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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone in the L.A. Times Lakers blog community can enjoy the holiday with those close to them.

It's going to be a slow day here for obvious reasons, but between those helpings of turkey and stuffing, enjoy these videos below.

Former Lakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and A.C. Green, reserves Steve Blake, Luke Walton and Devin Ebanks and the Laker girls served Thanksgiving dinner Monday at Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que in Torrance to service members from Camp Pendleton, Twentynine Palms and the Naval Medical Center.

With the Lakers enjoying the day off Wednesday, guard Derek Fisher and backup center Theo Ratliff on behalf of the National Basketball Players Assn. helped pass out turkeys at the Boys and Girls Club in downtown Los Angeles.

Blake, Green, Walton and Ebanks also share in the video below their favorite Thanksgiving memories.

--Mark Medina

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Ahhhhhh, Drunk Turkey and Honey Glazed Ham with an ish-load of Cerveza!!! Happy Thanksgiving LAT LB!!!! may your holiday get you fat and merry today...I know I will be :)

By the way, with the way Wade's been playing with this super team, there's no way in hell he'd be able to do what Kobe does with our Lakers. He has no post game, his shooting is suspect, and he attacks the rim with abandon without regard for his body. All those people saying they'd want wade for Kobe need to go get their heads examined. Everything that Wade is not got at, Kobe does so well you could gravy on it and it would taste magnificent.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Let's be thankful on this day that we have been blessed with the greatest franchise, the greatest owner, the greatest GM, the greatest head coach, the greatest player, the greatest role players, the greatest FANS, the greatest Hall of Fame former players, 16 championships and back-to-back championships .. the most recent one at the expense of the greatest rival in sports history!

1-2-3 RING! #17 coming up STRONG!!

On this Thanksgiving, I'd like to give a big thank you to the players and staff for exemplifying good sportsmanship, the power and synergy of working as a team, and class back at each game. Now if we can work on some of the commercials, I'll be able to share the game with my kids. Lastly, anybody know whether Andrew is practicing full court yet?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Let's be thankful on this day that we have been blessed with the greatest franchise, the greatest owner, the greatest GM, the greatest head coach, the greatest player, the greatest role players, the greatest FANS, the greatest Hall of Fame former players, 16 championships and back-to-back championships .. the most recent one at the expense of the greatest rival in sports history!

1-2-3 RING! #17 coming up STRONG!!

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | November 25, 2010 at 07:55 AM
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I'm printing this gem as we speak. AWESOME!


Happy Thanksgiving to all the Lakerholics around the world!

Asides from all of the personal things to be thankful for (life, health, family,
friends, & jobs ) ...

Laker things that I am grateful for:

An owner who's good with $$ and willing to pay for talent.

A GM who's done a good job putting together a roster. There were some
great moves and some really bad moves.

A coach who's focused on forcing his players to become smarter.

Assistant coaches who have studied the opposing teams.

The professionalism & emotional leadership of D-Fish.

The intelligence & skill of Pau Gasol.

The drive, focus, courage & passion of the fire that is Kobe Bryant.

Good Morning Laker Fam,

Happy Thanksgiving. I thank the Lord for another day, for the love of family and friends.


I'm also thankful for the joy of watching current and past Lakers teams. What a great organization and the best fans in the world....especially here on this blog :-)


Of course my song for today is a classic about being Thankful....

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

Happy Thanksgiving from the UK everyone!

I hope you all have a wonderful day today, and I'd like you to know that I am really thankful for getting a chance to interact with a great many of you on this blog. Please make sure to take care of yourselves today! :-)

@MM – Nice job on the videos and message of helping others.


@GDUB – Another nice entry. Natalie is talented and I hope she’s successful in her post Floetry career.


@Edwin – rocking the BEP…you surprised me on that one. We are all pilgrims indeed.


@63 Footer – Zepp in effect, but I think coach Spoles got a little more time. Riles will probably wait til next season ---- when the team can upgrade their interior before taking over.


@Tom Daniels – Good post on what we’ve learned from the Heat.


Have y'all ever thought about this?

In some ways, Ricky's comments about Pau being better than Kobe
& being the leader of the Lakers are a lot like ESPN's
comments about LBJ being better than Kobe or being the best player in the
NBA.

Do y'all remember in the summers of 2005 & 2006 when all we heard &
read was Kobe's selfish & Kobe's a ball hog?

Do you remember trying to tell people that that wasn't true and they'd whip
out the stats as if the stats were the sole measure of truth?

Those same stats that they used to prove Kobe was a ballhog are the same
stats that they use to prove that LBJ/D-Wade are better than Kobe. Those
are the same stats that Ricky looks at to say that Pau is better than Kobe.

Through all of the crap that doubters sling his way, our Kobe remains ever
focused upon the prize.

It is not that Kobe can't do what he used to do. It's that he's letting others
get better.

BTW, is anybody, besides me, enjoying the way the Lakers are running the
floor?

I'm thankful for the immense basketball skills of the Greatest Laker Ever, and the treat of watching the GOAT in a Laker uniform. Thank you Luke Walton!

As Laker fans we have so very much to be thankful for, but being part of this blog family makes it all so much sweeter.

Healthy, happy thanksgiving to all. I cannot express it better, so I leave it to 888, hobbitmage, LRob & CaliPhilosopher's excellent posts above that say it all.

Who says we can't all get along? =)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!!!!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!

To "The Hobbit"

Well, My comments about Pau´s Leadership was early to ESPN´s comments. You know I still thinking this since 2008. Everyone that can see a Lakers game could understand my comments about Pau and his importance with this current Lakers team. My toughts about Pau is not b/c I´m a spaniard or something like that. My toughts is b/c I know perfectly Pau´s game, first in Spain with F.C. Barcelona and the Spanish National Team, with Memphis Grizzlies, and now with The Los Angeles Lakers. Belive me, Hobbit, ever is the same old history. A silence player, with a quiet leadership and easy personality, but finally become the true leader in the shadow b/c his game, his skills and his personality. Trust me, Hobbit, ever is the same old Pau´s history. And actually in Lakerland, the same another time.

Kobe Bryant could be a superplayer really, and he is, but Pau Gasol make a team run around him. The system become irrelevant (triangle or circle......) Pau is THE SYSTEM. Ever has been this and ever will be.....

hobbitmage -

I am definitely enjoying how the team is running the floor. It seems like there are 3+ players who can run the break at all times (Kobe, Fisher, Blake, Barnes, LO, Shannon), and since Kobe, LO and Matt are pretty decent rebounders (to say the very least), they can initiate the break by themselves without having to make an outlet pass.

It seems like good decision making abounds with whoever is on the floor (for the most part). I really am enjoying the games this season.

And I hope you will have a happy thanksgiving today as well. :-)

Hobbit, I think Kobe Bryant is better player than Wade and James, but, you think James is a true leader?????? Wade, maybe... but James??????? Absolutly NOT.

I'm thankful for the GM we have!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!


"What you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life."

— Oprah Winfrey

@Mark Medina and the Laker Blog Family - I am thankful that you are our moderator, the tough (and often thankless) job of keeping us civil-ish is one I do not envy. Keep up the great work, Mark, and know that even if we don't say it enough, we appreciate everything you do for this blog and us and I just happen to think you do a stellar job. Thank you. Blog family, thanks for keeping the season as lively and interesting as it has ever been. Usually by this time several of us are at each others throats, people are walking away from the Blog over who makes a better post entry pass and whether or not Kobe is over-the-hill and Pau is the next son of God. But not this year, our mutual level of respect has risen even if there are some things we will never see eye-to-eye on and it is those differences that keep me coming back for more. If I wanted someone to walk in lockstep with me about Luke Walton, I should start a Blog called 'Luke Walton is totally RAD!!! .com'...but I happen to like civil discourse and as such, prefer this Laker site to any other I have ever taken the time to visit.

Thank you one and all.


A LAKERS THANKSGIVING !!!
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Happy Thanksgiving, Lakers Bloggers. Let us give thanks today for the fabulous success we have had the last two years and the season for the ages upon which we have embarked. Let us hope and pray that our good karma continues, that Rick and JustaLakerFan heal and get well, and that everyone in Lakers family – players, coaches, journalists, or fans – continue to enjoy good health and lives.

As a Lakers fan, I am thankful for MM and this wonderful virtual community that let ‘s us share our love and passion for our beloved Lakers. It is without doubt a second family for all of us to enjoy. I only hope as the season progresses that the doubters begin to believe and the haters begin to love. With a 13-2 record and the Lakers are on track to win 71 games this season, we should be grateful we have the best owner, best general manager, best coach, best player, and best team in the NBA.

I agree with MM that Phil Jackson knew exactly what he was doing when he responded to questions about the Miami Heat. I also agree with the bloggers who commented that Phil’s comments will likely buy more time for Eric Spoelstra .The reality, however, is that there is no way that Spoelstra survives the season. As CCX and I predicted, super star players require a super star coach to manage their egos and mold them into a team. Pat Riley will replace Eric Spoelstra before the end of this season.

I continue to be amazed by the sports journalists and Lakers fans who still don’t get that the NBA is all about matchups. Pau Gasol did NOT just have an off-game against the Nuggets, Timberwolves, and Bulls. The simple reason he was less effective was due to having matchups against bigger and stronger centers in Nene, Darko, and Noah – matchups that he will not have to deal with once Drew returns. That is the reality that Ricky and the Gasol boosters and Grinch and the Gasol bashers still don’t get. Pau Gasol is the best power forward playing today but he is not a better center than Andrew Bynum.

Finally, I have to take my hat off to Mitch Kupchak for the Killer B’s. Just like Drew, Pau, and Lamar allow the Lakers to man the center and power forward positions with All-Star quality players for all 48 minutes of every game, the Killer B’s allow the Lakers to man all the bench minutes required in every game with Barnes, Blake, and Brown. While those may be huge advantages for most teams, they are truly insurmountable advantages for a championship team led by the great Kobe Bryant.

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TOM

'Usually by this time several of us are at each others throats, people are walking away from the Blog over who makes a better post entry pass and whether or not Kobe is over-the-hill and Pau is the next son of God.'

Posted by Sweetie earlier today.

Just give it time.
Get ready for it Mark.
When things turn sour, and they will,
your blog management skills will be given the supreme test soon enough.

It may be time to start a bandwagon called 'Luke Walton is totally RAD!!!

Because we all know that when Bynum can't carry it, Luke will bring it!

Go Kings!
Go Niners!
Go Boise State (Tough test against a tough Nevada team coming up)!
Go Bama (Tigers are good, but overated)!
Go Manny, go (show some nads Floyd)!

Ducks vs. Broncos for the National (all Northern West Coast) Championship!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sonnybelfast

In a month, our big 3 (a.k.a. Killer B's) have progressed to have much better chemistry and efficiency than other 3s' in Miami. It's all about team and chemistry!

TOPIC: Phil's Coaching Comments


Like the flak Kobe took over his miniscule role in a 'Call of Duty: Black Ops' spot, this comment is being overblown by pundits, players and coaches for one reason and one reason only: Folks are really scared of this Laker team and with no percieved weakness as of yet are resorting to petty mind games the likes of which Phil mastered in pre-school.


Dwayne 'Can't Remember How to Shoot' Wade should be more concerned with finding his stroke and that should have been the only comment he made. Stan Van Gundy is loyal to Riles, as he should be since it was Riles who gave him a shot, and probably has little to no love for Phil and his multiple rings, but the fact that he is so annoyed over what must feel like an out of body deja vu experience lends strength to the argument that he was pushed out rather than stepped down voluntarily. Oh yeah, and we smoked his team in the NBA Finals because he coaches in a one-dimensional style.


Even the media is getting it wrong, seeing mind games where there is only a question answered. Since those three joined forces, there have been rumbling musings regarding how long Spoelestra had to make it work. Now, suddenly, Phil has conjured this topic out of thin air? Yeah, right. Phil started this rampant speculation. Phil is leaning over, shadowy-advisor like, whispering in Mickey and Riles ear. Phil called a press conference just to shout from the mountain tops that he thought Spoelstra's job was in jeaprody. He was asked a simple question and, for him, gave a relatively simple answer. He basically said what everyone has been thinking but in a way that actually makes sense. Basic truths do not accusations make, media maniacs.


Anyway, this should fire up the Heat to win a game or two, but I can't help feel that this all truly comes down to this: Friends often don't always work well together. In this case, work is a game (basketball) and the friends are all supere talented individuals, but at the end of the day it's harder to get on a friend for a blown rotation. It's harder to critique a buddy for not focusing on his game and putting in extra work to iron out his jumper. It's definitely harder to get on a friend in full view of a home crowd ina time out or after a botched play. They're all saying the right things, so far, but it's only a matter of time before one of them has to call the other out. That's when we'll see what that team is made of.


@TOM DANIELS… Excellent recap on the Heat. I also liked your analysis of the Timberwolves. You have to give credit to David Kahn, their general manager. While I laughed when he kept drafting point guards like the Detroit Lions drafting wide outs (sorry LRob), it’s now starting to look like two genius moves by him to bring in Darko Milicic and Michael Beasley, a pair of left handed reclamation projects who now comprise a promising front court with Kevin Love.

I also have to give Kurt Rambis credit for how well Darko and Beasley are playing. Kurt’s gamble in taking the Wolves’ job may end up putting him in the driver’s seat as Phil Jackson’s successor if they continue to play well. They definitely gave away that game last night against the Spurs but when Tony and Manu are healthy, they can play with anybody in the league. I don’t think they have enough in the front court with an aging Timmy to get past the Lakers but if they stay healthy I think they may end up playing the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, where their front court will be dominated.
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TOM


@OUCHHHHHHHH … “PJ does not like a “Simulator Crew.”
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Thanks for the link to Adrian’s column. I have to say that I pretty much agree with Phil that it’s difficult for coaches who never played in the NBA to garner the respect needed from their players to be effective as coaches. While there are always exceptions, there is no doubt that having competed at the pro level definitely gives a coach insights and understanding of the realities of the game that coaches who never played at that level just cannot have and thus must “simulate.” Of course, the primary target of Phil Jackson as simulators are Jeff and Stan Van Gundy.

I think in general, the same criticism applies to fans who have played the game at the high school or college level versus fans who have never played the game in an organized fashion. And while there are exceptions, I think you can pretty much tell who has and who has not played the game from the depth and perceptiveness of their observations. Those who’ve played the game just see the game differently than those who haven’t. They just “get” the intricacies and intangible of the game that are hard to grasp and understand if you never played the game. I’m guessing you’re a simulator too.

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TOM

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!!!
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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!!!


@MM… Thanks for the great videos. Watching Luke, Blake, Devin, Cap, AC, and the Lakers Girls was a wonderful Thanksgiving treat. This year will be the first I can remember where we are foregoing cooking at home and going out to a restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner. Time with family is precious. It is also the first in many years where Mrs. LakerTom is not spending half Thanksgiving day serving dinner to the less fortunate, her knee still not recovered enough to walk more than the minimum.

On behalf of the entire Lakers Blog, I would like to specially thank you for the fabulous job you’ve done. I was hoping for somebody who could keep up the high standard that the Kam Bros had set and I have to say that you have completely surpassed all of my expectations. Instant posting, blogger profiles, RCOD, Laker Girl profiles! Your creativity is only exceeded by your relentless work ethic. You are quickly becoming the Kobe Bryant of sports bloggers. Happy Lakers Thanksgiving.

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TOM

Lakertom

I agree with your comments about Pau and Andrew Bynum. Pau is not a legitimate Center and, yes, he is PF. But the Pau´s greatness is that he can play both with efficiency. In Spain we hope Bynum can recover from his injuries b/c Pau need a big man in the middle to operate as PF. When he still playing in Barcelona, he was the starter PF and Roberto Dueñas was the C. We hope Andrew Bynum can play this year in the middle and Pau return to his true position (since he´s in L.A., only play as C much more than PF b/c Bynum injuries) The real Pau´s potential is in PF position.

Is Andrew Bynum better Center than Pau??? Yes

HAPPY THANKSGIVING NATION...

It's been a tough year financially for many here. There are also family here battling their own personal health issues. But even in dark days, our Lakers have been one source of happiness, and our Blog has been a place where you can feel that you belong and you know you are not alone...

When I give thanks today...I will include all my Laker Brethren...I will include our men and women abroad fighting and willing to give the ultimate sacrifice to keep our way of life secure...I will give thanks for my wonderful wife, children and family...and I will give honor to the good Lord, for blessing me and filling my heart with joy and happiness...

I extend these thanks with my Laker Family...I hope you all have a wonderful, special and safe Thanksgiving Holidays...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!


@RICKY… Thanks for your response. And this time, you are right. One of the great benefits of being socially international is to maximize the number of holidays to enjoy. So Happy Thanksgiving, Ricky.

What is the latest on Ricky Rubio? Do you think he is going to be an NBA super star. If so, he could be a key piece in David Kahn’s rebuilding of the Minnesota Timberwolves to go with their improving front court of Darko, Love, and Beasley. Or could he get traded to a team like the Lakers?
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TOM

@LakerTom - RE: Kurt's Coaching Excellence - Kurt has done a fantastic job with an extremely young team that is unfamiliar with each other as the Heat are with only one(?) super-star caliber player, that being the Beez.


The signing of Darko was roundly panned and and after a rocky start he, too is contributing. Credit Kurt and his staff for keeping a notoriously moody player's head above water while the storm of critcism surrounded him. Darko, Love and the Beez have a ton of potential and could be a very difficult opponent if they can ever get the Beez to play D and get the back court soldified or upgraded talent-wise.

@hobbitmage - RE: Things You're Thankful For (of the Laker variety)


You wrote: "Laker things that I am grateful for:

An owner who's good with $$ and willing to pay for talent.

A GM who's done a good job putting together a roster. There were some
great moves and some really bad moves.

A coach who's focused on forcing his players to become smarter.

Assistant coaches who have studied the opposing teams.

The professionalism & emotional leadership of D-Fish.

The intelligence & skill of Pau Gasol.

The drive, focus, courage & passion of the fire that is Kobe Bryant."

My response: Amen, brother, amen.


@JAMIE… Thanks for your comments. I also thought your earlier comments about the Heat were right on. I am hoping against hope for Kurt to show me something. I didn’t think he had the fire and charisma to take over after Phil but the job he’s done with two acknowledged head cases in Darko and Beasley has made me start to hope that I will end up eating crow, especially since the only candidate that I really like to succeed Phil is Derek Fisher, who suddenly looks as if he is still not done playing.

I watched the entire Wolves versus Spurs game and found it interesting to see another team that ran the Triangle. Regardless of the system, basketball is still basketball and the final product still differs greatly depending upon the players running it. Instinctively, the fact that both the Lakers and the Timberwolves are running the same offense doesn’t jump out at you unless you look at the bigger picture, which is the consistent spacing, ball movement, and opportunities for good shots. If they get Rubio to come to the NBA and he develops into the player many think he can become, watch out.
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TOM

Happy Thanksgiving Lakers Blog Family...

Enjoy the holiday and be safe!!!

Ricky,

re: leadership.

No one in the US who isn't of spanish descent actually agrees with you.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/512792-los-angeles-lakers-10-things-weve-learned-about-kobe-and-co-so-far#page/2

snippet:
He has gone from the Michael Jordan/Scottie Pippen/Horace Grant, to Jordan/Pippen/Dennis Rodman, to Shaq/Kobe(formidable sidekick)/Glen Rice(and then Derek Fisher), and finally Kobe(unabashed leader)/Pau Gasol/Lamar Odom trios.

http://www.ocregister.com/sports/bryant-277484-brown-jackson.html

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Jackson has made Bryant into an invisible leader, too.

Yes, Kobe – previously unable to withhold neither scowl nor scream at a teammate's misstep, perfectly willing even now to be bad cop to Derek Fisher's good.

But if you looked closely Tuesday night, you could see in so many ways in the Lakers' victory over the Bulls that Bryant was leading the team without having to stop the show himself.

It wasn't even that second star Pau Gasol dominated and Bryant could just cruise. Gasol struggled, and Bryant was deeply involved in everything the Lakers did. He just wasn't loud about it.

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Let's meet the executive producer of the Shannon Brown Show.

That jump, hang and swing for a blocked shot that Brown got was straight out of the early chapters of Bryant's book. There was Brown trying discreetly to pop a rebound away by punching underhand at it ... another trademarked Bryant move.

And when Brown was at his hottest in the second quarter, Bryant got with Brown on the weak side of the triangle and bent it single-handedly to create the open shot for Brown to reach 4 for 4 on 3-pointers: Bryant controlled the ball at the pinch-post, waited for the right angle to screen Kyle Korver off from Brown and then executed both pass and pick.

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The Lakers' big finish? The award for best director goes to ... Kobe Bryant.

The game's greatest closer had served as the opening act, scoring the Lakers' first seven points to establish his threat against Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, the former Celtics defensive coordinator whom Bryant said has a philosophy of "anybody but ..." – meaning he'll let anybody but Bryant beat him.

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Here's how the Lakers' lead grew from one point to 12 points in the middle of the fourth quarter:

* Bryant is double-teamed before even making a move, so he passes to the unguarded Matt Barnes, who waltzes toward the rim and is fouled.
* Bryant is not double-teamed, so he backs in to one of his spots and drops a 13-foot fadeaway. Bryant will not be left alone with single coverage again.
* While Derrick Rose is shooting free throws, Bryant pulls new teammate Steve Blake aside off stage to draw out some details about positioning on the floor. Bryant's map will prove rather handy for Blake.
* Smothered at the other end, Bryant passes up top to Brown, who moves the ball over to Blake, standing in that familiar spot where Fisher has so often launched open clutch shots. Blake hits the open 3-pointer.
* With the Lakers coming up court in delayed transition, the Bulls' defense tilts automatically to the right side of the floor because Bryant is there. So Brown moves the ball left, where Blake is all alone for another 3-pointer.

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/story/13478064/with-his-leadership-kobe-wills-improved-lakers-cast-to-new-beginning

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Throughout this postseason, his focus has been laser-like, his message so singular it cannot be missed. While his contemporaries try to forge championships out of cap space and paper, Bryant goes about forging them of his own will -- with words and deeds that speak to a belief in his team that has become unwavering.

No professional basketball person of any worth actually agrees with you.
You have the right to your own opinions ...

Wuttup Laker CRUE!


Reading everyone's comments today - it strikes me how much we have all used the phrase "blog family" or something similar. It's funny don't you think? We all really don't know each other, except for what we read on here, but yet most of us seem to be instinctively drawn to each other. Sometimes in a way that feels more "normal" than how we feel towards some of our real family members. But yet we DO know each other, don't we. And we have our passion for the Lakers - and the organization itself - to thank. It has brought us together in times of sorrow and joy. It has assisted us all in weathering our own personal storms and sharing our joys and triumphs with each other. Does that not make us family? Does that not bring us closer together as time goes by? Of course it does. And it will continue to do so. And as time passes, we will all be ever more thankful for the friends and family we have right here. Because for all our differences and ways of looking at things, the Lakers are our common denominator. And that will never change. So thank you all for accepting me into your lives - your living rooms or work cubicles - as a friend. A family member. An accepted part of your life. It's too easy to be not only cognizant of our differences but make a point to magnify them - and yet here that's not the way. We work to take a different tack. One of acceptance and joy. And that my dear, dear friends makes us family. Have a great day - not just today - but every day. Life is fleeting - it's only meaningful if you enjoy it.

Happy Thanksgiving one and all!!!!! Enjoy your day and lets keep this going tomorrow night when our Lakers play in Utah against the Jazz. Until then, be safe and stuff thy selves.

@hobbitmage - Also, regarding your question about the team running the floor. They are running the floor with a methodical presision that is more surgical than explosive. Both Blake and Fisher have excelled at controlling the pace of the fast break, they're either finding guys who can finish (Kobe, Shannon, Lamar, et al) or penetrating and kicking out to shooters.


Also, even when they don't get an instant basket out of transition, they're running the floor and establishing great post position so that after a pass or two, we get a quality shot attempt.


What more can you ask for?

Greeting from NYC, Lakers Blog fam - Happy Thanksgiving!
Justa, that was such a nice sentiment expressed in the above post - thank you for being such a wonderful catalyst within this special community - your dedicated and relentless efforts go a long ways towards making this such a familial place.
BTW, we have a nice little barn-burner going in our fantasy match-up this week - may the better team (Bad Blake) eke out a win.
Back in LA on Saturday - good luck in SLC, Lakers!!!

and now a tryptophan moment, something funny and weird. please enjoy the comments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cavs add police, ban anti-LeBron clothing for his return to Ohio

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Cavs-add-police-ban-anti-LeBron-clothing-for-hi?urn=nba-289145

and on that note:

KEEP LeBron OUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

http://keeplebronout.com/

Amazing how, when they were on the top of their game, players like Kareem, Russell and Ewing treat their fans like something they scrape off their shoes and somehow forget to apologize for it when they're done and living off memories. I just hope they don't run into people like themselves. Its something one doesn't wish on people.


@JAMIE… Thanks for your comments. I also thought your earlier comments about the Heat were right on. I am hoping against hope for Kurt to show me something. I didn’t think he had the fire and charisma to take over after Phil but the job he’s done with two acknowledged head cases in Darko and Beasley has made me start to hope that I will end up eating crow, especially since the only candidate that I really like to succeed Phil is Derek Fisher, who suddenly looks as if he is still not done playing.

I watched the entire Wolves versus Spurs game and found it interesting to see another team that ran the Triangle. Regardless of the system, basketball is still basketball and the final product still differs greatly depending upon the players running it. Instinctively, the fact that both the Lakers and the Timberwolves are running the same offense doesn’t jump out at you unless you look at the bigger picture, which is the consistent spacing, ball movement, and opportunities for good shots. If they get Rubio to come to the NBA and he develops into the player many think he can become, watch out.
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TOM

I hope everyone has enjoyed their Thanksgiving. I also want to thank everyone for welcoming me in to this community. I have enjoyed this job to the max but it is this forum that enriches the experience even more. I can't thank you enough.

Good day ladies and gents, I hope everyone enjoy this day of thanks. Family and

friends or if you spend the hold day by yourself. I hope you had a blessed day,

being thankful and grateful. Thanksgiving is not just one day of celebration; it's

everyday of our existences. Peace and blessing to our Blog family.

We still need a back up center (one who can play) because both our starting center (bynum) and his back up (Ratliff) are injury prone. We really should have signed Dampier just for insurance.

So DWill and Utah hate the Lakers. No problem they'll see you tomorrow on the court. To quote Utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER, "They hate us cuz the ain't us"...


http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/50400562-87/hate-lakers-jazz-williams.html.csp

Just watchen the LeBron interview by Matt Lauer...

I was laughing so hard, my full stomach started hurting...

LeBron Gives Back To The Community...

LeBron giving back to the inner city, served THREE, Thanksgiving dinners at the shelter...not FIVE or TEN, but THREE...total...

Guess that's all his talents could bring...THREE, not FIVE, not TEN...but THREE dinners...

Thanks LeBron, for showing your love to the poor...We hope you didn't over do yourself...thanks for dedicating your time, and sorry you had to lower yourself to serve THREE Thanksgiving dinners to the less fortunate...

LeBron wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving...There are THREE people that were happier today than yesterday...

@JLF – Nice smorgasbord of salsa and Latin jazz to whet the palate.


@Jamie Sweet – good call a few weeks ago on not giving up on Darko. Like you and Laker Tom both pointed out coach Rambis has that team competitive.


@LakerTom – I defer to Millen…lol.


@Justa – Are you trying to make us weep :-)

Ricky is to Pau Gasol
as
Dfish is to Derek Fisher

Shannon Brown is begining to look like a better version of Byron Scott

The last thing the Big 3 in Miami should want is for Riley to coach them, there would be no "chillin"


Happy Thinksgiving

Blake Griffin is fun to watch.

Maybe he'll join the Lakers once he realizes how hopeless the Clips are.

I hope that everyone had a fun, safe, healthy Thanksgiving dinner.
Utah Jazz- oh wow, everyone knows thats the toughest place for the Lakers to play. That should be a really good game. Either the Lakers win close, or lose by 10+.
I marked this game as my 1st of my top 10 games to watch this season for the Lakers. Of course I have watched the first 15, but this game is a must, because the crowd loves to hate the Lakers, and I love to hear the fans boo the Lakers louder than any crowd; well besides Boston fans.
Yet the Utah Jazz crowd hasn't shouted MVP louder towards Kobe as the Boston crowd did a couple of years ago.

Lakers vs Jazz, should be a good game. Sucks that ESPN can't show the U.S a good regular season game that doesn't involve the Miami Heat.

Good morning crew!

What great Thanksgiving thoughts everyone shared. And since I was one of those that spent the full day prepping, I missed the blog but I too thank each of you for your candor, opinions, HUMOR and all those wonderful personalities that all of share with our family. This is my Laker family and I am thankful.

It's game day. Glad to be able to watch a game tonight and have wonderful leftovers..........

Cheers - PLG

Gooood Morning Lakerland! What a beautiful post yesterday from our fabulous JAMF. Thanks for that.

Regarding the article written about Deron Wlliams and his Laker hate... This seems like something trumped up for motivation more than truth. The aricle mentions how Williams feels the Lakers are so good that Utah will accomplish nothing until they get by the Lakers. That's true enough, but this?

"Kobe and the Lakers have given the ubercompetitive Williams the heave-ho in each of the past three postseasons, dashing his dreams without giving so much as a sniff of respect in return. Only defeat and elimination."

I think MANY of us Lakers fans felt that Williams was one of the players we absolutely coveted for our team (before we rebuilt this year). Most of us also feel that Sloan is a great coach and we mention him right behind Popovich as one of the greats.

For what it's worth, I respect the Jazz. I will further say that our Lakers better come ready to play or these Jazz will run our guys off the court. This is one of the few times in their season that they can show the Jazz fanbase that they can compete against the best teams. I predict a close game that can go either way. Of course (unfortunately for them) the Lakers generally win the close games. We have Mr Kobe Bean Bryant.

Good Morning Laker Fam,

I'm looking forward to the Utah game tonight. The Lakers have had extra focus in Utah every since their fans chided Fish for leaving. I look for Pau to have a stellar bounce back game vs. Jefferson.

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ARISE OH MIGHTY LA LAKERS NATION. THE WORLD BELONGS TO US. WE GOT THIS!!!!!
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Happy Continuation of the Loooooooong Holiday Weekend! Drive Safely use Designated Drivers, Enjoy and Represent. Tell your Loved ones you Love them , Call your Mom & Dad. Remember you are a Member of the Finest Nation on Earth….The 16 Time, Back to Back NBA Champion, 4 Dynasty, Freakin LA Lakers Nation!!! Act accordingly but have Fun. Love Ya LAKERS NATION!....Carry On! *________________________________________________________________________*
http://tinyurl.com/35rc7n5 _ Holiday - Madonna
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXQViqx6GMY - All I want for Christmas – Mariah Carey
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http://tinyurl.com/2c3uutk - It’s Time For War * http://tinyurl.com/26p8aet Lets’ Get Dirty
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Good Morning Fabulous JustaAnotherMambaFan(Head of Mamba Clan) & the Fabulous Morning
CRUE!!! : DJ LROB, LEWSTRS, NewMexicoLL, Fan Of The Mamba, PsychedLakerGirl, LakerLass
Faith, Wes, Rick Friedman, KB Blitz, Ouchhhhhh, DBDH, Caliphilosopher, LakerMike, HobbitMage
KobeMVP888, 63 Footer, 2Phatt, MagicPhil, JohnnyP, JohnnyV, Noah, Complex_Brotha, Phred,
Jolly Rancher, Nemaia Faletogo, Jamie Sweet, CHICNSTU, Wallace, ZairaAmaterasu(Goddess)
PFUNK36, STAPLES24, LakerFanInCowTown, OCIsMambaCounty, Joe Corrad, TroyB, Troy
Edwin Gueco, LakerTom, GinDC, I hearned that, Wilson24, FRMKT, J24(LadyJem24), Fearless
Art-Fl-Laker-Fan, McLyne, CornerJ, Jefe101, Mud, CyberCosmix, Vman, Seely-Iggy, McLyne,
Tom Daniels, LakerTom, Edwin Gueco, The OutLaw & Baby OutLaw, BronxLakerFan, P ang
RAMNEETKB24, Adrian Palomar, Diandra,
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GAME DAY BABYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!
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http://tinyurl.com/ylp3qqc _ I Love LA http://tinyurl.com/2c9afer - Here comes Lakers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQmnjAHUy9Q&feature=related _ It’s my Life – Kobe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5p2-M4r0GM&feature=related - Black Mamba
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytClQrQL214&feature=related - Crank that Kobe
http://tinyurl.com/2dqb7rd - GREAT KOBE ARTICLE – ADAM WORJANOWSKI
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Since today is Black Friday...the biggest shopping day of the year, I'll give you two musical selections.


Hank Williams, HOF class of 86 and another musical giant that died very young (29), suggest will just be "window shopping":


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMO59wtYnqg


The Miracles suggest you "Shop Around" cause
if you want to get yourself a bargain son,
don't be sold on the very first one


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjy8HqrcYys


For my money the omission of the Miracles in the Rock of Roll Hall of Fame is unconscionable. Motown may not have survived without the Miracles carrying the label in its infancy.

Wow. I really did overeat yesterday. But it was almost all turkey, so the damage is minimal. It's the stuffing and mashed potatoes that do the most harm, and since i was too lazy to cook either, I'm still alive after the battle.


Does anyone know who won the turkey trot? The faries or the goons? I noticed Phil lowered the height requirement down to 6' 4" for the goons, which, I must say, gives the goons a speed element I don't necessarily want them to have. I don't want Shannon Brown to be on the Goons. I want the goons to be tall, lanky centers who get the crap beat out of them on thanksgiving day. I mean, that's the tradition.


Anyways. Happy holidays.


And in case anyone was wondering, the greatest holiday song of all time is right here:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piVLL46Zv6c


Wes

Recovering from a serious tryptophan overdose - and those two horrific offerings from TNT last night didn't help much either - ZZZzzzzzzzzzz.
Gameday tonight - thank God!


Justanothermambafan that was a truly, TRULY a FABULOUS Thanksgiving day Post!!! Thank you so much!!! I say yes and yes. Yes The Lakers Blog and The Lakers Nation is a Family. Yes, I Love a lot of members of the Lakers Nation more than I do some of my own Family. But then again that is as it should be because after all, if The Lakers are God’s favorite - *wink* - then why shouldn’t the members be my favorites also. Thank you Lakers Family, for a beautiful year full of memories. It was one heck of a ride but we TOGETHR accomplished our mission and won #16. I truly believe it was the thoughts and hopes and good vibes sent out by Lakers Nation that gave the Lakers that last little push they needed to win the title! GREAT JOB NATION!! Now we begin the next saga the Quest for #17 and the tie for most titles. We’ve added new Lakers both Rooks and Vets that make the Lakers even more Stronger and Devastating. We’ve added new members to the Lakers Nation and Lakers Blog which make us even more so, The Best Sports Blog there is as our 2 awards for Best Blog demonstrate.
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So what is Mamba24 thankful for? Well first of all I’m thankful for my BFF LakerLass who puts up with my Drama & tells me when to STOP IT!! Next the Lakers Nation and Lakers Blog a group of the most diverse, knowledgeable, kind, generous and just plain wonderful human beings ever assembled in a group. I’m thankful for being accepted by Lakers Nation and for their putting up from time to time with my little fits of Drama. I’m thankful for my 2 mentors Edwin Gueco and Fatty – Fatty where are you? I’m thankful for my 2 idols Lakers Tom & HobbitMage. I’m thankful for my 2 virtual brothers Complex_Brotha & LRob. I’m thankful for my 2 virtual sisters Jeanette and East CoastJessie. I’m thankful for Mark Medina, Blog God Supreme who slid into the Blog God seat under trying times and exceeded all of our expectations to become The Greatest, yes The Greatest Blog God of All Time!! I'm thankful for an Ex. that still remains my Best friend. I’m thankful for a daughter who always has my back, Christina aka Mamba24BG as well as being thankful for all my 3 wonderful daughters - all of whom I am proud to say I have finally converted to Lakers fans. So LakerTom, while not up to your 3 generations yet, it;’s a start. LOL!
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Finally I’m thankful for the greatest friend I have ever Known both real-world and Virtually, Justanothemambafan. I thank you Justa for the very valuable contributions you have made to LakersBlog, Lakers Nation and The Mamba Clan over the years. Your humor – You Are Funny Damnit -, keen perspective on the game and intelligent to the point comments are awesome. I personally thank you for keeping this “Drama Punk” in line on the Blog and bringing me back, again and again to the Blog. Thank you for always having my back and for telling me what I needed to hear even when I said I didn’t want to hear it. Your friendship has meant so much to me I can’t even begin to express, as I am sure most of the Blog knows. Through the good times with The Lakers and the Bad your enthusiasm is what has helped to keep me going. Fellow Lakerholics in good times and bad. Thank you M.G. You have all my Respect and Love my Sister

LRob's Theme Time Radio! Great call on the Miracles.

LRob's Theme Time Radio! Great call on the Miracles. Posted by: KobeMVP888 | November 26, 2010 at 08:06 AM
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You hit it on the head sir!! A day without DJ LRob on the Blog is a very miserable day musically. LOL! Carry on LRob and KobeMVP888 and Happy Holidays to you both!

Good morning PsychedLakerrGirl and JohnnyV! Great Post by you both. Happy Holidays! Carry on!
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Jefe101 you made it to NewYork!! Hope the Holidays with your family is going well!!

Kobefan in Cupertino LMAO at your Post. So true, so true!!! LOL!

Reading this thread its quite obvious that there is a lot of love in this room. Its great to see people all over the world getting on so well with each other sharing thier thoughts, dreams (and music videos). Even though im new to this blog and there is the atlantic between us i totally feel like one of the crew, JAMF was instrumental in making me feel welcome and i have found myself on the bandwagon which never ceases to make my day.

Thanks Mamba - back to L.A. tomorrow. Hope your holidays are going well.

Thanks Mamba - back to L.A. tomorrow. Hope your holidays are going well.
Posted by: Jefe101 | November 26, 2010 at 08:51 AM
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They are going very well jefe101. I'm sorry your trip to see the family is such a short one but any time with the family is time well worth spenidng. Happy Holidays to you and your family my brother!


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