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Ron Artest's decision to raffle off his championship ring should be lauded

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Countless people have approached Ron Artest and asked a variation of this question: Why are you going to raffle off your championship ring?

They already know this answer: Artest will begin a raffle Oct. 27, when fans can purchase a minimum of five raffle tickets for $2 each through Artest's website. Those proceeds will benefit Xcel University, a charity Artest supports, with funds directed toward two as-yet-determined mental-health causes. And a lucky fan on Christmas will then keep Artest's 2010 championship ring, which has been custom-made for size 11 instead of his own size 14, so it would be easier for the average fan to fit the ring on his or her finger.

But many of the public still ask. They want to understand why Artest would give away a prized possession he's finally earned after a adversarial 11-year career. They want to know why the Lakers' ring ceremony before the season opener Tuesday night at Staples Center would mark the only time he'd wear it. And they want to see if there's any alternative he's willing to accept, so he doesn't regret giving away his ring while also raising funds for mental-health charities.

Artest acknowledged his wife is among those concerned, so he plans to make a duplicate ring for her. He's shared that plenty of fans, in person and on Twitter, have asked him to reconsider even though it gives them the chance to own a piece of Lakers' hardware themselves. The Lakers, meanwhile, have publicly and affectionately shared their support for Artest's decision to give away the ring on Christmas, even though that's not what they plan to do with their own rings. And the media for the last two weeks, including myself, have clamored to hear about this giveaway, while openly questioning whether he's really thought this thing through.

"We did what we had to do last year to win a championship, and it presents all these opportunities and these ideas," Artest said. "For it to go toward mental-health awareness, I'm pretty happy about that. That's already in motion."

But why, Ron? Why give away something you've wanted for so long? I wondered, at first, if it was the initial public attention he craved. And if there would be future regrets about losing a symbol of a high point of his career and how sad that would be.

Yet, after listening to Artest talk about this during interviews over the last two weeks, I'm convinced he's made the right decision. If it were me, I couldn't give away something so meaningful. But Artest should be lauded for his generosity and because he's doing this for the right reasons.

As the NBA gears up for a potential lockout next season, Artest shows he's thinking beyond wealth and material goods. The general public and the media may have become numb to the narcissism that permeates our sports culture, but Artest's gesture trumps self-interest. As other athletes try to reshape a battered image by winning, hiring a new publicist or just plain stonewalling the media and fans, Artest takes a real step toward altering an earlier toxic persona -- notably his involvment in Malice at the Palace, the 2004 Pacers-Pistons brawl.

"You look at the impact I made already with the whole cause, I think you'd do the same thing," Artest said. "I didn't think it was going to be like that. I didn't plan on it being such a major response. I had no idea. But even had I known that, I would still do it and give other things away. It was for short-term impact that hopefully will lead to long-term impact. Now it's getting out of control, but in a good way."

Artest's ring giveaway has earned him plaudits. He's been given the keys to the city of Las Vegas, has met with former President Clinton and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and appeared at Eastmont Intermediate School in Montebello, where he spoke to students about the mental-health issues he has dealt with since age 13. Artest said his brush with community efforts spurred him to want to do more, particularly after Clinton expressed admiration for the player's story of redemption.

It's stuff like this that has added to Artest's reputation of late as a well-intentioned guy, as well as a lovable and goofy teammate with his participation in a local dodgeball tournament,  laughing it up on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" or his legendary Game 7 post-game press conference.

"Ron's always has more than one thing going on at one time," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "It's good for him. I think it keeps him interested in the game, and I think it keeps him involved in the community. The one thing about him is he doesn't want to be bored. He won't bore you, that's for sure."

Said Lakers guard Derek Fisher: Artest "enjoys bringing joy to other people and doing little random acts of kindness. ... Basically he wanted to create a situation where he wanted to be as hungry or more hungry to win another [championship] as he was to win the first one. So he figured let me give away the first [ring] and I'll be hungry to get another one. It makes sense if you think about it. I won't be doing it, but it makes sense."

But the attention and the motivation he can draw from wanting to win another ring aren't primarily dictating this initiative. Artest is giving up something huge for a cause he strongly believes supporting. It's one thing for Artest to promote the Mental Health in Schools Act, which would provide $200 million in funding. It's another thing for him to openly discuss his own issues and insecurities growing up, leaving him vulnerable to judgments and scrutiny. It's one thing for Artest to raffle off just any piece of memorabilia for a Lakers fan, making it a feel-good story for all. It's another thing for him to give away an irreplaceable item.

"Ron's always going to do what's in his heart," said Lakers forward Lamar Odom, who knew Artest growing up near his hometown in Queens, N.Y. "Winning a championship, we won't ever forget it. The ring could be considered something that's materialistic. That's not important to Ron.

"He's doing it for a charity and a good cause," Odom continued. "That's what should be talked about."

So maybe I'm still holding out hope even now that Artest will reconsider. But I can't help but respect his decision. And the Lakers could find a lesson here. The cause Artest supports is of greater consequence than the Lakers' quest for another championship, but his actions show the type of steadfastness and sacrifice needed for the team to accomplish its own goal.

"It's an important issue and something I grew up around," Artest said of his cause. "It's important to my life and neighborhood. I thought it was a good thing to do for teenagers and young kids. I thought it was a good thing. ... The championship, you can never take that away from somebody."

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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest is introduced at Eastmont Intermediate School, where he spoke to students about the mental-health issues he has dealt with since age 13. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

 
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Good morning Mamba24 and the fabulous Laker morning CRUE!


GAME DAY BABY - YYYYYEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!


I think the Laker Nation collective is JONESING for the game tonight!! FINALLY we're back and on our quest for the 3-peat. Can anything be more exciting???!!!


I'm really looking forward to seeing what the ring looks like, to watch RonRon's face as he finally gets his first championship ring, to see Kobe & Fish receive # 5, then to see how they all respond come tip off. I know this team MAY have a rocky start, but I don't see it as being a given. This year our bench is veteran and scrappy - and hopefully more hungry than either of those two things. Seeing the starters get their ring tonight will hopefully not only remind them of just exactly what the goal is, but also that they are now on a proven championship team and all they need to do is their job. Don't play outside yourselves guys - stay in the moment, focus, do that thing you were hired to do and you too will be champions come June.


On this very special day - RING DAY - OPENING NIGHT - I bust out the perfect song from Thriller, and dedicate it not only to the 2009-10 World Champion LA Lakers but also to the World Champion LA Times Lakers Blog:


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Can you say GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMEE DAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! Yeah, baby!!! Been waiting for this day for such a long time. Like rain after a long walk in the desert. This season is going to be awesome!

Can't wait to see the ring ceremony, can't wait to see their faces getting those rings, can't wait to see them play with fire and purpose, can't wait to see Staples rockin', can't wait to hear 'I love LA!" on the speakers afterwards...I just plain can't wait for all of it!!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!
KILL HOUSTON!!!!

UH MM is there some proble,m with my Roll Call that it is not Posting?

Yesssssss...it's finally here after 3 grueling months of Laker silence (sort of). I am so friggin' excited for this season.

I have to give Ron Ron props for doing what he's doing. As nice as that ring is...it doesn't make Ron a Champion...Ron makes Ron a Champion. His dedication to supporting this cause is admirable and not something you see in a mostly self-centered and greedy league of players. He should be applauded for what he's doing.

You can belive I will be popping by his website with at least $100 in tickets for such a good cause...and to be honest, to satisfy my own greedy and evil desire to have Ron Ron's ring to show off here in Boston :-) I could stop by Shaq's next "statue stop" and rub it in his grimmy little face.

Ok ok ok, I admit the excitement is getting to me. I will be glued to my TV tonight. Can't blog with you all cuz my laptop crashed and my desktop is nowhere near my flatscreen but I'll be screaming along with you in spirit.

Dear RonRon,

By your random acts of kindness and selflessness you have won the hearts of not only Laker Nation, but all who's lives have been touched by your sweet, generous self. Standing up for what you believe in, and sacrificing for it, rather than merely paying lip-service to it is noble, honorable and the mark of a truly extraordinary human being. No one will ever forget what you are doing for this very worthy cause. And no one will ever forget, Mr. Artest, that you are a champion in the most important way that counts - of life.

With much love & respect.


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I've gotta say, though the Lakers are the main course, I'm very curious to see what the appetizer has served up: the meat at the chowd's. How sweet would it be to see the little princess' South Beach debut foiled by the greenies?

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ECG - love your post!

How are the C's fans dealing with the game against the Heat tonight? The eyes of the league might be on the red and black, but we know that you'll represent the PnG proudly in your unfortunate surroundings!

Hope you win Ron ron's ring!

but thanks for the comments LongTimeLakerLover & Justanothermambafn.

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PLEASE MM, THIS IS URGENT: CALL ON THE HIGHER POWERS OR WHATVER NEED BE - WE NEED THE ROLL CALL ON OPENING NIGHT!!!!!

Good day Lakernation,

It's game day!!! I am too excited.

I love me some Ron-Ron, got his jersey and I promise myself that I will watch the game live when Lakers visit TO this season. I would not miss an opportunity to see the Lakers this time around no matter and how much it will take :-) This season is so special and I feel good about Lakers' chance of another 3-peat.

MM PLEASE DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY SO MAMBA CAN POST THE ROLL CALL!!!!!

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ECG - love your post!

How are the C's fans dealing with the game against the Heat tonight? The eyes of the league might be on the red and black, but we know that you'll represent the PnG proudly in your unfortunate surroundings!

Hope you win Ron ron's ring!

Posted by: longtimelakerlover


Hahaha thanks LTLL...I can tell you that Celtics fans are as delirious as ever...surprisingly excited about an overweight, way passed his prime, so-called center whom they think is somehow going to carry them to the finish line..pffft. Not to mention their belief that they are the "real defending champions on paper" as said by their coach (if they need that for motivation, they have greater issues, don't you think?), and lastly the condescending and dumb-as-nails notion that the "real" Big 3 were born and still are in Boston, not Miami.

Aside from that, they're as abnoxious and ugly as ever and I am as bold as ever in knocking any sense of pride from their pathetic little heads by reminding them of the facts of life...that our Lakers are the 2-time Defending Champions and that we will be there coem June should they be able to get out of the east.

Yeah! Yeah! Double yeah! Game day!

And I finally figured out Ron Ron's master plan: he's going to cure ALL mental health problems. Yup. He's only going to have to win six or seven more rings and raffle them off. Good plan! And totally do-able.

ms - good stuff.

My morning dedication; a little Boingo seemed apropos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWVZ5kPV1Ts

Waiting patiently for roll call... waiting patiently for roll call...

Don't give up on us, Mamba24! I'm sure MM is working to get whatever's wrong fixed.

Game day, my blog brethren. And what a beautiful day it is.

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We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won (16) Rings
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Lakers Dynastiy Number (4) is well along the way
We have more Dynasties than others have Titles in the NBA
Best Winning Percentage in History, can’t ask for more
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Who scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored More
But Rings not number of points is what Mamba plays for.
With Pau Gasol lending The Mamba a helping hand
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We got a man giving up his Championship Ring for Charity
Ron Artest, Great basketball Player & Human Being is He
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We’ve had all the great centers like Shaq, Wilt & Kareem
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Oiu9jW-VyE WE ARE FAMILY

Yessss Yessss Yessss Rollllllll Calllllll... THANK YOU MAMBA! We are now officialy ready to rock & roll baby.

Nice to see the real Laker family back and ready to back up our team!!!!

JAMF, GDUB.

I love me some Marley.

Here is another GREAT Reggae band that should be on everyones playlist.

Third World. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEVLJ0oiewA

GO LAKERS!

LOCK N' LOAD!!

WELL THAT IS REALLY NICE BUT HALF OF THE SPECIAL STUFF I PUT IN THE ROLL CALL IS GONE.

Oh, WAIT! I see, my seat has been reserved for me already. Good lookin' out LEWSTRS!

--FEARless

kool, roll call's up - thanx Mamba!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T74btAoIIrk

Ahhh, Mamba's Roll Csll, Lewsters Blog Bus, and Justa's thread starting Game Day blessing - all is right with the world - GAME DAY BABY! It's on! #16 up into the rafters tonight - rings on the fingers!
"Right about now it's about that time for me to holler
Girl, I wanna waller in the back of my Impala
Woo, don't need no tickets for this thing
Just jump on in, let me hit them switches on the train!"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-DpRcxK_N8
Ron, go on with your bad self!

63 Footer: "And I finally figured out Ron Ron's master plan: he's going to cure ALL mental health problems. Yup. He's only going to have to win six or seven more rings and raffle them off. Good plan! And totally do-able."
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Aahhh. So that's his plan. Hope it goes off without a hitch!

Love me some Boingo too!

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ECJ: "I can tell you that Celtics fans are as delirious as ever...surprisingly excited about an overweight, way passed his prime, so-called center whom they think is somehow going to carry them to the finish line..pffft. Not to mention their belief that they are the "real defending champions on paper" as said by their coach (if they need that for motivation, they have greater issues, don't you think?), and lastly the condescending and dumb-as-nails notion that the "real" Big 3 were born and still are in Boston, not Miami."
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Sounds like they are still at the 'amused by Shaq's antics and personality' stage of their relationship with Shaq. At each new stop, the stages of Shaq get progressively faster:

1 delirium at signing him/
2 amusement over his antics/
3 reality sets in (seeing him at 30% of his prime level)/
4 team divisions and dissension traced to Shaq/
5 realization he's more negative than a positive (in play and attitude)/
6 team puts him on first train outta town.

If the C's are relying on a broken down 38-yr old Shaq to get them not only back to the Finals - all the while their 'old-3' stand up to another full season - and get them 'over the top' in June - they are flat-out crazy.

At least, just wait until they get to the 3rd level of the Shaq-scale...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Mamba24 - I'm not sure why it didn't work. There's not a technical glitch on our end.

THE ROLL CALL IS IN!!! WE CAN FINALLY COMMENCE WITH OPENING DAY!!!!

Mamba24: "WELL THAT IS REALLY NICE BUT HALF OF THE SPECIAL STUFF I PUT IN THE ROLL CALL IS GONE."

MM: Could you please find out what happened that made mamba have to remove a lot of the roll call?

Mamba, the Roll Call may be condensed down, but still it's great to see it! Game day - especially opening game day - wouldn't have been the same without it!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Game day. Go Lakers!

4g3n7 (i.e, Agent)

Hahaha thanks LTLL...I can tell you that Celtics fans are as delirious as ever...surprisingly excited about an overweight, way passed his prime, so-called center whom they think is somehow going to carry them to the finish line..pffft. Not to mention their belief that they are the "real defending champions on paper" as said by their coach (if they need that for motivation, they have greater issues, don't you think?), and lastly the condescending and dumb-as-nails notion that the "real" Big 3 were born and still are in Boston, not Miami.

Aside from that, they're as abnoxious and ugly as ever and I am as bold as ever in knocking any sense of pride from their pathetic little heads by reminding them of the facts of life...that our Lakers are the 2-time Defending Champions and that we will be there coem June should they be able to get out of the east.

Posted by: EastCoastJessie | October 26, 2010 at 08:55 AM

So things are status quo:

Celtic fans delusional? Check.
Celtic fans dismissing other people's championships? Check.
Celtic fans obnoxious and ugly? Check.

Figures!

Enjoy your day, ECJ!

Opening Day Checklist:

ROLL CALL: check (condensed version)
LAKER BLOG BUS: check
UTZ Game Day Prayer:
Visits by all the blog regulars as we get towards gamenight:
RING CEREMONY (7:30pm-ish):
BEATING HOUSTON (should be garbage time by 9:30):


LOL @ Jefe101: Just jump on in, let me hit them switches on the train!"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-DpRcxK_N8

Listening to that and reading the Blog Bus is some funny stuff lol


GO LAKERS!!!!!

LO summed up my thoughts on Ron Ron's ring decision perfectly...

"Ron's always going to do what's in his heart," said Lakers forward Lamar Odom, who knew Artest growing up near his hometown in Queens, N.Y. "Winning a championship, we won't ever forget it. The ring could be considered something that's materialistic. That's not important to Ron.

How I love that rollllll calllllll!!!

YES!!!!!!!!

GO LAKERS!!

lol ltlf, we're on the same wavelength with the 'checklists' LOL


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Opening Day Checklist:

ROLL CALL: check (condensed version)
LAKER BLOG BUS: check
UTZ Game Day Prayer:
Visits by all the blog regulars as we get towards gamenight:
RING CEREMONY (7:30pm-ish):
BEATING HOUSTON (should be garbage time by 9:30):


LOL @ Jefe101: Just jump on in, let me hit them switches on the train!"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-DpRcxK_N8

Listening to that and reading the Blog Bus is some funny stuff lol


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | October 26, 2010 at 09:19 AM


I like that checklist, CyberCosmiX! Keep checking stuff off!

ROFL @
Celtic fans obnoxious and ugly? Check.

I always thought those were givens when discussing celtic fans... =P


GO LAKERS!!!!!

@MM, Thanks it has to do with some glitches with YOU TUBE, but I appreciate all your help BLOG GOD!!

LOL yes, the checklists are on point...and yes, I'm just sitting back waiting for the Shaq train to derail...it's never a question of "if" it will derail, but "when".

Justa,63 Footer, Lew, Ms,Chick N Stu, Jefe...all checked in musically. It's on and poppin!

@Justa - A+ today....Zep always!

@Lew - one of today's best top party groups...what better way to get it started

@63 Footer - LL...the savvy vet still holding it down like Kob and Fish.

@ms - Sir Elton speaks for itself. Anytime I hear Freedom I expect to hear...Grand Master cuts faster.

@Chick N Stu - good call on Third World.

@Jefe - If Quad don't get us pumping nothing will

@Mamba - Thanks for the roll call, but I want a game day selection from you also.

Good Morning Everyone!

YES! I love seeing roll call on a game day. While it's almost half past 5 here, I'll do my absolute best to stay up with eveyrone at the live chat tonight. I'll probably have to drink a gallon of caffeine tomorrow morning, but that shouldn't be too big of a deal.

Hobbitmage -

I know that commercial of which you speak, and I was getting pretty darn sick and tired of it before I headed across the pond. I can only imagine that it will start to be shown more often as the season wears on.

One other thing for you (and others with technical knowledge): Do you happen to know if there is a way for me to record the games on my computer WITHOUT having a direct feed (a la Slingbox)? I'll be watching the games from an online link, and wasn't sure if there's a way for me to record them.

LEWSTRS -

Love the bus rolling out to the ring ceremony tonight! Can you please get me a seat next to Justa? I heard that there will be some vodka on the party bus...

@LongtimelakerLover, CyberCosmix, MS, EastCoastJessie, Jefe101, Justanothermambafan, Fearless, The Outlaw, Lewstrs, MS. Jeanette. LRob, Noah, 63 Footer, 483N7. PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE!! You are just so doggone wonderful!! *sniff* *sniff* Thanks Fam. Love you all...Carry On!

Here are the changes:

1. In 2009, Ariza was replaced by Artest, Sun Yue was cut off without any replacement. Two draft picks were waived in order to extend LO's contract.

2. In 2010, Farmar moved to the Nets while Blake got in. Powell went to the Hawks and Barnes became a Laker. Mbenga was not signed & taken by Hornets while Ratliff got the opportunity to play with Bynum and Gasol. Lakers signed two more rookies Ebanks and Caracter.

As we start the Fall Season, Lakers are hopping on the court during the preseason or sitting down on the bench with laden injuries from Kobe, Bynum, Walton and Vujacic. It is start of the season when all teams dream of glory in gate crashing the big dance in June. Lakers are still the favorites despite the convergence of young or oldies superstars in the Eastern teams, Lakers continue to sustain temporary injuries. We are the favored team because of proven experience, a tactical coach and the team with winning tradition. From a vantage look, it is the camaraderie, teamwork and focus that will bring the 3-peat. We are humbled to receive again the 2nd bling-bling and silence is golden as we raised the 16th banner that will forever be plastered on the Staple rafters. It is a reminder to our worthy competitors that we own the 2009-10. We will be the reigning Champion throughout the season and attached to it are the bragging rights, however it will be a silent bragging but more, imprinting series of W's on the hard court. Therefore, we wholeheartedly accept the challenge to any contender. We dare you to prove that you are a worthier contender, unless and until you have done it, we also own you.

"The lure of succeeding grandly before an audience is what keeps the performer alive. It was once aptly described by the late high-wire artist, Karl Wallenda, who said: Life is on the wire and the rest is waiting around."
- Michael Fedo

LRob: If I may offer this song up to all those poor non-Laker fans (however few they may be) and say to them that it's not too late to join the party, there's always room on the bus:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56vAAGQDKJw


GO LAKERS!!!!!

CyberCosmiX - it's not nice to taunt the poor, sad Celtic fans... but it was a great choice of song. Hey, as Angela Carter said: "Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people."

lol ltlf, we're on the same wavelength with the 'checklists' LOL


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | October 26, 2010 at 09:2

Cyber - I know we look an awful lot alike, but just a gentle reminder that I'm LTLL and he's LTLF. I know, almost identical, and it's all good. ;-)

And as for the checklists, well - great minds, right?

I'm pretty excited to see the games tonight. The Celtic Heat game should be pretty fun.

I yapped it up with a Celtic fan yesterday. Apparently, Celtic fans think that our championship was a fluke because Perkins got hurt. I told him, hey, Bynum is a beast, Perkins' knee couldn't handle it. These people don't think Bynum is all that good. They could not be more wrong. Nothing would satisfy me more than to see the Celtics lose tonight.

Go Lakers!

I presume their is a false Mamba24 in the house. So the real Mamba24 is taking the day off. Any post you see from mamba24 will not be from me

mamba24/larrY

Are we ready to get this started? Hell yes we are. Today marks a new day in Lakers history as a start to a new season is ready to get under way. This is going to be a miraculous season and we may have one of the best teams ever in the Lakers long sustained history.

What do we play for? RINGS and #17 coming up

LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN !!!
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Lakers Bloggers, start your engines. After an interminable offseason and preseason, the games finally begin for real tonight in what is going to be a season for the ages for Lakers fans. I’m looking for the purple and gold to break out of the gates fast and put their ring celebration in the rear view mirror as they dominate the Rockets in tonight’s regular season opener. Forget baseball. Forget football. The real sport is now ready to take over.
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Looking for the Lakers Blog to also get off to a fast start with Mamba’s Game Day Roll Call and Utz’s Game Day Prayer setting the stage. Let’s join together and show the basketball world the power of Lakers Mystique and the Lakers Blog karma. The 82-0 Bandwagon is primed and ready to rock-n-roll. THEEEEE LAKERS WIN!
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TOM

LTLL: woopsie on that. And I haven't even had s sip of the vodka their passing around on the Laker bus yet! You got it right, great minds do think alike! =)

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63 Footer: "It's not nice to taunt the poor, sad Celtic fans... but it was a great choice of song. Hey, as Angela Carter said: "Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people."
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LOL You've almost made me feel sorry for those sad, pathetic fans...

Almost! Hey Shaq, were you imitating a statue the other day, or just showing the chowd fans how you play D nowadays?


GO LAKERS!!!!!

CyberCosmiX - we should feel sorry for those sad, pathetic fans... then crush them!!! Crush them all!!!

I guess I'm ready for the season to start:

1. TV volume turned to 11 - check.
2. Rabid fanism bursting out uncontainable - check.
3. Neighbors warned of all the above - check.
4. Lakers going for a three-peat - triple check.

Bring it on!

Game Day. Fianlly.

Roll Call was awesome, mamba24, thank you, brother.

@hobbitmage - Which Bud Light commercial? The Carl Weathers, 'Here we go!' and 'There's no junk in that trunk.' I dig me some Carl Weathers.


GO LAKERS!!!!

aww Larry, hope you change your mind and stick around, it's gonna be a party today celebrating our Lakers! Hopefully MM will solve any problem with the false Mamba (in a strange way you should be flattered, they're just wanting to imitate greatness!)

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LakerTom: "Forget baseball. Forget football. The real sport is now ready to take over."
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AMEN to that! Count me in on the 82-0 bandwagon too!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Ooooooo weee! The Roll Call is hot like fire!

The party is already started! Let's get them rings and then kick some Rocket boot -a!!!

I guess I'm ready for the season to start:

1. TV volume turned to 11 - check.
2. Rabid fanism bursting out uncontainable - check.
3. Neighbors warned of all the above - check.
4. Lakers going for a three-peat - triple check.

Bring it on!

Posted by: 63 Footer | October 26, 2010


63 - I'm with you, dude!!!

@Cosmic - it's all good. And hey, we're all heady with excitement here!! Can't wait for tonight!

I got a feelin'......that tonight's gonna be a good night, that tonight's gonna be a good night, that tonight's gonna be a good, good night!!

GO LAKERS!!!!!

Did I really just do that ?????

Talk about the pot and the kettle. I MEANT Cyber.... So sorry dude!!!!!!

*blushing with embarrassment*

63 Footer:
1. TV volume turned to 11 - check.
2. Rabid fanism bursting out uncontainable - check.
3. Neighbors warned of all the above - check.
4. Lakers going for a three-peat - triple check.
Bring it on!"
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LOL I have to say it's pretty much identical to what happens around these parts, especially #1 - but I haven't been very good at doing #3 though... =P

Here's what you reminded me when you said "we should feel sorry for those sad, pathetic fans... then crush them!!! Crush them all!!!"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PQ6335puOc


GO LAKERS!!!!!

CyberCosmiX - I was thinking of the same Milius quote as I was writing it. Laker minds think alike.

LTLL: It's all good =) I got that same feelin' too! catchy lyric, someone should make that into a song!!!! =P

WE is lovin' us some Lakers today!!!!!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

This could be the greatest Laker season ever.
Gonna start it off with Rib Eyes and Mussels and a ring ceremony and the first win of the season.

LEWSTRS present and accounted for...Checking In for ROLL CALL....

Let's get this party started...BAYBEE!!!

Remember we are the REIGNING CHAMPS!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S_gLohI4XE

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation!!!

#17 Coming Up!!!

I want a game day selection from you also. Posted by: LRob | October 26, 2010 at 09:25 AM
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OK LRob here's my selection a very oldie but goodie and kind of autobiographical: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZEORpV1-zk - The Entertainer

mamab24/larrY

63 Footer: We're all on some kind of purple and gold wavelength today, all of us in Lakerland it seems like! LOL

If great minds think alike, and we're all Laker fans, then smart people are Laker fans!!!! Therefore, to be smart, one must be a Laker fan! Furthermore, if one isn't a Laker fan, then they can't be smart!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Oh WHEW!

I was scrolling and scrolling, picturing Mamba furiously trying to do whatever he could to get that roll call through. The panic rising up to my heaving breast. Ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod...it's not going through. What is this blog fam to do? Not today! Not opening day! Not ring night!

And then...ahhhhh. IT'S THERE! I SEE IT! I SEE IT!

A warm, comforting feeling swells from within. We're good. We're whole.

NOW, LET'S DO THIS!!!!!

Love to all

John Ireland - "The Lakers are flying under the radar..."

That's right baybee...Let all the spotlight stay in the East with the Big Cheats...

Meanwhile Lakers quietly take care of business here in the West...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation!!!

#17 Coming Up!!!

Lol, LakerTom. If there is a 82-0 Bandwagon, I want a front seat!

I know I'm not a frequent poster here, but I gotta tell you, the energy coming from this blog is electric today!

Game day, my friends! If I had a time travel machine and I could use it only once, I would use it right now to transport me 9 hours and 15 minutes later so I could watch the game without delay!

I'm not sure if this question has been posed to the readers here, but if I won Ron's ring (and I am definitely contributing to this worthy cause), I would set up a monthly raffle for participation by schools nationwide. Every month, the winner would get to display the ring at their school for the following month while awaiting the next drawing. This would happen indefinitely and all the proceeds would go to something supporting mental health awareness and treatment in children. When it seems like nobody is interested anymore, I'd pack up the ring and send it back to Ron Artest. Wouldn't that be amazing?

Frickin game day is finally here...GO LAKERS!!!

Under the radar? "If the pilot's good, see, I mean, if he's really... sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low..."

Get healthy, stay healthy, win it all.

MM,

That's what I've been saying these past few weeks. I couldn't do it (auction off the ring for such a good cause), but I have the utmost respect and admiration for Ron-Ron. And the thing is...you know what is a million times more significant than the ring? How Ron contributed in the playoffs especially the last few and especially game 7. Truly a ring means NOTHING next to that. Nothing. He knows in his heart how he toughed it out through learning the triangle, being injured and not talking about it, taking all kinds of criticism from everywhere (remember the whole Laker crowd groaning in unison when he went up to take a 3 late in the playoffs?). But through all that to be the only Laker delivering for most of game 7, priceless. And nothing can take that away from him ever.

Anyhow really psyched about the season. And yeah even interested to see the pre-game game.

What I am not looking forward to? (It is one of my pet NBA peeves rant time). The last 2 minutes of a close game anytime this season. Why? It takes 30 minutes to actually play. Timeouts, fouls, timeouts, fouls, commericals, timeouts, fouls, timeouts,commericals, fouls. I don't think there is a sport in exisitence that has such lousy endings to its games.

A close baseball game gets amazing from the 7th inning on, a close football game can have you at the edge of your seat with every play, soccer in a close game, tennis tiebreaker, drama, drama, drama. Last 2 minutes of a close NBA game? The way it is now with the timeouts allowed and commerical breaks, it frankly just is awful. Very surpised the NBA has never dealt with this before.

Good morning Laker Blog fam!!!

I started a new job today so have been taking the last few weeks off and away from the computers. It's been great but I did miss you.

I AM SO EXCITED FOR TONIGHT! Great NBA night and can't wait to see sweet 16 raised to the rafters! Immediately after, let the quest begin. As PJ likes to say - it's a marathon so I will be tempered. But I am ready to roll!

Glad to see the crew is ready with me.

CHEERS all - LET'S GO LAKERS!!

PLG

Oh WHEW!
I was scrolling and scrolling, picturing Mamba furiously trying to do whatever he could to get that roll call through. The panic rising up to my heaving breast. Ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod...it's not going through. What is this blog fam to do? Not today! Not opening day! Not ring night!And then...ahhhhh. IT'S THERE! I SEE IT! I SEE IT! A warm, comforting feeling swells from within. We're good. We're whole. NOW, LET'S DO THIS!!!!! Love to all Posted by: LakerLass | October 26, 2010 at 10:11 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!! Lass Stop this! Stop this now!! See I told you
Laker lass can remove the darkness and bring forth the light.
Thanks Lass. How are you busy I suppose? LOL! Carry On!

LEWSTRS: "That's right baybee...Let all the spotlight stay in the East with the Big Cheats... Meanwhile Lakers quietly take care of business here in the West..."
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Love it, let the little princess and 'The Big Mid-level Exception' pose for all the camera's, get all the attention, all the while the Lakers ruthlessly and efficiently get thru the regular season and fly under the radar.

WE know what time is the TRUE 'Winnin' Time' - and that ain't the regular season!

WE know what it takes to survive the trial by fire known as the playoffs!

WE know what effort is necessary to climb to the mountain - not once but repeatedly!

and WE know that no matter what you call yourself, you can only be KING if you CLIMB TO THE MOUNTAIN-TOP!

There's only ONE KING IN THIS KINGDOM - and he wears purple and gold - the color or ROYALTY and has a big '24' on his back!

Let the season begin!!!!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

LakerFanInCowTown: "I'm not sure if this question has been posed to the readers here, but if I won Ron's ring (and I am definitely contributing to this worthy cause), I would set up a monthly raffle for participation by schools nationwide. Every month, the winner would get to display the ring at their school for the following month while awaiting the next drawing. This would happen indefinitely and all the proceeds would go to something supporting mental health awareness and treatment in children. When it seems like nobody is interested anymore, I'd pack up the ring and send it back to Ron Artest. Wouldn't that be amazing?"
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That's beautiful. I'm hoping you win it!

A little adivice, stay away from those cow bells up there and watch out for cars whizzing by at 130mph+ And if you happen to see any of those Maloof brothers on the road - steer way clear of them too!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

OK HERE ARE A FEW OF THE GOODIES I HAD TO CUT OUT

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THE QUEST NOW BEGINS LAKERS NATION!!!!! http://tinyurl.com/2c3uutk - IT’S TIME FOR WAR
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TUE . OCT. 26, 2010 Day Dawns Upon the 16 Time NBA Champions, 4 Dynasty LA Lakers Nation
ARMAGEDDON begins TODAY until a JUNE CORONATION!!! Woe unto ALL DISBELIEVERS!!!!!
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http://tinyurl.com/3yspjcm - LAKERS ARMAGEDON
http://tinyurl.com/2cxu4ou - KOBE 2011 GOING FOR 6
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THE QUEST IS NOT FOR THE WEAK HEARTED http://tinyurl.com/26p8aet LETS GET DIRTY
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LAKERS VS. HOUSTON 7:30 pm_ TV = TNT_ RADIO = 710/1330 AM ESPN - Ring Presentation
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiZeGt12AyY - 2010 RING CEREMONY Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnF6aINyJ30&feature=related – Part 2
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PLEASE RISE FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM: http://tinyurl.com/29say6
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ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLL CALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LAKERS STARTING LINEUP 2010 finals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d90lqjvgLMs -
http://tinyurl.com/2c9afer – Here Come the Lakers

Mamba24- ROLL CALL, this is why you're the GODFATHER. No one does it BETTER. Can't wait for TONIGHT.
"AND SO IT IS"

Thanks Lass. How are you busy I suppose? LOL! Carry On!
Posted by: Mamba24 | October 26, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Hi MambaLuv,
Yes, I am swamped today, but I couldn't concentrate without seeing the roll call. Except now I can't concentrate because I'm so pumped. LoL.

We've been sitting in LEWSTRS bus for a week and half waiting for this epic journey to start. FINALLY, we're ready to go. WooooooHooooooo.

(Hmmm, let's see. Where did I put those pom poms?)

The fat man is in da house and ready to roll!

Still down here in the land of Miami Creeps. Lot's of hype for thier game tonight with the big green turd coming back. Is there any way both teams could lose?


Let's get this Three-peat 2.0 party started!!!!



Here We Go LAKESHOW! HERE WE GO!

@JAMFF... “On this very special day - RING DAY - OPENING NIGHT - I bust out the perfect song from Thriller, and dedicate it not only to the 2009-10 World Champion LA Lakers but also to the World Champion LA Times Lakers Blog.” Great way to start the day with Champions. World Champion LA Times Lakers Blog.
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@MAMBA.... If you don’t succeed at first, then try try again. LOL. What a pleasure to finally see the games begin for real. Nothing like the Game Day Roll Call to get our Lakers jones salivating for some action. You’re the man, Mamba. Keep us rolling on to three-peat. This is going to be a season for the ages.
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@LEWSTERS... All aboard the THE LAT LAKERS BLOG BUS... Looks to me like the bus is full and overflowing, Lew. Or is it BHF or BHE? LOL! I think you better add another few buses to handle the overload. Can it get any better than two great basketball games to kick off the season. Go, Celtics. Go, Lakers.
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@CCX... Rock-n-rolling, Mike. Hey, did your Raiders ever paste one on the Denver Broncos. But enough with consolation prizes. Let’s go for the big prize behind door #3 – Phil’s Last Stand will leave the Lakers tied with the Celtics and Kobe tied with MJ. Like I said, it is going to be a season for the ages.
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@UTZ... Where art thou? All that’s missing now is the Game Day Prayer. I hope you got your mojo working overtime to get us off to a great start. We’ve all been impatiently waiting for today. Time for greatness to show its face as the Lakers take aim at their second three-peat. Rooting for the Celtics to stun the Heat tonight.
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THEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE LAKERS WIN. (ala John Sterling)
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TOM

Hmmm, let's see. Where did I put those pom poms?) Posted by: LakerLass | October 26, 2010 at 10:31 AM
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LMAO!! You're on a Roll Lass. Thanks! Suddenly it's all bright and sunshiny all around here! LOL! Thank you Laker Lass!
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mamba24/larrY

WintonDupree- The fat man is in da house and ready to roll! YES SIR the PHATT man is in the HOUSE...

Here We Go LAKESHOW! HERE WE GO! Posted by: AndTheJellosJigglin | October 26, 2010 at 10:39 AM
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Here We Go LAKESHOW! HERE WE GO! clap clap, clap clap clap
Here We Go LAKESHOW! HERE WE GO! clap clap, clap clap clap
Here We Go LAKESHOW! HERE WE GO! clap clap, clap clap clap
Here We Go LAKESHOW! HERE WE GO! clap clap, clap clap clap

The lights are on, the eggs are boiling, the butter's still soft, and the jello's being mixed........

Let's get this started!

GOOOO THREEPEAT!
GOOOO LAAAKKEEEERRSS!!

@PLG... “I started a new job today so have been taking the last few weeks off and away from the computers. It's been great but I did miss you.” Congrats on the new job, Shannon. Is that a sign that things are looking up for the mortgage industry? I sure hope so. Could be auspicious that you are starting the new job TODAY!!!!!!!
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TOM

Oh yeah baby...... we're BAAAACCKKKKKKK

Can't believe the offseason went off so soon. It was like just basking in our championship win, and puff... the new season has started where we have to defend the C all over again!! :)

Lakers will play much like last year, I am sure. Great games, amazing performances, some real lapses, couple of hard losses, blowout wins, and (may be) blow out losses, few games where we fans would like to pull our hair out!!

But eventually, our Lakers will find a way to win... their will and skill taking them all the way...

Just remember a quote I read somewhere: "The more they change, the more they remain the same"..... Very much true for Lakers!!

@2Phatt, Fan of Mamba, Laker Tom, And The Jellos Jigglin, Winton Dupree, PsychedLakerGirl, LongtimelakerLover, CyberCosmix, MS, EastCoastJessie, Jefe101, Justanothermambafan, Fearless, The Outlaw, Lewstrs, MS. Jeanette. LRob, Noah, 63 Footer, 483N7. PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE!
GAME DAY BABY - YYYYYEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Just remember a quote I read somewhere: "The more they change, the more they remain the same"..... Very much true for Lakers!! Posted by: Kobefan in Cupertino | October 26, 2010 at 10:46 AM
GOD$$#@#%$^&*!!! Yes, yes, Yes!!! I have to say it...OUT FREAKING STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!

Good morning my fellow Lakeraholics.
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So it begins... thank God. The wait has been too long.
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Regarding True Warrior/Thriller, he should be lauded as the anti-LeCreep.
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Sure, Thriller likes attention, but looks what he does with it. He draws attention to himself while doing cool things like playing tag football on the beach with fans or talking about mental health issues or auctioning off his ring for charity... while LeCreep brings attention to himself doing shimmy dances or pornographic displays of narcissism in "The Decision."
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Ultimately Thriller is about something bigger than himself while LeCreep is about LeCreep and not much else.
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I'd much rather have my kids be like Ron Artest than LeBron James. There. I said it.
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Now let's go get ourselves another Championship.
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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!!!

Good Glorious Ring Day, beloved Fam :)

I've been twisting words for an hour abundantly by now... trying to convey emotional streams from my beating heart into understandable paragraphs, but as the game approaches, and another Ring Quest is about to take off, I just realize sometimes words fail.

I'm not trying very hard maybe, but if it's so, it is because this thrilling charming squeeze of all my veins inside seems to beautiful to feel.

Means the passion makes me going and leads me to Laker Land as it's always happened.

Just more.

I know that you're all feeling the same.

I'm so glad to see all faces and names coming back; I thank 63 Footer and the always awesome Larry, and LEWSTRS's bus to have composed words to let us all feel part of THE team as a fan team (cos we are).

I thank our players, because I know they do acknowledge how much we're all ready to rock the League again; I thank Ron Artest, because teh fact he's shown all of his beautiful colors as a player and as a MAN is one of the greatest miracles of LaLaLand, brought to us all by Lakers: we're not a franchise... we're a Promised Land, let's face it.

I know I have alarm clock set at 4 am.

I know I love this... I don't really have feelings that we're gonna have an easy game tonight, but as I said lots of times, this is not really what I'm looking for now.

That feeling of expectation, anticipation, passionate love that links me to teh Lakers tell me I have nothing to fear.

I tried to find a song that could define my state and some passed through my head, from Radiohead, to Frank Sinatra, to Dizzie Gillespie, to Queen to Bruce Springsteen but then I decided what Karim let me hear today at our lunch break was undoubtedly the best choice.

Sometimes, I told you, words just don't reach the depth of a feeling... but naked and splendid music can instead.

Take Michael Nyman, and his awesome, caressing, mindblowing The Heart Asks Pleasure First / The Promise (and really, never title could be more apt to define what we're starting to roll on and over for):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dPS-EHl-FE

See you in chat in your evening, and at my dawn.

It's an amazing day (or night), the one where another season starts for us all to get emotional about it.

Go Lakers.

You have a wonderful family of devoted, committed, all in love fans that NEED to be feed by your strength, class, fantasy, grace, inspiration and PASSION.

Go start up a fire.
We're here to burn along, to shine along, to triumph along and over and over again.

LLL, Z.

@PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL, HIP, HIP HOORAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!
NEW JOB, NEW SEASON!!! Don't get no better than that! Congratulations Psyched! And for that alone yes I'm sorry I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING MA'AM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lol cybercosmix (i missed the end of the ccx vs. cybercosmix "decision", but I would have voted for ccx).

It's not all cow bells up here, we actually have a mcdonalds or two and a walmart here and there hahaha.

As for the Maloof's, back in the day, I might have run them over, but they are irrelevant now so I would probably just ignore them. Can't wait to go see the Lakers home game at Arco arena this year. lol

I do hope the winner of Ron's ring does something altruistic with it in the spirit of his gesture. It would be a shame if the person who won it just kept it for themselves - not saying I would blame them, but just hoping that Ron's idea gains steam that goes beyond just this raffle.

Go Lakers!!

GOOOO THREEPEAT! GOOOO THREEPEAT! clap clap, clap clap clap
GOOOO LAAAKKEEEERRSS!! GOOOO LAAAKKEEEERRSS clap clap, clap clap clap
GOOOO THREEPEAT! GOOOO THREEPEAT! clap clap, clap clap clap
GOOOO LAAAKKEEEERRSS!! GOOOO LAAAKKEEEERRSS clap clap, clap clap clap


Celtics SHAQ,KG,PIERCE,ALLEN,RONDO...
Lakers Pau,Lamar,Ron,Kobe,Derek...
Rockets YAO,SCOLA,BATTIER,MARTIN,BROOKS
Heat Joel,Chris,Lebron,Dwayne,Carlos


NBA Season begins... on TNT!


This will be the most quiet media coverage ring ceremony due to the BIG ANTICIPATION of covering the NEW BIG THREE, and with more hoopla as they are playing the OLD BIG THREE, now a big five (Rondo and Shaq). Heat! Celtics! Lakers! Rockets? ok... I guess Yao Ming alone carries more weight than Spurs or OKC.


I'd much rather have my kids be like Ron Artest than LeBron James. There. I said it.
Posted by: Jon K. | October 26, 2010 at 10:50 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!! And even though I have all girls so would I!
OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"The lure of writing a grandiose posts, singing Bynum's glory grandly before an audience is what keeps posters from getting out of quick sand. It was once aptly described by the late high-wire artist, Karl Wallenda, who said: Life is on the wire waiting for a fatal fall to death."

- Michael Fedo

 
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