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Laker girl profile: Leah points to lip balm as her beauty secret

Leah

This is the ninth post of a weekly series that helps you get to know the Laker Girls (who, by the way, officially go by one name only)

Laker Girl name: Leah

Year on Squad: 1st

Hometown: Spencer, MA

Area of Residence: Los Angeles, CA

College/High School:Graduate of UMASS Dartmouth, Marketing Major

What prompted you to want to become a Laker Girl? I love to dance and wanted a way to further my dance career. I graduated college last May and was looking for a change. Los Angeles seemed to be the perfect place for me - seeing that the Lakers just won the championship, I wanted to be a part of it! Not to mention, it does have the most prestigious dance team in the NBA.

What do you think stood out to the judging panel, about you, regarding your audition? I was actually hoping I didn't stick out! (once I made the cuts & got to the later rounds) I know it is important to dance as a team, so I tried to watch the veteran Laker Girls that were there auditioning too, so I could to try to emulate their style of dancing…..which would help blend in as best as I could.

What do you think makes a good Laker Girl?I feel a good Laker Girl represents their team and organization on and off the court. She must be a hard working dancer and caring person out in the community. Also, she should understand that a lot of dedication/hard work is involved in this position - and it is totally worth it! I mean, we're talking about the Los Angeles Lakers here!

What is your dance experience?I started dance class at the age of 3. I have trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, pointe and hip-hop.

In addition, I was an NFL cheerleader for the New England Patriots from 2007-2010. My experience involved in performing at all of their home games, as well as all over the world, entertaining the troops and football fans.

Favorite dance routine, while being a Laker Girl? My favorite routine is called "Higher Ground" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It is a fast upbeat song, so I get excited to perform it every time!

Favorite uniform?I love one of our more recent uniforms we have now……we call it our "Purple Ruffle" uniform. It has a cute ruffle skirt. I just love how it looks when we dance, it's very feminine and girly!

Favorite Lakers Player?Derek Fisher

Favorite Laker Girl memory so far?I cannot pinpoint one memory in particular. I feel so lucky to be in this position, that I have way too many to choose from! To be honest, just to be a part of this journey is incredible and I am looking forward to making many more memories the rest of this season!

What do you like most about being involved, as a Laker Girl, at local charity/community events?I really enjoy meeting the fans……they always have great stories! It is so nice to be able to give back to our community and put smiles on their faces. We often get asked the question, "Are you the REAL Laker Girls?"……and I always get so excited to say, "YES!" I am excited to answer back because it's an honor to be given the opportunity to brighten the day of someone who really appreciates our time.

What would you say is your beauty secret? I'm obsessed with Chap Stick (lip balm). It is my number one beauty necessity!

What diet/workout tips do you have?Always eat breakfast! If you don't, you will over eat later…..I promise!

What are your Hobbies?I really like extreme sports. I'm beginning to venture out - and trying as many as I can! A few I have conquered recently include wakeboarding, motocross and snowboarding! I would love to go skydiving. (that's next on my list!)

Career aspirations?I would love to get involved in some type of broadcasting. My dream job would be to be on a talk show, as a host! A news personality.

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

 
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MM, I noticed your fondness of beauties in the profile page. I don't mean to disparage the personalities shown here among Laker girls because I don't really know them. Here is my concern, what are their contributions in the blog that merits advertisement and promotion? Of course, your blog attract ticks because of their profile but it also makes your blog comparable to those sexy magazine at the supermarket. It can also be interpreted of symbolic exploitation on personalities. Well, the Laker girls are all worthy of news but can we take them as a whole during the off season. Profile of players are more preferable since they are the subject matter of this blog for example players who are new in this team like Joe Smith, Theo Ratliff, Ebanks and Caracter I'm sure there are worthy news about them that is not related to basketball.

Good that you got outta Boston and back in LA....haha. Nice song for favorite routine...Stevie's Higher Ground done nicely by the Peppers. Thanks for representing the Laker Nation!

CyberCosmix,

Like your friend 888, if you cannot backup your statements we will just assume that you are talking out of your ass. You cannot come on here and make accusations that you cannot/ will not backup. Actually I guess you can and we'll just assume you are talking out of your ass like your friend 888.

How is the club recruiting going btw?

Thanks
PSP Intern

@bronx/sean – I agree with your comments regarding heckling Lebron. Leave his family out of it.

@PSP – I don’t agree that MVP is a fraud. He’s just very opinionated. I didn’t know how to take your posts initially…so I read and waited, and so far I haven’t seen anything inflammatory…other than you and MVP jabs at each other. But that is what it is!

@Cyber – good point on Kundla.

MM: Yes, you truly captured the essence of this post in the title. I'm now convinced that lip balm is truly a wonderful thing...

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bronxlakerfan: "That ally-oop from Blake? Are you kidding me??!! Man catches the ball above the box with his right hand and quickly gathers it for the powerful slam!! That was the real deal!!!
Here's another look...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7SkEONI7QQ"
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That dunk was SICK! I'm glad they didn't cut right at the last second to an 'over-the-backboard' camera angle, like TNT did a couple days back for that Shannon double-pump dunk vs the septics - that ruined the dunk in live realtime. This one though was even more amazing.

Isn't it funny how the alley-oops with slightly miss-passes turn out to be the best ones? We got to see him at fuuuulll extension right here.

I repeat, looking back I wish Shannon would have not entered last years dunk contest, had waited for this upcoming one at Staples. The fans would have been going krazeeeeee and we could have seen the battle for L.A. dunksters - Griffin vs Sham-WOW!


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

LRob

He has been lying about comments made by the PSP. For example, he has said that the PSP said we wouldn't have won the finals without HCA. I NEVER MADE THAT STATEMENT. The PSP has asked him to show where I made such a statement and instead of doing that he goes on a rant about things the PSP never talked about and ignores the question. Until he answers and either shows proof or admits he was wrong, then he is a fraud.

Thanks
PSP Intern

The bottom line is you felt Walton if healthy would get more playing time than Barnes.

Posted by: LRob | February 12, 2011 at 08:45 AM
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If that's the way it came across to you, it was NOT intended to be communicated that way. This came at a time when Barnes was awaiting his arraignment, so I was a bit aggravated at that situation anyway. All I EVER meant, and I communicated it this way .. was that it wouldn't surprise me if Phil Jackson put Luke ahead of Barnes in the rotation if Luke was healthy to start the season. You will recall Kupchak's words when they signed Barnes regarding his concern for Luke's health and the need for more depth at that position. I detailed my reply to you in GREAT detail, yet like everyone else, you remained stubborn that I was wrong. I know what I meant, I know what I said, and I re-posted it, yet consistent with your l "love everyone" in here approach, you refused to accept my plain English and made it sound like I said "there is no question whatsoever that Luke Walton is a far superior player to Matt Barnes and he will play ahead of Barnes in the rotation no matter what. It's not even close." Give me a break.

MM

Congratulations on having your piece on Jerry West reprinted in the LA Times hard copy today!

PSP: You might get off on vulgarities, but please leave them for some lesser blog. You should know about 'talking-out...' since that is all you've done since you've arrived.


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

CCX

I find it fascinating that an upstanding contributor like yourself would get criticized by anyone, no less by the pathetic PSP. Pretty hilarious!

CyberCosmix

The PSP guess that makes us both one and the same. At least when I talk out of my ... , the PSP will back it up or at least attempt to back it up, unlike some people.

How is the club recruiting going? :-)

Thanks
PSP Intern

PracticeSeason888

I see you are here. The PSP is still waiting on you to tell where I said that we would not have won last year without HCA. Until then you are a fraud, a bust, and a poser. Or are you not man enough to back up your words? The PSP believe you are an attorney; if this is how you represent your clients i feel sorry for them son.

Thanks
PSP Intern

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.

@Edwin
Great post yet again(9:47am)!

@Cyber and KobeMVP
Thanks for putting "the PSP" in his/her place. If you want to get involved in reading the most worthless posts here, take a look at any of the PSP's lame diatribes.

@bronx
I thought the exact same thing during and after the Boston game. All of their major contibutors played big minutes and they will still make up excuses for not having Daniels(who has been producing very little for them), West(same as Daniels), and Snaq(who pretty much is in there for fouling the opponents big men).

@Diandra
Make sure you get there early enough to take some pics next to Chick's statue and in front of Magic's.


Finally this team has gotten back on track! The Melo trade probably had a less than a 5% chance of going down before it became a public affair. Now, I give it a zero.

If it were me, and the Nuggets would accept Drew and Luke or Drew and Artest, then I would do it in a heartbeat.

I'm so happy to see the bench come alive again on this trip. Without them, we would nodt have won these toughly faught games.

As for the Sloan situation, do you guys think he's done for good, or is he just done with the Jazz? How sweet would it be if the Lakers hired him this summer?


RANDOM THOUGHTS !!!
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Big game for the Lakers this afternoon – the Mount Carmel Lakers, that is, my grandson’s 5th grade boys CYO basketball team of which I am the head coach. We play for our league championship this afternoon in a battle between two undefeated teams. But like any Lakers team, the biggest challenge my kids are facing is overconfidence and complacency because they beat this team in a pre-season tournament. Hopefully, they’ll rise to the challenge like the real Lakers and bring their A-Game. Of course, this is really just a “practice” game if we lose because we’ll still be in the playoffs. LOL.

I find it hilarious the PSP wants bloggers to check the records to prove he never said something which KobeMVP888 is accusing him of having said. How can you check the archives when PSP is just the latest reincarnation of some self-appointed self-anointed guardian of truth on the blog? Who is he or she? Or more to the point, who WAS he or she and who will he or she be in their next rendition? PSP is a troll whose only goal is to mock and stalk 888. CCX hit the nail on the head when he said “one thing is clear: slants and biases are the main objective of your posts, humor is just the vehicle you use to convey those messages in a more palatable way. You're playing a clown that sells cigarettes to kids.”

When the Lakers are playing well and prospects are looking up, it’s fun to sit back and watch the blog and the constant fight for mind share by the different points of view. We’ve got the GHF (Glass Half Full) faction, the GHE (Glass Half Empty) faction, and the rest of the blog who realize that any glass half full has to also then be half empty. It doesn’t stop there because just like the game of basketball itself, the blog has power bloggers and finesse bloggers who can often play tough or sometimes soft. That’s why conflicts are inevitable and all we can hope for is that we keep it friendly and respectful.

I also have to take umbrage at Charles Barkley’s comments about Kobe losing a step due to age. I’ve always liked the Chuckster for his great sense of humor and outrageous commentary but it is so obvious that he has a jealousy fueled bias against Kobe Bryant that rears its ugly head every year. Frankly, I think Kobe is playing better right now than ever. He is dominating both with his scoring as well as his playmaking and his leadership has the Lakers starting their drive to be in peak form when the NBA playoffs begin. I expect this team to focus and finish this Grammy road trip 7-0. Kobe, Drew, Pau, and Lamar are showing why the road to a championship still goes through LA.
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TOM

Recently, I made gumbo and got the opportunity to
watch a little old lady do damage with a knife and a
crab leg.

Watching PSP & KobeMVP888/Cybercosmix is somewhat
similar.

Will the afore mentioned KobeMVP888/Cybercosmix "man up"
and answer PSP's questions or will they continue to skirt the
issues and continue to "emote" at will?

Fascinating ... Would someone pass me the popcorn?

Laker Tom

I hope you do realize that there are people who have been reading but not writing contributors to this blog for years. Well if you feel that the PSP is a reincarnation of another blogger then that's your opinion. I will say now that I am NOT any previous blogger, take that as you wish. The PSP has been having amicable conversations with other members of the blog without conflict. Sometimes when one is involved in EVERY fight in the schoolyard, after a while you have to look in the mirror and ask if the person looking back is not a part of the problem.

Thanks
PSP Intern

Hobbit

Is the PSP the knife or the crab leg?

And yes, very simple solution! Just answer the question!

Thanks
PSP Intern!

Mornin' crue,

I'm currently heading into the 4th stage of sickness.

It started with Stage 1 - I think I'm getting sick.
Then Stage 2- yup, I'm sick.
Stage 3 - I'm now sick as a dog.

Now I'm on Stage 4: Will someone please shoot me and put me out of my misery for the love of god PLEASE.

Ugh.

Hope all y'all are doing much better than the current hell I'm living (or dying as it were) in.

Catch up tomorrow. In the meantime, stop arguing. It's beneath all of you.

GO LAKERS!!

Edwin: I think Shannon Brown is one player who can be a great talent as a Point Guard instead of SG. However, he needs a lot of one-on-one coaching perhaps from great Laker PGs from Magic or Norm Nixon. He's athletic, gifted with his leaps as Air Shannon or bounds on the floor. However, some of his decision making as PG are flawed so that disqualifies him of being a facilitator. Can you just imagine if Shannon Brown can distribute the ball like Rondo it becomes another weapon of PJ. He can attract double teaming like Kobe then distribute the ball to Pau or Drew for easy dunk. At present, we are only using Brown shooting assets not his court generalship in heralding speed and fire power in the post with his presence as a PG.
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Didn't we try playing Shannon at the point some last year? I don't know if he's PG material based on that, but he could only get better working with Magic or Norm Nixon - two of the best. He should try and work on his handle some, he sometimes has a little trouble dribbling through congestion. It could work though, I was very big on acquiring Blake, but his play has been steady if unstellar.

I always think back to the day that Mitch made that trade and Shannon arrived, he had an ear-to-ear grin that didn't leave his face. I love the fact that he's improved since then, and he's only 25. Love me some Sham-WOW!

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LakerTom: "I also have to take umbrage at Charles Barkley’s comments about Kobe losing a step due to age. I’ve always liked the Chuckster for his great sense of humor and outrageous commentary but it is so obvious that he has a jealousy fueled bias against Kobe Bryant that rears its ugly head every year."
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Isn't that the truth! Yet, Kobe always mans-up and does one or two postgame interviews for TNT every season.

Could it be the Chuckster is trying to keep separation between Kobe and his buddy MJ? They are getting pretty close in the conversation, even the most blindly loyal MJ apologist or Kobe-hata would have to admit. I don't know, wouldn't imagine that Chuck has that kind of an agenda, but he always props up certain guys ('GINOBILLIEEE!!!!!') while minimizing the accomplishments of others, like Kobe...

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888: I'm always amazed though how you seem to have the bullseye squarely on your back. Let's see, you are informed, knowledgeable, well-read and positive toward the Lakers.

OK, now I see it - that is everything the PSP is not. Actually, I think they are obsessed by you, considering they stole their name straight out of your posts.


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

LakerTom & CCX

Thanks for running interference for me. I stayed away from this horrible excuse for a Lakers fan for the longest time, but he's been infecting this forum with his childish style and viewpoints for too long now. Why MM hasn't banned him/her is beyond me. But I'm not through with that coward/troll who won't identify him/herself. And he calls me a "poser"? That's a laugh! And what's the basis of his/her amoeba-brain thought process? That I can't prove to him that the Lakers would have won last year without HCA!! ROFLMFAO!!

The thing that cracks me up the most is that my opinions are actually reflective of mainstream opinions held by NBA fans and especially the analysts on ABC, NBA TV, ESPN, KCAL, FSW and anyone else who has an understanding of this great championship team. They know damn well who the team to beat is under any circumstances in the playoffs. But until I can prove to this PSP joke of a blogger that we would have won without HCA last season, my opinions are worthless. How farcical is that?

Another Fisher fan. All the Laker Girls like DFish....hmmm

A Laker girl from Massachusetts- well, I guess you can go home, if don't tell anybody you're coming from L.A.


Looking forward to Sunday, seeing Blake Superior at the Air Canada Centre.

justa: That sucks. Hope you make a speedy recovery. I don't know if it's the same thing, but my oldest son Galen was sick as a dog for 8 days. Sore throat/ears hurt/headache. This was the longest he's ever been sick. Something pretty bad is going around.

Hang in there though, every day is a day closer to feeling better! The Lakers are doing their part too in making you feel better.

GET WELL SOON ALREADY!


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

KobeMVP888

Quit Spinning; the PSP never said that you should prove that the Lakers would have won last year without HCA. The PSP will repost what you said again and the challenge I posed to you. These are your exact words being quoted so there is no confusion.

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KobeMVP888 you said:
"He chooses to simplify matters and make assumptions he can't prove that we would have lost without HCA last season and can't win without it this season. He lacks confidence, knowledge and basic Lakers fan common sense."
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The practice season police is now publicly calling you out AGAIN to show where the PSP EVER made such a statement/assumption. Until you can show proof of the above you are a liar, a fraud, a bust, and a poser.

Thanks
PSP Intern

@LakerTom- Defense and rebounding, Coach, and your boys will get the W. Give 'em all you got.

But I'm not through with that coward/troll who won't identify him/herself. And he calls me a "poser"?
Posted by: KobeMVP888 | February 12, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Talk about pot calling kettle black. Your handle is KobeMVP888 and mine is Practice Season Police. The PSP is not sure how else he is expected to identify himself. I didn't think you and I were on a real name basis, but you tell me your's and i'll tell you mine.

Thanks
PSP Intern

MVP,

You've brought this up 3-4 times since it happened. I don't like continually going down this road, but you keep bringing it up. Again I had no stake in whether you or Laker Truth was right in that matter. I was neutral and when I re-read things I gave my informed opinion. The bottomline is LakerTruth position was Barnes would get PT over Walton without qualifiers. His statement was true.


I know you don't like going thru the archives, but in this case that is what it would take to show me I was wrong. It's our own little form of a video review :-) Thus, if you'd like me to reverse my judgment the burden of proof lies with you.

Edwin - Fair point. I was able to arrange with Lisa Estrada, who's in charge of the Laker girls to do one of these once a week. As far as doing them in the offseason is perhaps a bit dated simply because they update the rosters every season. I do agree though that it's good to profile some of the Lakers too. I started taking that step with the assistant coaches in those Q&As and I plan to try to do that for some of the trainers, front office and bench players so you can get to know them. Lots of it is logistics because when they're on the road they're not available. It's also difficult to do them during practice because there's lots going on with trying to get the news of the day, etc. So I've been making arrangements to go to shoot around to do some of this supplementary work.

Appreciate the feedback

Catch up tomorrow. In the meantime, stop arguing. It's beneath all of you.

Posted by: justanothermambafan | February 12, 2011 at 11:14 AM
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Good point Justa. I hope you feel better SOON. I will heed your advice....at least until well.

Thank you Mclyne for agreeing with my post in the previous thread. As I said: "We develop a lot of Einsteins' among the populace. Everybody wanted to join the betterment of their group or government by sharing ideas."

However, there is inherent problem in a democratic way because everyone wants to be heard and nobody wants to give in. If they don't get what they want, they form factions and tear up the whole group as a whole. Isn't this what happens in government, politics get into situations so personal like and dislikes becomes the norm instead of principle of compromise for the good of government. Like for example in the ensuing back to back posts, some try to promote the concepts of GHF or GHE as if it really matters. 888 and PSP are both great contributors in the blog, as well as LakerTom and Hobbit or LRob, in summary can we forge something good in their posts by compromising their inner principles and move on. Do we have to distinguish who is really the better debater or blogger? As the notorious Rodney King said: can we just all get along? Why should we always entertain "intrigues" in order to make the conversation merrier? What if we just agree or disagree without dragging along personalities in the conversation? We are all interested of our team, our players, not us the bloggers. We only offer viewpoints in this blog, we don't play the game.

Kobe's trash talking in Italian is as priceless as his English trash talk.

Gallo's a funny guy.

Kobe: " Gallo, Mi hai sportcato."

Too funny.

LakerTom: Good luck in your game today. If you are even 1/10th as good a coach as you are a blogger, that would make you an excellent coach! One thing is for sure, your kids have a very knowledgeable basketball mind as their head coach!

BTW, do you see any young Magic Johnsons in your league? Perhaps you can be a way-advanced scout for the Lakers! lol...

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mclyne: "If you want to get involved in reading the most worthless posts here, take a look at any of the PSP's lame diatribes."
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Amen to that bro!

As usual, justa is right as she posted above, from now on I'm with LRob and heed her sage-like advice...


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

I shall never look at Chapstick the same way again.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Lakers are in the middle of the road trip & it looks like they've found their groove!


Pretenders - Middle of the Road
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsnMFfMmV8I&feature=related


Dee Lite - Groove in the Heart (with a little assist from Bootsy...hah!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4D1HSL7P98

post at 11:37am should say "at least until you're well".

sean, I don't know Italian, but I could just imagine that must translate to something like 'thanks for playing the cardboard cutout we stick on the court during practices'


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

ok, my morning fun is over, off to be bored and busy IRL...

CyberCosmix

Does this mean the PSP does not have to worry about you anymore? Great!

Edwin

The PSP is for everything you said; after all there are lots of bloggers on here that I get along perfectly well with. The problem is that 888 slanders and then when asked to back it up goes into a spin zone. He is doing the same thing with LRob right now also.

If you look at the past thread, I came to terms with cyber on our discussion. The PSP is not sure why Cyber started attacking the PSP again without provocation. Anyway we are still waiting on 888 to show proof of what he is accusing me of. He can't have his cake and eat it. Mba, no way!

Thanks
PSP Intern

@Jon- read what you wrote. That's fine. I'm not trying to deter your opinion of Lebron, it is what is. I just want to let you know that I respect you and your opinion, even if I think you're wrong or right.

His kids are 6 and 3, respectively brother, how could they possibly understand what is going on. Do you have kids? They have really, really, small attention spans. They don't understand most of what's going on and you know that. How could they?

He's trying to protect his family. You would do the same if you felt your wife or kids were being dragged into a situation that doesn't involve them.

MVP,

You've brought this up 3-4 times since it happened. I don't like continually going down this road, but you keep bringing it up. Again I had no stake in whether you or Laker Truth was right in that matter. I was neutral and when I re-read things I gave my informed opinion. The bottomline is LakerTruth position was Barnes would get PT over Walton without qualifiers. His statement was true.
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I did that already, but you ignored it so I'm not going to waste my time again. I know what I said and what I think and I am not a liar. The fact that you are so "neutral" on everything does not validate your position on this. Of course Matt Barnes is a better player at this point in their respective careers. Duh. My only point was that if healthy, it would not have surprised me if PJ put Luke in ahead of him in the rotation because of Luke's knowledge of the schemes and PJ's trust in Luke and because Barnes has played on what, 8 teams in 8 seasons, and learning the triangle from the wing position is difficult. Whatever. It's moot because Luke was hurt to start the season and I probably would have been "wrong" anyway. My thoughts were more of a "maybe what Phil would have done" than "I think Luke Walton is a better player than Matt Barnes" statement. If my point didn't come across clearly to you as I intended it, then I communicated it very poorly. But then again, it's more important for you to remain neutral and to be friends with everyone in here regardless of how vile some people can be than it is to believe me. So stick with your pal LAKER TRUTH and the PSP and all the other naysayers who trash the legal profession and people's families for that matter. That seems a bit phony to me. That's the last of this.

sean,

But the situation does involve them and the six year old probably has a decent idea of what's going on.

That much said, there's a lot more that I don't know and you make valid points.

Anyhow, they were in Detroit. I think it is utterly childish, foolish and irresponsible of LeBron James to expect civilized behavior from people in Detroit.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Anyhow, they were in Detroit. I think it is utterly childish, foolish and irresponsible of LeBron James to expect civilized behavior from people in Detroit.

Posted by: Jon K. | February 12, 2011 at 11:59 AM

@Jon K

The witness says the Miami star told the fan he could say whatever he wanted about James, but: "Don't say anything about my family — be respectful or we're going to have a problem."

Jon, this is the last I'll speak on this. Lebron handled it well. He said 'Say what ever ___ you want to say about be. But be respectful, I don't care ___ say about me.

He could asked security to throw the guy out, he's got that authority. Instead, he handled the conflict resolution the right way, he managed to be passive aggressive.

Dude, c'mon, I have a minor degree in Conflict Resolution, I can tell you emphatically, his 6 year old son hasn't devoloped the intelligence or learning skills to understand interpersonal relationships and their action/consequences. He doesn't have the capacity to understand what's going on around him. At this point in his life, he has more questions about the world around him than he does answers.

sean,

As I've said before, you might be right.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@Jon K- who knows really? I appreciate where you're coming from, there's a lot of emotional content from stuff like this, and he might have to one day explain himself to his kids.

I believe you when your sources mention extra-marital affairs. I can see the onion peeling on that one. I wonder how much that would cost him in a common law divorce. Ouch!

Repost:

It's no coincidence that the desire to win on this road trip has occurred after negative comments by past Laker greats and the FO publicly stating that they are open to evaluating any viable trade options. This team is performing and making their case to the FO that they need and want to remain together in order to win another championship for the franchise.

I opined earlier that the second of the back-back games are very important for the team to win in order to confirm their resiliency, strength and stamina to be effective after playing a top contender the night before. The first set was against Boston and tomorrow it will be Orlando followed by Charlotte which they must win. As far as Cleveland is concerned, it's best for the team to win that one too.

This team - whether the regular season is "practice" or not - merely has to match the desire and will to win that Kobe brings every night. They're not expected to have the same skill set, stamina or strength because each player has their own uniqueness - if you will - that they bring to the team. They all have to possess that "by any means necessary" mentality that Kobe eats, breathes, sleeps and wakes with everyday.

As far as Bynum is concerned, it's no secret that without him, a championship becomes 10X harder to achieve which is why most fans of the team were disappointed with HIS decision to delay the surgery. HIS decision wreaked a little havoc earlier in the season and obviously, Pau was affected the most which cost us some games earlier this season. I think the youngster has a different perspective about his career and realizes how quickly the “dream” can end. Like everyone else, I also believe it’s all about his body’s ability to avoid injuries and events that cause those injuries. That’s the one constant “nail biter” on this team: will Andrew make it for another game, but that’s the gamble and as we all know, gambling makes the heart beat faster.

If this team finishes the road trip 7-0 (which I suspect they will) and continues to get healthier (Kobe, Drew, Ratliff and Barnes), they will have no excuse for reverting back to their lackluster play that took place earlier in the season. They have demonstrated they have the tools to win and coupled with the genuine desire to do so, they can be quite intimidating and that's just what this team needs in order to put the rest of the league on notice.

This is happening at just the right time because as many us have written, we're expecting their level and quality of play to increase beginning in the second half of the season. Guess what? It's almost here folks.

Are there still “things” that need to be fixed? You bet, like mental lapses that are sprinkled in during a game that cost them points and those dreaded TOs, shot selection and host of other mistakes that can all be corrected. Again, as we have all acknowledged, the regular season is a process that leads the team to the playoffs, into the Finals and then winning the championship. I really like our chances!

"Even when we didn't make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship." Dr. Buss

GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!!

CCX

PJ still uses ShanWow at the lead guard position in certain match ups, particularly against Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Chauncey Billups and I believe Derrick Rose. I think that was his hope last season, too, and he certainly played a lot at that position in 2009 after he sat on the bench for about a month after the trade. The truth is that Brown is much more comfortable and gets into a much better rhythm at the shooting guard position in the triangle as opposed to Blake, who is more comfortable distributing the ball and settling for the occasional three pointer ala Derek Fisher, Ron Harper, Steve Kerr, John Paxson, Craig Hodges, BJ Armstrong and Brian Shaw. If there was ever a 'tweener, it's Brown, but he prefers to be more aggressive and thrives when he's more aggressive. The fact is that Phil Jackson never uses a normal point guard - shooting guard set anyway. The teams he played on had a two guard set (no one called Walt Frazier a "point guard") and he has always coached this way. The NBA now has a point guard culture, but Phil calls them lead guards in his system and it's much more reminiscent of the way guards played in his time than the modern version of the NBA. But Coach Eleven Rings go against the grain? Nahhhh.

I am convinced that PJ used the Celtics game to build Brown's confidence because not only has he been in a funk, but with the Celtics depleted roster, it gave PJ an opportunity to build Shannon's confidence against a team that he normally lacks confidence and aggression against. By waiting to reinsert Kobe until 5:04 left in the fourth quarter, PJ brilliantly killed two birds with one stone: Kobe came back rested and finished like only Kobe can and the Shannon Brown who started this season with confidence returned to the Lakers. The consequence? Look how he performed at Madison Square Garden!

Art, THIS is how I post. Please give me your constructive criticism of its content and the opinions I have on this subject. I enjoy learning as much as the next guy.

@LakerTom - "PSP is a troll whose only goal is to mock and stalk 888."

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You think? LMAO!

@KobeMVP888- well put. There's not Point Guard terminology in the Triangle. As Phil, B-Shaw, Jim, have said they call it the lead guard. That's why the bench can be more effective with Steve as the lead guard and Brown as the off-guard.

Psp,

you are neither the knife nor the crab leg. You're the l'il old lady who's
straight doin' work!

The crab leg would be tangential/non-sequitors being tossed out by the
aforementioned bloggers.

The crab meat would be the clear answer/re-posted comments, made by
you, which support their argument.

FWIW, I've seen *similar* things with other people. They never acknowledge
that they're using a different definition for the same words. Furthermore,
they argue that what they meant is more important than what they said and
completely ignore how you are supposed to understand what they meant
when they said what they said.

Like pinning water to a wall.

sean,

It is my understanding as communicated by my local sources that LeBron James has not married the mother of his children because...

1. He wants to have extra-marital affairs (as in "taking my talents to South Beach") without it being a potential media or financial issue.

2. He knows his bad behavior would be grounds for a divorce and he doesn't want the mother of his children taking half of his money. He'd rather she just be dependent on him for money and serve has his live-in nanny.

So... ummm... yeah.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@sean- Thanks. This is a topic that bears repetition because the NBA has evolved into such a point guard driven league that it is easy to forget that Coach Eleven Rings prefers to stick to his winning formula rather than cross over and join 'em, if you will. Mitch Kupchak has abided and consequently the lead guard position comprises only 8.4% of the Lakers payroll by design. It's the least important position on the court whereas it's arguably the most important position on the court for the majority of NBA teams. Talk about going the other way! Thus far it has been a successful formula and I will be curious to see whether PJ can ride it to the finish line in his last stand. I will also be curious to see whether the Lakers adopt a different philosophy once PJ leaves. For now, let's cherish and savor the beautiful basketball he has given us and even more so let's continue to rejoice in our back-to-back defending championship team!

WHAT A FRIGGIN JOKE....

The content of this blog is you said this...no I said this...look it up in the archives...I think I believe him...no don't believe him, believe me....I am neutral...let's gang up on him...hey you, did you see what he said...

PATHETIC...

Let's talk Lakers...this blog is not about 888, not PSP, not hobbit, not CCX...ITS ABOUT THE LAKERS...

This team is now on it's way to go on a 7 game road winning trip...they are starting to turn it around, which alot of you have been complaining about...and you guys bicker like a bunch of ladies in a KMart sale...

I'm sorry, but if this is the content of this blog...then I think I will celebrate my Lakers on a different site...this is sad period....

The PSP has only one issue left and is willing to move on IF kobemvp888 either comes out and shows proof of what he is accusing the PSP of or admits that he lied about/put words in the PSP's mouth.

IF he can show where I said that we would not have won without HCA, I promise every member of this blog that I will straight up apologize and drop the matter.

This is the millionth time I have asked him, yet he chooses to deflect the question and prefer to call names ( fine by me too, we can keep going back and forth). Again I quote his exact words from a previous thread and I will continue to call him out on this.

KobeMVP888 you said:
"He chooses to simplify matters and make assumptions he can't prove that we would have lost without HCA last season and can't win without it this season. He lacks confidence, knowledge and basic Lakers fan common sense."
=================================================

The practice season police is now publicly calling you out AGAIN to show where the PSP EVER made such a statement/assumption. Until you can show proof of the above you are a liar, a fraud, a bust, and a poser.

After calling him out above, this is part of a comment he made to LakerTom:

But until I can prove to this PSP joke of a blogger that we would have won without HCA last season, my opinions are worthless. How farcical is that?

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | February 12, 2011 at 11:19 AM

People please, how does the question I asked KobeMVP888 translate to what he is now telling LakerTom that I asked him? Am I the only one seeing the problem here or what?

Thanks
PSP Intern

Posted by: Practice Season Police

FYI: Since fraudmvp888 won't, I have also posted my EXACT words on this matter below. Please read and tell me how he has completely spun what I said into something else.

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it is FACT that your regular season record determines your final standing/playoff seeding/HCA. Now going by your logic, that would mean that having HCA is of no merit. The PSP have to disagree with that; HCA may not determine the outcome of a series on its own, BUT it definitely has its merits. Do you disagree with that?

Thanks
PSP Intern [ should be our partaying :( ]

Posted by: Practice Season Police | February 11, 2011 at 09:24 PM

WHAT A FRIGGIN JOKE....

The content of this blog is you said this...no I said this...look it up in the archives...I think I believe him...no don't believe him, believe me....I am neutral...let's gang up on him...hey you, did you see what he said...

PATHETIC...

Let's talk Lakers...this blog is not about 888, not PSP, not hobbit, not CCX...ITS ABOUT THE LAKERS...

This team is now on it's way to go on a 7 game road winning trip...they are starting to turn it around, which alot of you have been complaining about...and you guys bicker like a bunch of ladies in a KMart sale...

I'm sorry, but if this is the content of this blog...then I think I will celebrate my Lakers on a different site...this is sad period....

Posted by: LEWSTRS | February 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM

I agree but i didn't finish my popcorn yet


@PSP… “I will say now that I am NOT any previous blogger, take that as you wish.” Fair enough. I will take you at your word and ignore the eerie similarity of your reliance on the “archives” to “prove” your positions and the style and tenor of your writing to that of another blogger who’s had an ongoing feud with KobeMVP888. Your blog name, however, clearly indicates that are biased against 888 and that you for some reason see yourself as form of authority somehow entitled to relentlessly attack him Seriously, who do you think you are to join this blog and start handing out your virtual tickets. I find the entire concept of your reason for existence to be rude and insulting. We can settle our own fights and wars of words without your sanctimonious and completely unauthorized intervention. MM is the only person on this blog with the right and authority to police other bloggers posts and comments.
………………………………………
TOM

@LT

The PSP is not biased against 888; the PSP just does not agree with his idea of the practice season. People are allowed to have differing opinions aren't they?

Son, the PSP have the same authority as you do on this blog, that is to say none. Who do you think you are to come on here to tell me what I can, and cannot do. Whether I started posting today or four years ago makes no difference so don't start with the 'blog elder' thing. I also find you to be rude and insulting too; i guess that makes the two of us.

Thanks
PSP Intern

The PSP is not biased against 888; the PSP just does not agree with his idea of the practice season. People are allowed to have differing opinions aren't they?

Posted by: Practice Season Police | February 12, 2011 at 01:53 PM

You've just gone right ahead, and proved Laker Tom right. If you were not biased you would have paid no attention to Laker Tom, rather than profusely denying the valid claims made by Kobe and Tom.

Sean

Huh?????


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