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What would you say to Kobe Bryant if you got your picture taken with him?

Keepers of the L.A. Times Lakers blog -- it's good to be back. I had been on vacation for most of the past month, catching up on errands, visiting family and friends back east in York, Pa., taking trips to Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York City as well as enjoying life in Los Angeles. Not only was it nice to catch up with the parents and long-time high school and college friends, it was nice to rest up for what will be another fun-filled Lakers season. You won't see me on vacation much during the 2010-2011 campaign, so I can report with full enthusiasm that the rest helped build up enough endurance and energy to make it through what all of you hope will end in a third consecutive championship.

Training camp starts Sept. 25 so we'll spend the next two weeks tackling various preseason questions, wrapping up the 2010 FIBA World Championships and monitoring any morsel of news that come out of Lakerland. But first a few house-keeping items. We will have a chat today at 3 p.m.. We will also have a live chat for Team USA's quarterfinal matchup with Russia beginning at 7:45 a.m. Thursday in the 2010 FIBA World Championships and will continue having one so long as the U.S. advances.

As I jump back into the swing of things, I also wanted to share a quick anecdote about my vacation. The past week entailed coming back to L.A. and playing host to a hometown friend. That of couse included going to all the touristy spots, such as seeing the waxed figurines of various celebrities at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood Blvd.

It should come as no surprise that one of the figures featured there included Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who in the photo below matched up with probably the worst defender he ever faced in his life.

Kobe Bryant

This post presents various opportunities. You can make fun of my defensive stance, wonder what Bryant would say as he drives past me for an easy bucket or speculate how long it'd take before I run out of breath defending Bryant. But I'd also like readers to answer this question: say you met the real Kobe Bryant (not the one in the wax museum) and had a chance to take a picture of him. What would you say to him? What do you think he would say to you? Would the experience be as quick and efficient as it'd be Bryant beating me one-on-one? Or would the conversation be as thorough and insightful as Bryant's film and practice sessions?

--Mark Medina

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Hey guys. I just want to extend a hearty hello to everyone here. It's good to be back and I'm excited to start another season. It seems that the overall tone of the blog improved (much thanks to Dan Loumena and other for holding the fort down) so for now we'll keep the insta post on. At times, I may put it back on moderation just to keep things under control and so trolls don't feel completely comfortable to strike again. But I hate to say when simply so we don't tip them off. When I do put moderation on, it'll happen when I'm around to approve them so you don't need to worry about a delay.

Also, I plan to do a series in the next few weeks titled Preseason Question of the Day followed by a certain topic that I'm sure will spark discussion. While I have several preseason questions in mind, I thought it'd be cool to do it in almost a mailbag format where a readers poses a question and then I answer it and encourage others to debate. Feel free to email me any questions you might have at mgmedin@gmail.com

Again, there will be a chat at 3 p.m. Hope to see everyone there!

MM

WELCOME BACK MM!!!!!!!!!!!!


WE MISSED YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


THANK GOD for Dan. He'll have to fill you in. It was ugly up in here for awhile.


Hope you had a great vacay BUT DON'T EVER LEAVE US AGAIN!


LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

justa - Oh no worries. I saw the post. I'm glad Dan helped restore order. You guys were going crazy for a bit.

MM

MM - 'crazy' is a relative term, but let's just say the sales of vodka & percoset hit an all time high while you were away. Not to mention a lot of regulars left (although most are back but not all) and some started our own renegade live chat (thanks to Magic Phil)....


WHEW. It's good to be home.

I think I will be at an utter loss of words hahaha!

But if I'm being serious, I will want to introduce myself as a fan of his from Singapore, where he has been here once for Nike Kobe Asia Tour back in 2009. I queued for the free tickets to the event and managed to see him up close at the Nike flagship store in Singapore. Was literally 2 steps away from him, seperated from a line of fans and security.

What he would say to me? Probably something about Singapore I guess.

Sure hope the experience will last a couple more minutes.

As to the pictures, one would be casual pic together, and the other would be Kobe Bryant unleashing his Black Mamba on me. I for sure would gladly 'die' under that venom.

^_^

I'll never meet Kobe. I'll never even see him let alone have the opportunity to have my picture taken with him. My life just doesn't work like that. Seriously. It's quite pathetic .... *tear*


Thank god for that little invention called the television. And let's not forget - a big shout out to the TiVo people!

MM… Welcome back. Hope your vacation re-energized you for the greatest Lakers season in the history of the franchise and the Lakers Blog. Loved how Dan came up big to keep us going while you were on vacation. I just returned over the weekend and feel ready to go after having my personal batteries recharged.
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TOM

I'll never meet Kobe. I'll never even see him let alone have the opportunity to have my picture taken with him. My life just doesn't work like that. Seriously. It's quite pathetic .... *tear*Posted by: justanothermambafan | September 07, 2010 at 08:18 AM
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Woman have you taken leave of your senses? Stop this nonsense and Stop it now! You are The Fabulous JustAnotherMambafan(Head of the Mamba Clan). Kobe Bean Bryant would count himself lucky to meet one such as your self. Now stop this ISH immediately!!

That "vodka-and-percocet" was never funny the first time and tedious every other time.........

LakerTom - Welcome back yourself!! I apologize once again for everything that happened. But I'm glad you've returned. Your presence to this blog can't be overstated.

MM

Firstly, MM welcome back! Dan did a very fine job, but now that it returns to your excellent stewardship it almost feels like things are starting to gear up for the season to begin, although it's still 2 1/2 weeks to go to start camps. We now know we have a good backup waiting on the bench with Dan, but glad you are back! Must admit to have especially missed your 'Caught in the Web' segments!

As for the pic, I could just envision Kobe bringing the ball down low, and curling around while drawing a foul, elevating and nailing his shot! In the pic it's almost like he's looking and saying, 'you all watch how I'm gonna score off of Mark' before he does it, lol...

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LakerTom: Welcome back! Glad you are back, you have a reasoned, well-thought way you express yourself, there is NO doubt this blog is a better place when you are here! Now it really is starting to feel like the season is just around the corner!

Zaira: Congrats on your upcoming marriage! He is a lucky man, that is for sure, I'm sure that this has broken the heart of many a Laker fan here on the blog. Hope all the best for you guys, and much happiness!

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Thanks for the feedback on the Bleacher Report article I had posted.

VtLaker: typo noted, will make the correction.

LRob: Yeah, I also would have taken LeBron, if I were GM, over Amar'e. I just wanted to point out that a quality tandem of good level big-men might be a better winning team than a pair of great swingmen, especially that have mostly similar games. Now that Haslem was caught with marijuana, looking around the NBA quite a few players that have had drug encounters and have failed to come back as good a player as they had been.

Overall, Riley did a merely decent job in assembling talent, and outside of the big-3, which the Lakers happen to match up defensively to as well as any team, I think that Laker fans have not as much to fear as people are making it out to be.

LEWSTRS: How do I really feel about the Cheat? muahahhaaaaa.....
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/418451-an-open-letter-to-lebron-james

Again, thank you guys for the reads and comments. My writing level is still at probably less than one on a ten-scale so I very much appreciate the feedback you guys provide as I value the opinions of our Laker Blog family a LOT, you all have proven your depth of knowledge not only of all-things Lakers, but hoops in general!


GO LAKERS!!!!! GO TEAM USA!!!!!

What up, Mark! Welcome back!


As far as trolls go, I'm now using the Finding Nemo Troll Defense Method: Just keep starving...just keep starving...just keep starving...


THEY HATE US CAUSE THEY AIN'T US...so why even waste our time speaking to them?

ming fei - you can now proceed to kiss my purple & gold behind. 'nuf said. Let the starving commence.

Good morning FCM - welcome back!
Hello morning crew and LakerTom - up early.

Excited to start the countdown for the preseason. My pre-season questions will be:

1. Kobe's finger, knee, ankle, back, etc
2. Lamar's confidence and leadership changes due to FIBA and if that can carry over to bench
3. AB - training/rehab
4. Luke - status
5. Will Sasha bring a better attitude
6. Any Summer training changes/emphasis for Ron-Ron

Cheers - PLG

ming fei,

I think your opinion, as stated, should not be attacked for it is just your opinion. I agree with the gist but everyone is entitled to an opinion. Yours as well as justanothermambafan.
This is not an issue to call for starving but scrolling past. Just my opinion.

justa - from 1 to another - thanks man. Hope you have a great day!

Justanother; I don't believe ming fei would mind carrying out your suggestion.

I'd tell Kobe to stoop down a little . . . . maybe a lot.

Hey, MM! Welcome back! Hope you had a great vacation.

If I had my pic taken with Kobe, maybe the only thing I'll manage to say will be "wassup". I'll be tongue-tied. hahaha

Hello everyone...welcome back MM.

I saw the title of this one and almost fell off my chair laughing. Just this past weekend me and the hubby were stuck at LAX for about 12 hours on our way back from Hawaii and we sat there and people watched for about 11 of those.

Hubby decides to be a smart ass and suddenly says "oh my god there's Kobe" and of course I jump up and start looking like an idiot. He laughs hysterically until I slap him across the head and he asks me "what would you do if he just walked by right now?"...to which I respond, "I would definitely not get up and start running after him like some crazed groupie, that's for sure" (this after I had just jumped out of my seat at the mere mention of his name).

So I go on and say, "well maybe I'd just tell him I'm his #1 fan who just so happens to live in Boston and ask him for a picture"....THEN, we both look at each other and grin...what the heck were we thinking, Kobe has his own helicopter, what the heck would he be doing at LAX, right?

Guess we were just having Laker withdrawals. Can't wait for the season to begin already.

I actually met Kobe once and took a picture with him in the Lakers parking lot after a game in 2000. He didnt play that night because he was injured, so I was disappointed I didnt get to watch him. As my father and I left the staples center after the game we went to the team parking lot because we parked there (we are close friends with a celebrity who goes to every game, I'd rather not say the name). Anyways, as we walked to our car, their stood all 6 feet and 6 inches of young Kobe Bryant strolling over to his Ferrari 355 F1 spyder. I could not believe what I was seeing, and if the same thing happened to me today I wouldn't have had the courage to walk up to him and ask him for his autograph and picture. I was like 10 at the time, and if Kobe would have been a dick like 90% of celebrities and athletes, then that moment would have scarred for life. But he didn't, and it become a moment a cherished until this day and still tell my friends about. I keep the photo next to my desk as I write this. In fact, looking at the photo, he's wearing his first ring when they beat the Pacers. I dont remember if I said anything, but his smile in the photo is all I could have hoped for.

Welcome back MM,

Give Dan props for holding down the fort in your absence. The classroom was getting a little crazy on with the first substitute teacher and then Dan came and restored order.

My conversation with Kobe would be short and sweet.

Me: I appreciate your hard work and dedication to the game. I've seen a lot of great players and none had MORE dedication than you. Continue to use the gifts God has blessed you with wisely. And thanks for bringing me so much joy as a Laker fan.

Kobe: (shakes my hand). Thanks man!

WELCOME BACK MM!!!!!

It's so great to have you back!!!

Ready for 3Peat? (and just as I was writing this here, you twittered me so it's what I have written you there too... see? We're telepathic buddies ;) or some ;)...)

Before stepping into the topic, with the further acknowledge that in front of Kobe The God even the most verbose of people (which I am part of) suddenly become mute in entangled, envisioned trance, let me tracl back from the posts I read some notes:

First, I just have to say the Great Dan L furtherly proved himself... well, the Great Dan L:
(I quote):

"When Kobe Bryant decides that his playing days are behind him, there will be much adulation thrust upon the Lakers guard that I consider the greatest offensive player to roam the perimeter of a basketball court. Ever. No disrepect to Michael Jordan, who was a high flier when he came into the league and developed one of the greatest mid-range games ever witnessed as the seasons took a toll upon his legs. And it's most likely that Jordan is the greatest player of all time, in terms of athleticism and all-around game. I differentiate the post players such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain or a power forward like Karl Malone because they play a different all-court game. Not always one of style and grace but by necessity often one of power and fury, muscle and might.

Bryant is the most complete swing player to take the NBA spotlight. No need for debate, folks, because if you put the right talent around him (better spot-up shooters, in particular) he could probably average nearly a triple-double by becoming a facilitator who scored only when necessary. If he retired today he'd be a slam dunk Hall of Famer. You don't collect five championship rings by coincidence (unless you're Robert Horry who somehow attained seven by being in the right places at the right times)..."

W-O-W and double W-O-W and triple (well, you get it...): that is awesomely written and really shareable. I still believe what differentiate the most players is the way they can make their plus flourish and make their minus disappear consistently for an entire career; I still believe what makes the GREATEST players is a continous evolution that sees the pluses grow, the minus become just a different kind of pluses and the strategy about their game evolve constantly till they become a battling Napoleon who never knows a Waterloo, and retire before it.

Kobe has that all. And as Dan smartly noted, he got it all without having the best physique du role. Which in my book just enlarges his glory.
I still fiercely convinced if that darn scandal never happened, he would be now WIDELY reckoned as best bet.
Seriously.
But in a way, his struggle for acknowledging respect makes his history even more special. He's like the healing hero.
The lonely great who has still to fight all battles. That's very fitting my epic love for him... because it makes his journey not a fairy tale, but an epic tale instead.

It's more manly.
And it's gonna end with two more rings at least..

In teh debate of the jerseys retired, to me they should retire BOTH. But in case they won't,, #24 at the end will have more laurels than #8 so of course he will retire THAT (and 2+4 = 6 which is my fav number so... Pitagora in me is happy about this numerology magic as well... ah!).

Anyway, thank you Dan for that article. It warmened me a lot. *tear in the eye*.... come back anytime you like over here... you'll be always loved by this Family of Lakerholics :) :) :)

About the lovely shoutouts of Justa, Larry, LEWSTRS, LakerTom (awww dear... send your wonderful wife all my cheerings for her recovery... that rose is surely for her as well!!!), CyberCosmiX and of course JohnnyP (no worries man... my heart is a BIG one... my unbound love for Kobe and my insane attraction for Divine Adam won't fade out with marriage... my Karim knows both things... I marry him because he's so fitting me to accept also my downwards, as I accept his... although honestly so far I doubt he has got any ;)...), let me thank you guys&gals. You're so cute... And of course I say with pride that in our future family there will be ONE and ONLY possible NBA faith. Our house(s) are and will be forever painted ONLY in purple and gold and for tales at our future kids (that is something that will arrive in YEARS and YEARS... I'm way too immature to be a parent yet...) will be centered in the glory of LakersDome (we're fantasious enough to transform each known tale in a Lakers related matter, don't worry...) ;) Future Lakerholics are in a safe environment, okay? ;)

I also wanna say along Wes that although I do agree that Kareem is not comparable to Pau in any form now (or better, the opposite), to compare Pau to Nick Jonas is way too cruel.
I mean... Nick Jonas is not even a real musician, or a singer, let alone a songwriter... while Pau, okay, he's not Kareem by any means, but he'd definitely a great, great player and today's best power forward.
So at least... give him like a John Mayer status (minus the dbaggery...) or a Chris Martin's one?
He's too elegant for compare, but he could well be the Arcade Fire of the 2000 basketball era?
Man is talented and consistent.
Not Kareem, okay... but no way anything comparable to a Jonas Brother, either... (Yiiikkkkeeeess... ;)).

Okay... that I had to say...

Now back on the topic of this post, and prior to it... let me say that you're cutely completely OUT of position in that pic MM... ;) (Glad you enjoyed a wonderful summer... you face a very intense season along us folks so it's wonderfl that you had fun and relaxed :) now... back in the saddle and with us hyperactive kids... poor you ;)).

Well, I just know already by experience that in front of Kobe my brain cells shut down.
It's a blackout.
I'm way too mesmerized and physically bewildered by the admire I feel for him.
Somebody under my featured post said they felt like me because they love Kobe so much they'd stalk him...
Well.... no way.
I'm the opposite.
I'm feeling so small compared to him and his greatness (and believe, you know me, I'm TOTALLY self-centered end egomaniac and confident so that tate of mind isn't the typical me AT ALL) that I just know I could never ask him anything valuable enough, in my book.

It's complicated.

And makes me feel so stupid, but at the same time I think it's the greatest evidence of the admire I do feel for Kobe.

I think I would just love to ask him if he is happy of the man he is.
And I would probably just say also to him, gaining a force that I know will never be mine there... that for me he is the example of the great man any man should keep attempt to be.
He's like a modern Ulysses.
The man who keeps going on no matter adverses circumstances, relyin on himself, his inner force, his skills, and experiencing life.

But yeah... in the end...I'd just love to know he's happy with himself.
He should so be.
He should. So.

Okay guys... I'd love to take part in these pre seasonal chats BUT gotta save hours of sleep because you know as season starts for real I will start to be batwoman again and never sleep at all to follow our Knights along with you all...
So you will forgive me and enjoy MM returns there as well in my absence.

I'm not lazy: I am ageing (naaahhhh! ;)... I'm lazy, okay...).

Gotta rush away cos I have a game of double squash that starts in 30 minutes.
I think I'll have better results than Sasha's cartooned girlfriend (Maria... dear... time to hang up the racket. You are way past your time on the court...).
But let's see.
Wish me luck.

Have all a great day.

*squeeze* to MM who's back and a big, huge, giant *THANK YOU* to Dan who has been totally fantastic in his tenancy over here.

Catch you tomorrow.

;) Lotta Laker Love, Z. :)

CyberCosmiX - great read. I enjoy your stuff a lot.

Sebastian - what a great story. I like it when those we admire end up acting cool. Always breaks my heart when it goes the other way.

LRob - I've met pretty much every Lakers great (other than Mikan - waaaay before my time) except Kobe. I tend to meet them either working or at charity events or hangin' somewhere (hey, I got to play with Magic on my team during one fundraiser), so I'd probably say pretty much the same thing as you: short, sweet, to-the-point. I'm not an autograph or photo guy, but if my son were there, I'd be totally all about that. For my son I do crazy stuff. Me, not so much.

THEY HATE US CAUSE THEY AIN'T US...so why even waste our time speaking to them?

Posted by: utzworld - the BANNER HOLDER | September 07, 2010 at 08:55 AM

Utzworld the banner holder, before Mamba24 says let me say it! OUTFREAKIN STANDING SIR!

Good Morning Everyone!

Thanks Dan again for everything - I think you did a fantastic job.

Good Morning MM!

As far as you meeting Kobe, If you were to play him 1-on-1, I don't think he'll be as terrible to you as he was to that kid he played at Pauley Pavillion:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6hMHtU49Ho

Just wanted to pop in before running some errands. I'll try to stop by the live chat later today. :-)

1. Starving trolls & scrolling past troll comments: SAME THING!


2. My dear sister Justa: JUST KEEP STARVING. When you tell them to kiss your butt, you debase yourself and stoop to their level. You are so much better than that.


3. MM: Remember when Steve Nash got posterized by Kobe's jock...HIS LITERAL JOCK? That's you, dude, if you try to defend him. Ewww...that's a mental image that's gonna make me puke yesterday's BBQ!

Mark Medina's back, thank God.


Mark, don't do that again, okay? Bad Mark Medina! Bad Mark!


What do we play for? RINGS!!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!

If I got my photo taken with Kobe, I'd simply thank him, tell him I'm a Lakeraholic, and invite him to the blog sometime.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!

I'd thank him for all the memories, for the all the excitement and drama I've experienced watching him play.

And I'd call him sir.

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Hey guys. I just want to extend a hearty hello to everyone here. It's good to be back and I'm excited to start another season. It seems that the overall tone of the blog improved (much thanks to Dan Loumena and other for holding the fort down) so for now we'll keep the insta post on. At times, I may put it back on moderation just to keep things under control and so trolls don't feel completely comfortable to strike again. But I hate to say when simply so we don't tip them off. When I do put moderation on, it'll happen when I'm around to approve them so you don't need to worry about a delay. Also, I plan to do a series in the next few weeks titled Preseason Question of the Day followed by a certain topic that I'm sure will spark discussion. While I have several preseason questions in mind, I thought it'd be cool to do it in almost a mailbag format where a readers poses a question & then I answer it & encourage others to debate. Feel free to email me any questions you might have at mgmedin@gmail.com Again, there will be a chat at 3 p.m. Hope to see everyone there!
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(01) JUSTANOTHERLAKERFAN – OWNER - WELCOME BACK MM!!!!!!! WE MISSED YOU!!!!!!
THANK GOD for Dan. He'll have to fill you in. It was ugly up in here for awhile. Hope you had a
great vacay BUT DON'T EVER LEAVE US AGAIN!
(02) MAMAB24- DRIVER – Welcome back MM> Thank God you’r e back. JustAnotherMambaFan
Was whinning every single day that you were gone about when is MM coming back! Lol!
(03) LAKETRTOM – RIDING SHOTGUN - MM… Welcome back. Hope your vacation re-energized you for the greatest Lakers season in the history of the franchise and the Lakers Blog. Loved how Dan came up big to keep us going while you were on vacation. I just returned over the weekend and feel ready to go after having my personal batteries recharged.
(04) CYBERCOSMIX – SECURITY1 - Firstly, MM welcome back! Dan did a very fine job, but now that it returns to your excellent stewardship it almost feels like things are starting to gear up for the season to begin, although it's still 2 1/2 weeks to go to start camps. We now know we have a good backup waiting on the bench with Dan, but glad you are back! Must admit to have especially missed your 'Caught in the Web' segments!
(05) utzworld - the BANNER HOLDER - What up, Mark! Welcome back!
(06) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - Good morning FCM - welcome back!
(07) SAMLL - Hey, MM! Welcome back! Hope you had a great vacation.
(08) EASTCOASTJESSIE - Hello everyone...welcome back MM.
(09) LROB - Welcome back MM, Give Dan props for holding down the fort in your absence. The classroom was getting a little crazy on with the first substitute teacher and then Dan came and restored order.
(10) : ZairaAmaterasu - WELCOME BACK MM!!!!! It's so great to have you back!!!*squeeze* to MM who's back and a big, huge, giant *THANK YOU* to Dan who has been totally fantastic in his tenancy over here.
(11) JON K. - Mark Medina's back, thank God. Mark, don't do that again, okay? Bad Mark Medina! Bad Mark! (11) CALIPHILOSOPHER - Thanks Dan again for everything - I think you did a fantastic job. Good Morning MM!
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I would have to decline a picture with Kobe. I would hate for him to see a total meldown of cool and then have a picture to prove it happened. It would just be too ugly for him to see.

And what would he say to FCM as he went by on his way to the hole? Nothing, he never even saw you. His TFR simply told him to adjust right.

JR

WELCOME BACK MM!

To say "we missed you" seems empty and hollow, especially as we find our groove in the wake of the Blogosphere Meltdown we experienced the past month or so. Please make sure LA TIMES understands how much we appreciate how Dan came to our rescue in your absence.

A REQUEST FOR KBBLITZ...
Could you do some research for us and report to us the Pts & Rbds stats for the following centers for the three-year windown in their careers when they were between the ages of 22-25? I would appreciate it!
--Bill Russell
--Wilt
--Kareem
--Bill Walton
--Shaq
--Hakeem the Dream
--Patrick Ewing
--Yao

QUESTION FOR LAKERTOM...
As you watch Kevin Durant for TEAM USA this summer, do you ever see glimpses of MAGIC as Durant leads the break on the dribble?

Mike

I would say to Kobe : "Love you man. Youre the greatest basketball player ever in my book at least."

Things got pretty not awesome with Mark Medina gone.


Has training camp started yet?


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!

Welcome back MM.

Glad to see you here.

I have a serious question. Can we hire (We being the Times) some kind of psychoanalyist to figure out what that the hell that Barry Starvo guy was thinking by turning an entire sports blog (not to mention half of the civilized world) against him? The guy was a complete moron to many of us here and seemed to have one goal in mind--not to pander to these A-hole laker fans, of which I am one.

You may want to go back and see the kind of relationships this guy engendered, though maybe not. It wasn't a pretty sight when he was moderating, and in fact a lot of regulars went to another blog whenever he was arround. I personally think he was out to destroy the hard work you put in the blog, but what do I know.

Please, Mark, in the future, no more Barry. Ever.

Dan was great, btw.

Wes

If I got to have a pic taken with Kobe, just before the pic was taken I would tell him I could wup him good in a game of HORSE.
That would be sure to get a smile on his face.

After the pic I would tell him the next game he played to hit a home run for me, then would ask him to make a donation to my favorite charity as I handed him my business card.

After shaking hands, just before departing I would hold my hand to my ear/mouth in the 'telephone' position and say, "call me".
Should all be good for a few laughs, hopefully.

I'd tell Kobe say SIX not sex!!!!

I'd ask about Jerry West, what he thinks Jerry saw special in him.

I think Kobe would respond that it was attitude and heart

I'm a Santa, so Kobe would have to sit on my lap......

I can hardly get into football over the offseason reload

good job mitch,

Wes/Mark Medina,


I don't think Barry was awful so much as clueless. He really walked into a hornet's nest. I don't think he understood how fanatical Lakeraholics are. I think he MAY have tried to stimulate dialog by creating multiple threads about the Celtics, but just didn't get how infuriating that is to us.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!

Cosign w/Wes. All of Barry's blog posts were anti-Lakers. Pathetic.

The Miami Heat is like having MJ, Pippen and Duncan in one team.


MJ is wade, Pippen is james, Duncan is bosh. Defintely a formidable foe for the Lakers.


While the Lakers is like having MJ, Hakeem, Kareem in one team.


MJ is KOBE, HAKEEM is GASOL, KAREEM is BYNUM.

So it is. The date is set. Dec 25 2010!


28 yr old MJ (in Wade) vs 32 yr old MJ (in Kobe)
26 yr old Pippen (in Lebron) vs Artest
26 yr old Duncan (in Bosh) vs 30 yr old Olajuwon (in Gasol)
Ilgauskas vs 22 yr old Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (in Bynum)


Lakers Champion 2011!!!


Hey guys thanks for the love and welcome backs. It's nice to get back into the swing of things. Speaking of which, we have another post with some morning links and the tweet of the day and reader comments of the day

As far as your concerns Wes about Barry, I'll have to agree to disagree. Barry is an assistant sports editor and has a lot of responsibilities in overseeing coverage. Criticizing him for not monitoring the blog to your liking is a little unfair because it's not as if he was exactly filling in. Various people chipped in based on the time availability we have. Bottom line, as you guys know, every company including The Times are trying to make it work despite dwindling resources in a tough economy. I wouldn't say his posts were meant to infuriate anyone so much as it really is a slow news month in August and just wanted to share some dribble of news (coincidentally some of what emerged happened to involve Lakers' opponents).

MM

Oh my forgot to tell my niece's "meeting an NBA player story".

As some of you know, my family is in the desert (La Quinta). The Suns play there each year at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Side note - Lakers will never play against them because Sarver knows we are all Laker fans.

Back to story... to promote ticket sales, the mascot and their announcer, Scott Williams traveled to the area schools last week. They stopped at the kids middle school.

Needless to say, the Principal made an announcement of free t-shirts, pictures, giveaways, etc and there was a mob scene. My niece (11 YO), the newest PLG#4 (who's favorite is Kobe) went to the front of the mosh pit.

Unfortunately, her 2 sisters and my nephew stayed behind. She got trampled and was at the bottom of the pile. She was rescued by Scott Williams who pulled her out. All she said was thanks. She was starstruck because she said " he was so tall and looked like Lamar Odom". True Laker Fan.

She's okay now - bruises, strained back, missed school on Friday. But she said if it was Kobe, she would have used all her muscles to get to the front.

PLG

MJ-Hakeem-Kareem vs MJ-Pippen-Duncan!!!


====== NBA finals 2011 =======


Kobe-Gasol-Bynum vs Wade,Lebron,Bosh!!!

yo bra, check this new thing http://sportscomplainer.com my boss forwarded me. till tom man..

I would say the same thing to Kobe that I did when I had the good fortune to meet Luke Walton, Nick Van Exel, James Worthy, Elgin Baylor, John Salley, and non-Laker (but SuperFan nonetheless) Vic "The Brick" Jacobs:

"Hello, Mr. Bryant. *handshake if applicable* It's a pleasure to meet you, sir. Thank you for sharing your time with a life-long fan, I appreciate it very much. Have a nice day. Thank you."

Then I'll do the same thing I usually do afterwards... gush like a schoolgirl and run home while avoiding wetting my chonies to frame the new memorabilia to preserve its awesomeness.

Seriously, I'm the picture of cool, then I break once I'm out of sight. I try not to scare these guys because they probably get enough of that stuff.

*TRUE STORY*

James Worthy (Monrovia Circuit City 2008... were YOU there, any of you?) was kind enough to spend a few extra seconds with me because I had a special request for him. As he signed the basketball I received from my donation to the Boys and Girls Club promotion, I asked if he could please inscribe "HOF 2003" on it. I was the first one out of the first 50 or so people to ask for that cherry-on-top. He seemed pleased that I knew of his enshrinement year, and happily obliged my request. We posed for a picture and it was done. That ball is still one of my most prized articles of Lakermania.

I must admit however, that meeting Kobe would need to involve an AED somehow since cardiac arrest would be imminent. I'm such a girl sometimes. Sorry, Honey.

DBDH!

I would say the same thing to Kobe that I did when I had the good fortune to meet Luke Walton, Nick Van Exel, James Worthy, Elgin Baylor, John Salley, and non-Laker (but SuperFan nonetheless) Vic "The Brick" Jacobs:

"Hello, Mr. Bryant. *handshake if applicable* It's a pleasure to meet you, sir. Thank you for sharing your time with a life-long fan, I appreciate it very much. Have a nice day. Thank you."

Then I'll do the same thing I usually do afterwards... gush like a schoolgirl and run home while avoiding wetting my chonies to frame the new memorabilia to preserve its awesomeness.

Seriously, I'm the picture of cool, then I break once I'm out of sight. I try not to scare these guys because they probably get enough of that stuff.

*TRUE STORY*

James Worthy (Monrovia Circuit City 2008... were YOU there, any of you?) was kind enough to spend a few extra seconds with me because I had a special request for him. As he signed the basketball I received from my donation to the Boys and Girls Club promotion, I asked if he could please inscribe "HOF 2003" on it. I was the first one out of the first 50 or so people to ask for that cherry-on-top. He seemed pleased that I knew of his enshrinement year, and happily obliged my request. We posed for a picture and it was done. That ball is still one of my most prized articles of Lakermania.

I must admit however, that meeting Kobe would need to involve an AED somehow since cardiac arrest would be imminent. I'm such a girl sometimes. Sorry, Honey.

DBDH!

LAKERMIKE… Glad to see you reenergized after your and Mrs. LakerMike’s vacation. As for KD, I don’t see him as Magic because he is too much a scorer. If he reminds me of anybody, it would be Kobe. He has the same relentless attack mode on offense and has similar potential on defense. Needless to say, he would be a great Laker someday although I really doubt he will bail on his first team like LeBron and other so-called studs who couldn’t find a way to win with the teams that they had. For attitude and potential, I would take him over LeBron James and before he is done, I predict he may become the better overall player and a greater winner.
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TOM

I haven't met many celebreties in my life. the first "celebrity/athlete" that i had ever met was Al Naipo from Fox 11 news, and it was awesome. he was doing a report on a blind wrestler that was wrestling in a tournament i was at and i shook his hand.

Later i met Mark Madsen when he came to talk at my church. i hugged him.

I then ran into Jim Cleamons at Disneyland. it was like tv came to life at that moment. i didnt ask for a picture cause he was with his grandchildren. i just said "you're Jim Cleamons!" and i shook his hand.

Then, while coming back from a vacation in San Francisco, i was in line for screening at the airport when i realized that Steve Kerr was standing behind my wife. This time i asked for a picture while my wife loudly asked me "who's Steve Kerr?!"

so to answer the question of what would i say to Kobe if i ran into him. i would tell him:

You're the Best!
Around!
Nothing's ever gonna keep you down.
You're the Best!
Around!

He'd probably think i'm crazy, but i'm sure he's met crazier.

@ MM,

Reading Barry's filth < Watching "Mannequin 2: On The Run"

Easy choice.

Welcome back, sir.

DBDH!

And Mark,

There was a lot of talk about how much we liked the reader profile pieces you were doing. You have to make those part of your regular routine.


I personally like the pictures the best. I'm dying to see what everyone looks like, even if it means letting everyone see me. But I have been working out (Wes sucks in gut/ feels immediately better about himself).

Wes

Uh-uh, MM. Gotta call this out. Barry's posts were straight up anti-Lakers. He either paraded the Septics in our faces or posted some drivel about the rest of the NBA has already crowned Miami 2011 NBA champs. It may be a recession, but I seriously doubt that the folks at the Boston newspapers would subject their Septic Blog readership to a bunch of pro-LA rants.

Wes - I saw the positive feedback on the Laker blog profiles. I plan to feature those on the weekends until the pre-season starts. I will then sprinkle a few throughout the week depending on the practice schedule and if there's news to talk about. Just wanted to let you know I didn't forget about those profiles and I'm glad it's become a hit.

MM

What would I say if I ever had my picture taken with the Saint?
Oh, I don't know, but I'm certain I dream about it.

I'm not going to repeat what your wrote, which apparently went unnoticed in the last thread, Mr Ming, but allow me to remind you that great players are coming to the NBA from all over the world, if you haven't noticed.

The Phillippines too has some great athletes, and they love their basketball, and have been at it a long, long time. In your awkward condescension, are you really suggesting that they not play it? And why? Is there some kind of SE Asian sport that they are more suited to, and should be playing instead? Please explain.

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Don't Blame,

Maraming Salamat sa inyo?

Nit noy, nit noy

Maraming Salamat sa inyo?

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Kind of reminds me of school. All the little children who behaved poorly when the substitute was in...but just before the real teacher got back, the kiddies had found their seats and were behaving like little Angelinos. Maybe this group does need a nanny.

But, there's always at least one snitch...

Mark,

Your children did not play well together when you were gone!

Go Kings!
Go Niners!
Go Giants!
Go Team USA!
Go Manny, GO!

Sonnybelfast


Welcome back Mark...

Glad you got your R&R out of the way, for this will be a special season coming up...and you will need your 'A Game'...

If I met Kobe, i hope the situation would be right for a pic and autograph...Nothing worse than trying to bother a celeb to get some attention by a fan...

I would thank him for all the glory he has brought to the Lakers, remind him how huge he is in the Philippines, and tell him he is my favorite Laker...and thank him for beating the Celtics...

Hopefully that will soften him enough to pose for a picture with me...but I would like him to pose like he is shooting a jumper, and I was jumping to block it...If I got the pic, I would hang it in my office...and during bad days, I could look at the picture, and get some fresh energy...and like Kobe, perform in the clutch...

1. Starving trolls & scrolling past troll comments: SAME THING!


2. My dear sister Justa: JUST KEEP STARVING. When you tell them to kiss your butt, you debase yourself and stoop to their level. You are so much better than that.


Posted by: utzworld - the BANNER HOLDER | September 07, 2010 at 09:47 AM
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I disagree for I don't consider Ming Fei is not a troll for expressing an opinion just as justanothermambafan is not a troll for expressing her opinion. She in my opinion can scroll past but I will not starve Mei Fing for posting his opinion.
Another of my thoughts is what happened to the religious Banner Holder? I remember him and prayed for him in his troubled times. My opinion is, no matter how distasteful your comments are to me, I will pray for you. Expressing my opinion.

OK...I almost got mad till I re-read the previous comments. The phrase STARVE THE TROLL means exactly what you said: TO SCROLL PAST THEIR COMMENTS WITHOUT RESPONDING. Jon K. coined the phrase 3 summers ago. Foolishly, many of us chose not to follow his wise advice. Now, after dwelling in both the abyss of 1st round exits & outright playoff ommissions AND the mountaintop of back to back championships, one thing is obvious: the trolls will not go away. So...starve them - Scroll past their comments and keep it movin'.


Much apologies for emmitting a spirit of distastefulness. No joke...I really am sorry.

kobe reminds me of one of the samuris from " the 7 samuri". i don't recall his name but he is the essence of the samuri spirit. this is my first attempt at this but i have been greatly appreciative of you guys

Will you sign this for me, pleeeeeesa............

Utz,
No need to apologise to me if apology was intended for me. I am grateful for God's influence to let you regret emminating a spirit of distastefullness. See prayers reall work. God Bless you and really also no joke.

Pysched Laker Girl and Don't Blame Del Harris - I enjoyed both your posts and experiences with our Laker players...PLG...nothing better than seeing the next generation following our footsteps and supporting the Purple and Gold...

lance from da' bronx - Welcome aboard...need to warn you...this can be addicting...lol

JustaLakerFan - never knew you were such an ambassador...i like this side of you...

To all with the Barry animosity...let's move on...we have too much great stuff ahead of us...no need to dwell on the past and negativity...MM is back so things are back to normal...

Maybe you guy's focus on the Laker's quest for a four-peat! That's right I said four-peat,if the Zen-master does step down, Kobe & Co. can use that as motivation!

what would i say if i had a pic of me taken with #24?
hmm... nothing man! I'd be speechless!!! LOL

WHAT DO WE PLAY FOR?
RINGS!!!
LAKERS TODAY.. LAKERS TOMORROW.. LAKERS FOREVER

GO LAKERS!

Hey Lakers Blog community,

After a grinding 11 shifts in 12 days, I had me a 12-hour sleep session, a good meal and caught up on all the weekend reading. Some entertaining stuff, particularly going back to the '60s and '70s.

Again, thanks for the kudos and praise. I wish I could have done more, but I'm glad my efforts were appreciated.

Good to have MM back at the helm. The next time he needs some time off -- and I realize most of you think nobody would ever want time off from Lakers fanaticism -- I'll make sure his shifts are covered.

Now, I've got a Fantasy Football draft for which to prepare. But let me say this in my best Full Metal Jacket, gunnery sergeant voice (the scene just before they go off to Vietnam when he lets them know not everyone will be coming back alive):

"Lakers bloggers and commenters will oome and some may never come back, but the LA Times' Lakers Blog will live forever, therefore you will live forever."

I'll poke around from time to time, jump into some conversations and help Mark when he needs it.

Looking forward to a new NBA season, but first I've got to get a fantasy football team in place.

Best wishes to you all.

Dan - I also can't thank you enough for your great efforts in holding down the fort. Feel free to jump in whenever you like.

MM

I did one time and acted like a complete idiot. Embarrassing!!! LOL

No problem, anytime Kobe.

Met him at the Forum his 2nd year when he was Frobe #8. He was wearing sunglasses indoors because he had some kind of eye injury at the time. I asked stupidly if he would strike a hard pose with me hahaha. He laughed at me and said no, but I got a good candid shot together yucking it up.

KOBE LAST SEASON, I CALLED YOU A SISSY. INSTEAD OF COMING AFTER ME YOU THREATENED, PEOPLE AND CITIZENS IN BOSTON. THAT YOU WOULD HAVE THEM KILLED BEFORE THE LAST TWO GAMES, IF YOU WERE DOUBLE OR TRIPPLE TEAMED. YOU ARE.............
FILL IN THE BLANK.
"THE GAME" (NEW MANAGEMENT)
YOURS TRULY(LOSER) ISAAC DANIEL SHOFF

ANYONE CAN HOLD AN MVP, BUT CAN YOU DEFEND YOURSELF BROKE.
WATCHING EVEN YOUR DONATIONS AND MONEY DROPS TO PANHANDLERS. GOOD LUCK.
YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY LUCK IF FOR P...........


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