Laker blog profile: Wendy glad to be a newcomer with the L.A. Times Lakers blog
Screen name: Wendy
Full name: Wendy Maradiaga
Occupation: Office manager
Story behind your screen name: Simple, my first name!
How I became a Lakers fan: I was a big Bulls fan and after learning Phil Jackson was the new Lakers head coach, I immediately became a Lakers fan, but not only that -- I love Kobe's game, his determination, his focus. I think he is a great player.
Favorite Laker memory: Would have to be Game 7 and Artest being the difference, proving Mitch Kupchack’s only move for the year paid off brilliantly.
Most heartbreaking Lakers experience: Haven't had one yet; hopefully there is not one in the near future.
Favorite Lakers player: Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol
Greatest all-time Laker: Kobe Bean Bryant
Last time you went to a game at Staples Center and at the Forum: Never been to a game before. I live outside the U.S.
Opposing team, player you dislike the most: I love basketball and don't hate any other team or players. I actually like the Boston Celtics but the Lakers is the best team in the NBA.
Interactions with Lakers players: I tweet Shannon Brown, Matt Barnes, Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom hoping one of them will one day reply to me. That is the closest interaction I can ever get.
Most cherished piece of Lakers memorabilia I have: Two Lakers Adidas T-shirts, yellow and purple, and a Lakers cap.
Memorable stories about being a Lakers fan: I have never even seen a game live, but I love the game and seeing them play so this year I decided to register the NBA League Pass so I can see all of their games and so far I have not missed a game. My heart hurts every time they play and lose. All my family and friends hide from me now because all I do is talk about the Lakers. I am hoping to fly to New Orleans in February to watch them play Feb. 5 against the New Orleans Hornets. I really hope I can make it; this would be a dream come true for me. I really love watching them play, and I would die to be able to see Kobe.
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles near the end of the Lakers' 103-88 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday. Credit: Chris Graythen / Getty Images