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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Orlando Magic

--The Times' Broderick Turner details how the Lakers have come closer together during the Grammy Trip.

--The Times' Mark Heisler makes fun of ESPN regarding the Bynum-Anthony trade. Heisler also details David Stern's legacy.

--NBA.com's Steve Aschburner favors Kobe Bryant as league MVP.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky discuss "Black Swan", the Grammy Trip and Sasha Vujacic in their latest podcats.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin highlights Andrew Bynum's success during the Grammy Trip.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller pokes fun at Lamar Odom's unisex fragrance.

--The Orlando Sentinel put together a compilation of soundbites highlighting the Magic's hope to win a championship.

 

--The Orlando Sentinel's Zach McCann details Stan Van Gundy's meeting Saturday with the team.

--The Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins talks to Lakers forward Matt Barnes about his bittersweet memories about playing for the Magic and how he wished he could suit up Sunday against them.

--Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap explains why Bryant is the Lakers' player of the week.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski previews the Lakers-Magic game.

--Laker Nation's Wade LaRoche reviews Jeanie Buss' "Laker Girl."

Tweet of the Day: "Dnt sometimes u wish when u wake up that sum1 is laying next to you? :-/" -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Here's the thing about the "Grammy Trip" and why it is the turning point every year (and Mitch knows this)... The environment during the Shaq/Kobe years was arguably as toxic as any winning program has ever had, but they had superior talent. Kobe suffered through that... and now he is on a team where the overwhelming majority of the team gets a long. He's not there to create division, he's there to be a true leader, which is always what he's wanted to be. A true leader is not an autocrat.

A true leader inspires through example. THAT is who Kobe has always wanted to be... and he knows he has that opportunity now. A true team is the essence of synergy: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It's not fantasy basketball. It's about a bunch of people caring for each other and collectively wanting to be the best. And being the best includes sacrifices... sacrifices that don't feel like sacrifices because they mean something more. You learn those kinds of lessons by being with people you care about. And that requires time. Like being locked together on the "Grammy Trip." " -- Jon K.

--Mark Medina

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Kobe MVP & PSP - I warned you guys about stopping the fighting. This is getting beyond ridiculous. I tried going through the back and forth, but the way I see it is this - We're starting off on a blank slate. No more arguing, finger pointing, etc. The minute the argument escalates there will be bans.

I’m in a vicious battle with the Flu, but I had to get the Roll Call out. This may be the only post for me today. I now go let Mrs. Mamba24 give me some tender loving care. LOL!
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WE GOT THIS & WE WANT MORE! @JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN
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No matter what UNIVERSE or alternate REALITY I’m in I AM A LAKER FAN!! @ LAKER LASS
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ONE TEAM, ONE RING ___@PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL
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LAKERS DYNNASTY - THE NEXT GENERATION #17 COMING UP!! @ LEWSTRS!!!!
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Laker Land: where all that is possible and even a lot of what is impossible happens on a daily basis.
History repeats to the same patterns, but evolving from them to a more perfected reality, round after
round. So we are the same: just better than last time. And we are getting better with every step more
we take within the future. It's a great life to be a Lakers Fan. Sorry others: you just can't compete. Still
wearing my Purple & Gold Pride.Not because I will think of what others are doing, which I don't
care for, but only because I am well aware and assured of what WE ARE CAPABLE OF.
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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!!!! @ I HEARNED THAT
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Triangle Physics: "For Every Defensive Action, there is a Greater & More Lethal Offensive Reaction
"Other Teams may River Dance, The Lakers Ballet is an Artistry in Rhythm." @ The TriAngulator
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To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on
stepping” basketball is a journey, teams learn about their weaknesses & strengths as they play along
all 82 Games. So let's enjoy this journey with our team. Onto the next win @ J24 aka (LadyJem24)
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Phil knows he's got a Ferrari this year. He's just got it purring along. Trying a few things in 2nd & 3rd
gear. Knows he's got several more gears, but sees no need to even try them now. Hasn't even floored
it yet when the NBA cops aren't looking, but knows he can lay a patch of smoke & rubber a block
long if he ever needs it. But yeah, Sonny Belfast, Phil knows (and YOU know) he may not even need
to floor it this year at all. But just for the heck of it, I think he will. @CORNERJ
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In my mind's eye, the Lakers and Celtics are rushing towards each other in the fashion that they have
in years past. Matching each other, blow-for-blow, against all-comers until the time to meet arrives.
They are looking squarely in the others direction while they simultaneously brush aside any with the
misguided notion that they are contenders. It is the same as how Bruce Lee will casually vanquish all
OF the Big Boss' henchmen on his way to the real dance. It is about Boston. It has always been about
Boston. Boston is the only franchise that has earned our RESPECT...and our DERISION. @ FEARLESS
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LIKE FINE ART. . .--stand too close, and the brilliance cannot be fully appreciated --pass judgment
before the masterpiece is complete, & short-change the genius of the process Nobody ever marvels at the canvas underneath the final presentation, but instead the magnificance of the finished product.
This Run of the Lakers is like Fine Art. Wait, just wait on it, & behold the beauty @LAKERMIKE
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Kobe can win THROUGH his team mates. He can win WITH his team mates. He can win
DEFERRING to his team mates. He can win IN SPITE OF his team mates. He can win INSTEAD
of his team mates. He can even win BY HIMSELF (just ask Dallas & Toronto). Champions are
forged in the 4th QUARTER. Franchises are defined in the 4th QUARTER. Dynasties are cemented
in the 4th QUARTER. Sit back & watch PJ, Kobe & Fish orchestrate this symphony we call Lakers
basketball to another parade down Figueroa Blvd.@ FEARLESS
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Lakers Today, Lakers Tomorrow, Lakers Forever!! What Do We Play For, More Rings!! @JON K
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WHO THE HELL ARE WE!! ALL TOGETHER:
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won (16) Rings
(10) of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
We’re on Lakers Dynastiy Number (4) and counting by the way
We have more Dynasties than others have Titles in the NBA
Best Winning Percentage in History is part of Laker Lore
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it we’ve had (Four)
Weve appeared in Half of all the Finals there have ever Been
We’re the Freakin LA Lakers and all we do is Win baby WIN!
We got the (2) Time Finals MVP, Black Mamba Kobe Bryant
He scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored More
But Rings not number of points is what Mamba plays for.
With Pau Gasol lending The Mamba a helping hand
The Lakers will continue going to that Finals promised land
We got a man giving up his Championship Ring for Charity
Ron Artest, Great basketball Player & Human Being is He
We got The Logo Jerry West & 1st Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had all the great centers like Shaq, Wilt & Kareem
Super Stars Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker Team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just Leased
(11) time Title Winning HOF Coach, who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Broadcasting Legend, Broadcasted Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best HOF Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams FEAR US
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re The Freakin Champion LA Lakers, Who the Hell are You

OK LAKER NATION, STOP THIS ISH, STOP IT NOW!! IT'S TIME TO UNITE!! Pleassssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssse!!! Carry On!

"I think at home everybody has their thing going on, so it's good to be on the road with each other. I think whether it's going to the movies, eating together, hanging out, I just think it helps our personality as a team, our team soul." L.A. Lakers forward Lamar Odom.

"A 5 day stint in Boston or Miami around mid-June actually sounds like fun!." LAT Lakersblogger dan the man.


LAKERS FANS UNITE !!!
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It’s time for Lakers fans to be feeling pretty damn good about their team. We’re off to a 4-0 start to this road trip, including an impressive come from behind stomping of the hated Celtics in the Garden, and our Big Four of Kobe, Pau, Drew, and Lamar are playing and defending well. It’s time for Lakers fans to unite under the banner of our common cause – to win our third NBA championship in a row. It’s time to put down the petty grievances and will our team to another win. It’s Game Day Baby!

Just like Kobe’s Black Mamba, the passion that makes this blog such a great place sometimes leads to confrontations between bloggers and groups of bloggers. I should know because I definitely have been there and done that. But when you get past all the anger and rhetoric and realize that we are fighting with our brothers and sisters of such minutiae as how important are the regular season or home court advantage or who said this or meant that, you can see how the passion has gotten out of control.

I would like to see everybody, starting with KobeMVP888 and PSP, just let this current dispute go. Let’s all instead focus on the upcoming game. That doesn’t mean get in your last word or punch and then move on; it means let’s all move on right now. No winners or losers. No crying or blame. Let’s act like the adults we are and treat our fellow bloggers like the family they are. If someone wants or needs to take a vacation, no problem. What I don’t want to see is any blogger banned or driven out.

KobeMVP888, you know how much I respect you and appreciate your contributions to the blog. If you act like a child and take your talents somewhere else, I am really going to be pissed. I didn’t have your back and get into this fracas to have you quit on me. So you know what I, CCX, Lewsters and all your supporters and loyal virtual friends expect. Don’t let us down. Take a break to cool off but you better be here for the stretch run to this season for the ages. Time to show your true colors, Kenny.
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TOM

Tweet of the Day: "Dnt sometimes u wish when u wake up that sum1 is laying next to you? :-/" -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)


Damn Ebanks, that's no way to get street cred. Definitely one way to keep it real, i guess.

maybe a bath with some candles and salts, and a slow jams mix tape this morning to get that 'ish out of your system before gametime.

Game Day Haiku Prayer:

Let The Passion Rise

Purple And Gold On The Road

Its Harvest Time Fans

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Rejoice!!!!!!!!!!!

Jon K racking up the Friedmans!

And I dedicate this do Devin Ebanks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G7bvy78Jjw&feature=related

Art,

Stim machine is pretty standard/routine stuff.

Now whatever causes the need for stim may be an issue... but from the sounds of it, they're just doing some basic pain killing - and that's normal.

Let's face it, ultimately blogs are never about the blog subject matter, they're about the Egos of the commentators. And though without a doubt, the hardcore Kobe fan-boys are the among the worst when it comes to inane babbling, they are by no means the only guilty parties. (BTW, Kobe ain't as good as MJ, and anyone with an ounce of objectivity admits this)

So though phred's plea for reasonableness, or at least brevity and a minimization of repeating arguments AD NAUSEUM, is laudable, it's likely to go unheeded. See phred it's really not about the love, not here anyways, it's about the EGO.

63,

Nice Rungren and I'm laughing my arse off!

ROTD = JON K. = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!! KUDOS!!!!!

Laker Tom, this one's for yourself and all the other coaches around the globe:


Words by Mike Foligno

COACH

"What do I coach?" He asked himself.
As he read all the books, left for him on the shelf.

He was the new coach, and this was his first day.
He searched for an answer in every way.

Must I first coach the Lungs and get them strong?
But how do I train them ? And for how long?

Should I coach from the heart and demand they show grit?
Or yell and scream at them, to the end of my wit.

As I heard him speak, my mind was decided:
I knew what was wrong and it had to be righted.

Something was saying, deep down inside,
You can no longer wait and you can no longer hide.

This question was asked and not an answer found.
How did it feel when my feet touched the ground.

So I entered the room on the Coach's first day,
And knew exactly what I had to say.

What do you coach? My voice filled with vibration,
What I said in that room should be said to the nation.

You can coach the lungs with all your might,
But your lungs will weaken in battle or fight.

You can coach the heart to win what's at stake,
But the heart without love, is destined to break.

The answer here, is at the end,
Listen to my rule, for it shall not bend.

You must first coach the soul!
Yes, this is your goal!

For the soul is eternal, constant and bright.
And in life's darkness it will lead you to light.

Heed these words, that I do say.
And repeat them to others who will travel your way.

I must go now, it's getting late.
I will watch over you, from Heaven's gate.

Hello

Police here. In the spirit of a new week and a new post( that took a while MM), the PSP is putting the smoking guns back in their holster. In other words, the PSP has buried the hatchet!

MM, you said no more arguing, finger pointing, but can I ask questions about he said, she said? Lol, the PSP kids.

Lets focus on beating the hell outta the Magic!

Thanks
PSP Intern

Let's go Lakers, wear that lucky 80's uniform and get another W in Orlando. It all starts with strong D, helping in switching coverage on p & r and also cover those 3 pt shooter closely. Let Drew or Pau handle DH on single coverage for just 2 pts than letting 3 pts go on rampage. If Lakers will answer the bell in every possession limiting T/O's not more than 10 in this game, keep the score close up to the end, we can win again on the road.

Another thing I'd like to add to the blog as an observer and participant after all these years. NO OPINION OR PERSONALITY IS INDISPENSABLE IN THIS BLOG. There are great bloggers who remained silent over the years but they added color to this blog. There has been a great transformation from the moderators as well as bloggers and the blog remains active as it is.

Sonny Belfast is one personality I remember how we were rudely introduced with one another. It was a sharp exchange of words because of his stirring comments at the Lakers and its fans as "brokeback" people. Over the years, he became one of my closest friends in the blog. You will never change him as an avid Kings fan, representing the cow bell capital of CA. lol!

Then, there was a time we have to keep up with the posts of Stephen, all kinds of dirty laundry list about Lakers as fakers and his secondary ally was Tarugo from Phils. who kept on raising the Rape, the blog also survived all these stirring attacks. We ignored the humiliation and just kept on commenting w/ our idol: Mihm, Kwame, Luke and Smush. I remember LT as the leader of Start Farmar or 55 bandwagon in every post and re-post.

At the height of Blog Dark years, there was this passionate New Yorker that ends all his posts with Smush su*ks, he doesn't care whatever is said about him he was just plain stubborn of one man campaign to get rid of Smush. After Smush, there was choir of chant against the Cupcake. Then followed by Pfunk and Chuck 23 on Luuuuke. We have a poster by the name of RaY-rAy, who puts up posts with all in this mixed fonts hard to read and could really strain your eyes. The blog survives treated everything as part of jest and fun. Nobody engages in prolonged debates except Mike T who regard himself as a one man genius & best ever with his Jackson Journal and goes against everybody. His inglorious fights can be serious enough to summon LAPD intervention because the insults dragged the relatives too like their mother and son. The only reason why police did not intervene because they don't know each other, only AK/BK knew their links. Again the blog survives.

We have great analysts like Pete McGuire, Raz Gaznabi and our young journalist, Xodus who have independent views about the Lakers, our author Roland Lazenby and Eric Pincus, the hoopsworld writer join in the discussions. It is really very entertaining that kept with the blog all day. We learn a lot from inside stories about this team. We have also Lolo and Stargazers, great cheer leaders for Lakers and Dodgers. Oh I almost forgot the poster who knew everything under the sun about the Lakers, that's JJ. His posts are so long and would occupy two pages or half of the thread space, it's educational, historical, analytical but very unreasonable for someone's time. In the end, he wants to be part of moderator brothers. lol, he wanted to replace them. Another era was the appearance of the Darth Vader - KL, he torched everyone with insults and intimidation ends his posts with FU. We tolerated it and soon it would past like the winds of change who clamored for attention.

I'm sorry to do the JJ imitation with this long post but I have to describe the different characters that came to this blog. Nobody controlled the blog and no one was really indispensable. Therefore, we can only suggest courtesy and toleration but cannot be mandated as a blog hard fast rule. It is better to address the human side of the blogger in form of requests rather than command; to address the message than the messenger. You can never eliminate the "blog complainers" because that's the nature of people here in LA. They loved to complain about their weather, the gridlock, a slight cold, a slight rain, any small kind of inconveniences. They don't have the spirit of the MidWest mentality of happy Cleveland-ers or Milwaukee fans buried under the snow yet their Green Bay Packer spirit never wanes.

Go Lakers, get this Magic Disney imitators to submission.

LOL just saw a Big Baby "slow break" FAIL. Entertaining stuff!

Scott

His teammates were laughing at him till they realized the camera was right on them before they quickly shut their mugs! 'Slow Break'!

Thanks
PSP Intern

@ObsequiousKobeFanBoy "... it's really not about the love, not here anyways, it's about the EGO."

Let Go-A My Ego...

GO LAKERS!!! Make the Magic Tragic!

Tim-4-Show,

Thanks for adding a little more insight into the knee thing.

Mornin' CRUE.

Still suffering here, but hey - it's game day baby!

Jon K FTW!! Again!!! (BTW - no seats to the ASG..... I'm heartbroken....)

888 - you'd better not disappear from here, my friend. I'm not the only one on here who appreciates your posts - you know this. Take a breather and come back. You can't let stuff like what happened keep you away. The few who cause problems do not speak for the majority. You know this as well.

GO LAKERS!

@Mamba24........Geesh Mamba..That married life must be ZAPPING your energy and resistence!!LOL...{which is a good thing}.You get some rest, have some of that famous KOOLADE and a Laker win will PERK you up!! Thank's for the Roll Call Bandwagon and you and Mrs. Mamba cheer on those Lakers!!

Scott..

That Big Baby fastbreak/missed layup was some real Marx Bros./3 Stooges stuff!! I almost fell off my couch I was laughing so hard!!! Hilarious!!

LEWSTRS present and accounted for...

Checking in for Mamba24 Game Day Roll Call...

Hope you feel better and Mrs Mamba too...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming!!!

Eric Wrong, aka Sleazy-C

GTFO

PSP - I don't think debating the he said, she said, would do much good. When I say let's bury the hatchet, bury the hatchet

Good day ladies and gents, Game day and great day to be a fan.

PSP- nice to see you man up, props my bro.

Mamba24- Always nice to see the ROLL CALL. but it apperas to be getting longer, or is it my eye sight.

JonK, congrats my brother, always a great read.

Lakers all day.

JUSTA! Larry!

All right I'm not pointing fingers, but I too am now sick. How long does this crud last?


LAKERS BABY!

I'm also a casualty on the Flu Bug Bus...

Lot's of fluids everyone...

I think I will be taking a shot of Jack, instead of the usual Patron...

Couldn't hurt...nothing else is working...lol


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Mark G

Perhaps it's the content of your posts and the opinions that you espouse that has a bigger influence on what others may think of you, not another bloggers handle.

Posted by: Art | February 12, 2011 at 05:54 AM
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Then I suppose I am getting the desired response, Art. Tell me sir, which opinions of mine do YOU object to? How about the content? I'd really like to know.

Posted by: KobeMVP888

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Yesterday, KobeMVP asked me my opinion about his posts but I didn't have time to put together a response. This morning, I sat down and composed a response to him. Before posting my response to 888 I decided to got caught up on all the blog posts . After reading through all the posts and MM's request to PSP and 888 to stop it, as well as seeing other bloggers step in and voice displeasure with the whole thing, I decided to not post my response that was specifically to 888.

I am posting this because it is just general commentary not meant for 888 or anyone in particular. If the shoe fits, wear it or get a new shoe. If it doesn't fit you, then move along, nothing to see here. I omitted the comments that were directed at 888.

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Everyone who visits here is likely to form opinions on others based upon what those 'others' write as well as how those 'others' interact with other bloggers. The tone used and the respect or lack therof shown to others will certainly influence the opinions that people develop of other people.

Anyone who shows a disrespect of others opinions or who admonishes others for not fitting their stereotype of, for example, how a Laker fan should think/feel/act/support, is committing a faux pas. This isn't any great psychological insight on my part, it's something my mother taught me as a youngster.

There is nothing wrong with disagreeing with someone and providing an alternative viewpoint which expresses how you feel. Personally, I enjoy the give and take, the back and forth, of opposing viewpoints. Sometimes someone will even post something that changes my mind/opinion about something. I actually like when that happens because it makes me feel like a window has been opened that was previously closed.

Sometimes people get caught up in a rigid way of thinking. They form an opinion or belief and then come hell or high water they cling to that belief or opinion like their life depends on it, refusing to reconsider. It's a short journey from there to intolerance, to developing narrow minded views and then one day you find you are addicted to watching a famous personality known for their intolerance and you think they are right on.

If you find yourself often caught up in controversy and it's something you relish then just proceed with abandon, enjoy the journey and certainly don't complain when that controversy finds you. If you find that you aren't enjoying the controversy that comes your way then examine your own behavior and stop and identify what it is about yourself that is causing the self-inflicted wounds. Instead of looking outside for someone or something to blame, look within.


LOL DWade actin' tough by shoving KG around. Gotta admit, this game's entertaining...

LeBron will ask to be trade to Celtics; he can't beat so he will go with them

Refs giving the game to the Celtics in the early third quarter...KG up to his usual antics.....Perkins looks terrible, all he does is foul people. Pierce can't buy a basket.

Miami under-utilizes Bosh. I hope they never figure out how to use him more efficiently. He's a great outside shooter who can really stretch the floor. Bosh truly doesn't get enough "touches".

@Bronx,They gave me away too.

Oh man. Say it ain't so 888!!!!! Nooooo!!!!!!

We NEED you here! This is your home! The troll that caused this isn't worth you leaving. He's not worth anything, all the regulars here know that, can see right through him to see what he's trying to do. He indicated he isn't new here, but his purpose was to rankle you and you can't let him do that!

You can't bail on us! We need you here to help fight the good fight! Who will stick up for Fish? For Phil? For Drew? For Pau? For Luke!

As LakerTom suggests, take a break, rest up if you need to, but don't let this troll run you out. He just isn't worth it. This is your home and will always be your home. This place will not be the same without your passion, your views, your contributions.

ugh. Had a few things to post, but forget it. mamba, hope you start feeling better bro, you too justa.


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Big Baby s/b in the NFL.

LeBrawn dribbles too much.

Lew, get well bro, didn't notice you were also sick.

Edwin/Art: Two beautiful posts above. Both give positive messages we can all take to heart. Edwin, you have showed that Laker fans of all stripes/passions can coexist. Art, great advice. Hope that we can start to heal from all the infighting, come together in support of our beloved Lakers.


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

I'd sure like to see the MVP and the PSP ignore each other. It's obvious that they are never going to see each other's viewpoint. Move on and stick to basketball related topics. You can't change what's in another person's heart. Least of all on the internet.

Von Wafer with 10 huge points off the bench for the Green Slime. Whoda thunk it??!!

There's almost a need for a boxing referee under the basket in this Heat-Celtic game. "Stop holding!! Punch your way out!!"

bronx - we're over on the RC watching the game & chatting... come over

Mark G: you sick too? Man oh man, Lew is right to start a flu-bus. My son Galen could take a ride on that one, he's just shaking off an 8-day bug - hope you don't have what he had since that it might last that long.

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bronxlakerfan: well said. hope it's not too late. Looking back at this whole thing, I think 888 will start to realize he was snookered. Hopefully though, he comes back home to the blog because I know a whole lot of people here will miss him - I know I will.

I'm not going to entertain this any-longer though, not going to give this 888-obsessed troll any satisfaction. He just isn't worth it.


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Hey everyone! come to the Lakers chat!

Game daaaaaaaaaay!

Go Lake Show!

CCX, you are amongst a group of fans that talk crap about people to someone publicly. You are calling PSP a troll and yet you are the one that speaks visciously to him and about him. As far as I can tell, PSP has been courteous.

I would leave this alone but MM has asked the guy to stop the bickering and therefore he cannot defend himself without risking a ban. I see this in "Our Blog" ALOT! Speaking ill about someone to another. 888 did it all the time regarding what he calls the HobbitMonster.

Now, in what way is this backing off the ledge for all of us? Shall we resume and consider this round 3? !!!!! Should I enter the fray and consider balancing my books with what I see as unfair play?!!!

How about we decide to allow them to settle up and resolve their own beef without you chiming in about someone's Trollness. Personally, I see someone using a blog name in a humorous fashion because they simply have to have some fun with a concept, idea, trade, or truth (their truth) that serves their interests. It can be a burden to listen to someone "SELL" their ideas every day! Emphatically! This is the cause of passive agressive behavior. Simple isn't it?

In regards to people fighting the good fight around here; it reminds me more of the knight in shining armour running around fighting for glory and honor. All the while brutalizing the polpulace in order to fund their campaign.

This is you and I talking here. Please don't speak to LT about me or 888 about me or sean about me or mcline about me. I know you're a good writer, I can see that. But must you use your writing as a weapon for your own purpose at the expense of those just trying to balnce their own books. If PSP has a beef with someone, let them settle it.

Let's keep the cool!

Points in the paint and rebounds!!! That's the keys tonight.

JohnnyV: PSP stands for what? The fact is, it bothered 888.

I'm going to disregard the 'talking crap' thing, but the fact is, you are now saying that to me. What does that make you?

Gimme a break. Maybe you should work both ways, call out those people on this blog who's sole purpose is to taint others. Oh wait, looks like you are attempting to do just that to myself...

wow. Amazing how some people can talk out of both sides of their mouths.

I've said what I'm going to say on it. Evenhanded, bro. Practice what you preach.


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

If it bothered 888 that makes PSP a troll? Ever consider that 888 "selling" his concept of the Practice season didn't "Bother" PSP?

I should work both ways? In truth I want the two of THEM to work it out. I simply don't like it when you speak to 888 about PSP. I don't like it when ANYBODY does it actually. Fair enough my Fair knight?

Johnny V

Thanks for being objective about the whole thing. Obviously the PSP is no longer allowed to speak about this or risk getting banned. However Cyber is still going on about it and MM hasnt banned him yet. MM, does this mean round 3 is open for business?

It's funny that all the PSP has been asking for is that KobeMVP888 show where the PSP said the things he accused the PSP of saying. Yet I am now branded a troll and he still won't respond and show proof of what he accused me of.

Anyway, like the PSP said in the spirit of a new week and new posts, hatchet is still buried.

Thanks
PSP Intern

PSP, I feel for your situation. However, please don't speak to me about others. It's just not something that serves any of us. I understand your plight and I do wish you the best.

JohnnyV

Fair enough

Thanks
PSP Intern

JohnnyV: Message delivered.

I respect MM's call to bury the hatchet. We play by his rules. I also think that this is the best time to bury ALL hatchets, put to bed ALL issues, as MM has asked us all to do. I have no problem with ANYONE on the blog - not a living soul. Can we please then just put this to rest? You're words should stand as the last ones on this, they do for me. I'm not perfect, as none of us are. I'm sure that if the clock were rewinded things might play themselves out differently.

Anyways, if I could buy everyone a beer and drown-out the visions of this rather ugly loss, I would do that. I respect your words JohnnyV, and will apply them to myself as I'd hope others do to themselves too.

The purple and gold is what it is all about, bottom line.


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

you're = your

Always do that... lol


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

CCX, very cool of you. Thank you so much. Much respect.

4 REBOUNDS!!!! PAU is a SOFTIE. This is exactly my point why I think we don't have a chance of winning this years championship with Pau as our POWER-forward. Unless Bynum has some kind of ASTONISHING playoff run.

Pau (and Artest) for:

Aldridge (Mathews)
Noah (Deng)
Love and Johnson (Ellington)
Lopez and Harris (Favors)
Horford and Smith (Bibby)


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