Beez!

The current standings are:
Troy B - 4 (Justa, Edwin, Mamba24, Fatty)
Beezy - 0
The Beez - 2 (Art, NMLL)
Troyka B - 1 (The Triangulator)
Troy Beezy - 1 (Lakerlass)
Whatever next name gets nominated

Troy B-4 All others-4 the race is just heating up!

Troy,

How about Trustin Beezer? Okay, okay, I'm sorry, ha, ha!

Can't wait to see the following new combos on the floor together this season:

- Blake/Kobe - This is the first time Kobe is playing with a true PG since Van Exel. Kobe will finally have a PG who can carry some of the playmaking duties, as well as a PG who can spread the floor, while knowing exactly when and where Kobe wants the ball. I would be surprised if there is a Laker who is more excited about the Blake acquisition than Kobe.

- Blake/Shannon - Because of Shannon's lack of playmaking skills, he will be able to focus on his strengths, and will most likely benefit more than any other Laker from playing alongside Blake.

- Pau / Character - Character's girth and aggressive nature should blend it nicely with Pau's finesse, playmaking skills and unselfish nature. I hope these two see plenty of minutes together to start the season.

- Kobe / Artest / Barnes - This trio has the potential to wreak havoc defensively, especially against taller perimeter players.

- Bynum / Theo - Although Theo's game will probably mesh better with Pau's game, the Bynum/Theo combo would be beastly when it comes to guarding the paint.

- Blake / Brown / Kobe / Lamar / Gasol - The run and gun lineup.

- Kobe / Barnes / Artest / Gasol / Bynum - The halfcourt defensive lineup.

@ Troy,

How 'bout Beelzebub?

Easy Beezy, lemon squeezy?

Discuss!

[dbdh]

Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | September 30, 2010 at 02:05 PM

I kinda like Beelzebub (I'm the Devil ha ha ha ha).

Easy Beezy, Lemon Squeezy, not so much. It's nice, but too long.

Do you really want to discuss this? It all started out as a joke, and now has a life of it's own! For now I'll leave it as it is, but I am thinking about limiting it to three or four only so it doesn't get too crazy. Let's add Beelzebub to the list!

The current standings are:
Troy B - 4 (Justa, Edwin, Mamba24, Fatty)
Beezy - 0
The Beez - 2 (Art, NMLL)
Troyka B - 1 (The Triangulator)
Troy Beezy - 1 (Lakerlass)
Beelzebub - 1 (DBDH)

Hmmm, can I vote on my own name change election?

Rick - I thought you said my wish was your command? I'm still waiting on those 2 tickets to the Lakers opening night game. The ones beside Jack. I really want to see RonRon get his ring. And please don't tell me they're in the mail - I'm not falling for that one.

Troy B -

I like "2BeezyBallin"...says player baller who ain't got no time for you...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

Great to read your profile, Cyb.

Troy B- I'd stick with Troy B. You can't overvalue simplicity, tradition, and name recognition.

Well, you could. You could say 'without simplicity, tradition, and name recognition, it would be impossible for the human body to combine oxygen and simple sugars to provide energy.' But, you know, for your particular case, I (and I might be biased) I would stick with the one phred can remember most easily. The ol' shenoggin ain't getting any sharper these day's, I'll tell ya.

For a while there I was really liking The Beez, but Beelzebub just seems too fun to pass up!

Anyone seen Bedazzled? Corny, but pretty funny Brendan Fraser movie.

"I'm the Devil"
"Ok, I think somebody's had tii many martoonis"
"I am the Devil, Beelzebub, Prince of Darkness, well Princess of Darkness"
Shows business card that just says "The Devil"
"Oh, The Devil, now I believe you, goodbye"

Troy B -

I like "2BeezyBallin"...says player baller who ain't got no time for you...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!
Posted by: LEWSTRS | September 30, 2010 at 03:19 PM

Hmm, I like that, but it's getting too long as it is. I was already thinking about taking a couple off. I'll think about it.

@Troy B., I'd go with Phred's answer. He always knows how to reduce these things to a simple common understanding, that even someone like mamba24 can understand. Yes, I'd go with phred's answer and keep Troy B.
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@Phred I'm thinking of legally changing my name from Larry H. to Mamba24, what say you sir? I eagerly await your response so my children will know what to call their Dad. Stop that Phred, that's not nice! Children shouldn't call their Dad things like that. Lol!

Troy B- I'd stick with Troy B. You can't overvalue simplicity, tradition, and name recognition.

Posted by: phred | September 30, 2010 at 03:20 PM

Gotcha Phred, I'll put you down for Troy B.

Simplicity, okay I'll buy that. Tradition, maybe. But name recognition? Really, how much name recognition can I really have? It's not like I'm Edwin, Phred, Mamba24, Justa, Justa, Lakertom, okay you get the point.


The current standings are:
Troy B - 5 (Justa, Edwin, Mamba24, Fatty, Phred)
Beezy - 0
The Beez - 2 (Art, NMLL)
Troyka B - 1 (The Triangulator)
Troy Beezy - 1 (Lakerlass)
Beelzebub - 1 (DBDH)
2BeezyBallin - 1 (Lew)

@Troy B- I like Troy Beezy...giving you a little hip hop flava like Jeezy.

@Mamba - The Daley machine taught you well.

Rob in LA - Thanks for the link of Magic on Lopez.

@Infamous El Guapo - I didn't officially start posting til after you left for the summer...so welcome back. Based on the response its safe to say your reputation precedes you!

@Staples24 - You know I'm with you on giving props to other great players, but you lost me on comparing Bosh to a young Kareem. A young Kareem was MVP on the league in his 2nd season.

@CyberCosmiX - Lol on the Ling Ting Tong song. You know I'm not that old. I stumbled across that song a few years ago and it was such a fun song I had to ask my mom about it. She schooled me and said her mom told her not to listen to it when she was a teen because it was about smoking marijuana.

@CyberCosmiX pt 2 - of course I loved your profile. See comments on previous thread.

Lewstrs - It looks like Phil is taking his cues from you now.

Okay, with 0 votes Beezy quietly removes his name from the ballot.

The current standings are:
Troy B - 4 (Justa, Edwin, Mamba24, Fatty)
The Beez - 2 (Art, NMLL)
Troyka B - 1 (The Triangulator)
Troy Beezy - 1 (Lakerlass)
Beelzebub - 1 (DBDH)

oops forgot one:

Troy B - 5 (Justa, Edwin, Mamba24, Fatty, Phred)
The Beez - 2 (Art, NMLL)
Troyka B - 1 (The Triangulator)
Troy Beezy - 1 (Lakerlass)
Beelzebub - 1 (DBDH)
2BeezyBallin - 1 (Lew)

Can't wait to see the following new combos on the floor together this season:

- Blake/Kobe - This is the first time Kobe is playing with a true PG since Van Exel. Kobe will finally have a PG who can carry some of the playmaking duties, as well as a PG who can spread the floor, while knowing exactly when and where Kobe wants the ball. I would be surprised if there is a Laker who is more excited about the Blake acquisition than Kobe.

- Blake/Shannon - Because of Shannon's lack of playmaking skills, he will be able to focus on his strengths, and will most likely benefit more than any other Laker from playing alongside Blake.

- Pau / Character - Character's girth and aggressive nature should blend it nicely with Pau's finesse, playmaking skills and unselfish nature. I hope these two see plenty of minutes together to start the season.

- Kobe / Artest / Barnes - This trio has the potential to wreak havoc defensively, especially against taller perimeter players.

- Bynum / Theo - Although Theo's game will probably mesh better with Pau's game, the Bynum/Theo combo would be beastly when it comes to guarding the paint.

- Blake / Brown / Kobe / Lamar / Gasol - The run and gun lineup.

- Kobe / Barnes / Artest / Gasol / Bynum - The halfcourt defensive lineup.

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | September 30, 2010 at 03:05 PM
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I think this is a well thought out post. They are already saying that Blake and Lamar have had an instant chemistry and I am very excited about that given that they will lead the second unit once Bynum returns. I don't think we'll see much of Bynum and Ratliff together because, like Bynum, Theo is a true center and that would REALLY slow things down and be awkward on offense in the paint. I also agree that I'm excited to see the half court defensive lineup you suggest, but I think that for that lineup to truly be effective, I would replace Bynum with Odom because all 5 of those guys (Gasol Odom, Kobe, Artest, Barnes) could quickly switch on to any player like we saw in the fourth quarter of Game 7 (sub Fish for Barnes). We'll see that lineup only when other teams feature a bigger point guard, if we see it at all. The obvious match-up is the Heat when they have LeBron, Wade and Mike "please pass me the ball" Miller on the floor. So maybe we'll see it on Christmas, maybe again in Miami on March 10th, and mayyybe in the NBA Finals.

Cyber - GREAT profile!! I can't believe you've led a fab life like that! Nice to (officially) meet you. Beautiful family - being brought up the right way I see (as Laker fans) LOL!

@Troy B- I like Troy Beezy...giving you a little hip hop flava like Jeezy.

Posted by: LRob | September 30, 2010 at 03:38 PM

Make that one more for Troy Beezy.

Also, I'm narrowing it down to 4, so Lew and Triangulator I'm gonna move your votes to Troy Beezy for now. Let me know if you want that changed.

Troy B - 5 (Justa, Edwin, Mamba24, Fatty, Phred)
The Beez - 2 (Art, NMLL)
Troy Beezy - 4 (Lakerlass, Lew, Triangulator, LRob)
Beelzebub - 1 (DBDH)

Justa,

I tried to get you the opening night tix next to Jack, but I was outbid on eBay. Maybe you can get MM to swap them for the ASG tix he's holding for you.

Kobe888,

I think this is easily the most versatile Laker team since Showtime. Phil is going to have a field day mixing and matching. Another combo that would be fun to watch would be Kobe on the floor with ALL the newcomers - Blake/Kobe/Barnes or Ebanks/Character/Theo. Kobe playing with all bench players is arguably a better team than the starters from the Smush/Kwame/Luke/Cook era. Man, this team has come a long way in a short span of time.

I'll stick to Troy B. The "B" could stand for Blake, Brown or Bynum. On a bad game, it could Benga w/o M.

bedazzled? you mean the original with Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Raquel Welch from 1967 or the peice of junk remake from 2000? tell me it's not that awful remake....


Kobe SHOULD play, if he's ready. he needs to get into game shape somehow, and he could get hurt in practice, carrying Christmas presents up the steps or any number of ways that i hope God forbids. there's no point in playing scared to escape injury, that's the surest step to injury...

LAKER TRUTH

Look at the small forward position alone. Artest gives us a lock down player, I think in the mold of Rick Fox only better. Barnes is an energy guy who can shoot the three, be a pest on defense and is actually an excellent rebounder for his position. Luke is the triangle guy who settles us down. And then we have our defensive minded, long, slashing Trevor Ariza clone. Every one of our guards are interchangeable because they are guards in the 70's sense of the position. Remember, Fish started at the 2 when he played with D-Wil and Blake's 3 point shooting percentage is just .002% less than Reggie Miller's (tied for 44th on the all-time list). see link below. There is no big in the world more versatile at the 4-5 position than Pau Gasol and LO could be the most versatile player in the world period. Caracter will be able to play the 4 and the 5, with the only real true position players on the team being Bynum and ratliff as true centers (which you WANT)!). This is going to be much more fun to watch than last year's team where the only real difference from the previous season was Artest, not to mention all the complacency.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/fg3_pct_career.html

btw-if you watch the movie, the Devil is quite charming, he's just an absolute sneeky jerk. anyone wanting to be him, would certainly deserve a kick in the testicles, just like old Dudley wanted to do about halfway through the movie. always promises, promises and then disappointment...

By the way, for those of you who don't use it, www.basketball-reference.com is a wonderful source for every statistic imaginable. I didn't realize this, but Robert Horry holds one record which may qualify him for Hall of Fame consideration (just kidding on that): Most playoff games played in NBA history!

http://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/g_career_p.html

thanks, Larry and Troy B- now if you could just get my name right. I'm 'phred', not 'Phred.'

loses all its cachet that way, is just what i'm saying.

Edwin - Hey man. Sorry I was driving back from practice. I'm going to have a thread up fairly shortly and then one later this evening and that should do it!

Thanks for checking in

MM

This is why Kobe is Kobe...

"I've always been very adamant about not missing games. People spend their hard-earned money to come watch me play. You want to make sure you get out there and play."

By the way, for those of you who don't use it, www.basketball-reference.com is a wonderful source for every statistic imaginable. I didn't realize this, but Robert Horry holds one record which may qualify him for Hall of Fame consideration (just kidding on that): Most playoff games played in NBA history!

http://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/g_career_p.html

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | September 30, 2010 at 04:30 PM
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I wish they would retire Rob's number at Staples Center.

Then again they would have to retire Cooper's/Bryon's/and Fisher's numbers first before they retire Big Shot Rob.

LRob -

"This is why Kobe is Kobe...

"I've always been very adamant about not missing games. People spend their hard-earned money to come watch me play. You want to make sure you get out there and play." "

Whether he plays or not, (unless he's been suspended) he gets paid the same.

Now if that was said 4 years ago by Kobe.......TJ Simers would have an article out the next saying how vain kobe was. Putting his ego ahead of the team's interests.

Just saying......

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/478196-lebron-alienates-more-fans-by-bringing-racism-into-the-decision-backlash


LeBron James is a complete fricken idiot.
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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!!!

loses all its cachet that way, is just what i'm saying. Posted by: phred | September 30, 2010 at 04:32 PM
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You know it does at that. As always sir you are right on target, but that's why you're phred.

I shall change my name also. From Mamba24 to Kwame Brown. Yes I think I will. Simple, elegant, denoting class. I think I'll go for it at the start of the season. Now to celebrate I shall have cake.

@Troy B

The Beez sounds good, like The Fonz. ;)

mmm...cake.

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Long post, but wanted everyone to see my grateful 'Thank you's for all of the kind words on the profile page. =)


Mamba24, LEWSTRS, 63 Footer, PLG, utzworld, Jefe101, Johnny P, Troy B, DBDH, LAKER TRUTH, KobeMVP888, Fatty, Edwin Gueco, NewMexicoLakerLifer, J-Dizzle, Jon K, lance from da' bronx, LRob, Magic Phil - our WHOLE Laker Fam - Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I'm humbled by all the kind words, it is an honor to be on such a fine board, with some of the BEST people around!

I've gotta say, a lot of my Laker memories for the past few years revolve around the Laker Blog, in many ways it's become my 'center' of the Laker universe, the first place I go when I get on a computer, the last thing when I log off.

We've all shared in great times, a few low moments, some exceedingly funny posts (and a lot of head-scratching ones, too lol...) and the best place to debate all-things purple and gold. I feel like you all are an extended family, getting to know you all and participating on the board has been a pleasure at all times.

A special 'Thank You' to blogmaster extraordinaire Mark Medina. This series of Laker blog profiles has been great, getting to know everyone. Especially though, the writing of this profile for me has brought me back some memories that I hadn't thought about in years. I'm thankful for the opportunity to contribute and appreciate it being posted, so THANK YOU!!!!

So to the best blog, following the best team, on the face of the planet:

THANK YOU ALL!!! In the immortal words of Vic the Brick Jacobs: ONE LOVE!!!!


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MAMBA24: Thank you sir, much appreciate the love. As usual you are first to post, as you are first on this blog for so many of us. I look forward to reading your profile, you submit it yet? C'mon, we wanna read it! =)
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LEWSTRS: Can't wait for the season to start, and to share it all with our 'Laker Family'
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63 Footer: Had a few more stories, but it was getting quite long lol.
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Rocky: Thank you, and that NBA TV Real Training Camp was awesome, loved seeing that part when Ron Ron is talking to Blake, amazed he knows the triangle so quickly! lol
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PLG: Glad you enjoyed it, I also enjoyed your profile and really love to get to know all of our Laker fam, it makes being on the blog that much more enjoyable!
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utzworld: Can't wait to read your profile. That dreaded Dennis Johnson game had me about as low as any time I can remember being a Laker fan, it was simply devastating. I really thought that we would never get by the Celtics, I was really lose the faith (quite un-Jim Hill like) I have to admit. I'm sure you'll agree, that loss made the ultimate series win against the C's oh so much sweeter! :)
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Jefe101: Thanks for the kind words. I remember my friends telling me that they had heard our anti-Bird chant during the postgame show, and I remember that in Boston it had gotten some news coverage too. I never saw anything to confirm it, so don't know exactly what was said/written about that 'incident' lol. The chant BTW had to do with Larry Bird's sexuality, I'll leave it at that... =P
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Troy B: Can't wait to read your profile. I vote for 'Beezy', but Troy B is great too because it's you!
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DBDH: Hiya neighbor! We do share a lot of interests, lol. Class cutting in the name of the Lakers is valid, no? I SALUTE YOU SIR!
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LAKER TRUTH: Looking forward to the friendly banter throughout the season :)
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KobeMVP888: A fellow comic-book lover! I'm huge on the old Kirby Fantastic Four Silver Surfer, all of his cosmic characters in general. In fact, you can now see exactly why I was looking to use 'Cosmic Comics' for an on-line store, lol. Silver Surfer though, that's where it's at! What characters are you a fan of?

Yeah, I contributed as one of those all-too-frequent bad callers to the LakerLine show, lol. Poor Chick had to deal with all of us. I think that at least once every 5 minutes he would tell us to turn off our radios, but I thought I would be slick, listen to his voice, start the recorder, turn down the radio, and ask him a bunch of questions, but no... lol. I gotta find the Modern Family episode, sounds hilarious.

I promise to scan a page or two of Riley's playbook. I thought I knew where it was, but it's not there so I've got to look for it a bit. When I find them though, I'll scan a couple and post it.
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Fatty: You know a couple of ushers tried to stop me from running down and getting the diagrams, I just whizzed by them and said I had left something under my seat. Well, it wasn't exactly me that left them, more like Riles did, but I was retrieving something from under a seat! lol

BTW, my wife and kids see a lot of similarity between me and the Simpsons comic-book dude. We even got pony tails, lol...
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Edwin Gueco: I live about a minute from the Roy Rogers house, lol. I remember the old Chick 'simulcasts', I used to always put Heinsohn and crew on mute and listen to ol' Golden Throat. In fact, I've got a number of old Laker games in which I recorded where I patched a radio into the 'audio-in' on the VCR and recorded the games with Chick calling the action. When I get around to cleaning out the garage I'd like to dig out a few of these VHS tapes and record them to DVD.

Yeah, I agree the kids are the improvements from the original, although they didn't have a choice on what team they rooted for. =P They were happy to pose for the pic, but the youngest one insisted to wear his clone trooper helmet. We all figured that clone troopers would be Laker fans, the Empire would root for the Celtics or the meat (BTW MM did a great job posting the larger pic by clicking on the small one in the profile page.)

Thanks gotta go out to the wife, she's definitely the better half of this couple, 20 yrs together and still going strong. Only thing is, she's a Sixers fan being from Philly. You can only imagine the fun we all had during that 76ers/Lakers Finals from '01 lol...
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NewMexicoLakerLifer: Thank you, nice to see all of the Laker fans from outside of Cali on the board!
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J-Dizzle: Glad you enjoyed the profile, I thank MM for the opportunity to do so!
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Jon K: Thanks man, gotta admit that it was YOUR profile that motivated me to write this up! =)
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LRob: Coop gets overlooked, it's a shame. He would have been most teams first or second best player. Shows just how deep those Showtime Laker teams were, the finest defensive player of his generation was a 6th-man (the GREATEST 6th man ever though!). I'd love to see his jersey hanging from Staples Center one of these days.

Sandy the dog is pretty naughty, lol, I guess it's the Yorkie in her. Of all the dogs we have, and currently have, she's been the best one though.

Speaking of which, we have some puppies that we need to find homes for, they are mixed toy-pomeranian/wire haired pointer. I will give them away for free from anyone from this board, if you can come to Apple Valley to pick them up. If anyone is interested, let me know. They'll be ready to be adopted next week, born on Aug. 5. You can email cybercosmix@verizon.net if you want a pic of them or are interested.


Sowie 'bout the long post, wanted to respond to everyone individually =)

Thank you all again for the kind words!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Wow, the best thing i can read out of this article is PJ's control and sense of urgency. It sounds like to me that he definately firing on all cylinders at the coaching position. Good Job PJ.

I shall change my name also. From Mamba24 to Kwame Brown. Yes I think I will. Simple, elegant, denoting class. I think I'll go for it at the start of the season. Now to celebrate I shall have cake.

Posted by: Mamba24 | September 30, 2010 at 05:07 PM

Ain't gonna be the same with Kwame Brown doing the morning shout-outs. Besides, you do that, and i'm changing my name to Smush Parker. I'm gonna trip on my own feet as i make my interior pass, and you? Gonna drop the ball as always. ;)

cyber??? ummmm..... acknowledge me please!

Ain't gonna be the same with Kwame Brown doing the morning shout-outs. Besides, you do that, and i'm changing my name to Smush Parker. I'm gonna trip on my own feet as i make my interior pass, and you? Gonna drop the ball as always. ;) Posted by: Raymond42n | September 30, 2010 at 05:28 PM
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LMAO! So Smush and Kwame ride again! OH SWEET JESUS!!!!

Jon K.

I'm in total agreement with you. Lebron James is a fricken idiot. Race my *** You made a fool outside of yourself on national TV with a 1 hour special and you got backlash because your black. I don't think so, you're immature, selfish and badly managed. And not that it matters I'm black.

Pleeeeeease racism, yep that it----NOT!!!

phred: "Great to read your profile, Cyb."
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Thank you, it was a lot of fun to write and re-live some of those memories. I appreciate MM giving us the opportunity to do this, it's been great reading everyone's profiles and getting to know the people behind the nicknames, lol...

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justanothermambafan: "Cyber - GREAT profile!! I can't believe you've led a fab life like that! Nice to (officially) meet you. Beautiful family - being brought up the right way I see (as Laker fans) LOL!"
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Thanks, I've gotta admit, the oldest two boys were about 2 and 4 yrs old when I ordered the Staples Center tile with their names, saying 'GO LAKERS!' and one of my motivations behind it was so that they didn't have a choice BUT to be Laker fans, lol. Fortunately though, they didn't need to be convinced, I applaud their good judgment not to go to the 'dark-side' lol.

Still working on getting the Mrs. to come around on the Lakers, but she's a very stubborn Sixers fan. She's starting to come around though, we're outnumbering her 5-to-1 and I let the kids loose on her trying to get her to see the light. She actually sat through the second half of game 7 of the Finals, and high-fived us afterward, so her conversion is almost complete.

However, she still wouldn't take a puff of the 'take-that Red Auerbach' celebratory cigar which we had placed on top of the TV when the Finals began, maybe next year...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Hey gang,

Just turned live a new post from MM, featuring some decent video footage of the Lakers going through a scrimmage. Pau Gasol makes a nifty no-look, over-the-shoulder pass for a layup on the second or third possession.

Enjoy. And Mark says he'll be dropping one more post later this evening.

Dan Loumena: "Hey gang,
Just turned live a new post from MM, featuring some decent video footage of the Lakers going through a scrimmage. Pau Gasol makes a nifty no-look, over-the-shoulder pass for a layup on the second or third possession.
Enjoy. And Mark says he'll be dropping one more post later this evening."
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YAY! NBA TV's Real Training Camp really was exceptional, I hope that Mark could include Laker practice footage whenever he gets a chance to shoot it.

If the Times would include full-footage of Laker practices, I'm sure that the blog will be getting a lot more fans coming through these parts, as I don't believe any other place do they show more than a few seconds of footage at a time.

Looking forward to watching this.


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Just checking in, then have to leave for a while.
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Yes, I was referring to the horrible remake. I've never seen the original though was it good? I agree that the 2000 remake was pretty bad, but it did have a couple funny lines. That one was by FAR my least favorite Brendan Fraser movie. It also had Elizabeth Hurley, how can you go so wrong with that? Anyway, as it was the only movie I could think of with a decent Devil/Beelzebub line I went with it.

I'll be back soon to check up on the vote count

@CyberCosmix, it's submitted, but it's almost emabarrassing next to yours sir.
Lol!

Dan Loumena, Blog God you rock sir! Thanks!

"It's all about whether I can perform or not and play," Bryant said. "That's with any game. That's why I've always been very adamant about not missing games. People spend their hard-earned money to come watch me play. You want to make sure you get out there and play."
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Either Kobe gets it or he's one heck of a diplomat. as cynical as i am, i'm going with the former. call me bias - you'd be right. bynum: watch, listen and learn.

Off Topic:
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- LeBron James and his manager say they believe race played a factor in how the two-time reigning NBA MVP's decision to join the Miami Heat was covered this summer.
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that's it... i've defended this m.o.r.o.n. long enough. to pull out the race card after he was ill-advised to broadcast "the decision" - which did nothing more than insult his home town fans but brought excitement to the nba - has lost my support. i don't care what happens to the kid from here on out - not that he cares of course - but i don't want him to win anything except boos from around the league. RACE? ARE YOU KIDDIN' ME? ultimately, you took the advice of your "crew" and created the bad press against you and even then, i would say the majority of nba fans everywhere - again, me included - understood your decision to bail and win but we might not have agreed in the way you announced "the decision." but so what, right? you're the racist LBJ and if that makes you secure in order to fortify your "brand," i wish you all the worse luck in the world for your quest for a ring. you've just lost one of your biggest fans. adios chump!

im going to see the lakers on monday, i will see them play as a team before you do.

its gonna be fun

LA All Day -

You are one lucky sob!

Have a great time and give us a report if you would be so kind....

@Troy B- I like Troy Beezy...giving you a little hip hop flava like Jeezy.

Posted by: LRob | September 30, 2010 at 03:38 PM

Make that one more for Troy Beezy.

Also, I'm narrowing it down to 4, so Lew and Triangulator I'm gonna move your votes to Troy Beezy for now. Let me know if you want that changed.

Troy B - 5 (Justa, Edwin, Mamba24, Fatty, Phred)
The Beez - 2 (Art, NMLL)
Troy Beezy - 4 (Lakerlass, Lew, Triangulator, LRob)
Beelzebub - 1 (DBDH)


Posted by: Troy B (maybe not for long) | September 30, 2010 at 03:53 PM

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Hey Troy B,
Please put me down for Troy Beezy!
Original Justa

He posed in a #21 jersey for his first picture as a Minneapolis Lakers. The Bowman card company in 1948 took this image and made a basketball card out of it in 1948. Mikan wore #99 his whole career including his rookie year.


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