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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 117-89 victory over Golden State Warriors

[The Times is reporting that a 2-year-old boy died after falling from a Staples Center luxury suite after Sunday night's Lakers-Warriors game.

The news puts the difference in importance between life-and-death matters and a game in perspective, and we'll keep you updated as the story develops.]

Updated, 12:09 p.m.: The Times' is reporting "the parents of a 2-year-old who died after plunging 50 feet from a Staples Center luxury suite had been taking photos of the boy just before he fell, according to the Los Angeles Police Department."

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan focuses on Pau Gasol's perfect stat line in the Lakers' 117-89 victory Sunday over the Golden State Warriors.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr argues that Sunday's game would've been a good time for fans to leave early.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen highlights Gasol's perfect night.

--The San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons sees the Warriors' loss as the latest example showing they have a long way to go before they can emulate the Lakers.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford explains how the Lakers completely overwhelmed Golden State.

--The Oakland Tribune's Marcus Thomspon II believes the Warriors desperately need a win tonight against Denver after their devastating loss to the Lakers.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan explains why Lakers Coach Phil Jackson still has fond memories of Vladimir Radmanovic.

--The Orange County Register's Carr reports Jackson's belief that the Lakers "will have something settled this week" in acquiring a backup center.

--NBA.com's Bryan Chu details a few notes from the Lakers' win.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen notices that Lamar Odom arrived late to the game because of the traffic surrounding the American Music Awards and the L.A. Auto Show.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford highlights Jackson's contention that he wants to find ways to give Sasha Vujacic more playing time.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner reports that Jackson had nothing to complain about after the win.

--The San Francisco Chronicle's Simmons details Stephen Curry's evolution as a player.

--The Pioneer Press' Charley Walters details the trash talking between Ron Artest and Michael Beasley.

Columns

--The Times' Mark Heisler details how the Warriors' new ownership has affected the organization.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande credits the Lakers for not taking anyone for granted.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin attempts to figure out what motivates Kobe Bryant.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues Gasol's play against Golden State epitomized his worthiness to be considered for league MVP.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory.

--ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin breaks down 10 nuggets from the game.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down the game with a running diary and postgame numbers.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore wants to see Lakers play tougher opponents.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark argues the Lakers' joy has been key in their early-season success.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Zephid wonders where a fourth quarter was necessary.

Tweet of the Day: "Ex-Laker Vlad Radmanovic growing on Staples crowd. Instead of booing him during intros, they know ignore him" -- ESPNLandOLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky)

Reader Comment of the Day: "With all this hooplah that "we are great", I do hope we can say a prayer or extend a word of condolence to the parents of the 2 year old boy who died at the game due to freak accident. We can't bring back time and preserve the boy's life, our sincere prayer in the blog will be sort of a community prayer for the repose of his soul. (i.e. if soul really exist.) I guess that's this is the only way of universal communication to effectively reach them as we share our sentiments as fellow Laker fans." -- Edwin Gueco

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It's good to know I have the power.......


A couple of things:

1. Welcome back Tully - you really should drop a line or 2 once in awhile...

2. Why - WHY - do you guys get into it with Ricky? Seriously. You're wasting your breath. And you're wearing out the letters on your keyboards for no good reason.

3. wes - AWESOMELY awful poem!! Horrific even!

4. I am deeply saddened by the death of this poor little boy. What a tragedy. I certainly hope it wasn't a case of neglect, as that would only magnify the horror of it all. RIP sweetie....


5. I'm losing it today.... started tearing up over a song while in the Starbucks drivethru.... yeesh.... But that's a conversation for another time & place....


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PRAY FOR THE TANG FAMILY WHOSE CHILD DIED AT THE STAPLES – BANDWAGON
http://www.dailynews.com/ci_16675247?source=most_viewed
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(01) EDWIN GUECO – OWNER - With all this hooplah that "we are great", I do hope we can say a
prayer or extend a word of condolence to the parents of the 3 year old boy who died at the game due
to freak accident. We can't bring back time and preserve the boy's life, our sincere prayer in the blog
will be sort of a community prayer for the repose of his soul. (i.e. if soul really exist.) I guess this is the
only effective communication we can do to share our sentiments to the family. as fellow Laker fans.
(02) FRMKT – DRIVER - R.I.P. "Littlest" Laker Fan.


(14) NEWMEXICOLL - My thoughts and Prayers go out to the Tang family, nothing more devestating than to lose a precious child.
(15) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - I am deeply saddened by the death of this poor little boy. What a tragedy. I certainly hope it wasn't a case of neglect, as that would only magnify the horror of it all. RIP sweetie....


Edwin - I'll bow my head and think kind thoughts for your RCOTD. I cannot think of a more horrible thing to happen than losing a child.

RCOTD = EDWIN GUECO = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!! KUDOS!!!!

I am very much saddened when I read about Lucas Anthony Tang's passing. Very unfortunate situation. Sigh, little angel you're in our prayers. May you rest in peace. Condolences to the Family.

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PRAY FOR THE TANG FAMILY WHOSE CHILD DIED AT THE STAPLES – BANDWAGON
http://www.dailynews.com/ci_16675247?source=most_viewed
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(01) EDWIN GUECO – OWNER - With all this hooplah that "we are great", I do hope we can say a
prayer or extend a word of condolence to the parents of the 3 year old boy who died at the game due
to freak accident. We can't bring back time and preserve the boy's life, our sincere prayer in the blog
will be sort of a community prayer for the repose of his soul. (i.e. if soul really exist.) I guess this is the
only effective communication we can do to share our sentiments to the family. as fellow Laker fans.
(02) FRMKT – DRIVER - R.I.P. "Littlest" Laker Fan.

(08) 63 FOOTER - that child's death was tragic, and for his parents and family, I pass on all gentle
thoughts and prayers to them. I'll bow my head and think kind thoughts. I cannot think of a more
horrible thing to happen than losing a child.


(16) MCLYNE - Please add me to the prayer bus. This story really hits home with me because we were
at the game last night. Originally I was planning on bringing our 2 year old, but later realized that it
would be too difficult to keep one on on him and the other on the game. My family will be praying
for the Tang family. A weird coincidence is that the boy's name was Lucas, and my son, whom we decided not to bring is Luke.
(17) J24 - am very much saddened when I read about Lucas Anthony Tang's passing. Very unfortunate situation. Sigh, little angel you're in our prayers. May you rest in peace. Condolences to the Family.

Please add me to the prayer bandwagon. This is in fact the only reason I'm on the blog today. As a Christian, I know that the baby is in a better place. I also know that the same cannot be said of the parents. I know this from being a father of four.

I cannot imagine more tragic events.

I am truly saddened.

--FEARless

BLOG CRUE/MM
I want to input "raw data" into my blog profile, how can I do that?

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

I don´t Know why you think I have Disrespect to the Lakers legends???? I think simply Pau is the best Laker all time. Where is my disrecpect????? You probably think Magic, Kareem and others are the best Lakers all time and I cant think that you are disrespecttfull (i dont know this word is correct). Here everyone had is opinion about every player, and that is not speak whit this disrespect you said.
Posted by: ricky | November 22, 2010 at 09:20 AM

poor senor ricky ricardo just doesnt get it and never will.. ricky aka the walking paradox from spain.. o en su lengua la paradoja ambulante de espana.. hes tryin his same ole tricks on the blog and its workin again..

and no that word is not correcto its disrespecTfuL.. one L and one T... at least respect the language or try spellchecker cause it hurts los ojos to read your posts.. and please dont ask for ESL sympathy.

Please add me to the band wagon for the Tang family, as someone who gone through the hell that is suddenly losing a family member before their time, I can only imagine what the Tang's are going throughy with one so young. Stay strong, Tang's, take comfort that one way or another your child has left behind his earthly worries and has progressed onto the next phase of existence. Taking care of your well-being is the best way to honor the fallen, lest they fall in vain.

63 - Goo Goo Dolls - Name.

Don't ask - I have no idea.

Congrats, Edwin, it's too bad the RCOTD highlights sadness as oppossed to excellence, but at least we all seem to have our priorities staright around here. The wins and losses of a basketball team pale in comparison to the loss of a life.

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PRAY FOR THE TANG FAMILY WHOSE CHILD DIED AT THE STAPLES – BANDWAGON
http://www.dailynews.com/ci_16675247?source=most_viewed
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(01) EDWIN GUECO – OWNER - With all this hooplah that "we are great", I do hope we can say a
prayer or extend a word of condolence to the parents of the 3 year old boy who died at the game due
to freak accident. We can't bring back time and preserve the boy's life, our sincere prayer in the blog
will be sort of a community prayer for the repose of his soul. (i.e. if soul really exist.) I guess this is the
only effective communication we can do to share our sentiments to the family. as fellow Laker fans.
(02) FRMKT – DRIVER - R.I.P. "Littlest" Laker Fan.


(18) FEARLESS - Please add me to the prayer bandwagon. This is in fact the only reason I'm on the blog today. As a Christian, I know that the baby is in a better place. I also know that the same cannot be said of the parents. I know this from being a father of four. I cannot imagine more tragic events. I am truly saddened.
(19) JAMIE SWEET - Please add me to the band wagon for the Tang family, as someone who gone through the hell that is suddenly losing a family member before their time, I can only imagine what the Tang's are going throughy with one so young. Stay strong, Tang's, take comfort that one way or another your child has left behind his earthly worries and has progressed onto the next phase of existence. Taking care of your well-being is the best way to honor the fallen, lest they fall in vain.

Thanks for the props, I'm doing our duties as Laker fans that in time of tragedy we are all as one family.

MM. wish you omit the last "chop suey" sentence on the RC.

As a father, I can't even describe how I feel right now. Add me to the prayer bandwagon.

Edwin (& MM): This tragedy overshadowed anything that happened on the court last night. My condolences to the Tang family. Those luxury boxes can be dangerous if you let a little one climb around.

The last game we all attended when my father was still alive was in a luxury box, the kids were 2 & 4 at that game. Of course they were climbing around everywhere, so I could definitely see how it could have happened. My mom and wife were more into the kids than the game, so they weren't losing sight of them. I have always been paranoid about sitting in the front row in the upper decks of stadiums, all it takes is losing your equilibrium, easy to do when you have a sheer drop inches away and a short metal bar keeping you from falling - especially though for taller people. But a little one doesn't know any better...

Dangerous situation, I hope that others learn from this and watch, watch, watch! the little ones!!!!

R.I.P. Littlest Laker


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

ricky: Saludos! My friend, I could hang with you if you stated that Pau is possibly the greatest power forward in Laker history. I love Pau, love what he brings to his team, love his demeanor, love his attitude, his intelligence and of course his game. I even love it that he is from Spain, as I have Spanish blood in me, and he has made us all proud of him.

However, Kareem is the greatest scorer in NBA history with the most unstoppable shot of any player, ever. Wilt was a walking legend, someone who not only changed the game forever but was the most dominant force in the history of the game.

Pau should not be compared to those two legends yet. Perhaps, in a few years, if he continues to excel...

If you argue that Pau is the finest power forward the Lakers have ever had, I could not argue that. But if you say that Pau is greater than Kareem or Wilt, then I have to respectfully disagree...

Still, the game he had last night was a thing of beauty, and Pau is the most well-rounded big-man in the game today.


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

@Ricky - I don't think you're disrespecting anyone, just that you seem to ignore statistical fact when making bold proclomations. That's all. As it's been said numerous times already, your enthusiasm regarding Pau is not to be matched by anyone here at LAT LB, however, to say that Pau is anywhere near Kareem's class of player is, in my opinion, quite silly.


Kareem has more points, rebounds, blocks and assists. Kareem was a perrenial All Star for his entire career. Kareem has won more rings. Kareem had 8 seasons where he grabbed over 1000 rebounds, Pau has never done that once. Kareem avergaed more than 200 assists every single year he played in except for his final year (143).


You can think the thoughts you want and believe in them as ardently as you desire...but when you broadcast them to the world you kind of have to take the criticism with the kudos. No disprespect meant, however, I will defend the best man to ever put on a pair of gym sneakers and walk onto the hardwood (also happens to be my all time favorite player), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

(Repost...sorry, I didn't even notice that MM dribbled right between my legs and posted a new thread.)

Hey, Laker Amigos, I say we give ricky a break. It's hard to watch a total beatdown of one of our favorite Euro-cousins. I think we've made our point.

But I now want to jump in with both feet regarding the other beatdown going on...Luke and Sasha, as "The Outcasts". Yeah, I agree that right now they both look really bad. No, make that really, really, really bad. But if you'll notice, Phil (AKA greatest NBA coach ever) is pointedly working both of them in. In fact, he's even been rotating Luke in with several of the starters and not just in garbage time. That should tell you something. Namely, he still sees value in both of them, and he's trying to get them both ready for when he really needs them.

Contrary to popular opinion, it's not your stroke that is the first (and worst) thing that goes when you've been out a long time. It's your CONFIDENCE. And that's particularly true when all the new bench guys are smoking hot this time around. Sasha in particular is a head case right now about his demotion to the very end of the bench. Phil could (and would) easily sit both of them if he thought they were hopeless. He clearly doesn't. He thinks they both have something to contribute when he needs to call on them in the REAL season (June). I'm with him. They're not "Outcasts", they're "On Call Emergency Playoff Technicians".

63 - Goo Goo Dolls - Name.

Don't ask - I have no idea.

Posted by: justanothermambafan

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GGD - Black Balloon

(unrelated to tragedy, but a needed respite)

[dbdh]

CornerJ - thanks for the assist on the Luke & Sasha topic. I also happen to believe they are both guys who can contribute to the success of this team. (And NO - before anyone posts - NOT by sitting on the end of the bench or by being traded.) They are good guys, know the system and are also good players. Who wouldn't want guys like that on the bench or in the locker room? The thing that makes this team so scary - aside from all the obvious talent - is the bench. If the injury bug bites, aren't you glad we've got guys that are solid to step in? I know I am. I'm happy Phil's getting them both worked in. With confidence, I know they can both step up when needed. See Game 7 lest ye forget.

justa, our favorite blog-sistuh, what's going on? Why so blue today? Painful to see your usually upbeat self on edge. If you need a shoulder to lean on, you've got plenty of Laker-bros here to offer theirs. You're usually the ray of sunshine for the rest of us.

Good evening fam!

First of all, and it's due, add me to the stream of heartfelt condolences for the tragic loss of the baby fan.

Edwin worded it so beautifully I can't really add a thing; I can't even begin to process how tragic such a deprivation has to feel.
I can't ... I just sense a numbing darkness inside if I do... so our collective vibe sent to those suffering now will be hopefully meaning some more strenght given from above to those so wildly hurt now.

I surely didn't expect to start my post on such a downwarding note, after such a game yesterday.

We were just so dominant it was unfair, I repeated it all way long in chat and I still really amazed the way it all felt like... regular job.

Sure I do agree (and I also pointed it out live) that Golden State was never meant to be a serious test, but I still convinced that we are our only limit. We are our only sky to point at and live up to.

In this frame, we can beat anyone, and also we can illogically create ourselves troubles against not even that well shaped opponents (Suns, anyone?).

I am really amazed at our bench.
What a luxury to actually feel we can RELY.
I don't remember such comforting liability since my kid days and by then I wasn't really understanding that much of the game obviously.

It's a pleasure to see our starters smile... to see Kobe congratulate Blake, Barnes and rush to Shannon... it's a joy to see Lamar being this consistent and finally give a full run to his impressive skills; it's a true satisfaction to see Pau the way I saw him yesterday.

Now don't get me wrong: GSW are NOT a threat, so it's not like we reached who knows what milestone; no, no matter how much I love Pau and think he's the best PF this league has, and by far one of the best (if not the best) foreign players ever play the NBA, he's not really up yet for comparisons with Kareem (are we kidding here? Sure Pau could be named a greatest BY THE END OF HIS CAREER, but the consistency Kareem had is a far away light yet... and I say this being myself one of the greatest Pau supporter in this blog I guess?)...
All true.
Let's stay grounded.

But truly... don't you feel like we are not even rolling, and yet we are so amazingly powerful anyway?

We still miss a starter.
And we have minor injuries here and there.
Last year we would have never felt this dominant in a game like yesterday.

Instead we wanted to do our job AND we managed it by resting starters too.

This is luxury.

Now let's see how this translates against the Bulls (ah... there will be a Divine A.'s sight... I will enjoy that from New York ;)... *please Lakers be nice and entertain him*).

Bulls are one of those teams who can theoretically mismatch us a bit; I'm eagerly awaiting to see what we will do there.

I don't mind anyone else in this league, although I'm closely following many teams to see how they progress; but I do this for the love of the game, never because I feel any can threaten us (see statement above).

I wanna congratulate beside Edwin both 63 Footer and Jon K for their previous Friedman Awards ;) Sorry if I missed a bit of roll in the weekend, but I had crew times at mountain ;)

In fact I will blog a bit tomorrow from airport maybe, but until I am back in Italy from New York on Sunday, I will solely read the blog when I have time to, but not takin breaks to post.
I will be taken in all Thanksgiving stuff and for me is a BIG thing... I gotta get your traditions guys... my future in-laws are really keen about that ;)

Wish me luck ;)... (I will seriously miss you all for these 5 incoming days, trust me!).

My embrace of the day goes to FEARless and 2Phatt for their comments the other day ;) thank you a lot guys... :)
Dunno if it's late but on the "Greatest Guitarists ever" I still adore Mark Knopfler... I love his swinging style.
Evidence of greatness... any song, but take this one now just because I'm playing it just right now:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKovMuzox3Y

Can't help.
Even though all those great you mentioned are having their spaces and well deserved in my record collection ;)

Today I am very 80's oriented and very pop, and since for some days I won't post, I have decided for a longer list.

It's cheesy... it's because I'm in a very lovey dovey mood ;)

Let's start with Simple Minds, "Don'T You Forget About Me":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAdaQhitdKg

Then let's go on with The Faces, "Stay With Me":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqwCko-kzR0

Men At Work "Down Under" (how I love that pan flute... silly song but I have always loved it):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeG-hNXXy6I

A bit of Faith No More (slightly off 80's, still awesome) "Easy" (I have a crush on Patton)...:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOdr9FiNZoQ

And let's have the best at last:
My beloved Peter Gabriel and one of the best songs of all time, In Your Eyes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zrzr4R3LpsQ

Wish you a great evening!!! Hopefully checkin in from Malpensa before my flight tomorrow morning... if not... have ALL THE BEST THANXGIVIN TIME!!!!!

LLL, Z :)

Wow, what a unbelieveably tragic occurence. My deepest sympathies go out to the Tang family. No words can assuage their pain and grief.

I hope the Laker organization finds a way to upgrade the safety features in those boxes so that something like this can never happen again. Perhaps in remembrance of this Laker fan, the team can add his initials (L*T) to their jerseys and dedicate this season to a youngster who has been taken away so cruelly.

CornerJ - I'm fine. Really. For some reason that just really hit me this morning. Nothing a whole new life won't fix.

I jest... I jest...

Thanks for the shoulder offer, and the kind words. Much appreciated on a day like today.

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PRAY FOR THE TANG FAMILY WHOSE CHILD DIED AT THE STAPLES – BANDWAGON
http://www.dailynews.com/ci_16675247?source=most_viewed
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(01) EDWIN GUECO – OWNER - With all this hooplah that "we are great", I do hope we can say a
prayer or extend a word of condolence to the parents of the 3 year old boy who died at the game due
to freak accident. We can't bring back time and preserve the boy's life, our sincere prayer in the blog
will be sort of a community prayer for the repose of his soul. (i.e. if soul really exist.) I guess this is the
only effective communication we can do to share our sentiments to the family. as fellow Laker fans. . I'm Idoing our duties as Laker fans that in time of tragedy we are all as one family.
(02) FRMKT – DRIVER - R.I.P. "Littlest" Laker Fan.


(20) MAGICPHIL - As a father, I can't even describe how I feel right now. Add me to the prayer bandwagon.
(21) BRONXLAKERFAN - Wow, what a unbelieveably tragic occurence. My deepest sympathies go out to the Tang family. No words can assuage their pain and grief. I hope the Laker organization finds a way to upgrade the safety features in those boxes so that something like this can never happen again. Perhaps in remembrance of this Laker fan, the team can add his initials (L*T) to their jerseys and dedicate this season to a youngster who has been taken away so cruelly.
(22) ZAIRA AMATERASU - First of all, and it's due, add me to the stream of heartfelt condolences for the tragic loss of the baby fan. Edwin worded it so beautifully I can't really add a thing; I can't even begin to process how tragic such a deprivation has to feel. I can't ... I just sense a numbing darkness inside if I do... so our collective vibe sent to those suffering now will be hopefully meaning some more strenght given from above to those so wildly hurt now.

That story of the baby is tragic! RIP man

Man...if the Clippers ever get a real team around this guy...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2VLEGtRuz4&feature=player_embedded


Ridiculous athleticism.

Please place me on the Prayer Bandwagon. Just an unbelievable loss! There are no words available to express my sympathy. I will Pray for that family!

May the the family find some comfort in knowing that our thoughts and prayers are with them.

@EDWIN... Congrats for the RCOD. Real life rarely intrudes into our sports life like the death of a child. It just brings tears to my eyes to think about it. Mamba, please add me to the prayer bandwagon. May there be another little angel in heaven and God help the parents and family get through this tragedy.
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@ZAIRA... I’ve lost track a little bit. Are you on your way to New York to get married this weekend or did I miss the ceremony already. At any rate, the best to you and Karim whenever and however you get married. I know you will bring joy into each other’s lives and the children you will hopefully have.
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TOM

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PRAY FOR THE TANG FAMILY WHOSE CHILD DIED AT THE STAPLES – BANDWAGON
http://www.dailynews.com/ci_16675247?source=most_viewed
*_________________________________________________________________________*
(01) EDWIN GUECO – OWNER - With all this hooplah that "we are great", I do hope we can say a
prayer or extend a word of condolence to the parents of the 3 year old boy who died at the game due
to freak accident. We can't bring back time and preserve the boy's life, our sincere prayer in the blog
will be sort of a community prayer for the repose of his soul. (i.e. if soul really exist.) I guess this is the
only effective communication we can do to share our sentiments to the family. as fellow Laker fans. . I'm doing our duties as Laker fans, that in time of tragedy we are all as one family.
(02) FRMKT – DRIVER - R.I.P. "Littlest" Laker Fan.


(23) RAMNEETKB24 - That story of the baby is tragic! RIP man
(24) FAN OF THE MAMBA - I was very sadden to hear about the 2 year old boy, my prayers and sympathy go out to his mom and dad.
(25) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Please place me on the Prayer Bandwagon. Just an unbelievable loss! There are no words available to express my sympathy. I will Pray for that family!
(26) LAKERJ - May the the family find some comfort in knowing that our thoughts and prayers are with them

Zaira: I love how you keep it real, always keeping things in proper perspective while seeing things with a positive outlook.

"But truly... don't you feel like we are not even rolling, and yet we are so amazingly powerful anyway?
We still miss a starter.
And we have minor injuries here and there.
Last year we would have never felt this dominant in a game like yesterday."

I totally agree. The Lakers can really get into a good groove, can just totally overrun teams so efficiently and so quietly that we barely notice they are up by 35 points.

The greatest thing is that the guys really enjoy being around themselves, really seem to be having more fun than I can ever remember. Did you catch when Pau was drinking water from a cup and Kobe tried bumping his elbow to make him spill it, and then Pau pretended to spill the water out on Kobe? That kind of kidding around is great to see, the camaraderie this team has is about as good as any Laker team I can remember.

We just need things to continue running smoothly, in a couple weeks we will be back at full strength (god willing) and I am very much looking forward to X-mas day already.

Outside of health, the only thing that worries me is if complacency/boredom sets in, they are that good...

Cya when you get back on the blog Zaira. Hope you enjoy your trip to NYC and have a great Thanksgiving - the best Thanksgiving tradition to me is simply being around loved ones and being thankful of all we have...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Hi Tom ;)

You cute adorable creature...

No, Karim and I will get married incoming August only (the 6th!!!) :)

We just reach his family in New York to celebrate Thanksgiving (easier there for jetlag than San Francisco... and I have a work meeting too there this week so it helps gathering there...).

I had to come to clear your doubt.

Your grace in expressing your wishes always warmens me up.

Best cheers to you and your beautiful family.

PS: Justa, I hope also your day brightens up dear.

This blog can't be fabulous if our fabulous one isn't feeling right.

Love ya fam.

Hugs again :)

"Man...if the Clippers ever get a real team around this guy...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2VLEGtRuz4&feature=player_embedded

Ridiculous athleticism.

Posted by: Jamie Sweet | November 22, 2010 at 12:19 PM"

******

Jamie, just imagine what this guy could do wearing purple and gold. In fact, I'll say it...before he's done, he WILL be wearing purple and gold. Book him, Dr. Buss.

Pls add me to that bandwagon.. As a father I am still completely shaken up to hear what happened.. Just devastating news to lakernation. My condolences.

@CornerJ - Maybe, it'll be hard to pry him away from the Clips, though. I have a feeling they actually know what they have this time around. He and Gordon should be built around. In three years this team could be scary good (note, this would coincide with Baron Davis departing from the team).


Griffin takes the pressure off of Kaman, so he can go back to being an excellent role player instead of having super star expectations to shoulder. Gordon could/should be the PG of the future there. We'll see, now that Mike "Can't Coach His Way Out Of A Wet Paper Bag" Dunleavey is gone, that team actually has a chance.


Now if old Donnie Boy would just sell.

Please add me to the bandwagon. Our compassionate bloggers have pretty much covered all there is to say after that terrible tragedy. Beautiful words, Edwin.

Posted by: Jamie Sweet | November 22, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Wasn't that dunk a travel?

Mamba and everyone running a prayer bandwagon for little Lucas. please add me as well. this tragedy takes precedence over anything that was accomplished yesterday because the Lakers family lost a member of its own, no matter how young he was. Condolences to the Tang family, My thoughts and prayers are with you.

@Magia32 - Does it really matter? Griffin flies like a killer whale with the wings of a hawk. He's like a manticore or a cockatrice with his freaksih athleticism! He could play the Incredible Hulk in a movie and not need CGI to enhance his muscles.


Lotta highlight plays have rul infractions. I'll bet the refs could only pick their jaws up off the hard wood and whistle the other guy for a foul...because Blake earned it. Clips still lost, though. No surprise there.

B-Griff gets 44 & 15. Clippers still lose.

That dude pulverized that russian Knicks center a la Vince-Carter-in-the-Olympics-over-Frederic-Weis.

My goodness.

all I can say is, "..."!


DBDH!

To the Tang's family : I was stunned to hear the tragic news about Lucas. A lot of us must be appalled at the loss of your lovable son. There are no words to adequately express our deepest sympathy for the devastation and profound loss you must be feeling.Please know we are praying for you, R.I.P little angel.
p.s. judging from the last name of Lucas , he could be a Chinese or Vietnamese , please extend our condolences from the Asian communities.
Mamba, add me to the prayer bandwagon.

Wasn't that dunk a travel?

Posted by: Magia32

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YES! A travel to Dunk of the Year! Boom!

[dbdh]

Corner J, Jamie Sweet: I'm with you guys as a "Blake Griffin has just GOTTA be a Laker!" bandwagon. The guy is the real-deal, a bonafide star.

Here's what I'm thinking, Dr. Buss can sell like 5% of the Lakers, that should be enough to cover the entire cost of the Clippers and then some. Then trade over Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin for, say, Ratliff and Sasha. He could then move them back to the sports arena and have them play against high school and pickup teams before lucha libre matches and rave parties.

Either that or just send them back to San Diego, and if they won't have them ship them off on a one-way busride all the way back to Buffalo. The way I see it he will have gotten his moneys worth just out of Griffin and Gordon...

Seriously though, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin are definitely two future Lakers!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Good day ladies and gents,

I would love to have Blake in P&g, Kaman is a SLUG need to be traded.
But who cares, this is a Lakers blog.

Mamba 24- add me to prayer bandwagon, what a tragic story.

@Edwin - ayos pare...congrats on the RCOTD...Pinoy Power at work...

I wish the family of that poor kid the best...how tragic to have something like this happen...

Well If I had to pick a place to die...Staples Center would be one of my choices...

*_________________________________________________________________________*
PRAY FOR THE TANG FAMILY WHOSE CHILD DIED AT THE STAPLES – BANDWAGON
http://www.dailynews.com/ci_16675247?source=most_viewed
*_________________________________________________________________________*
(01) EDWIN GUECO – OWNER - With all this hooplah that "we are great", I do hope we can say a
prayer or extend a word of condolence to the parents of the 3 year old boy who died at the game due
to freak accident. We can't bring back time and preserve the boy's life, our sincere prayer in the blog
will be sort of a community prayer for the repose of his soul. (i.e. if soul really exist.) I guess this is the
only effective communication we can do to share our sentiments to the family. as fellow Laker fans. I'm doing our duties as Laker fans, that in time of tragedy we are all as one family.
(02) FRMKT – DRIVER - R.I.P. "Littlest" Laker Fan.
(03) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – RIP to the little boy who fell. That is really sad.
(04) ADRIAN PALOMAR - Sad to know about a little kid who fall and died after the game last night,my prayers and condolence to the family...
(05) KB BLITZ - Btw there has a been report of a boy of who fell down from one of the luxury suites of Staples Center down into lower level sections. Prayers to him.
(06) CALIPHILOSOPHER - I just read about that. My prayers are with him and his family.
(07) CYBERCOSMIX - Awww man... If we ever needed an Utz prayer, now would be it. I second
Cali, prayers to the little guy and his family... Edwin (& MM): This tragedy overshadowed anything that happened on the court last night. My condolences to the Tang family. Those luxury boxes can be dangerous if you let a little one climb around. The last game we all attended when my father was still alive was in a luxury box, the kids were 2 & 4 at that game. Of course they were climbing around everywhere, so I could definitely see how it could have happened. My mom and wife were more into the kids than the game, so they weren't losing sight of them. I have always been paranoid about sitting in the front row in the upper decks of stadiums, all it takes is losing your equilibrium, easy to do when you have a sheer drop inches away and a short metal bar keeping you from falling - especially though for taller people. But a little one doesn't know any better...Dangerous situation, I hope that others learn from this and watch, watch, watch! the little ones!!!! R.I.P. Littlest Laker
(08) 63 FOOTER - that child's death was tragic, and for his parents and family, I pass on all gentle
thoughts and prayers to them. I'll bow my head and think kind thoughts. I cannot think of a more
horrible thing to happen than losing a child.
(09) MAMBA24 – My prayers go out for the soul of the Child and the bereaved Parents.
(10) LROB - My heart and prayers go out to the Tang family for the loss of their precious son.
(11) VMAN - That poor child. As sad as it gets.
(12) LAKERFANINCOWTOWN - Regarding the little dude who died. Truly heartbreaking. I hope he's
in a better place and hope that his family has the support to get through such a terrible event
(13) RICKY - Poor boy
(14) NEWMEXICOLL - My thoughts and Prayers go out to the Tang family, nothing more devestating than to lose a precious child.
(15) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - I am deeply saddened by the death of this poor little boy. What a tragedy. I certainly hope it wasn't a case of neglect, as that would only magnify the horror of it all. RIP sweetie....
(16) MCLYNE - Please add me to the prayer bus. This story really hits home with me because we were
at the game last night. Originally I was planning on bringing our 2 year old, but later realized that it
would be too difficult to keep one on on him and the other on the game. My family will be praying
for the Tang family. A weird coincidence is that the boy's name was Lucas, and my son, whom we decided not to bring is Luke.
(17) J24 - am very much saddened when I read about Lucas Anthony Tang's passing. Very unfortunate situation. Sigh, little angel you're in our prayers. May you rest in peace. Condolences to the Family.
(18) FEARLESS - Please add me to the prayer bandwagon. This is in fact the only reason I'm on the blog today. As a Christian, I know that the baby is in a better place. I also know that the same cannot be said of the parents. I know this from being a father of four. . I cannot imagine more tragic events. I am truly saddened.
(19) JAMIE SWEET - Please add me to the band wagon for the Tang family, as someone who gone through the hell that is suddenly losing a family member before their time, I can only imagine what the Tang's are going throughy with one so young. Stay strong, Tang's, take comfort that one way or another your child has left behind his earthly worries and has progressed onto the next phase of existence. Taking care of your well-being is the best way to honor the fallen, lest they fall in vain.
(20) MAGICPHIL - As a father, I can't even describe how I feel right now. Add me to the prayer bandwagon.
(21) BRONXLAKERFAN - Wow, what a unbelieveably tragic occurence. My deepest sympathies go out to the Tang family. No words can assuage their pain and grief. I hope the Laker organization finds a way to upgrade the safety features in those boxes so that something like this can never happen again. Perhaps in remembrance of this Laker fan, the team can add his initials (L*T) to their jerseys and dedicate this season to a youngster who has been taken away so cruelly.
(22) ZAIRA AMATERASU - First of all, and it's due, add me to the stream of heartfelt condolences for the tragic loss of the baby fan. Edwin worded it so beautifully I can't really add a thing; I can't even begin to process how tragic such a deprivation has to feel. I can't ... I just sense a numbing darkness inside if I do... so our collective vibe sent to those suffering now will be hopefully meaning some more strenght given from above to those so wildly hurt now.
(23) RAMNEETKB24 - That story of the baby is tragic! RIP man
(24) FAN OF THE MAMBA - I was very sadden to hear about the 2 year old boy, my prayers and sympathy go out to his mom and dad.
(25) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Please place me on the Prayer Bandwagon. Just an unbelievable loss! There are no words available to express my sympathy. I will Pray for that family!
(26) LAKERJ - May the the family find some comfort in knowing that our thoughts and prayers are with them
(27) YELLOW FEVER - Pls add me to that bandwagon.. As a father I am still completely shaken up to hear what happened.. Just devastating news to lakernation. My condolences.
(28) LAKERTOM - Real life rarely intrudes into our sports life like the death of a child. It just brings tears to my eyes to think about it. May there be another little angel in heaven and God help the parents and family get through this tragedy.
(29) KOBEMVP888 - Please add me to the bandwagon. Our compassionate bloggers have pretty much covered all there is to say after that terrible tragedy. Beautiful words, Edwin.
(30) CAP’S GOOGLES - please add me as well. this tragedy takes precedence over anything that was accomplished yesterday because the Lakers family lost a member of its own, no matter how young he was. Condolences to the Tang family, My thoughts and prayers are with you.
(31) SHUM - To the Tang's family : I was stunned to hear the tragic news about Lucas. A lot of us must be appalled at the loss of your lovable son. There are no words to adequately express our deepest sympathy for the devastation and profound loss you must be feeling.Please know we are praying for you, R.I.P little angel. p.s. judging from the last name of Lucas , he could be a Chinese or Vietnamese , please extend our condolences from the Asian communities.
(32) 2PHATT - add me to prayer bandwagon, what a tragic story.
(33) LEWSTRS - I wish the family of that poor kid the best...how tragic to have something like this happen...
(34) LAKER LASS – My Prayers go out to the family
(35)

So sorry for the Tang family. An unimagineable loss.

*_________________________________________________________________________*
PRAY FOR THE TANG FAMILY WHOSE CHILD DIED AT THE STAPLES – BANDWAGON
http://www.dailynews.com/ci_16675247?source=most_viewed
*_________________________________________________________________________*
(01) EDWIN GUECO – OWNER - With all this hooplah that "we are great", I do hope we can say a
prayer or extend a word of condolence to the parents of the 3 year old boy who died at the game due
to freak accident. We can't bring back time and preserve the boy's life, our sincere prayer in the blog
will be sort of a community prayer for the repose of his soul. (i.e. if soul really exist.) I guess this is the only effective communication we can do to share our sentiments to the family. as fellow Laker fans. . I'm doing our duties as Laker fans, that in time of tragedy we are all as one family.
(02) FRMKT – DRIVER - R.I.P. "Littlest" Laker Fan.


(35) TOM DANIELS - So sorry for the Tang family. An unimagineable loss.

so tragic for the tang family, my condolences to the grieving family, how horrible it must be to lose your little one!

This is so sad....I hope and pray that the family would endure the pain and suffering and only God can heal their wounds...as for the baby he now sits beside Jesus....
Corner J you are so right about Luke and Sasha, I understand the feelings and opinions of others to trade these guys for they believe these two are burdensome to the team.. Both of them become a subject of ridicule, a laughing stock, lest we forget they always appear in the playoffs. Take a deep look at game 6 in last years finals and you will see Sasha was a factor too. Both were saddened by injuries and that's the primary culprit. Why rock the boat when you have a great set of crew?

@Hugo Boss - I have no idea what "raw data" is. What do you mean?

*_________________________________________________________________________*
PRAY FOR THE TANG FAMILY WHOSE CHILD DIED AT THE STAPLES – BANDWAGON
http://www.dailynews.com/ci_16675247?source=most_viewed
*_________________________________________________________________________*
(01) EDWIN GUECO – OWNER - With all this hooplah that "we are great", I do hope we can say a
prayer or extend a word of condolence to the parents of the 3 year old boy who died at the game due
to freak accident. We can't bring back time and preserve the boy's life, our sincere prayer in the blog
will be sort of a community prayer for the repose of his soul. (i.e. if soul really exist.) I guess this is the
only effective communication we can do to share our sentiments to the family. as fellow Laker fans. I'm doing our duties as Laker fans, that in time of tragedy we are all as one family.
(02) FRMKT – DRIVER - R.I.P. "Littlest" Laker Fan.
(03) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – RIP to the little boy who fell. That is really sad.
(04) ADRIAN PALOMAR - Sad to know about a little kid who fall and died after the game last night,my prayers and condolence to the family...
(05) KB BLITZ - Btw there has a been report of a boy of who fell down from one of the luxury suites of Staples Center down into lower level sections. Prayers to him.
(06) CALIPHILOSOPHER - I just read about that. My prayers are with him and his family.
(07) CYBERCOSMIX - Awww man... If we ever needed an Utz prayer, now would be it. I second
Cali, prayers to the little guy and his family... Edwin (& MM): This tragedy overshadowed anything that happened on the court last night. My condolences to the Tang family. Those luxury boxes can be dangerous if you let a little one climb around. The last game we all attended when my father was still alive was in a luxury box, the kids were 2 & 4 at that game. Of course they were climbing around everywhere, so I could definitely see how it could have happened. My mom and wife were more into the kids than the game, so they weren't losing sight of them. I have always been paranoid about sitting in the front row in the upper decks of stadiums, all it takes is losing your equilibrium, easy to do when you have a sheer drop inches away and a short metal bar keeping you from falling - especially though for taller people. But a little one doesn't know any better...Dangerous situation, I hope that others learn from this and watch, watch, watch! the little ones!!!! R.I.P. Littlest Laker
(08) 63 FOOTER - that child's death was tragic, and for his parents and family, I pass on all gentle
thoughts and prayers to them. I'll bow my head and think kind thoughts. I cannot think of a more
horrible thing to happen than losing a child.
(09) MAMBA24 – My prayers go out for the soul of the Child and the bereaved Parents.
(10) LROB - My heart and prayers go out to the Tang family for the loss of their precious son.
(11) VMAN - That poor child. As sad as it gets.
(12) LAKERFANINCOWTOWN - Regarding the little dude who died. Truly heartbreaking. I hope he's
in a better place and hope that his family has the support to get through such a terrible event
(13) RICKY - Poor boy
(14) NEWMEXICOLL - My thoughts and Prayers go out to the Tang family, nothing more devestating than to lose a precious child.
(15) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - I am deeply saddened by the death of this poor little boy. What a tragedy. I certainly hope it wasn't a case of neglect, as that would only magnify the horror of it all. RIP sweetie....
(16) MCLYNE - Please add me to the prayer bus. This story really hits home with me because we were
at the game last night. Originally I was planning on bringing our 2 year old, but later realized that it
would be too difficult to keep one on on him and the other on the game. My family will be praying
for the Tang family. A weird coincidence is that the boy's name was Lucas, and my son, whom we decided not to bring is Luke.
(17) J24 - am very much saddened when I read about Lucas Anthony Tang's passing. Very unfortunate situation. Sigh, little angel you're in our prayers. May you rest in peace. Condolences to the Family.
(18) FEARLESS - Please add me to the prayer bandwagon. This is in fact the only reason I'm on the blog today. As a Christian, I know that the baby is in a better place. I also know that the same cannot be said of the parents. I know this from being a father of four. . I cannot imagine more tragic events. I am truly saddened.
(19) JAMIE SWEET - Please add me to the band wagon for the Tang family, as someone who gone through the hell that is suddenly losing a family member before their time, I can only imagine what the Tang's are going throughy with one so young. Stay strong, Tang's, take comfort that one way or another your child has left behind his earthly worries and has progressed onto the next phase of existence. Taking care of your well-being is the best way to honor the fallen, lest they fall in vain.
(20) MAGICPHIL - As a father, I can't even describe how I feel right now. Add me to the prayer bandwagon.
(21) BRONXLAKERFAN - Wow, what a unbelieveably tragic occurence. My deepest sympathies go out to the Tang family. No words can assuage their pain and grief. I hope the Laker organization finds a way to upgrade the safety features in those boxes so that something like this can never happen again. Perhaps in remembrance of this Laker fan, the team can add his initials (L*T) to their jerseys and dedicate this season to a youngster who has been taken away so cruelly.
(22) ZAIRA AMATERASU - First of all, and it's due, add me to the stream of heartfelt condolences for the tragic loss of the baby fan. Edwin worded it so beautifully I can't really add a thing; I can't even begin to process how tragic such a deprivation has to feel. I can't ... I just sense a numbing darkness inside if I do... so our collective vibe sent to those suffering now will be hopefully meaning some more strenght given from above to those so wildly hurt now.
(23) RAMNEETKB24 - That story of the baby is tragic! RIP man
(24) FAN OF THE MAMBA - I was very sadden to hear about the 2 year old boy, my prayers and sympathy go out to his mom and dad.
(25) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Please place me on the Prayer Bandwagon. Just an unbelievable loss! There are no words available to express my sympathy. I will Pray for that family!
(26) LAKERJ - May the the family find some comfort in knowing that our thoughts and prayers are with them
(27) YELLOW FEVER - Pls add me to that bandwagon.. As a father I am still completely shaken up to hear what happened.. Just devastating news to lakernation. My condolences.
(28) LAKERTOM - Real life rarely intrudes into our sports life like the death of a child. It just brings tears to my eyes to think about it. May there be another little angel in heaven and God help the parents and family get through this tragedy.
(29) KOBEMVP888 - Please add me to the bandwagon. Our compassionate bloggers have pretty much covered all there is to say after that terrible tragedy. Beautiful words, Edwin.
(30) CAP’S GOOGLES - please add me as well. this tragedy takes precedence over anything that was accomplished yesterday because the Lakers family lost a member of its own, no matter how young he was. Condolences to the Tang family, My thoughts and prayers are with you.
(31) SHUM - To the Tang's family : I was stunned to hear the tragic news about Lucas. A lot of us must be appalled at the loss of your lovable son. There are no words to adequately express our deepest sympathy for the devastation and profound loss you must be feeling.Please know we are praying for you, R.I.P little angel. p.s. judging from the last name of Lucas , he could be a Chinese or Vietnamese , please extend our condolences from the Asian communities.
(32) 2PHATT - add me to prayer bandwagon, what a tragic story.
(33) LEWSTRS - I wish the family of that poor kid the best...how tragic to have something like this happen...
(34) LAKER LASS – My Prayers go out to the family
(35) TOM DANIELS - So sorry for the Tang family. An unimagineable loss.
(36) APPOLO C. VERMOMT - This is so sad....I hope and pray that the family would endure the pain and suffering and only God can heal their wounds...as for the baby he now sits beside Jesus....
(37) LAKESHWOINPHX - so tragic for the tang family, my condolences to the grieving family, how horrible it must be to lose your little one!

It makes one wonder who was watching the game and who was watching the child?

Toddler falls 50 feet to his death from a top tier luxury suite only moments after being photographed on his parents’ digital camera at an LA Lakers game.

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2010/11/toddler-falls-50ft-to-his-death-from-luxury-suite-at-lakers-game-with-celebrities-in-attendance/


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