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Lakers blog profile: MFont681 constructs a photo illustration of James Worthy

James Worthy This is the 16th post in a weekly series that helps you get to know members of the L.A. Times Lakers Blog community. Feel free to send submissions to mgmedin@gmail.com.

Screen name: MFont681

Occupation: Freelance Artist and Designer (Mauricefontenot.com)

Age: 41

Gender: Male

Hometown: Altadena (Now living in Brooklyn, N.Y.)

How I became a Lakers fan: Growing up in Southern California, pretty much everyone was Lakers fan! But I would say my family and especially my dad. Rooting for the Lakers gave us common ground. I started watching in 1982 and was obsessed by 1984, which didn’t end well with the Celtics beating them in seven.

Favorite Lakers memory of all time: 1985 when the Lakers finally beat the Celtics. Game 6 was on a Sunday morning and I remember being in my robe and sitting on my floor stressed out the whole game and then in pure elation when they won. I was so sick of hearing how the Lakers never beat the Celtics, so it was nice to shut the world up. Beating Portland in 2000 and Sacramento in 2002 stick out as great moments as well.

Most heartbreaking Lakers experience: I was such a crazy Lakers fan that EVERY loss was heartbreaking, but the worst was 1986. When Ralph Sampson hit that shot in Game 5, I just turned off the lights and TV in my bedroom and laid in the dark. To this day, I still can’t believe that team beat them. Off the court, I would say it was the day Magic announced he had HIV. I’m not ashamed to admit I cried my eyes out. I really seemed like a death sentence back then, but now it looks like Magic is healthier than most guys his age!

Favorite Lakers player: James Worthy. He never got the credit for what he brought to the team. Magic and Kareem got most of the praise, and rightly so, but they wouldn’t have won anything without Worthy. I love how he would just go out and do his job without the fanfare and headlines. When you see Worthy highlights they usually show him dunking a pass from Magic, but he had one of the greatest post-up games of all time! He was so fast that he would leave defenders flat-footed as he spun around them.

Greatest all-time Laker: Magic wasn’t my favorite Laker, but in my mind he’s the greatest and most important Laker in history. And a big shout out to Chick Hearn. In the early 80s most of the home games were not televised, so Chick’s words-eye-view brought the games to life on the radio and taught me a lot about the ins and outs of the game. When a game was on CBS, I would turn the sound down and listen to Chick.

Last time you went to a game at Staples Center and at the Forum: Since I live in NY, I don’t get many chances to go to Staples. The last game I saw was eight or nine years ago vs. Toronto, when Vince Carter was still playing for them. I saw a handful of games at the Forum, my most memorable being a Lakers/Bulls preseason game in 1985 when I slipped on the stairs and broke my leg!

Opposing team, player you dislike the most: Pretty much any Celtic ... take your pick.

Interactions with Lakers players: I was in Vegas a few years back and saw Robert Horry. I walked up to him, shook his hand and said, “Thank you.” He knew exactly what I was talking about and so do all Laker fans.

Memorable stories about being a Lakers fan: As I mentioned before, I was an obsessed Lakers fan in my younger days. My life revolved around them: If they won I was happy; if they lost I was miserable. I recall standing in my home during every national anthem for a few weeks because I thought it would bring the Lakers good luck!

-- Mark Medina
twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: MFont681 is a freelance artist and designer and recently constructed this photo illustration of former Lakers forward James Worthy. Credit: Courtesy of MFont681.

 
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Very, very cool!

@ MFont681 - Nice meeting you, especially since I have not seen one of your posts. Worthy will always be one of my all time favorites...Very nice picture you created of Big Game James...

@ LRob - This is all I got today...in memory of our Barcelona trip...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDGubnE3Fus

How can I get one of those posters and how much do they cost?

NICE! Another designer here!

MFont - sweet graphics. Loved your story of meeting Horry in Vegas and just saying Thank You...good stuff.

@MFONT681... Thanks for posting your profile and welcome to the greatest sports blog in the blogosphere. Great stories. I also cried when I heard the news about Magic. Looking forward your posts during the season.
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TOM

@MFONT681... Maurice, forgot to compliment you on the James Worthy picture. Also took a look at your website. You’ve got some rave talent. We’ll have to keep you in mind for our Lakers Blog Three-Peat T-shirt.
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TOM

Lew - I thought you were AWOL for a minute. Wow took me took the Opera...lol. Can never go wrong with Queen.

That pic is hilarious!!!!!!! Props MFont681
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On a serious note, Bynum will have a $15+ million expiring contract next year.

This season couldn't mean more for AB's career.

GREAT profile MFont861 - I am so not worthy...or Worthy! Your memory of that fateful loss to the Rockets in Game 5 of the '86 WCF is haunting - I too remember thinking to myself, "I cannot believe that just happened" - then, to echo the immortal words of John McEnroe, screaming the words, "You canNOT be serious!" over and over.
Lakers fans are the greatest basketball fans on this planet

"Stapes24,
My very first blog was to suggest the Lakers should sign Shaq as a backup center right after those 3 brats signed with the Heat. ...I dont want to stir against all Shaq-haters (especially after he signed with Celtics,) but at that time, that was my first thought. I had thought the best way to beat the Heat was to have solid center position and also have all of those Shaq-Kobe, Shaq-Phil, and Shaq-Buss anomosities settle down. I believe with healthy Bynum, the Lakers will still have the best front line in the NBA.
Posted by: LakerPeace | October 08, 2010 at 03:52 PM"


Well yaeh! But not so fast! If Shaq joined the lakers he will be out of shape, the only reason he is good shape right now is because he is motivated to STOP KOBE FRO M GETTING HIS SIX, he wants to tie it with KOBE at 5.


So no thank you, I do not want Shaq as a Laker. But as an enemy motiavted Shaq, he can be fearsome especially without Bynum.

Mfont - nice to meet you. I'm sorry I don' remember you posting before... hmmmmm..... I'll blame it on the headache. Hope to see you around more often. And that poster of Worthy is AWESOME!!!

MM - fine. I'll send it right over.


On a serious note, Bynum will have a $15+ million expiring contract next year.

This season couldn't mean more for AB's career.

Posted by: dan the man | October 08, 2010 at 04:58 PM
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Actually it's two years and a team option for the third.

Lakers probably will take the option.

blitz,
yeah, two more years and Andrew's contact could expire. Making him a possible "big expiring contract" guy next season because it's not a lock that the Lakers pick up his $16,472,002 option for the 12-13 season.

That's a lot of dough.

MM - fine. I'll send it right over.

Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 08, 2010 at 05:30 PM
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ALLRIGHT!!!!

justa - haha. i can't wait to see it!!

MM - fine. I'll send it right over.

Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 08, 2010 at 05:30 PM
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Yes...finally!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk8mm1Qmt-Y&ob=av2e

MM - fine. I'll send it right over.

Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 08, 2010 at 05:30 PM
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Yes...finally!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk8mm1Qmt-Y&ob=av2e

Posted by: LRob | October 08, 2010 at 08:07 PM

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Yeah...bout time!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zu0p7xWLoU

Laker Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Cool profile. Ha ha, I have also been known to be in a great mood when the Lakers win and in terrible mood when they lose. When my wife comes home from work on game days, she just has to look at me for a sec to know if they won or lost.

Sorry guys, I'm really far behind.

Your really & definitely wrong: the US Team was allowed to play the Olympics in Beijing without drug test (I wonder how you don't know that when there was even a threat of abandonment from the NBA later accepted by the CIO)
Posted by: Streakolean | October 08, 2010 at 08:07 AM

Hmm, interesting. I would really like to know where this information is coming from. I never heard anything about that. Now I do remember that a majority of the American athletes (in almost all events, especially track) were threatening to abandon the Beijing Olympics because of the air quality. They were worried about how it would affect their performance, and I'm sure also worried about their health. Is it possible that the NBA players were threatening abandonment for that same reason? Maybe you guys could provide a legitimate link to a site confirming your theories? Otherwise, you don't know what you're talking about!

MIAMI VS OKC


This game was no preseason game, it was a look of the future, a glimpse of NBA FINALS.


No stopping Lebron against OKC, he showed Durant who's the heir to Kobe Bryant. Lebron played PG most of the 2nd qrtr and it is when they took over with Miller, Jones, Bosh and Anthony. Two shooters and two bigs with the ball on Lebron's hand. Lebron went on fast break a couple of times and finish strong, two three poinres by Mike Miller that swished the net and three mid range jump shot by Bosh all went in. OKC was leading the whole time until Lebron went berserck and tookover the ball game.



Coming to you this year to ensure no one is blinded, manipulated, or intimidated to what is actually transpiring.

There are 4 lights

If Lebron and Wade starts pushing the ball like Lebron did tonight against a fast young atlhletic OKC, Celtcis bigs will be useless. Bosh, Miller and JA fits very well Lebron James. Mike Miller is getting a lot of open looks because of Lebron and Bosh and he is making everyone pay.

Cheats are 2-0 this preseason...

I'm so scared now...lol

Laker Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

MIAMI VS OKC
This game was no preseason game, it was a look of the future, a glimpse of NBA FINALS.

No stopping Lebron against OKC, he showed Durant who's the heir to Kobe Bryant. Lebron played PG most of the 2nd qrtr and it is when they took over with Miller, Jones, Bosh and Anthony. Two shooters and two bigs with the ball on Lebron's hand. Lebron went on fast break a couple of times and finish strong, two three poinres by Mike Miller that swished the net and three mid range jump shot by Bosh all went in. OKC was leading the whole time until Lebron went berserck and tookover the ball game.

Posted by: Staples 24 | October 08, 2010 at 09:54 PM
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Staples,

Lebron is a great player. I get it. Miami has a very strong team. okay. OKC is the team of the future. I get that also. But we are the 2-time defending champs. Teams worry about the Lakers. Not the other way around.

With all due respect it was a preseason game. How about letting OKC win a rd in the playoff before putting them in the finals.

Who are you again? I don't remember seeing your handle before. But regardless, nice bio.

The Heat looked pretty good tonight,just something to think about. I know it's practice, but hey why not spank that butt.

Go Heat/ Go LakeShow

I don't ever remember this guy either. Oh well some free advertising for him. Guess he made a payoff or is a friend of the moderator.

OH MY GOD, R U KIDDING ME! THE LAKERS JUST LOST TO A TEAM CALLED BARCELONA AND THEY WERE TRYING THEIR HARDEST!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheats are 2-0 this preseason...

I'm so scared now...lol

Laker Dynasty - The Next Generation...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | October 08, 2010 at 10:34 PM

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OH MY GOD, IS THIS GUY KIDDING?? FIRST HE CALLED MIAMI CHEATS WHEN THE LAKERS WERE THE ONLY ONES THAT CHEATED BY GETTING GASOL FOR NOTHING, MIAMI PLAYING BY THE RULES.

THEN HE HAD THE NERVE TO SAY LAKERS AND DYNASTY IN THE SAME SENTENCE, RIGHT AFTER THEY JUST LOST TO A TEAM CALLED BARCELONA WHILE TRYING THEIR HARDEST TO WIN!!!!

LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!! FUNNIEST THING EVER!!!!!!!!!!

Good morning Fam!

It's preseason, and yet the trolls are in post season form? That's strange.

MFont681 - Loved the profile! I hope you don't have any lingering effects from the broken leg. Those steps at the forum were NO JOKE.

IT STINKS IN HERE this morning...

Can someone open the windows and air out that smell...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6q9nBusrq8

LRob - You like...?

Laker Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

LRob -

This Denard Robinson is scary, and will probably win the Heisman...

If the Spartans pull out a win today...

It will be a huge win and upset...

Go Spartans...

Go Lakers...

Good Morning Laker nation,

17 days til opening night. Heat fans are pumped....yawn. FC Barcelona fan/players are talking smack...haha. But its the Lakers who will continue to shine on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqP3wT5lpa4

Oh yeah...If Lennon was alive it would be his 70th birthday.

Too Funny...

DHoward has been working with Hakeem all summer trying to work on his offensive moves and dream shake...

Well he stunk BIG time....bricks after bricks...

Maybe Hakeem forgot to tell him, you have to hit the shot after the footwork...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Lew,

Yep Denard is the real deal. But I'm not ready to crown him just yet. We'll see how his body holds us through the rigors of the Big Ten season. U-M's offense is scary, but there defense is weak. They'll be fired up playing at home in the Big House...but I like MSU in a close one.

Its only the second game of the preseason for DHoward, like it is for us...lol. I wouldn't judge him to harshly just yet.

I think it's great if the Heat play well. They have some great players. But we are the Lakers, and we have more than just some great players, we have THE great player. Plus... we have THE great coach. And this is preseason.

Remember: the Heat are NOT Showtime. And remember too: even Showtime had its flaws and could be beat (anyone remember, oh, just in particular - 1984? I know I'll never forget that, gah!). You really think that it's going to be run-and-gun in the Finals? You really think Phil won't have a game plan that grinds it out and slows it down? Your really think the Lakers don't understand defense (after watching last year's Finals, really)?

Seriously, we're the back-to-back defending champions... we've been there, done that, and are coming back for more. Can't say that about the Heat. Or anyone else.

LeBron and companies may be playing well when it doesnt count (i.e.pre-season and regular season.) But once the real season starts, aka playoff time, he will choke again. Champion knows how to finish, not concern about how to start. Happy Birty Day, John Lennon!!

AND THE BLOG GOD DOES IT AGAIN, EVEN IF MAMBA24 MISSED IT!
STILL BATTING A THOUSAND BLOG GOD!! THANKS!
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MFONT681, First off sorry to be late with my post on your profile - Long day.
Nice profile with nice moments. Meeting Worthy excellent!!! Magic all-time Laker, absolutely! Welcome to Lakers Nation sir you seem have lived a very full Lakerholic experience. All that's left to say and I have to say it is...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!

Hi guys-

Thanks for the kind comments about my profile and illustration. I don't post very often but I visit lakersblog several times a day and read all of your comments. Thanks again and GO LAKERS!!!

Mfont681,
Nice bio and if new welcome. Your art looks very familiar. Did you post under different name before?

@MFont681 - I have to agree with your assessment of Big Game James' stature within the heirarchy of Laker greats. Watching the 80's team in the NBA Fianls, there are TONS of plays where they dump it to Worthy at the elbow and he just goes to work in the post. His spin moves were unstoppable and he had a great mid-range game.


Nice profile, looking to forward to enjoying the season with you!

@LEWSTRS:

Too Funny...

DHoward has been working with Hakeem all summer trying to work on his offensive moves and dream shake...

Well he stunk BIG time....bricks after bricks...

Maybe Hakeem forgot to tell him, you have to hit the shot after the footwork...

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That was TOOOOO funny! You must warn a Brother before you pop off like that. I nearly blew my tea all over my keyboard. I only barely turned my head in time to avoid disaster!

--FEARless

@MFont681:

Nice to meet you. I seem to be one of the few that actually remembers seeing your handle before. I remember because I was curious where the "Font" came from. I was thinking your name had some connection to typesetting or something similar, like maybe your were an artist or graphic artist or something.

Lo and behold! My guess seems to have been accurate. Fancy that?

BTW, I was crestfallen when Sampson hit that shot. I remember that for that season, people were talking about how the "Twin Towers" concept hadn't really paid dividends as much as the hype would have suggested, right up until that shot. To me, it felt luckier than Fish's 0.4.

I'm with you on your respect of Worthy. All the way. Also, I just wanted to say, "Thank you" for your getting to tell Horry, "Thank you". Maybe we'll all get that chance one day.

Glad to meet you.

--FEARless


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