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Kobe Bryant & Derek Fisher make rounds on late-night talk shows

Times are tough in Laker land.

Talk about Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak considering a trade dominate the discussion around the team, at least when reporters are around. Reports about Ron Artest hoping the Lakers trade him add further fuel to the conversation, though he denied thinking that. And there's also a game to play with the Lakers (34-15) entering Thursday's contest against the Western Conference leaders, the San Antonio Spurs (40-8), 6 1/2 games behind them for the top spot in the conference.

Co-captains Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher tried assuaging those concerns in separate appearances Wednesday on "Conan" and "Lopez Tonight."

"Sometimes when you get up in the media and in the public," Fisher told Lopez, "like a good politician, you have to get out there and sell your own message and convince the people things are going to be okay."

And like a good politician, both Bryant and Fisher used their appearances to plug different things they're promoting and provide some light-hearted humor. Bryant, for one, explained the concept behind the trailer of his new Nike ad, further piqued curiosity on what'd it be like to wear his new 3-D shoes, the Zoom Kobe VI, and poked a little dig at Boston center Shaquille O'Neal when asked if Shaq trash talks to him during games: "If he did, I wouldn’t understand him."

 

Fisher took the same route. He asked fans to vote for him to play in the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge ("As soon as tyou get home tonight, click a million times"), plugged his FRS energy drink ("It's the good stuff") and offered a preview of Celebrity Fast Card. He also made light of Shaq becoming "The Big Shamrock ("It was a little different"), bristled at Doc Rivers' contention this offseason that the Celtics' starting lineup beat the Lakers' starters in the NBA Finals ("It's just not reality" considering the Lakers' 2008 Finals loss to Boston featured an absent Andrew Bynum and limited Trevor Ariza) and even told Mindy Kaling from The Office that her favorite team the Boston Celtics aren't winning the 2011 NBA championship.

But give it to the Black Mamba for offering the most soundbite worthy quote about the state of the Lakers as both co-captians hit the campaign trail, or, talk-show circuit.

"I think so," Bryant said when asked if the Lakers will three-peat. "The beauty of the season is it's filled with challenges. You have ups and downs. In this city, everybody breathes Laker basketball. When there's a struggle, it's the end of the world. but that's what the season is about. That's what challenges are about. its about overcoming those challenges. We're up to the task."

--Mark Medina

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Cybercosmix

At this point in their careers you have to go with durant.. Blake is a freak and may sell more seats but he still has less than a full injury free season under his belt.. Durant is already leading the league in scoring and has elevated his team to near championship caliber


Fish is such a class act...another intangible...lol

so the two co-captains go to the media to help calm things down kobe's comment re: shaq is no big deal.jus' messin' with him.so although i agree with RIGHTS of people to speak their minds, so comes RESPONSIBILTY .i wonder what chickie baby would say

@Cyber – That’s a tough call, but I’d have to roll with KD because he’s proven to be great AND durable only missing a handful of games in 4yrs.

@bruman – congrats on the RCOTD. I agree.

@lance from da Bronx – You’re right…it’s the small things and attention to detail that will lead to big things. Nah, I don’t think the Lakers can follow SA pattern. We don’t have a speedy PG like Parker to get out and run like the Spurs.

@MVP – Enjoy the game and bring back another W like your last outing.

Magia32 – two excellent selections…Whodini is always a good look.

@Magic Phil – I haven’t heard that one in a looooong time. George band is always tight. Lynn looking and sounding good. Steve Ferrone was doing his thing on drums. From AWB to George Duke to Tom Petty. Thanks for posting that one.

@mclyne – cool FGTH…it’s the Lakers... so they’ll never relax.

@Mamba/Justa/Lew/63 Footer – big game tonight…what you got?

old hippy, thank you for your feedback

Just in Case+
@To all Laker Nation,

There is plenty of @#$%! on this Blog that I think is Juvenile and Idiotic! But I don't go around and tell Medina to ban them! I might tell the Trolls to go back to Bean town but i never tell or ask the Blog to Ban them.Diversity and stupid Posters and Trollers is what makes this Blog/ Or used to make this Blog fun!!!!!!

Leaving this Blog at the time is not a real solution. Banning and silencing Fans is not a real solution!!!!!

Laker Nation do not let yourself be silenced!!!!!!!!!!!

Just in Case+
@To all Laker Nation,

There is plenty of @#$%! on this Blog that I think is Juvenile and Idiotic! But I don't go around and tell Medina to ban them! I might tell the Trolls to go back to Bean town but i never tell or ask the Blog to Ban them.Diversity and stupid Posters and Trollers is what makes this Blog/ Or used to make this Blog fun!!!!!!

Leaving this Blog at the time is not a real solution. Banning and silencing Fans is not a real solution!!!!!

Laker Nation do not let yourself be silenced!!!!!!!!!!!

So what has happened with Sonnybelfast

he use to be this funny guy supporting perrenial losers then all of a sudden the Giants win Series and he's become this hateful pompous ass. He's not funny anymore and is spewing crap all over that others would have been banned for.

And what is up with MM recently, Mr. Lakers comments continue to posted, yet other posters who question and confront MM in the context of the blog get their posts deleted. Another double-standard.

Perhaps MM should explain himself on these issues because there doesn't seem to be a fair and equitable resolution process. It seems prejudicial.

OldHippy - I apologize. It's a fair criticism and I fixed it.

@Troll Man - I deleted the posts that had swearing. The others may have been feisty. But they weren't personal attacks

I spoke too soon. Mr Laker- Don't make a personal attack on Troll Man. This is simply a warning. Next time results in a ban.

It'll be O.K. Troll Man...just relax, breathe deep.

Here...watch some fishys.

http://www.wimp.com/sweetaquarium/

Be sure to save this.
You're going to need it later tonight.

Sonnybelfast

Mr Laker- Don't make a personal attack on Troll Man. This is simply a warning. Next time results in a ban. Posted by: Mark Medina | February 03, 2011 at 11:20 AM
*
Mr. Laker don't make a personal attack on Troll Man? Now that is some funny ISH!! LMAO!!!!!!

lol

It'll be O.K. Troll Man...just relax, breathe deep. Here...watch some fishys.
http://www.wimp.com/sweetaquarium/Posted by: Sonnybelfast | February 03, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Stop this!! Stop this I say. This is Madnesss!! LMAO!!!!!

Oh Oh

I opened a can of worms didn't I?

I get called an idiot by the best of them on this blog, I wear it like a badge of honor.

I never took it as a personal attack MM, but thanks anyway

Mamba

How the heck are you

belated congrats on your nuptuals.

Sonny,

I thought you were sleeping. Are you sleep blogging?

Nice fish! I don't know about Troll man but I'm gonna totally enjoy relaxing after the Lakers win tonight!

What are you going to do? LOL!

Long live the Saint!!!

Another thing on blake.. After watching last nites clips/bulls game I am convinced without a shred of doubt blake is already getting superstar referee treatment ALREADY!! And only in his first year..

No doubt sterns has sent his orders down to his subordinates.. More evil insemination of artificially speeding the natural growth of an nba player to superstar status instead of letting it take its natural course!

OK DJ LRob another cut from the wonderful Leona Lewis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVTBKwffR1Y&feature=related - STAY – Leona Lewis

Looks like MM has grabbed the bull by the horns.. This blog is under probation again. Partys over! Back to moderating posts. Oh well.

Long live the Saint!!! Posted by: Fan of the Mamba | February 03, 2011 at 11:43 AM
Yes, Yes, Yes!!! LONG LIVE THE SAINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Repost Compost

Here's a little something to start your day...
calm you down, give repose,
and prepare you for imminent destruction.

http://www.wimp.com/sweetaquarium/

I have a strong sense that
San Antonio is going to spank you,
I mean, really expose you.
How about you?

Oh...but, I know...it won't really count...
unless you win.

I'm just wondering how the idiot in the Laker shirt,
who keeps waving and talking to the fishies,
and can't keep his eyes off the camera,
got into a place of such respectability.

Go Kings!
Go San Francisco Giants!

Sonnybelfast

Posted by: Sonnybelfast | February 03, 2011 at 02:07 AM

And now a little Rhianna for the 3 time Mrs. Mamba24:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5OCoqz2TSM&feature=related - I'm Back!!!

yellofever - I'm by my computer writing so I'll continually refresh the page to approve comments coming in. Sorry for any delay

Sonny,

I thought you were sleeping. Are you sleep blogging?

Nice fish! I don't know about Troll man but I'm gonna totally enjoy relaxing after the Lakers win tonight!

What are you going to do? LOL!

Long live the Saint!!!

Posted by: Fan of the Mamba | February 03, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Will probably sleep like a baby,
insomuch as I'm not getting any sleep tonight.
It's 3am fri here now.
Maybe some good Thai whiskey will do the trick.
But I gotta get these panties off...they're in a knot.

Sonnybelfast

Sonny,

I think you're right. A spanking is in order! The Spurs are really going to expose how absolutely dominant the Lakers can be with the right motivation!

That motivation can be, you got us last time, our turn! Or it's winning time, lets get after it. Or I we just want to remind you that we are the champions!

And yes it will count! Win or Win!!! LOL

Go Lakers!
Go Packers!!
Long live the Saint!!!
In Buss We Trust!!!!

Troll Man predicts a victory tonight in spite of Sonnybelfast.

It's winning time so I bring out some sayings that I coined for this blog in the past that have become memorable

Phil Jackson is a Cylon, and he has a plan

The Sleeper Must Awaken

Maybe some good Thai whiskey will do the trick.
But I gotta get these panties off...they're in a knot.

Sonnybelfast

Posted by: Sonnybelfast | February 03, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Alright you just had to go there. Whiskey and panties.

Dang, you make an admirer outta me every time.

Long Live Sonny!!!!

Go easy on Sonnybelfast...dude has champagne on ice and ready to pop the cork when his Kings finally win as many games in a season as our Lakers have won NBA championships. They're up to 12 wins already. Goin' for the Big 16! 17 if they have a really great season.

How happy is TNT that both Fish and KB are hitting the road in advance of the game tonight. Means more viewers which helpd everyone.

I love the Hollywood Lakers drama. The strategy is kicking in folks, the championship focus is beginning to emerge.

Buckle up folks, for those of us old enough to understand, this is going to be an E-ticket ride!!!

Cheers - PLG

George Lopez is a shout-talker and simply not funny. I have no idea how this guy has a talk show.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Peace, blessings and greetings esteemed fellow Laker-farians!!! Shout outs to the Co-Caps Black Mamba & Big Fish!!! Loved watching them on the late night talkies! Last nights grudge match was HELLA entertaining and I look forward to fightin' them foo's in May!!! The competitor in me LOVES the fact that the 3peat isnt gonna be some inevitable cakewalk...rather its gonna be a dramatic, heart attack kids ride reminiscent of the Showtime Lakers...just my 2 cents!


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