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Possible rookie duties for Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter

Once the Lakers break from their team huddle, the team goes its separate ways. Some go to the training room for treatment. Some linger and address media. And then others get a head start on the L.A. traffic. Rookies Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks, however, are still in the gym.

They pick up towels and water bottles. They put the basketballs back on the rack. And they pick up any loose items on the gym and coaches' desk (Ebanks was so devoted during Wednesday's practice that he sneaked onto the court just as a whistle blew during a scrimmage to pick up a small piece of paper).

The Lakers didn't have any rookies last season, so they're enjoying the extra service ("There's no question it's great to have some rookies this year," Lakers guard Derek Fisher said). Ebanks and Caracter join a veteran-laden, two-time defending championship team, so they figure beyond their work ethic they have something to offer. ("Whatever they ask us to do," Caracter said. "We'll do them.")

Fisher wouldn't divulge what's in store for the rookies, and Caracter and Ebanks seemed hesitant to pitch any ideas for understandable reasons. So below the jump are a few  that will help the team, while still preserving the rookies' dignity.

1. Treat the team to dinner -- It's pretty hard to live up to Dallas receiver Dez Bryant, who paid  a nearly $55,000 tab for the entire football team. Ebanks and Caracter expressed relief when I relayed the news that Fisher said the team wouldn't put them through that. After all, Bryant reportedly footed that bill after refusing to carry Roy Williams' pads after a practice. Fisher did say that the two will pay for some dinners, though, so make sure to either hit up the ATM or verify that the credit card has enough of a balance.

2. Be a helpful travel agent -- Does a Laker need his luggage carried? Does a Laker need a wake-up call? Does a Laker need to order from room service? Ebanks and Caracter are their men. Did a Laker forget to bring toiletries, a charger for his iPod or enough socks? Caracter and Ebanks should stock up just in case. Just hand out business cards with your contact info on it so your teammates know how to reach you at any time of the day.

3. Buy and read "Sacred Hoops" -- Nothing will please the Zen Master more than showing a willingness to learn and master the triangle offense. It only helps that buying "Sacred Hoops" could put a little more dough in Phil Jackson's pocket. Caracter already took the first step, reading Jackson's "The Last Season." But I'm sure that wouldn't exactly go over well with Kobe.

4. Stock up on hair product for Sasha Vujacic-- Everyone on the team seems to tease Vujacic. When asked if he needs to make any adjustments this season to the NBA's new rule that officials will T up players for "overt" reactions to calls, Bryant joked to reporters that he'll tell "Sasha to shut ... up so I don't have to go to bat for him. Lakers forward Luke Walton joked that Vujacic received an extra tight jersey for this season. And Artest made it clear he's not a fan of Vujacic's denim line, even if he didn't see it. "They're probably really tight," Artest said. "I'm sure they're tight, European style."

Ebanks and Caracter don't have that luxury. Buy him plenty of hair product, because you never know if Vujacic will be needed for clutch free throws, such as in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals. Oh, and if Vujacic offers Ebanks and Caracter free jeans, they should accept them graciously.

4. Ghost write for Ron Artest-- Caracter and Ebanks are both hip-hop fans and have even had an ongoing debate on who's the better rapper: Tupac or Notorious B.I.G.? Caracter says Shakur wins hands down simply because of the number of albums he's dropped. Ebanks counters that Biggie has better flow, proving quality has more value than quantity. Their debate will never get resolved, but their rap knowledge could help translate into writing another rap song for Artest. Lakers fans will obviously want a sequel to "Champion" after the Lakers three-peat, right?

5. Buy a gift for the one-year anniversary of Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian: Artest said he couldn't afford a gift for Odom's anniversary. So now it's up to Ebanks and Caracter to make up for it. Both mentioned to me they couldn't afford such a lavish dinner as Bryant bought, so we don't want them to go bankrupt. After all, when I asked Artest why he didn't just buy Khloe something that was on sale, he said, "Khloe's not taking any sales." But there's got to be something special Ebanks and Caracter can snag from London or Barcelona that will make Khloe smile.

6. Be Kobe Bryant's student -- Jackson expressed uncertainty if Bryant will play at all in Europe because of his rehab efforts involving his right knee. So even if Bryant may not be up at ungodly hours in the gym, he will be up at ungodly hours watching film. Express interest in attending these sessions. You'll learn more about the game from one of the league's best and Bryant will have you in his good graces.

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina.

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

 
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Along with equipment bags and luggage, they are going to end up carrying Bynum. That should be enough "hazing" for the two rooks.

Odom says Caracter a beast...good stuff!

The best thing they can do is observe Kobe, Fish and Ron's work ethic. Props again to Dr. Buss for splurging on the extra contract.

Speaking of two rookies....these two had an unforgettable impact!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lnt-BqOjaTQ&feature=related

I have no respect for MM

A while back I called out a thinly veiled racist post and guess what.... My post was deleted. MM refused to comment and let the other post stand. He has his little snitches on this blog, and you guys and gal know who you are, who can do no wrong in the eyes of the Moderator.

At least when AK and BK ran the blog he never let any one blogger or group of bloggers have such power. They might have been a dictatorship but they weren't tools.

Yes MM

Still seething over that, I will never forget or forgive.

I'm amused that the 'Drew' debate still seems to be goin' strong since I last posted...talk about beating a dead horse into the earth's magma.

Well at least it's gotten a bit more civil coz things was a bit pugnacious in here for a while.(LOL)

Oh well...at any rate...

Proceed.


Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

One of my favorite rookie stories was when the Lakers were at LAX and heading out on a roadtrip when they decided to have Sun Yue go to In-N-Out to go pick up some burgers...if memory serves, he ended up missing the flight!


@mud,

Wow, never thought I'd see a Edward Bernays reference in a Lakers blog...nice!

~~~~~

@LEWSTRS,

"...I mean who is next on the whipping post...Sasha?"

Hey LEW, this one's for you.:-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv3RWqFlvJs

~~~~~

@Terry,

I think what's contributing to Luke's pinched nerve is the way he runs - like a bear lunging back to position. His shadow runs faster than him :-)

Posted by: Terry | September 28, 2010 at 05:05 PM

That's some funny stuff.(LOL)

~~~~~

@phred,

Just wanted you to know, I enjoyed the rant.(LOL)

~~~~~


Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

P.S.- Did I violate the terms of the TRO?

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | September 29, 2010 at 04:25 PM

I must have missed something. What is this TRO you speak of?

Jefe101 -

I was thinking the same thing.....I heard he got the order all wrong and made the flight late. Maybe some one else can enlighten us to what happened.

I will not recognize any moratorium on what can and cannot be discussed on this blog concerning sports.

Let the Bynum lovers and bashers continue to be heard.

Some of the lovers are cracking me up. It's almost (but not quite) like Mike T. and Kwame revisisted. The only thing missing is "Oh Drew your knees are so beautiful"

Troll Man - Jeez, what's the deal? I honestly don't know what incident you're referring to, and for that I apologize. Any mistake I might have made was purely an accident and nothing else.

Nice interview with D.E., MM.

Although everyone speaks about the Ariza resemblance, one area that they differ is how articulate Ebanks is, comparatively. While "laid-back", he also has things to say and is able to say them. To be sure, it is not as painful listening to him, as it was with Trevor, who, though he may have had many thoughts/feelings inside, often had difficulty getting the words out.

Interviews like these show that the Lakers picked up solid "character-guys", which is always important for team stability/harmony.

I hope that he also proves to have the physical skills to contribute on the court, in the next couple of years.

P.S.- Did I violate the terms of the TRO?

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | September 29, 2010 at 04:25 PM

I must have missed something. What is this TRO you speak of?

Posted by: Troy B | September 29, 2010 at 08:27 PM
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I was just joking around with BynumTom about the moratorium (TRO) on talking about Andrew "The Beast" or "The Next Great Lakers Center" Bynum.

Oops!

GUYS - these rookies are great! I have one question,

IS IT TOO EARLY FOR FAITH TO PUT THE ENTIRE SEASON IN THE REFRIGERATOR??? I THINK THE JELLO IS A JIGGLING ALREADY???

FAITH???

GOOoooooOOOO LAKERS !!

MM -

Tremendous job on the videos...keep em coming and keep up the great work...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up...

Mark M - You are way too nice and civil, but I like some of your ideas, but wanted to add some of my own.

I feel, Rookies should be denegraded and humiliated at every chance and opportunity a Vet gets. It will teach them humility and help them learn respect for their elders.

So I propose my counter list, guranteed to make the rooks cry like Big Baby Davis and curse the day they signed an NBA contract.

1. Massage vets tired and aching feet on flights between games (with socks still on)

2. After each use of the toilet on the teams plane. They are to go in the bathroom, clean up the mess, and spray freshener.

3. In hotel rooms, they are charged with washing all vets socks and underwear in the sink, hanging them out to dry, and neatly putting them away.

4. They MUST laugh at the vets jokes, even when not funny.

5. If any vet gets into trouble with the law, they are to jump in, claim it was them that did it, and take full responsibility.

6. They must always lose bets in games of contests and at the teams poker games.

7. If the Jehovah's Witnesses come to the door of a Vets house, its them that go to the door and buy the Watchtower magazines.

8. If five players are in a car, the rookie must sit in the middle of the back seat, being careful NOT to touch either of the Veteran passengers.

9. Any possession they have, laptop, MP3 player, etc...upon a Vet saying, "What's that? It looks nice" The rookie is to immediately give it up to the Vet not expecting to get it back before the season is over.

MM - They HATE you cause we successfully converted you to one of US! They long for the days when the K-Bros allowed every word of blasphemy out of their lips to spew upon this Blog for weeks upon end. But you came in as a light in the midst of their darkness and dared to show honor and integrity - fully restoring peace and harmony to Laker Nation. For that, we salute you!


We have outlasted them all, MM. You will too. Just keep starving...just keep starving...

As long as they don't get lost buying pizza, a la Sun Yue, and almost miss the flight, they'll be okay.

Troll Man - I agree with you regarding MM, I had a incident with a poster name George who was totally wack with his post regarding a comment I posted. Mr big Bad Moderator deleted my comments and defended this george's crazy post. Very un-cool Troll Cop, the rules should apply for everyone.
GO HEAT

utzworld

you have no more right than I do than to pronounce what is blasphemous or what is not on this blog. Some Religious people may see your prayers over a basketball team to be somewhat sacrilegious because it in no way glorifies God. I am not one of those, but certainly you can see why others might.

I've been blogging here for many years to be entertained and to sometimes entertain. A handful of bloggers here feel they are the official blog overlords who must control the content. This blog has lost many a diverse voice which I suspect is because they were fed up with Blog Protocologists.

The K brothers had theirs favorites too, but you never felt that their favs had a higher voice in the blog community when it came to blog content. The smallest voice had an equal vote.

That is my issue with MM, it might just be me, but I think not.

The "blasphemy" I speak of is the bitter personal insults levied against Laker fans, Laker players & members of this Blog. Was not going that deep.


And don't even pretend that you and the rest of the trolls were just funnin around all these years! You know y'all made this place ugly. Now that MM is here to police, your underoos are bent out of shape. Get thyself a proverbial grip and stop complaining!

Celebrate Laker Nation: we've done starved the trolls to tears! Tito, get 'em some tissue...Utzworld, stop teasing...

MM

If you can't recall the circumstances of what transpired about 6 weeks ago, then you must of been on vacation or something and your replacement just choose to ignore my request for a response. You certainly would have remembered otherwise.

Please read my response to Utzworld above, this comparison/contrast to the K bros is the only thing I liked better about them.

MM:

I am not happy about my post being deleted from earlier and the content was clean re: Matt Barnes. Please don't make it too obvious by being biased towards posters who don't communicate with you via personal email. I don't know you on personal level neither do I care to and that does not mean I dislike you or disrespect you. I enjoy all laker news and welcome all opinions and will continue to do so even after you move on.

If you have any issues with me then you know how to contact me via my email.

cheers!!

I was just joking around with BynumTom about the moratorium (TRO) on talking about Andrew "The Beast" or "The Next Great Lakers Center" Bynum.

Oops!

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | September 29, 2010 at 09:07 PM

ohhhhh, I get it lol. You'll have to forgive me, sometimes I'm a little slow.

Old Hippy - I don't have your email. I deleted your comment because it was inappropriate about Barnes' situation. Say what you will about his situation, but to accuse him of guilty before the court of law has determined is inappropriate.

MM

Troll Man - Well, since you mention it, I was on vacation for most of August and for the first week of September......

_____And don't even pretend that you and the rest of the trolls were just funnin around all these years! You know y'all made this place ugly.____

Excuse Me! You make my point exactly.
If anyone makes this place ugly it's people who posts comment like that. Your supercilious attitude is what destroys a blog or in the very least, limits its full potential.
Obvioulsy, you don't or can't realize that my moniker "Troll Man" is strictly tongue-in cheek. But people like you have tunnel vision and see only what they want to see.

utzworld - Complaining, nobody is complaining just stating a fact. Not just MM but these Lakerholics(and so call blog lords) have a mind set of entitlement to say any and everything they please. Without a word from MM, it appears he doesn't want to make waves with the blog GODS. Trolls have rights, regardless of the hypocrites here.

going to Bingo

Welcome all comments

MM that explains that, can't tell how mad I was lol

back around 2am

Ok, I know that the KD for AB posts were laughed at, and I hope this doesn't violate the Bynum moratorium request. But this did provoke a thought to occur to me. The only way that OKC would ever trade KD for Bynum would be if Bynum did indeed become that Kareem reincarnation that some people believe/believed he will. If that were to ever happen, then there is no way that the Lakers would ever trade Bynum for KD, or anyone for that matter. Just thought that this was a little ironic.

Well, I'm not gonna get in the middle of anything, but did want to point out something. Regardless of what's been going on the last 2 months, from everything I've seen Troll Man is a quality Laker fan who had some very good thoughts to add to this wonderful blog family. I know that it got a little crazy in here this off season (don't know if that's normal for off seasons in here), but I really hope that EVERYTHING goes back to normal when the regular season arrives.

MM - two years ago you didn't delete at least six of my posts, and I'm totally pissed off about it. Really! What kind of moderator are you?

Er, um, MM wasn't moderating two years ago?

I wasn't posting two years ago?

Never-mind....

Troll Man:

Simply well put:

You wrote:

I've been blogging here for many years to be entertained and to sometimes entertain. A handful of bloggers here feel they are the official blog overlords who must control the content. This blog has lost many a diverse voice which I suspect is because they were fed up with Blog Protocologists.

Response:

There are posters who have repeatedly made it clear that this blog belongs to them by virtue of them having been around for the longest, self entitlement, it only highlights their short sightedness. I have also heard of them being referred to as "blogs fathers" very funny. Any opposing argument is perceived as coming from a troll especially when it comes to certain players.

I just hope MM does not get too carried away with his job and over step his bounds, I prefer that he stick with reporting and not play partisanship.


MM;

How dare you delete my posts! What do you think I am - old, grouchy, and drunk? I told everyone that, well - hmmmm . . . . . what was it I told everyone?

P.S. I think Andrew should be picking up towels and trash with the rookies.

Troll and Old Hippy; You guys get mad over missing blog posts? Drunks, Trolls, and Old Hippies have other things to worry about - get to it!

There's a Bynum moratorium? Oops.

MM:

Point well taken re: Matt Barnes. No worries!!


just for the record-
by definition, an internet "troll" is a person whose only purpose for being in or on a discussion/messageboard is to destroy and cause grief. this isn't the United Nations, trolls have no rights. this isn't even the US Constitution protected public space, it's the LA Times world. trolls especially have no rights. in fact, no one has "rights", except to be reasonably entertained for the very small fee of a slightly higher price paid on goods as a by-product of advertising(where this blog is concerned). please, let's live in the real world, while fanning it up.

these guys always trying to ruin my joy over some rooks that people are excited about, while the vets look ready to take another title(unstoppable, if healthy)...


bring on the season, and pray the Lakers stay/get healthy, if you're a Lakers fan.

bring on the season, and pray the Lakers stay/get healthy, if you're a Lakers fan.

Posted by: mud | September 30, 2010 at 12:24 AM

Well said! I don't think any Laker fan can feel any other way. We just want what belongs to us, and that is dominating the league!

Quick question for everyone. I recently read that Kobe said he didn't get surgery on his finger because it would eat into the season. A few weeks ago however, I had read that there was nothing any surgery could do for his finger, as you can't fix arthritis. So which is it, is there a surgery that can help with his finger? If there is I say get the surgery, come back in December (or whenever) and then lead us to a title. I get that Kobe is super competitive and doesn't want to miss any games ever, but he is getting older and at some point he is going to need to make decisions based on what's best for him in the long run. I'd rather see him play 5 more MVP caliber seasons than see him run his body into the ground and only have 2 or 3 seasons left.

"One of my favorite rookie stories was when the Lakers were at LAX and heading out on a roadtrip when they decided to have Sun Yue go to In-N-Out to go pick up some burgers...if memory serves, he ended up missing the flight!

Posted by: Jefe101 | September 29, 2010 at 08:19 PM"

Check your memory...refresh us as to some possible In-N-Out locations are near the airport, you don't really have to, I don't care, and I don't think Sun Yue cared, thus he caused a delay. (Don't the charters operate on the south side of the Airport???? They used to, I believe many decades ago), and then take into account that you've been in the city for less than a year, and spend the majority of your time, trying to be a professional athlete. I've lived in Southern California for over 50 years, and I don't think I know off the top of my head where the location of more than 8 "In-N-Out Burgers" are, because I don't particularly eat fast food and I find nothing wonderful about there "Holy"-burgers unless I'm famished.
He was late, I believe he brought the food, and the flight was delayed, a loss followed, I believe they were going to Utah or Denver, but playing there on the 2nd night of back to backs is like a "kiss of death" with the altitude effects. Some say highly trained professional athletes are not affected by the altitude. Then explain the usual early substitutions in games in those cities, the early onset of pouring sweat, and the fact that the US Olympic Facilites are in Colorado Springs, CO. (elevation 6035 ft above sea level)... I spent two years in cities above 5000 ft. and I was not a professional athlete but I did run about 50 miles a week and play basketball and tennis regularly. The first month at elevation, I felt it.
Back to back to backs...that's a play on their current situation and getting back to having to play a 2nd game of back to backs in either of those 2 cities. Only 15 B to B's and none, I believe in either of those approximately mile (5280 ft) high cities.

Have a nice day, and take my sarcasm with thought.

h.

Jefe101,

Why is that a "favorite story"?

h.

TrollMan...

enjoy your Bingo?

h.

Im glad these tow guys are being introduced to the league with the Lakers. Great wars are won with great leaders, an these two will have great mentoring. I wish them all the best. GO LAKERS!

h., given the topic of the thread - "possible rookie duties...", and given that the last time the Lakers actually had a rookie in their midst was when Sun Yue was on the team in '08-'09, I couldn't help but recalling the anecdote. It was a favorite story because it was, well, funny - as it underscored Kobe's sense of humour and an amusing interplay between Kobe and Phil in the wake of a bad loss in Denver that season. My apologies if I've unwittingly brought up a memory that somehow didn't sit well with you.
http://thelakersnation.com/blog/2009/02/28/kobe-blames-sun-yue-for-loss-in-denver/
Were you a big Sun Yue fan?

Trolls have rights, regardless of the hypocrites here.

Posted by: JUSTA HATER | September 29, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Uh huh, freedom of speech is a constitutional right. However, the Supreme Court has a ton of cases that highlight when freedom of speech has been abused and need to be curtailed.

It must not be forgotten that this blog site has an owner, and the owner DOES have a concomitant right to disallow certain content that the owner feels is not appropriate. It is possible that whatever you had to say may have been acceptable and non-controversial, but at the end of the day, the owner's right to decide cannot be questioned. Call it "blog police", "dictators" or what not, but the fact remains that this blog site exists at the generosity and beneficence of the blog owner. If you are not in agreement with the policies set by the owner, the exit door is wide open.

BLOG CRUE
With the start of our season and fall right around the corner, put your rain coats on. The trolls are here right now.

Colorado (via Hungary) loves our World Champion Lakers!

Thanks Troy B

Humanomaly, would have been better if I won, thanks for asking

Back from Bingo, on for a 1000 and 4oo dollar game, came away empty handed but afterwards drove right by the local Indian casino. That's some will power on my part. Doesn't matter, the wife will take the leftovers to the casino in the morning, lol.

Anyway, my point earlier was not intended to disrespect anyone (well maybe not directly) but to enlighten some to the fact that many (including myself) get a little too full of ourselves. It's just human nature I guess.

63 footer,
Otis,
Old Hippy,
you crack me up. I love it that we can laugh at ourselves, even if its at my expense. Sometimes I'm a serious person but I don't take myself too seriously.

Raymond42n

No one is arguing the obvious deletions, just as Old Hippy acknowledged to MM about a deleted post above. I wrote a while back about some deleted comments that weren't "so obvious", and questioned some bloggers that were pressuring MM to do something. Sometimes it not cut-and-dry, and some real thought has to go into the decision making process, without undue pressure.

Case in point, DFish the blogger always had me in stitches with his unrelenting pursuit of disparaging Derek Fisher. His passion was hilariously misguided. Sometimes I couldn't wait for Derek to drive to the hoop only to miss a shot, or get burned on the defensive end by a quick guard, because you always knew DFish the blogger would have something to say.
His total negative neurotic focus was what was so funny. Some bloggers didn't like it, they said he brought nothing to the blog, but he did for me, a good laugh.
Granted, I guess he went way overboard sometime over the summer and was banned but that was when things got personal between him and some bloggers that decided he had no business being on this blog. This was my take, but I'm sure the ban was warranted. I missed some of the deleted posts, but I would have defended his rights to keep taking shots at Derek. Anyone who didn't at least get a chuckle when DFish went on a roll just don't have a sense of humor.

Think I'll review the archives for some of his best lines when I get some time. Sure that will rub some the wrong way. Perfect.

Also, Raymond42n

you wrote_____Call it "blog police", "dictators" or what not, but the fact remains that this blog site exists at the generosity and beneficence of the blog owner. If you are not in agreement with the policies set by the owner, the exit door is wide open._____

So are you saying these bloggers are on the payroll of the owners? or are they the owners? Or have the owners given these bloggers the precise standards to follow and have been given them the authority to act based upon this knowledge?

your not making much sense here. Better go back through the front door.

Troll Man,

I feel for you. D Fish the blogger was .... "entertaining", at the very least. Why? The exchange of opinions, the light banter generated by the discussions resulting therefrom,and the occasional fireworks is democracy at it's best.

For sure, I wouldn't want to be in a blog site that purely sings Hallelujahs upon the anointed (in this case, the LA Lakers). You'd like to have a little spice to keep the chatter going. That's why Sonny Belfast and 131-92 are a breath of fresh air albeit occasionally headshaking. I remember that we need the trolls, otherwise, we'd start tearing at each other.

I remember making this stupid post about Kobe having the most rings in case of a fourpeat -- forgetting Russell and the 60's Celtics and even Mr. Big Shot. I DESERVED to be torn to shreds for that, heheh. Dumb dumb dumb.

But again the thing is -- as the bloggers have rights, the blog provider has even greater rights. And the latter is answerable only to the higher-ups. Some of their decisions (to listen to favorites, to delete or not to delete) may be questionable, but is not even assailable in a court of law. As the owner of a house can set his own rules in his own home, the blog owner can very much do whatever he pleases in respect of whatever is allowable content in the blog.

It may be oppressive to some, but the blog owner can always say that his/its actions are for the greater good of the greater number.

Raymond42n

who (or is it whom) is this the "blog owner of which you speak"?
lol
I just hate it when I'm called out on a stupid post, and it's usually a "Blitz" type blogger that takes me to task.
My turn to go back through the front door
Peace

Raymond42n

to tired to write right

correction above
who (or is it whom) is this "blog owner" of which you speak"?

Jefe101,

Nice to meet you.
All's good, looking back at it, he must have been stressed. Kobe showing his 30's maturity and buy in to Phil's "WE, the team" philosophy", he didn't rant and rave and demand they leave Sun Yue behind (maybe he was just careful cuzof his fans in China). The memory sat fine with me, thanks for your concern. I was and probably am the only Sun Yue fan still. I believe Tom bailed toward the end of that season. The memory that doesn't sit fine with me is that Sun Yue was only able to log 29 minutes during that season. In retrospect, PJ probably played with his minutes that way as a statement to management. The parting was most likely mutual, with Sun Yue and the China National team not wanting him to rot on the Laker bench. I think it's a shame, as many other players were given years to flounder, including Farmar and Sasha, who though he helped seal game 7 a few months ago, but remember he had his share of "Lost In Translation"moments.
Yes, people rave about the great moves that Kupchak has made, but don't forget he's made a few bad moves. Overall, I'm still glad he's developed as a GM, but he is not perfect. It's a tough job tryint to make moves being the top dog. The benefit of having an owner such as Dr. Buss makes it more possible to function. It is a team sport, not only on the court but all the way up to the top.

h.

Troll Man, I was in Las Vegas in August and many of our lunches and pocket spending money were funded by my wife's ventures at the slots. An activity I don't partake in. I'm trying to learn how to "participate" in roulette, without losing faster than other games I lose at.

P.S. Anytime that one has doubts about Andrew Bynum, I ask you to keep in mind two things. Greg Oden and Greg Oden.

Troll Man,

Thou not knowest the blog owner? Blasphemy, it is! Of course it's He-Who-Cannot-Be-Named.

Kidding.

The owner has a big banner at the top of this blog page.;)

Poor Bynum. I like this player b/c he can be the Pau´s "Roberto Dueñas" role, but this poor guy is ever injured. Good luck Drew, you can rest and play until playoffs. Here in Spain, Drew is looking as a good guy with bad luck.

Sorry LakerTom, your idol can´t play yet, but maybe...soon, he can.

Best Starting Five ever:

1.- Magic
2.- Kobe
3.- Baylor
4.- Pau
5.- Gasol

Aux revoir friends, ricky, your worst nightmare is here over and over and over againnnnn.

Next post from ricky:

Who´s better, Pau Gasol or Magic. The Answer, soon in your computers.

Lol,

Gnnk noyminh Laker smaw.

Zaght mtopeed jutsif welsnd lki tryee ks wlkpedn nuhtswedo.
Pqeih nceiw ce eineif ks vnirvnor rorned ncirich.
Onvroirhc eoojc evvnoeep ee ecepj hithnv jwojcnrt vv di Kobe.

Onfhh fnofjo Artest fnisvh errfo dopperw ki gnth dsppt.
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Good Morning Laker fam,

Glad everyone discussing things with civility. Let's continue to treat each other with respect...because there's really no need to be "creeps". Shout out to Cap's Googles and Rick Friedman...who I think listed this group as one of the greats...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YnY36prM6o

Ah LRob, more Youtube stuff which my unfortunate computer can't play. I had little idea what you guys were enjoying yesterday,....... but I'm sure it was nice. (cue violins in the background)

You see, my connection is less than broadband, comes and goes, sometimes taking 20 minutes to refresh a LA Times page. Four out of five of my comments never make it to the thread because of time-out issues.

When that window of connections happens, I type as fast as I can, without even checking my spelling, to get a thought through, knowing that my comment might do its little part in changing the minds of Lakers fans and bringing a little extra joy to their Lakers world.

Such is life and the burdens we must all carry.....

For some its not being a Lakers fan and having to support a perrenial losing team like the Suns, others, its hoping for Championships in Lebron that will never come, and for me, its a spotty internet connection.....

LRob - Good Morning...here is something to get you in the right rythym at work...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kpHmtA7LOk

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

Good Morning Nation...

Humurous Observations:

The ESPN Miami Heat propaganda machine, and their huge kickoff with a crew of Jon Barry and Jalen Rose, camped out at the Heat training facilities, so they can give daily reports...Any other team out there getting this same coverage? Nope, not even our 2 time defending champs...sigh...

From what clips I have seen...funny, a few times they showed Bosh...he was laying bricks...lol

Very funny that the Celtics 'Geriatric Three' are super motivated and exicited this year, because of the Big Dinosaur himself...Did Shaq make some hollow promises again...Deep down, I have to admit, I still think they are the team to beat in the East...sentiments echoed by #42 himself...

Here an incredible interview from a Laker great, "Big Game" James...I love the sound reason, and great analysis and comparison to the Showtime Lakers...

http://www.nba.com/lakers/

Lakers Practice Obeservations:

How deadly would our offense become, if Ron Ron can shoot consistently like he did in practice yesterday...I love seeing how smooth Blake is with the transition offense, and his excellet passing...Lamar looks very sharp, and no signs of fatique at all...I sure love what I'm seeing from the 2 rookies...good intensity, and confidence...I like the footwork and speed both possess...
Sasha is also looking energized, but Shannon didn't shine in any way...All this excitement, and no Kobe yet...I am very jazzed about this team...and can't wait for the first preseason game...

Have a great and productive day all...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up...

@Fatty - that cue violins comment...lol. Sorry to hear about your computer challenges. I know how frustrating that can be. I do enjoy the comments you post...even if only 20% make it through.

Thanks Lew....Have a great day also! I'll see if I can close a couple of sales on the boulevard today...lol

Oh yeah, did you see Big Baby complaining to Doc about not knowing his role. Funny stuff for day 2 of training camp.

This blog went from fun, entertaining, really knowledgeable LAKER fans, the first thing I read in the morning to.... complaining like children about not getting their views and posts up, when their posts are all about bashing our Laker FAITHFUL bloggers and our team that we love. If it's love you want go on your own team blog and have fun with it like we were doing. Different views are always appreciated, but done in a civil way without calling out MM and certain bloggers. My favorite blogger was Mamba24 and I thought JustanotherMambafan were always fun to read and now they aren't even on here any more. Try your own team blogs, the comaraderie[sp]? is great!!!!

Mark Medina,
You need to go back to journalism school 101 with regard to your interviewing technique. I'm referring specifically to your lack of awareness regarding where the microphone is when you are asking the questions. In both of the interviews (Ebanks and Caracter) although you were correctly aiming it at their mouths when they were speaking, when YOU were asking the questions (in your low, mumbling voice) half the time you were not holding the mic by YOUR mouth, but by the players' mouths! Or, you would have it by your mouth for a moment, and then start holding it next to the player's mouth before you had finished your question. This rendered your questions difficult to hear or even inaudible. That's poor interviewing technique. You can do better.

My favorite blogger was Mamba24 and I thought JustanotherMambafan were always fun to read and now they aren't even on here any more. Try your own team blogs, the comaraderie[sp]? is great!!!! Posted by: NewMexicoLakerLifer | September 30, 2010 at 07:29 AM
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Oh you are too kind mam! Justa and the rest of the Mamba Clan is just gearing up for Oct.4 and the start of pre-season games. Never fear NewMexicoLakerLifer, we will be back at full force just like those Vikes. LOL! How are you and your husband this wonderful Laker morning? Incidently have you submitted your Profile yet? Just submitted mine the other day and I guess it will be up sometime. And about your post, yes, I'm sorry I have to say it but it was...OUT FREAKIN STANDING MAM!

LMAO...now LeBron and his best friend/agent, is claiming the 'Race Card' in the criticism of his 'Decision'...

Anything to keep in the headlines for the King....lol

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

@LRob & Lewstrs as usual gentleman you are making the mornings rock. Good stuff guys!!!!
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@Fatty I agree with LRob, Fatty at 20% is better than most including yes even Mamab24 at 100%!!!
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@Humananomaly, Good morning sir and could you please tll me when the next chapter of your masterpiece saga begins please? Thank you...Carry on.
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@Raymond42n, Good morning sir you are truly a great addition tto the Morning Crue'! Keep on keeping on!
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@Art-Fl Lakers Fan, Good morning my brother! Feisty as ever I see! You make us Lakerholics proud sir.

A Mamba24 sighting...

Whut up, dog?

[dbdh]

My favorite blogger was Mamba24 and I thought JustanotherMambafan were always fun to read and now they aren't even on here any more. Try your own team blogs, the comaraderie[sp]? is great!!!!

Posted by: NewMexicoLakerLifer | September 30, 2010 at 07:29 AM

I would have said that i have a man crush on Mamba24, but that would have been sooo weird this early in the morning.....

It's 11PM in Manila, and i just finished interviewing a rape victim. How to set my mind back to reality? Right.... open the lakersblog site. Yeeeaaaaahhh!!

GO LAKERS!

A Mamba24 sighting...

Whut up, dog? [dbdh] Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | September 30, 2010 at 08:08 AM

"roof", "roof" "roof" "roof", "roof"

It's 11PM in Manila, and i just finished interviewing a rape victim. How to set my mind back to reality? Right.... open the lakersblog site. Yeeeaaaaahhh!! Posted by: Raymond42n | September 30, 2010 at 08:08 AM
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Anything I can do to help people like you Raymond42n - who make a Real Difference in this world - get a litte respite from the real world outside, I'm always glad to do. Thank you for all you do and keep on doing it! Kudos my brother, you make Lakerholics everywhere proud!

LRob - great call on "Creep." I remember seeing Chrissie Hynde do a version at a concert once.

I am curious what position DC will actually be used in (and what combination) if he gets a little playing time. Phil likes to keep one of the starter bigs in with the 2nd unit (usually, and when they're both available), but interestingly, we could have a very "peppy" bench unit with Lamar & DC up front, Blake & Barnes and keep Kobe on the floor. I'm not sure Phil would ever use that unit, but boy would they run, have some fairly good length and be able to switch well on D.

Just curious.

Good Morning Mamba24!!! Probably won't do a profile since really have only been to two Lakers's games and only saw Coop, Kenny Thomas and Danny Granger play here in New Mexico. Haven't interacted with any of the players, coaches, so really being a fan for a VERY LONG time, that's about it....but I do enjoy reading everybody elses. Vike's, I'm afraid are not that good, but will still keep cheering them on.

Good morning Mamba24 sir.......

This preseason stuff is great, no?

@63 Footer
Whoa! No "Machine" in your peppy bench unit?

@Mamba24
Lakersblog creates the 'balance', my man! I'm sure you feel the same way. In this "universe", we are one family. Yeah, that includes the haters and the trolls. They're the spice that keeps this family rockin'.

GO LAKERS!

Hey all - good morning.
I wish the trolls would go over to BSPN blog and hang out there for the whole season.

NMLakerLifer: Mamba24 and Justa are here and will be when needed. They kept me here and I'm not letting them go away that easily.

Laker J & Fatty - thanks for the good chuckles with your rookie duty posts.

I know it's old but DE REALLY resembles Ariza - uncanny.

Anyone interested in meeting at BSPN Zone at LA Live on Monday for a Laker lunch? I will be hanging out there. Would love to meet a few fellow LAT bloggers!!!

Cheers - PLG

Still boo-hooing...Cry me a river and use the wet hanky to polish all 16 of our rings!


Troll Man: I did not realize that you were one of us. Still not so sure...but I do apologize for mis-identifying you among the legion of trolls.

Realist -- Lol you're something. I think four years at Syracuse is good enough. The reality is I'm holding the camera too so if I take the mic and do that, the focus on the camera will move. In L.A. there's fortunately still anchors who don't have to one-man band, but when I went to Syracuse all the local stations had to one-man band and NEVER did any of take the microphone away so they could speak. You lose framing of the shot

MM

Realist vs. MM:

Realist = OWNED

MM = Flawless Victory


Don't Blame Syracuse University

WTH? No profile from NewMexicoLakerLifer? No, No, NO! The entire Blog as one sits in anticipation for this. Why, it is the only reason I came back. And now...now you say no profile...OH THE HUMANITY~!!!!!!!!!

DBDH - Hah not really.

"@Humananomaly, Good morning sir and could you please tll me when the next chapter of your masterpiece saga begins please? Thank you...Carry on.
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Posted by: Mamba24 | September 30, 2010 at 07:58 AM"

Mamba24, who I do respect,

It was 4-5AM.... I am usually awake at that time but more cohesive. Sorry. I'll be a "lurker" for a while. SBD, like a Ninja or flatulence, silent but deadly. LOL

Take it easy, I try to...

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@Humananomaly did you ever by chance watch the show Dark Angel with Jesisca Alba?

Can't wait for the season to start, the real TROLL's will be out in forces, light vs Darkness.

I have no respect for MM

A while back I called out a thinly veiled racist post and guess what.... My post was deleted. MM refused to comment and let the other post stand. He has his little snitches on this blog, and you guys and gal know who you are, who can do no wrong in the eyes of the Moderator.

At least when AK and BK ran the blog he never let any one blogger or group of bloggers have such power. They might have been a dictatorship but they weren't tools.

Posted by: Troll Man | September 29, 2010 at 08:06 PM

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Troll Man,
I feel your pain and emphthise with what you posted many times. I thank you for not being one of those who treated me like a pariah for expressing what I felt strongly about.
I let my anger get out of control as my friend Mamba24 did but reconciled and have no problems and I have the utmost respect for him.
I think with the help of Dan Loumela MM has grown and become a better moderator and I see he even apologised for the transgression.
Sooooo, lets let bygones be bygones and let the anger leave as we become a Laker Nation diverse in opinions but always passionate about our team.

Peace brother.
Original Justa


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