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Plenty of people on hand to view Kobe Bryant's handprint and footprint ceremony

Kobe_300 Kobe Bryant joined an elite class of stars on Saturday, but they weren’t NBA players in town for All-Star weekend.

As part of the weekend’s around-the-clock festivities, Bryant became the first athlete to receive a handprint and footprint ceremony at the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Fans swarmed Hollywood Boulevard to catch a glimpse of the Lakers star, with some lining up as early as 6 a.m. A couple hundred were allowed into the theater for the half-hour ceremony, which was moved inside because of rain.

After joking that he was actually at the theater for a showing of “Gnomeo and Juliet,” host Jimmy Kimmel wondered aloud why Kobe was being given an honor usually bestowed upon great actors.

“The closest Kobe’s come to acting is pretending he’s going to pass the ball to Luke Walton,” Kimmel said.

Next, he lauded Bryant’s charity work: “Just last week, he gave the Cleveland Cavaliers a reason not to kill themselves.”

After short speeches by Bryant’s friends, including Jeanie Buss and George Lopez –- who said he was re-christening the Lakers star “Carne Asada Bryant,” Kobe took to the podium to raucous cheers of “MVP.”

“It’s an honor. I love being in L.A., I love the Lakers and more championships are coming,” he said in his brief comments to the crowd.

Bryant was then led to a block of wet cement and knelt on a raised red velvet cushion to scrawl his name. He placed his hands and then his Nike-clad feet into the cement while grinning for cameras and flashing the peace sign.

After the ceremony, Bryant posed for photos with his wife, Vanessa, and their two daughters; Lakers Coach Phil Jackson; and other VIP audience members.

The celebration continues Saturday night with a star-studded party at Hollywood’s Boulevard 3 nightclub.

--Andrea Chang

Photo: Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant signs the slab of cement that houses his footprints and handprints during a ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Saturday night in Hollywood. Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images

 
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Even if the Fakers by some chance win the NBA championship. This season has been a joke from the start. First of all...who starts Derek Fisher at point guard. No other team in the NBA would even think two seconds of starting this total clown who is one of the worst shooting, and slowest most pathetic defenders in the league. Secondly...does Phil Jackson even coach during the games. Seems like he is too dependent on Kobe to just win the game for him. Not really working anymore. The season half over and the Lakers have one solid win a come from behind against a depleted Boston squad. Strike up the band !!!

well, talking about bball...

Kobe is well deserved of this honor.

NICE!

im still wondering why these haters still call the Lakers a Fakers, is having won 16 titles a Fakers ? you have so much hatred in your self boy... grow up.. its only a game.. do u think your team do care for you ???

I think the Haters should call themSELVES Fakers because just like a closet gay, they're dying to come out and show their love for the Lakers, they just don't want to admit it.

And congrats Kobe, you earned it.

Blake Griffin - slam dunk champion??? This "contest" is a total joke. Serge Ibaka was flat out robbed! The event has turned into a big dunk practice session. I suggest you give 5 minus points for every missed dunk. Maybe then we'll stop wasting our time on dunk ATTEMPTS. And seriously, what the hell is wrong with the judges? Also, I don't mind the spectacle with props and silliness but it should lead up to a spectacular dunk, not like the winning dunk. Hey, your neighbor kid could do that dunk.

I was pleased to see the Celtics TEAM lose the 3-point contest. We all know how bad they wanted one of those bums to win it on the Staples Center gloor. HA HA HA!!! Odom perfume in your face, beyotches!!! That contest too has degenerated badly.

Hmm, guess that would be "floor" not "gloor". But can you blame me? I was excited!

Oops! Looks like I got censored. Let's try it again...

Blake Griffin - slam dunk champion??? This "contest" is a total joke. Serge Ibaka was flat out robbed! The event has turned into a big dunk practice session. I suggest you give 5 minus points for every missed dunk. Maybe then we'll stop wasting our time on dunk ATTEMPTS. And seriously, what the hell is wrong with the judges? Also, I don't mind the spectacle with props and silliness but it should lead up to a spectacular dunk, not like the winning dunk. Hey, your neighbor kid could do that dunk.

I was pleased to see the Celtics TEAM lose the 3-point contest. We all know how bad they wanted one of those bums to win it on the Staples Center gloor. HA HA HA!!! Odom perfume in your face, punks!!! That contest too has degenerated badly.

TO THE LAKER NATION IN REGARDS TO THE SONNY BELFAST BANDWAGON
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SORRY but THIS Laker Fan will NEVER,*NEVER* COWER IN THE FACE OF A TROLL OR ANOTHER LAKERFAN EITHER!! I been around here a long time - not since the beginning but a LONGGGGGG TIME - and I've fought in a lot of Troll Wars, too many to name. Because of my high Profile with the Roll Call I am one of the main ones Along with LakerTom, Justanothermambafan, Edwin and a few others to be attacked the most. Yet if a "Troll" submits a post that is good I will acknowledge it. I would not consider Sonny Belfast a "Troll". There are so called Laker fans on this Blog who have much said harsher things about the Lakers and Laker fans in general than him. I can't say I know Sonny that well , but he has been on this Blog from the beginning and even welcomed me aboard and gave me a few tips now and then. I consider the man a friend and I knew him before I knew most of you.

I say all of this to say, if my little Bandwagon for Sonny - which was kind of tongue-in-cheek - offended anybody...I apologize. At the same time, would I do it again...HELL YEAH!!! I don't live my life based on some type of popularity poll. I try to give anyone a fair shake and hope to receive a fair one in return. In the past this woud be the point where i would say...IM OUT OF HERE...But I don't do that silly ISH anymore. But I'm going to take a little time to digest this controversey. I leave you with the words of a late great singer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6OoOhKM_yc - TALKING LOUD AND SAYING NOTHING - JAMES BROWN

Do I have to ask those who forget those things and are kissing his ass how it tastes? Posted by: LakerTom | February 19, 2011 at 07:18 PM
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FYI, I KISS NO MF's @zz. As I said some Laker fans have said things far worse to me than Sonny ever has, and seeing as you used to be my idol, it pains me to use your post as exhibit number one.

Mamba24, my brother, no need to explain the clearly tongue-in-cheek and playful Bandwagon for Sonnybelfast. In fact, I was the one who suggested it. And like you, I don't back down from it at all. The issue isn't what Sonny is, it's who WE are. And we are the WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS. And that means we're big enough and content enough in our own skin to treat everyone who comes here with good will and playful humor. It's wha separates us from every other blog of every other pretender to our title. And so, whether we like or don't like the views of those who come here, whether it's Sonnybrlfast or 131-92 or Red's Love Child, etc., we're not going to treat them like "dogs". We're bigger than that.

In fact, I would suggest the following reminder to all who post here: You are entering the home of the WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS. Please remove your shoes...and your preconceptions...when you enter. You arewelcome at our table. This is who we are. This is what we teach our children.

And mamba24, even if it's only you and me saying so, that's fine with me, my brother, because...

We're LAKER AMIGOS...LET'S RIDE!!!

Hey Mamba24, cool down and let LT air his grievance.

I don't know why dehumanize other posters here and call them trolls and what not as if they're ghosts just because they don't buy our beliefs. This is a free loving blog and everybody is welcome as long as you maintain decency. Again, go back to netiquette rules before labeling someone or calling another blogger with unpalatable words. If majority wants to have fun with SonnyB., let go and if you disagree, just leave them alone don't join the merry-go-round. Sonny B is a niner fan, perhaps you have the same fandome in the area. However, to continue demonize other posters because they cheer other teams is just not acceptable in a free society and also it does not represent LA, home of diversified cultures.

To add further than that....

If we go to archives, there were posts when you, LakerTom had cheerful relationship with SonnyB. discussing about Nor Cal teams and so forth. I wonder whether Sonny B now becomes the outlet of your cranky outburst because Lakers are losing and your favorite player is not really helping the team. Come on my friend, cool down too and don't start turf wars, we're too old for that gimmickry. If our team is not winning just move on, the world does not end there. Every individual is entitled to seek happiness in another situation or paradigm.

@S Perkins
Instead of harping on the same old injuries excuse which is part of the games, every team gets hurt, take the loss like a man, unless you are not. I'll give you another excuse for the Celtics loss. How about constipation? Yep, Perkins looked like he was constipated and that was why they lost. That excuse is much more believable than the same old injuries that should not have been brought up in the first place. Also your post indicated you are probably also constipated, because you are FULL of it.
@Steve
This is basketball blog, not a forum for PERSONAL attacks. You are entitled to your opinion however don't advertise the fact you are a dimwit for posting something that no charge was ever filed against Kobe. Thanks Steve for unwittingly telling this blog readers what kind of hater you really are who had to rely on fiction to attack. Enjoy your Sunday!!!

And now...
for all the older dudes and dudettes...

Young people, watch this at your own risk!

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

LakerTom,

I think you wrote this to me: I understand your point and agree that playing hard and hustling applies at both ends of the court but bottom line, you need to play the game the right way, which for the Lakers is to share and protect the ball and play inside-out basketball on offense and control the paint and the boards on defense. Sometimes we lost ‘cause we didn’t play hard enough but other times we didn’t play smart enough.

my response: Perhaps this is where we disagree. The logic of your first
sentence states that you don't consider playing hard and hustling at both ends
to be the "right way" to play basketball. Instead you've linked the
"right way" to sharing the basketball, protecting the basketball & playing
inside-outside basketball.

If that is not what you think you need to re-word your sentence. If that is
what you think, then you need to re-visit your beliefs. To clarify:
If you are not playing hard and hustling at both ends of the floor NONE OF
THE REST MATTERS! You are not going to win against a team with a
talent level close to yours who actually hustles harder.

You consistently talk about inside-outside basketball and use it like a
car cover. I have NEVER said that the ball shouldn't go inside. What I have
repeatedly stated was that the people inside must be in the right position
to receive the pass. You keep ignoring the specifics to focus on the
cliches.

When you have people hustling on both ends of the court, you'll find that
your bigs are actually in the right place to receive the pass and voila. Inside-
outside basketball works. When you have people hustling on both ends of
the court you'll find that your bigs are in position to rebounds & voila, you
can control the glass with the 7-ftrs.

re: losing because we didn't play smart enough. I'll give you 1-10 losses
on we didn't play smart enough. The rest was not about being smart. It was
about attitude & hustle. Hence, multiple players saying: "we're complacent.
we're coasting. we don't know what's wrong. " Pau Gasol has made a few
mistakes, at the end of games, for sharing the ball when he had good position
and should have scored. Which led to Kobe & the Black Swan statements.
Sharing the basketball like the showtime Lakers is beautiful, but that's not who
this team is. We don't have Kareem. We don't have Worthy. We don't have
Magic. Trying to shoe-horn these lakers into the showtime mold won't work.
We don't have the personnel for it.

Mamba24,

you wrote: I don't live my life based on some type of popularity poll. I try to give anyone a fair shake and hope to receive a fair one in return.

my response: That's ch. 13 in the hobbitmage manifesto. Crap! Did I leave
that lying around?

Ok. Here's the deal. Plagiarize at will. However, if you're in my way when
it comes to taking over the universe .... I'll have to shut you down.

You're cool w/ that right?

@Mamba24. Good Morning!
I for one am all for Sonny being part of our blog. In truth, do we really have a choice? Can we BAN someone for not posting the way we want them to? If we can, I will submit my recommendations for banning POST HASTE!

Instead, Mamba24, you choose to engage the posters, redirect their energy and call them brother. I like that... heck, I admire that. I have seen some of the worst posters here lighten up after you chat with them and then wish them well.

Do we really need another blog war to divide us? Hmmmmm... I think it may be time to look in the MIRROR.

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@Edwin, My mentor, you know me too well. Yes I need to cool down, so I’ll be taking a few days off. Thanks for all your advice, support and having my back over the years my brother!!!
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And mamba24, even if it's only you and me saying so, that's fine with me, my brother, because...
We're LAKER AMIGOS...LET'S RIDE!!! Posted by: CornerJ | February 20, 2011 at 06:17 AM
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WOW!!! Thanks my brother I needed that!!!! More than you’ll ever know!!! So I’ll take a few days off regroup and then…Corner J, LAKER NATION, LAKER AMIGOS…LET’S RIDE!!!!!
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Mamba24, you wrote: I don't live my life based on some type of popularity poll. I try to give anyone a fair shake and hope to receive a fair one in return. my response: That's ch. 13 in the hobbitmage manifesto. Crap! Did I leave
that lying around? Ok. Here's the deal. Plagiarize at will. However, if you're in my way when
it comes to taking over the universe .... I'll have to shut you down. You're cool w/ that right? Posted by: hobbitmage | February 20, 2011 at 07:46 AM
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Preach Hobbitmage, PREACH!! LMAO!!! Oh yeah I’m cool with it my brother after all…I’m down to only one Idol now! LOL!
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Do we really need another blog war to divide us? Hmmmmm... I think it may be time to look in the MIRROR.
Posted by: JohnnyV | February 20, 2011 at 07:48 AM
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No, No, NO!!! NO BLOG WARS!!! Thank you my brother and I hear ya! That’s why I’m taking a lil time off after today to do a lil looking in tha mirror. I appreciate all you do for the laker nation my brother and most definitely appreciate your having my back over the years. THANKS!!!!
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@Justanothermambafan(Head of the Mambafan) thanks for waiting till I quit Blogging yesterday before agreeing with Laker Toms attack on me. To say I'm disappointed is an understatement, but in the words of Tupac..I AINT MAD AT YA!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krxu9_dRUwQ
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Mamaba24, all these years, you have been referring me as mentor, I don't I deserved that title. thank you but I have more admiration on your fearless association with everyone. As I said time and again, you contribute sunshine in this blog not only to Laker fans but also people who comes to this blog to be entertained. Nowadays, there are so many people unemployed, homes foreclosed, could not afford the subtle things in life to share with their family. They come to this blog as a bas-relief or temporary escape from realities. I hope you reconsider your decision and continue performing the role of sharing sunshine to everyone.

Another point, when you're fighting for principle don't leave the scene. Do it another time when something higher demands it like honey asking to have dinner out. haha! I think this is what Gasol, Odom and Bynum needs to do. Stand tall and defend that post. In the words of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel - "Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning."

Congrat's to Kobe!! And I like his statement that we're going to win another one!! Laker Fam......Our Leader has spoken and not lost hope and neither should we!!
I really thought Ibaka deserved to win. If Griffen would have gone over the top of the car instead of the hood it would have been great!! Oh well, homer votes!!
Laker Tom and Mamba24.........My two idol's!! I Agree with Tom cause I really detest TROLLS, but I like Mamba's always willing to except every body. So, how about you two just agree to disagree and take deep breaths and freakin CARRY ON!! Also Steve, that was OFFENSIVE to Kobe and to our PROUD LAKER FAM and needs to be laid to rest.

Johhny this is for you.
If anyone brings division where I live.
I will do a stealth attack.

http://myespn.go.com/s/conversations/show/story/2821260

Art, that video was funny. We are not that old w/ missing front teeth or residing in a Care Home. lol! However, we are old enough to engage in petty squabbles like: "my team is better than yours" says one; "I don't think so, we got this, we did that, see we're better" respond the other. "Oh yeah, I will prove to you that we're better, we have this phenom, tall players with long hands, done that, been there. See how about you, how many marbles do you have?" .....ad infinitum, don't you think we are all too old for that ritual?

Some of you were around when the K Bros dedicated a thread to Sonny B. There was a positive punch to Larry's move.

LT, didn't he disarm the Troll more effectively than illuminating just how much he gets under your Lakerholic skin? A derivation of the Jon K method, who politely volleys with Sonny on a regular basis.

Never understood why anyone would drop by another team's blog to shout "fire" on a regular basis. SB's articulate, travelled, sports fan hangin' out in what was supposed to be a digital sports bar and if the Lakeshow wins, unlike others, he doesn't run from the light.

I've responded to him once or twice these years and scroll thru 95% of all troll posts because they're redundant "I live in my mother's basement and hate the Lakers, please notice me" kind of stuff. I suppose if I read more, it would fester, especially in a year when our team just isn't quite what we know them to be... yet.


As I was reading the Sunday Times Opinion, I read about the Lakers.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-lakers-20110220,0,479495.story

We read this in the blog. We cheer and very passionate about our team and this is the reciprocity of that following or passion. Money, that's professional sports they are there for profit. There is no such thing as free passion to businessmen, everyone is equated to dollars and cents. There will be no more free KCAL, perhaps there will still be the Adthe.net through internet.

Well, we have a new Superstar in the making in LA, the man who can fly. What a terrific show last night.

Hello

Police here; yes, Blake Griffin did not have the best dunks in the contest but did anyone really expect a different outcome than this? It was obvious they had it setup for him to win, what with the choir and cars and all.

Congo Ibaka's FT line dunk WAS better than but MJ and Dr J's; he took off from BEHIND the free throw line not a step inside. Blake's first dunk in the first round looked pretty good the PSP thought; lots of power with a good amount of flair sprinkled in.

Anyway for today's game, let's see if they can get Pau Gasol the MVP seeing as the game is in LA.

Thanks
PSP Intern

Well the one reason I still post here is getting chased away...If you notice I have not posted except to check in for Mamba's Roll Call...Larry will always have my support, and being the one in charge of Roll Call on another blog, I know the dedication and work it takes to keep one going...

LAT Blog do not take for granted what you got...The energy and passion on any blogs are due to people like Mamba24...

If Mamba does decide to take another hiatus...I will not be posting Roll Call if Larrry doesn't do it....I have been very disappointed with the blog lately...disappointed on the overall flavor...the negative members...the chasing out of good people...the fickle...the hateful...and the collusion...And I'm not even talking about trolls....these are supposedly Laker Fans...lol

So my point is whatever your standards are set here by the senior members...please do not neglect and take for granted...the one member who takes the extra measure to make this an enjoyable blog and resemble some sort of a harmonious family.

That is all I have to say about Vietnam....

How much did they have to pay Time Warner and the Lakers organization to watch this?
I can only imagine that with the Lakers' new brand of arrogance and alienation they wouldn't want people seeing this event for free.

>>>who starts Derek Fisher at point guard. No other team in the NBA would
>>> even think two seconds of starting this total clown

They way I see it, Derek is their handicap. They're saying to the league... Kobe and Pau are so good, we can beat you even with DEREK FREAKIN' FISHER as our starting point guard.

:-)


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