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Caught in the Web: Kobe Bryant has top selling jersey in Europe

56463885A housekeeping note: We will have a live chat Friday at 3:30 p.m. Figured this would help with ending your workday early on a Friday and getting into the weekend.

--The Times' Broderick Turner details how much Phil Jackson plans to play Kobe Bryant in the European exhibition games.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding looks at the progress Lamar Odom has made in his stardom and his game.

--Fox Sports ranks Ron Artest as the NBA's 10th best small forward.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin gives his take on what it means for Bryant to have the top-selling jersey in Europe.

--Apparently, Magic Johnson loves R2-D2.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky catches up with Lakers guard Shannon Brown.

--Lakers.com already has videos documenting the team's travels to London.

--In addition to highlighting how much Bryant will play, the Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why Jackson is not exactly thrilled about the European trip.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore writes for SB Nation about the Andrew Bynum situation.

-Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski does some number-crunching.

Tweet of the Day: "Practice was great. Gettin ready to head to Europe. London here we come! Is everyone ready for the season?" -- RealLamarOdom (Lakers forward Lamar Odom)

Reader Comment of the Day: "so many times 'fans' are quick to denigrade his performance citing lack of effort. Drives me crazy. He is one of the most underrated players in the league. It was really good to see him play so well for Team USA and hear all the wonderful comments directed toward him and his game. It's funny -- I feel vindicated somehow for sticking up for him all the time LOL! Like I had anything to do with it.... :)" -- justanothermambafan

-- Mark Medina
Twitter.com/latmedina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant catches his breath during Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 
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Justa,

Very well said! I get frustrated with LO all the time and then I have to realize that he is probably our 4th or 5th option behind Kobe, Pau, Andrew and perhaps Ron. He has to compete with Andrew and Pau for rebounds and all for points. It seems that he performs best when he has to.

A big woooo hooo to Justa for RCOTD!

Say, can anyone tell me if George Mikan wore uniform number 2 season before changing to 99. His 1948 ball card seems to show 21 on the front. How about it MM?

RCOTD = JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN = OUT FREAKING STANDING MAM!!!!
*sniff* *sniff* The Head of the Mamba Clan honored...Aint Life Grand!!!!!!!!

Oops. I totally meant number 21 ,not 2, for Mr. Mikan

@Justa-
I've been defending LO for years also. I believe he has been the best, and most important, 6th man in the league for two years now. (With Bynum's injury he was a starter in 08.)

justa -

Great job on the RCOTD and defending Lamar...

Now what happened to your tickets and iPad...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

I WON????????


YES!!!!!!


Another Friedman Award for my mantle! How many is that now? Seven? But who's counting... HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

*sniff sniff*


I'd like to thank all the little people that made this possible for me today... And a special shout-out to my man Lamar. KICK SOME EURO AZZ LAMAR!!!!!

lew - that's what I want to know.

This is getting ridiculous.

MM - did you give me the award only because I said "acknowlege me please"??? I definitely don't want a Friedman Award based on pity....


Aw hell - who am I kidding. I'll take the pity awards too. They look just as good.

Aw hell - who am I kidding. I'll take the pity awards too. They look just as good. Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 01, 2010 at 10:50 AM
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Pity Award? For The Fabulous JustanotherMambafan? RIDICULOUS!!

justa - don't doubt your abilities. That was an AMAZING comment

A big woooo hooo to Justa for RCOTD! Posted by: LakerLass | October 01, 2010 at 10:34 AM
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And a big woooo hoooo to LakerLass for being LakerLass!!!!
WOOOOOOOOO!!!! HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Welcome Troy Beezy!


Hmmm, looks Mamba and I are actually on opposing sides on this one. (The sound of muffled sobs emanates from a small office in LA.)

Posted by: LakerLass | October 01, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Mamba24 - How can we go against the lovely LakerLass on this one?

justa - don't doubt your abilities. That was an AMAZING comment Posted by: Mark Medina | October 01, 2010 at 11:05 AM
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Of course it was an AMAZING comment! After all she is...The Fabulous Justanothermambafan(Head of the Mamba Clan)!!!! Everything the womann does is AMAZING!!!!

Justa,

Congrats on RCOTD. Well deserved, BFF.

Welcome Troy Beezy! Hmmm, looks like Mamba and I are actually on opposing sides on this one. (The sound of muffled sobs emanates from a small office in LA.) Posted by: LakerLass | October 01, 2010 at 10:28 AM
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Mamba24 - How can we go against the lovely LakerLass on this one? Posted by: Troy Beezy | October 01, 2010 at 11:08 AM
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Darth Stern you have played every dirty low-down trick in the book sir and The Force has kept me strong!!!. But this, this is, NO! NO! NOOOOO!, I can't resist!!! Forgive me, but I cannot go against the lovely Laker Lass on this one or anyone. TROY BEEZY IT IS!!!! Lass Honey I'm coming!!
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Cue The Music...http://tinyurl.com/ylp3qqc _ I Love LA
.................THE END.....................

Did I mention LeBron James is not only a jerk but the living embodiment of everything that is wrong with Generation Y?
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http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/LeBron-James-should-put-away-the-race-card-and-just-apologize-093010
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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!!!

I remember when the Clippers had to play exhibition games in Russia. It threw off their whole season. They never got back into rhythm.
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Darth Stern does this kind of stuff purely for money. He doesn't care about the players nor the teams.
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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!!!

I can't resist!!! Forgive me, but I cannot go against the lovely Laker Lass on this one or anyone. TROY BEEZY IT IS!!!! Lass Honey I'm coming!!
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Posted by: MAMBA24 | October 01, 2010 at 11:20 AM


My world is whole again. *wink*

PREACH JON K, PREACH!!!!!!!!!!

Justa,

Congratulations are in order. Nice work on the RCOTD. And nice work on sticking to your guns about Lamar. I've been defending him for years -- I even won a pretty lucrative bet with a friend who SWORE he wouldn't get re-signed last season. Okay, it wasn't lucrative, but it did involve tasty adult beverages.

Go Lake Show!

justa - don't doubt your abilities. That was an AMAZING comment

Posted by: Mark Medina | October 01, 2010 at 11:05 AM

(I reposted that justa to make sure everyone saw it....)

justa - don't doubt your abilities. That was an AMAZING comment Posted by: Mark Medina | October 01, 2010 at 11:05 AM (I reposted that justa to make sure everyone saw it....)
Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 01, 2010 at 11:37 AM
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Funny, Smart and Humble! She really is The Fabulous Justanothermambafan folks!!

I can't resist!!! Forgive me, but I cannot go against the lovely Laker Lass on this one or anyone. TROY BEEZY IT IS!!!! Lass Honey I'm coming!!Posted by: MAMBA24 | October 01, 2010 at 11:20 AM
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My world is whole again. *wink* Posted by: LakerLass | October 01, 2010 at 11:33 AM
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Really? Really?...WOW!
Cue The Music Again!! ...http://tinyurl.com/ylp3qqc _ I Love LA
.................THE REAL END.....................

Lamar will have a tough time shedding the inconsistent label, but in the past three years, aside from Kobe and Gasol, Lamar has has been the MOST CONSISTENT Laker. Being the third most consistent Laker on a team that made three straight finals should not go unnoticed or under appreciated, especially for a player who was coming off the bench. Ever since the Gasol trade, Lamar has been playing like a border line all star when given the minutes. He was huge two years ago when the team won it all, especially after Bynum went down. Last season, he dealt with shoulder issues, which slowed him down. Fans seem to remember the pre-Gasol Lamar when calling him inconsistent, and seem to forget that Lamar has been pretty darn consistent for the past three years, and I don't expect this trend to change this upcoming season (barring another injury).

Jon K - this whole 'race card' thing with the princess is so totally ridiculous. Me (as a white person) disliking her has NOTHING to do with the color of her skin. She's narcissistic and self-indulgent to the point that it's EASY to hate her. She just doesn't get it and doesn't want to listen to anyone who may try to explain things to her. She's listening to her friends - the ones who benefit the most from hanging onto her coat-tails so they tell her what she wants to hear - instead of hiring people who will guide her in the direction she wants to go (both personally and professionally). To play the 'race card' on an issue that has nothing to do with the color of her skin is just plain stupid. Idiots are idiots - and they come in every color.

Congrats justa!

I've been saying all along playing this summer instead of getting high with the kardasholes could only help LO's game.

Now maybe he'll only disappear in like 1 out of 4 games instead this year. He's hardly underrated though. There's a reason he's never been an all-star. Right now he's rated pretty much where he should be. He used to be overrated mostly due to his whopper of a contract.

justa: nice RCOTD - especially since it was a great comment defending L.O.

It's only training camp, but L.O. has looked great. He's coming off winning another NBA title, a FIBA world championship, and looking great during scrimmages, where are the L.O. hata's now? Wait, forget I asked, don't want to know, you all can stay in the hole's you crawled in and not come out!!!

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If fans in London were passing out at the mere walking by of Lakers, this would be the reverse of the Beatles coming here. Now, I understand the Lakers are the biggest NBA franchise in the world, but wow. That is one video I MUST see!!!

I'm psyched about these games, well not so much for playing the T'Wolves, but it will be cool to see the Lakers play FC Barcelona. Mostly though, I am really curious as to see what type of 'rock-star' reactions the Lakers will get in these games.

I'm also curious as to how the crowd will align itself in the Barca/Lakers game, I'm sure that Pau will be getting a lot of cheers for whatever he does, but will the crowd root for the Lakers over their hometown team? My guess is that it will be a raucous, party atmosphere. Can't wait especially for that game.


GO LAKERS!!!!!

PS: Magic, don't feel bad, I dug R2 too, he was also my hero 'up in Star Wars'

Jon K -

I'm pretty sure the clips would've sucked regardless.

Jon K - "I remember when the Clippers had to play exhibition games in Russia. It threw off their whole season. They never got back into rhythm."

I can't resist (and I think I recall you have some love for the Clippers, so excuse me): Were the Clippers EVER in rhythm?

And congrats to Justa.

The Princess deserves a repost*

LeBron James...AKA...Princess Jimmy...

You have crapped on your home town and a city...
You have irked legends of the game...including Magic, MJ, Bird and Kareem...
You have guaranteed 6 championships in a row...
You used the race card to to defend your 'Decision'...
You have tarnished your image and brand...
You have become one of the most hated athletes...

This is all I have to say to you:

Aristophanes once wrote:

Youth ages...
Immaturity is outgrown...
Ignorance can be educated...
Drunken sobered...
But stupid last forever...

Or I will simply put it...

Ron White said:

You can't fix stupid...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

Posted by: LEWSTRS | October 01, 2010 at 07:58 AM

I have to congratulate a great lady Justa JAMF for the RCOTD before I hit the road.... You converted me on LO, I think the FIBA games has a great effect on him. He tasted leadership and he's now getting used to it. That's a tremendous boost for the 2nd unit.

Way to go and about time Justa, you make us sisterhood proud!!!:)

I have been trying to justify buying Lamar jersey for the last 5 years...

#7 is my favorite number...

Will this be the year...I hope so...

He makes the All Star squad and it's a done deal...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

To play the 'race card' on an issue that has nothing to do with the color of her skin is just plain stupid. Idiots are idiots - and they come in every color. Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 01, 2010 at 12:01 PM
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WOW!! Funny, Smart, Humble and Deep! She's got my vote and she's also...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!! KUDOS!!!!!

Justa - Great RCOTD! Nice to see that all the regulars here are still keeping it flying high.

Mamba - the body snatchers have struck again.

NewMexicoLakerLover is now New MexicoLL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b5aW08ivHU

63 Footer: "I can't resist (and I think I recall you have some love for the Clippers, so excuse me): Were the Clippers EVER in rhythm?"
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ROFL!!!!!

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Mamba24: Yet another GENIUS verse! You have a gift my brother, and if I may steal a line that was reserved for a fake monarch: "WE ARE NOT WORTHY!"

I reprint this latest Mamba masterpiece here for those that may have missed it:

AN ODE TO PRINCESS JIMMY
Another day begins by the grace of God, Heat are favorites to win it all That’s Odd
How can a group that hasn’t done a damn thing, be picked the favorites to win The Ring
Do they think to a Team that has won back 2 back, they can get away with talking smack
One thing my mama always would say, before you speak, each word carefully weigh
You danced & mocked us & even did a shimmy, It’s Lakers time now, we coming 4 U Jimmy
Princess do you seriously believe, The Zen master can’t beat anything Darth Stern conceives
Yes you took notes but Ron Ron took some too, I’d be afraid, very afraid Princess if I was U
But even before on your team The Lakers feast, You must find a way to come out the East
Don’t think they are gonna just hand U the Eastern crown, Princess get ready to throw down.
Superman is mad and Paula is too, A world of hell Princess Jimmy is coming to you.
Could there be on your march to the crown, hints of a pending psychological meltdown`
So you went and pulled the Race Card out, Jimmy I’m pleading cut this ISH out!
If you think now people hate your name, Watch the reaction to putting race in the game
Jimmy apologize and just play ball, because off a cliff I fear you are about to fall
And even if you fall and don’t hit a ditch, you will always be known as Dwades Biatch
Carry on Princess Jimmy you had your chance,All you’re good for now is The River Dance


"If you think now people hate your name, Watch the reaction to putting race in the game"

SHEER BRILLIANCE MAMBA!!!!!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

LEWSTRS: We have a collection of talented passionate Laker fans that is UNMATCHED!!! My goodness, we are oozing with TALENT here on the blog.

GREAT STUFF:

LeBron James...AKA...Princess Jimmy...

You have crapped on your home town and a city...
You have irked legends of the game...including Magic, MJ, Bird and Kareem...
You have guaranteed 6 championships in a row...
You used the race card to to defend your 'Decision'...
You have tarnished your image and brand...
You have become one of the most hated athletes...

This is all I have to say to you:

Aristophanes once wrote:

Youth ages...
Immaturity is outgrown...
Ignorance can be educated...
Drunken sobered...
But stupid last forever...

Or I will simply put it...

Ron White said:

You can't fix stupid...

Yes, indeed, stupid last forever... lol

Reminds me of a line my friend used to tell people. He'd say "Yes, I'm prejudiced. I hate stupid people."


GO LAKERS!!!!!

JUSTALAKERFAN - No harm, no foul. It's all good.

Posted by: Mark Medina | October 01, 2010 at 01:09 AM

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You da man too. Love, peace and harmony back in Laker Nation!

Wow - thanks everyone! I'm floored by the number of sweet comments directed toward me by y'all. Thanks a lot - I really appreciate it. It's like I won a Pulitzer or something LOL!!

Lewstrs.......Didn't you know New Mexico IS the TWILIGHT ZONE and Roswell is the home of UFO'S? Crap, I wish that body snatcher would of had me come back a whole lot younger!!!!!!!!!

JUSTALAKERFAN - No harm, no foul. It's all good. Posted by: Mark Medina | October 01, 2010 at 01:09 AM
You da man too. Love, peace and harmony back in Laker Nation!
Posted by: JustaLakerFan | October 01, 2010 at 12:26 PM
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AW HELL YEAH!!! The Band is back together Folks!!!! LET'S ROLL!!!!

justanothermambafan - So how are you going to celebrate, knowing you earned such a prestigious award?

You know, maybe Princess Jimmy has a point about race........

We vilified him for his actions, it must be race.

And I learned to hate on Favre for his actions the past few years, it must be race.

And Kobe & Durant both got mad props for quietly signing extensions this past season, it must be race.

Yep, must be race.

She's a moron.

LA Lakers 2009-2010 Back-to-Back NBA Champions

JustaLakerFan -
This is for your hard work tonight...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe1ScoePqVA
Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation
#17 Coming Up!!!
Posted by: LEWSTRS | October 01, 2010 at 12:15 AM
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Lewstrs,
Yes that brought back memories. Loved Wild Cherry.
Now a few more back at you.
Loved this group for all their Blood Sweat and Tears ;-))

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxWSOuNsN20
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRu93TEcSl8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v96P_AXzto

Mamba - the body snatchers have struck again.
NewMexicoLakerLover is now New MexicoLL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b5aW08ivHU
Posted by: LEWSTRS | October 01, 2010 at 12:17 PM
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NO, NO, HELL NO!!! They've gone to freakin far!!!! Besides Laker Tom there is only on other person I'd walk to the Gates of Hell and back for and that's NewMexicoLakerLover!!Don't worry Mr. NewMexicoLakerLover, we're sending in our best men to rescue your wife. I don't care what it takes!! Waterboarding, Drones, whatever!! Find her! Find her now!!!!!


justa - I think you should auction off you RCOTD Award to the highest bidder...

All proceeds go to the Vodka and Percocet fund...

;-)

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

justa: "This whole 'race card' thing with the princess is so totally ridiculous. Me (as a white person) disliking her has NOTHING to do with the color of her skin. She's narcissistic and self-indulgent to the point that it's EASY to hate her. She just doesn't get it and doesn't want to listen to anyone who may try to explain things to her. She's listening to her friends - the ones who benefit the most from hanging onto her coat-tails so they tell her what she wants to hear - instead of hiring people who will guide her in the direction she wants to go (both personally and professionally). To play the 'race card' on an issue that has nothing to do with the color of her skin is just plain stupid. Idiots are idiots - and they come in every color."
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Great, great comment. Playing the 'race card' detracts from those that have ACTUALLY suffered from racism. What a joke and an insult to those NBA players that have played under real racism, especially in the '60s.

Like you say so well here, it's princess jimmy's egotisism and narcissism that people hate, nothing else.

If she continues listening to her friends, that ride her coattails, this will continue to happen. I believe it was the little princess' manager Maverick Carter that said that, I guess to justify the fact that he's run princess jimmy's reputation, goodwill and marketing potential to the ground.

Gotta give Maverick props though, he's kept princess jimmy's name in the news, and managed to make him not only the most loved, but most hated at the same time.

Most of all though, personally I despise a player that calls himself King and Chosen One, who's marketing campaign proclaims we 'Witness', and has the audacity to proclaim, after literally giving up on his team, that 'we are spoiled by her play' - to do all that then go hide behind Wade and Bosh in Miami.

That is what everyone hates, nothing else...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

You know, maybe Princess Jimmy has a point about race........

We vilified him for his actions, it must be race.

And I learned to hate on Favre for his actions the past few years, it must be race.

And Kobe & Durant both got mad props for quietly signing extensions this past season, it must be race. Yep, must be race. She's a moron.Posted by: HBMatt | October 01, 2010 at 12:37 PM
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DAMN YOU PEOPLE ARE GOOD!!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!! KUDOS!!

MM - well I'll tell you. I'm going to mark the date of the ASG on my calender, and plan our day together.

Great, great comment. Playing the 'race card' detracts from those that have ACTUALLY suffered from racism. What a joke and an insult to those NBA players that have played under real racism, especially in the '60s. Like you say so well here, it's princess jimmy's egotisism and narcissism that people hate, nothing else. If she continues listening to her friends, that ride her coattails, this will continue to happen. I believe it was the little princess' manager Maverick Carter that said that, I guess to justify the fact that he's run princess jimmy's reputation, goodwill and marketing potential to the ground. Gotta give Maverick props though, he's kept princess jimmy's name in the news, and managed to make him not only the most loved, but most hated at the same time. Most of all though, personally I despise a player that calls himself King and Chosen One, who's marketing campaign proclaims we 'Witness', and has the audacity to proclaim, after literally giving up on his team, that 'we are spoiled by her play' - to do all that then go hide behind Wade and Bosh in Miami. That is what everyone hates, nothing else...Posted by: CyberCosmiX | October 01, 2010 at 12:41 PM
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Tell me this Folks. Does this Blog not have some of the most intelligent articulate people in the World? Wow you guys are Freakin great! CyberCosmix, thanks for reprinting the Poems and your comments here my brother were...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great, must-read about Candyman, from a Brit point a view:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/more-sport/basketball/2010/10/01/the-candy-man-can-115875-22599344/


I love the last line the most, a quote from L.O.:
""Of course winning championships makes the journey even more special. You know what they say about remembering your first girlfriend with the most affection? Well, basketball was my first girlfriend - and we have remained faithful to each other.""

Yes, indeed, this is one girlfriend you have treated very well Lamar...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

This just in...Mulder and Scully has sent out an all points bulletin...

The ones responsible for the body snatching...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f7LBOTwrRU

"You gotta get in to get out"

Sources are saying, it originated in London, and has set up base in Miami...

Beware...Women, children, and the elderly are the preferred targets...

Wearing Purple and Gold seems to be a good deterrent...

You guys are too funny!! So happy everyone is back and accounted for as we start out journey to the championship, that it makes me want to break out in the Princess Jimmy Riverdance....... Ready,here GOES, Oh damn, he just beat me.

News Flash.......Princess just got the SEAL of APPROVAL from Riles to wear his headband. YEAAAAAAA

MAMBA24: "Tell me this Folks. Does this Blog not have some of the most intelligent articulate people in the World? Wow you guys are Freakin great! CyberCosmix, thanks for reprinting the Poems and your comments here my brother were...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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Thank you my brother, I'm just following your lead as the heart of blog, and the glue that holds us all together. =)

Gotta say though, as a collective whole we've really been on a roll this morning! Props to all of us, we is good, ain't we all!!!!

Calls for a verse of:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E_VeC1XAtY


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Hey guys - we're actually going to push the chat to 3:30 today. I got an errand to run and just want to make sure I don't get stuck in traffic. Anyway, another post should be up fairly shortly.

MM

NewMexicoLL: "News Flash.......Princess just got the SEAL of APPROVAL from Riles to wear his headband. YEAAAAAAA"
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To make it easy, he should just draw a bulls-eye right in the middle.

Maybe it will create a 'deja-vu' moment for all us Laker fans:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMcYIv27C-k


GO LAKERS!!!!!

PS, gotta love the top comment on that page LOL

AW HELL YEAH!!! The Band is back together Folks!!!! LET'S ROLL!!!!
Posted by: MAMBA24 | October 01, 2010 at 12:31 PM


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzOHq5WbQ8k


rubber bisquit anyone?

im not sure if anybody posted this, but i kinda like what Sir Charles aka TNT's resident Laker Hater has to say. this is from a talk show in Philly. give it a look:

On LeBron talking about race being an issue in the criticism he’s received:

“It’s like watching a movie. Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider, it gets more stupid.”

On LeBron continuing to make bad decisions:

“Howard I’m telling you. Sometimes you just say he’s making bad decisions and you’re like okay, he’s gonna get it together. Then he makes more bad decisions. The thing that’s interesting about LeBron, I don’t think Magic, Michael, and myself, we said we wouldn’t have did it. That’s not a criticism. We were asked a question. I don’t want to play with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, or Michael, I want to beat them. That’s strictly basketball. The only criticism I’ve heard about LeBron and it was my biggest criticism, that decision thing was just stupid. It was stupid. The second thing when they all came out there dancing around on stage, that was silly. That’s the only thing I’ve heard LeBron get criticized about. That has nothing to do with race. That’s what makes this last thing so stupid. That’s stupid. The only criticism of LeBron has been the decision and the one hour of our life that we can’t have back. And ESPN, oh my God. Oh my God. To go down to training camp and report everyday is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen. I’m watching yesterday and one of the guys actually said LeBron looked fierce in practice. I’m like fierce in practice? What the hell does that mean? He was fierce in the second day of training camp. You’re like come on man, he really didn’t say that did he. This summer with LeBron and all the stuff that went on is like a bad movie. You just can’t make this stuff up.”

On the catering to LeBron:

“No question. They do realize the Lakers have won the last two championships. If you’re going to cater to somebody at least cater to the guys who have actually won the last two championships. They have definitely crossed the line and this is unprecedented. This is unprecedented ass kissing.”

Listen to Charles Barkley on WIP in Philly here

Tags: Charles Barkley, Donovan McNabb, LeBron James, NBA, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Mamba24 "AW HELL YEAH!!! The Band is back together Folks!!!! LET'S ROLL!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzOHq5WbQ8k"

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All aboard the Laker Express, bandwagon is filling up so sign up quick!
http://www.maniacworld.com/All-Aboard-for-the-Pakistani-Express.jpg


GO LAKERS!!!!

We're on a mission from god...

The only thing possibly more loathsome than LBJ is ESPN. First, they establish a special web page, "Heat Index," something they've done for no other team I'm aware of. Next, Jalen Rose and A.J. Adande take to the airwaves to defend the crybaby.

http://es.pn/bIQVJq

This makes me hope the NBC Universal-Comcast merger goes through. The combo might become powerful enough to go head-to-head with ESPN and provide a choice for those of us who've become annoyed with the smugness coming out of Bristol, CT.

Hey guys we got a new post up. If time permits, I'm going to try attaching transcripts to video interviews for people who can't see the moving pictures

MM

Cap's Goggles: Wow. I always love Chuck, but he actually makes sense here. He's right on the money.

"On LeBron talking about race being an issue in the criticism he’s received:

“It’s like watching a movie. Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider, it gets more stupid.”

On LeBron continuing to make bad decisions:

“Howard I’m telling you. Sometimes you just say he’s making bad decisions and you’re like okay, he’s gonna get it together. Then he makes more bad decisions. The thing that’s interesting about LeBron, I don’t think Magic, Michael, and myself, we said we wouldn’t have did it. That’s not a criticism. We were asked a question. I don’t want to play with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, or Michael, I want to beat them. That’s strictly basketball. The only criticism I’ve heard about LeBron and it was my biggest criticism, that decision thing was just stupid. It was stupid. The second thing when they all came out there dancing around on stage, that was silly. That’s the only thing I’ve heard LeBron get criticized about. That has nothing to do with race. That’s what makes this last thing so stupid. That’s stupid. The only criticism of LeBron has been the decision and the one hour of our life that we can’t have back. And ESPN, oh my God. Oh my God. To go down to training camp and report everyday is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen. I’m watching yesterday and one of the guys actually said LeBron looked fierce in practice. I’m like fierce in practice? What the hell does that mean? He was fierce in the second day of training camp. You’re like come on man, he really didn’t say that did he. This summer with LeBron and all the stuff that went on is like a bad movie. You just can’t make this stuff up.”

On the catering to LeBron:

“No question. They do realize the Lakers have won the last two championships. If you’re going to cater to somebody at least cater to the guys who have actually won the last two championships. They have definitely crossed the line and this is unprecedented. This is unprecedented ass kissing.”


This is GREAT stuff! Man oh man, Barkley is making sense, has anyone checked if the sky is falling or something?

His last line about BSPN is classic "This is unprecedented ass kissing."

Gotta love Chuck, but after this rant he gains a whole lot of kudos in my book. Thanks for posting this Cap's Goggles (how 'bout Worthy's too? lol)


GO LAKERS!!!!!

ok, funtime over, off to run a couple errands... cya lata laka luvas!

"It appears that Lamar's time playing for the national team did him much good. He was a more pivotal player then he is for the Lakers. He had to exert himself more, being the best big man on that team. Hopefully, he can continue his sharp and confident play with the Lakers, and not get lost in the shuffle."


I should expect him to be an all-star this year. Amare, Boozer have left the building. He will be starting at the beginnning of the season it should be excellent continuation for him from FIBA. Don't let us dowm Lamar. The bench has improved also a lot, it will make him better as well playing with better players like Blake and Barnes. But, then again history says he can't be consistent for 82 games + 16 playoffs. We'll see. But I am cheering for Lamar for now!

Go Justa sistah! The RCOTD is a nice thing. I still saved the screen capture from that one time MM picked my posting (since I don't post as much as some of the regulars here, so the probability of getting selected is less).And I totally agree about LO, he's one of my favorite Lakers DESPITE marrying a Kardashian *blerrrrggghh*

By the way, does anyone else feel like hurling big time with the excessive amount of LeBron coverage on BSPN? Every single burp, giggle, idiotic comment is dissected to pulp. Give us real stories of other teams (not necessarily the Lakers, although that's great too) preparing for the upcoming season. I wanna read more about Tyreke/DeMarcus of the Sacramento Kings, how the triangle is taking shape with Kurt Rambis team in Minnesota, how are the Bucks doing. So many possibilities and yet they have a whole army in Miami doing the same old thing with LeBron.

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ALL ABOARD...First stop: London, England...Last stop: Figueroa Station

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Magic Phil - put down the vodka and step away from the percoset....


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