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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about his experience with cancer and his new documentary

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has long commanded respect from current and former players for his brilliant basketball skills and keen mind.

But there are aspects of his personality that are not as public.

Abdul-Jabbar's former teammate Norm Nixon points out that he was a prankster, constantly pulling practical jokes. James Worthy calls the six-time NBA MVP a historian and a jazz connoisseur.

At the downtown Los Angeles premier last Thursday of Abdul-Jabbar's documentary about the Harlem Rens basketball team, "On the Shoulders of Giants," his friends and fans, spanning from the Lakers' Pau Gasol to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, eagerly heaped praise on the 7-foot-2 jock turned author and documentarian.

Gasol called him the best Lakers center ever, modestly smiling and saying he would rank far below him on a list of the Lakers all-time greats at that position.

Abdul-Jabbar, who was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia in December of 2008, recently tweeted that he was cancer free, but later said that was a "misstatement," telling reporters, "You're never really cancer free and I should have known that. My cancer right now is at an absolute minimum."

Abdul-Jabbar said the ordeal was "scary," and acknowledged wondering,"Why me, why now?" 

"My becoming knowledgeable about it," he said, "it really helps you overcome the things that you think are going to pull you down."

In between handshakes and hugs, Abdul-Jabbar said he's now in "great" health and plans to devote himself to his current passion, filmmaking.

As for his prediction for the Lakers?

"I don't have any predictions for the Lakers," he said, smiling. "I learned a long time ago not to do that."

--Melissa Rohlin

 
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Many of you have made requests for a game day prayer. Your wish is my command. As I do not want to offend anyone of certain faiths, I have included several divine beings from the skies above.
LET US PRAY
Dear God, Jesus, Allah, Vishnu, Zeus, Ra, The Golden Calf, Buddha, The Alien Greys, The Reptilians, and Sam Cassell,
We ask that you use your divine powers to grant us, not world peace, not the end of world hunger, not even the destruction of the TV show, Jersey Shore. We ask only for a Laker victory. We know you don't concern yourself with resolving such petty issues as world peace and poverty, as these problems have existed for thousands of years, and have yet to be resolved. We do know that you care about the Lakers, as you have blessed them like no other, and have have granted them back to back titles. We pray for another Laker victory tonight for your favorite team. You may hear similar prayers coming out of Northern California asking for a Warriors victory, but I beg of you, oh divine one, ignore their silly prayers, and listen only to ours. We thank you in advance. Can I get an AMEN?
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KAREEM ABDUL JABBAR = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! KUDOS!!!!
Carry On Cap!!!!


@MAMBA24... Nothing so sweet in the morning as Larry’s roll call. Let’s put all the crap to rest and finish this season with a 25-game winning streak. That will serve notice that the Lakers are not done with this particular title streak. Kobe will not let Phil retire as a loser. Count on it.
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That will serve notice that the Lakers are not done with this particular title streak. Kobe will not let Phil retire as a loser. Count on it.Posted by: LakerTom | February 22, 2011 at 08:40 AM
Count on it my brother, COUNT ON IT!!!!!!

Glad to see that Cap has fougght his cancer with the fight of a champion - very inspirational. Thanks for the update MM.

Thanks Larry for the roll call - nothing like it on game day and so appreciated.

Even LT checking in early today. I'm with him a 25 game win streak would be great. And I totally agree Kobe (and Fish) will not let PJ retire as a loser.

However, I'm going to temper myself and say we will lose at least 2. Those Clippers (sorry Jon K) seem to be really energized right now and might take the rest of the games against the Lakers (argh...LOL).

Cheers all - PLG

Thank you Kareem,
You have always exuded class.
Stay healthy.

However, I'm going to temper myself and say we will lose at least 2. Those Clippers (sorry Jon K) seem to be really energized right now and might take the rest of the games against the Lakers (argh...LOL). Posted by: PsychedLakerGirl | February 22, 2011 at 08:47 AM
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Glad to see you still got The Swagger PsychedLakerGirl!!! Yes I can live with losing just 2!!! Lol! Carry on...And Have a Great Day!!!!!!
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@Dave Smith, Welcome Aboard!! And Yes, Yes Kareem does exude class!!

Nothing sweeter than roll call on a game day morning!

Kobe & crew have the looks of a team that is getting serious about things. They are finally putting their boots on and goin' to work.

The season begins tonight. You can read it in their faces when asked about it during all-star break.

Put up or shut up, and Kobe looks like he's ready to shut a lot of people up.

At least I pray to Sam Cassell that we start kickin' butt, taking names and rollin' come playoff time!

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Better hide this from Ricky:
"Gasol called [Kareem] the best Lakers center ever, modestly smiling and saying he would rank far below him on a list of the Lakers all-time greats at that position."


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

act two, scene; after a difficult and trying first half of the season, the lakers begin to set for their goal of another ring. they have endured the trials and tribulations of dealing with doubters and trolls. they are bloodied but unbowed. they have seen the real opponent and it is their own self-confidence. they begin tonite on this, their last journey with their coach.

Better hide this from Ricky: "Gasol called [Kareem] the best Lakers center ever, modestly smiling and saying he would rank far below him on a list of the Lakers all-time greats at that position."Posted by: CyberCosmiX | February 22, 2011 at 08:56 AM
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act two, scene; after a difficult and trying first half of the season, the lakers begin to set for their goal of another ring. they have endured the trials and tribulations of dealing with doubters and trolls. they are bloodied but unbowed. they have seen the real opponent and it is their own self-confidence. they begin tonite on this, their last journey with their coach. Posted by: lance from da' bronx | February 22, 2011 at 08:59 AM
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Now Lance, you just know I got to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!

@Melissa Rohlin - Thank you for the article!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING MA'AM!!! Carry On!

Mornin' CRUE!

Ahhhh - those 3 little words that I love to hear:

GAME DAY BABY!

Justa at the ready - checking in for roll call! Thanks Mamba24!

I'm a little antsy about the game tonight. "Notoriously, this game is a bad game," Phil Jackson said, referring to the first game after the All-Star break. "It's not a good game for teams. They have trouble getting back on the court . . . [regaining] that rhythm. But we'll see how we do."

Yeah - let's see how we do. I want a beat-down! And if I see Bibby bust out that huevos dance he does, I'm gonna puke.

The East this year is gonna be fun to watch in the PO's. Nothing like them all killing each other for the chance to be beaten by Kobe and the Lakers in the Finals LOL!! Have at it boys! The Lakers will be waiting for you!

GO LAKERS!
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Nothing but another title will suffice - KBryant
Nobody destroys Ron Artest - RArtest
Are you serious? - ABynum
WE GOT THIS - justa

The movie's great (not just 'cause I worked on it). The q& A after the premier was outstanding. Bill Russell is really funny.

From now until the end of the regular season - I will only post when the Lakers have won their last game.

So, hopefully I'll be on here every day! If not, I'll save myself some time.

Now, go beat up on Atlanta and get this thing off to a great start

@Justanothermambafan, Good morning ma'am thanks for checking in! Yeah I'm anxious to see how The Lakers will do out the gate also. If Kobe's performance in the ASG is any barometer, I think LakerTom and PsychedLakerGirl may be on to something!!! This can still be a season for the ages, you just got to believe my sister...WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From now until the end of the regular season - I will only post when the Lakers have won their last game. So, hopefully I'll be on here ever day! If not, I'll save myself some time. Now, go beat up on Atlanta and get this thing off to a great start Posted by: Tim-4-Show | February 22, 2011 at 09:28 AM
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GOD@@!!@#$$%$!!!! Give it to him! Give it to him right now!!!
RCOTD = TIM-4-SHOW = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!


Game day, roll call, etc...Let's go Lakers, etc...

Now, check the URL for this post:

http://lakersblog.latimes.com/lakersblog/2011/02/writinggggggggg-kareem-abdul-jabbar-lakers-pau-gasol-.html

I bet MM boss was like: "Are you writting the frekin article, Medina? Hurry up!!!"

Now, check the URL for this post: Http://lakersblog.latimes.com/lakersblog/2011/02/writinggggggggg-kareem-abdul-jabbar-lakers-pau-gasol-.htmlPosted by: Magic Phil | February 22, 2011 at 09:35 AM
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LMAO!!!!!!! You got me Magic Phil!!!! Very good sir...Carry On!

The one thing lost in all the Melo deal- With the addition of Cory Brewer, the Knicks have a strong bench now.

The one thing lost in all the Melo deal- With the addition of Cory Brewer, the Knicks have a strong bench now. Posted by: sean | February 22, 2011 at 09:41 AM
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Yes they do. May the Eastern Conference destroy each other!!!!

What up Laker Family,

Checking in for game day. Let's get this last stretch started right!


Kareem is the epitome of class and the GOAT in my book! What a blessing to hear that he's in good health and spirits.

Yes they do. May the Eastern Conference destroy each other!!!!

Posted by: mamba24 | February 22, 2011 at 09:45 AM

Yes, yes!!! Make it plain!!! I hope they do.

Since NYK traded for Melo, I favor them in a series with the Bulls, if the standings stay the same.

Good morning DJ LRob! LakerNation eagerly awaits what selections you have for them in the goodie bag today sir!
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@Sean I don't know, with Noah coming back I wouldn't be surprised to see the Bulls in the Finals, though I still think it will be Boston again.

LEWSTRS present and accounted for...checking in for Mamba's Roll Call...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bWfIbE1U9I

Great roll call today, Mamba24. You are THE MAN. Sam Cassell...? That was a stroke of genius.

I'd like to see the Lakers finish out the regular season 22-3. That will be good enough for 2nd in the West (or maybe 1st, if the Spurs hit a streak of bad luck, right?).

Time to strap 'em on and leave it all on the court.

I hope the blog bands together for the common goal: THREE-PEAT.

Go Lake Show!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bWfIbE1U9I Posted by: LEWSTRS | February 22, 2011 at 10:03 AM
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@mamba24- Noah's the 'X Factor' don't I know it, my friends went to Florida. I saw him play a few games.

Even with Booz, as DRose safety net, in the halfcourt game, I don't see a #2 scorer that can match-up with Amar'e and Melo.

Defensively, Chicago's the better squad. As they say, that's why they play the game.

Hey, mamba, I've still got Chicago playing us in the Finals. It's time for the '91 revenge, the only thing missing off Kobe's resume.

@OUTLAW, I didn't write the Prayer my brother, I think LakerTruth did I'm not sure but it is nice!!! LOL! Strap em on and leave it all on the Court, sounds good...MAKE IT SO LAKERS!!!!!!

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ONE BLOG, ONE GOAL, THREE PEAT - BANDWAGON
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(01) THE OUTLAW - OWNER - I hope the blog bands together for the common goal: THREE-PEAT.
(02) BABY OUTLAW - CO/OWNER
(03) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - WE GOT THIS!!!

Hey, mamba, I've still got Chicago playing us in the Finals. It's time for the '91 revenge, the only thing missing off Kobe's resume. Posted by: sean | February 22, 2011 at 10:12 AM
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I love it my brother, I Love it!!!!!

Greatest Laker center ever? Kareem, no question. 33 is in the conversation for greatest Laker ever, along with #'s 44, 32, 8 and 24.

Sure, I'll hop on board today's Bandwagons!

Comment on the Knicks, did a nice job. A year from now they'll add Deron Williams or CP3. They will go straight to the top in the East.

Not bad at all for New York Knicks


Rony Turiaf/Shelden Williams
Amare Stoudemire/Shawne Williams
Carmelo Anthony/Corey Brewer/Roger Mason
Landry Fields/Kelena Azuibukie
Chauncey Billups/Tony Douglas


Nuggets lots of talented role players with no Superstars.


Nene/Mozgov
Martin/Harrington
Galinari/Chandler
Affalo/JR Smith
Felton/Lawson

Sure, I'll hop on board today's Bandwagons! Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | February 22, 2011 at 10:24 AM
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D(EREK) J(ETER)...COME ON DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ONE BLOG, ONE GOAL, THREE PEAT - BANDWAGON
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(01) THE OUTLAW - OWNER - I hope the blog bands together for the common
goal: THREE-PEAT.
(02) BABY OUTLAW - CO/OWNER
(03) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - WE GOT THIS!!!
(04) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Sure, I'll hop on board today's Bandwagons!
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KOBEMVP888 THE 2ND HALF IS STARTING PLEASE COME BACK
AND RETURN TO YOUR SEAT SIR - BANDWAGON
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(01) LEWSTRS - OWNER
(02) CYBERCOSMIX - DRIVER
(03) LAKERTOM - RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) DJ LROB - RIDING SHOTGUN2 & DJ
(05) MAMBA24
(06) D(EREK) J(ETER)


In honor of Cap and his love of Jazz:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVb9e1DgKJ4

Greatest Laker center ever? Kareem, no question. 33 is in the conversation for greatest Laker ever, along with #'s 44, 32, 8 and 24. Posted by: Tom Daniels | February 22, 2011 at 10:24 AM
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Yep Tom, both those guys 8 and 24 were pretty good!!! LOL!

Good morning DJ LRob! LakerNation eagerly awaits what selections you have for them in the goodie bag today sir!

Posted by: mamba24 | February 22, 2011 at 09:59 AM
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25 games left. Time for the Lakers to get it into gear. C'mon feet start moving...got to get me.

Edwin Starr - 25 Miles (Man I love this song)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq9Mhj7oc7w

Mamba24, I want on that Wagon. Thank you for the Roll Call this morning.

United We Stand!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mPt3Zz_xLc

Lock N Load!

Mamba24 you are the buffer, the sheep herder, the stimulus...the reason this blog has flavor...

Keep up the great work brother...

>>>"Gasol called [Kareem] the best Lakers center ever, modestly smiling and
>>>saying he would rank far below him on a list of the Lakers all-time greats at
>>>that position."

He's correct about that. But if you ranked the best Lakers PF ever, then Gasol is probably #1. I can't think of a better PF from their past.

>>>I can't think of a better PF from their past.

(commenting on my own comment)

I should point out that I consider Karl Malone to have been a rental. By the time he played for the Lakers, his contributions weren't as relevant as Pau's have been to the current Laker squad.

25 games left. Time for the Lakers to get it into gear. C'mon feet start moving...got to get me. Edwin Starr - 25 Miles (Man I love this song) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq9Mhj7oc7w Posted by: LRob | February 22, 2011 at 10:31 AM
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GOD@@#$%%!!!! 25 GAMES FROM HOME...LAKER NATION...LET'S RIDE!!!!!!
Keep them coming DJ LRob!!!!

In honor of Cap and his love of Jazz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVb9e1DgKJ4 Posted by: The Triangulator | February 22, 2011 at 10:29 AM
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You're getting deep there Triangulator!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!

Corey Brewer is the under the radar trade for the Knicks RUN AND GUN system and so is Billups running the point. ESPN will see a lot of highlights from Amare, Melo and Brewer.


Brewer is a freakish athlete that needs to run and get slam dunks, gets a lot of steals and start a break. Mike D'Antoni may have found another Matrix in the making. He has certainly found his Joe Johnson in Landry Fields and a much better Boris Diaw in more athletic and one of the games best scorer in Melo.


Knicks/Suns Comparison during Phoenix Suns heydays


Amare/Amare
Melo/Diaw
Brewer/Marion
Fields/Joe Johnson
Billups/Nash

mamba, the bandwagons are beautiful. I hope it raises 888's spirits or even works to bring him back.

Please add me to your three-peat bandwagon sir. The way Kobe took over the ASG, the focus and flashes of old-school Kobe, it was amazing. He's going to have the guys focused for the 2nd half and not let PJ say goodbye with anything less than his 12th ring. I bet all those other players from other teams standing behind him when he was getting that trophy Sunday night, every single one of them probably thought 'oh damn... The Mamba is back' You could just see it in their eyes...

Looks like this will be the guys we go to battle with - if so, as CornerJ says: Let's ride!


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

He has certainly found his Joe Johnson in Landry Fields and a much better Boris Diaw in more athletic and one of the games best scorer in Melo.

Posted by: Staples 24 | February 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Well put. Landry Fields has the potential to do all the things, Joe Johnson does, except better. He's already showing he can do the stuff Joe Johnson won't do to win.

World’s Richest Man – I’ll take your possibly the greatest center and raise you. :-)

Tom Daniels – I’ll take your perhaps the greatest Laker and raise you. :-)
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I present Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – The greatest basketball player ever!

Thanks Triangular for the reminder of Kareem’s love of Jazz and for the excellent selection by the Melodious Monk. I’ll also offer this which is one of Kareem’s favorites. It's all about "unity" for the Lakers & the blog...

Larry Young - Unity (great organ solo on this piece)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I5ZxOaBtgY

Larry Young - Organ
Joe Henderson - Sax
Woody Shaw - Trumpet
Elvin Jones - Drums

Don't expect anything from the Lakers yet, the real season begins for them after 89 games. Yes after the first round of the playoffs.

How can you tell? If you watch the All-Star game Kobe and Gasol was at their best! Regularseason, WHAT REGUALRSEASON?!


Lakers Champions NBA FINALS 2011


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ONE BLOG, ONE GOAL, THREE PEAT - BANDWAGON
*______________________________________________________*
(01) THE OUTLAW - OWNER - I hope the blog bands together for the common
goal: THREE-PEAT.
(02) BABY OUTLAW - CO/OWNER
(03) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - WE GOT THIS!!!
(04) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Sure, I'll hop on board today's Bandwagons!
(05)CYBERCOSMIX - The way Kobe took over the ASG, the focus and flashes of old-school Kobe, it was amazing. He's going to have the guys focused for the 2nd half and not let PJ say goodbye with anything less than his 12th ring. I bet all those other players from other teams standing behind him when he was getting that trophy Sunday night, every single one of them probably thought 'oh damn... The Mamba is back' You could just see it in their eyes...Looks like this will be the guys we go to battle with - if so, as CornerJ says: Let's ride!

JAM ON DJ LROB, JAM ON MY BROTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't expect anything from the Lakers yet, the real season begins for them after 89 games. Yes after the first round of the playoffs. How can you tell? If you watch the All-Star game Kobe and Gasol was at their best! Regularseason, WHAT REGUALRSEASON?! Lakers Champions NBA FINALS 2011
Posted by: Staples 24 | February 22, 2011 at 10:57 AM
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THE SWAGGER!!! THE SWAGGER!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!

Gasol is first of all a gentleman, later a very good center and to finalize one of the best power forward all times.

But and very important: he is humble, very human, very intelligent and always known to be where it corresponds to him.

The spaniard is a man of the feet at the top.

Mamba please include me on the 3 Peat Bandwgon...

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And 888 said he would return if 26 people jump on his bandwagon...and he would be 27...LOL

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@LEWSTRS
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ONE BLOG, ONE GOAL, THREE PEAT - BANDWAGON
*______________________________________________________*
(01) THE OUTLAW - OWNER - I hope the blog bands together for the common
goal: THREE-PEAT.
(02) BABY OUTLAW - CO/OWNER
(03) LEWSTRS - THE ORIGINAL DESIGNER - please include me on the 3 Peat Bandwgon...
(03) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - WE GOT THIS!!!
(04) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Sure, I'll hop on board today's Bandwagons!
(05)CYBERCOSMIX - The way Kobe took over the ASG, the focus and flashes of old-school Kobe, it was amazing. He's going to have the guys focused for the 2nd half and not let PJ say goodbye with anything less than his 12th ring. I bet all those other players from other teams standing behind him when he was getting that trophy Sunday night, every single one of them probably thought 'oh damn... The Mamba is back' You could just see it in their eyes...Looks like this will be the guys we go to battle with - if so, as CornerJ says: Let's ride!
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*__________________________________________________*
KOBEMVP888 THE 2ND HALF IS STARTING PLEASE COME BACK
AND RETURN TO YOUR SEAT SIR - BANDWAGON
*___________________________________________________*
(01) LEWSTRS - OWNER - And 888 said he would return if 26 people jump
on his bandwagon...and he would be 27...LOL
(02) CYBERCOSMIX - DRIVER
(03) LAKERTOM - RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) DJ LROB - RIDING SHOTGUN2 & DJ
(05) MAMBA24
(06) D(EREK) J(ETER)


Hey mamba24 - Lakerholic checking in!

I hope the Lakers come out like the old show time team. They would play the first few minutes like it was game seven. Right at the point when the other team thought they could maybe hang, Cooper would come in, make a steal, hit a couple of threes and rip the heart out of the other team's chest - COOOOOOOOOOOOP!! (C'mon Lamar - this is your job, you the man, success is the best revenge!). Then, once they were up by 10-15, it was time to give the fans something to talk about. Behind the back, alley-oop, in your face!!!! Here comes Kareem... Maybe you can block his sky hook? NOT!!! By the time the fourth came around, it was a chance to get a good look at the bench and rest up for the next one. We have all of the talent. This does not have to be a struggle. It should be a party! It is a game. It is suppose to be fun!

Go Lakers!

I am a Lakerholic.

@Lakerholic, Thanks for checking in my brother!!! The Showtime Post...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!


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