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Caught in the Web: Lakers back to work after All-Star break

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan lists a few things the Lakers can fix to become a championship contender.

--The Times' Mark Heisler analyzes Carmelo Anthony's arrival with the Knicks. Heisler also assesses the Sacramento Kings' possible move to Anaheim.

--Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine features Bryant trying to intervene on Craig Sager's interview which asked Carmelo Anthony where he was going to play.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains why Kobe Bryant's embracing being an "Old Fella."

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper looks at how Bryant keeps chasing down NBA greats. He also reports that Bryant is expected to get a statue after retirement.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky previews the upcoming week.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen details Monday's practice.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne talks to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak about his plans before the trade deadline.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen believes the Lakers won't make a move.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford provides a medical update on Matt Barnes.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz reports that the Lakers spent time meditating during Monday's practice.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski contends that Kobe Bryant hasn't lost a step.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell talks to former Bulls guard Steve Kerr about the difficulty of three-peating.

--Silver Screen and Roll's ActuarialSound compares this season's Lakers team to other Lakers playoff teams.

Tweet of the Day: First we had the SAG Awards, then the Grammys, then NBA All-Star and now the Oscars. Whew, LA is busy! I need a vacation!" -- MagicJohnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)

Video Caption Contest of the Day: "Hey Lebron, lets see you hide this footage" -- johnnynav21

Reader Comment of the Day: "Melo to NY...talk about no D in NY. They may be able to score but won't be able to stop anyone either. Another 7 seconds or less failure come playoff time. Sorry Spike, your guys will entertain but no Chips." -- hawaiiD

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said this of the NBA season: "It's a marathon. You see the finish line, you tend to pick up the speed a little bit." Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.

 
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Bresnahan is correct: The Lakers need to get their swagger back.

Not the cocky attitude that has landed them at 3rd place in the West. Not the brash assertion that they can simple flip a switch come playoff time.

No, I'm talking about the swagger that comes with understanding JUST. HOW. GOOD. YOU. ARE. The swagger born of three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, of back-to-back championships, of the best starting line-up in the league, of the greatest player in the history of the game. The swagger that says, without speaking it aloud, "When we step between the lines, there is no way you can beat us."

It's time to see that.

Go Lake Show!

I think the Knicks did a great job getting Carmelo and you know they'll grab CP3 or D-Will about this time next year. Hopefully Big Dwight will want to come here to LA instead of NY.

I have nothing against Drew, would like him to be the beast that everyone talks about, but I'd do a swap for Howard yesterday, today and tomorrow! Again, nothing against Drew, just value performance over potential.

Please add me to the MVP888 come back bandwagon. A true Laker fan, unwavering in his convictions. Practice season or not, he loves the Purple and Gold.


I'm definetely on board the Laker Threepeat banwagon. Never got off it!

I would definitely like a seat aboard the MVP888 bandwagon. Come on. Come back home already.

Go Lake Show!

@Sean- Earlier you wrote that you thought Corey Brewer, was the X factor for the Knicks, and with him they were going to have a deep bench.

Well, unless he can play center, the Knicks won't have a deep bench. They still lack a true point guard to back up Chauncy, and Turiaf is not starting center material. Rumor is they are going to sign Earl Barron as a back up. I like Brewer's athleticism and hustle especially on defense, but that's not their weakness. Giving up Mozgov left a gaping hole at the center position. IMO.

@Laker J: That's been the D'Antoni weakness for many seasons. Superb point guard (Nash/Chauncey), great forward (Stoudemire/Stoudemire), but no center. This version of the Knicks will be fast, athletic, and they're put points on the board. But they will not get out of the East. No way.

Go Lake Show!

*they'll*

Duh.

Go Lake Show!

this is a terrible team. with this terrible team we beat the celtics, who are wanting it all back. now you can counter and say the lakers lost to the cavs, but the thing is that if the lakers play with that swagger, that attitude that they seemed to have misplaced, they have a hell of a better chance of beating celtics than the cavs have in beating the lakers again.i would rather see the lakers playing with heart, which i think most of us can agree has been missing for much of the season. someone needs to remind ron-ron where he was a year ago, and remind him of his responsiblities to his teammates, which should be higher than to the mental health community.

@Laker J- I never said Brewer was an 'X-factor', I don't even recall thinking that. That's ridiculous.

I said Joakim Noah was an 'X-factor' for the Bulls.

You took two of my statements and spliced them together. I didn't say that. Laker J, don't put words in my mouth please and thank you.

I was inferring the Knicks by adding Brewer, have a better bench given their personnel than they did before the trade.

Sean,

re: your youtube clips of Ron Artest. I found them worthless. Thanks for the
links though.

As I said, are you comparing the Ron Artest of last year to the Ron Artest
of this year?

you also wrote: I think we can agree that both defenders have strengths and weaknesses. if you took a poll of the Lakers, I bet 80-99% would say Artest is the better of the two, including Barnes himself. One of the reasons Barnes said he came over to the Lakers, was to watch Ron from the bench. He admitted, he's not in Ron's class as a Defender.

You're not wrong Hobbitmage, you're just trying to make Barnes out to be a better defender than common knowledge or history suggests.

my response: please tell me where you got this given I said ...

I haven't disagreed with Artest being a better defender.

@hobbitmage- dude, people don't drastically change in a year. That Artest video you saw, he's still the same dude, he's lost a lot of weight actually.

Like I said, I can't show you what seperates him from other Defenders, without a practical demonstration.

I'm not interested in fighting. You're not convinced, you're not convinced. I'm moving on. We'll have to settle this later on in the playoffs, before someone changes their mind.

I appreciate your vigor, nonetheless.

@Sean- Sorry about that, I did get the two posts mixed. Here is what you said:

The one thing lost in all the Melo deal- With the addition of Cory Brewer, the Knicks have a strong bench now.

Posted by: sean | February 22, 2011 at 09:41 AM

Again, my apologies. The point I was trying to make was that I didn't think NY had a strong bench since back up PG and center are going to be weaknesses. You did say you favored them over the Bulls in the playoffs right?

@Laker J- the Knicks personnel is much better than it was yesterday. The bench being the most significant boost.

When Kelenna Azubuike comes back, you'll get where I'm coming from. With Brewer, who can play D, Landry Fields on the wing as well, the depth with their perimeter game can match up with any other team.

You have to give up something to get something. Yeah, size isn't their ally right now, Stat, Turiaf, Sheldon Williams (LOL). What their bigs lack in size, they make up for in versatility with their big men. Their bench is stronger than it was, when all the pieces come together.


They won't be the worst defensive team in the league, they'll be better than you think they will be.

Mamba24 - please add me to the currently rolling bandwagons.

888's a huge Laker fan and contributes great basketball posts. Some may not agree with the concept of 'practice season' but whatever. You don't like it - scroll past. Sheesh. Enough with the personal attacks. Let's keep it Lakers oriented and/or family-friendly - mmmkay?

The Lakers need to come out of the gate ready to put a hurt on Atlanta. I want my W. I've been waiting for awhile now, and when it comes to my W's, I'm not a patient girl. And yeah - swagger - I want that too.

GO LAKERS!!

Sean,

re: people changing drastically w/in a year.

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

some things have changed. some haven't.

re: Ron's defense. I said: Artest is a better defender than Barnes. You keep
beating this drum as if I've said that Barnes is a better defender than
Artest. Can you not read? What part of: I agreed with your comment
did you miss?

re: Ron losing weight. So .... if you were paying attention last year, you'd
know that he dropped ~ 20-30 lbs during the course of the season. No
hamburgers or alcohol and a seafood diet as I recall.

back to Ron's defense and last year vs. this year:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=300326025

Artest 1-6, 2 pts. -17

Durant 9-19, 26 pts, +31

@Laker J- yeah, I did favor them over the Bulls. What does my opinion mean in the grand scheme of things?

I have my reasons. Defense and Rebounding win in the Playoffs. For that, the Bulls have a significant advantage over New York.

I'm only favoring them on the chemistry situation. The adrenaline is high right now, if they carry that into the playoffs it can benefit them with so much energy it's going to take to get rid of the Bulls.

In a 7 game series, I'd take the Knicks. The Bulls will most likely beat them in 5-7 games.

I have Chicago getting to the Finals and facing us. It's time for the 91' revenge. Like I told mamba, that's the only thing that's not on Kobe's resume.

They won't be the worst defensive team in the league, they'll be better than you think they will be.

Posted by: sean | February 22, 2011 at 01:17 PM

Sean, I never said they'd be the worst defensive team in the league. Please don't put words in my mouth. LOL, I kid.

Frankly, from a defensive stand point, they do have some good players. Fields, T. Douglas, Brewer, and Turiaf come to mind. Azubuike is someone that I really like as a player, however, his knee surgery and recovery have taken much longer than anyone thought. I doubt that he will be a factor this year by the time he assimilates to the team, and gains his strength and conditioning. I'd like to see him in a Lakers uni next year if we lose SB.

Outlaw - LOVE your post. You are spot on!

Mamba - MVP888 - I'll jump on that train!

W/R/T Ron Artest's D and our dueling bloggers... Ron may be a bit discombobulated. BUT, we have seen him all season rise to the occasion and put up some good D when needed. I have no doubt he can string together a memorable 16 game all-out focused barrage of championship caliber D.

If he strays and seems a little lost for the rest of the reg season - I am okay with that. I think this is all part of his newly found Hollywood acting skills.

Cheers - PLG

@Laker J- funny, bro, LOL. That was good. I also like a lot of Kelenna's game. I thought GSW basically gave him away. Ups his strength and conditioning, he'd be an interesting pick up, to say the least. His knees are a question mark, you hit the nail on the head. He's close to coming back, see how it develops.

Re KobeMVP888
As far as I'm concerned his seat is reserved here and no one else can occupy it. He's a die hard Purple and Gold fan with an optimistic slant. We need more passionate people like him. His seat will remain unoccupied until he feels ready to return to it. I hope he knows we want him here.

Need I spell it out? PLEASE COME BACK!

I realize my comment here is not relevant to anything, but could you imagine if Kobe had played in the Dantoni system? Wow, what a show he would've put on! I also know that he probably wouldn't have 5 Rings, but ahhhh, what a show!

One reason I think Lakes didn't make any move during this trade season is they just may be looking at Dwight Howard (who wants to come to LA) about this time next year, especially if Drew doesn't pan out. If Drew steps up and we win a 3rd in a row, well then, all bets are off. What do you think?

PS-Lakers hold option on Drew during and after next season, Howard has his option at the same time (same as Melo this year). Lakers and Howard have the control.

Back to Kobe in the Dantoni system: 6 Scoring titles, 3 MVP's and maybe 1 Ring, maybe.

hawaiiD - congrats on RCOTD. I agree that I can't see them winning in the playoffs this year, but at least they took a couple steps in the right direction.

@D(erek)J(eter)- You bring an interesting question about Drew and D12. Their can't be any rational discussion until the new CBA is hashed out. Which could be a while.

D12 and now, Chris Paul, have a new can of worms to deal with it, for selfish and conspicuous reasons they will both have to deal with some form of fallout for their respective decisions.

D12, has people in his circle that are rats, whoever told Bucher he wants to play in L.A. Now, he finally got annoyed, about the truth of the rumor, than the rumor itself. He's not happy in Orlando and probably will leave.

I always thought Chris Paul was a smart guy, who knew when to leave well enough alone. I was wrong, he got drunk and opened his mouth at a wedding.
If Chris Paul does sign with New York, he will be investigated for tampering or collusion. Word of mouth doesn't set precedent in Court, so, who knows how far that gets. Still, all this talk opens up Pandora's box and in the end, it's the players who will suffer, the NBA in general and all the ego that comes with the dog and pony show.

DJ,

I'd give Kobe a couple of more titles under D'Antoni. Especially if he would have played with Amare and Nash. Certainly all the scoring titles and MVps' you suggest. I also think that the Lakers are posturing themselves to try to land D. Howard next year. Of course he will be on the driver's seat much like Melo was this year. The only variable will be the "new" colective bargaining agreement for next season, and if it includes a frachise player tag. Otherwise, if Dwight wants to play for the Lakers, it can happen.

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KOBEMVP888 THE 2ND HALF IS STARTING PLEASE COME BACK
AND RETURN TO YOUR SEAT SIR - BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________*
(01) LEWSTRS - OWNER - And 888 said he would return if 26 people jump
on his bandwagon...and he would be 27...LOL
(02) CYBERCOSMIX – DRIVER - COME ON EVERYONE, HOP ON MAMBA/LEW'S COME BACK 888 BANDWAGON
(03) LAKERTOM - RIDING SHOTGUN - Thanks for the 888 Bandwagon. I hope we have a resounding number of bloggers who sign up so that we get our entire crew together. Now is not the time for a divided house. Let’s show everybody we care about all our team. Time to step up and take a stand for inclusiveness. 888 has made some great contributions to the blog. The Lakers Blog needs to make a statement.
(04) DJ LROB - RIDING SHOTGUN2 & DJ
(05) MAMBA24 – KOBEMVP888 – Come on Downnnnnnnn!!!!
(06) D(EREK) J(ETER)
(07) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - 888's a huge Laker fan and contributes great basketball posts. Some may not agree with the concept of 'practice season' but whatever. You don't like it - scroll past. Sheesh. Enough with the personal attacks. Let's keep it Lakers oriented and/or family-friendly mmOkay
(08) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - MVP888 - I'll jump on that train!
(09) JOHNNYV - As far as I'm concerned his seat is reserved here and no one else can occupy it. He's a die hard Purple and Gold fan with an optimistic slant. We need more passionate people like him. His seat will remain unoccupied until he feels ready to return to it. I hope he knows we want him here. Need I spell it out? PLEASE COME BACK!
(09) THE OUTLAW - I would definitely like a seat aboard the MVP888 bandwagon. Come on. Come back home already
(10) BABY OUTLAW-
(11) LAKERJ - Please add me to the MVP888 come back bandwagon. A true Laker fan, unwavering in his convictions. Practice season or not, he loves the Purple and Gold.

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@LEWSTRS
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ONE BLOG, ONE GOAL, THREE PEAT - BANDWAGON
*______________________________________________________*
(01) THE OUTLAW - OWNER - I hope the blog bands together for the common
goal: THREE-PEAT.
(02) BABY OUTLAW - CO/OWNER
(03) LEWSTRS - THE ORIGINAL DESIGNER - please include me on the 3 Peat Bandwgon...
(03) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - WE GOT THIS!!!
(04) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Sure, I'll hop on board today's Bandwagons!
(05)CYBERCOSMIX - The way Kobe took over the ASG, the focus and flashes of old-school Kobe, it was amazing. He's going to have the guys focused for the 2nd half and not let PJ say goodbye with anything less than his 12th ring. I bet all those other players from other teams standing behind him when he was getting that trophy Sunday night, every single one of them probably thought 'oh damn... The Mamba is back' You could just see it in their eyes...Looks like this will be the guys we go to battle with - if so, as CornerJ says: Let's ride!
(06)LROB - DJ - I’m rolling strong with the 3peat. Why should Mamba be the only 3peat season!
(07) LAKERTOM - I hope we have a resounding number of bloggers who sign up so that we get our entire crew together. Now is not the time for a divided house. Let’s show everybody we care about all our team. Time to step up and take a stand for inclusiveness.
(08) JUSTANTHERMAMBAFAN - The Lakers need to come out of the gate ready to put a hurt on Atlanta. I want my W. I've been waiting for awhile now, and when it comes to my W's, I'm not a patient girl. And yeah - swagger - I want that too.
(09) LAKERJ - I'm definetely on board the Laker Threepeat banwagon. Never got off it!

RCOTD = HAWAIID = OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!!! KUDOS!!!!

billups, melo, amare

no center, no chance, but will win some games in the playoffs perhaps a series

lakers play a tough remaining schedule, will they flip the switch? and will it even matter?
chances are they will end up with only a fourth seed in the West.
SA
Dallas
OKC
Lakers

stay thirsty my blogger friends

Mamba24 put me on the KOBEMVP888 bandwagon.

As I said before he (888) is one of the few that can keep us on high hopes on this harsh times, just like you sir Mamba24!!!

And of course also on the THREE PEAT - BANDWAGON.
Phil & the team will take the (champion) ship to the right port!!!

All Star game thoughts

a theme over the years has been when a player is in his home town for an all star game other players defer to that player. Most of the time that player rises to the occasion. Kobe followed suit.

Pau Gasol's performance was a mirror image of his laker career, pretty good stats, misses gimmies, not much defense, but glad he's on the lakers.

did anyone else think while Durant and Kobe were on the floor together that it seemed like a perfect fit? if only the Lakers had a truly great player like Durant to compliment Kobe. Not the part time wannabes currently assembled. I can see why so many people were looking for help.

Minor trade still possible
rumor mill- Farmar possibly coming back

Stay thirsty my blogger friends

KobeMVP888

is the most vicious blogger I ever met on any blog (regardless of topic) besides Jon K.

As a lawyer he treats this blog as his own court and empowers himself as a judge.

He will defend at his convenience any player except Ron Artest who he hates. One of the few players who had "LEGAL" issues. Mmmmm …

To impose his "basketball ball view" he invokes as "guru" or "model" a dead blogger from a different site. (no others have the "right" opinions).

Isn't that an irony that Ron Artest considers "some dead playground player" as the best basketball player EVER? (kettle, black …)

This blog was "buzzing" before MVP888 and will thrive in the future without HIS AIRNESS.

This is not about "practice season". It's about common sense. Lakers fans can be haters too. MVP888 is an example.

888 - I’m here now...I’m jumping on the bus...Please say you’ll come back - there are people here who appreciate your posts (we may not agree with all of ‘em but, we appreciate you and I hope you know who WE ARE)...

Btw, I’m looking forward to meeting You, Lew, Justa, srafrank, htj & 63(yes, you too 63) on 3/20...It’s going to be A LOT OF FUN watching the game with you guys...I CAN’T WAIT!!!

NOW it's time to get your butt back here...LOL!!!

*__________________________________________________*
KOBEMVP888 THE 2ND HALF IS STARTING PLEASE COME BACK
AND RETURN TO YOUR SEAT SIR - BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________*
(01) LEWSTRS - OWNER - And 888 said he would return if 26 people jump
on his bandwagon...and he would be 27...LOL
(02) CYBERCOSMIX – DRIVER - COME ON EVERYONE, HOP ON MAMBA/LEW'S COME BACK 888 BANDWAGON


(13) TIDAL WAVE - (888) is one of the few that can keep us on high hopes on this harsh times.
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[_|___|__|___|__|__|__|__|__|_\
|___ LAKERS 3PEAT BUS _\__\__\
l_________________________--|
\_(O)-(O)____________(O)-(O)__/
@LEWSTRS
*______________________________________________________*
ONE BLOG, ONE GOAL, THREE PEAT - BANDWAGON
*______________________________________________________*
(01) THE OUTLAW - OWNER - I hope the blog bands together for the common
goal: THREE-PEAT.
(02) BABY OUTLAW - CO/OWNER

(09) LAKERJ - I'm definetely on board the Laker Threepeat banwagon. Never got off it!
(10) TIDAL WAVE - Phil & the team will take the (champion) ship to the right port!!!

*__________________________________________________*
KOBEMVP888 THE 2ND HALF IS STARTING PLEASE COME BACK
AND RETURN TO YOUR SEAT SIR - BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________*
(01) LEWSTRS - OWNER - And 888 said he would return if 26 people jump
on his bandwagon...and he would be 27...LOL
(02) CYBERCOSMIX – DRIVER - COME ON EVERYONE, HOP ON MAMBA/LEW'S COME BACK 888 BANDWAGON


(13) TIDAL WAVE - (888) is one of the few that can keep us on high hopes on this harsh times
(14) IHEARTKB24 - 888 - I’m here now...I’m jumping on the bus...Please say you’ll come back - there are people here who appreciate your posts (we may not agree with all of ‘em but, we appreciate you and I hope you know who WE ARE)...


More all star game thoughts

Lebron
a stat machine
still a loser

he was trying to rally the troops, trying to match the unstoppableness of Kobe,

Since the dawn of time man has asked the question, ‘What makes Kobe Bryant aka the Black Mamba so unstoppable?’ What makes his dunk so unstoppable? What makes his three-point so unstoppable? What makes his overall unstoppableness unstoppable?

Is it possible to stop something that’s unstoppable? Is the answer to the question yet another question? We may never know. Yet in knowing the unknowing is unstoppable!


Stay thirsty my blogger friends

More all star game thoughts

Lebron
a stat machine
still a loser

he was trying to rally the troops, trying to match the unstoppableness of Kobe,

Since the dawn of time man has asked the question, ‘What makes Kobe Bryant aka the Black Mamba so unstoppable?’ What makes his dunk so unstoppable? What makes his three-point so unstoppable? What makes his overall unstoppableness unstoppable?

Is it possible to stop something that’s unstoppable? Is the answer to the question yet another question? We may never know. Yet in knowing the unknowing is unstoppable!


Stay thirsty my blogger friends

@OurCourt- You're certainly entitled to your opinion. I can't respect your opinion if it means disrespecting someone when they're not around. I think that's in poor taste, even if you do have conflict with KobeMVP888.

Since the dawn of time man has asked the question, ‘What makes Kobe Bryant aka the Black Mamba so unstoppable?’ What makes his dunk so unstoppable? What makes his three-point so unstoppable? What makes his overall unstoppableness unstoppable? Is it possible to stop something that’s unstoppable? Is the answer to the question yet another question? We may never know. Yet in knowing the unknowing is unstoppable! Stay thirsty my blogger friends Posted by: The Worlds Most Interesting Blogger | February 22, 2011 at 02:34 PM
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OH SWEET JESUS!!! I just have to stop and say...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!! Carry On!
DAMN....I'M THIRSTY!!!!


Sean,

re: KobeMVP888.

I'm not going to start slinging mud. However, I do want to know two things.

1. How long have your been reading this blog?
2. if you have not been reading this blog for longer than 1 month, I would
suggest y0u read the archives to get a better feel for some people's ...
negative feelings about KobeMVP888.

[ note: I tried to make that as "pc" as possible. ]

every one please stop about kobe being the greatest ever. im a LAKER for life but Kobe is not close to MJ at all. Even if he wins more titles then MJ. I know Kobe has been playing for a long time but his knees are done for. I suggest micro-fracture surgery on both knees. the surgery will produce new cartlidge. Take a year off. Get a high pick in the draft. and start all over.

dump bynum, 1996 all over again. bring in jerry west. he will in turn bring dwight howard. keep KOB at the 2. draft a point. and gasoft at the 4


when an employee of mine feels he is worth more than what his current compensation is, and this employee threatens to leave unless certain conditions are met... I always tell this employee the following...

Thank you for your contribution, we'll try to get along without you.

This blog continues regardless.
Threats to leave unless things change are laughable.

threats to leave because you've been ridiculed, or someone called you names, or didn't give you the respect you feel you deserve are downright hilarious.

@hobbitmage- not trying to stir the pot.

To answer your questions:

1)Before I started blogging, it was a good year, that I was reading.

2) I've done that. I'm not trying to be Dudley-do-right, by any stretch. I also haven't been privy to all the interpersonal relationships on the blog. That's why I'm being as careful as I can, if I have something to say.

I was just responding to an injustice, every person has the right to face an accuser. If he (KobeMVP888) doesn't want to or doesn't care, that's a different story.

Honestly, I don't want to bite off more than I can chew. I'm a neophyte when it comes to some opinions on the blog about KobeMVP888. I just wanted to allow some conflict resolution to enter the picture.

Funny how we get new handles when 888 or topic of 888 surfaces...

dont let the door hit you in the...
our COURT...
Practice Season Police...
etc...etc...

Admit it...you guys want posters like 888...or you would have nothing to contribute to this blog...

Now that is freakin HILARIOUS...

I'll hop on the bus for MVP888 to come back. I have as usual had down time and really going through a nightmare right now. So sorry to ask but why did 888 leave? I agree he a passionate blogger.

*__________________________________________________*
KOBEMVP888 THE 2ND HALF IS STARTING PLEASE COME BACK
AND RETURN TO YOUR SEAT SIR - BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________*
(01) LEWSTRS - OWNER - And 888 said he would return if 26 people jump
on his bandwagon...and he would be 27...LOL
(02) CYBERCOSMIX – DRIVER - COME ON EVERYONE, HOP ON MAMBA/LEW'S COME BACK 888 BANDWAGON


(13) TIDAL WAVE - (888) is one of the few that can keep us on high hopes on this harsh times
(14) IHEARTKB24 - 888 - I’m here now...I’m jumping on the bus...Please say you’ll come back - there are people here who appreciate your posts (we may not agree with all of ‘em but, we appreciate you and I hope you know who WE ARE)...
(15) JUSTA (formerly JustaLakerFan) - I'll hop on the bus for MVP888 to come back.

Hello, Lakerville....

I needed the All-Star break to get away from basketball and the Lakers for a while. I'm not going to lie to you, those last two games against Charlotte and Cleveland just about broke my heart. The lack of effort and focus in those two games were mind boggling to me. From a Laker standpoint, there was nothing displayed in those two games that resembled a championship quality squad.

But, the team has to move on. The journey is far from over and there is time to right the ship and change the script. I'm here for the duration and will be even if some team (ain't gonna happen) pries the trophy from the Lakers' cold, dead hands! Laker fan forever!!

ASG?....meh! I'm glad Kobe played well. I watched the replay after I found out he won the MVP. Got a big kick out of LeBron trying to fire up the East and act like a real leader! Bet the Celtics felt like laughing in his face. LeBrawn really dislikes Kobe. Brawny tries to hide it, but it's palpable. He envies the Mamba's position in the league and, above all else, his championships. It's eating at LeBrawn like a slowly dripping acid.

Back to business tonight. Time to send a message. Last week, the Lakers gave the entire league hope with their poor play. It's time for them to reverse that trend.

Mamba24....

Please add me to the KobeMVP bandwagon...I miss his insight here. He can be a bit contentious, but who here hasn't gotten into some sort of cyber spitting contest? I may not agree with everything he says, but I'll certainly defend his right to say it. We miss you, MVP and it's time to get all hands on board. It's winning time!!

GO LAKERS!!!!
17 IN '11!!!!

@Justa (formerly JustaLakerFan), Stay strong my brother! You know you have all The Lakers Nation Prayers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*__________________________________________________*
KOBEMVP888 THE 2ND HALF IS STARTING PLEASE COME BACK
AND RETURN TO YOUR SEAT SIR - BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________*
(01) LEWSTRS - OWNER - And 888 said he would return if 26 people jump
on his bandwagon...and he would be 27...LOL
(02) CYBERCOSMIX – DRIVER - COME ON EVERYONE, HOP ON MAMBA/LEW'S COME BACK 888 BANDWAGON


(13) TIDAL WAVE - (888) is one of the few that can keep us on high hopes on this harsh times
(14) IHEARTKB24 - 888 - I’m here now...I’m jumping on the bus...Please say you’ll come back - there are people here who appreciate your posts (we may not agree with all of ‘em but, we appreciate you and I hope you know who WE ARE)...
(15) JUSTA (formerly JustaLakerFan) - I'll hop on the bus for MVP888 to come back
(16) BRONXLAKERFAN - Please add me to the KobeMVP bandwagon...I miss his insight here. He can be a bit contentious, but who here hasn't gotten into some sort of cyber spitting contest? I may not agree with everything he says, but I'll certainly defend his right to say it. We miss you, MVP and it's time to get all hands on board. It's winning time!!

if Dwight wants to play for the Lakers, it can happen.

Posted by: Laker J | February 22, 2011 at 01:59 PM

And I am sure you will bank roll the trade!

Posted by: Worlds Richest Man | February 22, 2011 at 03:10 PM


Nope, that's why you're here!

Funny how we get new handles when 888 or topic of 888 surfaces...

LEWSTRS, we get it, you like 888

funny how you like to speak for others

you're one of the ones who keep saying how this blog has changed and how you won't post too much anymore and this and that, and that you're back to your old blog, and you won't do roll calls anymore or say anything until the mamba game day roll call. geeze.

you haven't been around that long and i highly doubt your absense will make anymore difference than 888.

so make up your mind one way or another but stop trying to impose your will on others and stop with the tired threats of not coming around unless things change.

and we'll try to get along without you if you choose to stay away.

Cyber

The PSP heard you. Like Lebron, the psp is taking mental notes! Lol!

Seriously though, the PSP thought the beef was squashed; why you gotta call the PSP out huh? FYI the PSP interact on a daily basis with other bloggers and not just your darling 888.

See, this is how ish starts, next thing you know it will be 'spin zone' again and then they will say the PSP is a troll and all sorts of unsavory things.

Be warned Cyber, all you get is a warning but next time the PSP will be forced to issue an expensive ticket.

Thanks
PSP Officer

TIVO experiment delayed one more game.............gulp!

Ya gotta earn the bandwagon props. Can't ask for it.

@888

DON'T LET THE TROLLS WIN!

Many times I've walked away due to the foul stench of troll feces that can quickly make breathing unbearable, but then I read posts by you, Mamba24, Justa, LRob, et al, and the air becomes cleaner, the load lighter, and the sky in Lakerville bluer.

I just spent 1 hour and 40 minutes at the Nevada DMV for a 5 minute license renewal (no appointment system) which brought back memories of trollville.

I survived and so will you.

It's Time to Ramp Up for the Real Season!

GO LAKERS! COMEBACK 888!!!

I am a life long laker fan and I hated MJ when he played. Especially when he massacred LA in the 1991 Finals for his first title. But when you look at his body of work and stats you can only come to the conclusion that Jordan is an E-series Mercedes or 7-series BMW and Kobe is a Lexus. A lexus is a nice car and all and something like a mercedes but nothing beats the original. Jordan won about 9 scoring titles. His ppg for his career was 30.1 ppg tied with Wilt. Let that sink in for a moment. What was even more amazing was that he shot 50% from the field as a guard. Thats mind boggling when you consider that Kobe best fg % year was in 2004 when he shot 46%. Jordan won about 5 regular season and 6 finals mvp. Unlike Kobe Jordan won defensive player of the year in one year. Also he is second on the all time steal list. I can go on and on but Kobe is a great player but he is no MJ.

Hey, did anyone see a Heart in here? The Lakers lost it and they're looking for it. If you see a Heart lying around anywhere, please return to the Lakers.

Oh, and they're also looking for a 'Switch', too. It looks like a common lightswitch. They plan on using it immediately before the playoffs begin.

If you see a Switch or a Heart in here, please return to the Lakers. Sorry, no rewards for finding these items.

Thanks.

*__________________________________________________*
KOBEMVP888 THE 2ND HALF IS STARTING PLEASE COME BACK
AND RETURN TO YOUR SEAT SIR - BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________*
(01) LEWSTRS - OWNER - And 888 said he would return if 26 people jump
on his bandwagon...and he would be 27...LOL
(02) CYBERCOSMIX – DRIVER - COME ON EVERYONE, HOP ON MAMBA/LEW'S COME BACK 888 BANDWAGON
(03) LAKERTOM - RIDING SHOTGUN - Thanks for the 888 Bandwagon. I hope we have a resounding number of bloggers who sign up so that we get our entire crew together. Now is not the time for a divided house. Let’s show everybody we care about all our team. Time to step up and take a stand for inclusiveness. 888 has made some great contributions to the blog. The Lakers Blog needs to make a statement.
(04) DJ LROB - RIDING SHOTGUN2 & DJ - “C’mon home. Like Little Feat said, “We ain’t had enough fun yet”
(05) MAMBA24 – KOBEMVP888 – Come on Downnnnnnnn!!!!
(06) D(EREK) J(ETER)
(07) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - 888's a huge Laker fan and contributes great basketball posts. Some may not agree with the concept of 'practice season' but whatever. You don't like it - scroll past. Sheesh. Enough with the personal attacks. Let's keep it Lakers oriented and/or family-friendly mmOkay
(08) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - MVP888 - I'll jump on that train!
(09) JOHNNYV - As far as I'm concerned his seat is reserved here and no one else can occupy it. He's a die hard Purple and Gold fan with an optimistic slant. We need more passionate people like him. His seat will remain unoccupied until he feels ready to return to it. I hope he knows we want him here. Need I spell it out? PLEASE COME BACK!
(10) THE OUTLAW - I would definitely like a seat aboard the MVP888 bandwagon. Come on. Come back home already
(11) BABY OUTLAW-
(12) LAKERJ - Please add me to the MVP888 come back bandwagon. A true Laker fan, unwavering in his convictions. Practice season or not, he loves the Purple and Gold.
(13) TIDAL WAVE - (888) is one of the few that can keep us on high hopes on this harsh times.
(14) IHEARTKB24 - 888 - I’m here now...I’m jumping on the bus...Please say you’ll come back - there are people here who appreciate your posts (we may not agree with all of ‘em but, we appreciate you and I hope you know who WE ARE)... Btw, I’m looking forward to meeting You, Lew, Justa, srafrank, htj & 63(yes, you too 63) on 3/20...It’s going to be A LOT OF FUN watching the game with you guys...I CAN’T WAIT!!! NOW it's time to get your butt back here...LOL!!!
(15) JUSTA (formerly JustaLakerFan) - I'll hop on the bus for MVP888 to come back
(16) BRONXLAKERFAN - Please add me to the KobeMVP bandwagon...I miss his insight here. He can be a bit contentious, but who here hasn't gotten into some sort of cyber spitting contest? I may not agree with everything he says, but I'll certainly defend his right to say it. We miss you, MVP and it's time to get all hands on board. It's winning time!!


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