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Caught in the Web: Lakers eager to get back to work in L.A.

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--The Times' Broderick Turner details the Lakers' three-hour long practice on Saturday.

--The Times' Mark Heisler makes fun of ESPN.com's "Heat Index."

--Looks like Kobe Bryant has another rivalry brewing. FC Barcelona guard Pete Mickeal recounts on HoopsHype a trash-talking episode he said he had with the Black Mamba during the team's exhibition game Thursday against the Lakers.

--The Mirror's Colm Heaney wonders if FC Barcelona's upset over the Lakers means it can compete with other teams in the NBA.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talk about the Lakers' 0-2 trip, Bryant's rehabilitation process involving his surgically repaired right knee and the league general managers' pre-season survey.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin shares some of his memories of the Lakers' European trip.

--CNN's James Montague argues the English Premier League should take the NBA's efforts to promote basketball in London seriously.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why Phil Jackson remains worried about Bryant's rehabilitation.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides an update on the Lakers' injury report.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das takes a look at what kind of season Andrew Bynum may have.

--NBA Primetime's Brandon Ribak sizes up the Western Conference.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano answers a few questions from readers.

Tweet of the Day:"are they really going to legalize marijuana? i hope not!! its not cool kids might think its cool. I just hope the kids are not being educated by irresponsible high adults Not just in school but life I think all drugs are bad Alcohol etc." -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest)

Reader Comment of the Day:""Ron Artest plans to abstain from alcohol for the 2010-11 season"...yeah, that is until he is bathed in more champagne next June!" -- Jefe101

--Mark Medina

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Ron Artest - it's extremely hard not to love this guy and want to be around him. If not for Kobe, Ron would be my favorite Laker - EVER.

jefe - congrats on RCOTD - again!! LOL!!

justa - are you jealous of the RCOTD? lol

RCOTD = JEFE101 = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR! KUDOS!

MM - heck no - it's always well deserved. Until and unless you give it to a troll - then I'll have to reconsider....

justa - good. hah just don't want you think it's still the Rick Friedman award. After all, I think you won a few trophies...

housekeeping note: Lakers play by play man Spero Dedes is currently calling the Chiefs-Colts game on CBS, if anyone wants to tune in!

MM - sorry - but it IS the Friedman Award. As it should be LOL!

justa lol. Another housekeeping note: The Lakers have the day off today, so we'll end the day in the mid afternoon with a Lakers blog profile

Enjoy the football games today and for Magic Phil, enjoy your birthday

MM

Justa: "Ron Artest - it's extremely hard not to love this guy and want to be around him. If not for Kobe, Ron would be my favorite Laker - EVER."
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Right there with ya on that! He has shown how misunderstood he previously was. I got a sense from several TV appearances over the years that he really was a nice guy underneath it all - especially after the exuberance he interviewed Kobe with on the BDSSP:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s24kx5ynRVQ

Ron Ron has surpassed any expectations I had of him. The commitment that he's showing to swearing off alcohol and getting in shape is phenomenal. His work with kids needing mental health showed us his true side. He realizes that he could be an example to kids, and is doing just that.

It was Charles Barkley that said that athletes should not be looked at as role models. Well, Ron Ron has shown that an athlete can get into trouble, climb above, clean up his life and be a good role model for kids.

LOVE ME SOME RON RON!!!!!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Somewhere Jon K. nods in agreement with every Ron Artest post.

Jefe -

Is that a back 2 back RCOTD...

Congrats bro...keep up the great work...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

htj,
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"Somewhere Jon K. nods in agreement with every Ron Artest post."
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Accurate.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K (& ALL Laker fans): The Heisler article above is MUST reading, pointing out how silly the BSPN polls are that focus on the meat:

Some tasty Heisler tidbits:
"LeBron went from The One to The Jerk overnight."

"Here's my automated daily projection of the Heat's chances of winning 72 games: 0.1%."

"the "Heat Index" will drive coverage . . . i.e., dumb it down . . . while tickling the national gag reflex anew."

Heisler is EN FUEGO for that article! Great stuff!!!

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MM: FYI Brandon Ribak, whose story you listed above, is a former Bleacher Report troll, whose incendiary posts helped gain him notoriety at the site. He would rain-down one anti-Laker bash after another for months, after his beloved Magic lost to the Lakers in the '09 Finals. I enjoyed 'butting heads
with him in the past, debating his NBA knowledge (mostly lack thereof... lol) but he usually ended losing arguments by saying something like "you don't know anything," "you're crazy" or something along those lines...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

MagicPhil - Happy BDay and my you be blessed with many more.

*___________________________________________________________________*
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAGIC PHIL - 10/10/10 WHAT A LUCKY DAY – BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________________________*
Thanks for the Bandwagon. I'll buy a lottery ticket this morning and see what's gonna
happen... BBQ DAY!!!! Lakers family, You guys are SO kind to me, thank you. Your kindness
and the smoke from the charcoal are almost making me cry...I'll be around between a
beer or two....@MAGIC PHIL
*____________________________________________________________________*
(01) MARK MEDINA – BLOG GOD - Hey Magic Phil: Happy birthday!! Hope you enjoy the day.
Having a BBQ? I'm sure it's going to be a blast!!
(02) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - Let Us Pray
(03) JUSTANOTHRMAMBAFAN - OWNER – Happy Birthday Magic Phil - if you win the lotto, don't
forget the little people.....
(04) MAMBA24 - DRIVER – Happy Birthday Magic Phil with the Magic Skills, you are the best sir!
(05) #4
(06) phred - RIDING SHOTGUN1 -
(07) LAKER LASS – RIDING SHOTGUN2
(08) KBBLITZ - SECURITY
(09) RICK FRIEDMAN –
(10) FAN OF THE MAMBA -
(11) LROB - MagicPhil - Happy BDay and my you be blessed with many more.
(12) WES
(13) LEWSTRS - Magic Phil -Happy Birthday my brother...May you have a fantastic day with your
family and a great celebration...
(14) GILBERT BATTUNG - Happy Birthday, Magic Phil 10/10/10
(15) 63 FOOTER - I'll throw some birthday cheer Magic Phil's way... or is that birthday spirit?
Or just spirits? Whatever - have a good one!
(16) CALIPHILOSOPHER - Happy Birthday Magic Phil! Hope you have a fantastic BBQ today. :-)
(17) CYBERCOSMIX - Magic Phil: For your B-Day wish, I hope Cali legalizes marijuana. That way you can give
up harvesting the 'magic shrooms' LOL JK!!!! Love your comments, now your a year older and a year wiser too! HAPPY B-DAY MAGIC PHIL!!!
(18) COMPLEX BROTHA - HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAGIC PHIL!!!
(19 JEFE101 - This one's for you Magic Phil! (nevermind the "Saturday Club" shout-out)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7QxOllK0VU&feature=related
(20) NEWMEXICOLL - Here's a toast to Magic Phil, Happy Birthday and you have a great day........

@NEWMEXICOLL, Good afternoon Ma'am! How are you this lovely Lakers afternoon? Vikes @ Jets, Wow that is going to be a tough one. But I got a feeling Randy and Brett are going to play pitch and catch to a win Monday night if...the defense comes back. It's gonna be a nail biter but I got the Vikes.

LET US PRAY...


Dear Lord, we give thanks for You blessing Magic Phil with another year of life. Fill him with Your love. Bless him with Your joy. Grant him peace and blessings as he steps into another year of life.


AMEN!

The RCOTD have become a fan favorite. Mark, just in case you haven't heard it enough lately: You're doing one hell of a job.

On Ron Ron's comment: Somewhere out there, LakerTom was cringing. Until he took another toke of some fine outdoor herb and thought, "What the hell was Ron thinking?"

Can't wait for the regular season. Thoughts:

- Kobe: Color me "not worried in the least."

- Bynum: I remain hopefully optimistic.

- Blake: May be the key difference-maker this season in leading the Lakers to a three-peat.

Go Lake Show!

Edwin -

Shame on you, saying we should chase 10 women today on 10/10/10...

Why not make it an even dozen...:)

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

*___________________________________________________________________*
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAGIC PHIL - 10/10/10 WHAT A LUCKY DAY – BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________________________*
Thanks for the Bandwagon. I'll buy a lottery ticket this morning and see what's gonna
happen... BBQ DAY!!!! Lakers family, You guys are SO kind to me, thank you. Your kindness
and the smoke from the charcoal are almost making me cry...I'll be around between a
beer or two....@MAGIC PHIL
*____________________________________________________________________*
(01) MARK MEDINA – BLOG GOD - Hey Magic Phil: Happy birthday!! Hope you enjoy the day.
Having a BBQ? I'm sure it's going to be a blast!!
(02) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - Let Us Pray Dear Lord, we give thanks for You blessing Magic Phil with another year of life. Fill him with Your love. Bless him with Your joy. Grant him peace and blessings as he steps into another year of life.
(03) JUSTANOTHRMAMBAFAN - OWNER – Happy Birthday Magic Phil - if you win the lotto, don't
forget the little people.....
(04) MAMBA24 - DRIVER – Happy Birthday Magic Phil with the Magic Skills, you are the best sir!


(20) NEWMEXICOLL - Here's a toast to Magic Phil, Happy Birthday and you have a great day........
(21) EDWIN GUECO - Magic Phil, I just dropped by to greet you Happy Birthday on 10-10-10. Here is what numerologist say about this date: "Numerologists the world over are claiming today, 10/10/10, as the luckiest day in a 100 years. 'The row of ‘perfect tens’ symbolizes not just a once in a 100 years quirk of the calendar, but a ‘powerful moment of rebirth', says a Delhi-based numbers expert." Bet on the power of ten today. Try to chase 10 women in one day. lol!
(22) CAP’S GOOGLES - Magic Phil - Happy B-Day Amigo! Hope you have a good one and a toast to many more to come!

The Outlaw - Thanks for the feedback. I really appreciate it. I hoped it would help create more reader interaction and promote people to try to write really insightful and funny comments.

MM

Hey guys we got a new post up, btw. Another Lakers blog profile

MM

Magic Phil,
Happy Birthday! Mamba24 had me covered as usual!

*___________________________________________________________________*
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAGIC PHIL - 10/10/10 WHAT A LUCKY DAY – BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________________________*
Thanks for the Bandwagon. I'll buy a lottery ticket this morning and see what's gonna
happen... BBQ DAY!!!! Lakers family, You guys are SO kind to me, thank you. Your kindness
and the smoke from the charcoal are almost making me cry...I'll be around between a
beer or two....@MAGIC PHIL
*____________________________________________________________________*
(01) MARK MEDINA – BLOG GOD - Hey Magic Phil: Happy birthday!! Hope you enjoy the day.
Having a BBQ? I'm sure it's going to be a blast!!
(02) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - Let Us Pray Dear Lord, we give thanks for You blessing Magic Phil with another year of life. Fill him with Your love. Bless him with Your joy. Grant him peace and blessings as he steps into another year of life.
(03) JUSTANOTHRMAMBAFAN - OWNER – Happy Birthday Magic Phil - if you win the lotto, don't
forget the little people.....
(04) MAMBA24 - DRIVER – Happy Birthday Magic Phil with the Magic Skills, you are the best sir!
(05) #4
(06) phred - RIDING SHOTGUN1 -
(07) LAKER LASS – RIDING SHOTGUN2
(08) KBBLITZ - SECURITY
(09) RICK FRIEDMAN –
(10) FAN OF THE MAMBA - Magic Phil, Happy Birthday!
(11) LROB - MagicPhil - Happy BDay and may you be blessed with many more.
(12) WES
(13) LEWSTRS - Magic Phil -Happy Birthday my brother...May you have a fantastic day with your
family and a great celebration...
(14) GILBERT BATTUNG - Happy Birthday, Magic Phil 10/10/10
(15) 63 FOOTER - I'll throw some birthday cheer Magic Phil's way... or is that birthday spirit?
Or just spirits? Whatever - have a good one!
(16) CALIPHILOSOPHER - Happy Birthday Magic Phil! Hope you have a fantastic BBQ today. :-)
(17) CYBERCOSMIX - Magic Phil: For your B-Day wish, I hope Cali legalizes marijuana. That way you can give up harvesting the 'magic shrooms' LOL JK!!!! Love your comments, now your a year older and a year wiser too! HAPPY B-DAY MAGIC PHIL!!!
(18) COMPLEX BROTHA - HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAGIC PHIL!!!
(19 JEFE101 - This one's for you Magic Phil! (nevermind the "Saturday Club" shout-out)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7QxOllK0VU&feature=related
(20) NEWMEXICOLL - Here's a toast to Magic Phil, Happy Birthday and you have a great day........
(21) EDWIN GUECO - Magic Phil, I just dropped by to greet you Happy Birthday on 10-10-10. Here is what numerologist say about this date: "Numerologists the world over are claiming today, 10/10/10, as the luckiest day in a 100 years. 'The row of ‘perfect tens’ symbolizes not just a once in a 100 years quirk of the calendar, but a ‘powerful moment of rebirth', says a Delhi-based numbers expert." Bet on the power of ten today. Try to chase 10 women in one day. lol!
(22) CAP’S GOOGLES - Magic Phil - Happy B-Day Amigo! Hope you have a good one and a toast to many more to come!
(23) JUSTALAKERFAN - Happy Birthday Magic Phil, Pass some virtual BBQ and cake.
(24) THE OUTLAW - Happy belated birthday, Phil! Hope you're pleasantly hung over right now.
(25)ADRIAN PALOMAR - HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAGIC PHIL
26) LAKERTOM - MAGIC PHIL.. Happy belated Birthday. May all your candles smolder and your wishes come true.
(27) JAMIE SWEET - MAGIC PHIL -Happy (belated) birthday!


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