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Lakers blog profile: RamneetKB24 views Kobe Bryant as a role model

LA Times Profile PicThis is the 23rd post in a series that helps you get to know members of the L.A. Times Lakers Blog community. Feel free to send submissions to mgmedin@gmail.com.

Screen name: RamneetKB24

Real name: Ramneet Singh

Occupation: High school student, writer for LakersNation.com

Age: 16

Gender: Male

Hometown: North Haven, Conn.

Story behind your screen name: I grew up watching Kobe Bryant emerge as one of the greatest players in the NBA. He dazzled the crowd with his spectacular dunks and buzzer-beating shots. Kobe has given me a lot of great memories, and he has been in the league for as long as I can remember. He has been a part of my life, and I idolize the "Black Mamba." I have been attached to Kobe Bryant from the minute I starting watching the NBA, so it's only fitting for me to put his name next to mine.

How I became a Lakers fan: Growing up in New England is tough for any sports fan, especially if your favorite team is the Los Angeles Lakers. I have both Celtics and Knicks fans breathing down my neck, and it is odd that I decided to follow a team in Los Angeles. I first started watching the Lakers when I was about 6 years old, around the same time the Lakers formed a new dynasty. The team revamped their roster, and their two main stars were Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. One would guess that a little 6-year-old would fall in love with a 7-foot, 300-pound giant, but I was not one of those kids. Instead, I was amused by the skills and athleticism of the skinny young man from Philly. Kobe Bryant had something in his game that attracted me, something that made me throw out my Pokemon cards and buy a Lakers No. 8 jersey. From that point on, I knew what was important in life: basketball. I was glued to the television right after I came from school; however, my happiness ended when I fell asleep on the sofa around 8 o8clock.

It was tough being a die-hard Lakers fan at the age of 6; one, I had to stay up until 10:30 to watch the game, and two; I had a bedtime way before that. But nevertheless, Kobe and Shaq kept on winning, and I kept on enjoying the success. In the early years of my basketball obsession, the Lakers won three championships in a row and I was ecstatic. I remember the great shots and moments that occurred during the three-peat, and I remember Shaq's epic championship-parade quotes. Although the Lakers dynasty ended shortly after the three-peat, I continued to watch the team, and I have been a die-hard fan to this day.

Favorite Lakers moment of all time and of the 2009-2010 season: As I began to get older, my love for the Lakers exploded. I now had the ability to stay up and watch late-night games, which meant I could see the games live rather than asking my dad to change the channel to ESPN so I could see the highlights. However, nothing to me was better than a day game. The Lakers would play around 2 p.m., and I would not be drooling on the pillow when the game ended.

My favorite Lakers memory was when I was in New York with my family, watching the Lakers take on the Kings in Game 4 of the 2002 Western Conference finals. The Lakers worked their way back from a huge deficit and had a chance to win the game. Picture it, a house full of Lakers-haters, one Laker fan and a close playoff game. As the final possession was upon us, I knew the Lakers would come up with something special. My favorite player, Kobe Bryant, missed a floater, the Big Diesel missed a layup, and at that point my heart dropped. I saw the clock and I said to myself, "It's over." However, the ball seemed to float into Robert Horry’s hands, and the rest was history. The second "Big Shot Rob" nailed the three-pointer, I immediately flew off my seat. I may have knocked some food down, but I didn't care. You can't blame a young Lakers fan for rejoicing after he just saw the greatest shot in his life.

My favorite memory of the 2009-2010 season has to be Game 7 of the NBA Finals. I was a sophomore in high school, and developed the reputation of being the lunatic who loved everything Kobe and the Lakers. The day of the game was full of trash-talking between my family and me, along with a day full of bets in school. I had a lot riding on that game. If the Lakers won the title, I had bragging rights for the rest of the year, and all the Lakers-haters in school would have to bow down to the great Lakers team. The trash-talking didn't end in school. At home, I had to deal with two die-hard Lakers-haters -- my dad and my sister. The game started ,and I was prepared for perhaps the greatest or worst day of my life.

It was hard for me to write my LakersNation.com article on Game 7, as my fingers were trembling due to my nervousness. When the Lakers were facing a 13-point deficit, I said a few prayers to God and hoped for the best. My sister and my dad were thinking Boston had clinched that title, but they were in for a ride.The Lakers stormed back, and Ron Artest put the finishing touches to the game. As Kobe Bryant chased the ball in the closing seconds of the game, I screamed at the top of my lungs, and saw my sister and dad go to bed with their heads down. June 17, 2010, will be a day I will never forget.

Most heartbreaking Lakers experience: The most heartbreaking Lakers moment in my life has to be when the Lakers traded Shaquille O’Neal to the Miami Heat. Yes, Kobe Bryant was my favorite Laker player, but Shaq held a special place in my basketball heart. Kobe and Shaq were perhaps the greatest duo in NBA history, and seeing those two separate was unbearable. I started watching basketball when Shaquille O'Neal wore a purple-and-gold jersey, and seeing him head to South Beach was horrible. We may never see a two-headed monster as the one the Lakers had with Kobe and Shaq. I will not deny it; it took me time to get over Shaq leaving Los Angeles.

Favorite Lakers player: No other player, no other person in this world (sorry, Mom and Dad) has influenced me more than Kobe Bryant. I have idolized Bryant from the moment I first saw him play on TV, and I grew up wanting to be just like him. In elementary school through middle school, I wore Kobe's jersey three out of the five school days. I did not care if there were stains on the jersey, all I wanted to do was show my appreciation for Bryant. Kobe has given me great memories over the years, and I cannot thank him enough for the happiness he has brought into my life. I have a collection of his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys, along with other memorabilia. Kobe Bryant has taught me life lessons along the way; his work ethic and determination has shown me that hard work is the key to success. Kobe Bryant, it is unlikely that you will read this, but I would like to thank you for everything you have done for me. You have been my lifelong idol, and I don't know what I would be like if it weren't for you.

Greatest all-time Laker: In my eyes, no other Laker has made a bigger impact on the franchise and my own life than Kobe Bryant. He has set numerous Lakers and NBA records, and is making a claim to be the greatest who ever played. Kobe has been my hero on and off the court, and there has been no Laker greater than the man from Lower Merion High School.

Last time you went to the Staples Center: The last time I went to Staples Center was the first time I ever went to Staples Center. I went to Los Angeles in the summer of 2010 and decided to visit Staples Center. Unfortunately, the Lakers had the summer off, after they won the championship, and the only team playing in the arena was the Sparks. However, I wanted to make the most out of my visit to Staples Center, so I decided to take pictures with the various statues outside at arena. I got to pose next to Magic Johnson and Chick Hearn. I didn't go inside Staples Center, but just being in the Los Angeles area was special for me.

Opposing team, player you dislike the most: Almost every Lakers fan hates the Boston Celtics and all their players -- I am no different. I hate everything green, and I despise anyone who wears "Celtics" on their chest. However, over the years I began to develop a hatred for LeBron James. This is partly due to the fact that I am a die-hard Kobe fanatic, but the recent moves James has made were incorrect. The method in which James made his "decision" really ticked me off. So LeBron and the Celtics are guys who are on my "bad side."

Interactions with Lakers players: Last season, I had the privilege to meet Jordan Farmar and Luke Walton. I was also about five feet away from Kobe Bryant. Even though Kobe was behind a car window, being that close to my lifelong idol is something to cherish. The Lakers came off beating the New York Knicks, and I waited for about an hour next to the arena's garage. My fingers were numb, but I was not about to miss a chance of meeting some players on the Los Angeles Lakers. Although most of the players got on the team bus, or hopped in a private car, Luke Walton and Jordan Farmar decided to explore the city. Luckily, Farmar and Walton saw one little 16-year-old with a Lakers jersey on, and decided to say hello. Our interaction lasted a few minutes, but it was the thought that counted -- thank you, Jordan and Luke!

Most cherished piece of Lakers memorabilia I have: I do not know if this is destiny or the will of God, but the very first basketball card I ever received was a 2000 Los Angeles Lakers championship card. I just started to get addicted to basketball, and found an interest in collecting cards. When I opened the package, there it was; I saw the championship card and was beyond happy. I was hoping to find other great cards, but all I found were cards of Derrick Coleman and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

Memorable stories about being a Lakers fan: My entire life has been filled with basketball and the Los Angeles Lakers. I first started watching the game when I wasn't old enough to cross the street by myself. My love quickly became a part of my life, and now I am watching each and every game and writing about the Lakers on LakersNation.com.

I cannot pick one memorable story, because I would have to summarize my life from the age of 6 all the way to 16. Every game I watch, every debate I have, and every time I have fantasies of meeting Kobe Bryant are all memorable stories. I don't care if it's Game 7 of the Finals or the seventh game of the season, I will have a story to tell after the game. The Lakers have meant more to me than just being my favorite basketball team; they hold a special place in my heart. They are a franchise that has changed my life for the better. Kobe Bryant is someone who I idolize and someone who I respect dearly. I cannot point out one or two memorable stores that I have had. I want to thank the Los Angeles Lakers, Dr. Jerry Buss and Kobe Bryant for bringing endless memories to my life.

-- Mark Medina
Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers fan Ramneet Singh visited Los Angeles this summer, which included a visit to Staples Center. Credit: Ramneet Singh

 
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RamneetKB24 - cool profile; good ta meetcha.

Nice to meet you RamneetKB24. I've got to say this profile reminded me of all that's still right with the world.

Good luck to you young Lakers fan. Look forward to a lifetime of cheering for the greatest organization in sports.

Ramneet - welcome to the best Laker blog that has ever existed! I had to double-check your age as I read your profile - good writing from someone so young. Hope to see you come around - I don't recall seeing a post from you before... Anyways - nice to meet you.

R,

Nice to have you aboard!

Sup Justa, my friend!

Wonder if the Lakers could use a pretty good Shortstop, I'm looking for work, ha, ha!

Ramneet - Great profile...and I must admit I'm impressed of your fanhood being only 16 and all...

Great that you had an early start being a Laker Fan...

Welcome aboard and looking for your posts...without having to go to LakersNation.com...

Way to go kid...

Ramneet...thanks for sharing. You really are a lifelong Laker fan! And kudos on your writing style...it was a pleasure to read!!

Thanks a lot for the compliments guys! I figured I can't get into the NBA, so I might as well write about it ha-ha!

Just shows that Laker fans are the best fans in WORLD! hahha

This line made me LOL:

"I was hoping to find other great cards, but all I found were cards of Derrick Coleman and Zydrunas Ilgauskas."

That's a gem.

ha-ha-ha-ha glad you enjoyed that. It was one of my favorite lines to lol

Nice profile, young man!

I'm impressed by your writing style, this article was very intriguing and attention-grabbing. Good Job!!

RamneetKB24 -

It was very nice reading your profile! I like your writing style; looks like you have a bright future ahead of you.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Hey Ramneet, Great profile, It was very well versed and a LAKERHOLIC indeed!!!

I THOUGHT IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE BUT THE BLOG GOD PULLS A RABBIT OUT HIS HAT
OUTSTANDING BLOG GOD!!! THE STREAK CONTINUES!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING MM


So Ramneet Singh, welcome to Lakers Blog and Lakers Nation. We are always happy to get fresh new young ideas and energy in the Nation. Now lets see. Favorite Player…Kobe check. Greatest Laker…Kobe check, Player most dislikes…Princess Jimmy check. This is outstanding but what cinched it for me was the line; I was a sophomore in high school, and developed the reputation of being the lunatic who loved everything Kobe and the Lakers. That’s no Lunatic that is a Classic Lakerholic! No if and’s or buts, great profile, great person!!!

Truly a wonderful addition to Lakers Blog and Lakers Nation. Thanks for letting us have a little slice of the life of Ramneet Singh and what more can I say except…OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!! Welcome aboard!!!!

What can I say I bleed purple and gold lol! Thanks for all the positive feedback/comments!

Say mamaba24,

You know in another sport the Red Sox are Red Sox Nation, only tp\o be undone by the Yankee Universe, ha, ha. Shouldn't we be Laker Universe? I'm just sayin', for your official consideration, ha, ha!

Oops, to be.

ANY ONE WNAT SOME OF THIS MONEY, IN IF YOU WANT SOME COME ON IN GET SOME

Shouldn't we be Laker Universe? I'm just sayin', for your official consideration, ha, ha! Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | November 08, 2010 at 02:26 PM
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Mr. Yankee himself asking me such a question! Come on DJ, it's your world.
You say Laker Universe, we Roll with it!

Ramneet is an example of why our blog is so great and how we can influence the youngsters. Thanks Ramneet - very cool and love your stories. Another generation of Lakerholics.

A good reminder too of why we need to be cool with each other and not get personal. Don't want the "kids" to get the wrong perception.

Cheers Ramneet - Lakers alive in Beantown! Oh yeah!

- PLG

PsychedLakerGirl - I'm always hoping the youngsters influence me... otherwise, what's the point?

I so want Lewis Monroe's money, but I don't know where to go. (sigh)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aNBMWy_Hls

There is hope for the American Youth after all.

DBDH!

I so want Lewis Monroe's money, but I don't know where to go. (sigh)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aNBMWy_Hls Posted by: 63 Footer | November 08, 2010 at 02:37 PM
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LMAO!!!!

Ramneet is an example of why our blog is so great and how we can influence the youngsters. Thanks Ramneet - very cool and love your stories. Another generation of Lakerholics. A good reminder too of why we need to be cool with each other and not get personal. Don't want the "kids" to get the wrong perception. Cheers Ramneet - Lakers alive in Beantown! Oh yeah! - PLG
Posted by: PsychedLakerGirl | November 08, 2010 at 02:31 PM
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OUT FREAKIN STANDING MA'AM!!

Welcome aboard, Ramneet. And thanks for taking the time to share your profile. It's great to "meet" you.

Go Lake Show!

RamneetKB24 - I enjoyed your profile. Keep tormenting those Celtic fans in the New England...although you might want to go easy on Dad (at least until after college...haha).

You're from the hometown of "Super" John Williamson...who played with Dr. J on the Nets...so I'm not surprised you know your hoops.

Welcome Ramneet. Nice profile!

Ramneet has shown us a couple of things here:

1. There is hope for the younger generation.

2. In HIS lifetime there really is only 1 GOAT aka Kobe Bean Bryant. Nobody can argue with that.

Nice to meet you Ramneet. you are a young inspiration.

JR

Hey Lrob, do you think the triangle really requires an alpha dog mindset as it's focal point? Sure, it's been dominated by alpha dogs historically, but its beauty, I think, is more apparent when the post player is a willing passer. It's always good to have an alpha dog who can will a basket when the triangle breaks down. I would argue that Pau has that ability. I'm not saying it's going to happen any time soon - it just seems to me in this early season that Pau (albeit reluctantly) has the ability to be the focal point of this offense and that if Kobe, in his waning years, would graciously take a step back, we could go on winning championships for many years.

Posted by: LakerFanInCowTown | November 08, 2010 at 11:37 AM
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LFICT,

Regardless of the type of offense or system, I think a championship team requires someone that says give me the ball and I'll bring home the victory. Pau has the talent to do that, but I don't know if its in his DNA. Either way you're right about someone needing to step up and fill that void when Kobe's game declines.

@Lew - nice article about your boy Pacquiao...and Spoelstra teaming up.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/truehoop/miamiheat/news/story?id=5781043

Nice profile Ramneet. Like others I haven't seen you post before. You seem like a very knowledgeable fan, someone who would definitely add to our experience here. I hope you stick around and become a permanent part of our great blog family!

Thanks a lot!

I will definitely get myself involved more here at this great blog!

Ramneet: great profile, wonderful stories and impressive writing; your parents must be very proud of you. your "love" for the lakers is evident and we look forward to reading your future comments. up next: the annihilation of the t-wolves!
-Lamar Odom - Most Improved & Sixth Man Of The Year Award!

GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST! MITCH - Executive Of The Year

Dude im the same age as you and I have read everything you said. It's like reading how I feel and how much I idolize Kobe, I felt like you were reading everything I think.

RamneetKB24,

A New England Lakers fan? Fantastic! That makes y0u a special breed. You should hold your head up high! You make us all proud!

I am very happy to meet you!

--FEARless

RamneetKB24,

just be FEARless like Black Mamba

FEARless

re: what you wrote a few days ago. i really don't care IF i'm a tad myopic or even obtuse as long as Lakers will win #17 and …

but, after PJ retires, he will write another book, and another book…

and after a few more years Kobe will retire and after even more years his legacy will settle. and maybe he will decide to write his "memoires".

now, that will be the OTHER side of the coin or the TRUTH and nothing BUT the TRUTH

RamneetKB24,

Congratulations in sending profile all the way from North Haven, CT. Indeed, it is difficult to follow the Lakers from your end based on time zone difference. I just came from that area a month ago and stayed at my sister's place in East Haven. We went to Litchfield County enjoyed the Autumn Foliage for the first time in mylife and was lucky to be there at the exact week at its peak. I was told that the window period is limited, either you are too early i.e. leaves are still green or too late when leaves have fallen on the ground. Anyway on your profile becoming a Laker fan at early age of 6 years old is something extraordinary too. How many of us remember what we watched or did at age 6? of course, this is still fresh to you since you're in your teens. Start blogging with us regularly and represent the viewpoint of the youth or perhaps give us some feedback during the playoffs on what the leprechauns there in your school are saying about the Lakers. just kidding lol!

I know what you grow through, or at least somewhat. Denver fans love to hate on the Lakers. Stay strong

Welcome on board and thank you for submitting your Kobe Lover's profile - a kind of profile that always rings all good bell with me for sure.

I always get happy when people almost ten my junior show up... it means the beauty of our legacy keep attracts all new forces, and that's remarkable given the load of BSPN et similar induced bandwagonism for everything which is anti-Laker.

I truly would enjoy more daily posts from you.

Enjoy the ride, all along with our Fam ;)

Z.

Buddioguy ur streak is over but use this. the boss showed it to me http://sportscomplainer.com/nba it should help . makes it easier to find things. like a sports drudge. alright. well c how u do next time.

my man ha ha thats what we're talkin about. I swear ramneet you're like my best friend die hard lakers fan to the fullest.

In the ten years since this yong man first watched his future idol play, he has not yet had the opportunity to meet Kobe personally. I can't think of a greater tribute than the one that Ramneet has written here. I think that it's time that Kobe meet his number one 16 year old fan. The perfect occasion would be when Ramneet is at the Lakers game on feb. 11 in NY city.

That would be a DREAM come true, something I will cherish forever!

Someone has to set that up for me ha-ha!

Yeah Kobe is great. And that's great that he is your role model. He is for most kids who like to play basketball.

Cheers.
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