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.
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?
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