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Shannon Brown is loving the nickname suggestions

57769207Shannon Brown scanned the page with his eyes widening and his smile beaming.

He had just finished another spectacular performance in the Lakers' 117-89 victory Sunday over the Golden State Warriors, scoring 17 points on seven of 10 shooting in only 19 minutes. He had just continued the narrative to reporters about how his improved shooting percentage (from 42.7% last season to 52.3% this season) goes back to his relentless appetite for self-improvement and off-season work in the gym. And he was near the end of calling it a night, but he remained at his locker because of one silly question I had for him.

I relayed to Brown how his request via Twitter for fans to come up with a new nickname for him prompted me to ask readers for their own suggestions. Once I handed the printout to him featuring the responses, Brown's genuinely enthusiastic and humble demeanor spilled out.

"Shaminator," Brown said, letting out a slight chuckle after repeating a suggestion from mac.

He scanned the article some more, reading the responses in silence before repeating another nickname that caught his eye from lone star laker fan.

"The Brown Mamba," Brown said, as his eyes lit up. "That's funny."

More silence, as Brown finished the article. Moments later, he handed the printout back to me.

"Dude," Brown said. "That's funny."

So what did he like?

"The Shaminator and the Brown Mamba," Brown said. "That's kind of funny. They're kind of catchy. Shaminator is like Terminator. Brown Mamba, Black Mamba. It's real catchy."

Brown says he's going to wait a "couple more days" before deciding which nickname he'll stick with, considering he's still fielding suggestions on his Twitter account. The best name sent to him on Twitter thus far: "The Rim Reaper."

"We'll figure it out," Brown said. "They'll win a prize or whatever for the one I like the most."

-- Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Lakers guard Shannon Brown goes up for a dunk last Friday night in the road win versus Minnesota. Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn / US Presswire.

 
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Zomg! I made Shannon's eyes light up! Sigh...

FU RCOD!!!

"There are no "Kobe Lovers", just people who are right."

"This is Kobe's UNIVERSE. Le Bron is playing in it"

"Lebron joins teams with his friends; Kobe’s enemies join teams with him."

"Tim Duncan wins championships. Vince Carters fills the arenas.
Kobe Bryant does both."

The Chorus of Kobe Bryant's career: "You're gonna miss me a little when I'm gone"

"One thing LeBron James has won that Kobe Bryant never has, and never will: A bronze medal."

and last but not least,

"Fisher's defense is called escort service in my country, just accompany" -Ibou

Posted by: ouchhhhhhhh | November 23, 2010 at 12:38 PM

MM,

Thanks for the Wojnarowski piece on Kobe. When you see guys talking about their rap careeers, their acting careers (yes, that means you pretty boy Rick Fox) and their NFL careers, you know they are not 100% serious about their real jobs.


Hey, I have a real job, I don't have time for my otherwise promising 50-plus-year-old-white-guy rap career. If you are an NBA player, embrace it, give it your f-ing all man.


Kobe's best learning is that making your teammates better is about letting them learn how to play. That how they play without you is a great measure of your leadership.


Kobe continues to grow as a player, a leader, and a man. That is why the rest of the league still has to chase the Lakers.


And some of Kobe's growth at least is attributable to Coach Phil, who has let Kobe learn from his own mistakes.

Utz: Amen.

My mom and sister both are battling stomach pains for over a week, might be somthing goin' around. Hope you start feeling better...

- - -

justa: Ok, ok, I'll admit, I had to take it easy on you since you're a girl. But next time around, watch out! =P

So, when does next fantasy league season start again???

I hate to keep bringing up the poor Clipps but now I know just how they feel - not even Thanksgiving and their season is basically over. I'm starting to feel a certain kinship with them... lol

- - -

Forgot to write this earlier: 888, if you see the Bulls string together some baskets, it might be time to make a beer/bathroom run...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

"And some of Kobe's growth at least is attributable to Coach Phil, who has let Kobe learn from his own mistakes."

Tom, you have it right. Phil is a coach of men. The triangle is a system for men.
Not young men who have something to prove apart from others, but men who have something to offer in the company of others. It requires a total invest of the self in the service of the team. Those who still have something to prove won't do well with either the system or with Phil. Jordan had to learn it, Kobe had to learn it. Farmar can't learn it yet, because he needs to prove himself apart from others.

Team is proving yourself with other selves. Kobe gets it.
And it is a joy to watch.

cyber - oh I don't think so! You did NOT take it easy on me cuz I'm a girl. Your team just sucks. Face it, learn from it, move on.


HAHAHAHAAHA!!!!!

justa - time to pour the victory White Russian.

MM, Thanks for the Wojnarowski piece on Kobe.

Posted by: Tom Daniels | November 23, 2010 at 12:54 PM

MM never mentions Kobe articles. and especially Wojnarowski.

the noise started with:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AoLOvyXL.ShIml9_bogkxTs5nYcB?slug=aw-kobebryantchat112310
I highly recommend reading it.

Posted by: Steve | November 23, 2010 at 07:13 AM

mamba24 made more noise and other POSTERS gave the link

after many "MUST READ" shout outs, MM had no chance.

No Credits to MM.

justa: shhhh... I hope no one reads that, I mean, who's gonna take what I say seriously on the blog when my fantasy team sucks so bad! They'll all be saying "This fool cyber, he don't know what he's talkin' about!" So let that be our little secret...

Actually, I like to think I my team doesn't suck, they just pace themselves. They know the season is long, so they are all just biding their time, resting, so they can come on strong in the end. We're like Zenyatta, we let other teams go in front, gain in confidence and forget about us, then we sneak up at the end! Yeah, that's it...

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MM: I love the description of Shannon reading the nickname list, but Shaminator? Actually, The Brown Mamba is pretty funny. Hoping that if he picks between those two, he leans in that direction.

Neither one beats Shan-WOW! though, lol...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

"Tom, you have it right. Phil is a coach of men. The triangle is a system for men.
Not young men who have something to prove apart from others, but men who have something to offer in the company of others. It requires a total invest of the self in the service of the team. Those who still have something to prove won't do well with either the system or with Phil."
Posted by: lone star laker fan | November 23, 2010 at 01:12 PM

*******
A really great observation, lone star. And it's no accident that it all (Phil, the triangle, Kobe) works even better with mature, quality MEN like Fish, Pau, and Lamar in the mix. Smart, unselfish, committed to one another and to their shared mission.

@CornerJ
This I think explains Phil's antipathy toward rookies. They are not capable of appreciating how the game ought to be played.

How many rookies would have had the maturity to play well for Phil. Magic probably. Hakeem maybe. Larry, sure. Not sure who else, tho, among top tier.
(Of course, Russell. But he is like, um, BasketGod. And yes, it hurts me to admit as much.)

63 - you're a man after my own heart!


cyber - no problem.... it's our little secret.....


"Scrue" the nicknames; remember this team?

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5842597

Forget the X-mas Day game; we get the Spurs on the 28th and the Hornets on the next day. Wins against all 3 of these teams will truly put the Lakers at No. 1 and place the rest of the league on full alert. I hope everyone misses Pat Riley because I have a feeling he's comin' back! Talk about "Old School."

lonestar - excellent comment about the triangle and the need to be secure in your own abilities in order to be effective in it. Kudos. That should be RCOTD Part Deux.

frmkt - regarding Pat - I think the only way he kicks Spol to the curb is if (big if) they start winning. Then he takes over and naturally takes the credit. If they keep losing, no way he wants the loser label attached to him as their coach. JMHO... It sure is fun to watch their struggle though LOL! You know what they say about payback.

My Vote For RCOD:
"The triangle is a system for men. Not young men who have something to prove apart from others, but men who have something to offer in the company of others. It requires a total invest of the self in the service of the team. Those who still have something to prove won't do well with either the system or with Phil. Jordan had to learn it, Kobe had to learn it. Farmar can't learn it yet, because he needs to prove himself apart from others."
Posted by: lone star laker fan


Hi Justa...
I truly don't enjoy watching the Heat struggle; I just can't stand LBJ. I can't forgive him for the imbecile "race thing." It was just completely $tupid & I hate using that word, but it is what it is. I was a real fan of his even after his "decision," but that "race" thing just threw me for a loop and I never want to "witness" him winning a championship, especially during Kobe's reign. That being said, I'm a Pat Riley fan and I would enjoy seeing what he can do with that team.
I'll try and get on the chat line tonight; I've been having horrible luck trying to post comments on the site.

@MM - Way to get the Blog some love with Shannon. The Lakers have him now but he will always be a Sparty. Keep shocking the world Shannon.


@Jeannette – dispensing wisdom…very good.


@63 Footer – old Blue Eyes…yes sir!


@Lone star - very well said!


@ouch – very funny.


@utz – Amen!


@MVP - all good on the AB front.


@frmkt - Thank you for the peak ahead into the schedule...I always get special satisfaction in the Lakers spanking the Spurs.

I just read the Artest thread from yesterday about his interest in the NFL. I loved your Michael Henderson pick, so I'm going to keep it rollin with guys who should have never recorded a note:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5LX16zia2k
Posted by: mclyne | November 23, 2010 at 11:13 AM
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@mclyne – yep Rick was on fire in them days, helping Eddie get a top 5 hit. I believe you meant Eddie shouldn’t recorded a note, right….lol. Rick was an accomplished musician. He even recruited Neil Young to be in one of his early bands.

DWade comments after last night's loss...


Wade just stared as the Pacers celebrated in the final seconds Monday, at a level rarely seen in a regular-season game.


"You see guys playing above their heads. There's no secret about it," Wade said. "Teams are playing very well against us. There's a lot of things we have going against us at times, but we'll figure it out. We understand that we're a team everyone wants to beat, and when they finally do that, it's their playoff game. It's the biggest win of the year, possibly, unless they beat the Lakers."

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Well DWade....welcome to the Kobe's world. The Lakers have been dealing with this for the last 10 years. Even when the Lakers were down, teams wanted payback for all the Laker beatdowns.

Bad news...it looks like Haslem is out for the rest of the regular season. We'll see how Miami plays this. They could ask for an injury exception...if they don't expect him back for the entire season. Rasheed get your rest...cause Riles and crew gonna come knocking soon.


http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/truehoop/miamiheat/news/story?id=5843177

Actually, D-Wade, you almost had that right. You did the Lakers a big favor by recruiting LeBron and your lap dog because it's nearly every team's biggest game of the season, so the Lakers don't have to play every game with a target on their back. With the exception of the elite teams in the Western Conference who know better, you get the bulls-eye on your back all to yourselves! The Lakers attitude about this issue? Been there, done that. Enjoy this in the midst of having dome absolutely nothing to earn it, Miami!

MM - add frmkt and gdub to the list of peeps having issues getting on the new live chat site....


Did snap guy get it figured out yet?


New live chat site? Is that why I haven't been able to logon to GSnap for Live Game Chats for the last few days?

one thing about men in general is that we are pretty ego-centric, which really means we do not see things from other people's point of view very well. the triangle requires that we do that very thing. not only that , but our brains don't fully develop until the age of thirty. add to this the reality of really,really good players not being ASKED to grow up,and perhaps this is why pj doesn't want to deal with rookies. do you think that barnes would have adopted to the triangle so readily? no, he first had to get his butt kicked for several years. now it appears that he has a certain sense of humility that allows him to submit to pj's system.neither i, nor anyone else has heard of any problems with any one, and THIS is why the lakers will, i believe, will, if healthy, be one of those great teams!

@LRob

They are getting Dampier. He'll have some good rebounding games but he'll never be the consistent rebounding person that Udonis was.

Plus Dampier is shoddy on offense while Udonis at least had a decent jump shot.

utz - there's a game chat on the normal thread like usual, but it's some new platform or something... A lot of people have been having issues getting on.


My suggestion would be to post comments under the chat - same thread - so that MM and the snap moderator can see who's having issues & can help you out directly.

Some guys just fit Phil's triangle and some don't (see: Richmond, Mitch; Rice, Glen; Farmar, Jordan),


Matt Barnes is just one of those guys who do. The three position is ideal for a slasher/cutter and for a 3-point shooter, and Barnesy is both. But more importantly, he is an opportunist. Matt is the kind of guy who doesn't need the ball to create, he just looks for a lane to the hoop, an empty spot on the baseline, an open spot up 3, a clearpath to an offensive boards. And that is the nature of the triangle - take what the defense gives you. By nature, that is what Barnes does. So even if he never technically masters the offense, he will always be doing what the triangle wants him to do just by his nature.


It certainly helps that he is quick and can leap and plays hard every minute. That he can shoot and also be a junkman on the glass is nice. But really, it is his natural tendency to take whatever the defense is giving him that makes Matt a triangle guy and has made his transition so quick.


Nice pick up, if he doesn't go mental on us.

LOL Tom - "if he doesn't go mental on us" HAHAHA!!


You know - I worried about that happening with RonRon last year, and it never did. If Kobe and PJ et al can keep Ron's head in the game, I'm of the firm belief they can do the same for Matty.

Matt Barnes is just one of those guys who do. The three position is ideal for a slasher/cutter and for a 3-point shooter, and Barnesy is both. But more importantly, he is an opportunist. Matt is the kind of guy who doesn't need the ball to create, he just looks for a lane to the hoop, an empty spot on the baseline, an open spot up 3, a clearpath to an offensive boards. And that is the nature of the triangle - take what the defense gives you. By nature, that is what Barnes does. So even if he never technically masters the offense, he will always be doing what the triangle wants him to do just by his nature.


It certainly helps that he is quick and can leap and plays hard every minute. That he can shoot and also be a junkman on the glass is nice. But really, it is his natural tendency to take whatever the defense is giving him that makes Matt a triangle guy and has made his transition so quick.


Nice pick up, if he doesn't go mental on us.

Posted by: Tom Daniels | November 23, 2010 at 02:35 PM
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Excellent post! Before the season, I was concerned about Barnes' IQ and his ability to play within the triangle mainly because of the number of teams he's played for. I also though he wouldn't play big minutes and that would further delay his development within the triangle. Man, was I ever wrong! It turns out, like you say, that the triangle is a natural fit for his skill set (the term "talents" has taken on such a different meaning, hasn't it?) I am thrilled that my concerns about this guy were unwarranted. As well as the Killer B's are playing, I think Barnes has giving us the most, especially in the absence of Bynum, because he is such a good rebounder. And the best tihng about having him? Last season we needed Kobe OR Artest out on the floor virtually all the time. Now they can rest at the same time which keeps the rotations stable and players on the floor who get more minutes playing with each other. That is HUGE because it allows them to expedite the learning process of playing with each other. What a luxury!

Nice pick up, if he doesn't go mental on us. Posted by: Tom Daniels | November 23, 2010 at 02:35 PM
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LMAO!!!

i am so loving every minute of the miami heat's ragged play as of lately. although, they will get better, but only if riley comes down to coach them. i think when the heat comes to town on christmas day, we just might see riles on the bench! the disarray from last nights game against INDIANAPOLIS was amazing. they are collasping right before our eyes 14 games into the season. i think the weight of carrying a "bulleyes" on their back for every game of the season might be too much for bosh, not necessarily dwade or lebron. welcome to the Laker's World! ha ha

Very important breaking news on Kobe on Yahoo Sports, why no thread about this critical information?

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Kobe-Bryant-s-Grinch-styled-shoes?urn=nba-288630

Art - that is wrong on so many levels.

I hate green.

I hate the C's.

I hate the Grinch.

I hate Xmas.

Sheesh - I don't know if I'll even be able to watch that game....

Well justa, not sure how to even respond to that.
Bah humbug I guess.

@CyberCosmix - Lol hey I thought Sherminator was pretty clever too. It was pretty funny to see his real-time reaction b/c it's not normal to approach a player with a printout of proposed nickames

@JAMF - The folks at G Snap emailed me today saying they've literally been working around the clock and have been fixing some of the bugs. So hopefully no hiccups today. He also said they're going to have a few upgrades in the next few weeks which should minimize the difficulty people have with the new platform

We need nicknames for Andrew! All suggestions welcome!

Here are a few to get started.

Fragilistic!

The Next Great Greg Odem!

The Breakable!

Baby in a Man's Body!

The Great Pretender!

Only the Weak Survive and Play Video Games!

Tough as a Marshmallow!

The World Cup Breaks My Bones!

The Tougher It Gets The More I Quit!

We are only as strong as the Weakest Knee!

What does not destroy me makes me Weaker!

I shall (NOT) Be BauK!

Weak Intellect = Weak Knee!

I bet you have hundreds more. Be sure to add more and vote for your favorites!!

budddod .. u need to increase ur percentage to stay in the mix. and check out this new thing my boss showed me. http://sportscomplainer.com/nba its like the drudge's thing but for sports. ill cu ..

Downtown Shannon Brown

I agree with Coach Phil but I will take it a step further. I believe that the players are trying to get Pat Riley back on the bench. Remember they are all schemers. Lebron schemed and quit on his team in last year's playoffs. Bosh quit in the regular season. And DWade and Riley schemed and brought it all together. Now they are playing with no energy or intensity. I watched the Pacers/Heat game and I saw the scheme right away. They are trying to get Spolestra(?) fired to bring the master coach back.

Lakers looked good last night against the Bulls. But I want to see how they perform on the road agains elite teams in hostile environments. LO and Brown are playing some good ball. Noah outplayed Gasol. DRose was the best player on the floor last night. He is awesome.

ESPN is just looking for more programming. "As the Heat Turns" will fit nicely in their lineup. Will love to see LeBron and his lemmings have to deal with Riles. That will make for some interesting stories. Spoelstra was given the keys to a Ferrari but he doesn't know how to drive a stick. And the Heat are definitely grinding their gears today.

More importantly for the Lakers, will Bynum ever get back? And if he does, can he stay healthy?? His constant rehab and seemingly endless delays remind me of the stories coming out of Charger camp (now Buffalo Bills camp) on Shawne Merriman. Always something to keep him from practicing / playing. I wouldn't be surprised if Theo is back on the court before Bynum is.

Jeez, how good is this Laker team gonna be when Andrew comes back? A player of Matt Barnes' caliber could be the 8th or 9th man off the bench? That's just SICK, or sickening to the rest of the league.

C'mon 'Drew, hurry up and get better.

What about SHININ ' Brown

Downtown Shannon Brown :)

i love to call shannon brown the "Brown Bomber"


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