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Laker blog profile: Rick Friedman's life as a Laker fan

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This is the 28th post in a series that helps you get to know members of the L.A. Times Lakers blog community. But this one is unique. Longtime Lakers blog member Rick Friedman recently passed away in his fight against cancer. Below is a profile submitted by his cousin Benjamin on Rick's life. Feel free to send submissions to mgmedin@gmail.com

For all the Rick Friedman fans on the Lakers blog:

I'm sharing this writing with you because your response to Rick's
passing and mutual impact on each others' lives is something real.  I
feel you deserve the opportunity to get to know Rick better.  You're
worthy.  4+1 of you were at Rick's memorial and 3 expressed that you
wish you could have come, but were unable (including Mark Medina who unfortunately had car trouble). That speaks volumes to me and my family liked it too.

My sister, not much of a sports fan, upon seeing the Rick Friedman's best quotes blog entry, the many, many, many Rick Friedman quoted post replies and seeing what Lakers fans had to say about Rick literally cried.  I was absolutely blown away, both with intense emotion and
deep appreciation.  I don't think I can say thank you enough to Mark Medina.  A guy that knew Rick found the link and posted it to his site since he couldn't find an obit.  Rick's ex-wife found the blog entry on her own on Wednesday before the memorial and thought it was neat. And I sent links to my best friend, my dad and Rick's son Adam because I knew that they would appreciate it.  For us, it was deeply moving that such a thing exists.  And I know that Rick's family appreciated having copies of the blog entry for posterity, including the two I gave and however many Faith gave the family at Rick's memorial.

I got closer to Rick through our shared Lakers fandom when I called or e-mailed him because I was pretty sure the Rick Friedman that appeared on the blog was my cousin.  My Lakers fandom was something my father passed down to me growing up watching the Showtime Lakers, being horrified at age 6 that the '76s swept us in the Finals, loving Pat Riley guaranteeing a repeat the next year in '87 (What huevos!!!). It was something that Rick, my dad and I all shared.

Rick friedman at '09 'ship parade with lakersbloggers This really isn't about me so...

I'm going to tell you a little bit about Rick that a lot of people didn't know, both from my own memories of him, what I've heard from
family, from his memorial and also help give you a sense of the atmosphere of his memorial. There's also an obituary written about Rick by one of the attendees and speakers, Bob Rand and later edited by a philly.com staff member.

While most people encountered Rick's intense fandom and very well-articulated thoughts about the Lakers, that interaction misses a
little of Rick as a person.  For me, it was something very noteworthy, not just the "you can't really know a person from a small interaction or via the internet you can't know someone" sorts of thoughts.  It's
really over and above that sort of thing.

Rick had three parts of his personality that I didn't often see reflected in his extensive blog contribution.  He had a great sense of
humor, easy-going attitude and an unshakable positivity.  I can't ever recall Rick complaining about anything.  And after any visit with him, I always thought to myself "what a great guy" and my mood was always uplifted.  While some people say that you control your own happiness, Rick lived it to monkish perfection.  Even as a result of your own screwed up mood, you may occasionally regret spending time with even the coolest of people.  Never Rick.  Part of what I do see in his blog posts is that he took the Lakers very seriously as he temporarily shed some of the more light-hearted aspects of his personality. He took a professional, analytical, journalistic approach to the Lakers.

Rick has a bit of a dorky feel when you just meet him.  As his colleague Larry Kane mentioned in his excellent sharing about him at his memorial, Rick was "The King of Dead Air."  He was "so brilliant"
that "it took 4 seconds to translate his thoughts" into something we others could comprehend.  "It took another three seconds" to get from his translation to his lips.  Consequently, you spent a little time
waiting for Rick to respond when you spoke to him.  But, from it you knew he was really listening and considering what you had to say. After a bit of time with Rick, it becomes quite clear he's among the
coolest people you'll ever meet.  He's tied into trends, using them honestly and appreciating the innovation (beating both my 2nd cousin Adam and me to facebook and Twitter despite around 30 years
seniority).  And he just handles himself wonderfully with other people, being adored amongst every group that was lucky enough to have him.

Rick had an impressive career in news, highlighted in part by an Emmy he received for coverage of the Rodney King riots.  You can see much of his career highlights on his linkdin page.  There's some discussion here of his career up until 1995.  You can also watch all 3 parts of his Emmy-award winning "Anatomy of a Riot" from 1992 at the following links (parts one through two through three, respectively).

Rick also worked in the music recording industry with some success. What really blows me away about Rick is not that he had such accomplishments (he was obviously a very talented guy), but the fact
that almost no one on the blog probably even knew about them.  Rick was not just his job and was not about impressing others.  It just wasn't who he is.  To have such impressive accomplishments that
require hard work and dedication, yet not have it be something you discuss is very unusual in my experience.  I remember he brought over his Emmy to my dad and then stepmom's place in 1993 and I got a picture with it.  I remember it just didn't seem like that big of a deal.  We were just hanging out having a barbecue.

Rick Friedman Final birthday at Rainbow Bar and grill with son adam and daughter allison

At his very casual memorial recently at the divey Rock and Roll bar that is the Rainbow Bar and Grill (where Rick also spent his last birthday), I was fortunate enough to run into Steve, a chaplain at the
hospice where Rick spent his last days.  Not surprisingly, Steve was a kind and gracious man and shared with me some things about Rick's final days (beyond the obvious pain that Rick experienced that I asked
him to skip because I was already aware).  Steve said that Rick liked to spend time on his balcony, amongst the plants.  He said that Rick seemed to have no regrets, that he was very proud of his life, his influence on others and his career accomplishments.  Even though he didn't brag about it and didn't specifically mention it to almost anyone, he knew how he affected us all and that he had an impressive career.  He said that Rick was ready and accepted his death, having lived a full life.

At Rick's memorial, we gathered for a while, drinking beer and martinis and snacking on appetizers and pizzas.  A few individuals spoke, often through tears or very watery eyes, about who Rick was to
them and how much they loved him.  His son, his daughter, his colleague Larry Kane, my father Steven (his cousin), Bob Rand along with Tony Alvarado, two young neighbors and then Faith all spoke.
Later, Lakersville folk proudly showed pictures with Rick at championship parades the last two years.

One highlight was the few stories told by Larry Kane.  Larry mentioned that at one point, he was the reporter appearing on TV coverage for a live debate between then cinch Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis and Jesse Jackson in 1988.  Live debates at the time were apparently quite rare.  Jesse Jackson was late to the event and Larry was left forced to say something in the interim standing in front of millions of viewers of live TV.  He asked Rick, the producer on duty for a little guidance.  He waited for the "King of Dead Air" to respond and bail him out, to give him something to say.  Rick took his usual 7 seconds, then replied, "Rock on."

Bob Rand talked about his early career and the station the owner hating him and his long hair.  The owner even to get him removed from the premises despite the fact that he had some production duties. No one would sit with him at the cafeteria because everyone knew the owner hated him.  Except Rick did and befriended Bob and gave him a few breaks.  I inferred from the discussions that getting a break is essential for any chance in broadcasting.  Bob got to do the story on the second
Menendez brothers hearing and noticed a potentially interesting lead afterwards.  A guy, Tony Alvarado, had a deportation hearing that just didn't quite make sense.

After an incredibly long intro, Rick's son Adam went up to Bob to have him rap up his (apparently at the time) pointless story.  It turned out this guy, Tony Alvarado had been a former banger as a youth in
Pacoima, reformed himself and acted as a mentor for youth in his Pacoima neighborhood.  Tony had been deported multiple times because he refused to act as an FBI informant to receive a U.S. citizenship,
coming back each time and refusing to inform each time they caught up with him.  Eventually, the U.S. Justice Department tired of this cycle and placed Tony into a long term immigration prison where he might rot for a decade.  Rick (and station general manager Steve Cohen) allowed Bob to continue to cover this apparently minor story and do what he wanted when most producers wouldn't have allowed such a meandering without getting a good story.  The Justice Department eventually asked
why the hell Rick's news station cared about this one guy, that he was nobody.  Their response was if they could help just one guy that they were doing something good.  Eventually, seven months in detention, Tony was released free of charges and was given U.S. citizensihp.  So, cool story, Rick's a hero and he helped one guy, essentially keeping him from having his life ruined.  All well and good.

Well, then we were introduced to Tony who was standing next to Rick's colleague.  Physical proof of how a renegade, open-minded producer like Rick could and did permanently and for the better change one
man's life through his career.  Tony then spoke and recounted how he'd spoken with 'thousands" of people to help his plight and ALL of them said there was nothing they could do.  He gushed in appreciation and it was clear that if nothing else, Rick had literally saved this one man's life.  Wow!  It was an incredible relief and worthwhile punchline to the pain that was the previous story leadup.  I'm not sure it could have been told in any better way.

It becomes clear that Rick was no ordinary producer, willing to take risks, amazingly cool under pressure except when he got really excited meeting rock stars like Ringo Starr and believed in news as important,
not just a stepping stone in his own career or to make money.

Rick didn't care much about money, leaving little, but leaving something so much more valuable, the memories we all have of him, the shared experience of knowing something that always kept it real and
his good deeds as a television producer/executive producer.  Even later in life, he was trying new things including learning guitar and bass over the last few years, well into his sixties.

Rick partied and smoked throughout his life, really living the life he wanted.  Even though his life was cut short and somewhat suddenly by a particularly aggressive form of lung cancer, until near the last few
months when his energy and physical abilities were greatly compromised, Rick really did get to live the life he wanted.  I think that's really all for which any of us can ask.

The exact circumstances of his passing make me even angrier than I already am with the FDA, cigarette companies and young smokers, but that's my own trip.

For a few weeks prior to Rick's passing, he had very low energy, not really talking for weeks and not clearly listening for maybe two weeks.  However, during Rick's 's final moments his eyes were open the
entire time, and he was very talky.  Most of what he said was not understandable, but he did say something about the Lakers being on a streak.  Despite being limited, he was very loving (despite not being so much of his life) and very jokey with his son, daughter and her husband.  He had a very energetic last hurrah, doing the best he could with silly gestures when he could no
longer speak well.  He continued to say that he wanted out as he had for weeks due to the intense pain and discomfort from the lung cancer that had spread.  His daughter had her head on his chest as he passed and was uplifted by the whole process.

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Blah, blah, blah, he did this and that AND THEN HE MENTIONED THE LAKERS STREAK, INTELLIGIBLY WHEN LITTLE ELSE WAS ON HIS LITERAL DEATHBED!!!  I'm sort of being silly here because of course the other stuff matters, but I'm sort of not.  THAT is a true fan.  If the Lakers win it all I think we must make t-shirts and dedicate the win to Rick.  Badass.

Rick was brave throughout the process of fighting cancer.  He never let it get him down that I saw or heard and never gave up.  When I found out about Rick's exact diagnosis, researched it and communicated my deep condolences with him about it he completely blew me off.  (in between the lines, "I'm fine, don't treat me like a guy with a death sentence")  Good for him.

Rick's son Adam made huge sacrifices to help Rick in his final days, resulting in a real danger of the loss of his nascent business, Advanced Athletics.  If you love Rick, you have to appreciate the sacrifices made by his son Adam to make things work the best possible way near the end.  My dad, a great friend of Rick's also stepped in when Adam had almost nothing left that he could give.  I don't feel right in talking about Rick without acknowledging the burden both of them undertook to makes Rick's final months comfortable and to get him the medical and hospice care that he needed.  Adam, incidentally, has kind of a cool NBA connection, having done strength training for NBA players and many WNBA players, including most notably and most complimentary to his being a good trainer, Lisa Leslie, for almost her entire career.

This whole experience of Rick's passing has been very intense and for me, very remarkable.  For me, the most salient part of the entire series of events is this: Even in his death, I'm left feeling positive and good.  His death was far from tragic.  He had a great career for which one could be proud.
He was endeared from all circles.  He didn't die with regrets.  And up until near the end, he got to live the life he wanted.  The end result is that even in his death, Rick's positivity shone through and made
the moment better.  I've seen plenty of deaths and never, ever have I felt this way after them.  I feel like even in death, Rick has made himself a gift to us all, imposing his positivity upon us.

Rock on.

--Mark Medina

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

 
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Wow what agreat story about Rick F. life.Thanks for sharing Benjamin.

I had no idea.
I am so out of internet and blogging since my Laby therapy I did not know about this in time to mourn conveniently.
I read the twitter post, now, with this post link, and I just froze.
There's nothing else in me now beside blanking.
And I feel awful for not having had notion of this tragedy before.
Rick... As awesome as you were, up there where you are now, in a wonderful fluffy cloud all purple & gold, I know you know my pain and regret is wide and heartfelt, and I'm sure you forgive me.
You were, no, better, you ARE and still a shining example of what a good human being must be.
Smart, involved, passionate, true.
Please help your family and friends from that fluffy throne of yours now in dealing with the pain and the void that such a great one's departure has stained them with.
From now on, for me, there won't be a single Lakers related event I'll be part if which won't be lived in your memory.
I may be late now, but this is a forever promise I'll stick up to.
In my heart.
In our hearts.
In Lakers Nation Family.
You.
Are.
Forever.

Love, Zaira.

WOW - I am truly blown away by this latest profile - great, great stuff MM!
Rick was obviously a very special person and a stalwart on this blog - I miss him without even ever having known him! As great a blog post/profile as there has ever been - Pulitzer worthy stuff, MM - nice job!

I feel kind of rude posting this on a beautifully done profile on Rick F, but I think he would have been okay with it.
I am going to try posting this on game day, I am just copying and pasting Mamba24s roll call until he rightfully returns

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KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM @ THE TRIANGULATOR
AND THE BEAST GOES ON @ THE TRIANGULATOR
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Laker Land: where all that is possible and even a lot of what is impossible happens on a daily basis.
History repeats to the same patterns, but evolving from them to a more perfected reality, round after
round. So we are the same: just better than last time. And we are getting better with every step more
we take within the future. It's a great life to be a Lakers Fan. Sorry others: you just can't compete.
Still wearing my Purple & Gold Pride.Not because I will think of what others are doing, which I don't
care for, but only because I am well aware & assured of what we are capable of @ZAIRA AMATERASU
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Triangle Physics: "For Every Defensive Action, there is a Greater & More Lethal Offensive Reaction
"Other Teams may River Dance, The Lakers Ballet is an Artistry in Rhythm." @ The TriAngulator
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To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on
stepping” basketball is a journey, teams learn about their weaknesses & strengths as they play along
all 82 Games. So let's enjoy this journey with our team. Onto the next win @ J24 aka (LadyJem24)
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Phil knows he's got a Ferrari this year. He's just got it purring along. Trying a few things in 2nd & 3rd
gear. Knows he's got several more gears, but sees no need to even try them now. Hasn't even floored
it yet when the NBA cops aren't looking, but knows he can lay a patch of smoke & rubber a block
long if he ever needs it. But yeah, Sonny Belfast, Phil knows (and YOU know) he may not even need
to floor it this year at all. But just for the heck of it, I think he will. @CORNERJ
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In my mind's eye, the Lakers and Celtics are rushing towards each other in the fashion that they have
in years past. Matching each other, blow-for-blow, against all-comers until the time to meet arrives.
They are looking squarely in the others direction while they simultaneously brush aside any with the
misguided notion that they are contenders. It is the same as how Bruce Lee will casually vanquish all
OF the Big Boss' henchmen on his way to the real dance. It is about Boston. It has always been about
Boston. Boston is the only franchise that has earned our RESPECT...and our DERISION. @ FEARLESS
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LIKE FINE ART. . .--stand too close, and the brilliance cannot be fully appreciated --pass judgment
before the masterpiece is complete, & short-change the genius of the process Nobody ever marvels at
the canvas underneath the final presentation, but instead the magnificance of the finished product.
This Run of the Lakers is like Fine Art. Wait, just wait on it, & behold the beauty @LAKERMIKE
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Kobe can win THROUGH his team mates. He can win WITH his team mates. He can win
DEFERRING to his team mates. He can win IN SPITE OF his team mates. He can win INSTEAD
of his team mates. He can even win BY HIMSELF (just ask Dallas & Toronto). Champions are
forged in the 4th QUARTER. Franchises are defined in the 4th QUARTER. Dynasties are cemented
in the 4th QUARTER. Sit back & watch PJ, Kobe & Fish orchestrate this symphony we call Lakers
basketball to another parade down Figueroa Blvd.@ FEARLESS
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Lakers Today, Lakers Tomorrow, Lakers Forever!! What Do We Play For, More Rings!! @JON K
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WHO THE HELL ARE WE!! ALL TOGETHER:
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won (16) Rings
(10) of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
There have been (4) Lakers Dynasties with more on the way
We have more Dynasties than others have Titles in the NBA
Best Winning Percentage in History is part of Laker Lore
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it we’ve had (Four)
Weve appeared in Half of all the Finals there have ever Been
We’re the Freakin LA Lakers and all we do is Win baby WIN!
We got the (2) Time Finals MVP, Black Mamba Kobe Bryant
Who scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored More
But Rings not number of points is what Mamba plays for.
With Pau Gasol lending The Mamba a helping hand
The Lakers will continue going to that Finals promised land
We got a man giving up his Championship Ring for Charity
Ron Artest, Great basketball Player & Human Being is He
We got The Logo Jerry West & 1st Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had all the great centers like Shaq, Wilt & Kareem
Super Stars Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker Team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just Leased
(11) time Title Winning HOF Coach, who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Broadcasting Legend, Broadcasted Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best HOF Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams FEAR US
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re The Freakin Champion LA Lakers, Who the Hell are You

I think we can all learn from Rick's life in many ways. Thank you much for the words!

Nice job Diandra! Woo-hoo! Game On!
Nice to see Zaira back too!

I guess I should have changed the date *facepalm* I wish we could delete our own posts.
Sunday march 27, 2011 Lakers VS Hornets lets keep the streak going...

Very nice post Benjamin. I knew Rick F. mostly from the live chats, but I hadn't talked to him in a long time. What I do remember was that he and Justa were the first 2 people to be pretty friendly on the chats, and that Rick was a very funny guy. I remember at one point someone raised a hypothetical question of whether it was better to be really good looking or really smart. I'm pretty sure it was Rick that made the point that he wouldn't know since he was covered in both areas.

Rick Friedman Haiku:

Miss You Faithful Rick

You Now Sit Above Rainbow

Love Purple And Gold
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The NBA Where Rick Friedman Watches From Above Happens.

Look On Brother, Look On.

That was a great read about Mr. Friedman. Proof positive that you just never know who you're "speaking" with. RIP Mr. Friedman...

There are just no words that I can express. Bless Rick and Family!

Thanks Diandra!

Thanks MM for the great profile of Rick. I wish I had the chance to get to know him. He seemed like a very special person. Thanks again.

Ahhhh....I love the smell of Roll Call in the morning...

diandra - GREAT JOB...and Mamba where the hell are you...

LEWSTRS present and accounted for...checking in for Game Day Roll Call...

MM - thanks so much for posting this piece on Rick...he will be dearly missed...

Let's have a great entertaining game...and please NO injuries to our boys...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!! The Friedman Season...

I second LEWSTRS- great job Diandra and Mamba where the hell are you!

Troy B reporting in....anticipating another great Lakers victory tonight!

"But his lack of productivity makes me wish the Lakers had a good young talent sitting in his spot on the bench."

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | March 26, 2011 at 08:26 PM

Bronx- I believe the Lakers are hoping that Devin Ebanks fills that role in a year or two (not sure when Luke's contract is up)

GAME DAY PRAYER...

All mighty Father, we ask for your blessings today for our warriors, the men in Purple and Gold. We ask that you bless them with dedicated play, give them stamina, and the presence to execute and stay within their scheme. We ask that you keep them from any injuries or suspensions. We give thanks in the many golden memories you have bestowed us fans, in the support and celebration of our team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

We also ask that you welcome Rick Friedman, one of your best creations, into the gates of your special Laker rooting section, preferably floor seats, next to Chick Hearn.

Please watch over our team during these last days of the Practice Season, and bless us in our pursuit of #17 the Friedman Season....

AMEN

And let's not forget that in the 06/07 season, Luke was having a good year pre-injury, he just never returned to that level.

The Mamba24 Most Excellent Roll call care of the Lovely and Talented Diandra ... checking in!!!

72 down, 10 to go. Despite our recent winning ways, the Lakers have demonstrated signs of boredom since the Bynum suspension. The defense has taken a little rest, while the offense has kicked it up a notch the last 2 games. Is that by design? Perhaps.

Tonight will be a good indication of whether the Lakers are still dialed in or whether they are due for one final lapse. We have defeated CP3 & Comapny 3 times this season, but according to Philip, he appears to be getting healthier. The Hornets have been playing excellent defense lately. Yes, they lost David West, but they are playing for a playoff spot and can ill afford to play at anything less than playoff level basketball tonight against the two-time defending champs. Besides, for whatever reason, Carl Landry has always given us fits anyway. This is a solid team who does NOT want to get swept by us this season, especially if they are going to be facing us in Round 1. So Nation, watch out! I have seen them beat us at Staples Center before when they weren't supposed to.

Give me the PLAYOFFS already!

1-2-3 RING! #17 coming up STRONG!!

Wow, that was tear jerking. It makes me sad that I came to this blog too late to experience Rick on a daily basis. Thank you MM for printing this and thanks to cousin Benjamin for the pain staking efforts of writing and submitting this to MM for our benefit.

Makes me ponder how a Laker Hater like Simers can grasp the value of Fish, while his so called fans continue to insult, demean and not appreciate the anchor of our team...

Thanks for the link 888...

Thanks a lot for sharing this Benjamin.You too MM.Great job.

Amit

That was very interesting info on Rick, thanks to Benjamin for giving us an insight into his life.
Also, thanks to Diandra and Lewstrs for the Game Day Bandwagon and Game Day Prayer. Is Mamba24 on another honeymoon? Just kidding, but where the heck is he? You can't take this much time off!!!!!!!!!Even Zaira peeked in, you have to like that!!!! Go Laker's!!

Yes Diandra Oclezy checking in.
Time to continue what we all became accustom to around here the last month or so, and thats another Laker win.No need to let up now, keep gaining steam until we roll right onto Figueroa st in June to the tune of another Laker Championship.
Time for the bench to answer the call tonight and show up in a big way.Lamar and the killer B's we need to hear from you.

Go Lakers!


So how old was he?

@zen - Rick was 64

@Benjamin – Thanks for sharing parts of Rick's touching journey with us.

@MM – Thanks for posting it.

These are the songs dedicated in memory of Rick Friedman, a great Laker fan, here on the blog.

U2 - Walk On (JovBatz)
U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name (mclyne)
Grateful Dead - Brokedown Palace (Noah)
Diana Ross - Missing You (LRob)
Grant Green - Idle Moments (Mark G)
Puff Daddy - I'll Be Missing You (ChicNstu)
Pearl Jam - Man of the Hour (Cap's Goggles)
R. Kelly - I Wish (utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER)
Boyz II Men - It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday (Lewstrs)
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (Laker Lass)
Michael Jackson - Gone Too Soon (G. Money)
Beatles - The End - (63 Footer)
Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings (ms)
Angels and Airwaves - Heaven (mclyne)
Declan Galbraith – Til the Day We Meet Againg (Edwin)
Nat King Cole – Stardust (Christopher Blake)

Deondra, thanks for carrying the torch
MM, thanks for Ben's words on Rick
This is the best blog going.
Go Lakers!


ok Thanks LakersRule..I remember answering his posts from time to time. I'm not on here as much anymore like I want to be as I'm one of the blog originals. :)

Nicely done by all...very cool.
A game tonigh...Yeah!

For those of us who can see the last downslope of life, we could wish for no greater tribute than this one to Rick!


As always: one day, one game at a time, folks!

Very nice, MM. Thanks!

MM,

Thanks again so much for making a post out of this writing.


Everyone else,

Thank you for reading it. It's a great group of people here. Nothing else to say that hasn't been said.

Benjamin

zen,

Appropriately enough for such a rock and roll fan, Rick was 64, just like the lyrics in The Beatles song.

Benjamin

Diandra,

Rick would have loved the roll call here. Thank you!

Benjamin

I may be late now, but this is a forever promise I'll stick up to.
In my heart. In our hearts. In Lakers Nation Family.
You.
Are.
Forever.
Love, Zaira.
Posted by: ZairaAmaterasu | March 27, 2011 at 11:05 AM
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SO SAY WE ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Rick Friedman, the best of the best and the brightest of the brightest, I salute you sir. You were the Lakers Nations bright and shinning star and one of the cornerstones on which the Nation was built. As you take your rest know that your name will shine as brightly as any of the Laker greats. The help and counsel you have given me over the years I could never repay my brother and I just thank God for allowing us to cross paths. It was you and Justanothermambafan who made me return again and again so it would be the height of ingratitude for me not to return to wish hail and farewell to a Lakersblog legend & a truly beautiful human being. Only a Rick Friedman could bring back Zaira The Goddess and Mamba24. Rick, My Brother, You were and always will be…OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR…SO SAY WE ALL!!! God Bless and God Speed!
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P.S. Benjamin, words can't express what a great job you did. Plus what a great picture of LakerHolics: Rick Friedman, Faith, bob & CBuck…It don’t get any better than that!!!!!
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P.S.S. Diandra you done good! Keep it up!
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For whatever it is worth. The thing I most treasure in life is the happiness of Justanothermambafan. That’s it, that's all I got Nation…Carry On!

Nice job pretty Diandra...Thanks!!!

@Benjamin...thanks so much for sharing that with us. May you and your family let the love you felt for Rick help your grief to lessen over time.

MM...great job!

Diandra....thank you for the roll call!

Zaira...great to hear from you!

Mamba24...We miss you, guy!


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