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Lakers in London as travel alert issued on possible terrorism; Walton injured at practice

And then came a measure of reality. ... The Lakers were three days into a breezy eight-day swing through Europe when they received news of an upcoming travel alert, issued by the U.S. State Department on Sunday morning, urging American citizens in Europe to be vigilant, especially in public places such as tourist sites and transportation hubs.

A travel alert is considered to be relatively short-term and less serious than a travel warning.

The Lakers play exhibition games Monday in London against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Thursday in Spain against FC Barcelona.

The alert was issued in response to intelligence about a possible Al Qaeda plan to send teams of gunmen into crowded European places to harm Western civilians, similar to the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, according to a BBC News report.

Possible retaliation for a recent burka ban in France was another factor in the alert, an anonymous security source told CNN. The French Senate recently approved a law that banned burka and other face-covering veils worn by some Muslim women.

NBA security officials briefed the team before Sunday's practice.

"NBA security is staying in touch with the U.S. Embassy, the FBI and Scotland Yard and keeping us updated on the situation,” Lakers spokesman John Black said.

Although the Lakers took note of the terrorism advisory, they didn’t want to change their whole approach in England because of a non-specific threat.

“If a country invites you ... you stay in their country,” forward Ron Artest said.

Pau Gasol, a Spanish citizen, said: “I don’t perceive any threat. ... I was out all day yesterday and I’ll try to be out all day today. You’ve got to continue life as it is.”

Walton injured again

Lakers forward Luke Walton will be out at least two weeks after aggravating a right hamstring injury that is now being called a moderate strain. He said he felt a “little pop” while running sprints before Sunday’s practice.

He will not play in the Lakers’ first two exhibition games and will be reevaluated when the Lakers return home.

“I finally get my back feeling good, and now this happens,” he said.

Walton was sidelined most of last season because of persistent back problems.

-- Mike Bresnahan in London

 

 
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I don't like seeing Walton hurt, but if he's out lets see the kids play.

Wes

Luke what the hell.....Anyway be ready on Oct 26...

Adrian Palomar -

Enjoy the game in person, we be watching on TV.

If Kobe can't go to hard, maybe Shannon will do a couple of things to entertain the crowd.

Be looking forward to your game report...

This is disturbing news...I don't like the idea of our players under any risk...

No need for anxiety to ruin the start of season...

Let's hope our boys don't incur any more injuries, and stay safe through out the Europe swing...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

How do you act like everything is normal with a warning like that?

I was in Paris during a heightened alert sometime back. All the Metro entrances were guarded with military personel. armed with automatic weapons, who would stare you down wondering if you were okay or not?

Still, we managed to have a good time. How could you not with all the great sights to see and incredible restaurants to enjoy. But you were always reminded of how dangerous things can become with this worldwide fear of terror we are facing.

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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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(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...

Kind of puts things in perspective huh? Terror Alert, Walton injured. Fatty great post.

Luke's injury is non-news actually. I was expecting it.


4g3n7

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.

Hmmm. He felt a little pop did he? I'll give ya lil pop if you don't get your behind back on that court mister! Suck it up!!! Just playing folks. A little levity to lighten all the Bleak news.

Good morning NewMexicoLL! how are you this fine Lakers morning? Thank you so much for your kind compliments on my Profile. Now to important things, no worries this week. It's a bye week for the Vikes so Brett can rest up and come out firing next week!!
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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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(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...
(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.

I think Bresnahan meant he felt LIKE his pop, getting injured yet again.

Oops, should have said: felt a little LIKE his pop.

Never-mind.

Luke is constantly injured. Cut the dude.

I think Bresnahan meant he felt LIKE his pop, getting injured yet again.

Posted by: 63 Footer | October 03, 2010 at 09:08 AM
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Adrian just had a baby girl? AWESOME NEWS, CONGRATS!!!!

cbssports.com/nba has a video of the London press asking Kobe who would win 1 on 1, him or "Her Princess Jimmy?" With NO hesitation he said he would!!!!!!!!! They all laughed, but he was very serious, and that's why LakerNation LOVES our KOBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Damn Mickelson killed us in the Ryder Cup today...

He is winless in the tourney, and now has 17 losses, the most ever in Ryder Cup History...

Sunday Practice Report: Phil on Gasol...

“He’s very comfortable in his own skin, very comfortable in the way he plays the game and what he can do out there,” said Phil Jackson. “Right now he’s going to have to carry the team while Kobe’s not 100 percent. He’s the guy that has to take a leadership role.”

http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/101003practicereport.html

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation

#17 Coming Up!!!

They all laughed, but he was very serious, and that's why LakerNation LOVES our KOBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Posted by: NewMexicoLL | October 03, 2010 at 09:41 AM
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Yes I saw that and yes he was very serious and why shouldn't he be? When the President of the United States, MJ and Kwame Brown says it well...That Kwame Brown endorsement cinches it for me!! Lol!

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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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(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...
(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!!!!

newmexicoll,

Yeah I saw the video too. Did you notice that Kobe answered the question before the reporter mentioned Lebron's name? It could have been anyone else after Lebron, Kobe was already going to say it.

It could have been anyone else after Lebron, Kobe was already going to say it.
Posted by: never | October 03, 2010 at 09:55 AM
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This is true because after Kobe...There is no one else!

Hey guys, we're going to have a post up within the next hour or so. Just a heads up

MM

Hey Mamba24.... Good morning to you too!! So glad you did your profile cause you got to hear all those kind things people said about you. Your one of a kind Mamba and we all love ya!!! So, so ready for tomorrow and see our team play for real...well kinda, but we'll get to see how well thet gel.

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!

Posted by: mamba24 | October 03, 2010 at 06:07 AM

LOL, yes this is the real Troy B. I didn't use this computer during the whole Troy B vs. Troy Beezy controversy. So this one still has Troy B. Thank you for the compliment, you do know that you are the biggest reason I decided to join this blog right?

The Lakers should include both Caracter and Ebanks on the 12 men roster in the begining of the season (at least one month,) and put Bynum and Walton to inactive list. I dont think two rookies will be beneficial to be sent down to the D-league. They'd rather be on the bench to learn triangle even by watching other plyers playing and practicing togher, and hopefully they get some playing time too. These injuries could benefit the Lakers in the long run

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?

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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...
*__________________________________________________________________________*
(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...
(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?

@Utz-
LOL at your little girl being the only one to sit and watch a game with you. Last season the only member of my family to sit and watch a game with me was my 3yo little girl. My wife was warning people I watched games with that I get a "little crazy" lol.

Mamba24- the name change, coming from you it's under consideration.
GO HEAT

Mamba24- the name change, coming from you it's under consideration.
Posted by: Justa Hater | October 03, 2010 at 11:42 AM
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Really? REALLY? WOW! I'm speechless, I don't know what to say...Yes I do, would you consider a Team change also? LMAO! Nah that's to much to hope for. Well just the fact that you would consider changing your name is a good thing sir. That is very thoughtful! Thank you! I'm still stunned!
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Mamba24/larrY

>>>Luke's injury is non-news actually. I was expecting it.

In other news, the sun rose this morning, the Republicans want the rich to get richer, and Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.


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