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Lamar Odom in charge of managing rookie duties

Lamarodom_300 When it came time to decide who would remain in charge of managing rookie duties with Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter, the Lakers didn't choose the uber competitive Kobe Bryant, the eloquent Derek Fisher or the worldly Pau Gasol. They pointed to the personable Lamar Odom.

Clearly, the Lakers chose the best candidate and don't have to worry about opting for a recount.

"I'm the funny guy. I'm the jokester on the team," Odom said after practice Monday at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo. "They want me to put them under pressure a little bit."

That led to a conversation as to what might be in store for Ebanks and Caracter when the Lakers prepare for a trip Wednesday to Las Vegas for an exhibition game against Sacramento. He mentioned the likelihood that he'll pack heavier suitcases on trips knowing he'll have Ebanks and Caracter to carry the luggage. When Odom feels tired, he might have Ebanks and Caracter come over to his house in the Valley to pack for him. And, cognizant he didn't want to give away any other secrets, Odom remained mostly mum on what's next.

The conversation led one reporter to ask jokingly if Odom has earned the title, "Vice President in Charge of Rookie Hazing." But he immediately shot that theory down. "I wouldn't say that," Odom said. "We're just going to have some fun with them."

This revelation isn't so much about what tasks Odom has in store for Ebanks and Caracter. (I've already come up with a few possibilities.) Instead, Odom's new responsibility provides another example on how his leadership qualities appear magnified entering training camp under a team that truly values his presence.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson has already said that Odom is the lone player on the team's roster that appears in "basketball shape," as Andrew Bynum and Bryant conntinue to recover from their respective surgically repaired right knees, Luke Walton remains sidelined with a strained right hamstring and the newcomers Steve Blake, Matt Barnes, Theo Ratliff, Ebanks and Caracter continue to ingratiate themselves with the team. Normally Jackson questions Odom's conditioning during training camp, but this preseason there's really nothing to critique since he's averaged 14.5 points in two games and had a double-double effort (17 points and 18 rebounds) against FC Barcelona in 41 minutes.

"I'm ready to play our first game now," said Odom, who cited his experience with Team USA this summer, diet, focus and rest as factors for his strong start. He's also gotten ice after practices to ensure he stays healthy. "Even when I was in good shape, [Jackson] always felt like I could be in better shape. Last year I was in pretty good shape. But it's not about that. I just want my team healthy. It's good I'm in shape. I feel confident. I want the rest of the guys to get healthy so we can make another run at it."

Odom's friendly personality and supportive attitude seems to reflect the Lakers' demeanor these days in general, particularly toward the rookies. Jackson has constructively analyzed what Caracter and Ebanks need to improve without demeaning them. Bryant publicly lauded their effort in trying to fit in with the team. Fisher credited their professionalism. And Odom provided ringing endorsements about their games. "Derrick Caracter is a beast on the inside," he said. "Devin Ebanks has incredible footwork and I'm incredibly sure after he works with Kobe on some of it, he'll get even better."

That's why it shouldn't be surprising that the rookie duties have been tame at best. Ebanks and Caracter typically pick up water bottles, put the basketballs back on the rack and line all the towels together. Ebanks shared on Twitter that the Lakers' eight-day trip to Europe consisted of them waking their teammates up and dropping their practice uniforms off.

Part of that respectful and supportive tone surely points to Odom, who's lately displayed his relentless energy while still remaining sensitive to his teammates' needs. While something as customary and menial as assigning rookie duties might not mean much, it still provides a glimpse on how Odom provides a positive nurturing influence. That can prove to be a winning formula considering how dialed in Odom has become.

"Anytime you can be around winning makes you a better player and person," he said of the situation. "It makes you see the game totally different. I just want to win."

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom breaks into a smile during a break in the exhibition game with the Timberwolves at O2 Arena in London. Credit: Clive Rose / Getty Images

 
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It's cool that LO is taking on more of a leadership role. Hopefully that responsibility will help him elevate his game. Of course, my favorite part of the article Lamar talking about winning....

"Anytime you can be around winning makes you a better player and person," he said of the situation. "It makes you see the game totally different. I just want to win."

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@Puddle - Now you know Kobe gets preferrential treatment...and deservedly so. Imagine Drew trying to tell Phil to put him back in the game like Kobe does...ha!

@LakerTom - If 49ers have their eyes on Harbaugh they better act fast, because U-M gonna come calling soon!

@JustaLF - Yep...Bynum definitely has the skills to be #2, hopefully by January he'll be playing worthy of that ranking. Also, Jermaine O'Neal should be dropped down a several notches.

I don't remember that one by Lighthouse. Thanks for posting. Here's one from back in the day. I always wondered was this just a "regional" midwest song....

I've been walking behind you, since you've been able to see.
There's never been any reason, for you to think about me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CguSW9y5bD8

LO is in shape and taking on a mentoring/leadership role. That's good news.


Phil is pushing Kobe to pace himself. That's good news too. Last year Kobe suffered from pushing through injuries and was not at full strength for the Finals.


Kobe can hold back. I predict Luke will be ready and will go off for 62 points in the opener filling in for Mamba. A few of those ugly fall aways. A couple of goal tended layups that wouldn't have gone in. A few banked in 3s. Some free throws. A typical dominant Luke performance. Bill's spawn will lead the Lakers until Kobe is back.


While Ron has erased many, if not all, of the concerns fans had about him, Lamar has demonstrated that his marriage to Khloe Kardashian, being in a reality show, his affinity to candy, and playing for Team USA, have not been distractions. Rather, they may have contributed to developing the character, maturity, and responsibility that Odom has exhibited so far. Phil and his teammates have recognized that, and are rewarding Lamar with a greater leadership role. His focused approach to this season will pay huge dividends on the court.

@KobeMVP888/(D)erek (J)eter and other Yankee fans,

I've had a running debate with a co-worker of mine who is a BIG Yankee fan --about who's the most dominant franchise in their respective sports...the Lakers in the NBA or the Yankees in MLB?

The Lakers have been to 31 of the NBA 62 finals...and the Yankees have been to 40 of the 109 MLB World Series since they've been in existence. Or 40 of the 97 WS since they became the Yankees. Yankees WS record is 27-13 while Lakers Finals record is 16-15.

Anyone can feel free to answer but (I think I know what Laker only fans will say...lol.) I'm especially interested in fans of both franchises...

While Ron has erased many, if not all, of the concerns fans had about him, Lamar has demonstrated that his marriage to Khloe Kardashian, being in a reality show, his affinity to candy, and playing for Team USA, have not been distractions. Rather, they may have contributed to developing the character, maturity, and responsibility that Odom has exhibited so far. Phil and his teammates have recognized that, and are rewarding Lamar with a greater leadership role. His focused approach to this season will pay huge dividends on the court.

Posted by: Laker J | October 11, 2010 at 08:13 PM
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This is a succinct, brilliant post that is certainly worthy of the RCOTD. Hands down.

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@KobeMVP888/(D)erek (J)eter and other Yankee fans,

I've had a running debate with a co-worker of mine who is a BIG Yankee fan --about who's the most dominant franchise in their respective sports...the Lakers in the NBA or the Yankees in MLB?

The Lakers have been to 31 of the NBA 62 finals...and the Yankees have been to 40 of the 109 MLB World Series since they've been in existence. Or 40 of the 97 WS since they became the Yankees. Yankees WS record is 27-13 while Lakers Finals record is 16-15.

Anyone can feel free to answer but (I think I know what Laker only fans will say...lol.) I'm especially interested in fans of both franchises...

Posted by: LRob | October 11, 2010 at 08:21 PM
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This is a multi-leveled discussion given the differences and evolution of both sports. Interestingly, it was a scandal of major proportions ... the 1919 Black Sox scandal ... that led to rule changes which favored hitters which kick started Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the beginning of the Great Yankees Dynasty. The Yankees have excelled through the Steroid Era as well, but this was merely coincidental as it was George Steinbrenner's launching of the YES network that guaranteed Yankees success as the revenues generated from his own television station put the Yankees on a different financial dimension of any other MLB team, thereby allowing him to share revenues, field winners and still have a respectable bottom line.

HAVING SAID THAT, Jerry Buss has single handedly put the Lakers in a virtual tie with the Yankees as the greatest North American professional sports team in history. The Lakers dominated portions of the 50's, 80's, and 2000's and were also NBA Finalists in the 60's and 70's, winning one championship in 1972. Only the 90's were "relatively" weak, having gone to the NBA Finals only in 1991, but they got stronger toward the end of the decade after Jerry Wests coupe in the summer of '96. But for Magic Johnson's sudden announcement after the 1991 season, we might have seen some more championship teams in the 90's.

The Yankees, on the other hand, went through longer dry spells. For example, they didn't reach the World Series between 1965 and 1975 and, more surprisingly, they went dry from 2002 through 2008 despite all-star high paid rosters. Steinbrenner's 7 World Championships, including 11 American League pennants, in 37 years pales in comparison to Buss's 10 NBA championships, including 16 Western Conference championships in 31 years.

While both sports require chemistry and talent, basketball is the ultimate team sport where every player on the court relies heavily on his teammates, while in baseball if you have a hot pitcher like Roy Halladay in Game 1 of the NLDS, his teammates need only play solid defense and scratch out a run. What I'm saying is that it is tough to make a comparison at all, although I think that baseball has become the less predictable of the 2 sports as Major League Baseball and the NBA went through expansion.

Obviously, the Yankees 27-13 record is more impressive than the Lakers 16-15 record in a vacuum. However, to me these two true dynasties are a virtual tie when you factor in the entirety of history in both sports. The comparison of these two great dynasties deserves a book authored by a professional journalist, not merely a 5 paragraph post from an amateur like me on a sports blog.

Repost:

just in case this little discussion rolls over

ahhh Jimjoyce, its nice to see you back after a whole summer of seeing one or two of your post. it must have been tough on you what with The Lakers winning #17 and all. anyway, to answer your little remark, i did think about what i said and i stick by it. you see, the main difference is that while Coach Phil went to bat for Kobe by basically saying he wanted to get the ball into Kwame and establish an inside game (which didn't work for ish), no one in Lebron's camp, not even the Coach Brown could defend what Lebron had done even with the Elbow excuse. you see the main difference between the two and why they are viewed the way they are is this: Kobe - is a proven winner, deny that and you might as well drop the facade and openly declare yourself a troll. Lebron - for all the talent he has, he hasn't won anything besides two MVP while supposedly playing for a crappy team (that managed to win 60 + games two seasons in a row.) One more thing, if Kobes runs the show, at least hes got 2 championships to show for it. Ask the Cavs how letting Lebron run the show worked for them?

KobeMVP and Jefe101, thanks, you guys are too kind. I'm just trying to keep up with Cyber. LOL!

What is Theo Ratliff still doing on this team? One week into the training camp he's already complaining about tendonitis on his knees? What a surprise from a washed up 37 year old player - I wouldn't even labled him a legitimate center since he's only 6' 8 3/4".

Back up center is the weak link on this Laker roster, Mitch needs to get a more servicable center NOW. All the hype about Lakers' size advantage is all gone with punk a@@ Bynum taking time off. There's only true 7 footer on the team - Gasol, and the height disadvantage will be exposed very quickly by bigger teams matching up with a very small Laker team.

LRob:

Being a lifelong fan of both the Lakers and Yankees makes me smile to not have to figure that one out. I have to admit that I knew about the Yankess a bit before the Lakers, The tundra/plains of NE Montana had little news about the Lakers, but everyone knew about the Yanks in the mid '50s.

Hey Laker Fam, I'm still in post championship mode.

Mamba24, thanks for my spot on those bandwagons, I'm truly honored that you still put me there!

...boys and girls, I can't wait for that ring ceremony!

@MVP - Thanks for the thorough analysis. I hadn't thought about the impact of the Yes network. I can see you're torn like any big fan of both franchises would be.

@NuggetsCountry - yes indeed that is a great dilemna to have.

Now the 64,000 question for both of you....if only one of the two teams could win the next title who would you want it to be? And not sitting on the fence on this one.

Looks like Mbenga has a chance to sign with Portland. I hope it works out for him.

phred o phred where art thou???

Laker J

You know, as much as I enjoyed your insight with all its brilliance and brevity, I believe you may have been eclipsed by Joseph at 09:40 PM.

I quote:

"Back up center is the weak link on this Laker roster ..."

This line had me laughing so hard, I snorted Coca Cola through my nostrils! Somebody please correct me if I am wrong, but isn't Pau Gasol the Lakers' primary back up center? I believe that when Bynum returns a month or so into this long 82 game practice season, 37 year old veteran Theo Ratliff will be delegated to end of the bench duties as our third string center. Gasol, who is considered by many knowledgeable basketball fans to be the best all-around big man in the world, logs in most of the time at the back up center position on this Lakers team and, Joseph, you will recall that that was the position he was playing when the clock read :00, Lakers 84, Celtics 79 in Game 7 on June 17, 2010.

So Laker J, as brilliant as your post was, when I measure it against the belly laugh that Joseph gave me, I think you now must settle for the silver medal.

@Lew - Any comments on Head East?

Now the 64,000 question for both of you....if only one of the two teams could win the next title who would you want it to be? And not sitting on the fence on this one.

Posted by: LRob | October 11, 2010 at 10:59 PM
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Lakers. No contest. Please don't tell my brothers I said that!

Looks like Mbenga has a chance to sign with Portland. I hope it works out for him.

Posted by: LRob | October 11, 2010 at 11:00 PM

The Lakeshow should bring back DJ, Theo is not going to cut it.

KobeMVP888: "The comparison of these two great dynasties deserves a book authored by a professional journalist, not merely a 5 paragraph post from an amateur like me on a sports blog."
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For being an 'amateur' - that was one heck of a great and succinct comparison.

My take on it is, baseball has been played since about what, 1890 give or take? So that makes about 12 decades. Basketball has been played since the late '40's, essentially the '50's, which makes approximately 6 decades.

So, basically the Lakers have compiled their overall achievements in about half as much time as far as league history is concerned.

Therefore, on the whole, the Lakers 16 championships and 31 appearances mean they have been more dominant in basketball than the Yankee's have dominated baseball with their 27 championships in 40 appearances.

The Lakers would project to 32 championships and a mind-boggling 62 appearances if NBA history dated to as far back as baseball.

KobeMVP888, you've stated very well as far as the Steinbrenner era vs the Buss era. Buss has done remarkably well during his period of ownership.

I would say that the NBA in general has not been nearly as popular as baseball, although they are catching up within the last decade. So, the Yankees have had the added benefit of playing a sport that was the national pastime for about 4/5ths of it's existence.

I'd have to go with the Lakers, but it probably would take a few more Laker championship years in order for that to be a more widespread opinion. Baseball simply has been too entrenched a sport for too long.

All I know, the numerous Laker/Yankee fans on the blog, KobeMVP888, LakerTom, LEWSTRS, (D)erek (J)eter and others, you guys have the best of both worlds. I'm a long-time, long-suffering Doyers/Raidahs fan - so the Lakers are the best I've got. OK, the Galaxy too, but that is about it...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Lakers. No contest. Please don't tell my brothers I said that!
Posted by: KobeMVP888 | October 11, 2010 at 11:03 PM
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haha...Love it!

All I know, the numerous Laker/Yankee fans on the blog, KobeMVP888, LakerTom, LEWSTRS, (D)erek (J)eter and others, you guys have the best of both worlds. I'm a long-time, long-suffering Doyers/Raidahs fan - so the Lakers are the best I've got. OK, the Galaxy too, but that is about it...
Posted by: CyberCosmiX | October 11, 2010 at 11:28 PM
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My apologies to LakerTom and Lew...I didn't know you guys were Yankee fans as well. Please feel free to give your feedback.

LRob: Laker fans think we have problems with Bynum's slow recovery and a little tendinitis for Ratliff - poor Portland must definitely be cursed.

We all know Oden's out with microfracture surgery. They just lost Jeff Pendergraph last week for the season with an ACL tear. Pryzbilla is still out with a knee injury and Camby has been slowed with a groin problem, and he's talking retirement.

Talk about a Clipper curse? Seems that a TrailBlazer curse is a lot worse.

Hope DJ can go up there and stick around. He is such a quality guy, he definitely has enough game to play in the league. Really hope it works out for him.

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Laker J: "KobeMVP and Jefe101, thanks, you guys are too kind. I'm just trying to keep up with Cyber. LOL!"
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It was 63 Footer that got me going this morning, he was en fuego! lol

BTW, a nice Raider win -FINALLY- ! Man, it was getting SICKENING losing to the bolts. My son is a big bolts fan, he would rub it in, all I could do is stay quiet. Year after dang year!!! ROFL

This time he came in from his friends house after seeing the game quiet as a clam. Only one win after so many losses so I couldn't brag, but when the Raiders beat them again later this year I'm gonna so rag on him.


GO LAKERS (& RAIDERS)!!!!!

KMVP888, I have no problem yielding to a gut hurting, coke spitting, belly laugh post. Indeed the Lakers have two starting centers in their roster. The versatility that they have with Pau and Lamar is unlike any other team in the league. Joseph forgets that we won two championships with Mbenga as the "back up center" Relax Joseph, you'll see, and congrats on your gold medal winning post.

GO LAKERS (& RAIDERS)!!!!! Another Raider Fan in the midst!! Lakers AND Raiders fan. CyberCosmiX, you sir have a brother in arms right here! LAKER NATION AND RAIDER NATION!!! hahaha

i'm a Lakers fan and a Yankees fan, and all of you have brought up many valid points.
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i give three additional reasons why the Yankees dynasty is more impressive than the Lakers.
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1st, it's harder for the Yankees to even make the playoffs, because only two teams can possibly make it to the playoffs from their division. of recent years, arguably three of the best teams in all of baseball played in the AL East. (for a long time now, the Lakers have played in a relatively weak division, thus making it easier to win their division and/or take a higher seeding in playoffs)
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2nd, it's harder for the Yankees to get to the World Series, since they have to face their hated rivals, Boston, in either the first or second round (assuming they both make it). and the Red Sox usually field a perrenial powerhouse.
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3rd, once playing in the World Series, for every game at the National League, they have to abide by NL rules, which is a detriment to an AL team. they're not accustomed to having their pitcher also have to bat. the Lakers do not have to face any sort of rule disadvantage in the Finals. (other than those old Celtics tricks, lol)

The NFL is the main sport in the U.S.A as of now. MLB used to be second. But the NBA has over taken that spot.

The Lakers are more popular on other countries as a team, not the Yankees. Yeah you see the NY hats all over the world; but its not because those hat bearers are in support of the Yankees, but for the city of New York.

Therefore, the Lakers in my opinion are the most popular, successful franchise in the United States.

Professional Baseball has been played for more than a 100 years, while Pro Basketball has been played for about half of Baseballs existence.

Kobe wanted out of L.A cause he thought the Lakers Organization was not committed to winning.

Lebron wanted out of Cleveland Y? Oh, cause he wanted to party with his friends.
Yet most people give him a pass cause supposedly he wants to win more than to earn big pay checks. With his old team, the owner was willing to spend the cash to win, but who wants to go to that team when the franchise player can't commit?

My point the Miami Heat make me sick. Not because of the talent they gathered, but instead of how their players conducted themselves; and how they think that popularity is going to win a championship for them.

So Dwayne Wade said that Lebron, or his team mates haven't done what Sir Charles Barkley did in his career by joining the Rockets.

I say to Wade, Charles Barkley did that after trying to win a ring on his own with 2 different franchises.

What can you expect out of the mouth of player who says that he is a part of the 'best trio in NBA History'?

Neither of the Miami trio has done anything to be thinking of themselves that they are part of NBA History.

Wade is always injured, and when he is not the referees take good care of him.

LBJ is only 'Great' because ESPN needs to attach itself to one player; specially from any part of the East.

Chris Bosh led a Raptors team to the playoffs twice; out of the East. Oh wow!!!

I agree w/ Shaq, Miami does have a "nice one, two punch".

If I was the Miami Heat, I would haters talk and let it be; but yet they want to defend themselves. There is no need to defend your team, just as long as you keep your mouth closed when you have done nothing to back it up.

It's funny to hear Miami say they're all business. I would assume each team is all business and that goes without saying. But that's just me....

"It is all business," Bosh said. "Everything we do is professional. We handle everything in a professional manner. We practice extremely hard. We work hard in the weight room, in the training room, to prepare us the right way to play. That's the nature of the Heat organization.

KobeMVP888 - I laughed because I was expecting the Yankees to be your favorite since you're a native New Yorker. I assumed you had a longer history with them since the late 60's Houk Yankees of Horace Clarke, Munsun, Mercer (the next Mantle :-) ), Roy White, etc. Not to mention the wife traders (Stottylemyre & Peterson. So yes I was pleasantly surprised with the Lakers being your 1a team.

Go Lakers

Good Morning Laker nation,

Today's selection is for YOU all the "Devoted" Laker fans compliments of the elements of the Universe... (Mamba - a little Chicago Love for you)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvdWG0bGvg4

Thru devotion, blessed are the children
Praise the teacher, that brings true love to many
Your devotion, opens all life's treasures
And deliverance, from the fruits of evil.
So our mission, to bring a melody,
Ringin' voices sing sweet harmony

Good Morning Laker nation,

Today's selection is for YOU all the "Devoted" Laker fans compliments of the elements of the Universe... (Mamba - a little Chicago Love for you)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvdWG0bGvg4

Thru devotion, blessed are the children
Praise the teacher, that brings true love to many
Your devotion, opens all life's treasures
And deliverance, from the fruits of evil.
So our mission, to bring a melody,
Ringin' voices sing sweet harmony Posted by: LRob | October 12, 2010 at 05:00 AM
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Or as Don Cornelius of Soul Train Fame would say: "EARTH, WIND AND FIRRRRRRRRRRRE!!!"
Good Morning LRob you starting off VERY STRONG AND DEEP, my brother! This is my favorite cut by them which I of course dedicate to... Justanothermambafan: http://tinyurl.com/24cjomm

If I was the Miami Heat, I would haters talk and let it be; but yet they want to defend themselves. There is no need to defend your team, just as long as you keep your mouth closed when you have done nothing to back it up. Posted by: Joe_Corad | October 12, 2010 at 03:40 AM
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Yes sir! Make it plain Joe! Good to see you posting my brother. How you been?

ARISE MIGHTY LAKERS NATION!!! THE WORLD BELONGS TO YOU!!!

Or as Don Cornelius of Soul Train Fame would say: "EARTH, WIND AND FIRRRRRRRRRRRE!!!"
Good Morning LRob you starting off VERY STRONG AND DEEP, my brother! This is my favorite cut by them which I of course dedicate to... Justanothermambafan: http://tinyurl.com/24cjomm
Posted by: Mamba24 | October 12, 2010 at 05:22 AM
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Excellente...especially live version. Mr. Don Myrick on the Alto horn...


KobeMVP888 - I laughed because I was expecting the Yankees to be your favorite since you're a native New Yorker. I assumed you had a longer history with them since the late 60's Houk Yankees of Horace Clarke, Munsun, Mercer (the next Mantle :-) ), Roy White, etc. Not to mention the wife traders (Stottylemyre & Peterson. So yes I was pleasantly surprised with the Lakers being your 1a team.

Go Lakers

Posted by: LRob | October 12, 2010 at 04:56 AM
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My luck I was about 7 years old when I started really getting into the Yankees, watching them suffer at the hands of Sandy Koufax in the 1963 World Series and then I attended games through the Bobby Murcer, Horace Clarke, Roy White, Gene "the Stick" Michael, Jerry Kenney, Steve Whitaker, Mel Stottlemyre, Fritz Peterson, Mike Kekick , etc Dynasty. Yeesh. Then off to college I went and they started winning championships while I was in Arizona. I did make the trek out to Chavez Ravine in 1977 to watch Ron Guidry pitch a masterpiece and Reggie jack one out of the park though.

I'm a Lakers season ticket holder. Going to the games only fuels one's obsession, so it isn't even close anymore from an emotional standpoint.

All this Yankee love is making me sick! Please stop!

The Reds Sox and Wankers are 2a and 2b on my most-hated list.

I'm sure the rest of you life-long Laker fans know who is number one on that hit list! I'm still not sure who I would rather beat this year, weenies or flamers?


LRob- Dude do you have a sleep problem?

@LROB… What a great question to bring up with the Yankees on their way to their 28th World Series title and the Lakers getting ready to start their journey for their Celtic-tying 17th NBA championship. What I would like to know from our many Lakers/Yankees fans is how they became Yankees fans. In fact, it would be a good question for MM to include in future Lakers Blog Profiles. LOL! Lakers & Yankees – a match made in heaven.
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As to your question “if only one of the two teams could win the next title who would you want it to be,” I would have to grudgingly answer Lakers only because basketball is my sport and I want the Lakers to remove the Celtics as the top NBA franchise. In baseball, there is no real rival to the Yankees who rule supreme. In the end, however, your question reminds me of the movie Sophie’s Choice, where a mother was forced by the Nazis to choose between her two children. Lakers or Yankees is a question I will never have to answer.
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Gotta also say that I am rooting for the Giants to win the NL so that I can go to a World Series game in SF. That would be only the second time that I have watched my beloved Yankees play in a world series, the other being watching a disappointing Game 6 loss in Yankee Stadium in 1981 that deteriorated into slugfests in the stadium and subway back to Manhattan between angry Yankees and jubilant Dodgers fans.
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@KOBEMVP… What a great post regarding the Lakers and the Yankees. Unlike most fans whose favorite teams were decided by where they grew up or for whom their father rooted, there are a lot of fans who became Lakers and Yankees fans by virtue of their love for specific players. While the sports could not be more different, it was the superstars that wooed and won many fans for these two most storied sports franchises.
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For me, it was Wilt Chamberlain and Chick Hearn who turned me into a Lakers fan and Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Michael Cooper, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, and now Ron Artest who have kept me in the fold.
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For the Yankees, it was the great Mickey Mantle (another #7 for my birthday brother Lew) who won my heart as a 7-year old kid watching his first World Series on television that cemented my life-long love for the Yankees and Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, Bobby Richardson, Yogi Berra, Thurman Munson, Greg Nettles, Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Ron Guidry, Paul O’Neill, Bernie Williams, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera
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TOM

All this Yankee love is making me sick! Please stop! The Reds Sox and Wankers are 2a and 2b on my most-hated list.Posted by: WintonDupree | October 12, 2010 at 08:32 AM
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LMAO! Make it plain Winton!

Luke Walton is stealing money from the Lakers.


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