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Laker blog profile: 63Footer once played basketball with Magic Johnson

63Ffooter - Jerry Mask-smallThis is the 27th post in a series that helps you get to know members of the L.A. Times Lakers blog community. Feel free to send submissions to mgmedin@gmail.com

Screen name: 63Footer

Full name: aka Waldo Zibaldo

Occupation: writer/producer/director (when they let me)

Age: Waaaaaay older than I ever thought I’d be

Gender: Male

Home: Los Angeles

Story behind your screen name: The distance of the overtime-sending Game 3 1970 Finals shot by Mr. Jerry West (after he won the previous game with two free throws and hit a 20-footer to tie up game 3 before this shot... the usual Mr. Clutch).

How I became a Lakers fan: I’m from LA, what else could I be? But my first definitive introduction Lakers fan experience was when I was 10 and my buddy and I went to a Kinney’s shoe store where Happy Hairston and (I think) Keith Erickson were signing autographs and giving away stuff. My friend and I got picked to help them call out the raffle numbers, which was the greatest, and then the final drawing was for tickets to a Lakers game. I called my friend’s number, and he called mine! His mom was freakin’ out: “Shhh, don’t say anything or they’ll think it’s rigged!” Even better, it turned out to be ball night at the game, so double win!

Favorite Laker memory: I once put on a charity event, part of which was a celebrity b-ball game with some Lakers and some Clippers and a bunch of actors. At that time I was nowhere near famous (still am nowhere near), but I’d won some awards and I put on the event (with much help from many great people) ... which meant I got to play. On Magic’s team! I scored 8 points, two buckets off Magic assists. Then on a break, I faked the drive against Ron Harper, and passed to Magic –- assist! I gave an assist to Magic Johnson! Highlight of my b-ball life. Two plays later, I tried something similar but pulled up to shoot against an actor who shall remain nameless, and out of nowhere, Ron Harper gave a murderous block and almost took my head off. Heading back down the court he kinda looked back at me like: “Not on my watch.”

Most heartbreaking Lakers experience: You’d think it was ’69, but I barely remember that. No, it was ’89. The injuries. We HAD that, and then.... That’s why I will forever hate injuries for anyone.

Favorite current Lakers player: Right now, it would be Kobe, followed by LO.

Greatest all-time Laker: The Logo, the greatest postseason player to ever put on a jockstrap, but Magic and Kobe come in a close second with my favorite 6th man being a three-way tie between Coop, McAdoo and LO.

Last time you went to a game at Staples Center and at the Forum: I went to a TON of Forum games and actually stood once on The Spot of the 63-Foot shot. Beginning of this season was the last time I went to Staples (I have great friends).

Opposing team, player you dislike the most: I don’t hate much, as I love basketball, but I hate Lebron James’ attitude and wish someone would Scola him with extreme prejudice (“No harm, no foul.”). I also have no love for Kevin McHale or Moses “Fo’ Fo’ Fo’” Malone. And, of course, gotta hate the Celtics (with respect) or how can one call themselves a true Lakers fan?

Interactions with Lakers players: Not lately, but I played pickup games after summer league all during the ‘80’s & '90’s so I’ve played with or against a lot of ‘em over the years. Went to the Gail Goodrich/Elgin Baylor Basketball Camp when I was a kid and met a bunch of then-Lakers (watched Mel Counts blow a slam-dunk demonstration; poor Mel). Used to see Shaq and jabber with him at Smitty’s a lot, Wilt used to hang at our beach with his v-ball team and ran into him off and on (and even partied with him once, though I won’t get into details here). Used to drive by Jerry West’s house, which was right above my junior high, and see him washing his yellow Daytona and used to bump into Kareem for a while in Westwood for some reason. Oh, and used to play poker with Jim Buss (he was a so-so player, but had obviously deep pockets).

Most cherished piece of Lakers memorabilia I have: Nope, I haven’t a thing but memories, and they’re fading fast ‘cause of the vodka. And scotch. Never at the same time, of course.

Memorable stories about being a Lakers fan: Game 7, ’88 Finals, a friend’s season tickets (told you I had great friends) and 10 of us going crazy (four in the good seats, the others running down to us whenever they could). Big Game James was a monster! I couldn’t talk for a week afterwards. I will to this day deny going onto the floor before the game had ended. That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it.

--Mark Medina

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E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

 
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@63… That was a great profile. I loved the Jerry West mask. Too cool and so appropriate. Anyway, anybody who has had the experiences you’ve had and knows the game like you do is someone I want to know better. You’ve shown everyone how classy and smart you are with your posts. And I’m always fascinated by guys with the cash and flash to drive Ferraris rather than other more anonymous cars.
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@SNAKE… If this Lakers team had Magic at point, they would be pushing the ball like crazy in transition because everybody wants easy baskets and scoring in transition before defenses get set up has always been a good way to do it. The Triangle cuts both ways because while it doesn’t have the one great point guard to lead the break, it does generally have good passers at every position. Still, if you had Magic, you would run at every opportunity and look for defensive rebounding to trigger it.

While the Lakers are not pushing the ball in transition much this year, remember how Phil and the coaching staff had run when we had Jordan Farmar and he was playing well? It just depends on the personnel and the matchups. If you watch the game, especially in the fourth quarter, most teams just turn around and run back on defense the minute the shot goes up. That’s one reason why Lamar Odom always gets so many easy rebounds in the fourth quarter. Teams are so concerned with giving up points in transition that they are willing to give up offensive rebounds. Like the Celtics.
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TOM

LakerTom: "While the Lakers are not pushing the ball in transition much this year, remember how Phil and the coaching staff had run when we had Jordan Farmar and he was playing well? It just depends on the personnel and the matchups. If you watch the game, especially in the fourth quarter, most teams just turn around and run back on defense the minute the shot goes up. That’s one reason why Lamar Odom always gets so many easy rebounds in the fourth quarter. Teams are so concerned with giving up points in transition that they are willing to give up offensive rebounds. Like the Celtics."

That's a very sharp observation. Thinking back to the 4th quarter last night the Lakers pretty much controlled the defensive glass while the game was still a contest. They also were doing a good job of going after offensive rebounds and while they may not have actually garnered very many there were quite a few tipped and batted balls that kept the Clips from running out and could have ended up in extra Laker possessions. One of the best points of last nights game was that the effort really was there up and down the roster.

You've also got to love a 33-to-6 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Finally the famous 63's profile!

I didn't know you were really Jerry West!!!!!

So happy to have you on our blog, Mr. West.

Drop by anytime!

Love to hear your thoughts on Luke Walton.

:)

Outstanding....63 footer!

63 for the win. Peace, brother!

DBDH!


@TAXANALYST… Thanks for your response. Great point about the assists to turnover ratio. Even though we were outrebounded in the game, every rebound does not count the same. It’s also about when you get the rebounds. Same with shooting. When you look at the box score, you would think that Kobe and Blake had similar games. If you watched the actual game, you know that is the furthest thing from the truth. Kobe’s points turned a close game into a rout. Most of Griffith’s points came from non-paint deuces, which is exactly what we wanted from him. Bottom line, the reality is that Kobe controlled the game and the Lakers controlled Blake. Sometimes, the box score does lie.
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TOM

Well, since the "Photo Caption Contest" may be a dead thread by now I'll repost my late entry from that one -


"Tests have shown that '24' is 3 times more motha-f**king pain-intensifying than '8'."

Tax Analyst - good insights, nice posts... welcome to the blog.

Cheers to you 63! I enjoyed this and love your insight on the blog.

All the best to you, and our glorious Lakers!

Best,

LS

63! Getting some quality floor time with the Magic Man!! I dream about that stuff and you got to live it. That is simply G-R-E-A-T!!


63 Footer,

Utterly awesome.

A truly amazing profile.

I can only imagine giving Magic an assist. Dude, that's the kind of stuff I literally dream about.

Consider yourself blessed.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!


A big part of me declares eternal war against the rest of the NBA and especially the Celtics because of what Elgin Baylor and Jerry West had to go through.

I will never be okay that Elgin never got a ring.

It's just objectively wrong.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Great profile, 63. Nice to get to know you.

Go Lake Show!

Thanks, justanothermambafan. I've been very busy at work, but I look in once in a while to see what folks think. I've been following the Lakers since they got here in L.A. back in 1960

PS - I had a much, much, much longer-winded post, but it seems the site just isn't into excessively long-winded posts, and in general I can't say that I can find much fault with that.

Maybe I'll try to post bits and pieces of my excessively wordy 1960-to-the-present Laker retrospective at later dates.

G'night.

@63 good one

JR

Ah, y'all are the best. Nice to show my "true" face.

@63 Footer – Now that's what I'm talking about. Great profile. Ballin with the Magic Man, doing raffles for Happy Hairston, partying with Wilt and being in the house for the 88 finals game 7. So many great stories (even though you’re sandbagging…lol) --- no wonder you were hesistant in submitting your profile…you didn’t want to make every envious.

You know I had to drop a song on you. Since you’re a big fan of guitar history…just like you are of hoops history. Here’s a little sumptin sumptin for you from one of the pioneers of the reverb and feedback that influenced so many.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVsNlchp0GE

63Footer- Thanks for giving us some insight about your great Lakers experiences. You've been there and done that. Congratulations to you. Keep keeping on, your posts are both funny and insightful.
Does this mean that Justa submitted her profile?

Way to go, 63!!!!

Played w/ Magic....wow...

Nothing else to say...

I have something else to say...but I forgot...

Played w/ Magic....wow...

63!!! MY FAVE!!!...Thanks for sharing your profile - can't wait to meet you in person... ~hugs~

Great profile 63 - there is some serious Lakers fan pedigree goin' on there!

Better late than never, 63 footer thanks for sharing yourself and insights in the blog. Nice of you to share your busy time and Laker passion over the years.

63footer, thanks for taking us for a wonderful walk down your amazing Laker-Memory Lane. Cheers!

63footer, thanks for taking us for a wonderful walk down your amazing Laker-Memory Lane. Cheers!

63footer, thanks for taking us for a wonderful walk down your amazing Laker-Memory Lane. Cheers!

@63- cool, profile, 63. Loved the logo and Magic anecdotes, excellent. You're a tru fan. I'm glad you said you hate the green jersey, you're right, no self-respecting LakeShow fan detests them (respect).

You know what Einstein said about memoy, " “Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events.” Yeah, the older we get, seems like our memories sink like a stone. They stay in the Oceans of time forever. No one can take away that joy from you, brother. Peace and Love.

@63- I have to get adjusted to my new schedule. Let's try again

No self-respecting LakeShow will ever like the green jerseys. Ever. Hate (respect) straight and true.

63 Footer - Great profile brother...How about a charity Laker Fishing Charter event...thanks for the great read...

WHAT MANNER OF MADNESS IS THIS BLOG GOD???? TO TRY TO SNEAK THE PROFILE OF THE MAGNIFICENT 63 FOOTER PAST MAMBA24!!!!!!! YES, YES YOU’RE Still batting a THOUSAND!!!!!
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Well as I live and breathe, The Flesh made whole. The Legend at last having his day in the sun!
Well God%%$$#@!@!!!! It’s about Freakin time!!! Laker Nation was about to start a “NO 63 FOOTER PROFILE NO PEACE!!! BANDWAGON . But the Basketball Gods, in their infinite wisdom after gracing us with the Mind bending Triumphant of ; Phred, Justanothermambafan and WesjoeNixon, now adds the capstone to this. Ladies and Gentleman, Laker Nation I present…..63 FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTER!!!! HELL YEAH!!! Man, if I just had a few of your memories to look back on, but you have all these memories…Magic, Worthy, Wilt…FREAKIN WILT!!! Shaq! *sniff* *sniff* You’re too good for us 63 Footer!!! And yet you manage to stay humble while at the same time being entertaining and funny as hell. Damn man show me the contract you signed with the Devil. No one…NO ONE should have such a wonderful life!!!!! The Laker Nation is indeed a better place for having you as a member and I would like to thank you 63 Footer for granting Laker Nation a little slice of insight into the life of a great LakerHolic and Great Human being. Oh yeah, after your great profile this sounds weak as hell but…OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! KUDOS!! Get down 63 Footer with your Bad self!!!!!!

@63Footer

Got to agree 1989 was my first true heart breaking moment as a Laker fan. That year and when we lost to the Bulls mostly because I was bitter because of the injuries. I also love Coop and LO as my 6th man. Nice profile.


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