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Lakers blog profile: Mamba24 shares his admiration for Kobe Bryant

This is the 14th 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: Mamba24

Story behind your Screen Name: I started out as 8ON8. The first 8 represents Kobe’s number, the second 8 represented infinity. I posted very infrequently using that name. When I started posting more frequently, I changed my name several times because none of the names I picked seemed to resonate with me. Finally one of the bloggers told me, since you like Kobe why don’t you use his nickname “Black Mamba”. I liked that idea and so took it and added Kobe’s number - which was 8 at the time - to the Black Mamba name. I posted for about two weeks as BlackMamba8 and then shortened it to Mamba8. When Kobe changed his number to 24, I changed my name to mamba24 and that is what it has been since. Now, I even prefer it to my real name. My youngest daughter always calls me that when she wants something: “Come on Mamba24 don’t be like that, that’s bogus!” Yeah right baby girl!

How I became a Lakers Fan: My Uncle was what we called a Gypsy Barber. He didn’t have a barbershop, but his clients made appointments and he went to them. He used to take me on some his jobs and I met a lot of interesting people and heard a lot of interesting things. Anyway, I guess he took me with him to try to be the Father figure in my life, because my dad was away a lot for his job. One of my uncle’s clients was the late former basketball player, Norm Van Lier. As we were coming to Van Lier’s house who should be coming out but Jamaal Wilkes.

The Lakers had just won the title and what he was doing at Norm’s I have no idea. Any way Van Lier introduced him to me and my Uncle and he was just like his name smooth as Silk. I forgot to ask him for an autograph until he was in his car, then I asked but he said he had to go but he’d get something to me. I thought “Sure” but he had been so cool I wasn’t mad. I had forgotten all about the promise, when about a month later a package arrived from him. I guess he got our address from Norm. In the package were two autographed wrist bands and an autographed Official Lakers Schedule. From that moment, I was instantly a Lakers fan. The sad part is instead of putting the wrist bands in plastic and saving them, I wore them, like an idiot when I played Ball until the autographs wore off and they were just rags. Stupid huh? I saved the schedule. Yeah I saved it so good even I don’t know where it is.

All Time Favorite Laker: Kobe Bryant. What’s not to like? 82 points in a game, scoring more points in a game than an entire team, numerous consecutive 50+ point games, most game winning shots by a current player are just a few of his vital statistics. But statistics alone do not do the Mamba justice. The will, the fire and the strength to virtually will his team to victory after victory, MY GOODNESS! Not to mention his decision to keep playing - despite his mangled hand - because he knew the Lakers would need home court advantage…and they DID!!

The sacrifices Mamba puts his body through for his team is unbelievable. Can you name one other player today who gives more for and to his team? Can’t can you? Only one other man had this drive and I refuse to say his name but…his initials are MJ. So for me Kobe it is and Kobe it will always. Without scoring another point or winning another title he is right there in the conversation as GOAT. My heart says he is, but my head says it is either Magic or MJ. But both my heart and my head say that in a year or 2 there will be no debate, no question who the GOAT is…KOBE BEAN BRYANT

Greatest Laker of All Time: Magic. Any player who can play all 5 positions and play center score 40 and win a championship as a rookie what else do you have to do. Of course any player that can score 81 points in a game and score more than an opposing team is not to shabby either. My heart says Kobe for the greatest. My head says Magic. My heart has been wrong a lot lately so I’ll go with my head…Magic Johnson it is.

Most Heartbreaking Lakers Experience: The Magic Johnson HIV news conference. When I heard that, I’m not ashamed to say I just fell completely apart, because in those days we thought HIV was pretty much a death sentence. I mean I was completely numb for about a week. I wouldn’t talk to anybody or ISH. Now years later we still have our GLOAT. Although he sometimes makes some bonehead selections for NBA Finals winners, that’s my guy!!! Second worst experience: Losing to the Pistons in 2004. We were picked by everyone to win. We were Ready! We were Rolling! WE WERE BEAT!!! My very soul still aches at that defeat. To this day I haven’t gotten over it. I also lost a little money which didn’t help.

Funniest Lakers Experience: Watching the 2001 Finals against the Philly 76ers with my baby daughter. I sat back all ready to enjoy a bonding experience with my favorite daughter who I thought was a Lakers fan, so what happened? Kobe hit a couple shots and I yelled “HA!” and tried to give my daughter a high five. My precious little angel, what did she do? She just sits there and looks at me stone faced. . Then…then, AI hit’s a couple and she yells HA, HA! I looked at my precious little child – supposedly the next generation of Lakers Nation - and my only thought was… OH THE HORROR!!!. It was then that I found out my little darling was an Allen Iverson fan & was watching The Finals with me not to see the Lakers, but… to see Allen Iverson. OH SWEET JESUS!

Favorite Lakers’ Memory of All Time: Can there be any doubt? Ron Ron’s press conference after the Finals. That was the funniest, most human, non-scripted, thing of beauty I have ever witnessed. My entire family was alternately rolling on the floor with laughter, smiling with pride and crying at the humanness of it all. I’ve looked at it over and over and I never get tired of it and have the same series of reactions every time. Ron is a unique character in the lore of sports. I was not for our getting him, but once he became a Laker he has been a favorite every since. A close second was Game 7 itself. I have to admit I thought game 7 was a lost cause and yet the Lake show roared back and defeated the hated Celtics. You talk about yelling and screaming and yes even a few tears...WOW!

Last time you went to a game at Staples Center or at The Forum: I never attended a game at the Forum or Staples. But no matter what, I intend to get some Finals tickets and attend this year.

Opposing Team, Player you dislike most: Princess Jimmy and MJ. Boston and The Heat no doubt.

--Mark Medina

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THE LONG AWAITED PROFILE OF THE LEGENDARY MAMBA24 HAS FINALLY ARRIVED...

Great profile brother Mamba...I have been anxiously awaiting it...

Your a great person, father and Laker Fan...

You are well respected and loved in our Blog Community...

Looking forward to witnessing this coming year with you bruh...It will be a SPECIAL one...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

(PS...can you include my battle cry in Roll Call...it's dedicated for this season)


Repost *

LRob -

I look at the new players on the team...

Matt Barnes
Steve Blake
Ratcliff, Ebanks, and Caracter...

They see who they play for now and they ask themselves...

Who am I...

Here is my answer...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUwnOsTm96A

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

Posted by: LEWSTRS | October 02, 2010 at 02:03 PM

Nice profile M24!


Now that is a pleasure to finally meet you. Outstanding job and great look at you. Three girls must have been tough. LOL. But I bet a great source of pride and joy.
Well done Sir.

wait for it....

wait for it....

OUT FREAKIN STANDING!


More Wolves:


Wesly Johnson their no 4th pick in the 2010 draft is 2 years older than Michael Beasely? Their highest salary player is in 4 mil range?


Michael Beasley PF 21 6-10 235 Kansas State $4,962,240
Corey Brewer SG 24 6-9 188 Florida $3,703,472 Wayne Ellington G 22 6-4 200 North Carolina $1,078,800
Jonny Flynn PG 21 6-0 185 Syracuse $3,192,000
Wesley Johnson SF 23 6-7 205 Syracuse $3,726,600


Kosta Koufos C 21 7-0 265 Ohio State $1,298,640
Kevin Love PF 22 6-10 260 UCLA $3,638,280
Darko Milicic C 25 7-0 275 $4,325,000
Nikola Pekovic C 24 6-11 243 $4,275,000


Luke Ridnour PG 29 6-2 175 Oregon $4,000,000
5 Martell Webster SF 23 6-7 235 $4,800,000


@MAMBA24… What great timing for MM to run Utz’s and your profiles to get us romping ready for a little basketball. Loved getting to know more about one of very best blog buddies and long-time friends. I love that even you kids sometimes call you Mamba24. But, hey dad, where in the hell are the pics of your lovely daughters? We’ve seen your handsome mug so send MM some other photos. That’s what I’m talking about.
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I’m sure there are casual visitors to the blog who cannot believe the passion and fervor by so many regulars that drives this blog. Personally, I feel sorry for them because there is nothing more energizing and compelling than throwing yourself into something you love surrounded by kindred souls who always have your back. Larry, for your selfless devotion to this blog and our cause, my I award you with the LA Times Lakers Blog Chick Hearn Award for the 2009/10 season. Fatty is taking donations online. LOL!
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TOM

But, hey dad, where in the hell are the pics of your lovely daughters? We’ve seen your handsome mug so send MM some other photos. That’s what I’m talking about.
Posted by: LakerTom | October 02, 2010 at 02:40 PM

LT,
I think MM forgot to post those pix. I'm pretty sure Mamba sent them in.

Thanks MM, great to meet our own Mamba!


"I changed my name to mamba24 and that is what it has been since. Now, I even prefer it to my real name."


Hey, I go by my blog name too! But it's a lot more boring.


Tom D.

It's the MAMBA!!!

The HEART,
The SOUL,
The GLUE of the blog!!!

A pleasure it is to meet you! If I may...

OUTFREAKING STANDING SIR!!!!!!

"I saved the schedule. Yeah I saved it so good even I don’t know where it is."
ROFL That is some funny stuff!

I LOVE your views on the 'real' Mamba - OUTSTANDING!
"But both my heart and my head say that in a year or 2 there will be no debate, no question who the GOAT is…KOBE BEAN BRYANT"

I absolutely agree!

But the story about your daughter watching the '01 Finals together, and she is rooting for AI - OMG that is some funny stuff!!! I hope you got her straightened out on who to root for by now! lol

Beautiful profile Larry, it's a pleasure to share Laker experiences together here on the blog. =)


GO LAKERS!!!!!


Septics cut Tony Gaffney.

For the 3-peat Lakers need to stay together on winning page.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COiIC3A0ROM

And for that to happen we need season to start.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQV9I3Seo2I

"The sad part is instead of putting the wrist bands in plastic and saving them, I wore them, like an idiot when I played Ball until the autographs wore off and they were just rags. Stupid huh?"

No not stupid, that is beautiful that you have those memories. That is what it’s all about the memories and the stories, not the memorabilia. The reason I love these profiles is to read the stories and memories that people have, especially as a kid. I was obsessed at an early age with the Lakers, that is what makes it so special now as an adult. Great profile and great stories just as all the profiles have been so far and will continue to be.

***********PICTURES LEFT OUT OF MAMBA24 PROFILE ***********
Daughters: - http://tinyurl.com/32d64ke - Picture of Mamba24’s daughters
Mamba24 EX http://tinyurl.com/397uonu -- Picture of Exwife who is my best friend

Finally! A face that we can relate to the name. You rock, bro!

Mamba24...........Every one was awaiting our blog god's profile and you DIDN'T disappoint my favorite blog friend!!!!!Some funny and touching stories...still think you look like a YOUNG Ali! That's a compliment. Hope there are pictures of your girls coming!! I wonder where you live though HMMMM? I thought maybe Cali. then one time I thought maybe Chicago. Anyway, great job!! Sounds like Kobe might get a little playing time Mon.

Mamba24!

Mama b24!

Oh Mama, please be 24 and not 16. The police will be knocking at my door.

To the Roll Call God, great to meet you.

Mamba24.. Oh crap, I was going to put Freaking Outstanding sir and I had a Blonde moment and forgot. Also thanks for putting me on the Justa bandwagon.

\O/ @ The BlogFather! Nothing but love for ya, Mamba!

Mamba24 - the legend himself!! Oh, and I remember 80N8, yup. And BlackMamba too. You're the best.

We're proud of you buddy!

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To the Blog God MM thank you so much for posting my profile. Sorry I kind of screwed it up with the pictures but thanks for fixing my mistakes. A Blog God can do miracles. Thanks!!!
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To The Lakers Blog, your kindness is only exceeded by your greatness. Boy am I lucky to belong to such a great family and nation. Now that I finally posted, I can see a thousand stories I have left out as all those who have posted before me can testify to that. But the one thing I really left out is the great sense of family and unity we have here in Lakers Nation and on the Lakers Blog. Yes we argue, but so do most families. Yes we have Drama Punks – Mamba24 – but so do most families lol! But when ever our team needs us, we come together as ONE with one common cause. It has been an honor doing Roll Calls and seeing the Nation expand and grow. We are getting lots of great new talent and it’s a beautiful thing to see. Just an aside on the Roll Calls. How that came about is after a loss, the Blog was particulary down. I tried to think of someway of getting back that Laker swagger so I listed the Lakers history in the Lakers Pledge that appears at the end of Roll call and then I listed The names of all who had posted that day and added the words ROLL CALL to call the people that had posted that day to say those words up to and including: ‘WE ARE THE FREAKING LA LAKERS WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?” I didn’t know how it would go over as I was kind of new at the time and I was a little nervous. Surprisingly instead of being rebuked as I thought I would be, the mood on the Blog improved, the swagger came back and I even got a few compliments. So that’s the Roll Call story I should have included. Thank yous and acknowledgements will follow later. Again until I thank you individually, THANK YOU LAKERSBLOG
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Mamba24,

Congratulations on a great profile.

To all who've had their profiles posted,

I don't think I've yet had a chance to acknowledge all of you. Congratulations.

And to MM - This is a million dollar idea. What a great community we have!

Oh yes, Mamba24 - legendary is it. You bring us all together, everyday, every way. I am your loyal drunken Otis and will remain so.

So far, best looking blogster.

Okay Mamba24, now tell us how you REALLY feel about the Lakers?!

Love ya Larry......You inspire me.

When I get tired and feel like I just can't go on anymore. I read the Roll Call,.... and WHAM!

I'm ready to go out and find more ways to create offshore income!

Thanks Mamba24 (Larry)

Fatty - Your friend in the Arizona Desert on a Horse with no name

Mamba in the Morning AKA Mamba24, very nice profile and beautiful family including the ex. Congratulations!

Mamba,

Great story about Silk...total class. I hope your game was representin when you wore the wrist bands. That was so funny about your daughter rooting for AI. I can picture her laughing when AI dropped that j on T. Lue and then stepped over him. You have a beautiful family and your profile was...was...was....oh just cue the song!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtjdbRKaJrk&feature=related

Oh yeah. I can feel the LOVE you have for your daughters so this one is for your daughters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DtArudS25U

Out freakin' standing, sir! I've been looking forward to Mamba24 profile since this profile thingie got started by MM. The revelation that your favorite daughter is an AI fan had me rolling with laughter, that must've been a shock!


Mamba24, you're the heart and soul of this blog. You made many of us feel welcome and part of the family. It's great to finally get to know more about the person behind the name.

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To The Lakers Blog, your kindness is only exceeded by your greatness. Boy am I lucky to belong to such a great family and nation. I would like to personally thank the following individuals for
Their kindness. More will follow
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@Lewstrs for Blog brother I thank you sir. I only did this at the last minute because you & Justanothermambafan made me do it. LoL! I’m glad that I did because it is an honor to be posted right after our chaplain utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER. Game day prayer & Roll call together and now the two authors together. Yeah that’ll work. Thanks Lew!
@Staples24, thank you sir and when can we expect to see yours? Thanks for the compliment I really appreciate it.
@JustaLakerFan, Wow, Thank you sir. I don’t know what to say. I’m glad we are on the same side again dispite my foolishness. Justa you are a good man and your compliment means a hell of a lot to me, thank you sir!
@phred, Stop that, stop it now! Thank you sir. One of my all time Blog favorites and some times guidance counselors lol! Thanks phred!
@Laker Tom, Thank you sir. Yes I think the timing of my following THE BANNER HOLDER is great. Roll Call, Game Day Prayer, so why not Banner Holder and mamba24 Profile. I’ll say it again that MM Blog God is a Genius. The pictures, I screwed up, but MM fixed them for me, thanks Blog God. Coming from my IDOL the praise is doubly gratifying. You are the main reason I am back today and I thank you my brother and thank you for all you do to make this Blog a Nation and a Family. Thank you Laker Yom
@LakerLass, Lass without your Friendship and advice…I’m Nothing!!! Thank you Laker Lass for your time patience and understanding.
@Tom Daniels. LOL great line “I go by my Blog name too”. And that Blog name is one that carries a tremendous amount of respect on this Blog sir. Thank you sir and thank you for all you do for Lakers Blog and Lakers Nation.
@CyberCosmiX, you are too much my brother. Your intelligence, enthusiasm and keen insight is OUT FREAKIN STANDING. You have rapidly become one of my Blog favorites. Your Profile was outstanding. Your kind words have really uplifted me sir and I truly thank you.
@NBA4ever, Thank you sir for making me feel so much better about those wrist bands. Lol! You are too kind with your compliments and I thank you. I agree 100% about the Profiles which is why I agreed to do mine – along with some arm twisting by Lewstrs and Justa.
@Raymond42n, Thank you my brother. Great blogging with you this preseason. This coming season will be as LakerTom says, one for the ages and it’s people like you who will make the experience all the more enjoyable thanks.
@NewMexicoLL, Thank you, thank you mam. I always look forward to having you keep me on my toes on the Blog in the morning. You are another great addition to Lakers Nation and also
Your enthusiasm is contagious. Thank you, and don’t give up on thise Vikings just yet! Thanks!
@P ang, pang thank you. Police knocking at the door WTH! Stop that! Stop that now!
Naw, not 16 but not 24 either. Now add another 20 to the 24 and we can be in the Ball park
LOL! Thank you sir!
@utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER, we follow each other on gameday with Roll Calls and Game Prayers so I guess it’s only natural we follow each other here. Thank you my brother.
And I do mean “my brother”, since we’ve been on the Blog you have always been like a brother
To me and even helped me thru some difficult times with my moms death among others so
I thank you not only for the kind words about the Profile, but for all the kind acts that you have done over the years without even being asked. You are a hell of a good guy utz and the world is a better place for your being here. Thank you my brother.
@Dave M., Thank you sir! Oh yeah we go way back to the good old days of Smush and kwame lol! Legend? Dave I’m not even a Legend in my own mind, Lol! You’ve been a good brother over the years Dave and I’m glad we got to see the good times come to Laker Nation. Thank you.
@LoneStarLakerFan, thank you sir and let me say I’m proud to be a part of Laker Nation with so many outstanding members like yourself thank you.
@Rick Friedman, coming from a man who represents Class personified - and who they should name the RCOTD award after – your comments mean a great deal. Thank you so much sir!
@Otis, Otis, Otis thank you sir those are very nice comments but…will you remember them tomorrow when you sober up? Lol! Thanks Otis, it goes without saying that you are one of my favorites and whenever I need a little cheering up I just look for a post by Otis and it’s alll good.thank you my brother
@Fatty, Thank you Fatty sir and I say sir respectfully since you are one of my mentors. You welcomed me on the Blog and taught me the ropes and helped me out of scrape after scrape. Not to mention your humour could turn an otherwise bleak day, bright again. I owe you a lot
Fatty and don’t think I don’t know it. Thank you sir!
@LakerJ, Thank you LakerJ, I wouldn’t have included the Ex except she’s my best friend, how weird is that? See you learned another strange Mamba24 fact. Lol! Thanks again!
@Lrob, thank you sir. I always say when in doubt I always say WWLRD(What Would LROB Do). The Gap Band, sure you right. Mannnnnnnnn Gil Scott Heron that song hit the spot that is me to a T! You know me to well my brother. The moment you first came on the Blog it’s the craziest thing but I felt like I had always known you and like we had been running buddies. You do so much for the Blog in so many ways and I thank you my brother!
@Seely-Iggy, thank you for the sentiments. Yes it is a terrible thing to be a Lakers fan and to find out your daughter is not. THE HORROR!!! LOL! Yep, but that’s my baby girl and I Love her to death!! Thank you for the great comments and for helping to make Laker Nation the great Nation it is

Great profile Mamba24 - well worth the wait! Love the story of you and your daughter watching the '01 Finals and, to your horror, discovering that she was an AI fan! Classic!

@Lew - yes sir...good stuff. Snoop with the Parliament samples = G-Funk. Those bench guys are so important, but I hope they don't try to do too much...they don't have to be the stars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieBSBIuFuN8&feature=related

@Cyber - Great Beach boy song and no one can resist California girls. I ain't got nothing against the west coast, every time I'm there I've had great hosts...but sometimes you just gotta getaway to here...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvbqGubZmgo&feature=related

Great profile Mamba24 - well worth the wait! Love the story of you and your daughter watching the '01 Finals and, to your horror, discovering that she was an AI fan! Classic! Posted by: Jefe101 | October 02, 2010 at 05:19 PM
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Thank you so much my brother. Yes it was indeed horrifying to discover the only reason my lil darling was watching the game with me was to see Allen Iverson. I love her with all my heart but at that moment she could have been not my princess but...Princess Jimmy. Lol! No I'm just playing, thats my baby!

Mamba24 -

Take off the glasses and the stash, and you got some Andrew Bynum look going...

Your daughter are beautiful...great looking family...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

@Lew - I know this sounds crazy, but too me Freddie Mercury is one of the most underrated artist of our generation.

@Puddle - that's picture of Shaq was hilarious

@Staples24 - I'm rooting for Rambis too, but the only star quality player they have is Love....that ain't going to get it done.

@JustaLakerFan - Wow you've covering a range of stuff in pop music from Marvin, to Steppenwolf to all the novelty songs (by the way that Charlie Brown is a classic...why is everybody always picking on me)...so I had to salute you with one of the early New Wave songs...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FabM1RJTkrY

Fatty - would that be the desert "where there ain't no one for to give you no pain"?

dave m -

For sure not the Suns fans.....

LRob................That song "Your daddy loves you is perfect for Mamba Larry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, Mamba your family is beautiful!!

Good to put a face on my favorite blog poster. I had the inkling you were a decent looking dude. Props always to you Larry a.k.a Mamba24.

Mamba24 - do I even have to say this? FINALLY - your profile is up and a BIG blog hit. HUGE. Of course I've seen these pics & heard the stories (thanks to the renegade chat) but I'm glad everyone else is finally able to share in it - and especially since the timing is so great. We're right at the edge of entering a fabulous, historic Laker season, and it's only right that you and utz become known to Laker Nation. We need your energy and enthusiasm to carry us along throughout the year, and it's so much more fun now that we're getting to know you - and everyone else.

You have a beautiful family - glad MM finally got those pics up LOL! It's really sad that your daughter is an AI fan - I'm sure you're working on that, right? LMAO! I'm glad you finally decided to do this, Larry. It's a good thing.

Thank you for all you do on here. We love you, Mamba24.

LRob - you never hang around long enough on the other chat... that's your problem LOL!

LRob - gloomy day here in Vegas today, mixed with showers and thunder and lightning...Kinda reflects my mood...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p_cXfdz8Hw

JustaLakerFan - lol...you're all over the place...great range of taste...loved the Steppen Wolf and War choices...your comics line up, reminded me of a Tarantino soundtrack...

LakerTom - The vid I posted for LRob, I'm sure will bring back some memories for you too....

I'm glad you finally decided to do this, Larry. It's a good thing.

Thank you for all you do on here. We love you, Mamba24.

Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 02, 2010 at 06:11 PM

*****

Speaking of profiles....ahem...have you submitted yours...

We wont stop hounding you...lol


Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

LEW - lol - stop it! I don't respond well to pressure.

BTW - where'd you go today? You got on the chat and then disappeared without saying anything.... hope all is well......

@JustaLakerFan - Wow you've covering a range of stuff in pop music from Marvin, to Steppenwolf to all the novelty songs (by the way that Charlie Brown is a classic...why is everybody always picking on me)...so I had to salute you with one of the early New Wave songs...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FabM1RJTkrY

Posted by: LRob | October 02, 2010 at 05:56 PM

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Well many years and eras of music I have a vast repertoire
to draw from. Do remember pop muzik.
Now not so old oldie to throw at you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q76IlF5HES0

Not apropos of anything in this thread but I have NBA TV real training camp on in the background, just for noise really because this segment is the Knicks who I have little interest in... but I looked over and who was on the screen but Turief. And, it kinda took me back, y'know? Because it always seems to me that ex-Lakers sort of disappear when they leave. Not always, Fish of course left and came back but that's a whole different story, that's like a prodigal son returning home. But generally speaking, a Laker can go from being a role player on a championship team in our very specific system and then kind of become a footnote on a team that's not even in contention. It's probably just me because I'm seeing things from a Laker-centric POV. Anyway. It's good to see Ronni again on TV. I remember how much love he used to get on this blog, how awesome it was to see him dancing around on the sidelines and how Phil would just kind of glance over in that bemused way.

Nice.

Mamba24, glad to finally meet you, my brother.

Is instant post off...

test test test

Oh, and Miami's now on Real Training Camp. Bosh is tinkering around with a knee brace that makes Bynum's look simple.

dave m - might as well get used to watching the Meat's training camp. It's been on again and again and again..... sickening. I absolutely refuse to watch it.


Now onto bigger and better things - the LAKERS WILL BE ON TV SOON!!!! WOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! The off-season is over. The pre-season is upon us. LET"S GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!

JLF - yep I remember that Candyman cause he sampled one of my favs from Rose Royce.

@NewMexico - Thank you. Oh yes congrats on Vikes win over Detroit. That 80+ TD by AP was sweet.

@Justa - I know I've been running around all day. I'll try to check in tomorrow when I'm not trying to do 3 things at the same time.

@Lew - I know...kinda wild
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aoywIHLqbs&feature=fvw

Ron Ron has opinions on everything...even free/fair trade agreements...

"They need to let more Americans play in the European leagues," Artest said. "There are only like two [Americans] to a team while Europeans can come to America [and play in the NBA] like the whole San Antonio Spurs team -- a whole American team can be full of Europeans. Europe has to be a little more fair to the American players.

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5639427

THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS 2010-2011 SEASON part 1


My anticipation for this season to start has reached a boiling point...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyC0X1z4J0U

Can't wait for Monday to finally see our boys play...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuR0DqbQGN8&feature=fvst

Mean while Bynum sits and heals...physically and mentually...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVTN5o9Kgu8

We should get a peek at Phil Jackson's rotations...lol...

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

But then comes opening night...Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yT8d5oSQVs&feature=fvw

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS 2010-2011 SEASON part 2

I think we will explode off the blocks, have a great start, and walk away...why...because we are stars..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-y4dIDBRwY

Then it will be a long 82 game grind...our boys will have to put in the work...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB8F8g1-4Uw

Then the real season begins...The 2011 Playoffs...It will be hand to hand combat...it will be War...but we will go down low...our best advantage...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro4yhp9L6Ok&feature=related

Yes...for the fourth straight year...we are back...in the NBA Finals...a feat in itself...

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

Can you say back 2 back 2 back...3 Peat...3peatx4...6 rings for Kobe...12 for PJ as coach...1 for all that took less money...17 for the franchise...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cALt7xQnqz0

Darn tootin all Lakers fans will be celebrating...especially here in our house...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8G4BlBYF9Q

And it will be an honor to share every precious moment with my Laker Family...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Oiu9jW-VyE

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

LRob -

Congrats on the MSU win today...that should move you up the rankings...

I'll tell you, the Knicks' practice looked a lot more together than Miami's. There's very little flow, the communication isn't good. They're playing hard but in fits and starts and tons of mistakes, nobody looks happy.

@ Mamba24,

My brother! We are in select company, sir. Laker Love, AND 3 daughters? Kindred spirits of the warrior! Our bamboo will bend, but never break! There is only one thing I can say to you now:

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DBDH!

@Seely-Iggy, thank you for the sentiments. Yes it is a terrible thing to be a Lakers fan and to find out your daughter is not. THE HORROR!!! LOL! Yep, but that’s my baby girl and I Love her to death!! Thank you for the great comments and for helping to make Laker Nation the great Nation it is


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*lol* I'm married to a Celtics fan!!! Not sure if that tops your daughter not being a Lakers fan, but I'm sure it comes close. In the 2008 finals, he went to the neighbor's apartment to watch the game because we couldn't deal being in the same room and rooting for our respective teams. Thankfully, the Lakers are his next favorite team (I know, he's confused, huh?) so he managed to cheer convincingly for the Lakers in the last year's finals. Although, I'm pretty sure when I was in the kitchen or bathroom, he secretly cheered the Celtics on *lol*

@ MAMBA24 . . .

TRUE MAMBA24 MOMENT FOR ME...

After spending over a year as a "reading only" member of this blog, I finally got up the nerve to write something a few years ago. I laugh now, but I was nervous. Fingers were trembling, mouth was dry. Clicking on the --POST-- icon reminded me of the first time I clicked on the --SUBMIT-- icon paying with Discover Card over $10k for son's first semester in college.

Later that day, I returned to see if my post had been acknowledged. Sure enough, a guy named JONK had noticed my comments and proceeded to carve up my heart with some heavy-handed response! lol (Since then I came to love our dear patron saint of smash-mouthed blogging!)

Annonymous and crushed, I was certain to never post again. But the very next day, this hyper-spirited, mega-popular, heart-thumping Laker enthusiast acknowledged me. He even complimented me. Yep, MAMBA24 came to my rescue and as they say, the rest is history.

I am sure there are many others around here who have "Thanks for MAMBA24" stories like mine. Speaking on behalf of them and all of us here at the blog, we love you Larry!

You are . . . wait for it . . .

OUT FREAKING STANDING!

Mike

Mamba24- The real deal, man you're profile is off the charts. The Blog cop should have posted you on opening night along with that ROLL CALL. I've been reading this blog family posting for over a year and actually pictured what most of you look like in my mind. Bro I had you short dorky thick rim glasses with a mullet, not the case. Dud you're girls got to look like their mon, not to say you look Sam Cassell. Get a shot gun, you'll need it to keep the crabs alway. Nice Profile but you got to get to a game because you got lots of game.
It's going to be a great finals, the Heat taking down the two time champs.
GO HEAT

MM-can a troll submit a profile, also can a troll win RCOTD?

Mamba24 and Utz,

Congratulations to you both! Thank you both for being so classy and positive on this blog. I look forward to another great season cheering and blogging side by side with you about our beloved Lakers! Much love to all my Laker family!

Mamba24! Great profile my man! I have enjoyed your posts and now know a little more about you! I enjoyed reading your experiences, sir!

Mamba24,

Nice to "cyber" meet you.

h.

Well, now the Lakers training camp's on so I'll be staying up... they're miking Ron and Sasha up for practice so it could be funny.

MM -

I don't know if your lucky or genius, but the back 2 back line up of Utz and Mamba was a masterpiece...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

Out Freaking Standing, Sir!

Mamba24.

TONS of fundamentals in the Lakers practice... just real basic conditioning, a jump stop/pivot drill, layup drills, Phil showing guys how to pass, very basic stuff but interesting. Mitch gave a pretty detailed explanation about Bynum's surgery and how sewing the cartilage together's better in the long run but it takes a lot longer for the blood to do its work... he said it could be up to 12 weeks of recovery.

Larry, you are and will always be MY FREAKIN IDOL!!!!
(I already told you that...)
Your good energy and good vibe always makes my day a better day. Congrats on the nice family you have.

Actually, just like LakerMike, I've pass through the "1st-post-fear", and Mamba24 and justanothermambafan were the first ones to reply and welcome me to this wonderful family. Thanks again Larry, I'm forever in debt...

Lew,

Thanks for the congrats on MSU win. Big rivalry game coming up next week vs. U-M.

I enjoyed the Laker Season part 1 & 2. That was quite an undertaking. I always really liked Carly Simon. Thanks for dropping that Low Rider. I wish more people knew how good a band War was/is. And thanks to you, I now know the name of that song I've heard hundreds of times....The River Kwai March.

Finally!!

Mamba 24!

The straw that stirs this drink. Great profile.

V

I'm trying to catch up right now. Just saw the bandwagon for Justa's ASG tix. Thank you Mamba for knowing to put me on that one.

Oh, also, I have to say, nice profiles utz and mamba24! Really enjoyed reading them.

Mamba24,

Outstanding sir!

As for the wristbands, join the club. In 1981, Dusty Baker gave me one of his bats from game 3 of the World Series (Dodgers vs. Yankees). And what do you think I did with it? That's right! I played with it until it shattered into many pieces. Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

Speaking of Johnny B. "Dusty" Baker. When I first looked at your photo, I was reminded of a young Dusty.

Then I looked again and a young Herbie Hancock came to mind -- http://www.atariarchives.org/deli/herbie_hancock.jpg

Then I looked at your shades and, dare I say, a Carmelo Anthony resemblance appeared. Yellow Melo? Say it isn't so!

OK. I can live with the shades so long as you confirm you had them before Yellow Melo...
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GO Mamba24!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT TO THE NINTH POWER!!!!!!!!!

Oh, one more thing before I go to bed. I have a little 2001 surprise AI fan story as well. I'll add it in to my profile when I write it up. Good night Laker Nation!

mamba24,

I think lakertom is gonna be jealous of the Bynum look u got going on.

Not 2 fond of the magic pick over kobe, but if there's one thing I've learnt from being on this blog it's that magic ranks numero uno in the hearts of purple and gold fans. So guess in some way, u get xtra mamba points for giving your heart to kobe even if ya head's slow to catching on :)

outstanding profile for a really cool fan yo ... and I wouldn't be too hard on the daughter, AI was balling outta of control in 2001. I lost some dough on that game but I still enjoyed the loss mostly cuz I saw a lil mamba in the heart a.i. showed and i also knew there was no way lil mamba was gonna best big mamba + shaq.

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To The Lakers Blog, your kindness is only exceeded by your greatness. Boy am I lucky to belong to such a great family and nation. I would like to personally thank the following individuals for their kindness. I’m sorry I was late getting to you but had a lot of errands and fell asleep exhausted. Sorrrrrry
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@Justanothermambafan(Head of the Mamba Clan), Well you got me into this and though I was a little leery, I must say I’m glad you made me do it. Thank you for all your wonderful comments although as you said, you and the “Renegade Chat Gang” had already seen the Profile. I thank you also for the very valuable contributions you have made to LakersBlog, Lakers Nation and The Mamba Clan over the years. Your humor – You Are Funny Damnit -, keen perspective on the game and intelligent to the point comments are awesome. I personally thank you for keeping this “Drama Punk” in line on the Blog and bringing me back, again and again to the Blog. Thank you for always having my back and for telling me what I needed to hear even when I said I didn’t want to hear it. Your friendship has meant so much to me I can’t even begin to express, as I am sure most of the Blog knows. Through the good times with The Lakers and the Bad your enthusiasm is what has helped to keep me going. Fellow Lakerholics in good times and bad. Thank you M.G. You have all my Respect and Love my Sister.
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@Segeboy/Sheriff, Sheriff where the heck you been homey? Thanks for the comments. Now you know Kobe is my favorite, so don’t even start. But you got to stay with Magic at least one more year…Then the Reign of Kobe Bean Bryant as GLOAT and GOAT begins!!!!!! How’s the business doing? Can I call you Bill Gates yet? Keep at it my brother you’ll get there! Thanks for keeping Lakers Nation in order Sheriff and your unwavering support for Kobe. It goes without saying thanks for the thousands of times you had my back I owe you my brother. For all your contributions and support of both Lakers Nation & myself THANKS SHERIFF!!
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@Magic Phil, he of the Magic Skills, Thank you for the compliments and giving me my favorite song Lol! Setting up “The Renegade Chat site” was a masterstroke and all us Renegade Chatters will be forever in your debt. IDOL, hell you’re my IDOL! I wish I had half the skills you have my brother. Bu t you got to slow down, take a little time for yourself now and then! The Lakers nation and “The Renegade Chat Gang” as well as myself owe you a debt of gratitude. Thank you Magic Phil…now hit it http://tinyurl.com/ylp3qqc _ I Love LA
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@Never, Thank you for the compliment and when will the Profile of Never be coming? Don’t say wait for it…NEVER!!! The Blog eagerly awaits the Profile of Never. For all you do. Thank you.
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@LakerSunshine, Thank You my Sister and when can we expect your lovely profile my Sister?
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@LakerMike, Thank you sir and stop that lol! LakerMike nervous…Aw Hell Naw! Lol! Your contributions to the Blog have been great and I always look forward to reading your post. Good to see you brought Mrs. Laker Mike into the Laker Family sir. Yeah I would be nervous too as far as the 10K on discover for tuition. But as you well know our Kids are worth it!!!! From the Nation & myself THANKS
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@Nemaia Faletogo, My fellow Lakerholic brother in arms, Thank you. Yep it’s gonna be a great season especially having Lakerholics like you to Blog with! And we are looking forward to the further adventures of Nemaia, can’t wait sir, can’t wait. The Nation and I thank you for your contributions over the years. Thank you my brother!!
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@TNTLakerFan, Thank you sir, your Profile was much better and I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to another great season. Thanks personally and for all you do for Lakers Nation!
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@Rico of NY loves the LALakers, Thank you sir, I think Rico of NY made a very smart choice in his choice of teams Lol! Glad to have you aboard and thanks!
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@The Triangulator, WTH? Dusty gave you a Bat and you played with it that sounds like something that idiot Mamba24 would do! LOL! Welcome to the club brother, I feel a lot better now. Yeah Dusty is a cool guy He used to coach the Cubs, I met him a couple times at Cubs conventions so yeah I cn go with the Dusty look, Melo I’m not to sure of Herbie, ah yeah!!!! I think that’s it! Thanks for all you do and thanks again for the compliments
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Troy B, thank you sir!! But just for the record this is the real Troy B right? LMAO. You’re a good brother and a great Lakerholic and the Lakers Nation is a better place for your being a part of it!
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@VMAN, Thank you sir good to see you back and posting. As one of the original Lakers Nation
Builders I’ve always looked up to you. Thanks for the compliments and all you do!
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@Humanomaly, Thank you my fellow Lakerholic! The season for the ages is about to begin and with Humanomaly along I know it’s gonna be…OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR. Thanks my brother!!
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@Justa Hater, First thank you my brother. My daughters also thank you and yes, yes they did get their looks from their Mom thank God. Now see, then you go and ruin it with that Heat comment lol! I can respect your loyalty to the team and I admit some of your posts have me Rolling, but The Name, The Name come on we need to do something about that lol! Thanks!

Twas a day in October
and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring
not even my spouse.

Been a few days
since I checked the blog,
other stuff to do
my brain in a fog.

Finally, some free time
I decide to check in,
reading the posts,
too many, must skim.

Then what to my wondering
eyes should appear,
But a picture of Mamba
and his kids, so dear.

I read through the profile
attention commanding,
OK, now wait for it,
Out freakin' standing!

I read through the profile
attention commanding,
OK, now wait for it,
Out freakin' standing! Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | October 03, 2010 at 06:13 AM
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Lol, thank you Art my brother nice poem! You know you are one of my favorites on the Blog so the poem means a lot to me. This season is going to be special so we got to rev it up another notch. You have helped build and shape Lakers nation into the great nation it is today and so I thank you for your compliments and your contributions to the nation! Thank you my brother!

Wow amazing profile,finally i know you idol Mamba24...

Can't wait for tomorrow night here in England,finally i will see my Idol KOBE BRYANT in person playing in 02 Arena...YEABOiii!!!

Wow amazing profile,finally i know you idol Mamba24...Can't wait for tomorrow night here in England,finally i will see my Idol KOBE BRYANT in person playing in 02 Arena...YEABOiii!!!Posted by: Adrian Palomar | October 03, 2010 at 06:42 AM
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Stop it Adrian, Stop it right now!!!! Lol! First thank you and second where in the heck have you been? Third you know I'm jealous as heck of you seeing the game tomorrow in person. Now that deserves an OUT FREAKIN STANDING!! Adrian you are one of the ones who especially help keep this Blog fun and alive. I'll always remember the 1000+ post Blog a lot of good Friendships were cemented that night. Thanks for all you do in helping to make Lakers Blog the Award winning Blog that it is and making Lakers Nation not just a Nation but a family. THANKS!!!!!

Thank you too MAMBA24,yes I wont forget that 1000s blog that we achieve.Been busy lately just had a new Baby girl.Yes I will see KOBE in person tomorrow,finally my greatest dream in life will come true tomorrow.Can't even slept lately thinking about it and of course taking turns taking care of the baby...

Everybody loves Larry -- and rightfully so!

Beautiful family Larry.

Hey, lets just keep the blog farewells to a minimum this year. Lets say once ever two months you can threaten to leave forever, but anything more than that, any kind of actual departure from the community that has grown so accustomed to your amazing energy just won't be tolerated.

And shouldn't we have a game coming up soon? If the rumors are true of Sasha and Ron being dead-eye shooters so far in camp, watch out world.

Last year we were a few outside shots a game away from stomping the life out of teams. If we can add that wrinkle to the game this year, the Lakers will be world killers.

Speaking of wrinkles, anyone read this as a kid?

http://www.shockya.com/news/wp-content/uploads/a_wrinkle_in_time.jpg

Wes

Thank you too MAMBA24,yes I wont forget that 1000s blog that we achieve.Been busy lately just had a new Baby girl.Yes I will see KOBE in person tomorrow,finally my greatest dream in life will come true tomorrow.Can't even slept lately thinking about it and of course taking turns taking care of the baby...
Posted by: Adrian Palomar | October 03, 2010 at 07:11 AM
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Wow a new Baby girl! Adrian you know what I'm going to have to do don't you? I got to say it Adrian...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!!!! Now train her well as a Lakers nation child so you won't end up having the same problem I had Lol!!!! This is great! Congratulations!!!! Don't worry you can always catch on sleep but those memories are forever!! Kudos!!
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ADRIAN PALOMAR CONGRATULATIONS ON NEW BABY - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - Wow a new Baby girl! Adrian you know what I'm going to have to do don't you? I got to say it Adrian...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!!!! Now train her well as a Lakers nation child so you won't end up having the same problem I had Lol!!!! This is great! Congratulations!!!! Don't worry you can always catch on sleep but hose memories are forever!! Kudos!!
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER

Everybody loves Larry -- and rightfully so! Beautiful family Larry.
Hey, lets just keep the blog farewells to a minimum this year. Lets say once ever two months you can threaten to leave forever, but anything more than that, any kind of actual departure from the community that has grown so accustomed to your amazing energy just won't be tolerated. Posted by: wes | October 03, 2010 at 07:38 AM
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Wes!!! my number one Blogging buddy - next to Justa of course - Thank you my brother. Yes they are beautiful, thank God not like their dad! Thank you! Farwells...I'm taking the pledge no more for the Duration. I know you & Justa & The Blog can hold me to it, Lol!

I think Larry may actually be Andew Bynum in disguise. Larry, get beck on the court!

Wes

Speaking of wrinkles, anyone read this as a kid? http://www.shockya.com/news/wp-content/uploads/a_wrinkle_in_time.jpg
Posted by: wes | October 03, 2010 at 07:38 AM
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Wes, I'm sure it's an interesting site but for some reason my freakin computer is not letting me in. I think it's the anti-virus. I think the anti-virus is also what keeps kicking us out of the Renegade Chat site. Oh well, I'll investigate later. Wes, to paraphase a famous actress...."They like me, They really like me!" Wow!
That made my year I'll tell you buddy. THANKS!

I think Larry may actually be Andew Bynum in disguise. Larry, get beck on the court! Wes Posted by: wes | October 03, 2010 at 07:46 AM
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Stop that, stop that now!! Andrew is a much better looking Lad with much more money than poor Mamba24 Lol! But I'll take that compliment and run with it my brother, thank you!

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ADRIAN PALOMAR CONGRATULATIONS ON NEW BABY - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - Wow a new Baby girl! Adrian you know what I'm going to have to do don't you? I got to say it Adrian...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!!!! Now train her well as a Lakers nation child so you won't end up having the same problem I had Lol!!!! This is great! Congratulations!!!! Don't worry you can always catch on sleep but hose memories are forever!! Kudos!!
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER
(03) WES - RIDING SHOTGUN

Posted by: Mamba24 | October 03, 2010 at 07:40 AM

Hahahaha thanks MAMBA24 for putting a bandwagon for my baby...Yes i cherished all the memories,thats why i miss my Mom and Dad back home in the Philippines the hardship and all the sleepless nights they gone through taking care of me and my sister,wow i can't imagine.KUDOS and thank you very much to all the Mommy and Daddy all over the world and specially to my Mom and Dad miss you and love you...

Yes MAMBA24 are you the missing father of Andrew Bynum?lol

Yes MAMBA24 are you the missing father of Andrew Bynum?lol Posted by: Adrian Palomar | October 03, 2010 at 07:56 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!! Stop it I say Adrian! Stop it now! I'll see if I can convince him of that and maybe he can float his dear dad a loan! Lol!

Adrian -

Congrats on the new baby...and way to represent in London...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

One of my favorite Sunday morning songs in honor of Larry. This was on the Dylan album in 1992 that marked Bob's complete 180 degree turn as an artist and his reemergence as one of the world's great performers. It was on this album that Bob said goodbye to the substance abuse that defined the 80s for him, and returned to the folk songs that people we're dying to hear from him 25 years earlier when he abandoned songs like these for rock and Roll. The albums that followed this collection are some of the most respected in Rock history....and I trace it all back to here...

"Arthur Mcbride"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sLTu4aQPV0

Wes

 
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