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Looking at the Lakers' connection to the Grammy's

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In what's become a yearly ritual for the Lakers, they can count on two things happening in February.

They leave the comfortable settings at Staples Center to make way for the Grammy's for an extended trip. Then they realize they're happy they've logged all those flights and hotel stays because it's provided a significant turning point for the team's development. The Lakers (38-17) may not be thinking those thoughts right now as they enter Monday's game at Charlotte (23-31) after a 89-75 loss Sunday to the Orlando Magic. But it's safe to say the Lakers are in much better shape after a 4-1 start to their seven-game trip than when they left Staples Center last week losing three of their past four games and their 19-8 home record already eclipsing the number of losses at Staples Center they compiled during the 2009-10 season.

"The best thing for them to do is get out of town and get away from you guys," Lakers Hall of Famer Jerry West said recently. "You do bug them. It's frankly like a soap opera."

But it's safe to say the Lakers paid at least some attention to the soap opera going on with the Grammy's Sunday night, ranging from Lady Gaga's arrival in a giant egg, the likes of Eminem, Dr. Dre and Rihanna performing together and Justin Bieber losing to Esperanza Spalding for best new artist. That's because several of the Lakers have connections some of the nominees.

Kobe Bryant: He planned to shoot Bieber a text message minutes after the Lakers' 117-89 victory Nov. 21 against the Golden State Warriors. That's because Bieber had just won numerous honors at the 2010 American Music Awards that took place at Nokia Theater across the street, including favorite male artist, favorite Album: My World 2.0, breakthrough artist of the year and artist of the year. Apparently, Bryant also gave advice to the young pop star. “Kobe is a good guy and he told me not to take any crap from anybody,” Bieber recently told Fox News.

Jeanie Buss: Bieber apparently has some hefty pull with the Lakers organization. How else to explain Buss' willingness to allow Bieber to wear Phil Jackson's 2010 championship ring during the Lakers' season opener? Bryant isn't just tight with Bieber. Kanye West, whose single, "Power" was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance, recently worked with Bryant in a recent Nike commercial.

Ron Artest: As soon as Artest signed last off-season to a five-year deal worth $33 million, he demonstrated his tremendous confidence that the Lakers would win another championship. He recorded a rap song produced by Dre, which was released after the 2010 title, and performed it at numerous L.A. post-Lakers championship parties. Apparently it's caught some buzz. In addition to Artest receiving a shout out on Snoop Dogg's Purp & Yellow, he, Matt Barnes and Shannon Brown appeared in the music video. That's why it shouldn't be a stretch to believe Artest hoped Snoop's work with Katy Perry on California Girls would win Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals, an honor that ultimately went to Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono Nº1, Jeff Beck and Oumou Sangaré for their work on "Imagine."

Shannon Brown: Had it not been for the Lakers playing in Orlando, it's likely Brown would've showed up to the award show. His newly wedded wife, Monica, was nominated for Best R&B Album ("Still Standing) and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance ("Everything to Me"), two nominations that didn't make the cut. Still, the two could've at least celebrate in style after Brown appeared in Monica's music video.

---Mark Medina

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Photo: Justin Bieber has frequently attended Lakers games, wore Phil Jackson's championship ring and received advice from Kobe Bryant. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

 
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Still dealing with the crap 2011 has thrown my way. the hits keep coming and it gets discouraging having to constantly pick oneself up from the mat.

'Nothing will stop me.' is my new mantra.


Nothing to be concerned about with the latest loss. Team play was off, Kobe missed shots he'll make and Pau looked like he had stayed up reading book 7 of Harry Potter and just couldnt't put it down to get some shut eye.

Bounce back tonight, boys!

Mamba24, Happy Valentine to your wife on the 3rd chance. Don't blow it this time get a reservations early or else you end up with McDo. lol!

Why should the Lakers win in Charlotte, NC? Because it's Valentine's Day, the best gift they can give to Laker wifey is a victory in the team of Jordan. What was that post yesterday that mentioned Shannon Brown having domestic problem? with whom? Monica or another admirer, is this another TMZ gossip?

Get Well Soon Mamba24 & enjoy tonight's contest!

*Monica looked like she was wearing her dress backwards; wierd dress.

*For the Celtics game, I was glued to the TV, cheering every play, all into it. Yesterday I had a more ho hum attitude towards the game. It seems the Lakers have that same attitude. It's kind of sad considering that these are paid professionals, but all I want is the championship at the end, that's all that matters. Seeing what I saw in Boston reinforced my thinking that this team has a switch that can be turned on when the going gets rough.

*I would have liked to see Andrew Bynum keep Dwight Howard in check at least a little bit. Dwight has been playing well against Bynum in recent games since Bynum's reputation has been rising. It would be nice to see Andrew step up to that challenge and go toe to toe with Dwight. It all starts with boxing him out. It's easier said than done, but Andrew certainly has what it takes to compete with Dwight.

*San Diego State needs to get some respect in the national polls. Stop shuffling the top five and insert SDSU in there. They have the best record in the nation for goodness sakes. 24-1

Go Lakers!
Go Aztecs!

Jamie Sweet

Book 7 was not THAT great. The PSP personally liked book 5 (maybe 4?) the best. What you think?

Thanks
PSP Intern

Jamie,

Good luck with your newfound "unstoppabilitynessism". New year, new challenges. You can do it.


DBDH!

@ PSP,

The DBDHGOPWLMTWABFPTBMPEAVFHD (Don't Blame Del Harris Group of People Who Like Movies That Were Actually Books First Prior To Becoming Motion Picture Extravaganzas And Vehicles For Hollywood Demi-Gods) share your opinion.


DBDH!

Very good ;)

Posted by: Seduce a Girl Here | February 14, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Dude...how about the FAT CHIC.

LEWSTRS checking in for Mamba's Game Day Roll Call...

Another back to back game...but no big...we are 9-1 in second half of back to backs this year...

Looking to get back on track...my 7-0 bandwagon got a flat...but no big deal...The important bandwagon is the playoff ones...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

LEWSTRS checking in for Mamba's Game Day Roll Call...

Another back to back game...but no big...we are 9-1 in second half of back to backs this year...

Looking to get back on track...my 7-0 bandwagon got a flat...but no big deal...The important bandwagon is the playoff ones...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

I thought Monica should have won over Fantasia for best R&B vocal performance! Also, props to Esperanza Spalding for winning best new artist.


@Edwin – Shannon didn’t specify what his off court problems were. So anything we say at this point is pure speculation.

Sorry for the double tap...

I mentioned that the Lakers needed the game more than the Celtics. Well yesterday, Orlando needed the game more than the Lakers. Orlando had a similar problem to the Lakers - they haven't had many victories over the top teams, so they desperately needed a victory over the Lakers.

Add in the facts that Orlando was playing at home and that the Lakers were kinda "fat and happy" from having gone 4-0 so far on the road trip including beating the Celtics.

I'm sure the Lakers focus would be stronger if the Lakers faced Orlando in the finals again.

It's not an LAT profile but if anybody wants a laugh there's a pic of me at 16 (plus some words) http://tinyurl.com/6y6fss4

Also, re: the Lakers/Grammy connections - same as the Spurs/rodeo, right? Get kicked out of your own place and head out on the road.


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