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Laker girl profile: Richelle cherishes the Lakers' pre-season trip to Europe

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This is the eighth 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: Richelle

Hometown: Corona, CA

Years on the Laker Girls squad: 4 years

Area of Residence: Corona, CA

College/High School: Dance major at Cal State University of Fullerton

What prompted you to want to become a Laker Girl?I knew it would be an honor to represent such a world renowned brand - The Los Angeles Lakers. It would mean that I’d be a part of a professional dance team & organization! Which would involve performing at basketball games (I love sports!), and make me fall into a position where I could have the chance to be a great model for aspiring dancers/Laker Girls.

What do you think stood out to the judging panel, about you, regarding your audition? I think it was my ability to pick up choreography, my performance at the audition and (hopefully) my personality.

What do you think makes a good Laker Girl? A well rounded dancer, great work ethic and professionalism in all situations.

What is your dance experience? Jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and modern dance since I was 3 years old. In addition, I have had a couple years of International Latin (ballroom) dance instruction.

Favorite dance routine, while being a Laker Girl? A routine we performed my 2nd year on the team called, Ain't Nothing Wrong With That. (Song by Robert Randolph)

Favorite uniform? A uniform this year we call, Purple "Ruffle" uniform. It is a two piece uniform that is fun and ruffly. You can't miss it.

Favorite Lakers Player? Lamar Odom

Favorite Laker Girl memory so far? The opportunity to travel pre-season with the Lakers to London and Barcelona. Great memories from that Europe trip. Best experience!

What do you like most about being involved, as a Laker Girl, at local charity/community events?I like that we are out in the community at events and charity events that people are surprised to find us at! It's great so see the joy we bring and how excited fans are to have us at the event. I enjoy making even one person's day, if I can.

What would you say is your beauty secret?Washing my face daily, taking my makeup off before I go to bed, moisturizing, sun block, regular exercise, paying attention to what I put in my body and plenty of sleep.

What diet/workout tips do you have?There is a lot of whole grain & protein in my "diet". I like to snack on veggies, fruit, special K bars, 90 calorie fiber one bars or nuts in between meals. I feel everyone should eat breakfast and not deprive yourself of food you want! It's all about moderation. Eat when your hungry and stop when you're satisfied. Also, I recommend 45mins of physical activity 4-5 days a week.

What are your Hobbies?I enjoy weight lifting, Pilates, having frozen yogurt and movie nights, watching Sports Center with my boyfriend and going to the beach.

Career aspirations?Obtain my Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Dance. In addition, I would like to become a professional make-up artist.

--Mark Medina

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The Lakers won the Championship last year !!! This year has been an embarassment. They have lost almost every single big game. So the excuse
that they are not motivated against the bad teams holds no water. Because they can't win against the good teams either !!! I have a solution. The NBA Champion should be able to opt out of the next season and come back to the playoffs as the number one seed. This way the Laker fans don't have to make excuses and be embarssesed for 6 months !!!

Don't think it was a case of Phil having some subtle futuristic reason for his substitution pattern last night (except for benching Fish who couldn't keep up with Parker).
Think he was just asleep at the wheel, it happens to him on occasion, just like it happens to the players

Does anyone get the feeling we might have sold our souls for 1 title last year when we got Artest?

A younger, more athletic, decent shooting Trevor Ariza would look mighty swell in a Laker uniform right about now.

You call this a questionnaire?!?


L`Oreal or Revlon?
Cover Girl or Nice `n Easy?
Bobbi Brown or Lancome?

Vogue or Cosmopolitan?

Also, the Lakers aren't practicing today. But we'll still have plenty to talk about, beginning with Mike Bresnahan's live chat at 2 p.m.

Here's my pet peeve with the "great" Laker girls...

How come it takes them about 30 seconds to react to a Laker basket??? By the time they get up and shake their pom poms, the Lakers are set on defense on the opposite side of the floor. Don't mean to feed the stereotype but it's a very "blondish" reaction.

Don't mean to feed the stereotype but it's a very "blondish" reaction. Posted by: EastCoastJessie | February 04, 2011 at 01:04 PM
WOW!!! Spoken like a true "Real" Laker Girl!! Preach Princess, Preach!!!!

Dude...C'MON, it's practice season. If you're having problems sleeping after a tough loss, do like most of your 27 bloggers......HIT THE PIPE.

Posted by: G.Money | February 04, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Absolutely and absolutely!!!!

LOL Mamba...thanks! Have a great weekend!

MVP - awesome - THANKS SO MUCH for that post. Seriously, I said the same thing (to myself) the last 4.6 seconds but then quickly realized this was February.

I don't think we have that championship swagger (i.e. confidence) yet as I believe they are trying to remain tempered.

IMHO, since this team has a lot of mileage, I think PJ is completely focused on (especially at this point in season) health and monitoring minutes. And he will pick and choose carefully when to let them play and when to make them sit. It may completely confound us fans (novice, rookie, vet, semi-pro, pro, coach). But any injury now would likely affect the team's championship aspirations.

I totally agree that LO's AS snub got to him but that was the immediate. I think he will use that as fuel to be the impact playerr we need him to be for the remainder of the season. That helps us!

Thanks again MVP888 - good stuff.


Posted by: PsychedLakerGirl | February 04, 2011 at 12:28 PM


Thanks for the love!

Put down the haterade Eastcoastjessie ... the Laker girls don't even have pom poms and are a dance squad, not cheerleaders.

Oh no, bout to pop off in here!

Cat fight cat fight!!!

Richelle - Like you said the Lakers is a world renowned brand. I appreciate you and the other Laker girls representing that brand so well. May all your career aspirations come to fruition.

Hey what's with all the hate regarding the Laker girls. I left the tryouts this summer pretty impressed

Dude...C'MON, it's practice season. If you're having problems sleeping after a tough loss, do like most of your 27 bloggers......HIT THE PIPE. Posted by: G.Money | February 04, 2011 at 11:53 AM
Absolutely and absolutely!!!! Posted by: KobeMVP888 | February 04, 2011 at 01:23 PM
ROTFLMAO!!!!! I couldn't have said it better myself!!!! Preach KobeMVP888, Preach!!!

@Edwin – congrats on RCOTD

@MVP – Thanks for your courtside report. I think you’re being too harsh if you say the team sucked last night. Offensively yes, but defense was solid.

I don’t think the Lakers as a whole lack confidence. They’re just realizing it’ll take more effort and execution. Yesterday the effort was there. The execution offensively wasn’t. It will improve.

@Truth – The Lakers were slower at the same positions last year. The only player that noticeably slower than last year is Artest.

Maybe I woke up on the right side of the bed yesterday or put on the right pair of purple and gold shades but I left last night’s game feeling optimistic even after the sting of the blown opportunity. Here’s ten things that I thought showed this team still might be able to pull off a three-peat:
01. Lucky bounces can win you 1 game but they tend to even out over a 7-game series. There were countless plays where a deflection or blocked shot would miraculously bounce to a Spur for a score, not to mention the miracle shot at the half and the tip in to win with 1 second to go.

02 Same for bad or missed calls. That basket by the Spurs with 6 seconds to go was an obvious charge but the referee unfortunately swallowed his whistle. And it would be nice if the refs would give Kobe the same call they give LeBron and Wade. Again, bad and missed calls even out in a 7-game series.

03 We played pretty good defense last night, holding the Spurs to 89 points and 42% shooting. Parker and Jefferson had good games but we really did an excellent job on Ginobli and Duncan. Repeat that performance in a 7-game series and the Lakers easily win 4 or 5 games.

04 We won the toughness battles – rebounds and points in the paint. I also thought we fought hard all game long. I loved the hard fouls: Kobe blocking Duncan’s dunk, Ron grabbing Jefferson to prevent a layup, and Drew preventing McDyess from potting back a rebound.

05 Kobe had an off shooting night but controlled the game with a near triple-double with 16/9/10. Kobe actually challenged his teammates and Pau especially by forcing them to play at a higher level. There were several passes to Pau that were very tough to handle but which Pau was able to grab.

06 While had a few soft moments, especially on defense, I thought Pau had an excellent game, which was extremely important for him to do if he doesn’t want to get traded for Carmelo Anthony (ha ha).. Still more of a gray swan in my book than a black swan but at least I didn’t see any white swans.

07 Andrew Bynum continued to progress, posting a double-double with 3 blocks (2 on Duncan) and countless altered shots. There was a series of plays where it seemed as if Drew was challenging every shot put up by the Spurs. We need to do a better job of getting Drew the ball when he is open.

08 Phil did a pretty good job in my opinion last night. I was glad to see him keep Luke on the bench and give Blake the fourth quarter instead of going with Fish, who had his usual 1 for. Of course, Phil’s big mistake last night was not inserting Drew to protect the rim defensively for the last 38 seconds.

09 While we did not shoot very well, especially from beyond the arc, I thought we did a good job sharing the ball with 24 assists on 34 made baskets. There were solid signs that the chemistry was starting to come back. I think we left the game with increased confidence we can beat the Spurs.

10 The bench played well. They really miss Matt Barnes but I thought Lamar Odom had some big plays down the stretch and Blake played feisty defense all game long. 28 points with only 1 turnover was a solid contribution although Blake and Brown need to shoot a higher percentage.

Pop on how hard it is to repeat...

"It must be [hard]," said Popovich, laughing, "because we've never repeated since I've been here — so I think it's hard as hell."

Safe to say that if its hard to repeat, its even harder to 3peat and nearly impossible to make it to 4 straight finals. I suspect the Lakers are starting to grasp this and realize they have to ramp up their effort and execution. I believe they'll meet the challenge. It's going to be a rocky buckle up if you got the stomach for it.

It's going to be a rocky buckle up if you got the stomach for it.
Posted by: LRob | February 04, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Aye, Aye sir. Buckling up right now!!!!

The Lakers played hard and with intensity last night against the Spurs. And yes their defense was commendable and they play with passion which they lack in previous games. Yet, the Spurs were leading most of the time and won in Lakers homecourt. Does this say something? Of course. That means that the San Antonio is much, much better than the Lakers right now. The Spurs have yet to lose in their homecourt while the Lakers well, they lost a bunch already. It is safe to say that the Lakers is really no match to the Spurs and have a long way to be in contention with the Heat, Celtics, Magic or even the Bulls. Not unless Mitch Kupchak make a trade before the trading deadline this Laker team will be lucky to reach the second round of the play-off for sure. Let's admit that the present line-up of this Laker team is much, much inferior compare to the elite team of the N.B.A. Remember they are 0-5 against this elite teams of Spurs (0-2) Miami (0-1)Dallas (0-1) Celtics (0-1) No trade means goodbye to the "three-peat"

Great Post LT,

I got my purple and gold shades on too, and riding shotgun on the Laker's Buss!

I got my purple and gold shades on too, and riding shotgun on the Laker's Buss! Posted by: Fan of the Mamba | February 04, 2011 at 02:35 PM
They say that cat Fan of the Mamba is a baaaaad Mother, shut your mouth, But I'm just talking about the Fan of the Mamba, then we can dig it!!! THE SWAGGER, THE SWAGGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just wondering,did any of the Lakeshow girls list Kobe as there favorite Laker??Haven't noticed yet.If not or if little...WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just wondering,did any of the Lakeshow girls list Kobe as there favorite Laker??Haven't noticed yet.If not or if little...WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mamba24 my brother,

You're the bad mother shut your mouth? Oh YEAH!!! and I can dig it!

Eastcoastjessie there's a reason I'm sure.. & i dont think its cause theyre being "blonde". And what laker games are you watching? (If you're such a fan) and must comment on the laker girls like you know what youre talking about, LGs do not have pom poms.. K4lakers seems to know the difference (dance squad) at least someone knows what they're talking about



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