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Lakers blog profile: Living with a Celtics fans exposed Jefe101 to the Lakers

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This is the 24th 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: Jefe101

Real name: Greg Choa

Occupation: Television Producer

Age: 47

Gender: Male

Hometown: West L.A.

Story behind your screen name: My very first fantasy basketball team name was “The Jefes” (circa ’93) and it just stuck as my alter-ego cyber handle ever since.

How I became a Lakers fan: Born and raised in NYC, didn’t really start watching much basketball until I found myself living in Cambridge, MA coming out of college and rooming and living with a crazy Celtics fan during the ’85-’86 season – I got one look at Magic Johnson and the Showtime Lakers and I was instantly hooked. I eventually found myself living and working in L.A. early in my film/TV career in ’87, ’88 and some of ’89 where my love for the Lakers was truly forged – have been following the team religiously ever since. I eventually moved to L.A., with family in tow, for good in 2005. It should be further noted that listening the Chick Hearn do the Lakers broadcasts when I was living here in the late 80s went a LONG ways towards cementing my Lakers fandom.

Favorite Lakers memory of all time and of the 2009-2010 season: All-Time: Two-way tie between 1) Game 7 of the 1988 NBA Finals when the Lakers beat the Pistons for their first B2B championship at the old Forum in Inglewood – maybe the best, most competitive finals series I had ever seen...God, I loved that team and that era...and 2) Fish’s Game 4 3pt heroics in Orlando in the 2010 Finals to decidedly turn the tide of that series in favor of the Lakers...that little smile on his face after he hit the one in OT with 30 seconds left with the game tied to put the Lakers up by three...priceless!

’09-’10: Three-way tie between 1) Gasol’s put-back game winner to knock out the Thunder in Game 6 of the first round series in Oklahoma City, 2) Kobe’s 4th quarter daggers to knock out the Suns in Game 6 of the WCF in Phoenix, and 3) Fisher’s game-tying 3 pointer at the 6:14 mark of the 4th quarter of Game 7 of the Finals against the Celtics – the shot that propelled the Lakers to their comeback win for Championship #16. When Fish made that shot, I just knew there was no way the Lakers were going to lose that game.

Most heartbreaking Lakers experience: Like many, the Game 6 destruction in Boston at the hands of Paul Pierce and the Celtics in the 2008 Finals was the most heartbreaking game-related experience – I was in the “badlands” for about a full eight weeks after that. I really thought that Lakers team, with Pau now in the mix, was destined to win it all that season. I know now that that painful loss went a long way towards making the Lakers the team they are today. Chick Hearn’s passing in 2002 was the most heartbreaking non-game related blow – Chick, in many respects, came to be the heart and soul of this team and franchise for me insofar as my cerebral understanding of the Laker experience was concerned. When he died, I truly felt that a piece of me died with him.

Favorite Lakers player: Magic Johnson got me hooked, and Kobe Bryant sustained me. Kobe and Pau are currently my favorite Laker players.

Greatest all-time Laker: Magic then, Kobe now.

Opposing team, player you dislike the most: The Celtics and all things green. Paul Pierce and the “wheelchair” incident will always cause me to gag. More recently, however, Lebron and his now infamous “I’m going to take my talents to South Beach...” episode have trumped the hatred I have for the Celtics. I’ve never disliked a team more than I do this Heat team at the moment – I hate the Celtics, but I loathe the Heat.

Most cherished piece of Lakers memorabilia I have: Not much for memorabilia as a whole, but I do love my “locker room” Championship T-Shirts from 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, and counting...

Memorable stories about being a Lakers fan: Crossing paths with Flea (for the first time) on a layover in some airport somewhere in the U.S. a couple of years ago and bonding over our mutual love of the Lakers – nothing like a common love to bring disparate people together!

You know you’re a Lakers homer when...: Much to your wife’s dismay, you keep track of family milestones and generally mark time as a function of when they occurred within the context of the Lakers’ timeline.

--Mark Medina

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Jefe101! Hey, man, good to "meet" you. Great profile.

THAT MAGNIFICENT BLOG GOD STRIKES AGAIN!!! STILL BATTING A THOUSAND!!
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JEFE101 MY BROTHER!!! Nice meeting you at last! It's about time some more of the Fabulous Morning Crue' got showcased!! Rooming with a crazy Celtic fan...THE HORROR!! LOL! Glad Magic showed you what a real Basketball team was! Favorite Laker Players,; Kobe, Magic and Pau. I say Aye! Team most disliked, Celtics...but of course! "You know you’re a Lakers homer when...: Much to your wife’s dismay, you keep track of family milestones and generally mark time as a function of when they occurred within the context of the Lakers’ timeline." LOL spoken like a true Lakerholic. Jefe101 thank you so much for sharing a slice of your life with Lakers Nation. It's good people like you that keep the Morning Crue...Fabulous!! Well I guess all thats left to say is....OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!


Sorry MAM should have been MAMBA24...Carry ON!

Jefe101 - Thanks for the great insight you shared on the blog!

Jefe101, Great stories, great profile.

Jefe101, congrats to a great profile from New England to Hollywood. What does your wife think about your Lakers Blog profile? It's enough to have one addict in the family while she remains as nonchalant, uninterested, disgruntled housewife wondering why a loving husband got hooked up with the perspiring, odorous individuals. haha! It is not easy to survive in the film industry so you must be a special individual. Continue sharing your creative talents in the blog.

Hiya jefe - nice to finally "meet" you!


I gotta say you're a little less Jamaican than I thought you would be.... LOL!


You're a great addition to this crazy family - so glad you're one of us. Looking forward to many more shared games and chats together. Don't worry - I'll still hold you during the scary parts.... (that is if it's ok with your wife). LOL!!


Jefe101

Very cool profile. I always enjoy your posts!

jefe - or should I say 'patron'...

Great reading your profile...We have many similarities, becoming a fan due to Magic and Showtime, and current favorite players...

I have always enjoyed your posts, and looking forward to witnessing with you, the 3Peat, and more Laker history...

Way to represent...

lew - congratulations on your anniversary!!!


So - for you and Cora - a beautiful song....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLc1mZF_LYg

Jefe101 -

Thanks for sharing your profile! I hope you had a good thanksgiving too. :-)

Mamba24 - I got booted off the renegade chat & can't get back in. Sorry...

Nice one, Jefe101.
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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!!!

Jefe101

By the way, my best friend who I attend the game with is also a producer of a television show. You probably know him.

Awesome Jefe101.

"I hate Celtics, but I loathe the Heat." Absolutely Perfect.

"...you keep track of family milestones and generally mark time as a function of when they occurred within the context of the Lakers’ timeline."

Wow. Not even Chicky could have stated that more concisely. BEAUTY!

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HAPPY 10TH ANNIVWERSARY LEWSTRS AND CORA – BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - lew - congratulations on your anniversary!!!
lew - for you and Cora - a beautiful song.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLc1mZF_LYg
(02) 2PHATT – DRIVER - Congrats on your 10th, I celebrated a close friends 29th yesterday.
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN – Do I have to say it Lew?...OUT FREAKIN STANDING
LEWSTRS & CORA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(04) FAN OF THE MAMBA – Congrats Lew!
(05) LAKERLASS – Happy Anniversay LEWSTRS!!!
(06) SEGEBOY/TALIQ – THE SHERIFF -
(07) D(EREK) J(ETER)

LEWSTRS!

The big 10, baybeeee! Mazel Tov!

Mamba24 - a big 'Thank You' and Mrs. lewstrs blowing you kisses...

Thank you for the bandwagon...

You are a gentleman and a scholar...and the heart and soul of the Blog...

You are our own Derek Fisher...

Thanks all for the Anniversary wishes...

Awesome profile. My favorite quote:

You know you’re a Lakers homer when...: Much to your wife’s dismay, you keep track of family milestones and generally mark time as a function of when they occurred within the context of the Lakers’ timeline.

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Oh man, too priceless! Please, gimme an example. I'm pretty sure I'm headed down the same path.

Lewstr and Cora, congratulations on your anniversary. Here's another lovely song dedicated to the both of you. Just don't get distracted by Shania Twain's smokin' outfit ;)

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

I know that I should just ignore him but after listening to the hobbitmage complaining about being maligned, misrepresented, and misunderstood you reach a point where you just need to speak up. This is a guy who obviously has never played the game at a competitive team level, who naively thinks that posting a link that agrees with him is righteous proof or evidence that he is right when all it really represents is more tit for tat, and who when pushed has a known history of resorting to obscenities.

I have to laugh at the wolf’s new strategy of sheepishly contending that he has always been a Bynum Backer and that MVP888 and I have somehow magically managed to fool everybody and convince them he is a hater by intentionally misrepresenting his genuine comments and concerns about Drew. Raise your hand if you think that hobbitmage is really a Bynum fan who is hoping that Drew comes back, remains healthy, and plays great. Raise your hand if you think he ever cheers for Drew.
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So let’s set the record straight. Hobbitmage is NO Andrew Bynum fan. Even a fool could see from his history of posts that he has no respect and little appreciation for what Andrew has done for the team or what he means to this year’s chances to 3-peat much less what he means to the franchise’s future. Even a fool can read between the lines and see the charade that hobbitmage is now trying to pull off is just another attempt to beguile, mislead, and misinform so as to create the illusion that he supports Andrew Bynum. when the reality is that he would likely jump up clapping if Drew got hurt again.
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TOM

My conclusion after watching this clip...

LeBron is not happy with Spoelstra...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNgf6fd88g8

seely - mrs lewstrs loves Shania...great choice...thanks from both of us...

*_____________________________________________________________________*
HAPPY 10TH ANNIVWERSARY LEWSTRS AND CORA – BANDWAGON
*______________________________________________________________________*
Thanks all for the Anniversary wishes...
*____________________________________________________*
(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - lew - congratulations on your anniversary!!!
lew - for you and Cora - a beautiful song.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLc1mZF_LYg
(02) 2PHATT – DRIVER - Congrats on your 10th, I celebrated a close friends 29th yesterday.
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN – Do I have to say it Lew?...OUT FREAKIN STANDING
LEWSTRS & CORA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(04) FAN OF THE MAMBA – Congrats Lew!
(05) LAKERLASS – Happy Anniversay LEWSTRS!!!
(06) SEGEBOY/TALIQ – THE SHERIFF -
(07) D(EREK) J(ETER)
(08) SEELEY_IGGY - Lewstr and Cora, congratulations on your anniversary. Here's another lovely song dedicated to the both of you. Just don't get distracted by Shania Twain's smokin' outfit ;)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CxWOClbpcg
(09) KOBEMVP888 - LEWSTRS! The big 10, baybeeee! Mazel Tov!

@JEFE… Great to officially meet you, Greg. I always look at the writer’s name before I read the post and always smile when I see Jefe101 because I know I’m in for a very smart and interesting read. Becoming a Lakers fan in the middle of Indian country pretty much seals your bona fides for me. Learning how to handle the constant incoming fire from rabid Celtics fans has given you valuable training for the Lakers Blog. Great line about using the Lakers history as your chronological byline.
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TOM

Wow! Love your profile. You Lakers experiences is so like most of ours. Of course, those defeats to the Celtics that you cite are seemingly what defines what it is to be a Laker fan. We are universally born from pain, and into jubilation by our wining.

I am very glad to meet you!
--FEARless

"El Jefe" Great read & thank you for sharing.

Thanks everyone for all the kind words - it's an honor and a sincere sensation to be part of the active community that is this amazing blog - I can't tell you how humbled I am to be among you. Special thanks to MM for making this blog a reality and to all of you who have been so welcoming and supportive of my contributions.
It's obviously not difficult being a fan of this amazing team and this even more amazing franshise.
Good times, everyone!

Nice profile Jefe101, You know you’re a Lakers homer when...: Much to your wife’s dismay, you keep track of family milestones and generally mark time as a function of when they occurred within the context of the Lakers’ timeline. On point with all Lakerholics.

Jefe,
Great story to share with us.

Hugo Boss (Hugo Jefe) :)

LOL, love how a celtics fan made you a lakers fan ;) best story ever

Nice profile, jefe101, nice to get to know you.

Beautiful profile (sorry for me being late here...) and I gotta thank you for this moment of goodness and light before I take over the subject of our two consecutive losses.

Your vibrant passion (and that rock on!!! moment about Flea... man I love RHCP to pieces!) are really showin from your every word and it's always a great pleasure whenever a new profle is posted and we can get more inside about all of the bloggers here.

Even more when they come from... enemy territory boundaries ;)

It's a pleasure to "more deeply" meet you man :)
Thanx for submitting this to MM :)

Z. :)

Nice profile. I am starting to hate the Heat more and more as well sir....


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