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Lakers blog profile: Otis went from rooting for the Celtics to being a loyal Lakers fan

IMG_0965_2_2This is the 15th 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: Otis

Real name: Paul Hefti

Occupation: Musician

Age: 57

Gender: Male

Hometown: NYC

Story behind your screen name: Original name was Paulie, I discovered this blog around 2007, mostly because of the uproar created by Kobe Bryant getting really, really tired of losing with the Lakers team at that time. I was mostly disappointed with the Lakers trading Shaquille O'Neal and getting rather disgruntled at Kobe for his public disrespect of the Lakers organization. So I registered for the blog under the name of Paulie and proceeded to voice my inconsequential opinion, which was pro-Lakers and very anti-Kobe. I believe I suggested that the Lakers should allow Kobe to leave via free agency -- that it would serve Kobe right to leave the beauty of Southern California for some other NBA city where oppressive heat and bugs were the major contributors to local lifestyle.

After that post, one of the well-respected posters said something to the effect of, "Sheriff, should I do it or should you?" Next post was from Taliq (Segeboy), sheriff of the blog. Taliq had a way of hip-hopping and street-talking his way to libelous destruction of an individual if he so pleased, and he did me very heavy -- likening me to Otis Campbell -- stumbling drunk and in jail via self-arrest. I posted a complaint that I had not used such language to put my point across and that the sheriff's response was rather shocking, and Dave m soothed the situation with a post stating that I had a right to my polite opinion and that he thought that I was being a little mistreated, but what did I expect from slamming Kobe? Well -- to turn a defeat into a new life, I thought the sheriff's recommended name was a good one and I made the change to Otis. I've been drunk and in jail ever since, and quite happy to be there.

How I became a Lakers fan: Life as a Los Angeles basketball fan began for me in 1965 via John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins. My mother and her large family were from Beantown, and with the New York Knicks rather non-notable, I had become a Celtics fan. I liked winners, and they won every year -- like the Yankees. Following the Celtics, Yankees and Bruins seemed a natural thing to do. My favorite player on that Bruin title team, Gail Goodrich, was drafted by the Lakers. By then I had moved to L.A. and the Lakers really got a hold of me. They were so clean, pretty, sunshiny -- all things L.A. -- and I was hooked. Getting beaten by the Celtics really started to kill me -- my Boston family never forgave me.

Favorite Lakers memory of all time and of the 2009-10 season: All-time: beating the Celtics in '85. Game 6 in the Garden was tight, and the Boston press had predicted a Lakers fall similar to the one suffered the year before. The Lakers had a lead late, but not enough to stop biting my nails. With under a minute to go, someone threw a lob to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and he slammed it home -- Kareem became visibly animated, shaking his fist, slapping teammates, all with a big thankful smile on his usually stoic face. The Celtics hold on the Lakers had been broken -- in front of the Boston fans. The best!

Last season: Any real Lakers fan has one great moment per year possible -- and that would be to defeat the Celtics for the NBA title. I had just moved into a new home during the Phoenix series and could not get my satellite installed in time for the title series -- though my friends invited me to out to watch (and my great buddy Christy took me to Game 2 -- a regrettable choice), I had so much to do in the house that I decided Spero Dedes would take me through to the end. With 50 seconds left in Game 7 I dialed up my friend David and together we held on until the final buzzer sounded. So fine, so fine. Case closed.

Most heartbreaking Lakers experience: Magic Johnson retiring and Shaq getting traded -- in that order. Magic retiring is one of those days where if you were asked where you were when it happened, you'd know. I was starting the school year at UC Santa Barbara and was driving home at about 2 p.m. when the regular radio was suspended for the live announcement. Yes, I thought that he was going to die. Shaq was a favorite of mine (as everyone on the blog probably knows by now) and I was on pins and needles during his free-agency decision to come to the Lakers. When all the moves that Jerry Buss made panned out and he was ours, my next decade was set. He took us up, up, up, and then the lob from Kobe and the dunk on the Portland Trailblazers brought all of us to the pinnacle, once again. He promised, he delivered -- and then he was gone. This was a divorce in every way, shape, and form. Broke my heart. Still does.

Favorite Lakers player: Magic Johnson

Greatest all-time Laker: Magic Johnson

Last time you went to a game at Staples Center and at the Forum: Staples: Game 2 of the 2010 Championships. I must add that my son and I were at the Robert Horry shot game against the Queens. Indescribable is how I'd describe that moment. I was jumping up and down and then I was pushed by a wave of people falling down the upper deck -- I ended up three rows lower then I began, and I'm lucky to have not been hurt.

Forum: With my son in early '99. Can't remember anything about the game. An old forum memory was going to the parking lot after the 1982 title to see Coach Pat Riley and the players at a podium saying hi and thanking us for being there -- about 1,000 people showed up.

Opposing team, player you dislike the most: Bill Laimbeer -- everybody knows why.

Interactions with Lakers players: Shook James Worthy's hand -- mine disappeared into his. Slapped Wilt Chamberlain on his back as he walked off the Fabulous Forum floor at the final game of the 1972 regular season.

Most cherished piece of Lakers memorabilia I have: Piece of the Forum floor, signed by Jerry West. I used to go to the Great Western Shootout every year and see all four games -- tickets were easy to get and it was the only time I could sit in the lower deck without selling a guitar or two. Between games, I noticed that squares of the old floor (which had just been replaced) were being sold in the concessions area. This rather large chunk of yellow paint was priced at $60 -- it's mine now, and it comes out during Lakers title series.

Memorable stories about being a Lakers fan: While living in Santa Barbara, my good friend was a stat keeper for the Lakers and would give two tickets to the guy who would drive him from Santa Barbara to the game and back. This included access to the press lounge before the game, at the half, and afterward. Man, I'll tell you -- hanging in that press lounge was the real deal. A buffet was available before the game -- usually fried chicken and all the fixings -- and beer/wine at the half and after the game. All the press regulars were there, coaches for both teams, owners -- no celebs, though -- I think they hung at the Forum club. Chick Hearn's wife, Marge, was always in before the game to dig into some chicken. Dan guarded the door to the lounge and turned away many, many folks in his day. In the midst of refusing entry to a large crowd, he saw me, busted out in a wide smile, and said, "Hey, come on in." Beautiful, baby.

In the press lounge, the superstars were Pat Riley and Dr. Buss. When these men entered, it was nuclear fission complete with bulbs flashing and the accompanying personal entourage. All heads turned to see what these kings were up to. Dr. Jerry once arrived with about 10 women - well, let's call them Playboy bunny types -- absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. He stayed for about 15 minutes answering press questions and saying hi to everyone and then left with one of the ladies, leaving the rest in the lounge. The buddy I brought along and I were holding up the wall, sipping Millers and watching the delightful sight created by the presence of those beauties -- we'd glance at each other every now and then and sort of acknowledge how silly good we had it. That was 1988 -- we were champions and won the title again that year.

-- Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Paul Hefti. Credit: Handout

 
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@OTIS… Nice to know who is really behind the Otis handle and his always funny and iconoclastic comments. Glad to meet you, Paul. I share your love of Coach Wooden and Gail Goodrich has always been my favorite Bruin player. Loved the press room story. I love how so many of us have shared Laker moments with friends that you will never forget. Curious to know what Otis thinks of the Kobester today? Drink up, game coming.
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TOM

BLOG GOD!! MM!! YOU MAGNIFICENT GENIUS YOU!! NOW YOU'RE HITTING HOME RUNS!!! THE STREAK CONTINUES!!!!!
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OTIS MY BROTHER!! Yes, Yes, Yes!!! Great Profile sir. Free tickets to the game and a Free Buffet, Man I'd drive the guy to the moon and back!! Greatest player Magic, very good. Favorite player Magic...understandable. " Any real Lakers fan has one great moment per year possible -- and that would be to defeat the Celtics for the NBA title" Amen brother!! Otis it seems to be all good in your life bro! You don't need that Demon Rum, throw it away and make Aunt Bee happy...wait better yet give it to me LOL! Man this was a great Profile by a great guy. Otis you go on with your BAD SELF!!! OK I got to tell you something, take a stiff drink first. You ready?...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! KUDOS!!!

Aw, man - a piece of the floor signed by Jerry. Don't get better than that.

Otis - you didn't used to play with Cafe R&B did you?

Otis - you didn't used to play with Cafe R&B did you? Posted by: 63 Footer | October 03, 2010 at 03:31 PM
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I'm pretty sure he did 63 footer, but I'll let Otis answer!

Glad to meet you Otis!! Loved your profile!! When I think of Mayberry, and Otis, I kinda had you pictured as a bit older, and not quite so good-looking as you are and graying hair,LOL!! Wow, apiece of the Forum....I'm jealous!! Always love your very humouous comments. AND, very happy you changed allegiences!! Celtic's are a no, no!!

Otis, carrying Otis Cambell's name is a big weight but you carry it well. I vividly remember Kareem's jubilant dunk, one of so many great Laker moments.

Actually, Otis had better hands than Elden, but that's another discussion entirely.

Actually, Otis had better hands than Elden, but that's another discussion entirely.
Posted by: Tom Daniels | October 03, 2010 at 03:53 PM
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That's terrible! LMAO!

Otis, MY MAN! I know a dude with the moniker "lakermelody" in another forum that I'm going to drag into here. He's a maestro and long time Lakers fan like yourself.

Great profile!

LakerTom- RE Chip Kelly- Glad we got him to a six year, 20 mil contract. Nah, I think he’d like to stay with a program that has some chance of success.

Htj- guess we’ll probably see, huh? Nice how that works.

Actually, I don’t know if Chip Kelly would be any good in the pros or not. I don’t think the spread as is would work in the pros, it’s a completely different game. He is a pretty smart offensive guy, though, in pure cerebral terms. He could be the Norm Chow type. But I think most college guys want to stay in college these days. They have their own private fiefdoms with job security, absolute power, and are the BMOCs, at least until the recruiting violations pile up and they flee to NFL door mats in pursuit of a few years of stress and a golden parachute.

Mamba- You have my blanket permission to reserve me a space on any and all (but only) bandwagons that express support, congratulations, commiseration, sympathy, solidarity and love for all blog members (no trolls). But I’ll give you something to work with-

Congratulations, Adrian Palomar. Also I’m jealous and you suck for being in London and being able to go to this game. : )

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO DUCKS

GO LAKERS!

Otis - good to meet you...enjoyed your profile...anyone that submits a profile pic drinking a stout beer, is good people to me...lol...

This one is for you...may your music spread joy....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3ZdheRKzMk&feature=related

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

Mamba- You have my blanket permission to reserve me a space on any and all (but only) bandwagons that express support, congratulations, commiseration, sympathy, solidarity and love for all blog members (no trolls). Posted by: phred | October 03, 2010 at 04:13 PM
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Why with such power as this I...I could RULE THE WORLD!!!! No, No, No, with great power comes great responsibility. phred I am honored and I shall use my new found power wisely.!! WOW! I have the power of phred!!! It don't get no better than that!!!!

Oh, great profile, Otis. I get distracted by college football stuff. What are you drinking there? That isn't corn likker.

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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 sleep lately thinking about it and of course taking
turns taking care of the baby...
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To all my Laker blog family from the bottom of my heart thank you very much for the greetings.
LROB thanks for the link,i must say my daugther is so adorable and lovely...
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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 - Adrian of course I must add my hearty congratulations to
you & your wife on the birth of your baby daughter. Teach her in the ways of Lakerholism, my friend LOL!
(03) WES - RIDING SHOTGUN
04) LEWSTRS - Adrian -Congrats on the new baby...and way to represent in London...
(05) NEWMEXICOLL - Adrian.... Congrats on your baby girl!!!!:) Enjoy every day cause they grow up way too fast!!!! Cheer on those Laker's and have a great day.
(06) MAGIC PHIL - Adrian just had a baby girl? AWESOME NEWS, CONGRATS!!!!
(07) DAVE M. - Adrian, congrats, it's a wonderful thing. Also, curious about NBA fandom in that area (and Lakers specifically of course). Are there euro blogs that follow the NBA or does it not even matter... is it simply across the cybe universe?
(08) LEONARDBAST78 - congrats on the baby, Adrian.
(09) LAKERTOM - ADRIAN… Congrats on the baby girl. Nothing changes your life for the better like children do. They’re what make everything worth doing.
(10) LROB - Adrian, Congrats on your new baby girl. That is truly a blessing fitting for this salute.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVvkjuEAwgU&feature=related
(11) LAKERMIKE - CONGRATS ADRIAN! . . .Now go get started on that legacy ~ make that sweet baby of yours a Laker lover for life!
(12) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Adrian - of course I must add my hearty congratulations to you and your wife on the birth of your baby daughter. Teach her in the ways of Lakerholism, my friend LOL!She'll need a Laker outfit with Yankee booties and hat!
(13) FAN OF THE MAMBA – Congrats Adrian
(14) phred - Congratulations, Adrian Palomar. Also I’m jealous and you suck for being in London and being able to go to this game. : ) IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

I get distracted by college football stuff. What are you drinking there? That isn't corn likker. Posted by: phred | October 03, 2010 at 04:21 PM
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LMAO! Stop that! That's fine Irish Malt! This is Otis 2.0, only the best for this version of Otis!

Otis,
Great profile and this blog's all the better for your drunken jailed self. We share similar fandom backdrops in a way, I grew up on the south shore of Boston and was a Celtics fan until I moved to SoCal at the age of 13. Things changed in a hurry, cemented by incredibly fun trips (um,binges?)up from La Jolla with highschool buddies to see the early's 70's Lakers at the Forum. Good times.

LRob -

Great selection for Adrian's baby...here is mine...for it's a Filipino baby...that's how we do it...lol...right Adrian...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA9OqUuA6a0

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!


Great profile and this blog's all the better for your drunken jailed self.Posted by: dave m | October 03, 2010 at 04:30 PM
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ROTFLMAO!!!! Stop this madness Now!! This is OTIS 2.o I say!! We have made him better, cooler, he drinks only Dr. Fatty's special LakerHolic elixir now. The man can play a guitar like Jimi with one hand and drain a 40 with the other.

Kudos to you Otis, a remarkable turn around from Boston roots to LA fruits. I salute your honesty in saying that you felt bad when Shaq was traded, when Kobe ranted and I'm sure when you a player that does not fit. As a long timed basketball aficionado going back to Goodrich era, there are rare fans like you nowadays, where it takes time to gain loyalty if the team does not deserve it.

Like a good musician, you won't stop trying until you hit the right note. Louis Armstrong once said: “Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them.”

Nice to officially meet you, Otis.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

I remember your Paulie posts....


Anyhoo - nice to meet you Otis. I'll be looking forward to sharing this season with you. Lay off the hooch though.... awww what am I saying??? Have a vodka on me - this is gonna be one helluva run!

Mamba24............. A fellow Midwesterner, that's why I like ya!! Living in Chicago and not being a MJ fan, that is some serious ISH. Bet you got razzed a lot. Are you a Bears fan? Brian Urlacher is from NM and WAS pretty good!! They're looking pretty good this year. ARRGG!!

Mamba24............. A fellow Midwesterner, that's why I like ya!! Living in Chicago and not being a MJ fan, that is some serious ISH. Bet you got razzed a lot. Are you a Bears fan? Brian Urlacher is from NM and WAS pretty good!! They're looking pretty good this year. ARRGG!! Posted by: NewMexicoLL | October 03, 2010 at 05:30 PM
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Hey NewMexicoLL, Yeah there is a long story behind why I hate MJ, my father was a Bulls fan and was kind of dissed by MJ and ever since I have disliked him. As for the Bears, yeah basically I am a fan but don't let that 3-0 fool ya. they are not going nowhere. Urlacher is back to being the old Superstar Urlacher but they have no Offensive line so their Quarterback will get killed. he's already the most sacked even though he has the highest passer rating. that won't last either. I guess you say boy, what a fan. Lol! No, basically my mind is strictly on the Lakers. As for getting razzed for being a Lakers fan, you would be surprised how many Laker fans are here. I'd say 30% of Chicago is Lakers fans.

Fellow citizens of the blog;

It's truly amazing to be exposed for all to see. How can I really continue to be old, crotchety, and miserable? That's what happens - I am happy to be a part of this legion called Lakers fans.

Cafe R&B? How in the world did you pull that one out, 63? I was a founding member and retired to spot duty rater immediately. Have I seen you at one of their gigs? They are better than ever, yes? Yes.

Although it may seem like a good time to turn over a new leaf so to speak, I fill a specific slot on this blog - I will not shirk my duty to be ornery, semi-caustic, Shaq-loving, Celtic-tolerant, old, bent, twigged, ragged, and most of all - drunk and in jail.

Although it may seem like a good time to turn over a new leaf so to speak, I fill a specific slot on this blog - I will not shirk my duty to be ornery, semi-caustic, Shaq-loving, Celtic-tolerant, old, bent, twigged, ragged, and most of all - drunk and in jail. Posted by: Otis | October 03, 2010 at 05:48 PM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!! 4 MORE BEERS, 4 MORE BEERS!!!

Otis - I think we were drunk and I had the cell next to you... oh, wait. No, actually I think I stumbled on an early incarnation of the group somewhere near the end of the 90's and your face looked really familiar up on this post so I called someone who remember the name of the band. Was it at the Mint? Somewhere like that. Good B3 player as I recall. Powerful singer.

Thanks Mamba 24 for putting on the Adrian bandwagon and all the others. It's truly appreciated. And now I find out you're from Chicago. I live in Milwaukee. Small, small world. We have to get together for at least one of next year's final games between the Lakers and Boston. Boston gonna kick the Miami big three butts like they stole something. Then the Lakers are gonna run around, over and through Boston!

Jon K!

What do we play for baaabbbyyyy?

Otis,
Got to say great profile! You became the best of Laker fan by overcoming the shackles of misguided Septic loving relatives. Great life choice...aw so much for the better.
did you play solo or with a band(s)?

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
Posted by: LRob | October 02, 2010 at 07:59 PM
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LRob,
One of my female cocal lead song was by Rose Royce - Wishing on a Star. Car Wash was good too.

oops female vocal lead.

Mamba24,

phred has the right idea. When you add phred's name, just add mine, too. It'll make this whole process more efficient.

Congrats Otis on the great profile! Congrats to Adrian as well! Much love to all the Laker family, can't wait for the season to begin!

Hey Wes, how bout dem Rams?!!! Bradford looks like the real deal so far and the defense is playing better than expected. Surround Bradford and Jackson with a couple more pieces and we'll be contending again. Go Rams! Go Lakers!

LRob,
I heard Thee Midnighters, Sunglows, and other old time China bands playing soon in UC Riverside. Heard it on Latino96 on FM dial.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlxjLXDdp2s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5mtTLIOLXk

oops chicano bands

Sorry playing in Universal City.
Dec 18, 2010
Saturday 18 December 2010

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Chicano Soul Legends
with Thee Midnighters, Tierra, El Chicano, and 2 more… at Gibson Amphitheatre



Gibson Amphitheatre Universal City, CA, US

@PHRED & RICK… “phred has the right idea. When you add phred's name, just add mine, too. It'll make this whole process more efficient.” When you think about it, efficiency is not what bandwagons are about, especially those of a personal nature. It’s the spontaneity of the effort and caring enough to take a moment to congratulate or thank somebody that counts. Making it automatic defeats the purpose in my opinion. I think the subjects of personal bandwagon appreciate the conscious decision individual bloggers make to be counted or not. Personally, I vote against automatic bandwagons.
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Very nice, Otis. Thanks for sharing all the stories, I went back in time...

We share some things: music and the hate for Bill Laimbeer.

I was going to say 'hey, rick, I said reserve me a space, I was gonna write something.' But good thing LakerTom was there to step up to the plate. I would have sounded downright pedantic and preachy, and I know he hates that.

I can't speak for Rick, but I'm not here 24/7. By the time AP's bandwagon had come around, we were on the next thread...why am I explaining myself?

I don't have a problem with what I said.

I support the blog family. I'll fill in the details later, but in the mean time,

Mamba- You have my blanket permission to reserve me a space on any and all (but only) bandwagons that express support, congratulations, commiseration, sympathy, solidarity and love for all blog members (no trolls). But I’ll give you something to work with-

Congratulations, Adrian Palomar. Also I’m jealous and you suck for being in London and being able to go to this game. : )

jeez.

Great Kobe interview with the London BBC

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/other_sports/basketball/9055891.stm

As always, Kobe was intelligent and eloquent answering all the questions.
I especially liked his answer about what he thought about Basketball ever measuring up to Soccer in Europe.
His answer honest, insightful and educated.

Nice Otis, great profile I was hangin at the forum club about that time. Suckin up the freebies.

Looking for a new handle, GO HEAT

Outsidergua- Thanks. Great interview. Kobe has always had great interviewee skills, he is just very intelligent and informed. He makes a great ambassador of the sport.

Otis,

Great profile. Forget the Lakers (only kidding), you had me when you mentioned you were a musician.

I loved that Kareem slam and fist pump in 85 also. And I must admit you play your role on the blog as the ornery, semi-caustic, Shaq-loving, Celtic-tolerant blogger quite well...lol. I was happy to be on your side on the Shaq jersey retirement debate.

I knew the song I select to salute you couldn't be weak because you're a music officianado. It had to be something jumping...so here's to you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQi4jglT0Vo

Otis,
Great stories. Love the "high roller" at the press lounge story. Dr. Buss living large. I supported the notion of Shaq coming back to LA this season. Given Bynum's current situation, I think it would have been a smart move. I'm sure you would agree.

LRob; You did right, my musical friend, you did right. Count Basie sits right here along side of me in my daily trek through beauty and love. I've been drifting through Basie tunes since you poked me - I thank you for this great gift.

LROB - They definitely need to one on one to ASG but here's where I think it could get tricky. Certain matchups like Kobe-LeBron, Kobe D-Wade, Kobe-Melo would work, but I don't see how one-on-one works unless it's a matchup featuring two similar body types. Center versus centers, wing players vs. wing players and guards vs guards. Players like Kobe who've played both shooting guard and small forward are most flexible with this format, but all the other positions would have to be divided up by category. That's the only way it'd work versus a round-robin tournament

Posted by: Mark Medina | October 03, 2010 at 02:51 PM
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I agree. Maybe divide it into 3 groups by height. 6-3 and under, 6-4 to 6-8, and 6-9 and taller.

I believe the contest in the 70's started with one player from each team. I sure some great players at that time like Kareem chose not to participate. I do remember thinking good one on one players like Pistol Pete and Connie Hawkins would do well, but they got bumped out...Pistol I think didn't make it out of the 2nd round.

Laker Lass; I will never get old - it's just my fate.

LakerJ - I would agree completely, but for the hierarchy of the team on the floor - the Laker leader cannot share, and so he leads alone.

LakerTom; Why are you so gracious and complementary to those who would try to rasp your sides a bit here and there? You do well in this world . . .

Mamba24; To the leader - I'd be fortunate to raise a glass with you some fine day.

All the Justas; It's justa nother day - welcome and stay well.

MM: Thank you for this day in the sun.

Jon K>Bob Seger>Otis

@Lew - Nilsson doing more voices on that one than Rich Little. Good one. I haven't it in YEARS.

@JustaLF - Yes, Gwen Dickey (Rose Royce) was great. The group wasn't the same after she left. There have been a lot of good remakes of Wishing on a Star...most of them very good because its such a good song, but I still prefer the original.

Thanks for the Swing Out Sister. I had never heard that latest song of theirs. And of course, me like all the Latin Soul.

@Outsidergua - thanks for posting the Kobe interview. He always get excited when he's talking about soccer and other sports. He's just a big sports fan like us.

@63 footer - Since you mentioned it the other day I checked out Chrissie Hynde singing Radiohead's classic "Creep" and you're right she did it proud.

good to see your real face Otis!

Outsidergua -

Thanks for the article...Kobe looked great in practice...moving well...jumper still sweet...

A little over 12 hours...and season starts...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

LRob -

Good night mate...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-T2G7i109o

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

Hey Otis,

Bill Laimbeer, good choice! I had forgotten how much I didn't like him.

And all this time I thought your name had something to do with the guy mentioned in this song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ9X8q_JKEw

lol let the record show that the Sheriff is disputing the allegations that I came up with the nickname of Otis. In my defense I didn't even know the story of the real Otis Campbell until I googled it now.

That aside, I do remember being pissed at every so called pro-laker but anti-kobe fan (don't make no sense ... ain't that like being pro-catholic but anti-pope) and begging purple and gold to ship kobe to nyc or chitown just so they could all learn what life would be like without mamba juice ... My guess is I came down heavy on you ... that pushed you to drinking quite a bit ... you came back ranting at the Sheriff ... and some fellow blogger discerned you were in a drunken state and branded you Otis (mamba24 has been known to defend kobe viciously in the past, justa 2 ... u might wanna look in their direction)

Lastly, Otis ... you lucky #$#%$@#@# ... your profile reads like a dream ...

mamba24,

" No, No, No, with great power comes great responsibility. phred I am honored and I shall use my new found power wisely"

Yeah right ... ain't you the same guy that put up pro-trolls bandwaggons ... based on some goody 2 shoes notion about being fair and equal to all ...

Put me on the Adrian's baby bandwaggon ... sign it ... Congrats Adrian, great time for your girl to join purple and gold nation, 3peats are really cool.

And oh saw your post on a previous thread ... ain't struck bill gates mulla yet ... still learning how to re-adapt to the jungle out hurr ... just keep praying 4 ya boi

Nemaia,

Yep the Rams are looking better, but I hope they get a top 10 pick because they need a stud WR.

Otis, any more interesting rock stories? There has to be a few thousand. Any favorites you recorded with? I myself recorded with Lee Oskar from WAR when I was 12 (maybe 10). Yeah baby! They needed pre-teens for a goofy children's song and I guess I fit the description.

Great profile!

Wes

Lastly, Otis ... you lucky #$#%$@#@# ... your profile reads like a dream ... Posted by: segeboy | October 04, 2010 at 04:56 AM
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LMAO!! PREACH SHERIFF, PREACH!!! How you doing homey? How's the weather over there, it's 35 degrees in Chi.Mannnn!No you did not come up with the name Otis...WE DID!!! LOL! But don't tell anyone. Take care of your self my brother and...MAKE THAT MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mamba24/larrY

ARISE MIGHTY LAKERS NATION!! THE QUEST FOR THE 3-PEAT NOW BEGINS
IT IS ALREADY DONE THE CHAPLAIN WOULD SAY, THE 3-PEAT IS ASSURED IN LA

Thanks Mamba 24 for putting on the Adrian bandwagon and all the others. It's truly appreciated. And now I find out you're from Chicago. I live in Milwaukee. Small, small world. We have to get together for at least one of next year's final games between the Lakers and Boston. Boston gonna kick the Miami big three butts like they stole something. Then the Lakers are gonna run around, over and through Boston! Posted by: Fan of the Mamba | October 03, 2010 at 06:34
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Sounds like a Plan to me Fan of Mamba...LETS DO IT!!!

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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 sleep lately thinking about it and of course taking
turns taking care of the baby...
*____________________________________________________________________*
To all my Laker blog family from the bottom of my heart thank you very much for the greetings.
LROB thanks for the link,i must say my daugther is so adorable and lovely...
*____________________________________________________________________*
(01) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER –CHAPLAIN – 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...!!!
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - OWNER - Adrian of course I must add my hearty congratulations to you & your wife on the birth of your baby daughter. Teach her in the ways of Lakerholism, my friend LOL!
(03) WES - DRIVER
(04) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN - 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 up on sleep but hose memories are forever!! Kudos!!
(05) LEWSTRS - Adrian -Congrats on the new baby...and way to represent in London... Great selection for Adrian's baby...here is mine...for it's a Filipino baby...that's how we do it...lol...right Adrian...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA9OqUuA6a0
(06) NEWMEXICOLL - Adrian.... Congrats on your baby girl!!!!:) Enjoy every day cause they grow up way too fast!!!! Cheer on those Laker's and have a great day.
(07) MAGIC PHIL - Adrian just had a baby girl? AWESOME NEWS, CONGRATS!!!!
(08) DAVE M. - Adrian, congrats, it's a wonderful thing. Also, curious about NBA fandom in that area (and Lakers specifically of course). Are there euro blogs that follow the NBA or does it not even matter... is it simply across the cybe universe?
(09) LEONARDBAST78 - congrats on the baby, Adrian.
(10) LAKERTOM - ADRIAN… Congrats on the baby girl. Nothing changes your life for the better like children do. They’re what make everything worth doing.
(11) LROB - Adrian, Congrats on your new baby girl. That is truly a blessing fitting for this salute.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVvkjuEAwgU&feature=related
(12) LAKERMIKE - CONGRATS ADRIAN! . . .Now go get started on that legacy ~ make that sweet baby of yours a Laker lover for life!
(13) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Adrian - of course I must add my hearty congratulations to you and your wife on the birth of your baby daughter. Teach her in the ways of Lakerholism, my friend LOL!She'll need a Laker outfit with Yankee booties and hat!
(14) FAN OF THE MAMBA – Congrats Adrian
(15) phred - Congratulations, Adrian Palomar. Also I’m jealous and you suck for being in London and being able to go to this game. : )
(16) RICK FRIEDMAN – Congratulations Adrian
(17) Nemaia Faletogo - Congrats to Adrian as well
(18) JUSTALAKERFAN - Please add me to this bandwagon Congratulations Adrian
(19) SEGEBOY/TALIQ – THE SHERIFF - Congrats Adrian, great time for your girl to join purple and gold nation, 3peats are really cool.


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MM TAKE JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN TO THE ASG – BANDWAGON
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Wow I'm really dreading February because all this anticipation and excitement
justa is feeling is going to go to waste after she gets upset at me for not going to
the ASG Posted by: Mark Medina | October 02, 2010 at 11:49 AM
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MM - you so crazy!! You know you're taking me...
Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 02, 2010 at 12:15 PM
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(01) LEWSTRS – OWNER –Band wagoning for justa and her ASG tickets...
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER – Come on MM you can do it!!!!!!
(03) MAGIC PHIL – RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) TROY BEEZY –
(05) LAKER LASS
(06) NEWMEXICOLAKERLOVER
(07) WES =
(08) phred =
(09) LAKERTOM -
(10) FAN OF THE MAMBA
(11) LROB -
(12) RICK FRIEDMAN -Please add me to Justa's bandwagon.
(13) JEFE101 - "Justa is just alright with me, justa is just alright, oh yeah!"
(14) SEGEBOY – THE SHERIFF

Good Morning Laker Family,

This one is for all the HARD working folks punching in on the j-o-b this morning....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Joo90ZWrUkU

@ Lew - indeed a good night

@Wes - War...very cool.

@Mamba in the Morning...have a great day!

@Art .... thank goodness he's the other Otis...lol

LRob sir, how are you this fine Lakers Morning?

Otis,

Nice to finally meet the man behind the moniker. Also, I can really appreciate taking a negative slur and embracing it as your new persona. I have actually done the same of this very blog. I once embraced the name FEARlessWhackJob because a broadcaster (John Ireland, I think) once labeled all of us on this blog a, "bunch of whack jobs".

I can dig it. I feel honored to know that you've done something similar.

--FEARless

Adrian pareko Congrats to the new born princess, this is a life changing event.

LRob sir, how are you this fine Lakers Morning?
Posted by: MAMBA24 | October 04, 2010 at 06:13 AM
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Excellente!

*___________________________________________________________________*
ADRIAN PALOMAR CONGRATULATIONS ON NEW BABY - BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________________________*
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 sleep lately thinking about it and of course taking
turns taking care of the baby...
*____________________________________________________________________*
To all my Laker blog family from the bottom of my heart thank you very much for the greetings.
LROB thanks for the link,i must say my daugther is so adorable and lovely...
*____________________________________________________________________*
(01) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER –CHAPLAIN – 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...!!!
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - OWNER - Adrian of course I must add my hearty congratulations to you & your wife on the birth of your baby daughter. Teach her in the ways of Lakerholism, my friend LOL!
(03) WES - DRIVER


(16) RICK FRIEDMAN – Congratulations Adrian
(17) Nemaia Faletogo - Congrats to Adrian as well
(18) JUSTALAKERFAN - Please add me to this bandwagon Congratulations Adrian
(19) SEGEBOY/TALIQ – THE SHERIFF - Congrats Adrian, great time for your girl to join purple and gold nation, 3peats are really cool.
(20) EDWIN GUECO - Adrian pareko Congrats to the new born princess, this is a life changing event.

Nice to finally meet the man behind the moniker. Also, I can really appreciate taking a negative slur and embracing it as your new persona. I have actually done the same of this very blog. I once embraced the name FEARlessWhackJob because a broadcaster (John Ireland, I think) once labeled all of us on this blog a, "bunch of whack jobs". I can dig it. I feel honored to know that you've done something similar.
Posted by: FEARless | October 04, 2010 at 07:40 AM
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And now you know...The rest of the story!! Fearless, Yes I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!

Mamba24 - regarding your request - I will not. And you know dang well that was you...

Mamba24 - regarding your request - I will not. And you know dang well that was you...Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 04, 2010 at 08:07 AM
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So Be it. Then I'll ask the Magic Man who overrides you.


@OTIS… “LakerTom; Why are you so gracious and complementary to those who would try to rasp your sides a bit here and there? You do well in this world . . .” LOL! Everybody needs to be taken down a notch now and then, including me. Basically, I am just thrilled to be around my Lakers buds and am looking forward to another scintillating season of greatness so why allow anything petty and meaningless to get in the way and take away from my joy.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
TOM

I saw you post your comment mamba24. You knew I was there, yet you ignored me anyways.

I SHALL NOT GO QUIETLY!!!

ACKNOWLEDGE ME PLEASE!!!

@OTIS… “LakerTom; Why are you so gracious and complementary to those who would try to rasp your sides a bit here and there? You do well in this world . . .” LOL! Everybody needs to be taken down a notch now and then, including me. Basically, I am just thrilled to be around my Lakers buds and am looking forward to another scintillating season of greatness so why allow anything petty and meaningless to get in the way and take away from my joy.Posted by: LakerTom | October 04, 2010 at 08:11 AM
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SWEET JESUS!!! That is about the classiest thing I have ever heard. Yes, Yes, Yes! I see I have chosen the right IDOL! LakerRTom I'm proud to call you my idol and I also have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I saw you post your comment mamba24. You knew I was there, yet you ignored me anyways.

I SHALL NOT GO QUIETLY!!!

ACKNOWLEDGE ME PLEASE!!! Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 04, 2010 at 08:12 AM
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A wise woman once told me...You'll Survive.

wow

Hey bossman. appreciate the day off. howd u do with ur picks? u need to look at this thing my neighbor came across the other day. http://sportscomplainer.com . its like the drudge thing u like but sports. ok cu tom sir.

Good Morning Nation...

I hope I can find a good stream for today's game...

Mamba24 are you posting a game day roll call...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

“He’s such a skilled big man … you don’t see what he has too often,” said Ratliff. “I’d definitely say he’s (the best). He’s at the top of my list as far as guys skillwise, guys that can get it done inside and outside.”

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

Mamba24 are you posting a game day roll call...Posted by: LEWSTRS | October 04, 2010 at 08:30 AM
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Yes sir! Right away! Lol!

\o/ @ Otis. Great profile, bro.

Nice profile Otis. Interesting how you came to the blog. Like you, I was pretty PO'd at Kobe too back then(LOL) but, eventually got over it. Ultimately, he won me back with his play and leadership.


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

Otis - I was away this weekend but just read your profile. Really good stuff.

You are really funny and I will always enjoy your caustic, greenie tolerant, shaq loving manner.

Cheers - PLG!

Extremely pleasant to read, and I gotta say, also to watch (that pic is you? Either you can't be 57 or you can, but after a deal with devil... ;)).

It's incredible how these profiles keep makin me stumble, because it takes as little as a presentation, in the words of the person himself, to understand and backtrack previous posts where maybe I was really NOT agreeable with any that poster said, and put a new light over the entirety of the writing piece.

And I mean in a better way.

I am one of the less expected ones around here to share tastes with you Otis (I can't stand Shaq, I feel him like an open wound, in a total opposite way than you do, and clearly we don't really share much about Kobe's perception either), but I really like the way you write, so this profile is a further evidence that in a blog like this, somehow the more we differ, but the more we have Lakers passion at the basis rooting us, the more the blog itself gets interesting to be read and lived along with.

Thank you for submitting this profile.

It was a great and valuable read.

(now please could you lend me the number of the devil that keeps you looking at least 17 years younger, thanx ;)?)

Z.


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