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Kobe Bryant's and Robert Rodriguez's short-film, 'The Black Mamba,' hits the Web

Just in time for Kobe Bryant's 13th appearance in an NBA All-Star game tonight, Nike has released 'The Black Mamba' short film, directed by Robert Rodriguez.

The movie, which has been hyped for weeks with clips from the film serving as commercials for Bryant's new Nike sneaker, the Zoom Kobe VI, runs slightly less than six minutes and was filmed in Los Angeles in only two days.

The filming was paired with weeks of post-production work as special effects were added to give the advertisement a handful of hallmarks typical of Rodriguez's over-exaggerated style of film-making.

6a00d8341c506253ef0147e22ae92b970b-800wi The setup to the video is Bryant meeting with Rodriguez to talk about the writer/director's ideas for a movie based on the alter ego of the Lakers guard -- The Black Mamba.

As Rodriguez explains his ideas, Bryant chimes in and scenes of exploding buses, mutant adversaries, flaming boundaries on basketball courts and hoops played on rooftops with life-or-death stakes hit the screen.

In Rodriguez tradition, the short film doesn't attempt to take itself too seriously and never forgets that the point of the piece is the shoes.

The main villain, known as The Boss, is played by Kanye West, and the line "Boss wants your shoes" is said a handful of times as reminder that this is a production paid for by Nike.

Bryant and Rodriguez also poke fun at themselves and the project, with dialogue about the movie stars they'd like to be in the film and then, on-screen, showing lower-cost alternatives.

At one point Rodriguez tells Bryant about a bad guy he's imagining for the film, called the Crippler, who will be played by Mickey Rourke or "someone else cool that I know we can get."

Danny Trejo, who has made a career out of being in in his cousin's films, then appears as the Crippler in a frozen frame with B-movie-style text appearing next to him.

Later, Rodriguez pulls the same joke, stating that George Clooney could be in the film, but then admits it'll be "some other mega-star we can't afford, but hopefully he loves basketball" just as Bruce Willis pops up in the frame portraying a character also working for the Boss called Mr. Suave.

The film wraps up with a few words that seem a bit apropos given that the 2011 All-Star game at the Staples Center -- the second All-Star game that Bryant has played in front of a home crowd -- could end up being the last such game of his already 15-season career.

Bryant asks in the movie, "So how should it end?"

Rodriguez responds, saying, "Black Mamba doesn't end. Heroes come and go."

To which Bryant replies, with a smirk, "But legends are forever."

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Kobe Bryant, Robert Rodriguez talk about Black Mamba Nike ads, six-minute film

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Video: The Black Mamba. Credit: Nike Basketball via YouTube

 
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fun!

The Real Dunk contest ranking….
1. McGee
2. Ibaka
3. DeRozan
4. Griffin

@DBDH – Congrats on RCOTD.

@Mamba/LT/Justa – Y’all know how I feel

@hobbit – Agree the JA article is a must read

@Johnny V/Edwin/Art – well said.

@Lew - the blog is better with you...than without you!

As I said a few days ago, the timing couldn't be any better. We need our "Black Mamba" back to secure at least 2 HCAs in the Playoffs. Still hopeful for some minor changes in the Lakers' roster before the 24th. Since DWill has been portrayed as a villian in Utah, can we get him for Artest & Blake?

In Kobe Still Trust!

This blog is too much sometimes. Reading all this crap about a fing bandwagon you got to be kidding me, who cares. Man to have that much passion because "he is a troll". Let's all move to south Orange County and watch Fox News together. Let’s all move to San Francisco and buy black leather jackets and talk about how smart and liberated we are. Or better yet let’s just talk about how great the Lakers are and how anyone who isn't a Laker fan is less than human and shouldn't be in our neighborhood.

Segregation works better anyways, that’s how we evolve as a culture anyways right. I'm embarrassed and feel like a schmuck to be part of this rather then enlightened and intellectual like I thought we were. I don’t understand how any of this is personal? It’s just a blog with opinions; there is no rule book or standards besides human dignity to accept all respectful opinions. A Lakers fan is no better than one that isn’t; in fact I have more respect for the thoughtful opinions of some trolls than the stupidity of some of the Laker fans who have no clue of what they are talking about. I think Fox News is ridiculous, so why would I be a hypocrite and watch MSNBC? I become more enlightened by the opinions of those outside of the trees rather than rehashing the opinions of those in the forest over and over again.

NBA4ever. Thanks for sharing your thought. I feel the same way too but be careful, you might end up being called some nasty name when I defended the right of the dissenting voices on this blog.

Remember Steve? The recent guy who talks **ISH** about Kobe Bryant here?

*************FACT****************

STEVE = SONNYBELFAST.

STEVE = SONNYBELFAST.

STEVE = SONNYBELFAST.

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PATHETIC. I PITY YOU SONNYBELFAST.


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@MAMBA24 … Wow! I’m gone for a day and come back and find I’m in the middle of another firestorm. Larry, I wrote what I wrote in response to Sonny Belfast’s apparent success in seducing Lakers fans to invite him in as a full fledged member of the family. I never intended any of the passion or vitriol of my comments towards you. In fact, as others pointed out, I actually think Sonny is pretty funny and we are Niner fans so part of my anger was my playing my blog role just like Sonny. Bottom line, it’s all in fun and. like Mrs. LakerTom always says, trolls are all that keep us from eating our own. Wouldn’t you prefer that I go after a troll like Sonny rather than a fellow Lakers bloggers? At any rate, you’re always my friend even if you want to give the little crapper a bandwagon. Just make sure you don’t include my name in it. Other than that, my apologies for what happened.
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@HOBBITMAGE… Nice try but no go, hobbit. We will have to agree to disagree on this one. Like most of our disputes once you get by our passions, this is about degrees more than disagreement. Yes, hustle and effort are an important part of playing the game right. Are they more important than playing smart and playing inside-out? Probably depends upon whom you are playing. At any level, it’s splitting hairs to me, meaning I am not interested in carrying the conversation to the eventual end, which is like looking for needles in haystacks to prove that we really do not completely agree 100%.
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TOM

Are we having a fight again? oy vey! :-(

Thanks
PSP Intern

LakerTom,

please name one championship team that didn't hustle.

you're free to think this is about degrees. I actually don't think that it is.
The reason? Because in a championship series, you're playing against
someone who's in the same neighborhood of talent as you are.

However, you've made it very clear that you favor size over every other
attribute.

It's a free country. do what you like.

Ladies and Gents, I just witness the Black Mamba posterized the self proclaimed King, with NO RINGS.


@HOBBITMAGE…

“However, you've made it very clear that you favor size over every other attribute.
It's a free country. do what you like.”

If we are going to continue to communicate in a friendly fashion, which I would like to do, you’re going to have to stop making statements like the one above. I have never said that I favored size over EVERY OTHER attribute. What’s more, I think you knew that and deliberately made the statement you made to get in the last word and/or continue the debate. Please try and not to do that, OK?
…,
Yes, I think size is important as is talent and having a high basketball IQ and natural instinct for the game. And forgive me, but without them, hustle and energy will only take a player so far, as I am sure you’ve learned in your own life as I have. Did every championship team hustle? Depends on what your definition of hustle is. Many worked only as hard as they had to because of their superior talent and occasionally size. I love hustle and effort and when the playoffs come, I think we will still see it. What I would agree with is that this team is not good enough to win without hustle and effort.
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TOM

Posterized

all right Kobe!

BLOG CRUE
I guess Kobe can say again, "I got one more than Shaq." (All-Star games MVP).

Now let's focus on the real deal!

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

Great game! Awesome in it came down to the end between Kobe and LeBron trying to lead their teams to a win, and guess who came out on top?

Congrats Kobe!

Great game! Awesome in it came down to the end between Kobe and LeBron trying to lead their teams to a win, and guess who came out on top?

Congrats Kobe!

G. Money I'm going to say this once and only once. You do not want to Mess with me or any of the Mamba family!!!!!

Posted by: mamba24 | February 20, 2011 at 03:52 PM

Dude...First pull your SHORTS out the crack of your @ss, and PLEASE explain to me regarding the Mamba Family? I never said anything regarding your FAMILY.

Great game! Awesome in it came down to the end between Kobe and LeBron trying to lead their teams to a win, and guess who came out on top?

Congrats Kobe!

Kobe was hot from the get go. A well deserved MVP awawrd. He needs to put this style of play behind him and be the player that the Lakers need him to be.

Nice game Kobe! Congrats on All-Star MVP #4. Here's hoping for Finals MVP #3 in June.

MM on National TV! Was one of the reporters seen on ESPN during Kobe's post game interview. Congratulations Mark.

LakerTom,

you wrote: If we are going to continue to communicate in a friendly fashion, which I would like to do, you’re going to have to stop making statements like the one above. I have never said that I favored size over EVERY OTHER attribute. What’s more, I think you knew that and deliberately made the statement you made to get in the last word and/or continue the debate. Please try and not to do that, OK?

my response: No, you didn't actually say those words. However, if you go
back and analyze ever single matchup/lineup you've been in favor of you'll
find that there all the biggest lineups possible. I take you back to last year
with the *TALL* lineup as an example.

One of the difference b/n us is that *you* focus on words, and I focus on
what the words actually mean. I don't mean to be confrontational/
aggressive about this. I do mean to state the truth. If you think I'm wrong
about this, please show a lineup where we didn't have a size advantage but
we were still better. I'd be happy to recant and tell you I was wrong.

You consistently focus on Bynum's size and ignore his lack of speed. Your
desire to have Lamar in the starting 5, once again , makes the Lakers the
largest lineup out there. You never address who's slow and who's not.

That's just my opinion. Feel free to ask someone else on the blog and see
if they agree or disagree with my observation.

you also wrote: Yes, I think size is important as is talent and having a high basketball IQ and natural instinct for the game. And forgive me, but without them, hustle and energy will only take a player so far, as I am sure you’ve learned in your own life as I have. Did every championship team hustle? Depends on what your definition of hustle is. Many worked only as hard as they had to because of their superior talent and occasionally size. I love hustle and effort and when the playoffs come, I think we will still see it. What I would agree with is that this team is not good enough to win without hustle and effort.

my response: Your first two sentences in this paragraph don't really say
anything. What I mean by that is: There is no player in the NBA who
doesn't have some combination of size & talent. So, we move from that
to ... what does it take to win a championship? Every championship team
hustles because the team they're competing against has a similar talent
level as compared to the bottom of the league.

you asked about the definition of hustle.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/hustle

1. To move or act energetically and rapidly: We hustled to get dinner ready on time.
2. To push or force one's way.
3. To act aggressively, especially in business dealings.

In the above paragraph, you wrote this: Many worked only as hard as they had to because of their superior talent and occasionally size.

my response: please name a few teams. Over the last 10 years I can think
of a few NBA championship series that were over quickly. Lakers vs. Nets,
Spurs vs. Cavs. Lakers vs. Orlando. Both the Lakers & the Spurs hustled.
The Popovich teams always hustle. Do you want to say that the Houston
Rockets didn't hustle? The Bulls with MJ. How far back do you want to go?

I bring up hustle, because over the last two years we have periodically seen
the Lakers *NOT* hustle. Here's a clear example: When you see opponents
of the Lakers playing 5 on 3 because Pau & Bynum haven't made it back on
defense. Here's another example: When the 7-ft 285 giant gets 4 rebounds
in 25 minutes ...

What I have stated before and what I clearly state again is that: No, NBA
team is good enough to win without hustling. However, we have a
former professional player on this blog. Why don't you ask his opinion?

LakerTom,

allow me to clarify something. I wrote: If you think I'm wrong
about this, please show a lineup where we didn't have a size advantage but
we were still better. I'd be happy to recant and tell you I was wrong.

re: a lineup. I meant a lineup that you were promoting.

Oh man, as usual come here to give Kobe some props, but no. ugh. oh well.

Gonna address this and move on, deal with it now along with something that has been bugging me. I'm going to say it because apparently no one else will. It bothered me I didn't speak out more vocally when it happened, but will now.

Some "Laker fans" should be ashamed, and I'm not saying those posting but moreso those that remain silent. Yes, quote-unquote Laker fans.

888 came here and defended Fish, defended Luke, defended PJ, defended the Lakers in general after losses. On some days he was just about the ONLY positive voice on the blog! He got nothing but grief. One some days it looked like the whole blog was aligned against him, none of the "longtime bloggers" spoke out on his behalf.

Where was the 'COME BACK 888' Bandwagon????? I seemed to have missed it.

Sonny B comes on here and does nothing but spew hate. Oh, he has the occasional dialogue and whatnot, but have you all even taken the time to read some of the crap this guy writes? My god, hope he gets some therapy for the inner demons that possess him to write some of the vile, rancorous stuff he writes. Anyways, I stopped reading his bitter/nasty/revolting posts about 1-2 months back.

Wouldn't have even noticed ol' Sonny brought me up in a post until Magia32 took time out from bashing Fish, his fave punching bag that no one seems to take issue with, and rehashed it while adding I was taught by the best in 888. Don't matter to me, I responded to Magia and I'm a big boy, can take it as well as dish it. I actually like the back-and-forths with a lot of trolls but that's beside the point.

Anyways, what perfect timing to start up a 'Sunny Delight' bandwagon than the very next day. Once again I get confirmation that I rank down with the cockroaches and rats despite being here for years - I pretty much already knew that though.

What is up when trolls get sympathy while a *true fan* like 888 is practically shooed off the blog by long-timers - who through their silence expressed themselves terrifically well.

Once again I don't care if I'm all by myself, I call it like I see it and THAT WAS WRONG!

Never started one, but here goes the COME BACK 888 bandwagon! I know he's not going to come back, but will sleep better tonight knowing I did it. Unfortunately, I'm sure the troll will get legions of fans, and 888 will get crickets - because I'm damned sure that is exactly the reaction I would get too if I left. Whatever.

I am not being led by the pied pipers - just marching to the tune of my own band. I accept that I'll forever be an outsider, have come to terms with that and have no problem with it whatsoever. I keep it real while not being led by the nose. Can free-think my own original thoughts on the purple and gold. I've been wrong about things but try to tell it like it is.

I've said my peace, glad to get it out there in the open. 888 was handled like a troll by everyone, while the trolls are exalted. All I know is the blog is a lesser place now 888 is gone, so really, bottom line: what does it matter if I or others leave too. The only thing I'm sure of, there won't be a come back CCX bandwagon.

BTW: Larry, in no way is this geared at you. You are the heart and soul of the blog, I've said it a number of times before and repeat it right here. I read your posts from earlier, you seemed to get upset and quoted me in your response. I hope you understand I am not speaking to you here but to the blog in general.


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

If Troy Murphy goes to Denver in the Anthony deal - is there anyway LA could acquire him in trade? He would help the Lakers with both rebounding, depth in front court and perimeter shooting.

Also, any thoughts on the earlier Sasha trade? As Joe Smith has done nothing so far for the Lakers and outside shooting or lack thereof seems to be an issue - that trade does not look so good right now. However, the ace could be the trade exception value that came with that deal. Is this why the deal was made? If the Lakers don't use it this year - does it create value in the future?

Any insights out there?

DKWSFO

Posted by: dkwsfo | February 20, 2011 at 04:24 PM


dkwsfo,

I'll try to answer your post. If the Nuggets were to trade Anthony to NJ, NJ does not have to include Troy Murphy in a trade unless they acquire Billups as well. Denver would in fact look for a third team that would take Murphy. The problem with Murphy is that he makes 12 million dollars this year, so in order for the Lakers to acquire him they have to give at least 10 million worth of players salaries because we are over the cap. So Walton, Blake, and a rookie will work, or Artest and Blake will work.
I don't think that is to the Lakers advantage, the more obvious needs would be a younger, better defending point guard and a back up center. We would not benefit much from getting Murphy especially compared to what we would have to give up. Odom and Gasol are very capable PF's.
As far as the Sasha trade, it's starting to loook less favorable for the Lakers, because this is the time that a team would possibly have interest in a shooting guard with an expiring contract. The fact that we gave up our first round pick in that trade to get Joe Smith, doesn't look good at all. I'm sure we could have used him to get a PG or a true back up center now. It's hard to believe that the Lakers did that trade just to save money. Especially after the Cable deal they just signed. Oh well.

This blog is too much sometimes. Reading all this crap about a fing bandwagon you got to be kidding me, who cares. Man to have that much passion because "he is a troll". Let's all move to south Orange County and watch Fox News together. Let’s all move to San Francisco and buy black leather jackets and talk about how smart and liberated we are. Or better yet let’s just talk about how great the Lakers are and how anyone who isn't a Laker fan is less than human and shouldn't be in our neighborhood.

Segregation works better anyways, that’s how we evolve as a culture anyways right. I'm embarrassed and feel like a schmuck to be part of this rather then enlightened and intellectual like I thought we were. I don’t understand how any of this is personal? It’s just a blog with opinions; there is no rule book or standards besides human dignity to accept all respectful opinions. A Lakers fan is no better than one that isn’t; in fact I have more respect for the thoughtful opinions of some trolls than the stupidity of some of the Laker fans who have no clue of what they are talking about. I think Fox News is ridiculous, so why would I be a hypocrite and watch MSNBC? I become more enlightened by the opinions of those outside of the trees rather than rehashing the opinions of those in the forest over and over again.
Posted by: NBA4ever | February 20, 2011 at 05:30 PM

This. Some of these bloggers care about this blog more than anyone should care about anything that cant talk back to them. Seriously who has a roll call for adults on a website?

@CCX- Good post.

You certainly march to the tune of your own drum, I mean band. Which is a good thing. I agree with you on the fact that Sonny's posts are full of venom and all they do is try to poison the blog. He loves nothing more than to add salt to the wound. That is why he disappears when the Lakers experience success and the Kings get demolished. But he is always on hand to remind us of the Lakers struggles past and present.
888, is a true Laker fan through and through. There is no question about that, it seems that in the process of defending the Lakers he attacked the bloggers as well. I'm not going to say that I agreed with everything he posted, or his methodology but I appreciated his optimism and passion for the Lakers. He was certainly not a troll by any measure. The same thing happened with KBBlitz, another die hard Laker fan with a different philosophy that no longer blogs here. I just hope that we are tolerant enough to disagree without attacking each other. (Wishful thinking)
However, if trolls throw the first punch, I will not turn the other cheek. We are the Lakers fan base and have much to be proud of.
As far as no one starting a bandwagon for you, well, we'll just have to see about that. Who am I going to beat up on in our FBB league if your not around? Oh wait, you won our last matchup, darn it.

My take on Sonnybelfast

I've been on this blog for many years now under many handles, but the majority of my posts are under "Troll Man". I am a faithful reader of almost all posts and have a pretty good idea of where everybody is coming from. I take exception on occasion to many bloggers regardless of where they rank on their self-perceived heirarchy list. In the end it's about the same goal, the Lakers winning another championship. Whether I'm right or wrong i.e. we need a trade, it's all about the rings.

Now to my point.

SB use to be one of my favorite bloggers, he was funny and he supported perennial losers with passion. But like a Jeckll and Hyde, he would post some real obscene stuff that I couldn't believe wasn't deleted by MM.
LakerTom and CyberCosmiX have recounted some of these moments, and like them, I find it hard to forgive. SB crossed a particular line that is beyond redemption.

I've taken a couple of days to really think this matter through. My conclusions are that Mamba24 did nothing wrong with trying his "honorary membership" bandwagon for SB. He obviously doesn't view SB like myself and others. What he did was actually good. It brought out contrarian comments by bloggers that have taken exception to some very questionable comments SB has made.

In short, Mamba, LakerTom, CyberCosmiX, and others have given us insight concerning a subject that touched a nerve which needed to be thoroughly examined and expressed.
I still read SB's comments but don't have the respect that I once had for him. Don't hate him just don't love him. Sorry Phred.

{Jon K.'s Quick Thoughts That He Has Not Put Too Much Thought Into Yet}

1. I'm very proud of Kobe's performance in the All-Star Game.

2. Why wasn't justanothermambafan at the All-Star Game, again?

3. LeBron James is the Devil. He and Twitter should get married... and then dropped in a well and covered with mortar.

4. Since we all know that Donald Sterling is going to embarassingly muck this up, can we please start positioning ourselves to make Blake Griffin a Laker, especially because we don't want him to go to Oklahoma City and play with Westbrook and Durant? It is his hometown after all.

5. Kanye West may be a talented producer, but he is an awful lyricist and an utterly repulsive human being. He's no artist. Kobe, what are you doing having this toolbag in your video? Are you now going to start marketing a unisex cologne? Dude, wake up.

6. I hope Carmelo Anthony goes to the Knicks. They will score 120 points a game and lose every game by 15 points. Enjoy the Big Apple, dude.

7. Robert Rodriguez is remarkably over-rated as a director. He has style, but his attempts at substance are utterly laughable once exposed to the light of decent standards.

8. All the warning signs are there that the Lakers are collectively doing a "Rocky III" lead up to the first fight between Rocky and Clubber Lang. A Lakers team gluttoned with success and distracted by life within a city of celebrities in which they are the only TRUE celebrities... gluttoned like lambs to the slaughter. Videos, mix tapes, unisex colognes, celebrity workout videos... I'm surprised someone hasn't started a car wash and a barbarque joint. Give me a fricken break. Focus on the game. This team is on the cusp of fricken immortality and you guys are distracting yourselves with immature, financially minimal nonsense. Grow the frick up and embrace what makes you special because NONE of these distractions make you special or make you better. They just sabotoge you and this team!!!!

9. Despite all my utterly valid and legitimate concerns, Kobe and Phil are ultimate level competitors. They won't let us (and themselves) down. The story ends happily.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Hey, Lamar!!!

NO ONE IS GOING TO TALK ABOUT YOUR LEGACY 20 YEARS FROM NOW IN TERMS OF "Wow. He really created a great unisex cologne/perfume." NO ONE!!!!

THRILLER,

Dude, what the hell? After one of the worst losses in Lakers history you want fricken feedback on your lame mixtape? Really? You are an amazing player and you let yourself get distracted by nonsense repeatedly. There's life after the game. NOW, there's the game. Be your best. Don't be anything less than that... because that is what you are doing right now.

BYNUM,

A celebrity workout video? Really? REALLY?

Dude, you have the potential to be the best center in the league.

KAREEM FRICKEN ABDUL JABAAR (you might know who he is) said that you are a Hall of Fame player.

You aren't playing anywhere near that. You aren't. You have that potential... and you give it iup. It's fricken sad. I wish I had that opportunity. And I NEVER WILL.

For the next ten years of your life you can be something amazing and it is not about how fit you are, it is about your focus and competitive desire. It is about viewing the game as more than a game. It's something bigger. It's something that matters.

Embrace it. It's worth it.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

jonk,

1. agreed

2.?

3. Twitter is being used to bring down dictators but yeah throw it in a well, screw them.

4. yup

5. Not a fan of his but from your description he fit the part so why complain?

6. so true

7. He has made some good movies. Stop hating.

8. Hasn't started a car wash...Yet. there is still time. Doesn't Luke have a barbarque joint?

9. Go Lakers!

@Cyber – When MVP posted his last comments several people asked him not to leave, myself included. I still hope he comes back because I appreciate his knowledge and passion for the game. (But I also think there’s a place here for “trolls” and “negative” posters. What’s a good movie without an antagonist?) I saw MVP’s frustration coming weeks ago and tried to head it off….see post below.
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MVP - my point to you and hobbit is more people get you and appreciate you than you think.
Posted by: LRob | February 02, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Troll Man,

When the Kings move to Anaheim is Sonnybelfast condemned to be one of us?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K, are you the one who reviews technology on YouTube? Jonk4Lakers?

Extensor,

Luke has started a barbarque joint?

THROW HIM IN THE WELL!!!!

Seriously, if I were a Laker I'd recognize that my career ends by 40, probably 36. There's life after 36. Really. Before 36 I would be utterly and completely dedicated to being my best as a Laker. I wouldn't start my own clothing company... or cologne company... or turkey and crossaints company... I'd wait until I retired and I'd save for that if it were my "TRUE" passion {gag}.

That makes sense to me.

All these bullcrap distractions with so much opportunity is repulsive.

Players in Oklahoma City don't have these distractions.

Grow up.

Play basketball.

When you are 40 be like Magic Johnson--an ideal businessman.

I don't remember him selling fricken unisex colognes and mixtapes when he was focused on being one of the best players in the history of the game.

Nor was Kareem...

Nor Jerry...

Nor Elgin...

Nor James Worthy...

Have some fricken respect for your heritage.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!! (Not lame videos with toolbags like Kanye West)

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

GO LAKERS!!!

BossinCeltic,

No. I am not.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Extensor,

5. Kanye West sells to vulnerable personalities a lifestyle and a mentality that is utterly toxic. He is a psychologically sick individual with some talent.

People want to be like him, when they should be repulsed by what an utter self-absorbed toolbag he is.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@ Jon K:

3. LOL! If only.

4. Yeah, the clock's ticking on how long this will take to blow up. Blake Griffin in P and G? I'm with that. And my head spins thinking of Westbrook, Durant and Blake all on the same team. That would be a sick to team to watch and play against.

5. I disagree. But he did get blown up in the film so...=)

6. I actually want this to happen. I don't think it would be that bad, specially if they can get a decent big to go with Amare as he's not a natural center. Truth be told, I wish them well (like most of the teams in the NBA, including the hated Heat). Why? Because I want quality B-ball night in and night out so if the league going to restructure into a smaller league and go with this whole super-team thing will help that, then I'm all for it. But our boys standing victorious over a pile of broken superteams as a golden beam of sun breaks through purple smoke onto The Lakers in the aftermath of an apocalyptic basketball war is the thing I want to see the most.

7. Rodriquez is better at the style he uses than most of the imitators that try the same thing but fail.

8.Agreed. Though I feel a breeze of spring cleaning coming, meaning now that the ASG is over and the trade deadline nearing the end, it's about that time for the Lakers to focus on the task at hand and put their house in order.

9. Yeah, for that reason alone, I see 6 rings as the storybook ending for this season. I just can't see them falling apart to the point where they're just going to get wiped out of the playoffs. Too much experience, talent and pride not to. Plus, we still have two men down and we don't know what that's going to entail when Matt gets back.

This. Some of these bloggers care about this blog more than anyone should care about anything that cant talk back to them. Seriously who has a roll call for adults on a website?

Posted by: Joey Aluhu | February 20, 2011 at 10:57 PM

The Immature Children on this BLOG, they need to grow up and get a live.

Pretty cool video. But I can't help but wonder if that video was directed towards the Boston Celtics with Kanye playing as Doc Rivers.

Just wondering...

You'd have to think that Little Black Sambo has a better image than big Black Mamba.


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