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Kobe Bryant to become first athlete with hand, footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

As if he doesn't have enough accomplishments as a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP, a Beijing Olympic gold medalist and the Lakers' all-time leading scorer, Kobe Bryant will become the first athlete to have his hand and foot imprinted at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

The ceremony will take place Feb. 19 as part of the festivities surrounding NBA All-Star weekend, preceding a gala thrown by Bryant that is expected to include at least 1,200 guests. This isn't the first time Bryant's made his presence on Hollywood Boulevard. Madame Tussauds has a wax statue of the star.

"To be a part of such elite company is a tremendous honor. I’m proud to be the first athlete to be recognized," Bryant said in a statement.

-- Mark Medina

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NIIIIIICE!

Congrats, Black mamba.

That's pretty cool! Congrats Kobe!

THIS IS SO VERY COOL!!!


MM - since you're not taking me to the ASG, how about Kobe's gala instead?

:)

Seriously, though - first athlete ever to have this honor bestowed on them? How great is that? Our very own Mamba... *sniff*..... I'm so proud. Another Laker record!

IT'S GOOD TO BE KING

outside of the obvious frustration, anyone hearing of any other reasons for the "lazy " attitude?

THESE ARE THE REASONS WHY THIS TEAM WILL NOT THREE-PEAT:

1. Phil Jackson have 11 rings already and he surpassed Red so he got nothing to prove to anyone before retiring.
2. Kobe have 5 rings and he already prove to the world that he can get a ring without fat Shag. What else does he want another ring for?
3. Gasol have two rings, Barkley, Malone, Stockton, Ewing etc. great players without a ring. Two rings is enough better than none.
4. Fisher got 5 rings. Third tier PG getting 5 is not bad.
5. Bynum got 2 already and very young why do I have to have another one this year? Maybe later in my career.
6. Odom the way he played all his career (night & day) does'nt even deserve to get one but he got two, what else does he want another one?
7. Artest he does'nt care for a championship ring. He even have it raffled.
TO SUM IT UP THIS LAKER TEAM OF 2010 DON'T CARE IF THEY WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP OR NOT.
The seven reasons is enumerated above. If they don't care to win this year why do have to care too. ENOUGH SAID.

My wife and I attended the All-Star game in Indy in 1985. Met MJ, Jerry West, the "Pistol", Walt Frazier, Bob Cousy, Rick Barry, Dominique, Ted Turner of all people, and many others. Got my picture with all of them. Was very mild and friendly. I wonder if the players are still as fan friendly as back then?

Rafy,

All fair points, except number 2. Kobe's quest for Rings is unquenchable. But he'll need guys who really care come May-June.

rafy also if kobe does not get a ring and shaq DOES, what then?

Rafanico,

Sounds like you might as well stop watching. See you next year at the ring ceremony.

JAMF: I'll take you to the ASG. You got tickets?

Go Lake Show!

outlaw - NO!! I don't have tix - which is why I needed MM. But MM's ditching me with some lame excuse about credentials....blah blah blah... whatever. Do YOU have tickets? :)

@HOBBITMAGE... How are you doing? I’ve been sicker than a dog this last week with the flu and today is my first day back at work. All three of my grandkids have been out of school sick all week and I’m already down four players for my grandson’s CYO basketball practice tonight.
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While I sometimes wish Drew would not be so naive and honest when dealing with the media, I think his comment about the team just stopping playing hard defense when they get up by 10 is unfortunately true. We’ve seen this happen the last three years but never as bad as this year.
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What I think would have been a more accurate statement to make would have been that when we get ahead by ten, we stopped playing smart basketball period. By that, I mean not only did we stop playing defense on the perimeter but we also stopped running our offense and playing inside-out basketball. Instead, we turned the ball over and took early 3-point shots that just served to play right into the Mavs hands giving them easy transition opportunities to score.
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We can argue forever the chicken and egg debate as to whether good defense creates good offense or vice versa but the reality for this team with their size and slowness in transition is that they need to run their offense to setup their defense. Regardless of their intention on defense, turnovers and ill-advised jumpers early in the shot clock are what are killing us.
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While his offense has been sputtering lately, I still see Drew as doing a fine job anchoring our interior help defense. Our defensive problems are the porous perimeter defense that launches penetrating player after penetrating player at Drew when he is in the game and Pau Gasol’s refusal to challenge anybody else’s man attacking the rim when he is playing center. Last night, Pau did an excellent job on Dirk but made zero effort to protect the rim as a help defender.
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As for Pau being the MVP, that was always just dumb comments by fans infatuated by Pau’s stats without recognizing the lack of integrity and effort behind his play. Pau should have worked out all summer to get stronger. You can complain about Drew going to South Africa, but what irked me is Pau taking off the summer and then playing soft and exhausted.
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As for Kobe being more of a facilitator, I still think that is the best role for the team overall. Last night, he was terrific and stayed within the game plan to perfection. Now if he would stop free lancing on defense too, then maybe we would have won the game. After all, it was not layups and dunks while Drew was in the game that burned us defensively. It was the atrocious man-to-man perimeter defense that left too many wide open 3-point shooters and Pau Gasol’s total lack of effort protecting the paint and rim. That’s what Drew should have said.
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TOM

Heard that Raptors may buy out Peja and the Lakers would be on his list to go to. I'm wondering if he may be the outside shooter we could at least try? Thoughts anyone?

That’s what Drew should have said.
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TOM
Posted by: LakerTom |
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Good point.

But do you really think Drew is going to call out Kobe and the other perimeter players?

In public?

Are you serious?
:)

When Drew does that, he will have snatched the pebble from Kobes hand.

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Can you imagine?
A Kobe-Drew blossoming squabble?
Deja vue.
Nah...

DJ

Peja's already verbally committed to the Mavs. Just what they need. More defense.

So, last night I was able to watch the Lakers game and the Clippers game side-by-side at a sports bar in Downtown L.A.

What I noticed was that the Lakers were far more concerned with playing smart, so concerned that there was no urgency to their movements.

The Clippers, in contrast, were raw energy without a lot of coordinated intelligence to their actions.

Smart teams usually win, but sometimes raw energy is more important.

Right now, the Lakers are the best team in the NBA, but they rarely play to their potential because they play without urgency... and other teams take advantage of that.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

I heard Kobe Bryant use the term "fool's gold" when questioned by reporters yesterday.

I couldn't help but suspect that Kobe Bryant was secretly a fan of Michael Teniente's post. It's the only thing that makes sense.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

KOBEMVP888,

Understand, but their D was good enough to beat us last night.

Right now, I dread to say it, but I think the Celts have the best balance as a team right now.

C-Shaq-Still good enough
F-Garnett-Playing his best, good D and shooting
F-Pierce-Good D and close
G-Allen-Shooting great
G-Rondo-Really, anything need to be said, really

Pretty good bench.

That being said, it's January and not June.

lance,
What I'm saying is Kobe have already proven that he can win a ring being "the man". He does'nt care how many he got compare to Shaq. Besides Mr. O'Neal only got a ring being the sidekick of Wade. If ever Shaq get another one being a Celtics (which I hope will never happen) he will only even up with Kobe (5 rings)

Right now, the Lakers are the best team in the NBA, but they rarely play to their potential because they play without urgency... and other teams take advantage of that.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | January 20, 2011 at 02:41 PM

excellence at its finest. and kobe needs to play d!!

jamf, section 100 tickets are $1500 each. i tell myself every day that it was a smart purchase. wrong. i'll probably sell. better to party w/ the homies at their place or somethin! and hopefully my company gets skybox tickets because i'd gladly sell section 100's for free suite level 1's... BALLIN!

rafanico - do you know Kobe? I mean - none of us know him personally, but do you know him as a player? Have you ever heard him talk about his goals and NBA aspirations? The Mamba is climbing Russell's ladder - you know what that means? He is NOT satisfied with 5 rings. He will NEVER be satisfied with 5 rings. EVER. As long as he's healthy enough to lace 'em up, he's going for as many as he can get. It's who he is. It's what he does. You'd better believe he cares how many he's got in relation to every other player who's ever played the game. If you think now that he's got 5 rings he's gonna chillax, you don't know the Black Mamba.

Naw, JAMF. I was just messin' with you. Cruel? Yes. I apologize for humor gone awry.

Go Lake Show!

soshibo - $1500 per ticket, huh? Too rich for my blood. Hence the whole "MM take me to the ASG" and "voteforjusta.com" campaigns. Oh well, maybe some other time. (DANG, I need a sugar daddy LOL!!!)

Art -FL lakers fan,

you wrote: You do seem to most often focus your commentary on Pau and Drew.

my response: The reason for this was posted ~ 4 years ago. To paraphrase:

I said, "The Lakers will only do as well as the rotation of Bynum, Gasol & Odom
will do. This is inclusive of the sporadic shooting of all pg's, sg's & sf's.
This is because the defense is anchored by the C/PF combo & the highest
percentage buckets are at the rim."

you also wrote: How about a little more defense from Kobe. Yes, we all know what Kobe has accomplished, but we are talking about what have done you done for me lately.
And we aren't talking about offense, the focus from you seems to be defense.

my response: So, we have a problem and I honestly don't know how to solve it.
Kobe's knee is in a bad way. He's almost bone on bone. That's affecting
things. I would assume that he's weighed things in his own mind about what
he can and can't do to help others and he also has Barnes & Artest to help on
defense.

I didn't *really* want to join all of the D-Fish bashers. That horse has become
a fine pate. Honestly, I don't think the Lakers will trade him for anyone. At
least he's trying, which is more than I would say for some .... However, we've
been down that path before.

you also wrote: Why am I focusing on Kobe?
Simple.
He is the unquestionable, undoubtable, indisputable leader of the team.
Kobe has not been "bringing it" every game on the defensive end.
Neither has the rest of the team.
You don't strike me as the type to put much stock in coincidence.
Neither am I.

my response: You're right. I think he's conserving himself due to the knee
issue. I wonder at what going through practice is doing to him. I expect
him to correct things though ... However, I'm not going to kid you. He hasn't
played great defense.

Peja?

KobeMVP888,

re: Can we still win it? Yes! Will we win it like this? NO!

you wrote: How many times did you say that last season?

my response: a few times. And then things changed after Pau found
out he wasn't as good as he thought he was. And Kobe got his knee
drained. And we started running the offense through Kobe.

Here's the thing: Everyone on the Lakers is a year older. Pau is playing
at his softest, most in-effective since he joined the Lakers. The entire league
has re-configured to beat the Lakers.

There's an old saying: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I'd
rather bitch before the playoffs and be happy after the playoffs then the
other way around.

However, this is good. I particularly like how you ignore when I give you your
own words back to you and compare them with Lakers players. It just says
sooooo much about you.

You wrote: 2) The '93 Bulls were 29-15, the '98 Bulls 31-13 and the '02 Lakers 32-12 at this point in the season. In other words, Phil Jackson has been there and done that, and I don't care how different the league was or how his teams was playing. There is NOTHING like experience and I am confident that under his watchful eye and guidance, Coach Eleven Rings will know exactly what buttons to push because of the vast well of knowledge he has to draw from.

my response: The difference b/n the earlier teams and this team is:

I don't believe that MJ's knee was almost bone on bone.
Since PJ called the Bulls more professional, I don't think they slacked off
nearly as bad. The Bulls had two perennial all-star defensive players on
their team and we don't.

You're talking about PJ pushing buttons. I *NEVER* recall hearing PJ
call any of the Bulls soft. Shaq was a dominant Big. Something we still
don't have.


That being said, I really hope that everything you say is true and we win.


"DJ

Peja's already verbally committed to the Mavs. Just what they need. More defense.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 20, 2011 at 02:39 PM"

If the Lakers are going to continue to leave the 3 point line available for whoever wants it, this makes Dallas even more dangerous.

KOBEMVP888,

Understand, but their D was good enough to beat us last night.

Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | January 20, 2011 at 02:51 PM
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What's your point? It was a meaningless practice game.

Right now, I dread to say it, but I think the Celts have the best balance as a team right now.
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That being said, it's January and not June.

Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | January 20, 2011 at 02:57 PM
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I deleted the stuff in the middle because you covered yourself at the end about what's important. So why dread it? Let them rejoice in a whole lot of nothing.

LakerTom,

1st. Sorry you've been sick.

2nd. Sorry you're down personnel on your team.

you wrote: What I think would have been a more accurate statement to make would have been that when we get ahead by ten, we stopped playing smart basketball period. By that, I mean not only did we stop playing defense on the perimeter but we also stopped running our offense and playing inside-out basketball. Instead, we turned the ball over and took early 3-point shots that just served to play right into the Mavs hands giving them easy transition opportunities to score.

my response: I can agree with this.

you also wrote: the reality for this team with their size and slowness in transition is that they need to run their offense to setup their defense.

my response: nope. They need to run. I see the way they're moving out
there. You can't tell me that they're giving it there all. yes, two of our
3 bigs are slow. They're still loafin'.

you wrote: I still see Drew as doing a fine job anchoring our interior help defense. Our defensive problems are the porous perimeter defense that launches penetrating player after penetrating player at Drew when he is in the game and Pau Gasol’s refusal to challenge anybody else’s man attacking the rim when he is playing center. Last night, Pau did an excellent job on Dirk but made zero effort to protect the rim as a help defender.

my response: mostly in agreement. per KB Blitz, rules have changed, so no
pg can't stop penetration. [ paraphrase ] The defensive scheme by Pearson
should have changed much of that. it's back to a lack of effort. Good call on
Pau.

you wrote: Pau should have worked out all summer to get stronger. You can complain about Drew going to South Africa, but what irked me is Pau taking off the summer and then playing soft and exhausted.

my response: Actually, you should be irked by both things. I am.

you also wrote: As for Kobe being more of a facilitator, I still think that is the best role for the team overall.

my response: We disagree on this. Your comment makes no reference to
what the rest of the team is doing. You *NEED* to take that into account.
Pau isn't fighting for position and Artest has problems finding his shot. As
do Fisher, sometimes Lo & sometimes Blake. When we get someone who
can create his own shot, then I'll buy into Kobe the fascilitator. Until then,
keep the pressure on the other team.

As a grandfather, you should really understand this. When your kids/grandkids
don't believe that they will get into *real* trouble, don't they act up MORE?
Also, what more do you want him to do? He's already waiting until the
3rd/4th quarter before he goes on his scoring binges. Did you want him to
rack up 20 assists and no points and have the Lakers lose? he's only taking
~ 20 - 22 shots per game. From what your suggesting, why don't you just
change his moniker from the Black Mamba to the Black WallPaper. He's got
to stay a threat to keep the opposing teams honest.


hobbitmage,

Ok, I see, thanks for the 4 yrs ago history, I wasn't aware of that as that's before my time here. However, (you should like this!), I have gone back and read quite a few of the old comments from years back just to get a better feel for what has transpired and the history of the longer term posters, but there are just too many posts to read to cover them all. And even if I had read every post, my memory is such that it wouldn't really make much difference.

Admittedly, Kobes knee is an issue for sure.
But arguing calls with refs (which just sets a bad example for his teammates as well as taking himself out of the next play) has nothing to do with his knees.

Kobe aside, the team doesn't seem to be switching/rotating on D very intelligently too often. That should be fixable. It's time to start fixing.

As for the rest of your comments to me, well, hmm, that was a good response.

Justa,

I have to believe that MM's taking you to the game this year. Nothing else makes sense, really. If you don't go, then none of us do.

Wes

KOBEMVP888,

Like your total optimism, hope you are right come end of June. It is true that we've had play flaws the past 3 years, as now, and that's turned out pretty well. It's kinda like Cuban enjoying his win last night, better enjoy now, cuz when the Playoffs arrive so will the Lakers!

Mark Medina,

Aren't you taking justanothermambafan to the All-Star Game this year? After all, you promised.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Kobe aside, the team doesn't seem to be switching/rotating on D very intelligently too often. That should be fixable. It's time to start fixing.

Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | January 20, 2011 at 03:39 PM

Spot on, Art. Fish and Shannon Brown do a horrible job off of screen recognition. Part of Fish's problem, his feet move like molasses off screens, and half the time he goes over instead of under and gets shredded. See Ray Allen '08 Finals. Shannon has poor reactionary skills, at times, he leaves his man w/out communication and falls under the same pattern of over than under that Fish does. Shannon has the footspeed to recover, a lot more than Fish does.

Ron has an occasional slip up, but, he usually does a decent job of communicating, communication with the bigs, especially with Drew will help down the road, the more he talks.

Kobe plays off his man, and while this can drive fans, including myself nuts, he's an all world defender and their is some method to his madness, I don't like it at times, he's earned that ability to decide to cover or not.

Kobe’s handprint at Grauman's Chinese? He could leave an impression of each of his rings if wears one on each finger. Better still, he could wait a few years . . . with the goal of being the first to leave the imprints of both hands.

@HOBBITMAGE... Thanks for the kind words and good wishes. It’s interesting how much more we find that we agree on issues once we were able to get past our rhetorical conflicts.
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We still disagree on Drew’s trip to South Africa and Kobe as the facilitator but at least we now agree to disagree respectfully.
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As for the grandkids, thank God the Lakers are better behaved than that bunch, especially the 4 and 5 year old granddaughters. They’re at the age where they are challenging everything I say to do. You probably have a point that I’m as lenient on them as Phil is with his “let ‘em work it out” attitude. Fortunately, I leave the discipline for their parents. My job is to spoil them.
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As for the bigs running the floor, it does frustrate me for probably the same reason it frustrates you. I would bet in soccer and other sports you played, you were always the guy with the motor that wouldn’t stop. I know I hustled every single minute I was ever on the court, like Kobe does. Even coaching 5th grade boys at 66 years old, I am running up and down the sidelines following the ball and my players and screaming out instructions.
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Do I wish that Pau and Drew had a motor like you or I had, like Noah has? Of course! But truthfully, how many pro players, especially big men, have that kind of motor? Not many. Drew at least in my mind challenges every player that attacks the rim. If we could say the same about Pau, we would be a much stronger team. At any rate, let’s hope that by June, Kobe’s knee is 100%, Drew has completely recovered and is healthy for the playoffs, Fish drinks from the Fountain of Youth, Ron somehow remembers his game, and Pau proves that our worries about his unacceptably soft and weak play were for naught. Otherwise, we will not be happy campers.
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TOM

my response: The difference b/n the earlier teams and this team is:

I don't believe that MJ's knee was almost bone on bone.
Since PJ called the Bulls more professional, I don't think they slacked off
nearly as bad. The Bulls had two perennial all-star defensive players on
their team and we don't.

Posted by: hobbitmage | January 20, 2011 at 03:25 PM
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We don't? What do you call Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest, chopped liver? Artest as been first or second All-NBA defense 4 times (and that's absurdly low) and Kobe 10 times. That's not perennial? The Bulls did have Ho Grant and then Rodman, but never did they have a 7 footer with Bynum's talents who was flanked by another talented 7 footer whose playoff defense has been superb and underrated the past 2 seasons. I know you disagree on Bynum's effect on the defensive end, so that one isn't worth rehashing.

As for Kobe's knee, why don't you let him worry about that? Dude never should have opened his mouth on that one. I am confident that when the time comes you'll see a playoff ready Kobe Bryant. I also think that you read too much into any comments that Phil makes, especially ones like "the Bulls were more professional" because you don't what is behind those comments. If you are going to tell me that the Kobe-Fish-Gasol led Lakers are anything BUT professional, I stubbornly disagree to the point that I don't want to discuss that either.

My entire point is that regardless of the situation, Phil has been able to figure it out and he three-peated successfully three times, even getting past that great Sacramento Kings team in 2002 (a better team than MJ EVER faced during his three-peat seasons). Coach Eleven Rings is a master at these things, so instead of drowning myself in minutiae, I prefer to look at the Big Picture.

By the way, if the '93 Bulls started off 29-15, 2 games worse than our record, how do you know that they didn't "slack off nearly as bad?" Remember, unlike LA, Chicago treats Phil Jackson like the basketball God he is and he will ALWAYS have a soft spot in his heart for that city and those teams because that is where his greatness as a head coach first started. I can think of analogies that "decorum prohibits me from mentioning here." - Douglas C. Niedermeyer, Sgt. at Arms.

If the Lakers are going to continue to leave the 3 point line available for whoever wants it, this makes Dallas even more dangerous.

Posted by: Bay to LA | January 20, 2011 at 03:25 PM
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Oy vey, another fatalist. Then again, you're the same guy who disregards "leadership" because it can't be quantified. Are you an engineer, by chance?

(DANG, I need a sugar daddy LOL!!!)
Posted by: justanothermambafan | January 20, 2011 at 03:14 PM

Let's me see what your working with, you might have one. Every women has a $, what's yours?lol

analogies that "decorum prohibits me from mentioning here." - Douglas C. Niedermeyer, Sgt. at Arms.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 20, 2011 at 03:57 PM

Bluto: Hey! What's all this laying around stuff? Why are you all still laying around here for?
Stork: What the hell are we supposed to do, ya moron? We're all expelled. There's nothing to fight for anymore.
D-Day: [to Bluto] Let it go. War's over, man. Wormer dropped the big one.
Bluto: What? Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!

Classic, one of my personal favs, great comedy!

"Kobe Bryant will become the first athlete to have his hand and foot imprinted at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood."
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MM,

Questions:

Which hand?
From looking at their web site it appears the other stars got both hands imprinted, does Kobe just get one hand?
Will the fingers be bandaged or will the bandage be removed for the imprint?
Do they imprint his hand and foot simultaneously so he has to bend around like he is playing Twister?
Does he go barefoot for the foot impression or wear his signature shoe?
Johnny Depp got both of his hands and both of his feet done, Kobe should get that too, and maybe a knee print also.

sean

The Triangulator started it this morning with "fat, dumb and stupid is no way to go through life, son." I was inspired. Nice follow up! Now here's a visual:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqoK5ny36hs

Congrats Kobe! that's what U get when you're the best!

KOBEMVP888,

Like your total optimism, hope you are right come end of June. It is true that we've had play flaws the past 3 years, as now, and that's turned out pretty well. It's kinda like Cuban enjoying his win last night, better enjoy now, cuz when the Playoffs arrive so will the Lakers!

Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | January 20, 2011 at 03:42 PM
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For someone who is a fan of the great Derek Jeter (as I am), is this optimism or realism? Trust me, during our post-Shaq years, I was also very critical of the organization and especially Mitch Kupchak. They shut me up GOOD and I admitted fault. The point is that I am not being optimistic because I'm a homer; I'm being optimistic because the average age of the players in our probable playoff rotation is only 30.0, including Fish, and because this team has a championship DNA whose bond has formed over 4 seasons.

I see how mediocre we're playing now just as I saw it last season. It aggravates now as it aggravated me then. After the Nuggets game that we lost at Staples Center on February 5, 2010 by a score of 126-113, no way I thought we'd repeat, but somehow we did. That is because this team has a championship mettle that I think is REALISTIC to believe will show its pretty face at the right time. At least I hope so.

"Oy vey, another fatalist. Then again, you're the same guy who disregards "leadership" because it can't be quantified. Are you an engineer, by chance?

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 20, 2011 at 04:04 PM "

Did you not see my response? I don't "disregard" leadership. I just really don't know how to quantify it when analyzing one player over another. Especially since you referenced motivational speeches as leadership when those are not something you need to be playing 30 minutes a night to deliver.

So what is it? Does Fisher need to be on the court to be a leader? What is the +/- for this leadership? I'm not trying to sit here and be overly literal in assigning values to these terms but I'm just trying to show you where I am coming from when I say it can't be quantified.

As I responded to your Bruce Bowen comparison, I think it boosted the team when Bruce was locking down the other team's best player and taking him out of the game. Maybe he didn't get credit as a leader for that but it was definitely valuable to the team. It's impossible to determine how much of a Lakers win can be attributed to Derek Fisher's leadership and how much of it is the result of, to put it simply, scoring more points than the other team did.

It also hurts your case when you continually accuse the Lakers of being disconnected, not trying, and losing games for such reasons as not having a practice on the previous day, yet at the same time you try to paint Derek Fisher as being the most motivational leader the game has ever seen. With Phil Jackson's coaching, Kobe's unrelenting competitiveness, and Derek Fisher's leadership, why would the team ever lose focus?

soshibo - $1500 per ticket, huh? Too rich for my blood. Hence the whole "MM take me to the ASG" and "voteforjusta.com" campaigns. Oh well, maybe some other time. (DANG, I need a sugar daddy LOL!!!)
Posted by: justanothermambafan | January 20, 2011 at 03:14 PM
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Justa,
Did you say Sugar Daddy…well I know someone that says, “LA to Cincinnati, that’s how far they’d crawl for you. Courtesy of one of the greatest entertainers EVAH…it doesn’t get much better than this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r42Abu_IF8

CONGRATS to Kobe- if any athelete deserves this, it's Kobe Bean.
I thought we were witnessing the begining of the end of his greatness during last year's playoffs. The dude was so banged up, but was still able to lead his team to the RING.

He's been playing great this year and I think he has at least one more full season of dominance leff in the tank after this one.

As for Peja, the lst thing we need is someone slow who can't rotate on D. His three pont shooting could help, but he's a bigtime defensive liability.

Kobe also needs to have a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,

BandWagon!!!

Yeah Kobe! Lets hope we don't run into problems with that knee...

3peat!

Great stuff about Kobe. That's something even MJ or Magic has been honored with.

Congrats to KOBE, by far one of the greatest Hollywood entertainers of ALL TIME!!

Good for Kobe Bryant, but why wasn't Magic the 1st ? Yes The Lake Show

will threepeat, if stay healthy, too big of front line in 7 game series or less !!

Somebody said, to win a championship in any team sport is hard, to achieve back to back is difficult, to accomplish 3 peat that's next to impossible..but can be done....however, the team needs to have the continuation mentality and the passion they have last year but at this point they are just cruising, they can play tough if they want and they can play soft as they choose too and when they play as soft as a gelatin they brake our hearts because we know what they are capable to do..for now I will wait after the all star break perhaps I would see the true Lakers but for now I will agree with the trolls...our team is a FAKER...3 peat and beyond....

It seems as if after the whole LeBron "decision" situation over the summer, more fans are finally apreciating and not just noticing Kobe's greatness on the basketball court and as a man. It's obvious that Kobe's popularity is up, simply because LeBron's is declining. This apreciation has suddently erupted around the world and none further than Kobe's professional hometown. This honor is given to Kobe to justify not only his superior athletic ability, but his constant presence as an entertainer, making it perfect for the Hollywood scene.
To be the first athlete to ever be honored by Grauman's Chinese Theater, says alot. Neither Michael Jordan nor Magic Johnson can say they have also achieved this honor. If Kobe wins another championship this season, then by year's end, he will be tied with Jordan with six rings, which is also one more than Magic.
There are those who will say Grauman's Chinese Theatre needs to wait and postpone this honor until Kobe retires, but to that I present a lyrical saying from Kanye west that was sure the city of Los Angeles and Grauman's Chinese Theatre's mindset. "If you admire someone you should go head and tell them. People never get the flowers while they can still smell them." -Kanye West "Big Brother"

Uhhhhhhhhhh why?

@JAMF - I don't think even I can get to the gala!

KobeMVP888,

you wrote: We don't? What do you call Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest, chopped liver? Artest as been first or second All-NBA defense 4 times (and that's absurdly low) and Kobe 10 times. That's not perennial? The Bulls did have Ho Grant and then Rodman, but never did they have a 7 footer with Bynum's talents who was flanked by another talented 7 footer whose playoff defense has been superb and underrated the past 2 seasons. I know you disagree on Bynum's effect on the defensive end, so that one isn't worth rehashing.

my response: Actually, Kobe is a perennial all-star. Ron Artest is not.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/a/artesro01.html

Artest has been 1st team defense twice in his career. The most recent time
was: 2005-2006. He was second team 2008-2008. Are these part of
those statisistics that you don't care about?
Sport! You had to know I was going to look. What part of: DO YOUR
RESEARCH do you not understand?

re: my opinion on Bynum. Well, there's your opinion about defense and
there's what the record book says about defense. You're more than welcome
to put your opinion against:

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/p/pippesc01.html

1990-91 NBA All-Defensive (2nd)
1991-92 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1991-92 NBA All-NBA (2nd)
1992-93 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1992-93 NBA All-NBA (3rd)
1993-94 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1993-94 NBA All-NBA (1st)
1994-95 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1994-95 NBA All-NBA (1st)
1995-96 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1995-96 NBA All-NBA (1st)
1996-97 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1996-97 NBA All-NBA (2nd)
1997-98 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1997-98 NBA All-NBA (3rd)
1998-99 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1999-00 NBA All-Defensive (2nd)

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/jordami01.html

1987-88 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1987-88 NBA All-NBA (1st)
1988-89 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1988-89 NBA All-NBA (1st)
1989-90 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1989-90 NBA All-NBA (1st)
1990-91 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1990-91 NBA All-NBA (1st)
1991-92 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1991-92 NBA All-NBA (1st)
1992-93 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1992-93 NBA All-NBA (1st)
1995-96 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1995-96 NBA All-NBA (1st)
1996-97 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1996-97 NBA All-NBA (1st)
1997-98 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1997-98 NBA All-NBA (1st)

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/r/rodmade01.html

1988-89 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1989-90 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1990-91 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1991-92 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1991-92 NBA All-NBA (3rd)
1992-93 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1993-94 NBA All-Defensive (2nd)
1994-95 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1994-95 NBA All-NBA (3rd)
1995-96 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1989-90 NBA Defensive Player of the Year
1990-91 NBA Defensive Player of the Year

I keep saying that defense is about hustle. You keep ignoring that so you
can talk about your opinion. I keep giving records and statistics. You keep
giving your opinion. By my count, I'm looking at ~ 30 entries in the
record book vs. your opinion about Bynum. Guess which one
is recorded in Springfield, MA. Whatever.


You also wrote: My entire point is that regardless of the situation, Phil has been able to figure it out and he three-peated successfully three times, even getting past that great Sacramento Kings team in 2002 (a better team than MJ EVER faced during his three-peat seasons). Coach Eleven Rings is a master at these things, so instead of drowning myself in minutiae, I prefer to look at the Big Picture.

my response: It is my understanding that Phil Jackson has *NEVER* gone
to the finals 4 years in a row. I'll repeat that because you seem obsessed with
*your* opinion. Phil Jackson HAS NEVER GONE TO THE FINALS 4 YEARS
IN A ROW! *This* would be the first time. He got past the Kings with a
dominant C, and one of the 3 best SG's to ever play the game during his
ascension into super-stardom. In case you haven't noticed, we don't have
a Shaq in his prime. [ A dominant Big who demanded a double-team. ]
We don't have a young Kobe who can jump out of the building. It would be
nice if you could compare Oranges & Oranges instead of your unfactual
rhetoric.


re: The 93 Bulls.

you wrote:
By the way, if the '93 Bulls started off 29-15, 2 games worse than our record, how do you know that they didn't "slack off nearly as bad?"

http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/CHI/1993_games.html

They never lost more than 2 games in a row. 3 of those losses were in
OT. Do you really want to compare that with our 3 or 4 game losing
streaks? Why don't you ever do any research before you write such
opinionated crap?

You wrote: If you are going to tell me that the Kobe-Fish-Gasol led Lakers are anything BUT professional, I stubbornly disagree to the point that I don't want to discuss that either.

my response: professional athletes prep for the upcoming season by working
out like fiends during the off season. Pau didn't as judged by his whining,
his lack of definition and his displayed weakness at the C position. A position
that he played for 6 years or so with the Grizzlies. Perhaps you should talk
to LakerTom about the professionalism of Gasol. He seems to have a better
understanding than you do.

LakerTom,

yep.

I (like everyone else) has been hearing a lot this season about Kobe moving up the NBA career scoring list. Currently in 9th place and moving into 8th in a couple of games (52 more pts). Obviously an incredible feat.

However I'm far more impressed about another mark Kobe is about to pass. And in so doing, join a group of NBA players (all HOF's) which currently only number 6. As of this writing, Kobe is only 26 assist shy of becoming only the 7th player to have 25,000+ pts, 5,000+ rebounds, & 5,000+ assists. He would be joining Kareem, The Mailman, MJ, The Big O, John Havlicek, & The Logo as the only players in NBA history to accomplish this awesome feat.

Like the MAGIG man used to say the this is the ULTIMATE BABY!!! Congrats, Senor culebra MAMBA very well done...

Hey rafanico are you stupid...... Kobe wants another ring so he can at least tie Jordan. You know damn well that he wants to ge known as a greater basketball player than him, so he will strive for 7 rings


P.S.
Lakers 3-Peat this year


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