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Ron Artest ranks Kobe Bryant first and Kevin Durant second in the league; declines to say where LeBron James ranks

One of the many reasons to love Ron Artest is that you know every interview will be quotable, funny and/or memorable. You just never know where it's going to go sometimes.

Artest touched on many topics, such as the team's current play, coming off a championship season, his charitable efforts, the Miami Heat and Kevin Durant.

In fact, Artest made a point, unprompted as well, to declare Durant the second-best player in the NBA (behind Kobe Bryant, of course). Moments later in the interview, I made sure to bring that topic up again and ask Artest the thought process behind his rankings.

"I think Kobe's got five rings, six-game winners [last season], 23 straight points in the playoffs, mostly jump shots, couple attacks, big-shot maker," Artest said. "So that said, Durant's second-best player in the NBA."

When a reporter asked, "Where does LeBron fall?" Artest ignored the question and said, "I luckily had the chance to guard the second-best player in the NBA."

So why does Durant rank second in the NBA? " Kobe has five rings," Artest answered.

"I don't mean compared to Kobe," I clarified. "I mean compared to everyone else." Artest's response: "Kevin Durant is the second-best player in the NBA."

"Where is LeBron James on your list?" another reporter asked. "You got to ask him," said Artest.

Follow-up question: What about on your list? "I only count to two," Artest replied. "I've been out of school for 10 years. I only count to two."

--Mark Medina

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Hey Everyone, thanks for all the kind thoughts and expressions.
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@LRob, here's a couple for ya. Enjoy! :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-mElClQVRc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feBrFb6g1y4

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

@What u see/Cowboys to Girls - nothing like seeing the old mystery posters. Thank you for selections. That Cowboys to Girls helped pave the way to what would become the Sound of Philadelphia.

@Jamie Sweet - The only way Miami "shoot the moon" this year is if the Lakers are injured. A healthy Lakers team = 3peat.

@63 footer - a Raging Bull quote....well done!

@htj - Very good summation on why the Lebron/Nique comparison doesn’t hold water.

@MVP - Yes sir, Mo Williams very overrated.

@Showtime - thanks for stats on Lebron's teammates. Interesting since its always assumed he made them better. However, I take exception to the perceived slight of Big O for just winning "one" title. I don't think it takes away from his greatness anymore than it takes away from the Logo's greatness.

@Cyber/LakerTom & others - enjoyed our banter today.

@LAKER TRUTH - It would have been nice to see what Marino could’ve done with a Jerry Rice. Or if Miami’s defense had Fred Dean or Ronnie Lott. Joe Cool is definitely better than Dan the Man, but how many HOFers and perennial Pro-Bowlers did Marino play with compared to Montana? I’m just saying.

@Jon K - Agreed that the Lakers probably won’t hit stride til 2011, but they’ll still play good enough to hold down WC lead until then.

@Lew - Very wise, can’t show all your cards at once...lol. Did you check out my 1971 “glam rock” selection?

Dan Loumena,

Thanks for adding your two cents. It always good to get a non-Laker viewpoint.

RE-POST

I'm reading "Loose Balls" by Terry Pluto, The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association. I had forgotten that the first Slam Dunk Contest was held in 1976 at halftime of the ABA All-Star Game in Denver. The league was down to 7 teams and the first lace team, who happened to be the Nuggets played the All-Stars from the 6 other teams. Anyway, the 5 contestants were Larry Kenon and George Gervin of the Spurs, Artis Gilmore of the Kentucky Colonels, David Thompson of the Nuggets and Dr, J of the NY Nets. For anyone interested, here are the 2 links. Oh, and for anyone who needs a reminder, guess who came up with the expression "Slam Dunk"? I think all of you know.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4CWVytKWf0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-9p87zP8qQ&feature=related

@Cyber - Here is what Mo Williams said after Lebron left. Keep in mind this is the guy that was supposed to help Lebron win a title. He was supposed to be Lebron's Robin. I posted it went it happend last month. I don't know if you read it or not....so here you go!
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http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Mo-Williams-nearly-retired-because-LeBron-James-?urn=nba-271284

Mo Williams is 27, healthy and has three years and $26 million remaining on his Cleveland Cavaliers contract. But none of that mattered much to him this summer after he watched LeBron James leave the Cavs to join the Miami Heat. Williams said he was so depressed by James’ exit that he considered walking away from the NBA.

“That’s how bad it got,” Williams said. “I contemplated it. I really sat down and envisioned life after basketball … I really saw myself not playing. It just didn’t make sense to me … It doesn’t make sense to me.”

“This summer was very, very stressful for me,” Williams said. “I really lost a lot of love for the game this summer. You play this game for one reason. You play to win games and win championships. I couldn’t understand why a lot of things were happening to our organization, to a really good basketball team. I couldn’t really understand it. And when you don’t understand things, it can really stress you out
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As a NBA fan I was disgusted when I read this. Unbelievable!

MVP,

That was an excellent book. Another bball book he wrote, Tall Tales is also good. That Slam Dunk contest was special. Also, some of those 76 playoff games between the Nets & Nuggets/Nets & Spurs were awesome. I think only 10-12 points total separated the Nets & Spurs in the last 4 games of their 7 game Conference finals.

Of course, Slam Dunk is a Chickie original!

Hey LRob,

I hear you on Mo Williams' lack of passion. I know those guys are professionals and that's exactly what they should be playing for, wins and championships. But then again, don't most of us originally become a sports junkie for one reason and one reason only? Love of the game. Sure, I'd rather play for a winner, but to this day I still participate in slowpitch softball for one simple reason: I love to play the game.

Hey KobeMVP888, way to go on the '76 ABA dunk content. If that wasn't the greatest collection of dunkers competing against each other, I'd like to hear about the contest that's better.

And Jon K, the Lakers probably will start a little slower than usual because of Kobe's grind to get back into playing shape and Bynum's absence. The panic button should still be under lock and key at this point, though, because Odom is going to be a beast and Gasol appears to be in fine form as usual. And I think the second unit will be one of the top five in the league.

It'll be interesting to see if any team in the Western Conference is actually improved over last year (a year-older Thunder would be my best guess). Several teams have retooled their rosters but none to the point that I can say the Lakers aren't a clear favorite to repeat as conference champions.

Dan,

I think I read that Mike Rice won't be on the Blazer telecasts this year. If so...GOOD...his knowledge was cool, but too much of a homer. Oh for the days of Walton & Snapper.

@G DUB - smooth. I never heard that "Echoes of my Mind" before. It reminded me of early EWF or early Pleasure. When did it come out?

‘Why isn’t Lebron on your list?’ “you’ll just have to ask him.’

That is not only the greatest quote I have ever heard, that might be one of the wittiest comebacks in the history of witty putdowns. Or perhaps I am sleep deprived and thinking strange thoughts of things, as the walrus perhaps did not say to the carpenter, nor the zen priest to the hot dog vendor.

I love Ron.

I finally had my deep thought of the day. We are bothered by Lebron not because of any deep personal fault of his (although he has them), any lack of skill as a basketball player (although he sure ain’t Kobe) or because of a certain network’s fawning (slurp slurp), but because we resent that ‘attention’ is confused with ‘acclaim.’ And we have a particular desire for fairness (inherent within even infants, or in fact most primates) which to us requires that where if one person is given some of something for doing something well, then the person who does it better than them should be given an equal proportion more.

To wit, if Kobe and the Lakers were given attention by ESPN in proportion to their accomplishments relative to any other teams accomplishments, the Lakers would have three or four channels on every sports network, and the Heat would have about six minutes at three in the morning after the public service announcement about the dangers of dipping.

And yes, I am deliberating ravingness.

THE LOVE IS IN A TRANSCENDENT STATE OF ALL ABOUTNESS

ALL LILIES FLUTTER PAST COMESTIBLE RAINDROPS

GO LAKERS

Artest also said 2 years ago that Brandon Roy was the toughest player he's played against

There are 4 lights

@LRob,

I was just reading about all the broadcasting changes for the Blazers. Terry Porter joining the studio crew, etc. I only have to put up with Mike Rice and the lame Comcast coverage when I visit Portland a couple times during the NBA season. Those small-market teams sometimes have excellent play-by-play guys but the analysts can often be homers, which I hate, or unprofessional.

To think Lakers and Dodgers fans for decades had two of the best in the business. Which shouldn't be surprising since this is the second-largest metro area in the U.S. and the entertainment capital of the world. You'd expect to be spoiled here.

"Where is LeBron James on your list?" another reporter asked. "You got to ask him," said Artest.
Follow-up question: What about on your list? "I only count to two," Artest replied. "I've been out of school for 10 years. I only count to two."

LMAO !!!!! Now I'm feelin all warm and cuddly knowing this is gonna be one helluva follow up to last season.... There's Laker fans, then theres everyone else..... Oh yea.. and FYI.. YES, Im celebrating last summers championship up until New Years Day so all you trolls have been warned.. IT STILL MATTERS !!!!

I'm not thrilled about Ron Ron comments. But as long as he walk the walk, I don't mind him talking the talk.

Oh well, I'm sure Lebron is taking notes and adding Thriller to his list. I can see Stern with that sheepish grin on his face right now...with visions of Christmas day ratings going thru the roof.

Thriller continues to endear himself to this Lakeraholic's heart.
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Thriller is the man. Period.
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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!!!

@Edwin - I agree with phred 100%. You nailed it.

Lew, please feel free to start the "MO WILLIAMS STINKS BANDWAGON" and put me on it any time you want! LMAO!

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | October 14, 2010 at 07:22 PM
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Same here. Mo Williams is actually on my "hate list" for turning into a cocky arrogant Cavalier while trying to convince the NBA he has game worthy of being a side kick. Once he came to Cleveland he ran his mouth about not being an All-Star in 09, "Guarenteed" the Cavs would in Game 4 against Orlando, and like SVG stated flopped more than baby learning to walk obviously learning to play defense from a flopper 4 life Andy Varejao.

I actually laughed that he was thinking of retirement when Bron bailed on Cleveland. Pathetic excuse for a guy who ran his mouth and only looked good being with Lebron James. Just another clown who only built up James' circus and cried like a baby when his little rave party ended when he and Delonte West were ditched by Bron to go with better teammates.

I hate Celtics like Yankees fans despise Boston (love my wife for hating on Beantown despite her being from the New England area) but watching Rondo light up Mo Williams and the circus that was going on in Cleveland was actually satisfying to watch while waiting for the Lakers-Suns series to begin.

Now that the cancer has left, I don't hate the Cavs anymore. I want them to be successful.
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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!!!

Ron Ron is right: Kobe 1, KD 2, lebron below them...

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LRob: I don't know if you know the 'story behind the story' - OK, I'll go Jim Rome on you and say 'alleged' story behind the story with Mo "Stinks" Willams (you know he stinks, don't you! rofl...)

Well, supposedly Mo Williams hurt his groin running from lebrons mom. Now, it could have been hurt another way... This is a family paper so I'll leave it at that LOL... But the Mo Williams/Delonte West + lebrons mom rumors were very active, and suddenly both of those guys ended up on the trading block together, at the same time after the playoffs ended, supposedly this was done on word that Maverick Carter told the team that the lebron wanted the shenanigans to end.

This was never confirmed, therefore the news agencies couldn't run with it, but I guess it was pretty widespread that lebrons mom was dating Delonte West, supposedly Mo Williams too. Thus, Williams was worried his squeeze was heading to take her talents to South Beach with her son, that probably had something to do with his reaction...

And Mo Williams still stinks! LOL

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Dan 'The Man' Loumena: What do you mean this is 'ONE OF' the Times most active blogs!!! We gotta change that!!!! Guys, get more active!!!!

I must say, I can't believe you brought up that game in which people always say 'Kobe quit' - game 7, 2006 playoffs vs the Suns. Kobe took 3 shots in the half, and everyone said he quit.

Mind you, we're talking Smush Parker/Kwame Brown/Brian Cook. That game was a blowout from the start, Lakers down by 17 after one, and in the second half the Suns pulled away. Kobe shot 50%, but Smush/Kwame and the bench shot 13-for-48 - a paltry 27%.

Fact is, Lakers had blown a 3-1 lead in the series, and people were ripping Kobe for not integrating his teammates more, pointing fingers on why the series was now tied 3-3 going into that game. Kobe had taken 35 shots (understandably) the game before, which the Lakers lost, and he was getting labeled 'selfish' and not a team player. Basically he was getting ripped for doing his job, shooting.

When the Lakers got down in this game, he went into full-on 'facilitator mode' as Phil was instructing him to do, and after a while - as the game was getting out of hand - I think it started to become a statement game from him in which he basically said "this is what I've got to work with, these are the stiffs you want me to pass to".

This was Kobe's mind game to Phil, mind game to the Laker brass, and a statement - once the game was clearly lost - that unless they brought in better players, and Phil gave him the freedom of say Jordan had in his Bulls days, this was going to be the outcome. This was a 31-pt blowout, and wasn't that close.

On top of everything, Charles Barkley was leading the loudest criticism against Kobe going into that game (Kobe was wrong for listening to any criticism of his game and changing the way he played) and was saying that the 20-for-35 shooting he did in game 6 (merely 57%) led to 15 missed shots which was kick-starting the Suns running game. Not exactly brilliant commentary by Sir Charles, but a lot of the media was very much still anti-Kobe at the time, still blaming him for the Shaq breakup, and were more than happy to rip his play and take Barkley's comments and run with them, and to point out that Kobe was unable to take the Lakers through the playoffs without Shaq.

It was a far different circumstance than lebron's game 5 display vs the Celtics. lebron flat-out 'quit' on the court, and to put the cherry on that game, lebron came out and stated that we are spoiled by his play.

It's easy to say that 'Kobe quit' - but the reality is that he far from did that, although he gave everyone a taste of the medicine they were asking for in force-feeding Kwame/Smush and all passes in which they choked on...

Still love ya Dan, but had to point out the facts surrounding the Kobe game. =)


GO LAKERS!!!!!

THIS JUST IN: Mo Williams STILL Stinks!!!!! LOL....

Watched the Clipper/Nuggets game from earlier tonight. Couple of reactions:

Blake Griffin is a BEAST! He's 'the real deal' - very inspired play.

Baron Davis is going to benefit the most playing alongside Blake. The two already have a nice two-man game they're developing, and Baron looks rejuvenated when the two are on the floor. BD even got a couple of blocks - thats how excited he seems to be to play alongside Blake.

The Clippers have a nice 4/5th of a starting lineup with Kaman/Griffin/Gordon/Davis. It's that 5th slot (Ryan Gomes) and their bench which is pretty lousy - they even have Brian Cook (poor Clipper fans...).

Nuggets look like they are a team in decline, but 'Melo looked real good - an assist from a triple-double. Nene looked nice too. Outside of that, not much else looked good from their end.

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LRob: "Oh for the days of Walton & Snapper."
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Yeah, they were a fun team. Walton with his crazy statements, Snapper just couldn't resist in refuting whatever Bill would say, and Marv Albert would be caught in the middle, keeping the two apart in his own, funny way.

I really hope that Bill is doing better with the back, It would be awesome to get him back calling games, or even just to do some studio work. He's so colorful, so opinionated that he makes most other color analysts look bland in comparison.

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Dan L: I really feel for your Blazers. They are doing their best job in topping the Clipper curse. I'm surprised you guys didn't jump on the DJ Mbenga bandwagon before the Hornets snapped him up. Maybe they could trade Rudy for a big-body, and Aldridge can step up and play more of the post. I really hope the Oden/Bynum battles everyone was hoping for comes to happen - for both sides - and the Blazers stop getting hit by the big-man injury bugs.

Could it be something in the water up there???


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Off to bed, but had to post this vid before I did:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka7D6RUAXJg

Oh tommy, tommy... LOL this one has had me cracking up for a few minutes...

Could be the new slogan "The NBA - it's STUPID"


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Lookin at bynums picture on fox sports, looks like he didn't do any upper body weight lifting. Looks pretty soft unfortunately. Think he would do at least a little lifting. Hope he doesn't turn into a vin baker

wasnt game six (2006) against phoenix the game where that rat alabaster hit a game ending stupid 3 pointer to send it to game 7 ?

or am i thinking of another series?

@CyberCosmiX - Blake Griffin looks like the Juggernaut.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSuvOVH0aSQ


With no other respectable big man and Baron Davis declining by the minute, it'll be interesting to see how far Griffin and Gordon take that team. People like to rag on Fisher, but for the amount of money BD pulls in, you'd expect him to jog a bit in the off season.


Hopefully we won't have to endure too much Kaman hype this year, he can put up numbers, but always fades in the second half (season and actual games), blows the critical plays in tight situations and hasn't really figured out how to handle a double-team. He's got some skills, though.


What impressed me the most about Blake Griffin was his intensity on the defensive end. He kept trying to take charges when he could have just shut down the lane. If he gets calls, they'll go far. If he becomes "foul prone", they will be mired where most Clipper teams end up, in Purgatory. Well, last in the Pacific division at any rate.


Posting about the Clippers...still pre-season.

phred...your posts are basicaly awesome. Keep the vibe flowing man, keep it flowing.

I remember when Barkley called out Kobe for quitting/tanking game 7 of the Laker/Suns series in 06. What did Kobe do? He showed up to the TNT studios to confront,; in a way, to Charles Barkley.

What is LBJ going to do since Barkley is the #1 guy on his list? I think he is going to let Wade or Bosh stand up for him. Oh, wait Dwayne Wade already did by saying that LBJ/Bosh haven't done anything that Barkley has done already.

All the talk of who is better, Kobe or LBJ? Clearly it's Kobe. What haters and most fans confuse is who is more liked or likeable? Only because LBJ is more likeable doesn't make him the better player.

Why is everyone so in love w/ the OKC Thunder? Why are all the NBA experts saying that they are the team who could maybe beat the Lakers this upcoming season? They supposedly came within seconds of forcing game 7 and potentially winning the series. So did the Houston Rockets in 09. Was anyone concerned that they would defeat the Lakeshow?

If I remember correctly, the Lakers took huge leads againts the Thunder at home games and usually won those games by a 10 point margin. On the road the lakers kept close until the 4th quarter. Also during that series wasn't Kobe sporting a knee that was swelled because of fluid?

The only way I would see the Thunder as a threat is if they beat the Lakers at the Staples Center with the Lakers full roster healthy and playing.

The team to fear in the west is the Jazz, Spurs and the Mavericks.

Why am I always Late to the blog?

Phred & LRob, just read the blog and back on the road again, thanks for liking what I posted.

@Blitz - yep lost a lot of respect for Mo after those comments. You're going to retire cuz your boy left? Really?

@Cyber - no I didn't hear that about Mo....lol. Crazy. Also you're right about that Phoenix game 7 "Kobe quit" game. I blame that on Phil. Kobe dropped 50 in gm6 playing an incredible gm. Lakers lose partially because LO didn't box out with 6 seconds left in regulation.

Then in gm7 Kobe is keeping Lakers withing striking distance with 25pts at half on 60% shooting and Phil asked them to pound it down low to Kwame, LO and Luke in 2nd half. Kobe "followed instructions" and kept passing to those guys only taking 3 shots. Lakers were down 25pts 5 minutes into 2nd half.

Here's what PJ should've told Kobe at halftime. "The only way we win this game is if you drop 70pts. Let's go out with guns a blazing!"

Good Morning Laker Nation,

Today I’m thinking about songs from movie soundtracks. A song that
automatically conjure up images from the scene in the movie.

Here's one

Howard Keel singing is incredible. A fun song telling his brothers
how to “capture” the girls they long. If you haven’t seen this movie
you’re missing a real treat...

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

@Jamie Sweet - Thanks for Clippers recap...especially Blake Griffin. I'm very curious in how he'll do this season. Looks like a rebounding machine.

@Joe Corad - Why OKC....two words...Kevin Durant!

Mamba - wake up! Yesterday we gave you an off day. Today a roll call is expected!

ArtFL - where have you been buddy?

Edwin,

There's been some interesting debate and posts the past couple of days, but if I had to pick just one, yours from last night is my favorite.

Here's one more movie soundtrack song...for all you movie buffs. (Wes, Mamba) and even our movie industry pros (63 footer and others)

Prince and his rival Morris Day after fighting for Appolonia’s affection.
When Prince dropped this song on her it was over.
An absolutely incredible soundtrack. Each song is a gem!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE3Iw4ZLtIM

If I told you baby
that I’m so in love with you
Oh baby baby baby
if we got married, wouldn’t that be cool

ARISE MIGHTY LAKERS NATION!!! THE WORLD IS OURS!!!
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Good Morning Crue': DJ LRob & LEWSTRS, ART-FL LAKERS FAN, EDWIN GUECO, JOE CORAD, JAMIE SWEET, CYBERCOSMIX.
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Come on LRob can't a guy take one day off? You sir are a hard taskmaster!
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Here's my contribution from the movie Foul Play and of course it is dedicated to...The Fabulous Justanothermambafan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLYL-pYpxGI ready to take achance

Hey LRob,

Got caught up with some work stuff needed to be done
Have been keeping up with the reading but didn't have time to post much.
Have really enjoyed your posts too.

Barry Manilow too syrupy for ya? OK I got just the thing!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKQiiXRgVtg
NOW THAT IS OUT FREAKIN STANING!!!!!

@Mamba...whoa...you played the Manilow card. Only a man's man is comfortable enough to do that. I ain't mad at cha. Count me as a Manilow fan. Cool movie.

@Art - double whoa...I was just thinking I hadn't seen a post from you in a while and Bam!


Looks like Melo said NO on trade to Clips.

Mamba - Richard Pryor in the Mack "I ain't running nowhere...I ain't no track star"....lol

Mamba - Richard Pryor in the Mack "I ain't running nowhere...I ain't no track star"....lol Posted by: LRob | October 15, 2010 at 06:50 AM
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LMAO!! LRob Don't forget about The Players Ball now! LOL!

good morning-

LRob, thanx & love the great selections in music. you probably got the customized 4TB ipod, currently at 98% capacity - a galactic library... and the beat goes on.

i found this as an entry-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1H3ro3kUIo&feature=related

along with the following additions (apologies, if already posted):

LRob, next time you fly anywhere, i suggest this airline-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lqh8e2KYIrU

just for laughs-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMtZfW2z9dw

for those who talked during the summer about beating the Lakers this season-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTRmS6NrrvY

& to get this season started right:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sEkYI9HCp4

have a good Friday everyone

for those who talked during the summer about beating the Lakers this season-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTRmS6NrrvY

& to get this season started right:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sEkYI9HCp4

have a good Friday everyone Posted by: ms | October 15, 2010 at 06:56 AM
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With tunes like this I Damn sure will!!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!

@Art - good to hear from you. I thought about you when we did the Lennon tribute day on Oct. 9th.

@ms - That Akiko song is pretty. Hmmm...how do I get on that airline...lol. Yep, Back to Reality = classic. JO...should be an honary Laker for all the National Athem victories.

@Mamba - Players Ball...Goldie...Goldie. Probably where Outkast got there song title from.

@Mamba - Players Ball...Goldie...Goldie. Probably where Outkast got there song title from. Posted by: LRob | October 15, 2010 at 07:12 AM
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LMAO!! Next you're goning to pull out the Derby and the cane. Go ahead LRob with your bad self!!!! Just make sure listen to those tips from the Blind Man!

Gooood Morning Lakerland! I see LRob has been hard at work with his fabulous posts through the night. Mamba24 in the Morning! Good morning to you!

Just wanted to check in and say hello to all. I have been busy with other things but as always, I start my mornings with you.

Back soon.

And who can forget the following Gem. In fact it reminds me of OK say it all together "FABULOUS!!!!!!!" http://tinyurl.com/2eadcte

@JohnnyV, Good Morning JohnnyV, how you be sir? LOL! We thank you for checking in because, any day that JohnnyV is in the house is going to be one...OUT FREAKIN STANDING DAY!!
Now go out there and Represent The Laker Nation my brother!!

Good Morning NewMexicoLL, been missing you the last few days. I feel your pain about Brett. I just hope he does not decide to quit in the middle of the season now. Don't forget he's in a division that is still up for grabs, anything is possible. The Bears record is a mirage, plus they always collaspe in December. Aaron Rodgers is one good concussion away from being out for the season so don't give up yet!

LRob,

Yep, I enjoyed the Lennon stuff over the weekend, he is one of my all time favorites. Also enjoyed the skill vs athleticism and Labron/Kobe stuff.

The debates seem to kick the blog up a notch. I know some don't like them, but I find them interesting and like the various viewpoints and often good points brought out on both sides. Was tempted to jump in there a few times but just didn't have time to get into it. No matter, there will be plenty more to come.

Rob, were you a DJ in a past life? If not then maybe in your next one!

GOOD MORNING Band of Brothers...(and Sisters)

Getting ready for the Staple Shootout this weekend...

LRob - remember who I listed as my dark horses in the East and the West...I got a new nickname for the Bench Mob...Young Guns...and this is for them...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahZHVBC89aM

Mamba24 - good morning brother...not a Friday unless I read you posts....

Crazy how the Association looks so different from last year...Well one thing will remaing the same...Los Angeles Lakers will be champions again...

Lakers Dynaty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

LAKERS NATION WE ARE NOW JOINED BY THE OTHER HALF OF THE MORNING DJ CRUE'...LEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWSTRS!!!!!!

@Jon K.:

Now that the cancer has left, I don't hate the Cavs anymore. I want them to be successful.

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Wow! That is about the nicest, most kind-hearted, genuine thing I think has been said on this blog about another franchise. You never cease to amaze me.

You are a gentleman.

--FEARless

For some reason I had nightmares about Mo Williams last night of all things. Can't figure out why.

Todays pop quiz...

What does this song and Magic Johnson have in common....

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

Lakers Dynaty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

@phred:

"To wit, if Kobe and the Lakers were given attention by ESPN in proportion to their accomplishments relative to any other teams accomplishments, the Lakers would have three or four channels on every sports network, and the Heat would have about six minutes at three in the morning after the public service announcement about the dangers of dipping."

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Now, you know that would just be tooooo logical for the BSPN to ever consider. Nevermind the fact that it makes more economical sense. Look at Nike; LBJ jumping ship has permanently put the brakes on their very funny and refreshing Kobe/LeBron puppet series. Forever.

I nominate this the Post of the Day.

--FEARless

@phred: "To wit, if Kobe and the Lakers were given attention by ESPN in proportion to their accomplishments relative to any other teams accomplishments, the Lakers would have three or four channels on every sports network, and the Heat would have about six minutes at three in the morning after the public service announcement about the dangers of dipping."
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I nominate this the Post of the Day. --FEARless
Posted by: FEARless | October 15, 2010 at 07:57 AM
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I second that nomination!!

"Ive been out of somment from Artest chool for 10 years and I only count to 2" - Another great comment from Ron Artest LMAO

Let's try this again
"Ive been out of school for 10 years and I can only count to 2" Another great comment from Ron Artest LMAO

Let's try this again
"Ive been out of school for 10 years and I can only count to 2" Another great comment from Ron Artest LMAO

@Joe_Corad:

I remember Kobe responding to Barkley's criticism and Barkley sort of backing off, only to have Kenny Smith stand up for Barkley during that interview. Barkley was running his mouth when Kobe wasn't around, but then wasn't so brave when Kobe was there. Kenny Smith was the one who had the guts to repeat the check that Chuck's mouth had written.

Even though Barkley chickened out on Kobe (most guys, it turns out, do), I generally like Barkley because he will say the things on air that most of us are thinking anyway.

--FEARless

LRob -

So what is the final date set for our Fantasy League draft...

MVP888 -

I had a dream that LeBron hits a shot...the crowd was wild...and Mo Williams is chasing James around trying to put a black blazer on his shoulders...

Can you explain this to me...lol

Lakers Dynaty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!


Where is the delete button?????

What does this song and Magic Johnson have in common....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlmTELeLRwIPosted by: LEWSTRS | October 15, 2010 at 07:54 AM
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You got me LEWSTRS!!

cofm - morning dude...lol...you'll get use to no edit or delete buttons...and give it at least 30 seconds to post, or you will get the dreaded 'double post' syndrome...

Being a professional musician...do you have a selection to contribute today...

This one is for you...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aowSGxim_O8

I miss our little sessions...;-)

Lakers Dynaty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Where is the delete button????? Posted by: cofm99 | October 15, 2010 at 08:05 AM
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Stop this I say! That way lies madness! You can't just go around deleting wily nily. What if Homer had had a delete button? No Illiad. be proud of your words and stick to them!!
LOL! Just playing with you bro! The Delete button is right next to the Any Key!

What does this song and Magic Johnson have in common....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlmTELeLRwIPosted by: LEWSTRS | October 15, 2010 at 07:54 AM
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You got me LEWSTRS!!

Posted by: mamba24 | October 15, 2010 at 08:06 AM

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Lipps Inc. song Funky Town, was the number 1 hit in June of 1980...Their first hit that went platinum...The same month Magic Johnson won his first ring...

Lakers Dynaty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

JAM ON LEWSTRS, JAM ON!!!

What does this song and Magic Johnson have in common....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlmTELeLRwIPosted by: LEWSTRS | October 15, 2010 at 07:54 AM

Lew - Hopefully nothing hahaha Where do you dig up these songs. I prefer the Chipmunks version LMAO

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

Lipps Inc. song Funky Town, was the number 1 hit in June of 1980...Their first hit that went platinum...The same month Magic Johnson won his first ring...Posted by: LEWSTRS | October 15, 2010 at 08:13 AM
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And the rest of the story is...They never had another hit again while Magic went on to win 4 more Rings!!! Now you know..THE REST OF THE STORY!!!

Lew - I think you have listened to and lived this song too much lately LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5FrHuRcqoA

Lew - Hopefully nothing hahaha Where do you dig up these songs. I prefer the Chipmunks version LMAO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUbecqpSPbs&feature=related
Posted by: cofm99 | October 15, 2010 at 08:14 AM
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BLASPHEMY I SAY!!! To take such a beautiful sweet tender ballad with such deep meaningful Lyrics that will live for ages if not forever and have the Chimpmunks sing it! I cry every time I hear that beautiful ballad. The man who wrote that was a genius. CAN YOU TAKE ME TO FUNKY TOWN? OH SWEET JESUS!!! The unbridled genius of the person that wrote such lines as that is beyond compare. I would compare it to a young Bob Dylan or a Smokey Robinson or Stevie Wonder at their peak. GENIUS! GENIUS I SAY!!!

Hey guys. I'm going to catch up on some of the comments (was out running a few errands last night), but just wanted to give a heads up. There should be a post fairly shortly. There's lots of items the copy desk it taking care of, but look for an item within the next hour.

There's lots of items the copy desk it taking care of, but look for an item within the next hour. Posted by: Mark Medina | October 15, 2010 at 08:25 AM
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OH BLESS YOU, BLESS YOU KIND SIR!!! THE BLOG GOD IS INDEED GOOD!!

Justanothermambafan I want you to come on here and forgive me right now!!! I have sinned and I seek forgiveness. Now I will hold my breath until you post!!

Phred - I read your take on why you guys can't stop talking about LeBron and definitely agree. Say all you want about ESPN's over the top coverage and their Heat Index (I agree, it's ridiculous), but the bottom line is ESPN wouldn't be doing the things they're doing if people weren't reading/reacting to those stories. It is a shame that it's come down to promotion and ratings to the nth degree, but its' a business and both Miami fans and haters whether they'd like to admit it or talking about the story. I think the Laker amazement and fascination with LeBron is what you pointed out phred - how they appear so much to be the opposite of the Lakers in that the team has won two championships and really aside from Artest's goofy harmless antics are pretty businesslike, while Miami has been all show and hype before they've accomplished anything. ESPN has justified its 24/7 coverage because of the potential magnitude of this story, which in all fairness is pretty accurate. But the problem is this: They're putting the cart before the horse, which pretty much sets up the inevitable. If Miami loses, ESPN will say they fell short of expectations and didn't match the hype. When in reality, they shouldn't have had such hype to begin with.

Mamba24 - One hit wonder??? They had one single hit which was "Funky Town" in 1980. To compare this anywheres near to Dylan Smokey or Stevie is the real BLASPHAMY

@LROB… “Oh for the days of Walton & Snapper." LOL. I may be in the minority but they may have been my favorite broadcasting duo on the networks (nobody tops Chick and Stu in my book). Anyway, I loved Bill’s huge prognostications and thought Snapper was one of the smartest overall analysts out there.
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Here’s a little morning love for Prince. One of my favorite covers of one his greatest songs:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUiTQvT0W_0
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TOM

Ron Artest is my guy. Kobe is my favorite Laker but Ron is giving him a run for top spot. "I've been out of school 10 years and I only can count to 2!" LOL!

Great stuff!

Jon K.

I'm right there with you bro, I'm now pulling for Cleveland to make the playoffs just cause everybody needs to know they may not be #1 in the East anymore, but the Cavs were more than just Lebron James.

Mamba24,

It's freaky friday, where is the ROLL CALL?

Dan Loumena,
How do you feel about the mega trade that didn't happen with Portland? It was in talking stage but I can see why it would be a no go.
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Portland tried to land CP3 in a Carmelo mega-deal
Posted on: October 14, 2010 12:03 pm
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Log-in to rate:Log-in to rate:Log-in to rate: Posted by Royce Young

Remember that one time Chris Paul was almost traded? And remember that one time where Carmelo Anthony was/is going to be traded? Well it all almost came together in one huge, super-duper mega-deal.

Al Iannazzone of The Bergen Record reveals a trade that was in the discussion phase that would've shaken the NBA tree around a good bit. How's this sound: The Blazers tried to include the Hornets in a deal that would've sent Chris Paul to Portland, Devin Harris, Kris Humphries and a couple Blazers to the Hornets, Derrick Favors to Denver and Andre Miller to the Nets.

And a wipe of the forehead. Now that, would've been a trade.

Iannazzone mentions that the trade really wasn't ever that close, but boy, that's one to talk about. And it's easy to see why it didn't really go anywhere. The two teams giving up their stars weren't really being compensated, well, at all. Harris is a nice guard, but Humphries and some Blazer scrubs? Unless the unnamed Blazers were Nicolas Batum, Greg Oden and Brandon Roy, I don't see how New Orleans feels good about that trade. And all Denver would've received was Favors? I'm sure picks were involved in there too, but still.

The Nets though, my goodness. Not only do they land Carmelo, but Andre Miller. Quite a haul. And if Portland isn't giving up anything that substantial, putting Chris Paul in Andre Miller's spot means the Blazers are like actual contenders or something.

Again, easy to see why this never picked up a ton of steam though.

Underneath all that in Iannazzone's story though is the fact that New Jersey is still pushing hard for Anthony, but isn't going to be able to get much done as long as Favors isn't producing. The rookie power forward went 0-for-5 and had zero points and five rebounds in 23 minutes in Wednesday’s 91-81 preseason loss to Houston. That made three bad outings for Favors in four preseason games, two of which were watched in person by a Nuggets scout.

Right now, Denver has the leverage and Favors was supposed to be the prize for them in dealing Anthony to New Jersey. But if he doesn't look like a capable starting NBA power forward, it'll be back to the drawing table for the Nets. The Nuggets are still in a position where they can track down the best deal. Until Denver starts feeling some pressure from the Carmelo camp, the Nuggets can take their time.

Mamba24,It's freaky friday, where is the ROLL CALL? Posted by: Fan of the Mamba | October 15, 2010 at 08:36 AM
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Fan of the Mamba, there shall be no further Roll Calls till the Head of our Mamba Clan, The Fabulous Justanothermambafan comes on the Blog and forgives me. How can I, yes I be expected to produce a Roll Call consumed with remorse as I am.

Mamba24 - One hit wonder??? They had one single hit which was "Funky Town" in 1980. To compare this anywheres near to Dylan Smokey or Stevie is the real BLASPHAMY Posted by: cofm99 | October 15, 2010 at 08:33 AM
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Sorry I guess I didn't put my tongue in my cheek deep enough!

Random summer thoughts:

1. Dominique never got to the Finals because he played in the East where you have to get pass Bird and Jordan first to get there.
2. No one wants to be in the West now because Kobe will not let you get to the Finals. Go East 'Melo. Bosh wouldn't go to the Rockets.
3. The Miami dream team is weak in the most important positions for the way they play- a Center and a PG. Only PJackson wins with less than great C and PG.
4. I'd rather have Bynum healing on the Lakers bench than on another team.
5. Put a top 4 C with the Laker's bench and they'd be playoff bound. In the West, mind you.
6. Other than being able to jump higher than Kobe, Kobe is better athletically than SBrown. Quicker, faster, longer and tougher.
7. Imagine KB at PG, Barnes at 2, Artest at 3, DC at 4 and AB at 5. That's got to be the meanest team in the NBA. The Bruise Crew.
8. Only the Lakers have 7 guys who can (or had) score 30 or more. And they say the Apache helicopter had firepower.
9. MM and supersub Dan L. are doing a heck of job.

"Purple Rain" & 'The Mack" verbal jousting by LRob & Mamba! What a way to kick off my weekend. 'Cuse me while I do The Bird! SQUAWK! HALLELUJAH!!!


And to the trolls out there: When you hear grown folks talkin on this Blog shut the **** up, ya hear?

Random summer thoughts:Posted by: p ang | October 15, 2010 at 08:49 AM
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My Random thought is I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!


And to the trolls out there: When you hear grown folks talkin on this Blog shut the **** up, ya hear?
Posted by: utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER | October 15, 2010 at 08:50 AM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!! PREACH CHAPLAIN, PREACH!!! or should we call you Pretty Tony THE BANNER HOLDER? LOL!

Fabulous, Honey you do Know I'm still holding my breath right?

Thanks for the props, Mamba. Not to brag, but I did knock a garden tool named 131 down the other day...

Movie soundtrack songs?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3qgmVb4-kU

A little Mick Memo Turner morning.

Oh, and "Goodbye the Ferrari...."

Thanks for the props, Mamba. Not to brag, but I did knock a garden tool named 131 down the other day...Posted by: utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER | October 15, 2010 at 08:56 AM
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I noticed sir and you were doing such a good job that i dare not have intruded. Good stuff utz. But 131 is good people, just misguided about the team he picked to root for. He wants to be a LakerHolic but can't take that last step. Lol!

Six-Trey: I'm firewalled. What song you pick?

utz - "Memo From Turner" from Performance. Other than one of the Beatles movies, maybe the first real music video. And it's a great song.

@Mamba: To quote another classic Black film "Dead Presidents", I tried to be a friend. But the dude wanted to go hard.


Quoting another movie - and detailing my whole struggle with trolls - "(Trolls) are the weak. And I am the tyranny of evil men. But I'm trying, Lakers Blog. I'm trying real hard...to be the SHEPHERD."

As long as we're kickin' movie soundtrack clips around, thought I should definitely throw this into the mix - props to Burt Bacharach, BJ Thomas, Conrad Hall, George Roy Hill, Paul Newman and the dazzling Katherine Ross...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2OdPDEG6aQ
Good morning everyone! Psyched for this weekend's shootout!

@p ang:

You bring up some really good points. But, the most telling is that even though the "Dream Team" is in the East, every star player in the NBA is still trying to get away from Kobe and the West.

The ONLY stud willing and eager to take a gander at actually going through Kobe is Kevin Durant. Scary.

The rest? Wimps.

--FEARless

To quote another classic Black film "Dead Presidents", I tried to be a friend. But the dude wanted to go hard.
Quoting another movie - and detailing my whole struggle with trolls - "(Trolls) are the weak. And I am the tyranny of evil men. But I'm trying, Lakers Blog. I'm trying real hard...to be the SHEPHERD." Posted by: utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER | October 15, 2010 at 09:04 AM
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MANNN!! THE BANNER HOLDER then threw away the pistols and come out firing Bazookas!!

I love the comments by Ron Artest. It puts something in LeBron's mind. Nobody has ever challenged LeBron like that. It's going to be interesting to see how he responds to it on Christmas.

Go Lakers!

It puts something in LeBron's mind. Nobody has ever Challenged LeBron like that. It's going to be interesting to see how he responds to it on Christmas. Posted by: Rocky | October 15, 2010 at 09:10 AM
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Put something in LeBron's mind...WHAT FREAKIN MIND?

@Jefe: One of the greatest songs ever! Makes me feel good everytime I play it on my iPod.


While this ain't a movie song, I highly recommend y'all check out Marvin Gaye's rendition of The Beatles "Yesterday." That song will knock you dead on your keyster!

 
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