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WesnewyorkThis is the 19th 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: Wes Joe Nixon

Real name: Well, that's debatable. I was born Wes Nixon but when I reached the ripe old age of 5 my mother let my brother and I choose any middle name we deemed proper. My older brother took the easy way out by choosing the family name "Wayne," while I took the more rugged path and became Wes "GI Joe" Nixon, or, Wes Joe Nixon. On a side note, I was almost named Chad, and I thank the heavens every day that I wasn't, because when it's all said and done, who really wants to be a white guy named Chad?

Occupation: Again, this is debatable. I write male-centric articles for a local Indiana wedding magazine called "Veils and Vows," I teach writing and math to adults three days a week, and I'm in the final stages of opening "The Beautiful Bagel," a small bagel outfit that specializes in authentic 19th century N.Y. and Montreal style bagels. Mmmm.

Age: 41

Gender: Male

Hometown: I'm a Valley dude, 100%. San Fernando to be specific. That was me in the early '80s on the bus heading to either Zuma beach or the Sherman Oaks Galleria. And I wouldn't trade a childhood in the SF Valley in the early '80s for anything on Earth. Not only was the world your oyster, but that oyster was available to explore 12 months a year, unlike Northern Indiana, where God closes up shop from November through February.

Story behind your screen name: See above paragraph. Though I will add that I was named after the Los Angeles Dodgers' first baseman of old, Wes Parker.

41MWEQYK6GL__SL500_AA300_How I became a Lakers fan: How does one not become a Laker fan living in Los Angeles? My theory about Laker fandom is that there are actually very few bandwagon fans because as a fan base we've never had a chance to jump off the Laker bus. For 95% of us, we became Laker fans during one of many championship runs and never let go. I was also that nerdy kid in junior high school who snuck the AM radio into the cafeteria at lunch time, though it was mostly for the Dodgers back then.

Laker games were just not available during school hours, a real crime in my book -- though this did mean that many a night-time college class was witnessed with one ear filled with Chick live. I will say that my whole family has always loved Southern California sports teams, beginning with my grandma, who used to serve pea soup on Tuesday nights to the Rams' legendary Fearsome Foursome in a little coffee shop that's still kickin' on the old San Fernando Road. I was watching Rams, Dodgers, UCLA, USC and Lakers games from the first moment my eyes opened to the world.

Favorite Lakers memory of all time and of the 2009-2010 season: 1) All-time: Tough choice. Robert Horry's shot against Sac Town was the most pure joy that I remember, but I'll say my favorite moment from last year is also my favorite moment -- for the time being -- of all time. This moment is Kobe Bryant's two-point shot in Game 7 over good Ray Allen defense with 5:23 left in the game. Don't be surprised. It was right then and there that I felt the first warm shimmer of hope run down my spine that maybe we could win that monumental game. It was the first double-digit lead of the fourth quarter -- a lead we never let go of. It was the shot that said, "Kobe's bad offensive game has ended -- because it's clutch time." I hadn't even been able to watch much of the game, but for 7-10 minutes total, until that shot went in. The joy that came from that shot has not faded yet. But other, odder memories refuse to fade also, like Wes Mathews being strangled on live TV by Xavier McDaniel, Orlando Woolridge's jump shots with massively inflated biceps, an odd-shaved eyebrow on the top of Nick Van Exel's face.

Most heartbreaking Lakers experience: I'm old and I only let good memories into my brain. But I will say the Suns team with KJ and Majerle that eliminated the Showtime Lakers still makes me feel uncomfortable.

Favorite Lakers player: Ron Artest. Come on, he's like you and me. He let fans in 100% on his championship run last year, and for that I'll put him in a special place in the Lakers pantheon.

Greatest all-time Laker: Benoit Benjamin. Hey, someone had to say it!

Last time you went to a game at Staples Center and at the Forum: I spent many a night walking into the Forum to see rock concerts, but very few Laker games. Hey, we had Chick on the radio, no need to fork over a month's worth of allowance there. The legends I saw back then were all about Rock n' Roll. Triumph, Billy Squire, Ratt and Lita Ford, Pat Benatar, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Dylan, Bon Jovi, Cinderella, Foreigner, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band ... Sorry Buss ...

Opposing team, player you dislike the most: At this point it's all about the Heat. The dancing on stage just weeks after the Lakers won the title really rubbed me wrong. The world champions didn't even dance around on stage, but the Heat found time to. Something is wrong with that picture. The Celtics have at least earned everything they have, the Heat are trying to grow it illegally. Player: LeBron, easily. That "Decision" he partook in had all the decorum of a father choosing between the mistress and the wife at Thanksgiving dinner.

BuddahnewInteractions with Lakers players: Oh, this is the big one here. I'm sure a lot of the regulars have heard my Kareem Abdul Jabbar / Nagasaki rant. I'll be brief in my retelling, if for no other reason than to save the children from the true horrors I endured at the hands of one Laker legend. There I was in 1997, on my way to become the monk you see [in the picture right] and Kareem was doing some kind of NBA legends tour of Asia. Being a long-time Laker fan I thought he would be approachable, but man was I wrong. The second I mentioned "Laker fan" and "autograph" he looked at me like I was a cup of spoiled shrimp cocktail (with the poop still inside the shrimp) and turned 180 degrees so that his giant carmel-colored butt orbs were directly in my face. Well, maybe more near my stomach, but you get the point. I walked away and still haven't recovered. Do I have a lawsuit here?

Most cherished piece of Lakers memorabilia I have: None, zero, zilch. I am not a collector of anything, anywhere that doesn't have something to do with movies. I need all my art to be utilitarian. If I can't use it, I don't want it. I might even say that my most cherished part of the Lakers that I sort of carry with me is all the people I chat with on this blog. I mean, the entire world is here, and each person has so much life experience to share with each other.

Memorable stories about being a Lakers fan: I think my most most cherished memory of being a laker fan came anonymously when I was traveling through Asia in 1997. There was no great "Wes standing at the top of the mountain declaring his love for the Lakers moment," but there were two Western things I kept close to me during those days -- my love of all things related to Southern California sports and a nose that could always sniff out a Dunkin' Donuts coffee shop. Anyone who has traveled through Asia or Europe knows the pleasure of being in some distant ancient land and stumbling across a Dunkin' Donuts coffee shop. And there was almost always an English language sports page lying around that had Dodger and Laker stats hold up on the last page, like it was waiting for some Westerner to wander in and decode all its secrets. And that's my story in brief.

My name is Wes, and I'm a Lakerholic.

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photos courtesy of Wes Joe Nixon. Wes says he performed on Lee Oskar's "My Road, Our Road" album. Said Wes: "That's me, my brother and sister, cousins and friends singing harmony on "Children's Song (You Can Find Your Way)."

 
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wes - sorry about the Kareem interaction. I've met him a few times, and it's always been hot and cold. Sometimes friendly, sometimes very aloof. He's an odd duck that way. Could've been the type of weed he was smokin'. It DOES make a difference.

I'm still waiting for when you're able to drop-ship me some Lakers bagels.

Good to see your profile.

One thing about Kareem was that he was very odd for his social skills. Probably the one thing that kept him from being the undisputed Mr. Laker was his social skills. Earvin did the job and was very vocal to not only his team but to the media as well. That's why he is seen mostly as representing the Lakers more than Kareem.


Which is probably the one thing that I was disappointed about Kareem even though he's my favorite player of all time. I just thought he could have done more to not be such an odd duck when it came to social interaction.

Wes,
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What can I say?
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AWESOME!!!!
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GO LAKERS!!!

You have something in common with Magic.

Kareem Arrogant-Jabbar snubbed a 14 year old Earvin Johnson, who had the audacity to politely ask him for an autograph after a game in Detroit!

Wes, that was hilarious!

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KB Blitz

Thank you for that 9 minute snippet of Michael Jordan on that radio show. Man, you are good! If ever there was n example of Jordan being a horse's ass, just listen to that mindless drivel. Yes, he calls the Kobe the best player in the NBA "since [him]" and he makes THAT very clear! He also puts James Worthy ahead of Kobe on the all-time greatest Lakers player list and disses LeBron James to the point of saying that he thinks LeBron will be out of the league in 6 or 7 seasons and even throws Tayshaun Prince in the conversation with LeBron as it applies to brains and finesse. But listening to him talk about how great he was made me sick. So calling Kobe today's best player in the context in which he discusses it means nothing. Anyway, we all know what a wonderful judge of talent he is. Kwame Brown. Adam Morrison. Need I say more? OK, I will. He 's a horse's ass and Mo Williams stinks.

Wes - it's nice to get a chance to see your profile.

It's also good to chat with you here on the blog, but I wanted to say thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us. :-)

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So WESJOENIXON!!!!!!!!!!!. Fellow Renegade Chatter and all around great guy, they have finally saw fit to post the Profile of one of the Blog standard bearers. You know only a WesJoe would list their favorite Lakers player as Benoit Benjamin lol! But as you say somebody has to do it. Your Laker story about Kareem is much like my Dad's interaction with MJ, which is why I hate MJ's gut's today.

Handsome dude aren't we? I like the little smile, smirk, it shows Lakerholic swagger!!!!! Go ahead Wes with your bad self! Too bad you couldn't list all the other adventures of Wes outside Lakers fandom, the Blog would really get a kick out of them. The adventures of Wes the Monk outstanding! You should have included it anyway. Well what can I say my brother, great profile, great life and wonderful human being. Thanks for giving the Lakers nation a slice of the world according to Wes and may I say it was simply...OUT FRERAKING STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@MVP888,

And Magic Johnson was an idiot for putting the Cavaliers to win it all last year and saying that Lebron James is a better player than Kobe before jumping back on Kobe's bandwagon.

And Jerry West was a jackass in 2009 for saying Lebron James has surpassed Kobe Bryant as a player too?

I suppose everyone else you and LRoB and Lew are the best Sports analyst there are heck go and please take over the Dan Patrick Show while you are at it.


You know why I'm laughing? Because you haven't really given me a good argument other than "MJ is a horse's ass". All the arguments I have seen is WEAK save for LRob's.


Btw: Phil's word>>>>>Either of our word. Go Hate Phil for making me his student.

wes, what an AWESOME profile!!! Thanks for sharing it with us. It's not the 1st time I heard that Kareem is not cool, sad...

Wes - Thanks for sharing your profile. Great stories. Mamba 24 - I'll try to keep the streak going as much as I can..

MM

Wes, nice to meet you. Bagels rock!

It's a real pleasure to be a part of this community, MM, and you're a big part of the reason why. Thanks for so much dedication.

Wes

Fabulous Justanothermambafan get your hinny on this blog and post a message to your fellow Renegade chatter Wes RIGHT NOW!!!!

Btw everyone:

I apologize for yet another huge debate in the blog and while it is nice once in a while it shouldn't be like this. I respect Cyber's and MVP888's opinions very much and while they can be great to debate I don't want to have the blog degenerate into a political forum.

So apologize for having topics go awry and Wes nice profile. Glad to see you.

I will hold my breath until you do! Now don't make me pass out!!

Hey Wes, I can relate to your Kareem story. I was a 10 year old kid in 1979 walking in Westwood with my Dad after dinner and we saw Kareem walking down the street with his wife. Being huge Laker fans, we of course wanted to say hi and ask for an autograph. He was so rude to us and left us confused and upset standing on the sidewalk. His intense desire for privacy really conflicted with his chosen profession. Oh well.

ALL RIGHT WHERE ARE MY PEEPS? There should be dozens of post on this Blog by now. Come on people let's get with it!!!! Carry On!

KB Blitz

Apparently you didn't even listen to that nauseatingly arrogant interview of Michael Jordan that you posted. Please allow me to summarize:

According to His Airness:

1) Kobe is the best player in the NBA since HIM.

2) Kobe is not even close to being the greatest Laker; even James Worthy was a greater Laker.

3) LeBron James is nowhere near Kobe. Even Tayshaun Prince has more finesse and smarts than LeBron and LeBron makes poor decisions. Interesting, he mentions 'Melo as a player who he thinks ranks with LeBron, but fails to mention Kevin Durant. He also thinks that LeBron only has 6 or 7 years left in him.

What does this tell us? That Jordan was better than those who came before him and no one who has played since him is even close to him. Clearly, with Kobe knocking on his door for 6 titles, his campaign to distance Kobe from His Airness is in mid-season form. Otherwise, he would put Kobe up there with himself, as he should. Not "Top 10."

This monster was created by David Stern and Stern fed this monster so much that he has never come back down to earth. Fortunately for us Lakers fans, Kobe approaches these issues with a lot more humility. He says he is flattered to be mentioned with the greats who played before him even though we all know he has the loftiest of goals. Go ahead and spin me some evidence to the contrary on that one. You know what Kobe said in response to how good he thinks the Heat can be? He said: "GREAT." He respects his peers as well, unlike Michael Jordan. Yet Kobe is every bit the killer that Jordan was.

But why do I waste my time. Even though I have been an avid NBA fan for 42 years, including being a Knick season ticket holder during their glory years and now a Lakers season ticket holder, my arguments are, in a word, "WEAK."

Whatever.

OHMYGOD MAMBA24, I am sooooooooo sorry.

Congrats, Wes, and since it's your profile, I send this back atcha! Good luck with the 19th century bagel endeavour. If ever I am out in Indiana, and I might be as a very good freind of mine is moving out thataway (if ever you see that a Phil Van Hest is doing some stand up comedy near your home, see him, tell him Jamie Sweet sent you), I want to try a 19th century bagel while humming Huey Lewis and the News 'Back in Time (gonna go)' from Back To The Future.


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@wes - There are 5 wizards in Tolkien's Middle Earth, we get mentions of all five and see three (Gandalf the Gray, Sauruman the White and Radagast the Brown...more druidic than wizardly). I can't wait for the two movies (a most excellent idea) and am stoked to see Peter Jackson back at the helm of the entire production as director.


@LakerTom - (Regarding the new Technical Foul rules) As much as I want to see players accept some calls, there has just been way too much video evidence to suggest that the refs correctly call the game. This is slightly mitigated by the fact that they often blow calls for both teams and it always seems to even out. But too much of the problem is being thrown at the feet of the players. There are plenty of solutions, most of them not cost effective like adding a 4th ref, but the league seems bound and determined to put this on the players (who are reacting to outside stimuli, they're not just exploding in random acts of emotion). This seems as much a part of the CBA process to me as anything to do with the NBA brand.


I think that they should further modify the rule so that you are NOT summarily ejected after two techs. Flagrant behavior should be added to the terminology and ejections should be only for confrontations or overly physical fouls. Ejecting a Kobe Bryant from a game where he reacted to a foul and which fans from cities outside LA have gone to just to see Kobe play will not make the NBA brand any better. It will make it pitiful.


I want to see an increase of sportsmanlike conduct, to be sure, but as currently constructed this new tech rule will end up depriving fans of the very players they fork hundreds of dollars out to come and watch at the arena, to say nothing of people who buy cable packages or internet access to various NBA-related what not. No automatic ejections would allow the league to penalize the player and team, but not deprive the fan.


Whether the league likes it or not, it's product is the players, not the NBA. Of all the jerseys I've ever seen, not a one said 'Stern' on the back.

Wes - great profile: the bagels, Benoit Benjamin, the hatred of the Heat, your take on "The Decision"...great stuff! It's so nice to meet you. And I love your love of the movies!

@Jamie Sweet, Sorry...Huh?

Wes,

A great profile. But only going to a few Laker games while you're in LA...c'mon - just kidding Wes. Anyone that loves music as much as hoops is alright with me.

I have one question for you. Why did you have to go and make me think of Nick's odd shaped eyebrow...lol.

Anyway, best wishes on your Bagel shop. And in regards to the Kareem incident....my advice is to....well I'll just let this classic speak for me...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q95Ba4znoVQ

@MVP888-Now THIS is a better argument than the Horse Ass thing.


"1) Kobe is the best player in the NBA since HIM."


Yeah that includes over Shaq and Tim Duncan. And that's already a big Honor being the best since Michael last wore a Chicago Bulls jersey and that was when Kobe only had 4 rings. Michael was the best NBA player since Magic and Larry ruled the NBA so? That's not putting down Kobe.


2) Worthy being the greatest Laker

Remember that argument was when Kobe won his 4th ring. Worthy has been for the Lakers his all career and had his great games in 1988 and 1989 he didn't quit when Magic and Byron went down. When Magic retired the first time Worthy took the reins and while he was no franchise player he still led the Lakers better than Van Exel or Vlade could in those days. Now Kobe has his 5th ring....hmmm opinions change?


3) Again that radio was in 2009 before Durant made his name known to being on the of the best in the NBA. Last year almost anyone would laugh at Durant being the top player in the NBA even. And yes he is putting down Lebron isn't that a good thing for Mr. No rings yet?


re: the Humble thing. Oh you would have a so different view of Kobe once you read Phil's latest book. Humble in front of the media is one thing, fighting with Karl Malone when Karl tried to calm Kobe down in a mature matter after Kobe threw a fit over an article where an anonymous teammate said "we couldn't forgive him" about his performance against Sacramento.


I feel you would dismiss this quote when Michael was REPEATEDLY said that there is no greatest of all time since he couldn't go against Wilt and Jerry West. And guess what it sounds like? You I might add. But because if your hate to you him you wouldn't give him a break and would say "Oh he just said that for w/e" reason.


To be honest MVP888, if you hadn't used stupid quotes like "horse's ass" it would have been a better argument. Unfortunately it had to be like that.

I guess Wes's story enables the reason why Andrew Bynum chose to stop working with Kareem.
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LRob -

Your new handle is fantastic. Perhaps I should change mine, since I've won the "Rick Friedman" award only once, and I told MM that I would print it and frame it.

MM - You should make a "reader comment of the day" part of the search cloud underneath the most frequent posts.

And here's my real feeling about the new tech rule:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgsyFYM3PPU
Or maybe I just like the song....
Posted by: 63 Footer | October 16, 2010 at 09:18 AM
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63 Footer,

Man your playlist is endless. I never heard of X before...but let me say X does hit the spot. Since you're sharing your feelings on the new tech rule, here how I feel about the refs...

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8heKRcaihU


To be honest MVP888, if you hadn't used stupid quotes like "horse's ass" it would have been a better argument. Unfortunately it had to be like that.

Posted by: KBBlitz | October 16, 2010 at 03:36 PM
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I thought that interview took place recently, so much of what I said was off. I thought he was talking about the Cavs-Celtics series. I stand corrected, but he was still smug as hell. Even then, Kobe was a "greater" Laker than James Worthy IMO. I'd love to hear what he says now. Oh wait, I did. "It's so hard." and "Top 10." Yeesh. At least JVG has reversed his bias toward Kobe.

I thought Michael Jordan was arrogant when he played and I thought that his Hall of Fame acceptance speech was about the most inappropriate diatribe I have ever heard in a setting like that. I understand that it was just "Mike being Mike," but it was a shocking display of pompousness. Besides, since when was "horse's ass" such a horrible name to call someone? Sorry if I offended you.

LRob "Friedman" - Blind? The refs aren't blind... they just can't see!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohx9Ve7-GS0

Ah, Christine Perfect pre Fleetwood Mac.

X was THE real punk band of LA (much better writing and playing than the Germs), as far as melodic main streamism. First two albums are great.

Jon K - "I guess Wes's story enables the reason why Andrew Bynum chose to stop working with Kareem."

As I've said, when I've met Kareem, it can be both good and bad, but everyone I've ever known who actually worked with him, have had nothing but accolades about how easy he was to get along with. I think he's just a shy guy (and high a lot, or at least he used to be) and he's never been good with the public. But working-wise - he's always good.

Wes,
Nice profile - thanks for sharing your stories.

I too had a horrible experience with Kareem and have never forgotten it.

Was at the airport on Kauai and he was there picking up his friend.

Being a HUGE UCLA and Laker fan my entire life, I figured this was a chance of a lifetime - I've been to many Laker games at the Forum when growing up but never was able to get his autograph. Also having read John Wooden's books - he spoke highly of Kareem and his character.

Well - I approached him but before I could even say anything, he just blurted out some obnoxious negative comment. He did not curse or anything like that but he was so rude I didn't know what to do at first. I was embarrassed cause all my friends were a few feet away and cracking up. They told me I should have said as I walked away - "Oh darn, I really wanted Darryl Dawkins' autograph!".

Oh well life goes on. He must be a sad person.

My brother wes -

Great to finally read your fantastic profile...I really wish you the best with your bagel venture...

It has been great reading your posts, and chatting with you on the wildcat site...

I looking forward to enjoying this season with you kid...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

@My other brother Mamba24 -

Are you posting a pregame Roll Call today...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Wes Joe Nixon....Awesome profile and good luck with "The Beautiful Bagel". Ummm, love them bagels, Cinnamon sugar is the best. Kareem is odd but loved him in Airplane.

63 Footer, thanks for the Chicken Shack link, I needed that...


Blitz, the thing about Worthy being the GLOAT...pleeeease... That's restricted between Magic & Kobe, imho. Kareem & Wilt, running on the outside. Kareem, because he became "Kareem" while playing for the Bucks. And Wilt, because he was not an all-game bball player; he was simply (and VERY) dominant. Nobody was so f**** dominant like Wilt.


But Magic and Kobe, they both played the game in a way that is still unbelievable how they did it. Magic, among with Bird, redifined the entire NBA, those guys could play in all 5 positions. Nuff Said.


And Kobe, wow...What he already did is simply remarkable. Straight from HS, coming from the bench, playing during a very rich generation of players...Against AI (on his prime, of course), Melo,Steve Nash, etc...Kobe is the man...


So, I love Worthy, but GLOAT is between MAgic and Kobe.


imho, of course.


Cheers.

Even though I'm away from my home base, I will not miss this opportunity of greeting my good old blog bro, WesJoe. You fooled me on your age with your posts. Like Jon K I thought you're in your late fifties or early sixties because of those Dylan's interests. When you talked of Dylan, I envied the way you presented as if you were there in his concerts during the sixties. I did not sense that you were talking of the venture capitalist Dylan doing concerts in the 90's. From that picture you looked like a balladeer than a serious monk. lol! Frankly, I'm one of your fans on your liberalism when we were discussing the Arizona law. Btw, in that profile picture, were you posing at the top of World Trade Center?

You were one of victims of Kareem snub, he is another enigma, perhaps this was caused by the racial divide during the sixties. You have to understand his roots as a meek tall black from NY ballers to join the premier class of John Wooden. He set records and the top player in his class. As he came out of that class, the real world was a divided basketball between the traditional Harlem Globetrotters and NBA & ABA at height of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Vietnam War protests. As a result, the superstar Lew became suspicious of the world around around him as if he is being haunted and exploited by the superior race. One time I read on papers he said: "basketball has been a blacks' sports yet it is being exploited by white owners and coaches." His attitude then was this dude is different from the traditional Harlem, he is an intellectual baller and can be a rebel-rouser too, only the likes of Coach John Wooden could calm him down. Therefore Wes that snobbery was sort of a defense mechanism in trying to identify himself between the racial pride as a topnotch player and the menace of those times. Like the young Cassius Clay changed his image to Muhammad Ali, Lew also changed his name to KAJ and switched to Islam. However, on the year he announced his retirement, he finally realized that he was wrong with his suspicion of hatred because the kind of reception he got from all NBA courts during his farewell games. He was showered with love, applause and standing ovation despite being an introvert and misunderstood cog in the media. He received banners, jazz records, gifts from a rocking chair to a car from his Laker teammates. Unfortunately, it was too late for the Cap to recover from his stiffness and selfishness, so he just devoted his time in writing books as he explains himself and black history. He coached native Americans and gradually reinventing himself and moving back to NBA. It is like the reaction of once a deadly snake now shedding out his former skin but he has to do it at his own comfort zone.

Since you are a writer about Veils and Vows, I always asked this question from every blogger profiled. Forgive me also for being intrusive but how is your family? or are you a post ordained eunuch like the Thai monk? haha, just kidding.

PEOPLE,PEOPLE PEOPLE! STOP THIS KAREEM BASHING NOW!!! ...PLEASSSSSSSSE!!
Carry On!

Fabulous I am still holding my breath and I am getting dizzy!!(No pun intended lol!)

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Edwin,

That's the Empire State Building....

Wes

I will say this one more time...KOBE BEAN BRYANT, without scoring another point or winning another Title is the GOAT. Remeber Folks he did all he did WITHOUT the assistance of DARTH STERN, which is even more impressive. I rest my case. If a closing arguement is needed I'd called on KOBEMVP888!!

Hey wes - I said it all on the renegade chat....

:)

Great profile Wes, that Bagel venture should net you a GRIP. I LOVE BAGEL's

Hey wes - I said it all on the renegade chat....Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 16, 2010 at 06:33 PM
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Yeahhhhhh!! The Renegades are all back together again! And they lived happily ever after! CUE THE MUSIC: http://tinyurl.com/ylp3qqc _ I Love LA

@ Mamba24
"I will say this one more time...KOBE BEAN BRYANT, without scoring another point or winning another Title is the GOAT. Remeber Folks he did all he did WITHOUT the assistance of DARTH STERN, which is even more impressive. I rest my case. If a closing arguement is needed I'd called on KOBEMVP888!!"

OUT- FRICKEN-STANDING SIR!!!!!
This is my nominee for "take of the entire pre- season."

Great profile Wes!

Unfortunately, you aren't the only fan who was dissed by a former Laker great.

When I was in college, I worked part time as a valet attendant at a Marriot in Dana Point, CA. One evening, Byron Scott rolled in with his family, consisting of three cars packed full with luggage. Since the bellman had gone home, I took it upon myself to unload all three cars, tag and park all three of his cars, and bring his luggage up to his two suites. And what did I receive for all of this hospitality, absolutely ZERO in return- not even a big thanks with a smile.

To this day, I still think of that everytime I see him in an interview or coaching on the sidelines.

Wes -

I'm late to the party here, but just had to say I enjoyed your profile. You and I had similar Kareem stories. It seems MANY people have similar Kareem stories. Quel dommage.

Anyway, good to meet you sir! I can never get enough Benoit Benjamin jokes so keep em coming!

Wes,
It's late and I'm brain dead but I wanted to catch up a bit on LAT blog reading and spotted your profile. Great stuff. You've been a class act and standup guy ever since you started posting here. Always one of my favorite reads.
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And how about them Lakers vs. Denver tonight? It's starting to click... looks like we could have a very solid bench mob once again.

@WES… Great to finally see your profile, Wes. Bummer about Kareem. There was definitely a time when he could not handle the invasion of privacy that comes with being a basketball star. I like to think that if you ran into him today, he would apologize and sign that autograph while placing an order for some beautiful bagels. Having traveled a lot in Asia, I totally get the Dunkin’ Donuts thing. For me, it was KFC and Mickey D’s. And of course, the international standard: Coca Cola.
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TOM

Wes - Thanks for the kind words. They truly mean a lot. Thanks again for sharing your story and being a part of this community.

MM

I was so looking forward to your profile Wes!!!

The movie & music lover that I always long to interact with, has a look that I completely did not expect (and again, as with Otis, a look that absolutely does look YOUNGER than the displayed profile age. What the heck is??? Usa people don't show their age on their faces or what? *sigh*... I thought eating healtier would make a difference, but I'm starting to question that... ;)).

I am really sorry about Kareem's experience: you're number two telling this in a profile and someway I'm glad I never crossed him... because I would be devastated if he would ever act mean or less than gently in front of me.

I go with the fact that in both documented experiences here from the bloggers, he may have been really off and not ready to meet fans?

I don't know.

I try always to second guess legends' behaviors (I'm very naive there).

Anyway... It's always a great catch to have you here and I am always keen at your posts so it was awesome to SEE you too :)

Kudooooooooos :)

(musical hint: tomorrow buy Kings Of Leon. ;))

Z. :)

\o/ @ Wes! Good profile!


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