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Lamar Odom insists on taking advantage of every opportunity

57084961With blood oozing out of his nose, Lakers forward Lamar Odom left the court for a minute and then quickly rejoined his teammates at courtside.

After getting accidentally elbowed last week in the Lakers' 120-99 preseason victory against the Golden State Warriors, Odom and teammates joked about the mishap. They remarked on the irony of the Lakers' training staff treating him as if he were a boxer only one year after taking boxing lessons to help sharpen his footwork and awareness. The boxing analogy further extended to when he sprained his left thumb in the same game, a body part that after Wednesday's practice remained bandaged.

The incidents revealed two things: They were another example of Odom's insistence that he play through any circumstance, regardless of injury and fatigue. And it shows he's doing it all with a smile, as his infectious enthusiasm has rubbed off on the rest of the team. The only consolation entailed sitting out the Lakers' final exhibition game Friday against Golden State, but that was just so he could temporarily rest up for what will be a long and intense NBA season.

"The strength of my game is to kind of keep pushing, play when I'm tired, outrun and try to outwork my opponent," Odom said after Wednesday's practice at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo. "I'll get a chance to rest after this season. It'll probably be a long off-season anyway."

Odom's latter comment refers to the possibility that the NBA will go through a lockout if the league, owners and players' union can't reach consensus on the next collective bargaining agreement after the 2010-2011 season, leading him to joke that he'll vacation in Puerto Vallarta for a while. So clearly his desire to test his endurance level goes beyond wanting to sustain the momentum he created during the 2010 FIBA World Championships as well as his preseason success when he averaged 10.9 points on 46.9% shooting and a team-leading 10.7 rebounds in 31.7 minutes per contest. It also speaks to his realization that, as an 11-year veteran, he wants to maximize whatever talent he has left before a lockout, age, fatigue or injury ends his career.  

"That's something we talk about," said Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, a 15-year veteran who has handled his fair share of questions regarding age, fatigue and injuries. "It's important for us to take advantage of each moment. That's something I preach here and is something that's Phil's preached, particularly this team because this team is older than teams we've had in the past."

That includes 37-year-old Theo Ratliff, who logged 17 minutes in the Lakers' season-opening 112-110 victory over the Houston Rockets despite nursing a swollen left knee. Odom says he would even consider pursuing something similar to Ratliff's 19-year career if his body was willing and a team expressed interest. But that's too far down the line to think about. Instead, Odom insists on going full speed this season. Even while collecting five fouls against Houston, Odom finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes, proving especially instrumental in the second quarter where he scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds and recorded a steal.

Odom's intensity goes beyond the basketball court. It extends to his celebrity. He and his wife Khloe Kardashian plan to launch a unisex fragrance in February. It also extends to how he manages to keep close relationships with a personal, genuine and laid-back touch even through his busy schedule. That's why it wasn't surprising that among the sentimental testimonials shared among players at the Lakers ceremony, Odom's speech about Lakers forward Ron Artest sounded the most profound.

"I usually get nervous when I have to talk in front of people, but tonight I feel like I'm at home," Odom said in the video below around the 4:45 mark. "It helps because the next person I'm going to bring out is a person I've known since I was 12 years old. When we were 12 years old, he was really quiet. Now he takes his clothes off on 'Jimmy Kimmel' and he raps. But there's nobody like him. I can't say enough about him. We come from the same family tree in New York City of basketball. And I just want to let him know his family is proud of him. The one and only Ron Artest."

I noted to Odom that a few of his teammates mentioned the difficulty of summing up their sentiments about a teammate, and I later remarked that his introduction for Artest succinctly described him in a nutshell.

"I prepared mentally a little bit," said Odom, who also called the Lakers' ceremony "a proud moment for me as a basketball player. I had an idea about what I was going to talk about. I didn't know where I was going to go with it. But it's kind of easy for me to introduce Ron."

It's equally easy for Ron to express how much Odom's introduction meant to him.

"It was great to have a chance to be introduced by Lamar," Artest said. "Just playing basketball with him since I was 12, it's like a dream. Almost 20 years of basketball. I watched him develop over the years. He watched me develop. He was the fourth pick in the NBA draft [in 1999] and I was the 16th [in 1999]. It's unbelievable."

Odom isn't just inspiring a friend he grew up with on the AAU circuit, however. He plans to give his son, Lamar Jr., his 2010 championship ring after already receiving his father's first ring as well as the 2010 FIBA World Championship gold medal. The FIBA medal represents Team USA's first gold in the world championships since 1994, but it also symbolically shows how Odom embraced and excelled in a fulfilling a jack-of-all-trades role and a locker room presence, a responsibility Clippers guard Eric Gordon says helped him realize how driven Odom is.

"I remember him talking about how he's an older guy and it'd be good for him to win something like this," said Gordon, whom Odom described as "amazing." "It was something to just make it more meaninful to a lot of the younger guys on the team."

Gordon said the message resonated, considering Odom's two NBA championships. But even if Odom has already tasted success and has the basketball mileage to prove it, dialing things down no longer seems to be an option for him. So long as his body allows it.

"You live once, you know what I'm saying? Who knows. They always say, you never know what you're going to get. Work while you can," Odom said. "Time is our best friend and our worst enemy. Experience makes you better, but it means you're running out. You do want to maximize your time and take advantage of situations and the opportunities that present itself. I can't take advantage if I'm watching or not doing anything."

--Mark Medina

mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom tries to keep his balance as he looks for a teammate after beating Rockets center Brad Miller to a rebound. Odom was called for a foul on the play. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times.

 
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I had to skip ahead on my comment reading and say this.

Wow. Not good to hear about Rick Friedman. Thanks though, justa, for letting us know. I hope we can keep up on his condition, and I hope way more that he will make a full recovery. Not sure what I can do, but whatever I can, I will. Put me on the ‘Get well, and get posting more RCOTDs soon, Rick’ bandwagon post haste. THE LOVE and the love of all of us are both here by your side, Rick.

I think that each and every year, particularly on championship teams, one individual has to truly raise their game to a new level in order to make it happen for the group to succeed. I think that Lamar could have a career-year this time around.

this might be one of my longest comments ever, really, and I barely made it through 11 am today.

Got off work. I’m gonna try to do a little bit of commentin’
This is what I have of about two threads ago. Jeez.

Mamab- Nah, I love Ol Golden Youtube, but I’m going for Lamar for Sixth Man of the year, Blake for Seventh Man of the year, and Shannon to settle for the Dunk Contest/NBA Champion. Orson Welles is still my vote for Third Man of the year, though.

63 footer- I love the general theme, but that song kinda bothers me for some reason. ‘The Love is in your eyes!’ Yeah, not sure about that one.
Wait, ‘Love All Over Me?’

THE LOVE IS CONSIDERING A LAWSUIT HERE.

IT IS NOT A EUPHAMISM

IT IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT, !(&#$ IT!

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

Ahem. Oh, anyway. On with the show. Great breakdown, LakerTom.

I think Killer B’s has a nice ring to it, personally. Bring Bynum off the Bench and it might even catch on. But I think ultimately the bench is going to be an afterthought, nice as it is. It had better BE (see what I did there? Yeah, kinda sad, huh), cause Kobe needs to be healthy, pretty soon, and Bynum needs to be healthy, fairly soon.

Jon K- not to nitpick, but there weren’t any evil Dwarves in Tolkien. (He shoots! He scores! phred wins the NERD CUP!)

I think you mean ‘evil hobbit gollummy type’ from Tolkien, or maybe Dobby the house elf type from that other story.

mclyne- I agree, except I’m not sure about the Napoleon part. I always thought Napoleon was pretty humble, what with acknowledging his lack of skills and always supporting Pedro and all of that.

frmkt- yeah, but Chuck is pretty low hanging fruit, you have to admit. Maybe if the commercial had included something like ‘hey, I know I haven’t won a title, and that is probably what you want me to do, now that I think about it, hmmm…’


The other thing I would like LBJ to do, besides just shut up, would be to look up the word “hubris.” Then he might learn something. I bet Phil would give him a book about that, but Pat and Erik might not.

63 footer- I think you might have explained a Beck lyric that I never understood. Maybe not. Thanks anyway. LakerTom-

http://tinyurl.com/32ab28y


but I thought of this one;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYzw4C7gv84

Johnny Cash, ‘Mean Eyed Cat.’

Lakerfan, MVP88- not related to each other, but why do you guys single out Edwin? I mean, aside from his tendency to draw a big ol target on his back?

Edwin- A good response to MVP888, I thought, but really you just took advantage of him mentioning you to take umbrage at something he does in general.


“…Phil stated "Bill is Luke's father, but Luke is my son" in the ring ceremony. That explains alot (Luke's contract, his minutes, starting over Ariza, etc.)

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | October 27, 2010 at 12:20 PM”

I thing that would almost explain that Phil has no problem (*&&ing with you guys, but I think in general, ignoring you guys to start with, when you realize that Luke Walton has accomplished both becoming the bête noir of the Lakers Blog and at the same time becoming the adopted son of Phil ‘More than Two Rings” Jackson, and winning multiple rings with the Lakers, you really have to start giving Luke credit for something, I’m not sure what, but something, at some point.

Oh, in all my babbling about Tolkien, is there some way he could get some credit for his brilliant anticipation of the fact that everybody in the NBA is crazy about getting rings all the time?

Edwin- re LT and MVPs comments, that’s twice I’ve felt like taking your side tonight. Go buy some lottery tickets or raffle tickets or something, man.

Wes- thanks for stopping by. Hurts me to hear that you are without your link to the blog, my friend. I hope you can make it to talk to us again. Much love.

LRob- good point with the observation about our reaction to Boston v Miami. Remember, though, that a few comments don’t equal the opinion of everybody who votes, let alone the whole blog. Also figure that for most of us, our hatred for Boston is a cherished, personal thing. We want to beat Boston, and we want the team we really hate to do better than the team that we momentarily hate, cause earning our hate in and of itself is an accomplishment. We don’t just give our hate to anybody, no sirree.

Sigh. Dang it's late. I'm gonna try to catch up with the rest of the comments tomorrow AM. Serious props to FCM, Dan Loumena, and maybe even Tony P (probably the rest of us, too, now that I think about it) for making this blog probably the most active destination for Lakers commentary anywhere, the volume of the comments here is epic.

Still thinking about Rick. A while ago, I posted a fairly tongue and check post under the name of the fraudulent ‘Somebody Beauleaux’ or something (can’t find it now) about a guy named phred phredington being carried off to a mental institution and a poor lawyer type having to track him down through the mention of the Lakers Blog.

This was based on me noticing something fairly simple; although we really do look for and appreciate the comments by the people we know on the blog, we really don’t know anything about them. We don’t know them personally, we don’t know their families, and if something happened to them and they stopped posting comments here, we might never hear from them again.

This kind of bothered me at the time, and it frankly scares me tonight. I have been reluctant to support FCM and the Time’s idea of blog profiles. I have been skeptical if we really benefit from losing our anonymous invulnerability to complete stranger’s ability to interfere with our lives by posting our real names. I’m not sure if I’m worried about some crazy person finding me and attacking me with an axe or what seems to happen nowadays where millions of people can judge us only from one indiscretion or even imagined indiscretion that gets shared to millions online in the youtube age.

I have been reluctant to trust that the love really is in the heart of all of us, or at least that we listen to it all of the time. I’m still not sure of that.

But tonight, I’m just thankful that at least some of us know a little bit about one of us. I’m thankful that justanothermambafan has heard something about Rick Friedman, and that she has been able to share with us at least some idea of what has happened to our friend. And at least tonight, I have no doubt that we feel nothing but love for Rick and we are glad that we know him. I hope that this can reach him, and while I am scared for Rick, I really am feeling the love for everybody here on the blog.


phred

maybe that was a reaction that a few days ago i asked

WE WANT HOBBITMAGE

and 2 days ago i asked

where is RICK?????????????????????????????

dwarves in the world of lotr may not be evil, but they are often greedy and bad tempered.
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i didn't see the Rick Freidman message, i wish him the best...

ouchhh- I don't know. Rick was one of the people that noticed whenever I haven't posted in a few days. I hope hobbit is alright, there are lots of reasons to not post for a few days. Let's just send our love to Rick.

ouchhhh- sorry, I'm not entirely sure what you meant, actually.

Does anybody know anything about hobbitmage's health?

Hey mage, i can say, we notice when you are gone. Say hi once in a while.

But actually, mage did post not that long ago, as LRob pointed out last night. I think he is ok.

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RICK FRIEDMAN THE LAKERS NATIONS PRAYERS & WISHES ARE WITH YOU - BAND WAGON
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(01) JUSTANTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - . God bless you Rick. Get well soon. Laker Nation needs your insight, intelligence, humor and enthusiasm. Much love, my very dear BFF.
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02) MARK MEDINA – BLOG GOD - Rick - I am sorry and saddened to hear the news regarding your illness. I think I can speak on behalf of everyone here at the blog that we certainly miss your presence here, but more importantly, wish you a speedy and healthy recovery. Mark Medina
(03) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN – LET US PRAY Dear Lord, we seek You on behalf of our fellow Lakers Blog Patriarch Rick Friedman. We ask You Lord to usher him into full recovery. We ask You to take every broken place in his body and mend it. We ask You to clear out every toxin in his bloodstream and make it pure. We ask you to reveal Yourself as HEALER in Rick's life. Use the doctors to correctly diagnose the issues and to fix them. May he feel the love and encouragement from his Lakers Blog family radiating through his system. May he receive the love, comfort and encouragement from his immediate family above all else. I thank You personally for allowing me to meet him face to face. Thank You for his humility. Thank You for his spirit. You have truly made Rick Friedman THE MAN. And we boldly ask You to bring him back to us. Safe and sound and ready to unite with us as we pray and encourage our Lakers into that mighty 3-Peat. We thank You for answered prayer. Most of all, we thank You for Rick being part of our lives. AMEN!


(41) MUD -I didn't see the Rick Freidman message, i wish him the best...

mud- I think if we hold Stern to the standards of LOTR, if he wants to be a good guy, he needs to fight/die valiantly in battle in defense of his league and his players, and his players will in turn acclaim him as some sort of descendant of ancient kings and do whatever he asks of them.

and the collective bargaining negotiations would probably involve some kind of massive battle with glorious charges and noble deaths. Also Bill Russell could play Gandalf and Derek Fisher could play Aragorn. Kobe could be Glorfindel or something.

i'm happy to see Andrew Bynum on the sidelines right now. How many times have we seen him have a great first half of the season and then gimp into the playoffs if at all. This is better! Have him recover slowly and then peak in the latter part of the season and playoffs. Bynum at his best, with Kobe, Pau, lamar, artest, fish, blake, shannon, and barnes!!!! The Lakers will roll!!! By the end of June people will be describing this team as the best laker team ever!

Well, I am sort of an ambien and a couple beers past really delving into a good allegory between NBA players and Tolkien characters.

Larry- get me on the bandwagon, please.

Larry- I haven't read comments past 11 this morning, I don't know the status of the bandwagon. I can only hope you saved me a spot. Ironic, or something, considering me and ricks request for saved spots earlier.

Larry- thanks for getting me in as soon as possible. A bandwagon for a blog member isn't even a bandwagon, it's just something you put me on and expect a hot dish.

Ok, i have to go to bed now, but I want (and appreciate) Rick Friedman updates as soon as they are available. Justa, if you read this, please let Rick know (don't disturb him though) that phred and THE LOVE are here for him.

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RICK FRIEDMAN THE LAKERS NATIONS PRAYERS & WISHES ARE WITH YOU - BAND WAGON
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RE: RICK FRIEDMAN
I have the unfortunate and unpleasant task of informing Laker Nation that our beloved friend and family member, Rick Friedman, is seriously ill and has been in the hospital for the past week and a half, and will be residing there for awhile longer. He is having difficulty getting to the blog from his Blackberry, and so that's another reason why we haven't seen him around lately. He is currently receiving the world's best medical attention, and has a wonderful support system in place with family and friends. I spoke with him today and he is extremely upbeat and sounds good. (He watched the game last night and that helped LOL!) He can't handle a lot of emails and phone calls now, but I told him I'd keep in touch and convey any and all well-wishes from his second family here. Please post your thoughts, if you so desire, and I'll make sure he hears about it. God bless you Rick. Get well soon. Laker Nation needs your insight, intelligence, humor and enthusiasm. Much love, my very dear BFF.
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(01) JUSTANTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - . God bless you Rick. Get well soon. Laker Nation needs your insight, intelligence, humor and enthusiasm. Much love, my very dear BFF.
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02) MARK MEDINA – BLOG GOD - Rick - I am sorry and saddened to hear the news regarding your illness. I think I can speak on behalf of everyone here at the blog that we certainly miss your presence here, but more importantly, wish you a speedy and healthy recovery. Mark Medina
(03) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN – LET US PRAY Dear Lord, we seek You on behalf of our fellow Lakers Blog Patriarch Rick Friedman. We ask You Lord to usher him into full recovery. We ask You to take every broken place in his body and mend it. We ask You to clear out every toxin in his bloodstream and make it pure. We ask you to reveal Yourself as HEALER in Rick's life. Use the doctors to correctly diagnose the issues and to fix them. May he feel the love and encouragement from his Lakers Blog family radiating through his system. May he receive the love, comfort and encouragement from his immediate family above all else. I thank You personally for allowing me to meet him face to face. Thank You for his humility. Thank You for his spirit. You have truly made Rick Friedman THE MAN. And we boldly ask You to bring him back to us. Safe and sound and ready to unite with us as we pray and encourage our Lakers into that mighty 3-Peat. We thank You for answered prayer. Most of all, we thank You for Rick being part of our lives. AMEN!
(04) LROB – CO/DRIVER - Justa - please pass along my get well wishes and prayers to Rick Friedman. Thanks for sharing that info.
(05) CALIPHILOSOPHER – DRIVER -Put me on the "Get Well Rick Friedman Soon" bandwagon. I would be very appreciative, and would like to show my support (however I can) to one of the blog's finest.
(06) #4
(07) EDWIN GUECO – RIDING SHOTGUN - Rick F, we'll be praying for your immediate recovery. Hang on there
(08) CAP’S GOOGLES - Rick Friedman: you have my prayers my blog brother. You, Mamba, and Edwin were the first ones to welcome me to the blog and I send good juju, karma, energy or anything I got to your well being. Get well!
(09) BRONXLAKERFAN - Get well soon, Rick Friedman!!
(10) LAKERMIKE - RICK FRIEDMAN ...On behalf of your extended family here at the LakerBlog, we pray that you will experience rest and healing in the days ahead. Your contributions here have endeared you to our hearts. Get well soon. Mike
(11) 63 FOOTER - justanothermambafan - please send my good thoughts and best wishes to Rick. Get better and come back soon!
(12) ZAIRA – BLOG GODDESS - I was meant to start by congratulate multiple RCOTD winners Justa sweetie and LRob, but the Rick's news Justa brought made me change it all. Please Justa send him my greatest well-wishing and open care. I was wondering what did happen to him yesterday in chat and somehow I was feeling the only thing that could have prevented him from HERE and us could have been of a healthy kind. Mr. Rick Friedman is dear to my heart; he has been the very first person try to reach for me out of the blog and he's one of the most smart and passionate persons I have ever come across. nd I don't just mean in the online people category. We all want him well and back soon. I will think of him daily until everything is fine again. Wow. It feels strange to get back talkin happy bball... but this is why we're here for. I loved to read all of your comments and agreed with many; to me, as it was clear from the chat, the game was way beyond my (mild) expectations already when we were even losing, because I could clearly see the seeds of dominance displayed in the way our players were confident with one another
(13) LAKERTOM - JUSTA... Thanks for the sad news about our good blog friend Rick. He will definitely be in our prayers every day until he gets well. Thank God he was able to watch the game. The healing powers of the Lakers and the Lakers Blog can only help Rick. Mamba, please put me at top of the Get Well Rick Bandwagon. Rick is one of our longtime original bloggers who deserves unanimous love and support from all of us. Get well, Rick. You are everything that is great about this blog. God bless you and your family.
(14) IHEARTKB24 - Rick Friedman - I'm sending you healing thoughts...Get well soon!!!
(15) LAKERLASS – Get well soon Rick!
(16) D(EREK) J(ETER) - To Rick, Get well soon my friend, we all need you healthy for yourself, your family and LakerUniverse! Our prayers are sent for you!
(17) KOBEMVP888 - I echo brother Edwin's sentiments. So saddened to here this. This is very sad news. I will pray for him and may he have a speedy recovery.
(18) LAKESHOWINPHX - Get Well Rick! the Lakers bretheren is wishing you a speedy recovery! Lakeshowinphx
(19) JOLLY RANCHER - Rick F - Do what Nurse Ratchet says and get back here soon. This season is going to be too fun to miss. (hospitals never have the right channels).
(20) ART-FL LAKERS FAN - Rick F, Your posts on the blog are intelligent and well reasoned. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts when you are able. Best wishes.
(21) PATRICKHENREYPRESS - Get well soon, Rick!
(22) NEWMEXICOLL - Rick Friedman... Prayers go out to you and your family.
(23) MAMBA24 – Get well soon Rik. The Blog needs all the Class it can get sir. You have The Lakers Blog and The Lakers Nations prayers.
(24) JEFE101 - Very sorry to hear that Rick is not well - best wishes for a speedy recovery
(25) BENJAMIN - Please add me to the Rick Friedman bandwagon. I'm actually family so I've gotten in touch with him a bit and he's one of our most enjoyable family members (and not just by being here on the Lakers blog). In good news, there's a possibility he's out of the hospital in a few days
(26) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - RICK F!!! Prayers out friend. We can't wait to have your wisdom, wit and best in class words back on the blog. But in the meantime, your extended LAT blog fam has your back. Feel the spirit - we are with you! PLG
(27) HTJ - Please add me to the Rick bandwagon. Get well soon Rick! The Friedman award ain't the same without you.
(28) TOM DANIELS - RICK FRIEDMAN, I always love your posts, and your creative blog handle, so my selfish wish is for your health. But more importantly, I wish you health for you and your family and your real life out there. We are all behind you here.
(29) ALLNET - Rick Friedman, may you get well soon. And a reminder to us all: there ARE some things more important than basketball (this being one of them).
(30) 2PHATT - Sign me up for Rick bandwagon" A True SUPERSTAR" get well soon.
(31) LAKERJ - A thought, a prayer and the best of wishes to Rick Friedman.
(32) PHRED - Wow. Not good to hear about Rick Friedman. Thanks though, justa, for letting us know. I hope we can keep up on his condition, and I hope way more that he will make a full recovery. Not sure what I can do, but whatever I can, I will. Put me on the ‘Get well, and get posting more RCOTDs soon, Rick’ bandwagon post haste. THE LOVE and the love of all of us are both here by your side, Rick. Although we really do look for and appreciate the comments by the people we know on the blog, we really don’t know anything about them. We don’t know them personally, we don’t know their families, and if something happened to them and they stopped posting comments here, we might never hear from them again. Tonight, I’m just thankful that at least some of us know a little bit about one of us. I’m thankful that justanothermambafan has heard something about Rick Friedman, and that she has been able to share with us at least some idea of what has happened to our friend. And at least tonight, I have no doubt that we feel nothing but love for Rick and we are glad that we know him. I hope that this can reach him, and while I am scared for Rick, I really am feeling the love for everybody here on the blog.
(33) JAMIE SWEET - Rick, get well, find strength in the love expressed frmo your family and friends and from everyone here on the Blog who has shared in your insights. Besides, the Laker season is best enjoyed in good health!
(34) MCLYNE – I couldn't have said a better prayer for Rick. So, I'll just say AMEN as well.
(35) NBA4EVER - The great blogger Rick please get well soon! GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(36) CHICNSTU - Please add me also.. Rick you are missed here at the blog. Get well soon Sir.
(37) LEWSTRS - Rick Friedman -I'm sorry to hear the new of your illness...Please know that your are in our thoughts and prayers...Get well soon and come back...otherwise we will have to call the RCOTD award...the 'justanothermambafan award'...
(38) FAN OF THE MAMBA - Rick my prayers are with you, be strong my brother.
(39) LAKERSUNSHINE - Rick, get well soon. I love to read your posts, and look forward to reading many more
(40) PURPLE HEART - please add me to the RF recovery bandwagon. Rick, may God's healing hand touch you and restore your body to tremendous health. Keep the faith!!
(41) MUD -I didn't see the Rick Freidman message, i wish him the best...

thank you as much as thank yous can thank, justa and Larry.

Although we really do look for and appreciate the comments by the people we know on the blog, we really don’t know anything about them. We don’t know them personally, we don’t know their families, and if something happened to them and they stopped posting comments here, we might never hear from them again. Tonight, I’m just thankful that at least some of us know a little bit about one of us. I’m thankful that justanothermambafan has heard something about Rick Friedman, and that she has been able to share with us at least some idea of what has happened to our friend. And at least tonight, I have no doubt that we feel nothing but love for Rick and we are glad that we know him. I hope that this can reach him, and while I am scared for Rick, I really am feeling the love for everybody here on the blog.
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phred sir, those were some spot on comments you made. I had to stop and think about that. Wow, it could be half the people on Roll call that no longer post could no longer be with us and we would have no way of knowing. phred you are a very deep brother and I always appreciate your insights and I thank you for putting that out their. KUDOS to you sir and yes damnit I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! KUDOS AGAIN!!!!!!!

Here's wishing Rick Friedman a speedy recovery. Dude's always on point with his posts, and never starts no 'ish. So here's wishing he gets no 'ish from the doctors and walks out of the hospital on point with a smile on his face.

ARISE MIGHTY LAKERS NATION THE WORLD IS OURS !!
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In honor of The Lakers back to back titles I shall dedicate back to back REMINDS ME’s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQrtpcwRvDo&feature=related – You Remind me - Patrice Rushen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meTs9NO12uA&feature=related - You Remind me - Mary J. Blige
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And of course a dedication to My Very Best Friend Laker Lass:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8VPmtyLqSY&feature=related Girl from Ipanema _ stan getz


And finally a dedication to…Yes, Yes, Yes The Fabulous Justanothermambafan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c – Empire state of mind – Alicia Keys/Jay Z
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sonYFxHHvaM _one Love – bob marley

Good Morning Laker Fam,

Selection for this morning is from my girl Chrissie and her HOF band (2005). Yes, she is special...so special. Hmmm...I think I'll do a little "Detroit leaning" on the road today.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSsatKLmm70

Good Morning DJ LRob! Yes, Chrissie I Like. Very good sir! Carry On.

YES FOLKS I KNOW YOU MISSED THEM SO BECAUSE OF THE UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND WE BRING BACK...THE PUPPETS!!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvad5_WBWTY - Kobe & Lebron

This season, I am not going to believe any of the players telling us they don't care about standings of other teams. They are watching wins/losses very closely and its definitely a motivation factor all-around.

You can bet the house, Lakers want home court advantage this year more than any.

The greenies and sheet losses so far tells me this could be a crazy year and nobody is really going to run away from the EC or WC packs. Of course, I hope the Lakers do but reality sets in. The season is a grind and there will definitely be a lull.

However, in a 7 game series, nobody beats the Lakers!

Cheers - PLG

However, in a 7 game series, nobody beats the Lakers!
Cheers - PLG Posted by: PsychedLakerGirl | October 28, 2010 at 07:16 AM
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Whew! You had me worried where you were going until that last sentence! But now all is once again good with the world. Carry on.

Hey Mamba in the Morning,

Excellent selections. Patrice "Remind Me" is awesome. Stan Getz - the man can blow...and Jigga, Alicia and Bob. You're batting a 1,000. Carry on.

Good Morning PLG...best wishes on the new gig!

Finally we end our set with:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iapTWyn_etY Poo Poo La la Roy Ayers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr1qEOYsaok – Love X Love – George Benson

Haven't been able to post since the father-in-law is in town, but

THAT WAS ONE HECK OF A SWEET VICTORY!!!!!! What a way to kick-start a three-peat!

The Ring Ceremony was AWESOME and the finest one yet - by far!

ShamWOW is showing the amount of work he put in during the offseason, he's showing his stellar exhibition season wasn't a fluke!!!! SHAMWOW FOR 6th MAN OF THE YEAR!!!!!

Kobe looks right on track - who doubted he'd be there when it 'really' mattered? Pau too - can we doubt the man whom the Lakers have only gone to an NBA Finals each and every year he's been here? L.O. continues to look great since his coming home after the FIBA's. Ron Ron, Fish look ready for the season too, opening night shooting woes notwithstanding.

OK, now it's time for the shameless self-promotion and I-Told-You-So's:

Yes, it's only one game, but didn't LakerTom and myself point out that the meat has a roster that wasn't assembled properly around the 'big 2/medium 1'? Didn't we say that Riley was getting too many props but didn't do enough to shore up their bigs, bringing in big-bodies but not enough skill at the position? Didn't we also point out that PG would be a problem-position for them? Rondo pointed out just how to attack that team. Only one game, but the C's showed teams the blueprint on how to attack them.

Here though I want to pat myself on the back. I've been calling on the Lakers to bring Steve Blake in since about the all-star break last year. I called him the number-1 off-season target. I felt he brought EXACTLY the right qualities the Lakers needed from a PG in the triangle - especially his unselfish, heady play and perimeter shooting. His debut couldn't have been sweeter.

So, much like Babe Ruth, these shots were called. Yes, it's only day-3 of the NBA season, however I just couldn't resist gloating a bit - especially about Blake. I'm so happy to see the Lakers have a quality backup PG, one who we could see transitioning into a starter in the next year or two. Someone who gives QUALITY minutes off the bench, someone who will spread the floor with his shooting, someone who knows just how to play within the 'game-flow' and won't be taking crazy shots or needlessly trying and forcing things in inopportune times.

I'm LOVIN' ME SOME BLAKEY!!!!!


All in all an oh-so-sweet way to kick off the year. TONIGHT WE GO 2-0!!!!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

All in all an oh-so-sweet way to kick off the year. TONIGHT WE GO 2-0!!!! Posted by: CyberCosmiX | October 28, 2010 at 08:06 AM
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Great Post Cyber only one small quibble...TOMORROW WE GO 200!! LOL! Carry ON!!

RICK FRIEDMAN: Hang in there my man! I hope the Lakers can bring you enough inspiration to pull you through! All of us please say a prayer for Rick, pray for a speedy recovery and let him have the strength to battle off his illness. Let us all pull together and pool our good thoughts for Rick - get well soon!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

mamba24: "All in all an oh-so-sweet way to kick off the year. TONIGHT WE GO 2-0!!!! Posted by: CyberCosmiX | October 28, 2010 at 08:06 AM
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Great Post Cyber only one small quibble...TOMORROW WE GO 200!! LOL! Carry ON!!"

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Oooops LMAO! You can only imagine the effect of having the father-in-law in town is messing things up, oh man... It's especially hard not reading the blog and Laker stuff... Gotta keep reminding myself, only 7 days left, he'll be gone in 7 days. Pretty soon going to have to resort to counting down the hours... LOL

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RICK FRIEDMAN THE LAKERS NATIONS PRAYERS & WISHES ARE WITH YOU - BAND WAGON
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(01) JUSTANTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - . God bless you Rick. Get well soon. Laker Nation needs your insight, intelligence, humor and enthusiasm. Much love, my very dear BFF.
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(44) SEGEBOY/TALIQ – THE SHERIFF - Here's wishing Rick Friedman a speedy recovery. Dude's always on point with his posts, and never starts no 'ish. So here's wishing he gets no 'ish from the doctors and walks out of the hospital on point with a smile on his face.
(45) DAN THE MAN - Get well brother, you'll be in my thoughts and prayers.
(46) CYBERCOSMIX - RICK FRIEDMAN: Hang in there my man! I hope the Lakers can bring you enough inspiration to pull you through! All of us please say a prayer for Rick, pray for a speedy recovery and let him have the strength to battle off his illness. Let us all pull together and pool our good thoughts for Rick - get well soon!

phred - Thanks for the shoutout. I agree with you though that a lot of this hinges on you guys embracing this blog. I can't thank you enough


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