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--The Times' Broderick Turner writes about the Lakers' belief that they'll be ready for the regular season, how Lamar Odom appears to be the only player in basketball shape and how Derrick Caracter will have added responsibility because Andrew Bynum remains out of the lineup.

--The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan highlights Doc Rivers' revelation that he's had trouble all summer thinking about the Lakers' Game 7 victory in the 2010 NBA Finals.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explores the relationship between Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson.

--Fox Sports West's Matt Smith agrees with the preseason survey of NBA general managers that says the Lakers will win the title.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains what Derek Fisher's role might entail this season.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore predicts in SB Nation that no Laker will win an individual award this season, but that it shouldn't matter.

Tweet of the Day:" Did yal know I swam from Spain to LA. I met a shark. She was fine. I was doing the dougie with jaws" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest)

Reader Comment of the Day: "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." -- CyberCosmiX

-- Mark Medina
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Photo: The Lakers' Lamar Odom shoots against Minnesota during their Oct. 4 game in London. Credit: Ian Kington / AFP/Getty Images

 
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RCOTD = CYBERCOSMIX = OUT FREAKIN STANDING!! KUDOS SIR!

Mamba24,

>>> I'm sure Rick wouldn't mind if we give it to 63 Footer!

Not at all. 63's response to MM made me smile. "Stern Setting" should become a permanent part of our lexicon.

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Cybercosmix,

Congrats today for your RCOTD.

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LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED, ALREADY!

Mamba24,>>> I'm sure Rick wouldn't mind if we give it to 63 Footer! Not at all. 63's response to MM made me smile. "Stern Setting" should become a permanent part of our lexicon! Posted by: Rick Friedman | October 11, 2010 at 10:52 AM
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Now is that Class or is that Class Folks? You know I got to say it..OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!

Congrats Cyber! Great comment. I couldn't agree more. I love me some RonRon!

CyberCosmiX - a well-deserved RCOTD.

It's good to hear that Artest quit drinking. Now if Lamar can quit candy, and Fish can quit driving into the lane, this team will be set.

CyberCosmiX - a well-deserved RCOTD. Posted by: 63 Footer | October 11, 2010 at 11:14 AM
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You'll get it next time 63 Footer! I might have jinxed your chances. Sorry!

Mamba24 - it's the journey, man; it's the journey.

Mamba24 - it's the journey, man; it's the journey. Posted by: 63 Footer | October 11, 2010 at 11:22 AM
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Indeed it is sir and I salute your Class and dignity.

Mamba24 - class I never had, and I sold my dignity for a bottle of Talisker, baby oil and a clown suit... red nose included. But thanks for the thought that I might somehow have those items located on my person somewhere.

i saw the celtics and i think we may get the rubber game. shaq started and i think he will until perkins comes back. o'neil no. 2 did a good job blocking and i think the heat will have a difficult time getting rebounds AND YOU CAN'T SCORE WITHOUT REBOUNDS !

@Cyber - Congrats on the RCOTD...I agree on Ron Ron...

@Laker Tom and MVP888 - Man sorry to say, but the Niners are a bust this year...

@ NewMexicoLL - good luck tonight with Moss, Favre and the Vikes...it should be a great game...

@ LRob - Monday blues...bank and my office are closed......my selection for today...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47v-Zm-9Wgg

@ justa - My Haiku for today:

Ron Artest my Man...
You truly care about us...
Our hearts grow fonder...

@ The rest of the Nation - have a great Monday and a good and productive week...Happy Columbus Day...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up...

63 Footer - you are in dangerous TMI territory my friend...

Lew - you are RAPIDLY advancing to the head of the haiku class! Although we haven't heard from Jon K lately in this regard, and he is the teacher's pet. :)

@ Mamba24 -

Oh and forgive me...

Good Morning to you sir...I hope you had a great week end...

If we ever meet, the first round is on me...sorry you have to get the percocet from justa...lol

@MM -

Did you ever get to post Cap and Goggles' pic...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up...

Mamba24 - class I never had, and I sold my dignity for a bottle of Talisker, baby oil and a clown suit... red nose included. But thanks for the thought that I might somehow have those items located on my person somewhere. Posted by: 63 Footer | October 11, 2010 at 11:27 AM
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Oh my! Not only Class and Dignity but Humility too. LOL!
63 Footer you are one cool dude my brother!

Lakers Blog Members Profiles...

8-21-10 LRob
8-22-10 ZairaAmaterasu
9-10-10 Jon K
9-11-10 LEWSTRS
9-12-10 KobeMVP888
9-16-10 Wilbur Post, Mister ED
9-17-10 Laker Tom
9-18-10 TNTLakerFan
9-19-10 PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL
9-23-10 Puddle
9-25-10 Don't Blame Del Harris
9-30-10 CyberCosmiX
10-2-10 utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER
10-2-10 Mamba24
10-3-10 Otis
10-8-10 MFont681
10-9-10 Cap's Goggles
10-10-10 5LakerFanz

Keep them coming Mark...great profiles so far...can't wait to see some of our veteran members...and good to see the new blood too...maybe you can post the profile of the RCOTD winner...that would be great double recognition...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up...


@ Mamba24 -Oh and forgive me...Good Morning to you sir...I hope you had a great week end...If we ever meet, the first round is on me...sorry you have to get the percocet from justa...lol
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That's right forget poor Mamba24, but Lewstrs...I'm keeping notes! LOL! Yes I had a most satisfying weekend and I'd gladly share a drink with you anytime my brother. As for getting the percocet from Justa...she might just give me a good throat punch! LOL! Just playing Fabulous J. Enjoy the holiday Lewstrs.

MM: Thanks for the Rick Friedman (today 63 Footer) award. There are so many great comments on the blog daily, I'm happy to have it picked, although "I'm not worthy!"

Thanks all for the congrats. I just gotta echo justa:

LOVE ME SOME RON RON!!!!!

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63 Footer: The Stern Setting? Fouls within 5-foot radius of meat player? PURE GENIUS!

But my favorite unknown rule is the "Don't Cry Like a Little Byatch and Fold Under Pressure" setting. ROFL!

I'll accept my 63 Footer award like Nash did his MVP's - deep down inside knowing he was only 2nd best to the mamba! (but I realize MM had to pick a comment that would pass editorial censoring... lol).

Seriously though, I've gotta go in and find that rule when I get it for the Wii, think the Stern Setting might also apply to the Celtics, Magic...

BTW, wonder if anyone has found a way to turn off the 'Paula Pierce crumbles to the ground on the slightest of touches' mode, or is it always enabled like in real life?


GO LAKERS!!!!!

OPPURTUNITY IS KNOCKING AT CARACTER's EARLY CAREER


I hope Derrick Caracter is ready. He just needs to play tough defense, rebound hard and play the enforcer role for the Lakers.


Lakers Blog Members Profiles...
8-21-10 LRob
8-22-10 ZairaAmaterasu
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10-9-10 Cap's Goggles
10-10-10 5LakerFanz
Keep them coming Mark...great profiles so far...can't wait to see some of our veteran members...and good to see the new blood too...maybe you can post the profile of the RCOTD winner...that would be great double recognition...Posted by: LEWSTRS | October 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM
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Lewstrs this was simply great. Now the Fam. knows exactly where to go to find a prior profile and the ROCTD profile idea is excellent also except...MM will probably be posting Rick Friedmans Profile over and over LOL! Just playing Rick! So Lewstrs you know I got to do it...OUT FREAKIN STANDNG SIR! KUDOS!!

MM: Thanks for the Rick Friedman (today 63 Footer) award. There are so many great comments on the blog daily, I'm happy to have it picked, although "I'm not worthy!" 63 Footer: The Stern Setting? Fouls within 5-foot radius of meat player? PURE GENIUS! But my favorite unknown rule is the "Don't Cry Like a Little Byatch and Fold Under Pressure" setting. ROFL!Posted by: CyberCosmiX | October 11, 2010 at 11:48 AM
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Now see this ISH simply has to stop!!! There is simply to much Class on this Blog today!! First Rick Friedman, then 63 Footer and now Cyber CosmiX. DANG!!! We got some Classy people here. But it is only fitting because after all we are...THE FREAKIN 16 TIME 4 DYNASTY LA LAKERS!! KUDOS to all three of you gentlemen Rick Friedman, 63 Footer and Cyber CosmiX!!

As I was typing my last comment I set up the DVD-recorder to record the NBA Summer Abroad NBA TV special they ran a few days ago. Well, I guess the meat/OKC game ran long, and cut into the first 10 minutes or so.

So, I'm watching the end of that game, which the meat won 103-96, and at the final horn pretty much the entire meat bench gets up and heads directly to the locker room. Kevin Durant, class act he is, walks toward midcourt in order to shake hands/greet the meat, but no one on the meat comes out to meet him, only Bosh is escorted by a media guy to do a post-game interview. So KD just turns and walks with the Thunder back to the locker room.

Thinking back, remember the little princess asked KD to attend a party the night before, and KD turned him down, telling him that on the nights before a game he pretty much does nothing but prepare for the game (man, what a slap-down to the little princess!). Could this now be irking his highness?

Just thought it was funny, kind of like deja vu after the Magic beat the Cavs in '09 and the little princess sulked and stormed off the court, not shaking hands with Dwight or the Magic.

Anyways, the NBA TV special is pretty good, shows Pau's trips overseas to Africa/India etc... Wish I'd have seen that than a few minutes of little princess sitting on the bench, chewing away what littlest bits of his fingernails remain and dissing the new 2nd best player in the NBA, behind the mamba...


GO LAKERS!!!!

CyberCosmiX - The RCOTD of the day is well deserved. Some great perspective on how Ron has changed

LEWSTRS - I added the photo and the post is updated

MM

@Laker Tom and MVP888 - Man sorry to say, but the Niners are a bust this year...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | October 11, 2010 at 11:30 AM
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Fortunately I'm not NEARLY as emotionally involved with the Niners as I am with our two time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers! The 49ers need some changes. Alex Smith needs to go and, I hate to say it, but so does Singletary. Can't Eddie DeBartolo get the team back from his stupid sister?

As for the Lakers, as far as I am concerned there's really nothing to discuss right now.

Go Lakers! #17 coming up STRONG!!

CyberCosmiX - "BTW, wonder if anyone has found a way to turn off the 'Paula Pierce crumbles to the ground on the slightest of touches' mode, or is it always enabled like in real life?"

Yes, there is a switch for that, but it's under the heading of Wheelchair Mode, which is a sub-setting on the "You've Never Beaten Our Starting Five" menu.

Mamba24: "Now see this ISH simply has to stop!!! There is simply to much Class on this Blog today!! First Rick Friedman, then 63 Footer and now Cyber CosmiX. DANG!!! We got some Classy people here. But it is only fitting because after all we are...THE FREAKIN 16 TIME 4 DYNASTY LA LAKERS!! KUDOS to all three of you gentlemen Rick Friedman, 63 Footer and Cyber CosmiX!! "
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You are too kind Mamba, but we all know that if a mount Rushmore was made of the blog-gods, you would be right there with them!

BTW, has anyone found out if 2K11 includes the new 'give-up rule' for the little princess, and if it's enabled by default for the meat? I heard it might find it's way onto the game after game 5 of last years Cavs/Boston series:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d-Mnfz6iB0

(I just can't help myself, LOVE to post that video!!!! lol)


GO LAKERS!!!!!

63 Footer: "Yes, there is a switch for that, but it's under the heading of Wheelchair Mode, which is a sub-setting on the "You've Never Beaten Our Starting Five" menu."

LMAO!!!

Ahh, ok I see it, thanks. Plus, there's also the 'Ray Allen one good game a series' option too, for added realism.


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Sorry LRob - you've got the greatest rock song wrong. NO WAY it's Bruce.... Try this bad boy on for size.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lBNIiCMu7I

"BTW, wonder if anyone has found a way to turn off the 'Paula Pierce crumbles to the ground on the slightest of touches' mode, or is it always enabled like in real life?" Yes, there is a switch for that, but it's under the heading of Wheelchair Mode, which is a sub-setting on the "You've Never Beaten Our Starting Five" menu. Posted by: 63 Footer | October 11, 2010 at 12:11 PM
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LMAO!! And he's off and Rolling folks!!! Yes I have really enjoyed blogging today. Thanks!

Sorry LRob - you've got the greatest rock song wrong. NO WAY it's Bruce.... Try this bad boy on for size. ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lBNIiCMu7I Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 11, 2010 at 12:17 PM
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LRob sorry, I'm going to have to take back that vote I gave the Boss and go with The Head of the Mamba Clan's choice!

Cyber - my absolute FAV line from that post-game interview has got to be "I spoil people with my play". A close second is "when I have a bad game I feel sorry for ME."

OMG - what a narcissistic buffoon. I can't wait for this idiot to go down in a fireball of blazing ineptitude. It's gonna be fun to watch. Don't forget to bring your popcorn!

@CyberCosmiX sorry sir but you get no extra KUDOS for flattery! LOL! Thank you my brother!

Another very good article on Ding. Great insight on Kobe and PJ's relationship. It's nothing we haven't read before, but its still a good read.

I'm wondering did Kobe demand to go back in the FC Barcelona game because he knew how important it was to Pau? Or because he's so competitive he didn't want to lose? or because he was having a little running dialogue with Mickael and didn't want to lose? Hmm probably a combo of all of the above.

CyberCosmiX - "Ahh, ok I see it, thanks. Plus, there's also the 'Ray Allen one good game a series' option too, for added realism."

Oh, man, I missed that option. Good catch. I did see the "rename" when you right-click Big Baby Davis' character. It lets you type in anything but "Big Baby," then changes it back by the time the game ends.

as much as i love all the great singers and songs, just listen to jackie wilson's "lonely teardrops"

LRob and justa -

I would have to say this is my entry for one of the best rock songs ever...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYGp5shqLZg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs07nk5WYho

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up...

@CCX… Congrats for another great post and RCOD award. You’re rocking and rolling, Mike.
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@LEWSTERS… “@Laker Tom and MVP888 - Man sorry to say, but the Niners are a bust this year...”
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So true, Lew. 49ers fans are starting to pray for 0-16 and Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck. It was a huge mistake by the owners to hire Mike Singletary, a defensive oriented coach with no head coaching experience, to lead a franchise renown for great offenses and quarterbacks. Singletary still does not understand that the age of pure smash mouth football has been replaced by pass-oriented spread offenses.
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What’s scary is that I keep hearing names like Bill Cowher or John Gruden, again both defensive oriented coaches, as options the Niners may consider to replace Singletary next season. And then there is talk about Greg Manusky, the Niners defensive coordinator taking over, which would be a disaster since his porous defense is a major reason why the team has collapsed. Opposing teams are 3 for 3 in driving for last minute field goals to defeat the Niners.
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Personally, I think we should look again to Stanford and Harbaugh. We need a coach who understands the passing game. After all, I think it worked out pretty good the last time we hired a coach from Stanford. LOL! As for Alex Smith, the guy has the smarts and talent to do the job and I still have not completely given up on him, even though it is obvious he will not be the Niners next great quarterback.
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TOM

as much as i love all the great singers and songs, just listen to jackie wilson's "lonely teardrops" Posted by: lance from da' bronx | October 11, 2010 at 12:27 PM
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Sir you know your material. Elvis Presley stole everything he knew from Jackie wilson!

OK, we got a Greatest Rock Song thing going!!! Yes this is Good!!! Carry ON!

@Mamba - Stop Hammer Time...lol.

@Jon K - I'm with you. I'd choose taking it to the hoop myself over playing on the video game.

@ 63 Footer - "stern setting/PJ regular season setting" hilarious. I think you're ready to do a Mad magazine spoof of the video games.

@Cyber - Excellent comments as usual.

@Lew - Man I wish I had classes with you in college cause I know you took great notes..lol. One of those Monday's...Every other day of the week is fine:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPgbMAdAsbI

Lew - oh yeah you know who wrote that one for the Bangles right???

Sorry LRob - you've got the greatest rock song wrong. NO WAY it's Bruce.... Try this bad boy on for size.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lBNIiCMu7I
Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 11, 2010 at 12:17 PM
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Justa - I'm with you. I'd give Free Bird the nod over Born to Run. LOL...I didn't say it was the greatest rock song. Brucie said his goal was to do the greatest rock song when he recorded it. You know the old saying, "shoot for the moon, you may not hit it, but if you miss you'll still land among the stars" Bruce is def in the strasosphere with that one!

@ Mamba -Stop the presses, that's a shocker...you sided with Justa. Hah.

LRob -

If I was not mistaken, the song Manic Monday was written by Prince...but for Apolonia...

I didn't know I was going to be tested...but if I recall correctly, it was Prince...

Final answer...Prince...lol

@Lance - Jackie Wilson...more Detroit love...I'm with you. Sam Cooke said you could not follow Jackie on stage...he was too good. Mr. Excitement.

LRob -

How did you like my selection of Do You Feel Like I Do...

Just hearing that song brings back so many memories...The Summer of 76 was one wild and crazy year...lot's of memories...blurred by too much partying...LMAO...

I love how this Blog has so much knowledge in music and it's history...who said Laker fans are shallow...We have great taste and wisdom in music, food, sports and of course...The Lakers...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up...

justa: "my absolute FAV line from that post-game interview has got to be "I spoil people with my play". A close second is "when I have a bad game I feel sorry for ME."
OMG - what a narcissistic buffoon. I can't wait for this idiot to go down in a fireball of blazing ineptitude. It's gonna be fun to watch. Don't forget to bring your popcorn!"
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Isn't that absolutely incredible. After basically giving up in a game - and only a day or two after filling up a school in Akron to accept the MVP - and to drop that line? I still can't believe it.

This should be a bigger flame-out than the hindenburg - should be fun watching, and I know I'll have the popcorn ready for this one. I'm starting to think that as nice as it would be to see the Lakers beat the Celtics again, it might be even sweeter to see the meat get mashed at the hands of Kobe, Ron Ron and company!

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63 Footer: "Oh, man, I missed that option. Good catch. I did see the "rename" when you right-click Big Baby Davis' character. It lets you type in anything but "Big Baby," then changes it back by the time the game ends."
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Ahh didn't know that one. It's good to get to know the hidden settings in NBA 2k11 so we can get the most out of it. Searching around I found there's a 'KG intensity stare' mode too, under the "You've Never Beaten Our Starting Five" menu. It's set to 'on' - but it makes KG settle for 20 foot contested jumpers and not get any rebounds.

Under that is the 'Drooling Donkey and Shrek' mode for the kids, in which you can change Big Baby and Nate Robinson into cartoon characters, but in that mode Kobe turns into a black mamba and bites them both, so by the end of the series they just sadly stare ahead and don't contribute.

BTW, I heard that in the new versions, if you play Shaq more than 15 minutes, or two consecutive games, he stops running, scoring and rebounding.


GO LAKERS!!!!!

"Make no mistake: the loss stung. Listening to Rivers, one gets the idea he never will get over it. As a card-carrying member of the Professional Coaches Society, he finds himself grieving more about that loss than he does exulting in the memory of Boston 131, LA 92.

“It’s painful,’’ he said. “I think about it every day. It’s really interesting how much you think about it.’’"
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MUAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHHA!!!
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Is it wrong to feel such exquisite joy upon reading these words?
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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!!!

Guys - don't forget to turn OFF the "KG can bark like a dog at his opponent and/or beyotch slap a ref, and NOT get called for a T" mode....

@LROB & JAMF… I’ve got to go with Bruce if we’re talking about true rock and roll. I would post a link to a YouTube version of the Promise but Sony Music has blocked all but the live versions of the song. Trying to pick the greatest rock song is a little like trying to pick the GOAT – you need to create subcategories so you really can compare.
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TOM

Guys - don't forget to turn OFF the "KG can bark like a dog at his opponent and/or beyotch slap a ref, and NOT get called for a T" mode.... Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 11, 2010 at 01:08 PM
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Well you see that's the problem...you can't turn it off! That's the special Lunatic Button. So the Giant Bald Headed Lunatic just continually barks all thru the game and the refs think it's normal.

My buddy who worked at Arco gave me free tickets courtside for a WNBA game, I had nothing to do and courtside seats are pretty sick. Turns out it was right on the floor, so I sit down turn to my right to see Ron Artest.

His wife, kid and him had seats right next to me. He was a dad and I saw an unbelievable side in him. I started talking with him and he was just a good guy.

Funny, he talked about how good the Lakers are (this was two years ago) and raved about Kobe. Anyway, I got a newfound respect for him and it's nice to keep hearing these stories.


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