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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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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. Posted by: Lakergurl | October 02, 2010 at 06:09 PM

@LakerGurl, OH MY GOD!! I got Props from Lakergurl! Tell me I’m not dreaming. I am honored and thrilled mam for the kind comments from the Original LakerGurl!!!! One of the foundations upon which this Blog was built and another who welcomed me to the Blog. Your contributions to Lakers nation building are immeasurable and so I thank you for your kind comments and your great contributions to the Nation. NOW LETS GO 3-PEAT!!!! THANNNNNKS

Mamba24 -

Hey bro...how about this as our Blog Song...

If you like it...you can post it at the end of your Roll Call...

Just kicking ideas...

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

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

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ADRIAN PALOMAR CONGRATULATIONS ON NEW BABY - BANDWAGON
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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...
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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
(04) LEWSTRS - Adrian -Congrats on the new baby...and way to represent in London...

Thanks Lew my compatriot Filipino...

Hey bro...how about this as our Blog Song...If you like it...you can post it at the end of your Roll Call...Just kicking ideas...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Oiu9jW-VyE Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation #17 Coming Up!!!
Posted by: LEWSTRS | October 03, 2010 at 08:23 AM
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Lewstrs, Love the Song, Love the Idea!!! You Kicking & clicking on all cylinders my brother!! Thanks for the idea!!! After all...WE ARE FAMILY!!!! YES!!!

Hey Larry Mamba24,

Sorry for late posting, I'm traveling and just saw your name. Can't miss to read this one wherever I am, because you're outfreakin' super duper a fantastic individual. The ladies in your profile have sad faces but they all looked beautiful. As I said before, you could apply for Hollywood as your 3rd option,(You looked Mr. Gatsby Chicago version surrounded by ladies); of course the 2nd job as our Blow Roll Call Master will be permanently imbued to your numerous fans and the Lakers Blog cannot resume without calling your name.

Now that your profile is made in public, it's time for PRO turned businessman, Silk to request for your autograph. After so many years keeping his memorabilia, send him the blog roll call with your signature. lol! We're now in the 21st century, there is no blog during his time. When you mentioned your daughter as AI fan, are you referring to Mari G.?

Good luck and more power to you, please continue what you are doing because we all get excited every time we see you posting and sad when you're on fishing expedition.

Very cool - good to put a face to blog voice.

Now that your profile is made in public, it's time for PRO turned businessman, Silk to request for your autograph. After so many years keeping his memorabilia, send him the blog roll call with your signature. lol! We're now in the 21st century, there is no blog during his time. When you mentioned your daughter as AI fan, are you referring to Mari G.? Good luck and more power to you, please continue what you are doing because we all get excited every time we see you posting and sad when you're on fishing expedition. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | October 03, 2010 at 08:39 AM
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LOL! Thank you Edwin, you always did know how to turn a phrase sir. Thank you also for being the first for welcoming me on the blog and for being my mentor through the years - that must have be a hell of a frustrating job Lol! Thank you for also being part of the very Foundation of which this Blog was built.
We all look to you for wisdom and inspiration and you always come thru. You manage to educate about life and the world while talking about sports. I couldn't have gotten a better education anywhere else. Fishing expeditions are over for the duration. you have my word on it. Naw Mari G. is another story entirely, which I can no longer talk about, but it had a happy ending regardless. So sir once again Thank you! The Lakers Nation and I owe you a debt of gratitude. THANKS MY MENTOR!!!!!
Mamba24/Larry

Very cool - good to put a face to blog voice. Posted by: 63 Footer | October 03, 2010 at 08:53 AM
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Thank you sir and while we know you would like to protect your identity and so are reluctant to show your face, that Blog Profile, even without a picture sure would be nice to read. Come on 63 Footer you can do it!!! Thank you my brother!

LOVED the profile - so nice to put a face with the name and all the great posts. You are definitely one of my favorite bloggers here, always look forward to what you have to say. Your enthusiasm is contagious and it comes through loud and clear. Can't wait to share this season with you and the rest of the Laker faithful!

LOVED the profile - so nice to put a face with the name and all the great posts. You are definitely one of my favorite bloggers here, always look forward to what you have to say. Your enthusiasm is contagious and it comes through loud and clear. Can't wait to share this season with you and the rest of the Laker faithful! Posted by: LuvThoseLakers | October 03, 2010 at 09:35 AM
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Thank you for the kind words they are much appreciated. I don't know if you have been formally welcomed to LakersBlog or not but either way I'd like to say Welcome Aboard! This promises to be a season to end all season so hold on to your hat. Don't be shy about posting just jump right in. Again thanks for the nice words and sentiments and you are now officially a LAKERHOLIC!!

Way to go Larry!

Outstanding Sir!

Sonnybelfast

Way to go Larry! Outstanding Sir! Sonnybelfast Posted by: Sonny Belfast | October 03, 2010 at 10:11 AM
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WOW! A Sonny Belfast compliment! *sniff* *sniff* Thank you kind sir! Lol! Sonny my brother what in the world have you been up to? How you doing? I hope the family is well. Yeah I had to put out a Profile, what can I say? You know there's a place waiting for you anytime in Lakers Nation Sonny and don't worry, profiles are optional Lol. Take care my bother!!

Mamba24/Larry

Oh and P ang, why would the police be knocking at your door? Out with it P ang, out with it now! Just playing with ya! Lol! Carry on!

Oh and NewMexicoLL, you had it right...Chicago!

Larry,

You're a good man and since this page may act as an archive of your life when your grandchildren years from now turn to this community to learn a little more about their Grandaddy and the man named Kobe who brought all the banners to the walls of their arena.

This is what technology gives us, an actual archive of our day to day lives.

So, to honor that, "Invincible Armour" again, in German:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w4yRZX3bGw

Wes

So, to honor that, "Invincible Armour" again, in German:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w4yRZX3bGw Posted by: wes | October 03, 2010 at 11:55 AM
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Wes, you know I'm going to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!! And yes I am saving this Profile as well as the Profiles of everyone that is profiled and keeping it in online storage. I would suggest others do this, it is so easy to do as each Profile comes up, otherwise if you want to find the profile of a particular Laker Nation member you will have to hunt thru who know's how many post to find that particular Profile. Do it LakerHolics!! Carry On! And Thanks Wes

I'd like to call upon all my fellow bloggers, here and now, to throw down the gauntlet in honor of Larry Mamba 24 and link your favorite Youtube video of all time. A simple, technolgical tribute to a man called Larry.

Here's mine. And it was a tough choice. Do I post the fat Chinese kid who sings like Whitney? The talking cats? The disappearing car? The talking haunted doll? The ufos? The Japanese street magic? The jumping lizard? The gay mountian climber? The fainting newsperson? The russian mob brawls? The bullies getting beat up? The 70s kung fu clips in random languages?

No. Just this:

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

Wes

See, the interesting thing about begining at the end is that when you finally get there you'll be well prepared.

Wes

See, the interesting thing about begining at the end is that when you finally get there you'll be well prepared. Posted by: wes | October 03, 2010 at 12:25 PM
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OK, that solved that mystery for me!...Huh? Lol! Good stuff Wes!!

And...well...here's the chubby Chinese Whitney...without the kilos...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32MDpOnSYgg

Wes

And the vanishing ghost car:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htVdg1VzBKw

Wes

And who can forget the UFO over London?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OagF67WOsG0

Wes

And...well...here's the chubby Chinese Whitney...without the kilos...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32MDpOnSYgg Posted by: wes | October 03, 2010 at 12:32 PM
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HEY! That kid was great Wes!!!! Even better Stuff!

CONGRATS ADRIAN! . . .

Now go get started on that legacy ~ make that sweet baby of yours a Laker lover for life!

Mike

Mamba, Mamba, Mamba, truly my brother from another mother. Good to get to know your Laker heritage just a little better. OUT FREAKIN STANDING!

Mamba, Mamba, Mamba, truly my brother from another mother. Good to get to know your Laker heritage just a little better. OUT FREAKIN STANDING!
Posted by: Fan of the Mamba | October 03, 2010 at 03:38 PM
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Fan of the Mamba, Thank you! Always good to hear from a member of the Mamba Clan and to get a shout out too, WOW! Thank you so much! We do what we can us Mamba's LOL! So Preseaon begins tomorrow and soon the real deal starts! Can't wait, just can't wait! Thanks for the OFS and all that you do for the Nation! I know you're busy, but you got to post a lil more, us mamba's got to help set the pace! Lol! THANKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

Mamba24,

Nice to see your profile. You are the greatest! You take this blog to a whole other level. Thank you for all of your bandwagons and poems, etc. You always increase the joy, expand the mind, and bolster the pride of we lucky few Lakers bloggers!!

THANK YOU ! YOU ARE THE BEST !!

JohnnyP

Nice to see your profile. You are the greatest! You take this blog to a whole other level. Thank you for all of your bandwagons and poems, etc. You always increase the joy, expand the mind, and bolster the pride of we lucky few Lakers bloggers!! THANK YOU ! YOU ARE THE BEST !! JohnnyP Posted by: JohnnyP | October 03, 2010 at 04:19 PM
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WOW! JohnnyP my brother you sure you got the right Mamba24 there? Lol! I thank you from the bottom of my heart, but I just do what I can do. Others do what they can do and sometimes when everything gets in Sync MAN! It's a beautiful thing. We all got our parts to play in this Nation and no one's part is any bigger than the other. You've done a lot yourself toward keeping this Nation on course when it began to spiral out of control and I thank you my Brother. So thank you for those wonderful words which I deeply appreciate, but also I deeply appreciate your own contributions to Lakers Nation.

Adrian, we praise God for the safe and blessed arrival of the new baby! Little girls are a special blessing from God. Love her and cherish her always...

I know it's mamba 24 but I keep seeing a young cool billy d. williams!
Outstanding profile young man!!

JR

I know it's mamba 24 but I keep seeing a young cool billy d. williams! Outstanding profile young man!!Posted by: Jolly Rancher | October 03, 2010 at 08:30 PM
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A young cool Billy D... DAMN!!! It don't get no better than that! Jolly Rancher sir, the checks in the mail!!! Lol! Thank you sir and thank you for being part of the Morning Crue' that keeps this Blog rocking. I always look forward to your post, they are the fuel that keeps me going. Thanks for all your contributions to Lakers Nations. Now for that Billy D. comment you know I got to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!! THANK YOU!!!!
mamba24/larrY

NICE ONE MAMBA24!!!! God bless you and your Family!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

NICE ONE MAMBA24!!!! God bless you and your Family!
LAKERS ALL DAY!!! Posted by: JovBatz44 | October 04, 2010 at 06:05 AM
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Thank you and right back at you. I need those blessings Lol!
And thanks for all you do for the Blog and Laker Nation.
LAKERS ALL DAY...HELL YEA LAKERS ALL DAY!!!! THANKS!!
mamba24/larrY

Mamba24,

You profile is both funny and human. I am very glad to meet you. Also, your family is absolutely gorgeous! You are a very lucky man.

BTW, I can really get behind the Kobe/Magic debate that rages within you. I feel your anguish. But, like you, I think Kobe is on a mission to put that debate to rest. No doubt.

Keep blogging, my friend, your contributions are essential to the life of this blog.

--FEARless

YEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH mamba24, the man the myth, the legend. Excellent profile, sir!

Kobe Bryant scored 81 points not 82 points

YEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH mamba24, the man the myth, the legend. Excellent profile, sir! Posted by: Jamie | October 04, 2010 at 08:30 AM
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YEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH mamba24, the man the myth, the Drama Punk. Lol! Thank you Jamie you are much to kind, I really appreciate those kind words. As I appreciate your contributions to Lakers Nation.
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Also, your family is absolutely gorgeous! You are a very lucky man.Posted by: FEARless | October 04, 2010 at 07:25 AM
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Fearless, you think I don't fall on my knees every night and thank God for being so Lucky? Lol! Thank you so much for all those kind words. Yeah we go back aways Fearless and thru it all I've been a Kobe supporter, but you got to give Magic his props...at least for one more year LOL! Oh yeah I'll keep Blogging, it's in all of us Lakerholics DNA. We couldn't stop if we wanted to. Once again thank you for all the kind words and all your contributios to Laker Nation and for being one of the one's who accepted me on this Blog. I really appreciate it. THANKS

Kobe Bryant scored 81 points not 82 points Posted by: Juan | October 04, 2010 at 09:13 AM
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Juan you are absolutely correct and I thank you so much for ponting that out. Sorry about that.

Nice profile Larry. You know I got nutt'n but luv for ya.


Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

Mamba24! I am sorry I was away this weekend and am just getting caught up.

Can I say you are my favorite? Well, certainly one of them. I have three favorites (like Dorothy in Wizard of Oz).

Being one of three daughters myself and the oldest so I was my Dad's son that he never had. He wanted to instill his love of sports in me and he did. It's so nice of you to share your love of Lakers with your girls. I know they will appreciate it (and so will their future boyfriends/husbands).

Cheers and congrats! Great profile. PLG

Painfully late, but so keen at tributing the GREATEST of honors to the glittering, shining torch that makes this Blog so awesome, with his passion, compassion, flair and outstretched kindness.

Dear Larry, it's really impossible for me to put in words the beauty that you pour over this bunch of Lakerholics and believe I couldn't really attempt at that not even in my mother tongue.

Your family is as beautiful at you.

MM posted your blog profile while I was flying over San Francisco and trust me I thought about breaking my word and actually step in the blog for writing before I were coming back to Italy.

But my now fiancée said this to me:

"Larry deserve you to ponder over what you're gonna write for him".

I tried and tried and tried while reading your profile (I did 5 times) to find teh words that could honor you the best, but I failed.

The only thing that kept coming to my mind was this:

"I hope he stays in the blog forever".

I just smile when you post.

You pump me up not only as a Lakers fan, but as a human being.

It's the crystal clear truth.

Please, just stick around.

You make this place so much a better place than it'd be without you.

Much Love, Z.

@Zaira,
Zaira a Goddess can never be late. All time is determined by The Goddess. Lol! Thank you so much for these wonderful sentiments about my Profile and me and my family. It is Lakerholics like you that help me do whatever little bit I can in contributing to Lakers Nation. I guess we have a mutual admiration society. From the moment you burst on the Blog like a Supernova and literally and I mean literally took the Blogs breath away with your prose and passion and analysis, I have been one of your most ardent fans. Your contributions to the Blog are legendary and when you are away for any amount of time it is like a part of the Blog is numb. Thank you for all your contributions to Lakers Blog and Lakers Nation. Once again thank you for the wonderful compliments. I will make a bargain with you. As long as you stay as our Goddess, I will stay here as one of your devotee’s. Lol! Thanks ZairaAmaterasu and take care Miss Z!
Mamba24/larrY

 
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