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Caught in the Web: Ron Artest to receive key to the city in Las Vegas

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--Mark it on your calendars. Today is "Ron Artest Day" in Las Vegas where he will be given the keys to the city today at 4 p.m. in a ceremony hosted by Mayor Oscar Goodman at the Mirage Hotel, according to a press release from "it" Girl Public Relations. Artest is honored for his work with Xcel University, which works with community centers and schools to identify high-risk students. Artest is also involved with The Mental Health in Schools Act, which plans to be reintroduced to Congress in February during the 2011 legislative session and would provide $200 million in grant funding involving mental health issues.

As hilarious as it may sound for Artest to receive the keys to Las Vegas, the event surely honors a worthy cause.

--The Times' Broderick Turner details Derek Fisher's off-season routine.

--The Times' Diane Pucin explains why former Laker center Vlade Divac feels both happy and sad when he watches "Once Brothers,"  ESPN's "30-for-30" documentary that airs Tuesday at 5 p.m. PDT.

--The Times' John Scheibe gives the "Once Brothers" documentary rave reviews.

--NBA.com's David Aldridge reports a team executive told him the Lakers' signing of Steve Blake represented the best free-agent acquisition.

--NBA.com's Steve Aschburner lists the 1971-72 Lakers squad as his favorite team.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr ranks the Lakers' best all-time centers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky previews the Lakers' preseason schedule.

--True Hoop's Zach Harper and ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin have extensive Q&A's with Divac.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin jokes that Artest's decision to stay sober may ruin his rap career.

--USA Today's Mike Snider talks to Michael Jordan, who says Kobe Bryant will finish in the Top 10 list of NBA guards.

--Lakers forward Lamar Odom busts a few moves in the video below, originally posted by Silver Screen and Roll's theshmoes

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why Phil Jackson cut practice short on Monday.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen predicts something that won't sit well with Lakers fans: "Let's say there will be a hard cap on salaries after this season. That means the league is probably going to have to break up the flagship rosters of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat."

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down Monday's practice. Lakers.com talks to NBA Senior Director of Photography Andy Bernstein about the Lakers' Tower Bridge team photo.

--The Associated Press' Joseph Wilson highlights Bryant's contention that Ricky Rubio appears NBA-ready.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark profiles Lakers forward Pau Gasol.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski explains how the Lakers' injuries are affecting their preseason.

Tweet of the Day: "Stop working get out of your office and walk upstairs WOMAN I'm in bed waiting for you! @KhloeKardashian" -- RealLamarOdom (Lakers forward Lamar Odom)

Reader Comment of the Day: "While Ron has erased many, if not all, of the concerns fans had about him, Lamar has demonstrated that his marriage to Khloe Kardashian, being in a reality show, his affinity to candy, and playing for Team USA, have not been distractions. Rather, they may have contributed to developing the character, maturity, and responsibility that Odom has exhibited so far. Phil and his teammates have recognized that, and are rewarding Lamar with a greater leadership role. His focused approach to this season will pay huge dividends on the court." -- Laker J

--Mark Medina

mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest is introduced at Eastmont Intermediate School, where he spoke to students about the mental health issues he has dealt with since age 13. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

 
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@Justa - I like. Nothing like a lil dancehall flava to get you rolling. Plus he sampled one of the oldies I love so it's all good! I'll have to check out some more of Buju's stuff. Here's the original from the Zodiacs...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBRUhorBADk

@Lew - Well done my friend. Thanks for the compliment and afternoon Rush!

@LakerTom - you straddled the fence, but I understand...lol. You are very fortunate to call the two best franchises as your favs.\

@JustaHater...Sleep? What's that!

Posted by: LRob | October 12, 2010 at 10:00 AM

You know what I love about Ron Artest?

He's been a model citizen both on and off the court -- and, really, he's been a ROLE model citizen off the court -- and he has managed to retain his well-earned reputation of a dominant and tireless defender. I'm guessing that Kevin Durant has nightmares about Ron Ron. So goes for Carmelo Anthony. Think Lebron James wants to match up against Ron? Think again.

Kudos to you, Artest, for bringing the best of both worlds to fruition. While I miss Trevor Ariza (especially after re-watching his performance against the Magic in '09), I couldn't be happier to have Ron Artest on the best team in the NBA.

Go Lake Show!

@MISTERED… It’s funny that as a Yankees fan, I was never a Dodger hater. In fact, growing up in SoCal, I found myself listening to the great Vin Scully call Dodger games since I couldn’t get coverage of the Yankees. I remember many great memories listening to those games. One of the best was Don Drysdale’s 58 straight innings of shutout baseball, which I remember listening to on the kitchen radio same as the Lakers 33 game winning streak. That 1981 series was a horror for me. If you have ever been to the old Yankees stadium, you will remember how incredibly steep the steps were high up in the stadium. As the Dodgers pummeled the Yankees, fights were breaking out all over the stadium. I remember several fans being punched out and falling down long flights of cement stairs. We rode the subway to and from the game and I remember the mayhem continuing on the train. Not one of the best days for Yankee fans but there were probably many Dodger fans who wished they never went to Yankee Stadium for Game 6. Only time I was ashamed of being a Yankee fan.
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@LakerTom-
For me, I became a Laker fan growing up with Magic. I guess you could say it was a case of living in the LA area and who my dad rooted for, but really the Magic man stole my heart as a youngster. It's really a shame that I was too young to remember most of that era.

The first football game I ever watched was Niners (I believe against Dallas). It was near the end of the Joe Montana era and I was hooked. Been a Niners fan ever since. The Steve Young era was fun, but it's been all downhill since. Seriously, we need to do something, like now! At this point I'd rather get the first pick in the draft than barely make the playoffs and lose in the first round.

For the Dodgers, it was the Kirk Gibson famous gimpy home run, and I was 8. Unfortunately that was the last time we had a great team. I had a lot of hope during the Mike Piazza era in the 90's, but nothing ever came of it. It almost feels like we're cursed because of the ownership thing or something. What really helped me stay a fan was being able to attend games every year, but I'm really getting disgruntled. Thank God I'll never have to say that with the Lakers as long as Buss owns the team.

Posted by: Troy B | October 12, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Ron Artest to receive key to the city in Las Vegas - knowing Ron, he'll look to auction it off on behalf of the The Mental Health in Schools Act before he leaves the Mirage Hotel around 6:00pm...

@LakerTom -

@MISTERED… It’s funny that as a Yankees fan, I was never a Dodger hater.

that's because your team always beat the Dodgers ha ha!

RE-POST (MM, you are quick!)

Lew - Quoting Rush songs now huh?

Fisher will again prove to all of the haters and people crying about him that he still has a lot to offer come the playoffs. I don't care what he does in the practice season but we all know that when the playoffs come around he will shine like he always has. But he can't guard the fast elite point guards? That is the biggest bunch of hogwash I have heard for years. People should realize that these other players are elite fast PG's in this league and very few can guard them not just Fish. All I am sure of is that if the game is on the line, Fish will come through like he always has and these fast PG's will just stand and watch him hit the dagger.

Posted by: cofm99 | October 12, 2010 at 10:07 AM
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cofm

What up? How's the weather?

Fourth quarter, Chowds up 64-61, 6:11 left on the clock and D-Fish hit a game tying 3. I don't know how people out in TV Land felt, but in the building it was there and then that we KNEW the Lakers had the game, series and championship! In the end, it was the old, slow Derek Fisher hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy while the great Rondo went home with his tail between his legs.

Fish is one of the most underrated defensive players in NBA history in my opinion. He has averaged over a steal per game during his illustrious career and, while I don't have the statistics, I know he has led or been among the leaders in taking charges year after year. All he does is get chastised by those who say he can't defend speedy point guards, yet somehow the Lakers win championships playing great team defense. So what. No point guard can guard his speedy opponent who knows where he's going with (or without) the ball.

In the NBA Finals, the length of Kobe bothered Rondo and Fish stayed physical with Ray Allen. Other than Game 2, Allen had his problems all series. Don't kid yourself. Derek Fisher isn't the weak link in the Lakers' defense; he's an essential link.

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To all Laker fans:

Cheer for the remaining California team, go Giants. As an avid Dodger fan, it pains me to cheer for our perennial rival team, however they belonged to our state therefore we gotta love our own.

Don't listen to a fan who lives in Marin County yet would not go with the favorite home team among Bay Area residents. It takes a SoCal Dodger/Angel fan to lead the cheer for our state teams. He must be a great Contrarian living and breathing the good air in Northern California. LMAO!

Yankees are the equivalent leprechauns in basketball, they're known as the bronx high-priced bummers who wants to dominate baseball. Thanks to Dodger Johnny Podres who stopped the Yankees in the fifties or else they would continue rammed our throats with their superiority just like what they do in this blog.

@TROY B… “The first football game I ever watched was Niners (I believe against Dallas). It was near the end of the Joe Montana era and I was hooked. Been a Niners fan ever since. The Steve Young era was fun, but it's been all downhill since. Seriously, we need to do something, like now! At this point I'd rather get the first pick in the draft than barely make the playoffs and lose in the first round.”
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Great to know you’re a Niner fan, Troy. I grew up in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois as a Chicago Cardinals fan (Ollie Matson, Thunder Thornton, John David Crow, King Hill, Dick Lane, Sonny Randle, and Larry Wilson) but finally gave up on the team after the Bidwell Brothers lost like 10 straight #1 picks to the AFL. So in 1979, I switched to my then home town San Francisco 49ers, only to see the team go 2-14. In 1980, Walsh benched Steve DeBerg and gave Joe Montana the starting QB position and the rest was history.
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I’m with you on this season being over for the Niners. It was a mistake of majestic proportions to hire a defensive guru like Singletary to take over the franchise renowned for its great offenses and quarterbacks. I’m hoping Jed York will realize his mistake and lure Jim Harbaugh to take over as Niners head coach next year. I know LROB is hoping he will return to Michigan but in his heart you know that Harbaugh is a pro guy and following Bill Walsh’s footsteps to return the Niners to greatness will be too much for him to resist, which brings us to Andrew Luck, the Niners next great quarterback, who will follow his coach to the NFL and 49ers.
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LAKERS-49ERS FAN ROLL CALL !!!
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02 – Troy B
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I know there are other 49ers fans out there. Chime in so we can fill out the roll call.
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MM

Re the RCOTD, that was Laker J's post, not mine. I just recognized it (as you did) as being worthy of the RCOTD. Please make the change and give the credit where it is due!

Thanks!

Congratulations, Ron!
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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!!!

Is there a better time of the year for sports fans than late October early November?
I mean we have MLB playoffs and World Series, NFL in full swing, and the NBA starting up.
It’s like the changing of the seasons, flooding the world with all the colors of sports.
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Laker Tom I have also been a 49ers fan for a long time now so if you would add me.

LAKERS-49ERS FAN ROLL CALL !!!
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02 – Troy B
03 – cofm99
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LAKERS-49ERS FAN ROLL CALL !!!
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01 – LakerTom
02 – Troy B
03 – cofm99
04- KobeMVP888

Is there a better time of the year for sports fans than late October early November?
I mean we have MLB playoffs and World Series, NFL in full swing, and the NBA starting up.
It’s like the changing of the seasons, flooding the world with all the colors of sports.
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No there isn't! This is, by far the best time for sports fans. There is something about playoff baseball, even if your team doesn't make it, you will find a team that you root for. Oh, and sorry to rain on your parade, but there are a few Raiders fans here too.


Raiders Fans Roll Call:
1. CyberCosmix
2. Cap'sGoggles
3. LakerJ

KobeMVP888,
Thanks for pointing that out to Mr. Medina, and thank you again for the recognition.

LAKERS-YANKEES-49ERS FAN ROLL CALL

1) LakerTom
2) KobeMVP888

Are we finished talking about paint drying yet?

ummmm - I mean baseball?


:)

phred!

Where the heck are you?

KobeMVP888,
Thanks for pointing that out to Mr. Medina, and thank you again for the recognition.

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My pleasure. It was a superb post indeed!

@888… LOL. How could I forget the other fan looking for a triple play.
Is cofm99 one of your friends from the ESPN blog like Lewsters?
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Laker J - congrats on the RCOTD! Good stuff about LO - I think this year is going to be HIS year. Team USA couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

After reading LakerTom's post about being a Yankee fan, but still enjoying Vin Scully call games and following the Dodgers since there was no Yankee coverage, it got me thinking about an somewhat unrelated thing I have noticed.

It seems that a lot New Yorkers and followers of NYC teams also root for L.A. teams, at least when their teams are out of contention. Also, it seems that most New Yorkers hate Boston, strongly dislike Philly, don't care for Chicago - but don't mind L.A. Am I reading the tea leaves right?

My New Jersey cousins, who grew up a few minutes from the Meadowlands, grew up rooting on NYC teams. They'd want the Yankees to kill the Dodgers when they'd meet in the World Series, but would root for the Dodgers to win the NL. If they Yankees were out of it, they'd root for the Dodgers. Yankee fans respect the Angels probably moreso than any other AL team.

Spike Lee rooted for the Lakers to beat the Celtics in the Finals. Of course, his beloved Knicks come first, but he generally seems to like the Lakers. That seems to be the case a lot especially amongst the celebs, they can root for the Lakers and the Knicks, whereas they wouldn't be caught dead for instance rooting for the Bulls/Pistons/Celtics etc...

Maybe, it's just that the east coast cities have had closer/bigger rivalries over the years (I mean, who doesn't hate on the chowdah fans - Boston is probably disliked by everyone outside of Massachusetts!), but there isn't the intense dislike of L.A. teams that New Yorkers hold towards other cities.

It's funny though, I don't think it works the same way in reverse, L.A. folks usually strongly root against the NY teams. Weird. lol...

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I'm so happy for Ron Ron. I agree with what LakerTom wrote a day or two back, this is rapidly becoming one of my favorite Laker teams ever!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

@888… LOL. How could I forget the other fan looking for a triple play.
Is cofm99 one of your friends from the ESPN blog like Lewsters?
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Absolutely. I met both of these great guys at a "council meeting" at the Lucky Strike Lanes across from Staples Center at LA Live! for the January 31st away game vs. the Chowds. cofm99 is an accomplished musician.

Laker J: A very well deserved RCOTD. Totally agree. All of the things that L.O. has been doing is serving to mature him, and is really paying dividends in his game too. He's been outstanding in camp, clearly the best player on the team. He really seems happy, too.

Thanks for starting up a JUST WIN BABY bandwagon! Us Raider fans gotta represent, we been down for so long, I can just feel things starting to turn around - FINALLY!!! lol


GO LAKERS (& RAIDERS) !!!!!!

@JAMF… Justa, the paint doesn’t dry until after the World Series. And while I will buy NBA League Pass to watch every Lakers game, I have to pass on buying the similar package from MLB. 162 games is just too many games for me to fit into my schedule, although I do subscribe to the radio package, just to hear John Sterling scream his great game-ending call: BALL GAME OVER, THEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE YANKEES WIN!!!!
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LOL LakerTom - if you say so!!

Go Yanks!

Thanks Justa,
It amazes me that players who re-dedicate themselves to the game can still improve even after being in the league for a while, and being older in age. Lamar has always had the basketball talent, but it seems that know he is bringing a certain mental focus that has not always been there before.
I also find it interesting that many players are attributing better nutrition and sleep as contributors to their improvement. Artest is abstaining from alcohol, and now Fisher gives us some insight about his off season regiment. The common denominators seem to be work ethic, mental preparation, and doing what's best for your body. We are fortunate to have so many players that are taking that approach this season, and I believe it starts with Kobe.

Morning All,(just doing a quick fly by)

Yes folks, we are in the thick of the great sports overlap. A truly wonderous time of year. And don't forget the NHL in this sports mix.

Oh and you can add me to the list of Niner's fans. As a teenager I was in love with Dwight Clark, but Jerry Rice is my all time favorite. That man still blows my mind.

Love,
Lass

It was a way busy 4 day weekend at the Ranch this week. Mrs. Rancher had me in full sawdust production building projects to build other projects and then building the other projects so I missed EVERYTHING in Lakerville this weekend. That being said I do have just one or two comments:

1. Where else would one expect Ron to receive the key to the city? Disneyland's evil twin is a grown-up's magic kingdom and Ron Ron is almost a grown-up sooooo...

2. Rooting for the Giants - Sorry, I just can't do it. My brother, a SF fan, will root for the Yankees before he ever roots for the Dodgers and I refuse to be the bigger man dammit!

3. I have a feeling that is going to Lamar's year all the way around. He just seems to be enjoying life as it comes to him.

4. Go Lakers!!!

JR

Nice job on the RCOTD Laker J - I knew that was coming!

know should be now, second sentence.

but Jerry Rice is my all time favorite. That man still blows my mind. Love, Lass Posted by: LakerLass | October 12, 2010 at 11:45 AM
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Hey Lass! Yeah I think Jery Rice is everybodies favorite. Class guy also. Good seeing you sneak in to post. LOL!


LAKERJ = RCOTD = OUTFREAKIN STANDING SIR! KUDOS! I think Jefe101 had it called on the prior thread. Great job my brother!!

LRob, you should def. listen more of Buju's stuff; he's the greatest songwriter we have produced since Marley. It's just a pity about the early stuff he did and the fact that people are so offended by it. His best album is Til shiloh, the best non Bob Marley Reggae album ever, with the greatest non Bob Marley song (untold stories). Enough about that, off to pray that Rick Fox doesn't get booted off Dancing. By the way did anybody hear or read the article/clip of Lebron saying he's not going to change his game? and people still think the Heat are going to win it all!

@LakerTom - actually as a MSU alum I hope Harbaugh goes to the 49ers instead of our arch-rival U-M..I believe he's a very good coach and will do well wherever he goes. But if it comes down to an offer from U-M and SF...it's a no brainer he'll choose his alma mater.

@MVP - I was watcing on TV; and when Fish hit that 3 I also knew it was over.

@LakerJ - congrats on the RCOTD...well deserved.

FYI Dodger fans...MSU is the school that sent you three of your greats...Mike Marshall, Steve Garvey and Kirk Gibson.

CyberCosmiX,

United we stand to allegiance with the Lakers, divided we are on other sports such football and baseball.

For Football, we do not have professional football team in SoCal except the college-professionals Trojans and the lowly Bruins (sic), unless and until NFL recognizes the existence of Southern California we don't care less who wins in the NFL.

I respectfully disagree with the Oakland Raiders. Yes, they gave the first Championship to LA in 1982 but the way "just win baby" Al Davis treated the Southland, it's hard to forget how he toyed around the blood money of the people of Irwindale. With the Rams going the St Louis in 1994 plus the death Georgia Frontiere, we closed the chapter about Rams in the Southland. Everyone knows the history of the Rams and the manipulations how the team was acquired by the late Madame. If Steve Rosenbloom had his way, Rams would still be in Anaheim today. Therfore, good riddance to the former teams. Again, just one man's opinion but I'm sure a lot of Los Angelinos share these point of views as a form of respect to our share of market.

It's becoming increasingly apparent that Micheal Jordan and his legions are starting to feel a litte insecure as Kobe approaches ring #6 with 3 or 4 prime years left in his career.

In the USA Today article posted by MM...........Jordan says Kobe will finish as "a top 10 guard"!!! Oh really!! Hey Mike can you name 9 guards better than Kobe in the history of the NBA.....because I would like to know who they are. Can you name 3 guards for that matter with a more decorated and accomplished career as 5-time champion Bryant?

It has become obvious with the descent of the LeBron hype the powers that be are trying to resurrect "the dead" as they attempt to make MJ relevant again in a speculative game of "what if"? As Kobe fast approaches the legacy of MJ.......his sycophants are revving up the hype maching in an attempt to diminish Kobe's massive talent and accomplishments

Now MJ is claiming somehow he would have scored 100 points if he had been playing now.......uh, sure Mike............In Mike's highest point total he scored 69 points against Cleveland.........AND THAT WAS AN OVERTIME GAME!

When Kobe scored 81 points it is nearly forgotten that Kobe sat out 6 minutes of that game at the behest of the "real Kobe stopper" Phil Jackson. Kobe scored 81 points in 42 MINUTES!!

I can't take nothing from MJ's greatness but he did not have the skills to pull off that kind of performance........it's just really hard to see now because Jordan and history is being "romanticized" and packaged into "the flu" game or "the shrug" game.

As Kobe nears this historic mark of 6 titles and his 2nd 3peat.....Look for more Jordan fodder to diminish it.

As Kobe nears this historic mark of 6 titles and his 2nd 3peat.....Look for more Jordan fodder to diminish it.Posted by: pfunk36 | October 12, 2010 at 12:13 PM
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Pfunk36 sir, you still got it and I got to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!

@Justa - Wow, that's high praise for Buju. Better than Black Uhuru, Burning Spear, Tosh....I'll have to check out more. Thanks for the insight!

Dude.

That dribble between the "Undertaker's" legs was SICK.

When I read this headline about Ron Artest getting the keys to Sin City, I laughed myself silly. Hilarious! And awesome. He deserves recognition for his play games 6 and 7 against the green weenies, not to mention bringing awareness to mental health. I like it! I just wish he hadn't of changed his number after I got hubby a T. But hey, it's all good. At least it shows he was a fan prior to that.

Regular season, fast approaching. Hold onto your butts!

GO LAKERS!!

@LAKERLASS… Thanks for update. Good to have some of the better sex rooting for the Niners. As for Jerry Rice, he is and may well always be the greatest wide receiver ever to play the game. Only blind fools claim that guys like Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, and Chad Ochocinco are in the same class. And what NFL fan cannot remember and rejoice at Dwight Clark’s catch which doomed the Cowboys to a Celtics like demise.
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02 – Troy B
03 – cofm99
04 - LakerLass
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The REAL Kobe stopper - Phil Jackson.

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAA!!!!!!!!!!


pfunk - that is CLASSIC!!!

MJ can go bugger off and do another underwear commercial for all I care. Kobe's going to surpass his ring count shortly, his bball legacy soon enough and has already surpassed him in class and intelligence. MJ's and idiot and so are his friends. They must know princess....

LRob - Buju's got some good stuff - glad you liked it!

LakerTom - I forgot - GO NINERS!

@LAKER J… “It amazes me that players who re-dedicate themselves to the game can still improve even after being in the league for a while, and being older in age. Lamar has always had the basketball talent, but it seems that know he is bringing a certain mental focus that has not always been there before.
I also find it interesting that many players are attributing better nutrition and sleep as contributors to their improvement. Artest is abstaining from alcohol, and now Fisher gives us some insight about his off season regiment. The common denominators seem to be work ethic, mental preparation, and doing what's best for your body. We are fortunate to have so many players that are taking that approach this season, and I believe it starts with Kobe.” LOL. Can we say TWO RCOD in a row for Laker J? We need your Blog Profile, LJ.
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@JUSTA… You’re a Niners fan?
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@PFUNK… “Hey Mike can you name 9 guards better than Kobe in the history of the NBA.....because I would like to know who they are. Can you name 3 guards for that matter with a more decorated and accomplished career as 5-time champion Bryant?” I think you hit the nail on the head, pfunk. While nobody can question the fact the dude was a great great basketball player, MJ was LeBron before LeBron, seeming to never get the criticism that he deserved, especially when the NBA forced him to retire to avoid the gambling scandals.
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Laker J - agree with Laker Tom about another outstanding comment!

Notice though that it's the older players who are finally understanding their own mortality - and longevity in the game of basketball. It's a tough, physically demanding game and the guys that are going to make a longer career of it are the ones that eat right, get their rest, strengthen their bodies, take their liquid sea minerals (nod to Jon K) and the like. Kobe stands supreme at understanding this. And I believe he's the main reason why Fish understands this, and now why Lamar and Ron are getting it as well. We may have an older team that some others that would challenge for our crown, but our guys are not only savvier but are primed and ready for this run. This latest development is proof of that. This team is not taking anything for granted, and that's why they're going to 3-peat.

Laker Tom - yup.

Laker Tom - me too!

When I'm not a Bears or Vikings fan! LOL!

LAKERS-49ERS FAN ROLL CALL !!!
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01 – LakerTom
02 – Troy B
03 – cofm99
04 – LakerLass
05 – justanothermambafan
06 – MAMBA24
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Hey guys we got a new post up

MM

This latest development is proof of that. This team is not taking anything for granted, and that's why they're going to 3-peat. Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 12, 2010 at 12:29 PM
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Have I ever done this for this person? I don't think so, but I got to do it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING MA'AM!!!

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02 – Troy B
03 – cofm99
04 – LakerLass
05 – justanothermambafan
06 – MAMBA24
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TOM Posted by: LakerTom | October 12, 2010 at 12:35 PM
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How's it feel to be back in the RolL Call saddle LAKERTOM? You know you started the Bandwagons on here! Just like riding a bike, you never forget! WORK IT LAKER TOM!!!

cofm99 -

Sorry I did respond to your post sooner...I was in an office meeting...Good to see you...I have been so busy lately...the night you called, I didn't get home till 8pm that night...

Glad to see you were able to spend some time with your family back in So Cal...I knew you wouldn't mix well with those Eastern people...Hope it all works out for you when you come back...

It is also great to see you posting in this great blog...Submit a profile to Mark Medina...so everyone can see who the real cofm99 is...People will be surprise to see you look very much like Jon K, except a little older...

There are a lot of great members here with great musical knowledge, and several musicians also...You would fit right in...maybe even post some of your own work...

Looking forward to seeing more of you in here...We've witnessed 3 seasons together...one more would be sweet...we have unfinished business...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Oh man...I am fully booked today, or I would attend Ron Ron's ceremony...

I am so happy it is all working out for Ron Artest...he took less money to be with Kobe and the Lakers...I'm glad he is winning the hearts of Laker fans...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Haha anyone taking a road trip to Vegas for Ron Ron's ceremony?

MM

NFL - Sufferin' with my Broncos :(

JR

Thanks Laker Tom, and the rest of you. Being a Lakers fan makes it easy to post and comment. As for my profile, I have deferred to the long tenured bloggers first. They have earned the right to have their profiles posted first. In due time I will submit mine, but never before justanothermambafan does. Hint, hint.

LakerTom,

Put me on the I hate the Yankees, Niners and Giants roll call.


Oh wait, I read it wrong. Sorry.


Tom D.

@TOM D... LMAO. You’ll have to go the Dodgers Blog on the LA Times to register for those bandwagons.
That is if that blog still exists. As I recall, didn’t it die a slow death when the KamBros ran it? Looking for you to save the reputations of the Toms for intelligent, unbiased, objective analyses once the season begins. LOL!
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