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Ron Artest finalizes ring raffle

The text message popped up and set off a slight moment of anxiety.

Lakers forward Ron Artest was set to arrive Tuesday at the Target Terrace in L.A. Live to introduce his public service announcement with the L.A. County Department of Mental Health, but he just texted his publicist he'd be 20 minutes late because of traffic. It's not a big deal except this announcement preceded the Lakers-Milwaukee game, meaning arriving late there would result in a fine from Coach Phil Jackson.

Artest managed to arrive to Staples Center on time, but his need to monitor the clock epitomized the tug-of-war he felt between balancing his Laker responsibilities and promotional efforts raffling off his championship ring for mental health charities. That's why Artest felt a sense of relief on Christmas, the day Raymond Mikkael, a father of four and a Hawthorne resident, learned he won the contest, which was announced at the Conga Room following the Lakers' 96-80 loss to the Miami Heat.

"It got a lot of pub and it took some of my time," said Artest, who added he raised about $600,000 for the effort. "It's cool to know that it's over and we can start donating money to different charities."

Some of those destinations include charities in New York, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Los Angeles and Detroit, with the latter city representing "the scar I left there," as Artest put it, referring to the brawl he was involved in as a member of the Indiana Pacers, for which he drew a 75-game suspension. It's an effort that made Lakers Coach Phil Jackson noticed made Artest a "little disconnected" because of his multiple responsibilities, an effort that he said has "intrigued" him because it's actually going to benefit to those in need.

That disconnect appeared visible in the Lakers' loss Christmas Day to Miami where Artest fell to foul trouble and largely became fixated on intimidating LeBron James instead of actually guarding him. He also spent 15 minutes speaking with reporters beforehand, speaking on a wide range of topics.

On James' new shoes: "I wore LeBron's before. The first ones I wore were really heavy. It was like a tank. I could've actually individually won a war with those shoes on. No army, no self defense, LeBron shoes. They were so heavy and so big. They used to hurt my calluses. Now the new and improved LeBron shoes, I really like. Unfortunately, my son likes his shoes also. I'm not happy about it."

On buying Christmas presents for his family: "It costs so much. I need a tax break. I want a tax break directly from Obama because it costs so much. Unfortunately, diamonds are a girl's best bed. It's unfortunate. I wish diamonds were a man's best friend."

On Jackson's joke that he bought some raffle tickets: "He bought some? Oh wow. That's amazing. He's hungry. He's pretty determined. I don't think he's satisfied."

Still Artest's zaniness and inconsistency with the Lakers shouldn't discount his effort in his ring raffle, an effort he's ensuring will reach the grassroots level by having his management team allocate the money and personally directing where he wants it to go. But he's glad the promotion behind it is finally finished. He no longer has to worry about making duplicate rings, something he made for his wife, mom, dad and former agent, Mark Stevens. He no longer has to worry himself and his publicist about whether his promotional efforts and Laker responsibilities will overlap. And he no longer has to answer concern on whether he'll regret his decision. 

"It's not a bittersweet departure," Artest said. "I'm so anxious to get another ring."  

--Mark Medina

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Friggin Lakers and their half azz effort. Now i have to go to work tomorrow and hear all the shheet about how great lbj and the heat are. Wish the lakers had some damn pride.

It has nothing to do with pride. Lakers no longer have the most talent !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fisher is a bum who needs to retire. Artest is as slow as can be. Your big 3 are not as good as the Heat's big 3. Only Bynum dominating can possibly save the Lakers.

Idk. Why you say Lakers have no pride. Face it. Miami was at the better end of the game. Yeah, I agree I expected the Lakers to play a better game. But looks like the Lakers just don't have it anymore. I could be wrong..

Teena Marie, R.I.P.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYVWoi72Ow4

Way too soon to write off the team and management. We're not blind and neither is the team. We, they and the rest of the league are fully aware that we stink...for now. Don't think for a moment that the league isn't worried about waking up the 2x Defending Champs. The league is fully aware of what awaits them later this season, that's why they're all trying to "get theirs now" while they can. I don't like it anymore than the others posting on this blog but at the same time, i'm just concerned but not at all worried. We've all seen this before and though it's not the best way to win a finals, it's still a win which means another banner. For now, just "chill" and let management and the players do their jobs. We'll know much more after the trade deadline, the all star break which will take the league into the 2nd half of the season. Until then, just sit back and feel the "Good Vibrations!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut_XDMl-1X8

its just deja vu all over again, i remember having this same feeling following the cleveland loss last year. the only thing that will make up for it is another ring in June.

Unless Bynum gets it together the Lakers won't 3peat, Pau can't handle the middle and the Lakers just aren't the same team without a full lineup even though Lamar is playing pretty good this year.

Fascinating... I thought all along that Blaker for Farmy was a push and that we pretty much just get older by making the move, but was also an improvement in attitude seeing as PJ, for the most part, crapped on Farmy enough that he turned to sour milk.

Seems my assessment was pretty close; it's a push.

Well, perhaps after one of these losses, the Lakers will decide enough is enough and actually work to patch their holes to play better ball.

Melo, Nene and Billups for Bynum, Artest and the two rooks and draft picks? Yeah, I know, doesn't work.

BLOG CRUE
What's been Public Enemy #1 for our Lake Show this season has been the losing streaks. I understand losing here and there, but we take on streaks by the bunches. Yes, it's only 9 total but hopefully we can end that starting Tuesday.

Off the subject and unrealistic but what if KB 8-24 was undefeated in the Finals? He have 7 blings to match Robery Horry and 2 more than Shaq. Oh well, the candle still has some time to burn.

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

lamar needs to play the 5 and send pau "wet noodle" gasol back to the 4 where he's comfy, happy & productive until if and when bynum becomes effective enough to start. we've got no inside- out game at all and the only person constantly trying to post up and go to the basket on a consistent basis is kobe bryant with his surgically repaired knee, ailing finger and desire to win. his shooting percentage isn't suffering because he "sux," it's because he's hurting. Don't ever expect him to make excuses for why he isn't playing well. he and matt barnes seem to be the only guys on the team that realize this is a "job" and it's their responsibility to "bring it" every game and win. losing is all a part of winnng but dang, at least look good when the team goes down, that's all. but, i digress. i'm wrting off the 1st half of this season and we'll go into the 2nd half no lower than 6th in the WC.

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

Hugo Boss - Yeah, and if my aunt had balls.....WTH.

If you thought the last two losses were bad, then just wait until Tuesday when the Lakers go into San Antonio. I'm dreading a three-game beat down on the Lakers, but in some way, it may serve them right.
They're my Lakers and I love them, but it sure does get frustrating following these guys sometimes.
Posted by: Rob in L.A. | December 26, 2010 at 12:27 PM

It's going to be REAL UGLY, as i stated before the Heat BEATDOWN, look out here comes another.

I keep hearing that Kobe and LO saying the teams not taking the opposition serious enough.....Who are they refering too? Fish or Thriller, the Winnie Man..?

“In a nutshell, PJ does not like to coach on Christmas. He made that perfectly clear in an interview earlier this week. And if your coach is not motivated, how could you expect the players to be motivated? The Lakers deserve to have a day off on Christmas day, after playing 12 straight years. But Stern will never let that happen due to the high TV ratings that the Lakers always draw. If Stern still insists on scheduling the Lakers next Christmas (and if PJ is still coaching), we will probably lose by 30 just to send Stern a message that PJ and the Lakers also want to spend Christmas at home with their families.”

Written earlier by a Snake.

Yea, and in a nutshell, screw the fans.
Let’s just start throwing things.

If that’s the way he (PJ), the players,
or anyone in the business feels about it,
then they need to get out of the business post haste.
It’s the price you must pay to continue getting all that
across-the-board favored treatment you’ve grown so accustomed to.

Hey, you want more rings, don’t you?

Poor, pathetic, million dollar babies.

Go Kings!
Go Niners! (Phew, glad that's over. Maybe we can get us a QB in the draft)
Go Ducks!
Go Manny, go!

Sonnybelfast

Lakers look outcoached every game
Lakers have played the easiest schedule in the NBA
Gasol looks like he has a disease
Fisher is over-the-hill
Artest is under-the-hill
Bynum is a bust
Kobe is not willing his team to victorys
PJ should retire at All-Star break
Larry Brown should coach this team
Lamar Odum should start
Sasha should start. Wait scratch that
Blake should start
Bench Artest
Bench Fisher
Play that new guy sometime
Try to get the 4th best player in the league (MELO)
HCA is most important
Lakers are playing their worst in years
PJ is coaching less (I know hard to believe)

PJ coaches for the post-season
The schedule means little
Gasol is overworked and tired
Fisher has intangibles that can't be quantified
Artest is a lock-down defender
Bynum's potential is unlimited
Kobe is dominating games
PJ should never retire
Larry Browns teaching style is a bad fit for the Lakers
Lamar is great coming off the bench
Sasha doesn't live here anymore
Blake is the perfect back-up to Fish
Fish will win a game for us this year in the playoffs
To win Championships, you need a Ron Artest
Joe Smith can't play until he learns the Triangle
Melo is not the answer, Big injured guys are.
HCA doesn't matter
The Lakers are just pacing themselves
PJ has a plan and 11 rings what do you know?

Good for Ron, he followed his heart.

Being the competitor he is...I'm sure Ron is not happy with his on court performance thus far and I'm sure he'll do what it takes to rectify things.

Hey all, hope everyone had a great holiday (besides the stink-bomb the Laker game provided...)

I've gotta say I didn't get a chance to see it until earlier, doing the whole family thing at mom's house, and wasn't looking forward to it either from listening to parts of the game when they were playing. The DVR viewing was every-bit as gruesome that I imagined it would be...

Anyways, had a lot to say about that discouraging game so threw my thoughts into a Bleacher Report article:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/554255-trouble-looming-kobe-fuming-could-early-season-laker-losses-be-season-dooming

(as always - appreciate any feedback/support and I'll have justa and mamba send you $20 for positive comments! Yeah, honest! =P )

Bottom line, Lakers gotta improve how they are playing, they are showing they aren't hungry enough at this point in time. Yes, they can (and I believe WILL) turn things around, but they better start by winning the games they should win, and SHOWING UP for the big boys.

They didn't show up on Saturday. That is why the meat really can't take much away from that game, they know they didn't take the Lakers best shot. That is my only solace from their performance, and that is scraping the bottom of the 'half-full' glass at that...

Spurs on Tuesday, for what I called a few days ago a bigger-game (as the Lakers will probably meet San Anton in the playoffs - unlike the meat).

I do want to say that the meat showed they really play tough defense, and in the words of their immortal GM 'defense wins championships'. Of course, it helps when your opponents don't show up and simply go through the motions.

SNAP OUT OF IT LAKERS!!!!!!

I just hope they are all as pissed as Kobe was...

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Sonnybelfast: You are so down on your dog of a team you come in here and try so hard to stir things up.

Problem is, you swing and miss more often than a two year old miniature golfing.

Here's a suggestion, maybe you should head on over to the sacbee Kings blog (fall out for falling sky there) and suggest they move the your team back to Kansas City, where they could join the leastern conference and at least have a chance to reach double-digit wins there.

How those draft picks working out? I betcha Cousins will tear up the D-league - I guess if he doesn't get thrown out of that league first.

Please though, stop trying to out-suck the '09 Nets!

At least Clipper fans must be happy, you guys in cowtown means the Clipps aren't the worst franchise in Cali. You really do gotta stop stinking up our state though...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

My prayers go out to Teena Marie's family and loved ones. She was one of my favorites.


@Mark G - Thaks for posting Square Biz was definitely one of her classics.

@fmrkt - Nice call on Lovergirl. Her biggest pop record.


Teena was not only a great singer, but a talented songwriter as well. She was also proud to be from LA...often singing about being from "Venice Harlem".


Lady T, I'll miss you and I'll remember to keep my Irons in the Fire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpEtjGyz8B4

I don't think we'll be able to effectively evaluate the 2011 Lakers until Drew is back in the starting lineup. Then Pau can go back to exploiting PF's. LO can kick start the 2nd unit so they can go more uptempo.

Thoughts on Lakers defense...


Everyone knows the Lakers defense was poor on the high screens. On about 7-8 occassions Wade either split the two defenders, drive baseline away from the screen or hit Bosh slipping the screen. I thought the Lakers should've defended DWade like Rondo and went under all screens giving him the outside shot. If he knocked down at couple from 20ft they could've always switched up.


I'm wondering what % Kobe is playing at right now given his surgery over the summer? It seems like he's lost some lateral quickness on defense.

Anyways, had a lot to say about that discouraging game so threw my thoughts into a Bleacher Report article:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/554255-trouble-looming-kobe-fuming-could-early-season-laker-losses-be-season-dooming

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | December 26, 2010 at 10:56 PM
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Cyber - nice article. It seemed you were more critical in that article than you are here on the blog. The only thing I really disagree with in the article is Kobe and LO being the only players that have looked like themselves this season. I would say Kobe has not looked like himself on defense....yet.

Greetings Lakeshow Fans,

Based on the Lakers overall play thus far, it's obvious that it has challenged the faith and belief of many fans and has definitely brought about stoudt criticism from doubters everywhere.

Personally, I've been observing the team from afar since opening day and have come to realize that their three-peat run was going to be seriously CHALLENGED from DAY 1 in every aspect of the word. Let's face it, most teams that positioned themselves over the summer want what the Lakers have, which is a CHAMPIONSHIP to behold.

It's amazing how a debacle on Christmas day, a loss to Milwaukee, their current record as well as soft schedule for the first 30 games, the team's desire, and criticisms of practically each and every Lakers player can get one to take the natural "knee-jerk" reaction.

Make no mistake about it folks, the Lakers is a team that is still in transition both mentally and physically. We are talking about a team who has been to the NBA Finals THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS with all the ADVERSITY to boot and a BACK to BACK to show for it. Tell me, how many teams out there can say that?

First of all, let's take a look at what ails the team up to this point....the Lakers REALLY haven't had solid practices with any cohesion thus far because of guys just being banged up. Remember, they started off their training camp in Europe and really didn't settle down in terms of team priorities. Their 8-0 start was probably attributed to catching teams at their worst. This is why measuring games from October through December are always debatable.

Let's take a look at the players for a moment...My house cards lie in the mere fact that most of the guys, especially the starters, have a whole lot going on physically. Let's not deny something that does not need sugarcoating. HEALTH is everything in basketball...Here's my take:

KB24- Still rehabbing his surgically repaired knee and dealing with a shooting
hand that is mangled beyond comprehension. With all the talk of his
"losing a step or two" and "bad shooting," don't you think these
injuries have a lot to do with his current playing state? Hmmm, let's
see how revered players like LBJ, Pierce and other stars play with
these ailments, probably perform even worse.

Gasol- I suspect that he continues to battle nagging hamstring issues and flu
like symptoms (which can BUG one for a while). This might explain
a noticeable drop in his bulk this season which as affected his
BASE as a big man lately (as PJ suggests).

Fisher- Without question, I suspect his feet are bothering him. Remember,
he had a serious stress fracture in his left foot and had surgery about
ten years ago. When you age and go through the grind, it's gonna
creep up sooner or later. Won't be surprised if he's got hamstring
issues as well. Considering his age at 36, he's in darn good shape.

Bynum- We all know his situation....Bum kness for the last three years and
still a work in progress.

Artest- I suspect he's still dealing with plantar fasciitis he had since last year.
This definitely explains his inconsistent foot speed and lateral
movements defensively as of late. If healthy, for any point in time, he
is a nasty defender. Just ask Durant and Pierce last season.

As for Lamar et al, they might have a thing ot two going on.

Well, like the old saying goes: "You deal with the hand you are dealt with."

Right now, the Lakers are not playing good basketball as evident in their record. However, in due time and through the management of health, they will have to be reckoned with...AGAIN!

Don't think the big three in Miami, the three amigos in Boston plus Shaq, the three amigos in San Antonio, and teams such as Orlando, Dallas, Utah, Denver, and OKC are wishing for a Lakers demise. Anything can happen to these teams as well down the road injurywise. Heck, it's happened to our CHAMPION Lakers, and STILL got it done.

Let's just see how things play out come January on. I believe that the Lakers will get it going once they rediscover their zest and overcome their health issues.

I'm curious to see how teams like Miami, Boston, San Antonio, Dallas, etc. can keep up their winning pace the next 50 games mentally and physically. Hmmm...Still too early to crown anyone but still LOVE our chances despite everything!

No excuses, just the facts. Have faith Lakers fans.

Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY!

Oh man, I love my LA Lakers but the way they've been playing, I mean how they have not been playing; is really bringing me down.
I want to live long to see the Lakers win 30 titles before i go 6ft under, but if they continue this trend I might need to stay away from watching these games. I don't think my heart would be able to take it.
All is forgiven if the Lakers beat the crap out of the Spurs. Thats the only team in the NBA that stands in the way of the Lakers 3peating.

Sonnybelfast: You are so down on your dog of a team you come in here and try so hard to stir things up.
Problem is, you swing and miss more often than a two year old miniature golfing.
Here's a suggestion, maybe you should head on over to the sacbee Kings blog (fall out for falling sky there) and suggest they move the your team back to Kansas City, where they could join the leastern conference and at least have a chance to reach double-digit wins there.
How those draft picks working out? I betcha Cousins will tear up the D-league - I guess if he doesn't get thrown out of that league first.
Please though, stop trying to out-suck the '09 Nets!
At least Clipper fans must be happy, you guys in cowtown means the Clipps aren't the worst franchise in Cali. You really do gotta stop stinking up our state though...

GO LAKERS!!!!!!
Posted by: CyberCosmiX | December 26, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Well, I do declare, your honor...

I doubt that you need me to stir things up here.
Looks like ya'll are managing that quite well on your own.
Just pretend I'm not here, and go back to your little office party.
You'll feel better...really, you will.

Yea, the Clips could really turn into something, couldn’t they?
Blake is already better than anyone on your team.
(Of course, money, glitz, and Stern talks, so I’m certain Kupcake is already starting to manipulate a Blake deal...and the Lakers will need him to even play on the same court with the Heat)
Can’t wait to watch the Clips tear you a new one. Coming soon!

As far as stinking the joint up...yea...you’re right.
The Kings are difficult to watch these days.
I don’t think they’ve ever recovered from the NBA sports disgrace of 2002.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVfZ-CU-bx0&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpPCKn9ZX3w&feature=related

(Another Laker ***Championship that year)

It’s amazing how money, glitz, but mostly the league hierarchy itself can destroy a franchise when it sets its mind to it.
The Kings were clearly the best team by far at the time,
and everyone in the league knew it, including you, your honor.

(ATTENTION YOUNG LAKER FANS: I’ve posted the videos again only because you may not be aware why the Lakers are ‘hated’ so much.
Don’t let these old fools tell you that ‘they hate us, because they ain’t us’...
They hate you, because they despise you, and for good reason.
Everyone likes a level playing field, except of course, many Laker fans.
Just ask em’, when you can find an honest one.
These videos are only the tip of the ice-berg.

Of course, I’d prefer to see the Kings remain in Sacramento.
Lots of good fans there, but, maybe a move will do them some good...don’t know.

I’m a Kings fan, not a Sacto boy. I’ll support them wherever they go,
even if they end up in that drain pipe you call home, your honor.

Oh, and don''t worry bout 'Cuz'.
He will be a force in this league.
One of our problems may be our Mr. Nice Guy SoCal Coach,
who should probably shouldn't be coaching the pros.

Here's something to make you feel so much better, your honor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcxYwwIL5zQ

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast


Sonnybelfast: You are so down on your dog of a team you come in here and try so hard to stir things up.
Problem is, you swing and miss more often than a two year old miniature golfing.
Here's a suggestion, maybe you should head on over to the sacbee Kings blog (fall out for falling sky there) and suggest they move the your team back to Kansas City, where they could join the leastern conference and at least have a chance to reach double-digit wins there.
How those draft picks working out? I betcha Cousins will tear up the D-league - I guess if he doesn't get thrown out of that league first.
Please though, stop trying to out-suck the '09 Nets!
At least Clipper fans must be happy, you guys in cowtown means the Clipps aren't the worst franchise in Cali. You really do gotta stop stinking up our state though...

GO LAKERS!!!!!!
Posted by: CyberCosmiX | December 26, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Well, I do declare, your honor...

I doubt that you need me to stir things up here.
Looks like ya'll are managing that quite well on your own.
Just pretend I'm not here, and go back to your little office party.
You'll feel better...really, you will.

Yea, the Clips could really turn into something, couldn’t they?
Blake is already better than anyone on your team.
(Of course, money, glitz, and Stern talks, so I’m certain Kupcake is already starting to manipulate a Blake deal...and the Lakers will need him to even play on the same court with the Heat)
Can’t wait to watch the Clips tear you a new one. Coming soon!

As far as stinking the joint up...yea...you’re right.
The Kings are difficult to watch these days.
I don’t think they’ve ever recovered from the NBA sports disgrace of 2002.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVfZ-CU-bx0&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpPCKn9ZX3w&feature=related

(Another Laker ***Championship that year)

It’s amazing how money, glitz, but mostly the league hierarchy itself can destroy a franchise when it sets its mind to it.
The Kings were clearly the best team by far at the time,
and everyone in the league knew it, including you, your honor.

(ATTENTION YOUNG LAKER FANS: I’ve posted the videos again only because you may not be aware why the Lakers are ‘hated’ so much.
Don’t let these old fools tell you that ‘they hate us, because they ain’t us’...
They hate you, because they despise you, and for good reason.
Everyone likes a level playing field, except of course, many Laker fans.
Just ask em’, when you can find an honest one.
These videos are only the tip of the ice-berg.

Of course, I’d prefer to see the Kings remain in Sacramento.
Lots of good fans there, but, maybe a move will do them some good...don’t know.

I’m a Kings fan, not a Sacto boy. I’ll support them wherever they go,
even if they end up in that drain pipe you call home, your honor.

Oh, and don''t worry bout 'Cuz'.
He will be a force in this league.
One of our problems may be our Mr. Nice Guy SoCal Coach,
who should probably shouldn't be coaching the pros.

Here's something to make you feel so much better, your honor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcxYwwIL5zQ

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast


SNAP OUT OF IT
LAKERS!!!!!!
I just hope they are all as pissed as Kobe was...

Posted by his Honor...

And further to our discussion.
What I've said on this board recently,
is the same thing I've been saying for several months.

You can serve yourself well by finally listening,
and preparing yourself for a fall...it's already happening.

These days, your boys are simply outgunned,
and always outclassed.

They are already snapped 'out of it'.
SNAP!

Go Kings!
Go Ducks!
Go Manny, go!

Sonnybelfast

Sonnybelfast

Until this afternoon you had

Go Chargers?

are they out of grace, or just out of playoffs.

Do You Flip?

Posted by: no mo' platitudes | December 27, 2010 at 02:21 AM

Hey little 'no mo',
The question is: Do you flip?

I suppose anything is possible, but insomuch as I'm a die-hard Niner fan,
you'd have to direct me to that post. Perhaps a case of mistaken identity.

But, Do I flip? Well, yes. Every chance I get.
Whenever I'm in the states driving on the highway, and I see a Faker bumper sticker. I use my big finger.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

Whenever I'm in the states driving on the highway, and I see a Faker bumper sticker. I use my big finger.Go Kings!Sonnybelfast Posted by: Sonnybelfast | December 27, 2010 at 03:20 AM
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LMAO!! The Swagger, the Swagger!!! Preach Sonny, Preach!!! So Good morning sir. Looks like the niners finally decided to get rid of the coach. So who do you want for the next coach?
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@Joe Corad, Good morning Joe! Hold on my brother. The Lakers are about to right the ship. Lets wait till after Tuesday. 30 titles? Joe is good to think big sir I like your style. May we all see 30!! Carry On!
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No excuses, just the facts. Have faith Lakers fans. Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY! Posted by: Let's Go L's! | December 27, 2010 at 12:43 AM
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Good to see you back in action Let's Go L's!! So you know how this works, Yes I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!!!

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CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE WON IN JUNE – THE ARROGANT LAKERHOLIC BANDWAGON
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(01) CORNERJ – OWNER - And for the record, I'm behind this team all the way no matter what. You Miami fans and trolls who take delight in the Lakers' temporary misfortunes (cough***sonny belfast***cough) might just want to wait until someone actually takes the crown off our heads in June. You might also go online to see if Emeril has any good recipes for crow. You're going to need it, suckas.
(02) TNTLAKERSFAN – ALT/OWNER - I really don't see what the big deal was. Everyone does realize that we play until April, right? Everyone said the same thing last year about CLE. This loss was painful, but I feel the same way about how the Lakers lost to the Bucks, with 8 players! Truth is, this is a veteran team that will figure it out come playoff time. Everyone wrote the Celtics off last year, they were a 4 seed, and they dominated until the Finals. This team is capable of going that route as well. No Carmelo, no never-going-to-happen trades, and no major line-up changes. This is the team that we are rolling with, and when we are 100% come April, this game will just be an interesting side note.
(03) TOM DANIELS – ALT/OWNER Sustained excellence is difficult. The last team to get to the NBA Finals 4 years in row? The Lakers, 1982-1985. Over 25 years ago. A team has to overcome injury, age and what Pat Riley called "the disease of me' to stay at that level. This Laker team is fighting that battle right now. On the physical front, Kobe and Drew are rebounding from surgeries. Artest has lost much of his athleticism. Fish keeps getting older.Mentally? Winning is about playing harder than the other team. It's about paying attention to details. About execution. Mental toughness. My view is that the Lakers, physically, still have the ability to get it done. They'll be better as Drew gets stronger. But they are still relatively young and healthy. But after three long seasons running into June, after the validation of three Finals and two titles, it seems they lack the motivation and focus to play hard every night over 82 games, and especially that they lack the ability to focus on the details of execution that make a difference. This year, the Lakers will not have the best record. What we have to hope for as fans is that they find that motivation at some point, and that they become the team they can be in time for the playoffs. Its going to be an 82 game slog waitng for the playoffs.
(04) JOLLY JOE – DRIVER - Keep the faith Mamba but we need HCA and don't kid yourself thinking we don't; without HCA the last two years don't happen and this team would have been de-constructed by now.
(05) ART-FL LAKERS FAN – ALT/DRIVER - One thing that is baffling is those comments from people saying things like: That's it, I'm done with this Lakers team, That's it, I'm going to start rooting for another team, etc. Come on people, even if they are playing poorly, it's still the Lakers! They may deserve some criticism right now, but to abandon them and to go root for another team because they are struggling just isn't right. I am as disappointed as anyone in their performance lately and I may also criticize them, but I will be cheering them on and rooting for them until the clock ticks off the final seconds of their last game this season, whenever that happens. And whether they win the Rings again or not I will still be a Lakers fan.
(06) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN1 - : Maybe I'm just a spoiled fan, but I don't see us NOT 3peating...
(07) PHRED – RIDING SHOT GUN2
(08) WESJOENIXON – RIDING SHOTGUN3
(09) LROB – SECURITY - Yes we all are spoiled, not just by the last 3years but the last 30. Anyway, no need to panic. The Lakers will get it together and start playing bball worthy of the 2time defending champs. I believe it'll start Tuesday in SA.
(10) FAN OF THE MAMBA – SECURITY
(11) MAMBA24 - Most teams go into a funk sometime during the season. The Lakers are just doing theirs early. Add to that reconditioning after injuries and adjusting to new members and their record right now is fine with me. Am I disappointed in the way they lost some of their games? Heck Yeah! Do I think their is something deeper going on with the Lakers? Yep! But I still have faith in my team and as someone said; even if they do not make the Finals, to have gone to 3 Finals in 3 years and won 2 would be a wish beyond compare for any other teams fans. I've been a Lakers fan for 20 years + and anticipate being one for another 20 God willing. My name is mamba24 and I am an ARROGANT LAKERHOLIC!!!!!!!!
(12) LAKERS4REAZ – SECURITY - SAME EXACT THING happened last year around this SAME Time.....lakers blown out uninspired play against the cavs....then what happened? yah we won the title. lets worry if they play like this come april..until then i am not buying all this crap about us being DONE.
(13) THE TRIANGULATOR - It's not a big deal to lose on Xmas-Day. Lakers' D was like Xmas pudding and their offense was as if they ate too much fruit cake for breakfast. Princess Jimmy can have the Xmas Trophy. Let them eat fruit cake! Championships are won in June...
(14) DWNTWNATTY - Lakers just seem plain uninterested in basketball at the moment. I watch every Lakers game even though my frequent refrain is that the regular season is pre-season training and nothing more. I have no doubt that the quality of our ball will greatly improve sometime between now and March/April. We will make a run, and even now I think we will be Champions.
(15) FRMKT - Looking forward to the 2nd half of the season and for the team to become fully healthy, focused and deadly. We're still in it to win it all so go ahead, get down on the team, point out all of their flaws and vent to your heart’s content. Just remember: it ain't over until it's over and we're nowhere near that terminal point yet! GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!
(16) CHARLESINOC - Relax, it's only one game and the season is long. phil jackson and kobe bryants leadership will lead this team into performing better before the season ends. The 3rd championship is too important for Kobe and Phil to let go. have faith, and use your brains. Stop all your stupid comments.
(17) RICKLAFAN - I wouldn't worry about Miami--there's no way they're getting past Boston. Still too one-dimensional, not enough height & length.
(18) OCLEZY - Big ups to the heat any way they played harder than we did and deserve to come ot with the win.We'll gett them next time. Go lakers
(19) VMAN - Well, that was convincing. Well done, Heat. This is going to be an uphill slog through the mud till the playoffs. It's still December and Miami won't make the big dance.
The hell with media bragging rights the big game is San Antonio
(20) HUGO BOSS – Colorado still loves our World Champion Lakers!
(21) LONGTIMELAKERFAN - MY prediction...If fully healthy, the Lakers will make it out of the West, regardless of their seeding (and regardless of the health of San Antonio, Dallas, et al). and if the Celtics &/or the Heat are fully healthy, the Heat will NOT make it out of the East. The Lakers took a week off mentally. They lost 8 straight quarters and 2 straight games. Kinda sucks for the people who bought tickets for those games. But they'll regroup, practice harder, get Bynum more integrated, get the offense flowing more smoothly again, and start cranking out the wins.
How these teams play in May and June matters a lot. How they play in December? not so much.
(22) SEAN - In 2002, they came out of the gate strong in the first half of the season and the productivity slipped in the 2nd half of the season, when the playoffs came around, Spurs, Kings were 'supposedly' going to destroy the Lakers. Never happened, Lakers beat Spurs in five and the Kings in seven games, en route to another championship. What me, [Laker fan{s}] worry
(23) NEWMEXICOLL - EH!!!!It's not over til Kobe says it's over!!!!!!!!!!!!
(24) THE SNAKE - In a nutshell, PJ does not like to coach on Christmas. He made that perfectly clear in an interview earlier this week. And if your coach is not motivated, how could you expect the players to be motivated? The Lakers deserve to have a day off on Christmas day, after playing 12 straight years. But Stern will never let that happen due to the high TV ratings that the Lakers always draw. If Stern still insists on scheduling the Lakers next Christmas (and if PJ is still coaching), we will probably lose by 30 just to send Stern a message that PJ and the Lakers also want to spend Christmas at home with their families. BTW, PJ has also made it clear that he does not enjoy coaching the All-Star team either. At least, that is easier for him to control. All he has to do is ensure that he does not have the best WC record by the All-Star break. He could take his vacation and come back fully charged and ready to do the real work in preparation for the playoffs. PJ knows how to pace his team for the playoffs. Been there, done that (11x). The Snake - Proud to be Another ARROGANT LAKERHOLIC!
(25) ROCKY - As bad as it looked yesterday, I'm still not in worry mode. It's still December. We need to be playing well in May and June. Let's get Bynum back into the flow, settle into familiar roles, let the other teams get their hopes up, then crush them.
(26) MCLYNE - I know Phil knows what he's doing, but I'm not sure he's doing a great job of motivating his players. They seem to be in a slump that they can't get themselves out of. I don't know what he says to them behind closed doors, but what we read from the media is that he didn't even want to be in Staples Center yesterday, let alone, light a small fire under his team's butt. That being said, all we need is a win against the Spurs Tues night to get us back on track.
(27) HTJ - Luckily championships aren't won in December. And PJ was basically encouraging the team to pull a patented xmas day no-show. If 11 rings has a reason for wanting to blow that game, even one I couldn't possibly comprehend (heck I'm in favor of us at least trying to win every game), then so be it. Just hope it doesn't come back to bite us come playoff time.
(28) I HEARNED THAT - they seem to have forgotten...in the playoffs, one man rises above the rest....his will alone will bring a third ring to the city of Angels...in a row!!!!
(29) BRONXLAKERFAN - As a diehard Laker fan, I will not abandon them now or ever. The Lakers right now have a few doubts, as well they should. But, they also have the muscle memory of being champions. I believe my team will be all right.
(30) LAKERJ - We are the defending champions, and need to start playing as such. Have a sense of pride and dignity that comes from being the best. Do not let scrubs come to your house and disrespect you. If you're going to lose, lose fighting until the end. Do not hand away wins. This team still has my full support.
(31) D(EREK) J(ETER) - No need to give up on the Lakers, we could have done that at some point in each of the past 3 years. We didn't and were rewarded with 3 Finals and 2 Championships and as Meatloaf sings, "two out of three ain't bad."
(32) WALLACE - This season so far is like riding a roller coaster, we're off to the slow start but I'm sure Kobe would lit a fire on Paula' arse before the playoff. On the negative side, I don't think DFish can get any more out of his tired legs. We need Blake to step up, can't he though? I'm too proud to abandon this team right now. It's been a good 3 years but it's not over until June!
(33) LET’S GO L’S - I'm curious to see how teams like Miami, Boston, San Antonio, Dallas, etc. can keep up their winning pace the next 50 games mentally and physically. Hmmm...Still too early to crown anyone but still LOVE our chances despite everything! No excuses, just the facts. Have faith Lakers fans. Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY!
(34) JOE CORAD - I want to live long to see the Lakers win 30 titles before i go 6ft under, but if they continue this trend I might need to stay away from watching these games. I don't think my heart would be able to take it. All is forgiven if the Lakers beat the crap out of the Spurs. Thats the only team in the NBA that stands in the way of the Lakers 3peating.
(35) CYBER-COSMIX - SNAP OUT OF IT LAKERS!!!!!! I just hope they are all as pissed as Kobe was...
(36) JOSEPH - It's funny, one bad game all of the sudden everyone's saying trade this guy trade that guy. Relax Laker fans, the players just partied too much over the holidays. Someone, I don't care who - Pau, Ron, Lamar, Bynum - need to bury those quick guards dribble through the lane to make a statement, fire the team up - even if it costs someone a suspension, lately the whole team's playing too soft like a bunch of sissies!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(37) SEAT RESERVED FOR HOBBITMAGE

Do you know what this team needs?

Tex Winter and the Triangle!

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ARISE MIGHTY LAKERS NATION. SHAKE IT OFF …..WE STILL GOT THIS!! *_________________________________________________________________________*
http://tinyurl.com/ylp3qqc _ I Love LA http://tinyurl.com/2c9afer - Here comes Lakers

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Good Morning Fabulous JustaAnotherMambaFan(Head of Mamba Clan) & the Fabulous Morning Crue!!
DJ LROB, LakerLASS, LEWSTRS, NewMexicoLL, Fan Of The Mamba, PsychedLakerGirl,Jon K
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), P ang
PFUNK36, STAPLES24, LakerFanInCowTown, OCIsMambaCounty, Joe Corrad, TroyB, Troy, MUD
Edwin Gueco, LakerTom, GinDC, I hearned that, Wilson24, Todd, FRMKT, J24(LadyJ24), Fearless
Art-Fl-Laker-Fan, McLyne, CornerJ, Laker-J Jefe101, CyberCosmix, Vman, Seely-Iggy, McLyne,
Tom Daniels, LakerTom, Edwin Gueco, The OutLaw & Baby OutLaw, BronxLakerFan, Mark G.
RAMNEETKB24, Adrian Palomar, Diandra, Ricky, D(erek) J(eter), London Laker, JustaLakerFan
Nostradamus, Segeboy/Sheriif, Jay_KB24, Yellow Fever, Gilbert Batung, ALLNet, J-Dizzle
PatrickHenryPress, OCLEZY, LakerFan24, NBA4Ever, Raymond42N, Bay To LA, Laker Peace
RaiderLaker1980, Chad712, Alekesam, Sonny Belfast, G-Money, Joseph
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Cant believe Lady T is gone...

R.I.P. Teena Marie.

Her little daughter...I cant think, really...

When I moved to LA, after 1 month in a motel, I moved to Venice Harlem. I was thinking of her all the time. Thats where she was from. We had sooooo many things in common...

cant go on....sorry

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Today my set is Dedicated to a great but underappreciated artist. The Late Teena Marie …RIP
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http://tinyurl.com/ahb3fw_ Portugese Love _ Teena Marie
http://tinyurl.com/36c4p7o – Square Biz – Teena Marie
http://tinyurl.com/2uzluyh - I need your Loving
http://tinyurl.com/3ykm432 _ - 365
http://tinyurl.com/23lmmpo - Déjà vu – Been Here Before – Teena Marie
http://tinyurl.com/2c8trtc_ Fire & Desire _ Rick James & Teena Marie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfQ_y6ThAMo&feature=related – Cassanova Brown
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYVWoi72Ow4 - Lover Girl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpEtjGyz8B4 _ Irons in Fire

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TEENA MARIE - RIP - BANDWAGON
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(01) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - CHAPLAIN
(02) LROB – OWNER - My prayers go out to Teena Marie's family and loved ones. She was one of my
favorites. @Mark G - Thaks for posting Square Biz was definitely one of her classics. @fmrkt - Nice call on Lovergirl. Her biggest pop record. Teena was not only a great singer, but a talented songwriter as well. She was also proud to be from LA...often singing about being from "Venice Harlem". Lady T, I'll miss you and I'll remember to keep my Irons in the Fire. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpEtjGyz8B4
(03) FRMKT – DRIVER - Teena Marie, R.I.P. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYVWoi72Ow4
(04) MARK G. – RIDING SHOTGUN - I see that Teena Marie died last night in her sleep I guess.
I'm sorry to hear that, the girl was Funky. Magic Phil will be bummed. One for Lady T, Square Biz:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tLCWZWR6Fk
(05) MAGIC PHIL - RIDING SHOTGUN - Cant believe Lady T is gone...R.I.P. Teena Marie. Her little daughter...I cant think, really... When I moved to LA, after 1 month in a motel, I moved to Venice Harlem. I was thinking of her all the time. Thats where she was from. We had sooooo many things in common... cant go on....sorry
(06) MAMBA24 – SECURITY2 – Teena Marie, RIP Lady Teena , Love Ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Magic Phil,

I know what you're saying about Lady T. I have all 13 of her albums/cd's. Here's a nice video of a live performance (albeit too short) of Casonova Brown.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfQ_y6ThAMo

Mamba in the Morning,

How are you today. Your Bears are still looking good. Everyone thought Lovie wouldn't survive the season, but he's still standing and striving while (Bears legend) Singletary is out!

Oops meant to say Lovie is still "thriving". But I guess he's striving and thriving (said in my best Walt Frazier impersonation).

Good morning LRob, Looks like Blog Sync on Lady T. Weird huh? As for the Bears...Shocked I say, Shocked. I thought they would fall apart in December. I still can't believe they are for real but, after the Jets game I have to reasses that. That Jets game set Lovie up for another contract extension now. He can't coach worth hell, but the players Love him and would run thru a brick wall for him so I guess that's all that matters. As for Singletary I think he is just a Little intense for the coaching profession. He's a great motivational speaker though. LOL! Carry On Sir!!

By the way LRob we posted the same Casanova Brown video. Blog sync is a mother! LMAO!!!

Mamba,

Excellent......Excellent set on Lady T. We were definitely in sync on Casonova Brown. The thing that struck me on that video...other than Teena's incredible talent...was how satisfied Donnie Simpson looked watching her perform.


When I broke up from my girlfriend in college...Teena helped me understand things with this one.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9_QaGhw_y8

Mamba,

You're right, Singletary is a great motivational speaker. I saw him a few years back and he was excellent.

Mamba,

BTW...I like the "Shake it Off...We Still Got This" bandwagon much better than the "Arrogant Lakerholic" bandwagon.

When I broke up from my girlfriend in college...Teena helped me understand things with this one. ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9_QaGhw_y8 Posted by: LRob | December 27, 2010 at 07:30 AM
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Awwww how touching LRob!
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OK since we're telling stories...I think my 1st daughter was conceived while listening to this one.
http://tinyurl.com/ahb3fw_ Portugese Love _ Teena Marie
LMAO!!! Yes, yes this is a true story!!!


I think I remember saying over the summer
That when knock down shooters sign with the Lakers
they lose their shooting powers.
Steve Blake what has happened to you?

I think I remember saying over the summer That when knock down shooters sign with the Lakers they lose their shooting powers. Steve Blake what has happened to you? Posted by: Magia32 | December 27, 2010 at 07:46 AM
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Now see, see! If you had not said that over the summer...

Don’t let these old fools tell you that ‘they hate us, because they ain’t us’...
They hate you, because they despise you, and for good reason.
Sonnybelfast


Dude.....so much anger, relax and that a deep BREATHE. It's not that SERIOUS it's a GAME.

GO HEAT

Just like what I said in my blog last week "If they can't beat the lowly Bucks without Jennings & Magette in their home floor how can they beat the mighty Heat. This will be another humiliating Christmas Day defeat (just like last year) this time by the Heat. Exactly what I predicted last week. It's either the Lakers does'nt have it anymore to be the champion for the third consecutive time or the other teams really got better this year (Miami, San Antonio, Boston, Orlando, Dallas or even Chicago)I guess we should have a new champion this year its getting "monotomous" lets give other team a chance to hold the prestigious "trophy"

Don’t let these old fools tell you that ‘they hate us, because they ain’t us’...They hate you, because they despise you, and for good reason. Sonnybelfast


Dude.....so much anger, relax and that a deep BREATHE. It's not that SERIOUS it's a GAME. GO HEAT Posted by: G.Money | December 27, 2010 at 07:55 AM
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LMAO!! What is this ISH some kind of ruse? G.Money telling Sonny Belfast to relax? No, No, No! There are some nefarious doings going on here!!!

Magia,


You're right, Blake has been struggling...only shooting 37% for the season. His 3pt shooting is good at 43%, but he's only shooting 22% on 2pt shots. It looks like he's lost confidence on shots in the lane. He just needs to shoot a few more floaters and layups instead of always kicking it back out.


I say it looks like he's lost confidence on his 2pt shots because he passed up a few easy ones on Christmas day. Last year 43% of his shot attempts were 2pts...this year only 27%. Also, like I posted earlier his last 17 shots have been from 3pt land. He hasn't even attempted a 2pt fg in 3 straight games.

Mamba - I like your Teena story better...lol.

Mamba - I like your Teena story better...lol. Posted by: LRob | December 27, 2010 at 08:03 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BTW...I like the "Shake it Off...We Still Got This" bandwagon much better than the "Arrogant Lakerholic" bandwagon.

Posted by: LRob | December 27, 2010 at 07:34 AM

Neither has any wheels, just a waste of time. Your problem are a lot deep then generating some bandwagon.

Hell you got more fans jumping OFF the wagon, they know a sinking ship when they see one. This team is TOAST, there's no righting the Lakers ship without a BIG TRADE. Just Saying......your team is GUTLESS.

Neither has any wheels, just a waste of time. Your problem are a lot deep then generating some bandwagon. Hell you got more fans jumping OFF the wagon, they know a sinking ship when they see one. This team is TOAST, there's no righting the Lakers ship without a BIG TRADE. Just Saying......your team is GUTLESS. Posted by: G.Money | December 27, 2010 at 08:27 AM
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Aw you say the nicest things G.Money...LMAO!!!! Now Stop this ISH and Stop it now. You're just trying to somehow get invited on the Bandwagon, but if you keep talking like that it aint gone happen Money!

LMAO!! What is this ISH some kind of ruse? G.Money telling Sonny Belfast to relax? No, No, No! There are some nefarious doings going on here!!!

Posted by: Mamba24 | December 27, 2010 at 08:01 AM

Mamba24, my bro, we need a "Born Too Loose" Bandwagon for all our homeless trolls to come in from the cold, since they either have no hometeam blog to go to or because they need to get their fix by coming here and going neener-neener to Laker Nation (while they still can). And yes, spell it exactly as I have written it, because otherwise they might not recognize the words and start ranting about our misspellings as well as about our championship team. They're cute though.

Mamba24, my bro, we need a "Born Too Loose" Bandwagon for all our homeless trolls to come in from the cold, since they either have no hometeam blog to go to or because they need to get their fix by coming here and going neener-neener to Laker Nation (while they still can). And yes, spell it exactly as I have written it, because otherwise they might not recognize the words and start ranting about our misspellings as well as about our championship team. They're cute though. Posted by: CornerJ | December 27, 2010 at 08:45 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!! STOP IT CORNERJ!!!! SWEET JESUS Their own Bandwagon!! Next you'll want to give them their own Lucky Stool...well I guess thats better than Loose Stool!

Oh, why not.
Since support for a bandwagon seems to be waning,
time for a modified re-post.
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Real fans support their teams through thick-and-thin,
which is not to say that unrealistic hopes and expectations,
and/or constructive criticism isn’t part of the bargain.
Of course it is!

It’s just that when pompous arrogance and cockiness
so pervades the majority of a fan base
(even in the light of strong evidence
which clearly show one’s team is no longer the top dog),
that they are unable to make honest acknowledgements about it,
or recognize the superiority of other teams,
then ‘Something’s Got to Give’ (Great movie, Jack!).

Mr. Medina,
prepare to mediate!
(And, on occasion, even go to war yourself).
It’s gonna get cannibalistic ugly around here.
The Hollywood Troupe’s getting down to seeds and stems again.

(By the way, did anyone ever tell you that you sound
a lot like another great former Los Angeles broadcaster?)

Be kind to each other children.
I’m afraid this Miami machine is looking unstoppable for years to come.
I think they’re just getting warmed up.

Do you throw parades for Pacific Division Crowns?

Go Kings!
Go Ducks!
Go Manny, go!
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Time to sleep...but just one more thing:

LMAO!! What is this ISH some kind of ruse? G.Money telling Sonny Belfast to relax? No, No, No! There are some nefarious doings going on here!!!

Posted by: Mamba24 | December 27, 2010 at 08:01 AM

Who is this Girly Money?
Nefarious maybe...more like in Heat actually.
Wear your gloves folks.

Sonnybelfast

Has anyone in the history of the NBA ever done something so magnanimous?

I think not.

God bless you, Ron Artest. You are a role model.

LeBron James is not.

Ron, thank you for helping the world put its priorities in order.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

now ron ron can go back and start concentrating on playing
basketball. well since jackson and the team dont want to play good basketball until playoff i guess i will not attend
another game unti then why waste my money and time until then.i thought the fans was getting a 100% performance from
the team.if phil dont want to coach he should do us all a favor and retire and take fisher and luke with him.and maybe
the next coach will make the girly man pau play more physically.

I can't believe Artest did this. Wow, he's got a big heart to part ways with that ring...yikes! Very generous, i hope he doesnt regret it.

Its a fact - there's only two people that play well on the lakers
Kobe and Shannon

Pau - too soft
Artest - Crazy enjoying the la life style
Andrew - Lazy
Fish- too old should have let him go
Walton - money down the drain
Phil - do know what he is employed to do?

I support Ron for the Ring Raffle. However I want this to be over so that Ron can go back to focus on the BB to help the Lakers to win. I suspect that too much celebrity activities would cause too much distraction to Ron and I hope that is the main cause of the declined numbers of Ron for the current regular season.


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