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Lakers continue high level of play in 97-84 victory over Orlando Magic

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Each time a substitution took place, the standing ovation sounded louder and louder.

The Lakers' starters in Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher and Ron Artest checked in for Lamar Odom, Steve Blake, Matt Barnes and Shannon Brown, prompting cheers for the reserves ability to maintain a 12-point over Orlando with 6:04 remaining. Three minutes later, Brown checked back in for Bryant and before the two locked hugs and handshakes, the 18,997 at Staples Center stood up and clapped for Bryant's ability to play through his sprained left ankle. And when Odom stepped in for Bynum's place moments later, the crowd reserved the loudest roar for the his career-high rebounding effort.

Those standing ovations served as the perfect visual for satisfaction over what the Lakers displayed on the court Monday in their 97-84 victory over the Orlando Magic. Whether it was Bryant overcoming a poor first-half shooting performance (two of 10) with a much sharper second half (five of nine), Bynum grabbing a career high 18 rebounds or a strong supporting cast producing in various ways, the Lakers provided all signs of a team ready to maintaining the excellence required for a playoff caliber team.

The result entails the Lakers (48-20) improving their mark to 10-1 since the NBA All-Star break, closing the gap to one game behind the Dallas Mavericks (47-19) for second place in the Western Conference and reduce the deficit to 6 1/2 behind the San Antonio Spurs (54-13). Standings races don't just apply to the Lakers' own conference. They are also maintaining a one-game lead over the Miami Heat (46-21) and within striking distance of the Boston Celtics (47-18) and Chicago Bulls (47-18).

But that's not why the Lakers are happy with their play.

"Home court advantage to me is overrated," Bryant said. "We didn't have home court last year in the Finals. We split the first two games. We didn't have home court advantage. We gave it up. It was a five-game series and they had home court. When it's a five game series and you go up in Boston and you don't have home court advantage, you have to take ... back."

Ok, so Bryant's contention slightly overlooks the fact that the Lakers still had four home games total in the series, something that surely proved instrumental in their Game 6 and 7 Finals victories. But he has a point. He's more interested in the the team playing well period, considering a team's development takes care of the winning aspect anyway.

That aspect was something that concerned Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, worried a 3-1 mark on their four-game trip would give the team a false sense of security and lead to more inconsistency, a pattern that's emerged several times this season after appearing to return to championship form. Odom downplayed that level of thinking, arguing, "I don't think it'll soften you up." Bryant believed it was nothing more than Jackson trying to motivate the team, saying, "We don't listen to you guys anyway. I wasn't concerned about it. If the coaches were blowing smoke up our ... then I'd be concerned about it. But they never do that so I wasn't really concerned about it." But Jackson's stoic demeanor and constant one-word answers before the game surely provided the backdrop in how his team wants to approach the remaining 14 regular-season games.

"I'm worried about the fact everybody says we'll get the rest of March on our home floor and that in itself will be easier," Jackson said. "It's not going to be easier. It's going to be just as hard and we have to play just as hard. I hate to come home and have people pad us on the back and say great road trip."

But the Lakers displayed in their victory over Orlando how they're showing little signs of doing that.

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Kobe Bryant adjusts to his left ankle injury

All the Lakers had their own way of revealing there was no question Bryant would play Monday against Orlando despite spraining his left ankle Saturday against Dallas, an injury he described afterwards was the size of a softball."

Jackson played coy, saying he didn't even go to the trainers room and ask Bryant his status and sharing that he only has a "sense" that Bryant will suit up. When I asked Odom if Bryant told the team his plan, Odom joked Bryant would address the media in the locker room fairly soon. And Lakers forward Matt Barnes revealed it pretty clearly that Bryant would suit up: "His foot would have to be cut off and put somewhere else for him not to play."

But Bryant downplayed any suggestion there would be any doubt he'd sit out, pointing to the his injury that he said was the "scariest" of all his ankle injuries, including the left ankle sprained that sidelined him for five games last season. After having a shot blocked by Shawn Marion late in the third quarter, Bryant's left ankle curled after a bad landing, prompting him to limp to the bench and then to the locker room before reentering the fourth quarter.

Constant treatment and taping since then helped Bryant's ankle reduce to the sizes of a lacrosse ball and then a baseball before Monday's tip against Orlando.

"It felt good enough to go," Bryant said.

That hardly looked to be the case in the first half, however. Bryant shot two of 10 from the field. Whenever he shot, Bryant minimized the elevation on his left ankle so it wouldn't land the floor as hard. And whenever Bryant moved on the court, it came at a deliberate speed in hopes that he'd avoid further injury.

"It affected my balance a little bit just from the trust factor, just to trust the ankle," said Bryant, who immediately headed to the locker room for treatment after leaving the game with 3:37 remaining. "At halftime, I gave myself a little pep talk and to stop acting like a wuss, come out and play and just shoot the shot."

Bryant surely looked more aggressive, finishing the second half on five of nine shooting. But it wasn't just his sharper mark that proved impressive. Even with a bum ankle, he drew an offensive foul on Magic guard Jameer Nelson and then hit a pull-up jumper a player later to give the Lakers a 50-48 lead with 8:41 left in the third quarter. Bryant then smacked his own head and pumped his fist after deflecting a pass that went out of bounds off Magic guard Jason Richardson.

"He's trying to find his way out there," Jackson said of Bryant. "He was aggressive and wanted to attack ... I thought he did a good job defensively at times. Offensively he'll have to find another day."

With the Lakers taking the day off Tuesday and having a three-day stretch before Friday's game against Minnesota, surely Bryant's ankle won't be as worrisome.

"I should be fine," he said.

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Andrew Bynum continues to take pride in rebounding

A conversation with sports psychologist George Mumford prior to the Lakers' 92-86 victory Feb. 9 to the Boston Celtics helped plant the seeds to where Bynum willingly and consistently grabs rebounds. His career high 18 rebounds against Orlando marked the fifth consecutive game he's grabbed double-digit rebounds and eight time in the past 10 contests since the NBA All-Star beak that he's cracked double figures in that department.

"A couple of things clicked there," Bynum said of the conversation with Mumford. "But I really think it was my mentality, trying to go out and get every board. That's the only thing I'm doing differently. It's a lot more fun."

Apparently, a new pep talk has helped spur Bynum into grabbing missed shots as if he's playing Pacman or Hungry Hungry Hippo.

"His teammates are encouraging him to get all the rebounds," said Jackson, who also mentioned Gasol ranks fifth in the league in rebounding with 689 boards. "He's going to replace him."

That's a tall order considering Bynum has 380, partly a byproduct of missing the first 24 games while recovering from right knee surgery. But the point was made. Gasol laughed about the gesture, but then went to great length on how Bynum's willingness to do what he calls "the dirty work" has helped make his job easier.

"He understands now how much of a difference maker he can be out there without having a lot of looks or taking a lot of shots," Gasol said. "On the defensive end, he's chasing boards and it's incredible. It's a big change in his mindset."

Bynum has displayed that giddiness in other ways. After Gasol hit a jumper late in the fourth quarter, Bynum high fived him on the way back. Gasol then rubbed his head. He continuously stood up from the bench whenever a teammate made an impressive shot or defensive stand. And he remains hungry, saying he wants to shed his 290-pound frame to 275 so he's more mobile. All against the likes of Magic Center Dwight Howard.

"This is how he should play and he's decided that's how he's going to play," Bryant said of Bynum. "He's comfortable playing against Dwight. He knows Dwight's game. He's comfortable. Right now Howard's the best center in the game. But Andrew is prepared for him. I think it was a big statement that he can do this against Dwight Howard."

There's plenty of ways to go of course. Jackson described his effort on Howard to be only "adequate" because of his 22 points on eight of 14 shooting and 15 rebounds. There was also his four fouls that limited his aggressiveness at times. And there will also come a time whether the Lakers will have to decide between Bynum and Howard when he can become a free agent in 2012. But that's splitting hairs. Bynum's proved that he's just needed a chance to prove he can stay healthy.

"You have to be concerned that you're going to reinjure yourself if you've gotten injured the way he has," Lakers guard Derek Fisher said. "I think a lot of it is just forgetting abotu being injured and just playing has really helped him."

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum battles Magic forwards Ryan Anderson, left, and Hedo Turkoglu for a rebound in the first half Monday night. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press

Photo: Orlando guard Jason Richardson holds his defensive spot as Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes up for a jumper in the first half Monday night. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum grabs a rebound in front of Magic center Dwight Howard in the first half Monday night at Staples Center. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

 
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First of all, I didn't have the pleasure of ever getting to know Rick but I want to share my condolences with his family and those who knew him.

Secondly, FISHER HATERS WHERE YOU AT? I've been a long time Fisher supporter and tonights game was just great. He made some great 3s, some amazing lay ups to the basket. He stepped up tremendoulsy because he knew Kobe wasn't 100%. This just goes to show you that he still has it. How many offensive fouls did he draw tonight? Fisher, I can't wait to see you once again shut these haters up come play off times.

Third, if AB plays like this for the rest of his career, no one in his right mind would trade him for Howard. What an outstanding and tremendous game by Bynum. He has a bit of weight to shed still and a bit more muscle mass to gain but after that, no one will be able to contend with him.

What a great game tonight, nights like these I feel truly blessed to be a Lakers fan and glad that we have such a strong organization behind it all.
I am glad for the three day break, it couldn't come at a better timing as I imagine all our guys will need the rest.

Oh yaeh and WOOO celtics lost

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Lakerholics, Dude and Dudettes...I'm sadden to hear about the Loss of your brother Rick. God Bless the Friedmen Family. RIP my MAN.

Posted by: G.Money | March 15, 2011 at 04:27 AM


G.Money- At least now, we know you are human. Still, as part of the Laker family blog; We say thank you and Carry ON.

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A GIANT HAS PASSED – THE LAKER NATION WEEPS ON THE PASSING OF ONE OF THE GREAT LAKERHOLICS OF ALL TIIME - RICK FRIEDMAN – LAKER NATION GRIEVES AND SALUTES YOU RICK , YOU WERE OUR BIGHT AND SHINING STAR. OUR LOSS IS HEAVENS GAIN. RICK FRIEDMAN...RIP SIR - BANDWAGON
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FROM MM: I'm passing this note from Rick's family....
As my father wanted...we are holding a very casual memorial celebration at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Blvd. in W. Hollywood this Thursday 3/17 (also St. Patty's Day for those who wish to really party) from 6 pm to 9 pm in the upstairs room. It will be a cash bar, but we will provide light appetizers so I would appreciate it you would RSVP at adam@advancedathletics.com so that I could get a head count. All are invited to share with the group who Rick was to them in their lives beginning at 7 pm. Thank you very much!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUDVj7qPqRE – IHARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY
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(01) MARK MEDINA – BLOG GOD - I had been in touch with Rick's cousin recently and I'm saddened that he passed. I appreciate his presence and his dealings with me and made it a great joy to interact with on a daily basis. I don't want to get too specific out of respect for their privacy, but I am in discussions with his cousin on what he can do to honor what he meant to this community. I'll share more once I know from them
(02) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - pour a lil somethin from the Mighty Goblet of Champions for our brother Rick Friedman who ain't here in body but ever present in spirit. I will don the Chaplain robe one last time tomorrow and grant him a proper eulogy when MM creates the official Rick Friedman Memorial Thread. Rest In Peace, Brother Rick.
(03) BENJAMIN – FAMILY - bronx, You didn't miss it. He was still with us on Saturday so he just (mercifully) passed. Rick is my cousin and it's really a further testament to what a hell of a guy he is that he endeared himself so much to the people of this blog just like to the people in his life. I notiched a Rick Friedman appear here a few years ago when I stopped posting as obsessively and after a bit shot an e-mail to him because I thought it was him. It was kind of fun to get a little closer to him via cyberspace and mutual Lakers fandom. I'll have more to say later, but it really is a loss for everyone. He was a neat guy with a lot of positive energy to share.
(04) ANNANOTHERTHING – OWNER - Hi all, It's been a while. I wanted to share an except from an email I sent to Adam Friedman on his dad's (our friend and blog regular Rick Friedman) passing. "I “met” Rick through the LA Times Lakers Blog a few years ago now, which led to Facebook friendship and we eventually met in person in December of 2009 when I was holidaying in LA. Rick and I went to a sports bar in Hollywood to watch the Lakers play the Pistons, he introduced me to sweet potato fries and we talked about all sorts of things, from work to our love lives, the nature of friendship, music and of course the Lakers. The game was a blow out, so we sat and ate and talked and talked and talked. As I’m sure you know, your Rick was a great conversationalist. Over the past few years, Rick has provided me with great advice, was a comfort, and despite being 9000 miles away could always pick me up when I was feeling down. I was looking forward to seeing him again on my visit to LA next month. Instead I will head to the Rainbow Bar & Grill and raise a glass in his honour. " Rest in peace my friend.
(05) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – CO/OWNER - Anna - I also consider myself a friend to Rick. I'd sent him an email not too long ago wanting an update on how he was doing, since I know he was still going through it. I didn't hear back and was just going to send another one today.... I'm heartbroken. Rick was a sweetie and one hell of a knowledgeable Laker fan of course. I'm so very upset I never got the chance to meet him in person, although I spoke with him on the phone several times. He was always upbeat even though he had been going through a lot for awhile now. When he originally got ill, I sent him snippets every day of the "Get well Rick" bandwagon that the blog had going, and I can tell everyone that he loved it, and was always so appreciative. Anna - please let Adam know that I also will be grieving for his dad, and send my love and deepest sympathy. The last time I spoke with Rick, he had been doing better.... I'm also shocked and saddened. This truly is a dark day for many of us.
(06) FAITH – CO/OWNER - Rick Friedman was a class act, one that I'm proud to have been a blog vet with. We will miss him and all that he brings to the table as laker family. Rest in peace Rick, we will always remember our times together, from the championship parades and game night live blogs. I'm going to try to go to his memorial, and if I can I'll print out all your comments and give them to his family. I don't know how much comfort it will be but I know they'll appreciate that we remembered and cared about Rick.
(07) EDWIN GUECO – DRIVER - So sad to hear of Rick Friedman's passing.....I will pray for the repose of his soul. I wondered why he was no longer posting? I asked Justa several times about Rick, I thought she was just ignoring my posts. It was Anna who delivered the sad news. Please extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Friedman family for having Rick here in this blog. As Faith said, he is a class act and a very independent poster except for his favorite, Jordan Farmar. Nonetheless, when Lakers did not sign JF, Rick was calm and embraced the new the replacements. I missed the opportunity of meeting him in the last two parades, didn't expect that was my last chance. In his memory, I hope MM could compose a summary of Rick's posts. He is the first active blogger whom we know, died in the blog, I'm sure there were others nobody just informed us. Thanks again Annaotherthing. To all Laker players Kobe, Pau, Socks, Derek, Lamar, Steve, Matt, Shannon, Luke and others as well as to the Coaches & F/O: I don't know whether you guys are keeping up with this blog, we just lost a dear blogger by the name of Rick F. I hope you will play tonight with great resolve and high energy to win this game in honor of our fellow blogger. It may be a childish wish from a senior fan to request a personal favor. I don't mind at all. Our endearing passion knows no boundaries express your success 24/7 in this blog till death do us part like Rick Friedman and Chickie-baby. I hope you'd grant a simple request.
(08) PSYCHEDLAKERGRL – RIDING SHOTGUN1
(09) JOHN K. – RIDIING SHOTGUN2 Annanotherthing, Thanks for sharing. I must have had my head in the sand, but I was somehow unaware of Rick's passing. Instead I've been wondering "Where's Rick?" Yeah...I'd like to say something poetic right now but it escapes me. I'll miss him. I'm consumed by a sense of emptiness right now. Rick was one of the originals and one of the best. I feel like anything I type will sound trite right now. Laker Nation just lost a good man.
(10) LAKER TOM – RIDING SHOTGUN3 -ANNAANOTHERTHING... Thank for your sharing the news about Rick. I have to say I was worried that his health might be failing him as he rarely posted and wasn’t his usual cheery self when he did post. I will pray for him to be watching us win again from his purple and gold throne in Lakers heaven. I would like to suggest to MM that he formally now name the RCOD as the Rick Friedman award. What better way to remind us all of what a great friend and fan Rick was. The news probably hits the older posters on the blog harder because it speaks so strongly of the mortality that all of us have to face eventually. I wonder what happened to our good friend KobeBlitz and hope that he is doing well. At 65, I’ve outlived many friends and stopped reading the obits long ago for fear of reading bad news. If anything, this should be a stark reminder to all of us that everything must end sometime. So relish the fact that we’ve won 16 NBA championships and are poised to win our 17th and third in a row. Don’t take our good fortune and high standing for granted. Most importantly, don’t take the cherished relationships you’ve developed on this blog for granted. Many of us have gone beyond being just virtual friends to being real friends. Rest in peace, Rick. We loved and shared too much with you to ever forget or regret. Our most sincere condolences to Adam and the rest of Rick’s family. May God always be with you. Let’s put together a farewell and thank you bandwagon for Rick Friedman. I am sure Adam and his family would love to know how many friends Rick made and what they thought of the man as their friend and Lakers fan. I am sure we can get Justa or Anna to forward the list to Rick’s son. I know for one that it’s a sad day for the Lakers Blog when we lose one of our finest.
(11) LAKER LASS – RIP RICK FRIEDMAN
(12) FAN OF THE MAMBA -
(13) MARK G - Rick was cool. I've also been wondering where he's been. I'm sorry to hear about his passing.
(14) BRONXLAKERFAN - R.I.P. Rick Friedman...I'm sorry if I missed the news of his passing. Annaotherthing....thanks for sharing that nice story about Mr. Friedman. My condolences to his family.
(15) MAMBA24 – It was an honor and a privilege to know you my brother. You were one of the Great ones my friend and your passing leaves a void in the Nation that will last as long as Laker nation does and that for Eternity. May God bless your family and bless your Soul.
(16) CAPS-GOOGLES (83-79) - I haven't been posting much because I'm dealing with some problems at the moment, but I am saddened beyond words to hear that Rick Friedman has passed. Rick was one of the first ones to greet me on to the blog and was always a good source of information with his post and blog banter. The blog has lost one of it's brightest posters and it's just not going to be the same without him. Rick you will be missed.
(17) IHEARTKB24 - Annanotherthing - PLEASE give my condolences to Rick's family...
(18) MAGIC PHIL - Rick Friedman, I'll miss you, your excellent comments, your excellence... R.I.P. and thanks for all the good advice you throw my way! The Friedman award will live forever. This one was for you, Rick Friedman...
(19) CHICNSTU - RIP Rick. I was asking Justanothermambafan about Rick during the last Live game chat. I was under the impression that Rick was doing better. What a shock! One of our great bloggers will be missed dearly. Thank you Anna. You are a great friend indeed.
(20) HOBBITMAGE - re: Rick Friedman passing. I'm sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family.
(21) MUD - RIP Rick Friedman...
(22) JEFE101 - I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Rick Friedman, obviously one of the true pioneers of this amazing blog - may he rest in peace.
(23) YELLOFEVER - Re: RickFriedman.. I am shocked and saddened. My sympathies to the Friedman family. He will truly be missed. Long live the friedman award!!
(24) ADRIAN PALOMAR -RIP Rick our deepest sympathy and condolence to your family.You will be surely missed in this blogged but in our hearts we will keep your memories forever.Farewell my dear friend...
(25) LROB - I'm saddened to hear about Rick Friedman passing. It's amazing I've never met anyone in person from the blog, yet I feel a sense of community through our mutual love of the Lakers. Rick certainly left his mark on me as a smart and passionate fan. He will be missed. My sympathy and prayers go out to his family and friends. I agree with Laker Tom that it would be a wonderful way to honor Rick Friedman by formally naming the RCOTD after him. Phred also had a good suggestion of a separate thread for comments that could be passed on to his family.
(26) HARIYAHU - I seldom post here anymore, but just wanted to chime in with my heartfelt condolences to the Friedman family and to the Blog crew.
(27) POINT FORWARD - @Rick, sorry for the loss he's in a good place right now.
(28) TOM DANIELS - I had noticed and lamented the absence of Rick Friedman on the blog, but had no idae that he had passed. I am sorry for his friends and family, for whom I sure this is a terrible loss. I'll miss him here. One of the great posters. Smart, level headed. Hell.
(29) HTJ - Rick was a good dude, it's a sad day Lakers gotta win it all now - for Rick
(30) PURPLENGOLDINVEGAS - Sound like rick was to you what truefan was for us. we lost him to cancer as well : truly sorry to hear yalls lost.
(31) DIANDRA - First of all, I didn't have the pleasure of ever getting to know Rick but I want to share my condolences with his family and those who knew him.
(32) BONEZ - R.I.P Rick
(33) PHRED - I just heard. My greatest sympathies and love to Rick Friedman’s family. THE LOVE WILL MISS YOU RICK Thanks Utz. I don’t know, but I think it would have meant a lot to Rick, and I think it will mean a lot to this blog. Well, I guess it is ultimately up to the LA Times and his family, but i don't see how we could not have it called the Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day. if that's not too small a tribute. FCM- Do you think maybe it is possible to get up a Rick Friedman memorial thread of some kind to make it easy to get up a collection of comments from bloggers that his family and friends can see? I see that Jon K and Faith at least are going to try to go to his memorial, it would be great if we could have a huge laker blog bandwagon of love with hundreds of comments that they could take with them.
You know, a list of comments that wasn't about the personality traits and cult of Kobe Bryant.
(34) JOE CORAD - I am saddened by the news of Rick Friedmans passing. My prayers and condolences goes out to his family and his friends. Like many fellow bloggers have posted, he was one of the first few who welcomed me to this site where we could all share the love for the Lakers. It is amazing how the love for something; for a team, can connect many strangers and have some care for one another.
It is unfortunate that we now come to realize that after the passing of a loyal, loving and classy person.
Rest in peace Rick, I have no doubt that you are smiling down from up above.
(35) TIM-4-SHOW - feel pretty bad that I was oh so close to sending Rick an email yesterday. Carpe Diem #24. He wears the number for a reason. The world is a lesser place. But, he's smiling down enjoying the victory.
(36) COMPLEX-BROTHA - OMG I just went thru HELL to be able to log on a leave a quick post to my family here and type a bunch of nonsense .. then I saw Utz's post Re: Rick and my heart literally just broke.. I, like many others, never got the chance to hang out personally with Rick but after years of reading his writings.. I felt like I knew him and he, like many others on this blog.. mean something to ME.. I came to celebrate a good string of games we've put together.. but I'd be a total liar if I tried to pretend im not saddened and hurt by this late news to me...after I log off, I'm gonna give my Bro a toast ( Knob Creek ) but for the record..I'm gonna miss your posts Rick and even tho we never had a Bro hug..I DO consider you my Bro.. R.I.P Rick, Laker4Life !!!!!!!
(37) G. MONEY - Lakerholics, Dude and Dudettes...I'm sadden to hear about the Loss of the Beloved Rick. God Bless the Friedmen Family. RIP my MAN.
(38) FRMKT - Being new to Medina's Blog and sparingly posting comments since last summer, I've always noticed that the RCOTD awards have been affectionately referred to as "The Friedman" or "Friedman Award." It's obvious by the comments posted on the Blog that he was loved and respected. As such, I would like to second "LakerTom's" notion that the RCOTD officially be renamed: The Rick Friedman Award R.I.P. Mr. Friedman
(39) NUGGETS COUNTRY - RIP Rick. ..........btw, how do we know when one of us passes? I'm with LakerTom on the 60 age decade, but I truly have become weary of watching my youthful heros and friends and teammates pass without knowing they were in bad health or danger......... One day at a time folks. One win at a time, also............
(40) MR. LAKER - To Mr. R. Friedman, I am sad for your passing, but I am sure you are cheering for Kobe and the Lakers from the Great Beyond!!! R.I.P.
(41) DICE8UP - RIP Rick. He was one of the original bloggers I met when I got here. If we can request MM to post Rick Friedman's comments as a tribute to him that would be very nice for our Laker Fam blog.
(42) CYBERCOSMIX - How sad to hear that Rick Friedman passed away. In my book there are few 'must-read' posters, he was one of them. If the blog retired names, his banner would be up there with the all-timers. R.I.P. Rick Friedman, I'm sure you're enjoying your birds-eye view, be sure to say hey to Chick for us...
(43) CALIPHILOSOPHER - I just popped on here at the library at LSE, and I am highly saddened to hear that Rick Friedman has passed. I would have loved to attend the memorial, but am unable to since I am so far away right now. Rick was one of the first people to welcome me to the blog (especially since I was unsure at the time how the whole blogging etiquette was supposed to run). I don't know if there is much that I can do to help, or that would be of comfort to the family, but if there is, please do not hesitate to let me know. I'm truly saddened about this. R.I.P. Rick
(44) BRONXLAKERFAN - @Benjamin....Pleas accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your cousin. It's so painful to lose a loved one. My prayers will be with you and your family. It is bloggers like Rick Friedman that made this site what it is. Rick and others set a tone of intelligent, articulate commenting that seperates this site from the vulgar, petty, childish tripe so prevalent on Yahoo and ESPN blogs. He'll truly be missed.
(45) VMAN - Can't believe I was about to ask why R. Friedman hadn't won a Friedman in a while. This community has truly grown into something lasting and rare. I'm always impressed how friendship and the glass half full always wins out around here. The kind of insightful and intelligent writing that Rick cranked out on a regular basis, will be remembered. We were all lucky to have known him. Friedman Award it is!
(46) JOLLY RANCHER - Good bye Rick. May you be in heaven 3 days before the Devil hears of your passing.
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First of all, I'm deeply saddened by the news that Ms. Anna brought up today.

Rest In Peace, Sir Rick Friedman.

Condolences to the Friedman Family. God bless your family.

I had the pleasure of reading some of his posts when I first came to the blog on 2009. And As far as I can recall, I think he & Mamba24 were the firsts to welcome me here. This is indeed a sad day in Lakerdom.

LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Way to go Lakeshow! Very nice win!

Now, rest up and be ready for the home stretch.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

@JOVBATZ44, Good Morning my brother! I guess after Miamis 30 point blow-out of The Spurs, The Lakers Loss to Miami does not look all the bad after all!! LOL!

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A GIANT HAS PASSED – THE LAKER NATION WEEPS ON THE PASSING OF ONE OF THE GREAT LAKERHOLICS OF ALL TIIME - RICK FRIEDMAN – LAKER NATION GRIEVES AND SALUTES YOU RICK , YOU WERE OUR BIGHT AND SHINING STAR. OUR LOSS IS HEAVENS GAIN. RICK FRIEDMAN...RIP SIR - BANDWAGON
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FROM MM: I'm passing this note from Rick's family....
As my father wanted...we are holding a very casual memorial celebration at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Blvd. in W. Hollywood this Thursday 3/17 (also St. Patty's Day for those who wish to really party) from 6 pm to 9 pm in the upstairs room. It will be a cash bar, but we will provide light appetizers so I would appreciate it you would RSVP at adam@advancedathletics.com so that I could get a head count. All are invited to share with the group who Rick was to them in their lives beginning at 7 pm. Thank you very much!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUDVj7qPqRE – IHARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY
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(01) MARK MEDINA – BLOG GOD - I had been in touch with Rick's cousin recently and I'm saddened that he passed. I appreciate his presence and his dealings with me and made it a great joy to interact with on a daily basis. I don't want to get too specific out of respect for their privacy, but I am in discussions with his cousin on what he can do to honor what he meant to this community. I'll share more once I know from them
(02) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - pour a lil somethin from the Mighty Goblet of Champions for our brother Rick Friedman who ain't here in body but ever present in spirit. I will don the Chaplain robe one last time tomorrow and grant him a proper eulogy when MM creates the official Rick Friedman Memorial Thread. Rest In Peace, Brother Rick.
(03) BENJAMIN – FAMILY - bronx, You didn't miss it. He was still with us on Saturday so he just (mercifully) passed. Rick is my cousin and it's really a further testament to what a hell of a guy he is that he endeared himself so much to the people of this blog just like to the people in his life. I notiched a Rick Friedman appear here a few years ago when I stopped posting as obsessively and after a bit shot an e-mail to him because I thought it was him. It was kind of fun to get a little closer to him via cyberspace and mutual Lakers fandom. I'll have more to say later, but it really is a loss for everyone. He was a neat guy with a lot of positive energy to share.
(04) ANNANOTHERTHING – OWNER - Hi all, It's been a while. I wanted to share an except from an email I sent to Adam Friedman on his dad's (our friend and blog regular Rick Friedman) passing. "I “met” Rick through the LA Times Lakers Blog a few years ago now, which led to Facebook friendship and we eventually met in person in December of 2009 when I was holidaying in LA. Rick and I went to a sports bar in Hollywood to watch the Lakers play the Pistons, he introduced me to sweet potato fries and we talked about all sorts of things, from work to our love lives, the nature of friendship, music and of course the Lakers. The game was a blow out, so we sat and ate and talked and talked and talked. As I’m sure you know, your Rick was a great conversationalist. Over the past few years, Rick has provided me with great advice, was a comfort, and despite being 9000 miles away could always pick me up when I was feeling down. I was looking forward to seeing him again on my visit to LA next month. Instead I will head to the Rainbow Bar & Grill and raise a glass in his honour. " Rest in peace my friend.


(53) JOVBATZ44 - First of all, I'm deeply saddened by the news that Ms. Anna brought up today. Rest In Peace, Sir Rick Friedman. Condolences to the Friedman Family. God bless your family. I had the pleasure of reading some of his posts when I first came to the blog on 2009. And As far as I can recall, I think he & Mamba24 were the firsts to welcome me here. This is indeed a sad day in Lakerdom.
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@JOVBATZ44, Good Morning my brother! I guess after Miamis 30 point blow-out of The Spurs, The Lakers Loss to Miami does not look all the bad after all!! LOL!

Posted by: mamba24 | March 15, 2011 at 05:57 AM
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Yes, brutal beating indeed. I've always thought the Spurs does not pose a threat, even though they lead the league in Wins, I feel that they are a much weaker Spurs team compared to the previous years. Yes, we lost to the Heat although we all know that that game didn't count cause we lost.LOL!

BTW, get that straight brother, I am wearing the number 24. I guess I'll be keeping this till we win the Championship in June!! To pay tribute to the most under-appreciated player of all time.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

53) Condolences to Rick's family on his untimely passing.

BTW, get that straight brother, I am wearing the number 24. I guess I'll be keeping this till we win the Championship in June!! To pay tribute to the most under-appreciated player of all time.Posted by: JovBATZ24 | March 15, 2011 at 06:11 AM
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Now you know all I can say to that is...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! Wear it on! LOL!!!


Gotta do this DJ LRob style.

This song goes to Sir Rick Friedman(RIP), Friedman Family and my Lakers Fam.

WALK ON
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwKEdFoUB0o


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Now you know all I can say to that is...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! Wear it on! LOL!!!

Posted by: mamba24
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I guess you'll be forced to adapt me as honorary member of the Mamba Clan!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

@JovBatz24, Great song and very appropriate sir...You done DJ LRob proud!!
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(04) ANNANOTHERTHING – OWNER - Hi all, It's been a while. I wanted to share an except from an email I sent to Adam Friedman on his dad's (our friend and blog regular Rick Friedman) passing. "I “met” Rick through the LA Times Lakers Blog a few years ago now, which led to Facebook friendship and we eventually met in person in December of 2009 when I was holidaying in LA. Rick and I went to a sports bar in Hollywood to watch the Lakers play the Pistons, he introduced me to sweet potato fries and we talked about all sorts of things, from work to our love lives, the nature of friendship, music and of course the Lakers. The game was a blow out, so we sat and ate and talked and talked and talked. As I’m sure you know, your Rick was a great conversationalist. Over the past few years, Rick has provided me with great advice, was a comfort, and despite being 9000 miles away could always pick me up when I was feeling down. I was looking forward to seeing him again on my visit to LA next month. Instead I will head to the Rainbow Bar & Grill and raise a glass in his honour. Rest in peace my friend.


(53) JOVBATZ24 - First of all, I'm deeply saddened by the news that Ms. Anna brought up today. Rest In Peace, Sir Rick Friedman. Condolences to the Friedman Family. God bless your family. I had the pleasure of reading some of his posts when I first came to the blog on 2009. And As far as I can recall, I think he & Mamba24 were the firsts to welcome me here. This is indeed a sad day in Lakerdom . This song goes to Sir Rick Friedman(RIP), Friedman Family and my Lakers Fam. WALK ON http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwKEdFoUB0o
(54) DOC4daLakeShow - Condolences to Rick's family on his untimely passing.

I guess you'll be forced to adopt me as honorary member of the Mamba Clan! Posted by: JovBATZ24 | March 15, 2011 at 06:29 AM
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Forced to adopt? FORCED TO ADOPT?? My brother you know you have had a standing invitation as long as you have been on here to join the Mamba Clan!! Welcome aboard!! LOL!

The first quarter was SPECTACULAR for Mr. Andrew Bynum. SPECTACULAR!

Forced to adopt? FORCED TO ADOPT?? My brother you know you have had a standing invitation as long as you have been on here to join the Mamba Clan!! Welcome aboard!! LOL!

Posted by: mamba24 | March 15, 2011 at 06:35 AM
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Thanks for adopting me, Brother! So, where's my room? LOL!

RE: WALK ON, I'm glad you liked it. It's the least I could do to pay homage to a fellow Lakerholic.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Desde una isla del Mediterraneo quiero mandar mi más sentido pésame a la familia de Rick Friedman y un abrazo a todos los foreros que con esa pérdida se sientan un poco huérfanos. RIP Rick.

Thanks for adopting me, Brother! So, where's my room? LOL!Posted by: JovBATZ24 | March 15, 2011 at 06:44 AM
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Room? ROOM?? You are a member of Lakers Nation sir, the Greatest Nation on Earth. A subset of that Nation is the Mamba Clan. The World, THE WORLD I say is ours!!! Choose any room you like!! LOL!

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(04) ANNANOTHERTHING – OWNER - Hi all, It's been a while. I wanted to share an except from an email I sent to Adam Friedman on his dad's (our friend and blog regular Rick Friedman) passing. "I “met” Rick through the LA Times Lakers Blog a few years ago now, which led to Facebook friendship and we eventually met in person in December of 2009 when I was holidaying in LA. Rick and I went to a sports bar in Hollywood to watch the Lakers play the Pistons, he introduced me to sweet potato fries and we talked about all sorts of things, from work to our love lives, the nature of friendship, music and of course the Lakers. The game was a blow out, so we sat and ate and talked and talked and talked. As I’m sure you know, your Rick was a great conversationalist. Over the past few years, Rick has provided me with great advice, was a comfort, and despite being 9000 miles away could always pick me up when I was feeling down. I was looking forward to seeing him again on my visit to LA next month. Instead I will head to the Rainbow Bar & Grill and raise a glass in his honour. Rest in peace my friend.


(55) KARMANIAC - Desde una isla del Mediterraneo quiero mandar mi más sentido pésame a la familia de Rick Friedman y un abrazo a todos los foreros que con esa pérdida se sientan un poco huérfanos. RIP Rick.

The first quarter was SPECTACULAR for Mr. Andrew Bynum. SPECTACULAR! Posted by: hobbitmage | March 15, 2011 at 06:39 AM
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Yes, Yes I agree and therefore.....

My condolences go out to the Rick Friedman family...He was a big part of the Laker Nation and he will be missed.
@Mamba24... With all the elation of our Lakers winning it is nice of you to remember Rick as only you know how!
@Laker Tom... What a game by "THE BEAST" 18 rebound' s 10 pts and what 3 blocks? If he stays healthy he will be one of our Laker greats! The whole team is focused and ready for the finish line. Let's all keep Japan in our prayers.

Hi Larry - thanks so much for adding me as shotgun to Rick F.'s bandwagon.

I have been at the BNP Paribas Tennis tourney since last week with not much time to post.

I will share more when MM's post is published. In the meantime, I am so sad and not so psyched.

PLG

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Yes, Yes I agree and therefore.....Posted by: mamba24
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YES, KUDOS TO DREW! Keep 'em coming and I pray that you stay healthy!


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PRAY OR THINK GOOD THOUGHTS FOR THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN - BANDWAGON
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(01)LROB - OWNER - My selection today goes out to all our brothers and sisters
in Japan...Kirk Franklin (with Bono, Mary J, Crystal Lewis and R. Kelly) - Lean on Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXBKaOkmQhw
(02) EDWIN GUECO – CO/OWNER - After a day of respite on my part from posting in honor of our Japanese brothers and sisters who perished last Friday, I'm getting back to usual self. I hope the Lakers Blog nation will pray for the safety of our fellow blogger, T. Sensei and his family. Trying to assess this natural calamity and comparing it to our worries in the Lakers Blog, the latter is so tiny under the great scheme of things. This kind of problem could happen to us in SoCal or in the on cities alongthe western seaboard of US. If such thing occur, how can we (residents in the Ring of Fire) exercise passion in the midst of destruction? It is beyond comparison, isn't it? I chose the lesser path of passion which is silence even just for a day as we share our grief on their sullen faces in desperate search for more survivors, our fellow residents on the other side of the world.Therefore, our concerns and debates nowadays are somewhat misplaced and meaningless based on values and priorities of things. LRob, nice video of Lean On Me for our Japanese fellow residents who have been the recent victims in the Ring Of Fire. It refers also to New Zealanders, Indonesians, Haitians and Mexicans who also had earthquakes lately. I hope and pray that we hold on here in the West Coast. I hope not. What good would it be to be a passionate Laker fan in the midst of death and destruction? I think we should learn to count our blessings in this blog, it is not all about winning or losing a Championship, but being alive and happy with your family.
(03) PRACTICE SEASON POLICE CO/OWNER - Goodmorning, Police here; First and most important, let us keep our Japanese brothers and sisters in our thoughts and prayers!
(04) PHRED – CO/OWNER – I would like to express hopes and concerns and support for the people of Japan right now, who just took a serious natural disaster. I offer condolences to everybody who lost family members and friends and thoughts and concern for everybody else.
(05) LAKERTOM – DRIVER - All I could think about when I first heard the news and watched the reports is how this could easily have been California. There but for fortune go you and I.
(06) MS – CODRIVER - stay strong Japan (& Lakers): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkvXu6AGqjs
(07) BRONXLAKERFAN - My heart and prayers go out to all the people impacted worldwide by the devastating earthquake in Japan and the ensuing tsunami. It will certainly affect our friends in Laker Nation in the Phillipines, Asia, Hawaii and along the West Coast. Real world events certainly put a loss in a basketball game into its proper perspective.
(08) JON K - 8. I'd write more by what is happening in Japan is amazing me.
(09) PUTRID - What a turmoil.disastrous. Pray for japan. Japan is my favorite country.. Great nation. Great people.
(10) POINT FORWARD - As I write this our hearts and prayers are with our Japanese brothers and sisters. I may not know them by name they don't know me but I will be praying for them. One of the worst disasters I've seen.
(11) JOE CORAD - My prayers go to Japan and the citizens.
(12) MAMBA24 – May God’s Love and Blessing flow down to the people of Japan and uplift them in their hour of need.
(13) FAN OF THE MAMBA
(14) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN
(15) LAKERLASS
(16) NEWMEXICOLL - Let's all keep Japan in our prayers.
(17) D(ERICK) J(ETER)
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I have been at the BNP Paribas Tennis tourney since last week with not much time to post. I will share more when MM's post is published. In the meantime, I am so sad and not so psyched.Posted by: PsychedLakerGirl | March 15, 2011 at 07:08 AM
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Good morning Psyched. Yes I think most of Laker Nation is sad and not so Psyched. After a huge Laker win and a blowout of San Antonio by Miami, for the state of Laker Nation to be this way only gives testament to the greatness and bond we all feel towards Rick.

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(04) ANNANOTHERTHING – OWNER …….

(07) PSYCHEDLAKERGRL – CO/OWNER - I am so sad and not so psyched. I will share more when MM's post is published.


(55) KARMANIAC - Desde una isla del Mediterraneo quiero mandar mi más sentido pésame a la familia de Rick Friedman y un abrazo a todos los foreros que con esa pérdida se sientan un poco huérfanos. RIP Rick.
(56) NEWMEXICOLL - My condolences go out to the Rick Friedman family...He was a big part of the Laker Nation and he will be missed.

Good Morning NewMexicoLL! Yes Great win, Great performance by Andrew The Beast and very Sad times.

(49) DON’T BLAME DEL HARRIS!: As stated in the RC last night...

Rick Friedman, I SALUTE YOU, sir. R.I.P. brother.

*lump in throat*


[dbdh]

A good site for making decisions credit cards

R.I.P., RICK, we'll miss you!

Against the Magic, all of our Lakers players are +, on the +/- section of the Boxscores. Pretty cool!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!


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(04) ANNANOTHERTHING – OWNER …….

(07) PSYCHEDLAKERGRL – CO/OWNER - I am so sad and not so psyched. I will share more when MM's post is published.


(49) DON’T BLAME DEL HARRIS - Rick Friedman, I SALUTE YOU, sir. R.I.P. brother. *lump in throat*

(56) NEWMEXICOLL - My condolences go out to the Rick Friedman family...He was a big part of the Laker Nation and he will be missed.
(57)LAKESHOWINPHX - R.I.P., RICK, we'll miss you!


RIP Rick F.
go lakers :(

drew is longggggg. i like the way he chases rebounds now. reference 3rd quarter brick, where dwight had drew boxed out. drew tips ball towards backboard (he's behind dwight). no foul. drew realizes it will miss iron. drew follows shot on other side of rim. drew for putback. and 1.

i think he has to use his backside more when he gets offensive touches in the post.

i still think kobe shoulda taken the day off. i also can't believe he abused himself. MM, that was not a smack. when you're talking to yourself and you mutter, err, scream "COME ON MOTHA******** COME ON," you don't necessarily smack yourself. you kinda abuse yourself. that was an intense moment. it's rare times where we see kobe struggle on the offensive end, so he has to make up for work on the defensive end -- and get seriously intense about it. that was really good to watch.

GG TIME TO REST. BALLIN!

Although I didn't know him and saw only a couple of posts of his, it saddens me to hear of the passing of someone who meant so much to so many people. A random ranting of mine was put up as the RCOTD and someone said congratulations on the Friedman. I asked why it was called a Friedman and was told it was because he had won it so many times. It would be nice to officially call it The Friedman in his memory.

When I lived in LA (moved to VT in 88), I loved to hang out at the Rainbow. I knew someone who knew someone, so we would always get the best table and full run of the place. I was going to MI and playing in a few local bands – long island ice teas were the drink of choice, hot babes in spandex, really, really long hair, leather jackets, motorcycles, and the hot California sun… ;-) No, I don’t have cabin fever. .. Spring is coming!!!

Drew dominated, Pau and Lamar smothered and Dwight had 9 turnovers! He padded his numbers at the end after the game was decided. Dwight’s arms may be slightly bigger, but Drew is just plain bigger and he has a bigger heart. Also, he is becoming a man. He is looking fierce in there. I am very proud of Drew for pretty much keeping up his intensity since the all star break. If this is the Drew we get from here out, I really can’t imagine us losing to anyone in a seven game series. Boston? No. Miami? No. Spurs? No. Oklahoma? No. Chicago? No. Dallas? Not.

Lamar was once again fantastic. Fish said to his buddy Kobe, “don’t worry man, I got your back.” Kobe limped around for the first half (and missed 8 shots), but came out in the third quarter, kicked some ass and gave us the lead.

The B’s are like two different teams - The Road B’s and the Home B’s. The Home B’s were very, very good in the second half last night. They were all 0 for whatever in the first half. I can just imagine what Phil said to them at half time… ;-) Whatever it was, it worked. Drew, Lamar, Steve, Matt, and Shannon took over, end of story, put it in the refrigerator! It was up to them. If they faltered and let the Magic back in the game, Kobe would have had to come out and try to be the hero on a bum ankle. Instead, they played some great defense and hit a bunch of key three’s. They were outstanding. I won’t start using the word “killer” or anything… Steve didn’t shoot. Shannon was 2 for 10… ;-) Hopefully, the Home B’s will help us win a bunch more over the next few weeks. I will be watching because…

I am a Lakerholic.

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(04) ANNANOTHERTHING – OWNER...


(58) MAGIA32 - RIP Rick F. go lakers :(
(59) LAKERHOLIC - Although I didn't know him and saw only a couple of posts of his, it saddens me to hear of the passing of someone who meant so much to so many people. A random ranting of mine was put up as the RCOTD and someone said congratulations on the Friedman. I asked why it was called a Friedman and was told it was because he had won it so many times. It would be nice to officially call it The Friedman in his memory.

There are a handful of posters on this blog that I often wonder what their take on the Lakers issues of the day will or would be. Rick Friedman is one of those in that handful.

YOUR INSIGHT IS DEEPLY MISSED RICK FRIEDMAN!

My condolences to your family and friends. As I am sure that your loss is far greater than our loss. And our loss as members of this blog is great. We should all strive to carry his example.

Mamba24, today is for mourning. Tomorrow and beyond is for carrying on his tradition. And so, my suggestion is to start a "RICK FRIEDMAN COMMENT OF THE DAY BANDWAGON" tomorrow containing snippets of his previous posts instead of our commentary...

R.I.P. Rick, i feel the sadness in the postings. he not be forgotten within laker nation

today is for mourning. Tomorrow and beyond is for carrying on his tradition. And so, my suggestion is to start a "RICK FRIEDMAN COMMENT OF THE DAY BANDWAGON" tomorrow containing snippets of his previous posts instead of our commentary...
Posted by: The Triangulator | March 15, 2011 at 08:16 AM
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Beautiful sentiments and I think it would only be appropriate and so I'll say it..
LET IT BE SAID!
LET IT BE WRITTEN!!
LET IT BE DONE!!!
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(04) ANNANOTHERTHING – ….


(60) THE TRIAGULATOR - There are a handful of posters on this blog that I often wonder what their take on the Lakers issues of the day will or would be. Rick Friedman is one of those in that handful. YOUR INSIGHT IS DEEPLY MISSED RICK FRIEDMAN! My condolences to your family and friends. As I am sure that your loss is far greater than our loss. And our loss as members of this blog is great. We should all strive to carry his example. Today is for mourning. Tomorrow and beyond is for carrying on his tradition. And so, my suggestion is to start a "RICK FRIEDMAN COMMENT OF THE DAY BANDWAGON" tomorrow containing snippets of his previous posts instead of our commentary...


As for the game last night (which was a great statement game by Drew and the Lakers as a team), I was watching the BSPN feed. There's just something abut Joel Meyers (as was the case with Paul Sunderland) that fuels my need to watch other feeds when they are available--1) they're NOT Chick Hearn, 2) neither played basketball, but talk their heads off on their "insight" on the game, 3) they're NOT Chick Hearn, 4) Meyers (as with Sunderland) mistate the game calls fairly often, and 5) did I mention, THEY'RE NOT CHICK HEARN!!!!

Back to the BSPN feed, they showed a shot of Howard standing straight legged in front of Pau. Pau looked at least 3 inches taller than Dwight. Later, they showed a shot of Howard standing next to Drew. Drew's legs were bent and Dwight's were straight. And yet, Drew still looked at least 2-3 inches taller.

The NBA lists Dwight at 6'11" and both Drew and Pau at 7'0". It seems that if Dwight is 6'11", then Drew and Pau are closer to 7'2"...

And as Previously Stated, I WOULDN'T TRADE DREW PERIOD!!!

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

What a dope I've been! How is it that I hadn't noticed that Rick F., the MIGHTY Rick Friedman had passed? The shame...

When I first came to this blog several years ago, Rick welcomed me, sparred with me, agreed with me and even consoled me right here publicly when I was going through a rough patch myself. He inspired me to keep writing here and told me that he liked what I said and that I was one of the posters that he thought as a "must read". Can you imagine being so complimented by a Blog Legend?

He gave that to me. I don't even know h0w to return that favor, now the opportunity is lost.

Man, was he smart and articulate. He was passionate and knowledgeable. But, by far, his best attribute was loyalty. His friends were sacrosanct in his mind. When he befriended you, you felt important and unique. He remembered stuff about people, letting them know he cared. He did this without ever being able to see the person on the other side.

Rick is a -- was a truly remarkable human being.

Rick was especially loyal to D Fish. I think Fish's recent run of stellar play is an unintentional homage to Rick. Rick deserves it.

MM, you need to make Rick Friedman our inaugural Blog HOF member (as Cybercomix suggested) and rename the RCOTD after him (Like Tom suggested). Do these things with alacrity.

Rest In Peace Rick Friedman. I appreciate you. I miss you.

--FEARless

My thoughts and wishes go out to Rick's family. I didn't know him long, but he was the real McCoy. He'll be missed.

I didnt know him personally,but sometimes we have to pay homage to the dead,its out of respect for each individual persons and the ottermost respect for life,God Bless and peace to his family.

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>++ RICK FRIEDMAN DAY BABYYYYY__THIS ROLL CALLS FOR YOU RICK!!_TRULY!!!
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FROM MM: I'm passing this note from Rick's family....
As my father wanted...we are holding a very casual memorial celebration at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Blvd. in W. Hollywood this Thursday 3/17 (also St. Patty's Day for those who wish to really party) from 6 pm to 9 pm in the upstairs room. It will be a cash bar, but we will provide light appetizers so I would appreciate it you would RSVP at adam@advancedathletics.com so that I could get a head count. All are invited to share with the group who Rick was to them in their lives beginning at 7 pm. Thank you very much!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUDVj7qPqRE – Goodbye to Yesterday – G.C. Cameron
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwKEdFoUB0o – Walk On – U2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyEvsH4_ySU – Broke Down Palace _ Gateful Dead
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Roll Call: LAKERS NATION & BLOG The Greatest Team, Nation & Blog In Creation!
Roll Call: Dr. JERRY BUSS - HOF & THE GREATEST & BEST OWNER…IN BUSS WE TRUST!!
Roll Call: JEANNIE BUSS & JIM BUSS, OUTSTANDING JOBS BY YOU BOTH!!! KUDOS!!
Roll Call: PHIL(11RINGS) JACKSON – GREATEST COACH OF ALL TIME & HOF COACH!!
Roll Call: KOBE BRYANT, BASKETBALL GOD SUPREME. G.O.A.T PERIOD_ NO DEBATE!!!
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Roll Call: MARK Medina(Blog God) DAN Loumena(Blog God) ZAIRA Amaterasu(Blog Goddess)
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Roll Call: JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN(Head Of The Mamba Clan) Use your Powers Wisely
Roll Call: LAKER LASS Whose SMILE dispels the DARKNESS and Brings Forth THE LIGHT
Roll Call: FAITH(BLOG QUEEN & Minisiter of DEFENSE) LAKERGURL( The ONE & ONLY),
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(01) MARK MEDINA – BLOG GOD - I had been in touch with Rick's cousin recently and I'm saddened that he passed. I appreciate his presence and his dealings with me and made it a great joy to interact with on a daily basis. I don't want to get too specific out of respect for their privacy, but I am in discussions with his cousin on what he can do to honor what he meant to this community. I'll share more once I know from them
(02) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - pour a lil somethin from the Mighty Goblet of Champions for our brother Rick Friedman who ain't here in body but ever present in spirit. I will don the Chaplain robe one last time tomorrow and grant him a proper eulogy when MM creates the official Rick Friedman Memorial Thread. Rest In Peace, Brother Rick.
(03) BENJAMIN – FAMILY - bronx, You didn't miss it. He was still with us on Saturday so he just (mercifully) passed. Rick is my cousin and it's really a further testament to what a hell of a guy he is that he endeared himself so much to the people of this blog just like to the people in his life. I notiched a Rick Friedman appear here a few years ago when I stopped posting as obsessively and after a bit shot an e-mail to him because I thought it was him. It was kind of fun to get a little closer to him via cyberspace and mutual Lakers fandom. I'll have more to say later, but it really is a loss for everyone. He was a neat guy with a lot of positive energy to share.
(04) ANNANOTHERTHING – OWNER - Hi all, It's been a while. I wanted to share an except from an email I sent to Adam Friedman on his dad's (our friend and blog regular Rick Friedman) passing. "I “met” Rick through the LA Times Lakers Blog a few years ago now, which led to Facebook friendship and we eventually met in person in December of 2009 when I was holidaying in LA. Rick and I went to a sports bar in Hollywood to watch the Lakers play the Pistons, he introduced me to sweet potato fries and we talked about all sorts of things, from work to our love lives, the nature of friendship, music and of course the Lakers. The game was a blow out, so we sat and ate and talked and talked and talked. As I’m sure you know, your Rick was a great conversationalist. Over the past few years, Rick has provided me with great advice, was a comfort, and despite being 9000 miles away could always pick me up when I was feeling down. I was looking forward to seeing him again on my visit to LA next month. Instead I will head to the Rainbow Bar & Grill and raise a glass in his honour. " Rest in peace my friend.
(05) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – CO/OWNER - Anna - I also consider myself a friend to Rick. I'd sent him an email not too long ago wanting an update on how he was doing, since I know he was still going through it. I didn't hear back and was just going to send another one today.... I'm heartbroken. Rick was a sweetie and one hell of a knowledgeable Laker fan of course. I'm so very upset I never got the chance to meet him in person, although I spoke with him on the phone several times. He was always upbeat even though he had been going through a lot for awhile now. When he originally got ill, I sent him snippets every day of the "Get well Rick" bandwagon that the blog had going, and I can tell everyone that he loved it, and was always so appreciative. Anna - please let Adam know that I also will be grieving for his dad, and send my love and deepest sympathy. The last time I spoke with Rick, he had been doing better.... I'm also shocked and saddened. This truly is a dark day for many of us.
(06) FAITH – CO/OWNER - Rick Friedman was a class act, one that I'm proud to have been a blog vet with. We will miss him and all that he brings to the table as laker family. Rest in peace Rick, we will always remember our times together, from the championship parades and game night live blogs. I'm going to try to go to his memorial, and if I can I'll print out all your comments and give them to his family. I don't know how much comfort it will be but I know they'll appreciate that we remembered and cared about Rick.
(07) PSYCHEDLAKERGRL – CO/OWNER - I am so sad and not so psyched. I will share more when MM's post is published.
(08) EDWIN GUECO – DRIVER - So sad to hear of Rick Friedman's passing.....I will pray for the repose of his soul. I wondered why he was no longer posting? I asked Justa several times about Rick, I thought she was just ignoring my posts. It was Anna who delivered the sad news. Please extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Friedman family for having Rick here in this blog. As Faith said, he is a class act and a very independent poster except for his favorite, Jordan Farmar. Nonetheless, when Lakers did not sign JF, Rick was calm and embraced the new the replacements. I missed the opportunity of meeting him in the last two parades, didn't expect that was my last chance. In his memory, I hope MM could compose a summary of Rick's posts. He is the first active blogger whom we know, died in the blog, I'm sure there were others nobody just informed us. Thanks again Annaotherthing. To all Laker players Kobe, Pau, Socks, Derek, Lamar, Steve, Matt, Shannon, Luke and others as well as to the Coaches & F/O: I don't know whether you guys are keeping up with this blog, we just lost a dear blogger by the name of Rick F. I hope you will play tonight with great resolve and high energy to win this game in honor of our fellow blogger. It may be a childish wish from a senior fan to request a personal favor. I don't mind at all. Our endearing passion knows no boundaries express your success 24/7 in this blog till death do us part like Rick Friedman and Chickie-baby. I hope you'd grant a simple request.
(09) JOHN K. – RIDIING SHOTGUN2 Annanotherthing, Thanks for sharing. I must have had my head in the sand, but I was somehow unaware of Rick's passing. Instead I've been wondering "Where's Rick?" Yeah...I'd like to say something poetic right now but it escapes me. I'll miss him. I'm consumed by a sense of emptiness right now. Rick was one of the originals and one of the best. I feel like anything I type will sound trite right now. Laker Nation just lost a good man.
(10) LAKER TOM – RIDING SHOTGUN3 -ANNAANOTHERTHING... Thank for your sharing the news about Rick. I have to say I was worried that his health might be failing him as he rarely posted and wasn’t his usual cheery self when he did post. I will pray for him to be watching us win again from his purple and gold throne in Lakers heaven. I would like to suggest to MM that he formally now name the RCOD as the Rick Friedman award. What better way to remind us all of what a great friend and fan Rick was. The news probably hits the older posters on the blog harder because it speaks so strongly of the mortality that all of us have to face eventually. I wonder what happened to our good friend KobeBlitz and hope that he is doing well. At 65, I’ve outlived many friends and stopped reading the obits long ago for fear of reading bad news. If anything, this should be a stark reminder to all of us that everything must end sometime. So relish the fact that we’ve won 16 NBA championships and are poised to win our 17th and third in a row. Don’t take our good fortune and high standing for granted. Most importantly, don’t take the cherished relationships you’ve developed on this blog for granted. Many of us have gone beyond being just virtual friends to being real friends. Rest in peace, Rick. We loved and shared too much with you to ever forget or regret. Our most sincere condolences to Adam and the rest of Rick’s family. May God always be with you. Let’s put together a farewell and thank you bandwagon for Rick Friedman. I am sure Adam and his family would love to know how many friends Rick made and what they thought of the man as their friend and Lakers fan. I am sure we can get Justa or Anna to forward the list to Rick’s son. I know for one that it’s a sad day for the Lakers Blog when we lose one of our finest.
(11) LAKER LASS – RIP RICK FRIEDMAN
(12) FAN OF THE MAMBA -
(13) MARK G - Rick was cool. I've also been wondering where he's been. I'm sorry to hear about his passing.
(14) BRONXLAKERFAN - R.I.P. Rick Friedman...I'm sorry if I missed the news of his passing. Annaotherthing....thanks for sharing that nice story about Mr. Friedman. My condolences to his family.
(15) MAMBA24 – It was an honor and a privilege to know you my brother. You were one of the Great ones my friend and your passing leaves a void in the Nation that will last as long as Laker nation does and that for Eternity. May God bless your family and bless your Soul.
(16) CAPS-GOOGLES (83-79) - I haven't been posting much because I'm dealing with some problems at the moment, but I am saddened beyond words to hear that Rick Friedman has passed. Rick was one of the first ones to greet me on to the blog and was always a good source of information with his post and blog banter. The blog has lost one of it's brightest posters and it's just not going to be the same without him. Rick you will be missed.
(17) IHEARTKB24 - Annanotherthing - PLEASE give my condolences to Rick's family...
(18) MAGIC PHIL - Rick Friedman, I'll miss you, your excellent comments, your excellence... R.I.P. and thanks for all the good advice you throw my way! The Friedman award will live forever. This one was for you, Rick Friedman...
(19) CHICNSTU - RIP Rick. I was asking Justanothermambafan about Rick during the last Live game chat. I was under the impression that Rick was doing better. What a shock! One of our great bloggers will be missed dearly. Thank you Anna. You are a great friend indeed.
(20) HOBBITMAGE - re: Rick Friedman passing. I'm sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family.
(21) MUD - RIP Rick Friedman...
(22) JEFE101 - I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Rick Friedman, obviously one of the true pioneers of this amazing blog - may he rest in peace.
(23) YELLOFEVER - Re: RickFriedman.. I am shocked and saddened. My sympathies to the Friedman family. He will truly be missed. Long live the friedman award!!
(24) ADRIAN PALOMAR -RIP Rick our deepest sympathy and condolence to your family.You will be surely missed in this blogged but in our hearts we will keep your memories forever.Farewell my dear friend...
(25) LROB - I'm saddened to hear about Rick Friedman passing. It's amazing I've never met anyone in person from the blog, yet I feel a sense of community through our mutual love of the Lakers. Rick certainly left his mark on me as a smart and passionate fan. He will be missed. My sympathy and prayers go out to his family and friends. I agree with Laker Tom that it would be a wonderful way to honor Rick Friedman by formally naming the RCOTD after him. Phred also had a good suggestion of a separate thread for comments that could be passed on to his family.
(26) HARIYAHU - I seldom post here anymore, but just wanted to chime in with my heartfelt condolences to the Friedman family and to the Blog crew.
(27) POINT FORWARD - @Rick, sorry for the loss he's in a good place right now.
(28) TOM DANIELS - I had noticed and lamented the absence of Rick Friedman on the blog, but had no idae that he had passed. I am sorry for his friends and family, for whom I sure this is a terrible loss. I'll miss him here. One of the great posters. Smart, level headed. Hell.
(29) HTJ - Rick was a good dude, it's a sad day Lakers gotta win it all now - for Rick
(30) PURPLENGOLDINVEGAS - Sound like rick was to you what truefan was for us. we lost him to cancer as well : truly sorry to hear yalls lost.
(31) DIANDRA - First of all, I didn't have the pleasure of ever getting to know Rick but I want to share my condolences with his family and those who knew him.
(32) BONEZ - R.I.P Rick
(33) PHRED - I just heard. My greatest sympathies and love to Rick Friedman’s family. THE LOVE WILL MISS YOU RICK Thanks Utz. I don’t know, but I think it would have meant a lot to Rick, and I think it will mean a lot to this blog. Well, I guess it is ultimately up to the LA Times and his family, but i don't see how we could not have it called the Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day. if that's not too small a tribute. FCM- Do you think maybe it is possible to get up a Rick Friedman memorial thread of some kind to make it easy to get up a collection of comments from bloggers that his family and friends can see? I see that Jon K and Faith at least are going to try to go to his memorial, it would be great if we could have a huge laker blog bandwagon of love with hundreds of comments that they could take with them.
You know, a list of comments that wasn't about the personality traits and cult of Kobe Bryant.
(34) JOE CORAD - I am saddened by the news of Rick Friedmans passing. My prayers and condolences goes out to his family and his friends. Like many fellow bloggers have posted, he was one of the first few who welcomed me to this site where we could all share the love for the Lakers. It is amazing how the love for something; for a team, can connect many strangers and have some care for one another. It is unfortunate that we now come to realize that after the passing of a loyal, loving and classy person. Rest in peace Rick, I have no doubt that you are smiling down from up above.
(35) TIM-4-SHOW - feel pretty bad that I was oh so close to sending Rick an email yesterday. Carpe Diem #24. He wears the number for a reason. The world is a lesser place. But, he's smiling down enjoying the victory.
(36) COMPLEX-BROTHA - OMG I just went thru HELL to be able to log on a leave a quick post to my family here and type a bunch of nonsense .. then I saw Utz's post Re: Rick and my heart literally just broke.. I, like many others, never got the chance to hang out personally with Rick but after years of reading his writings.. I felt like I knew him and he, like many others on this blog.. mean something to ME.. I came to celebrate a good string of games we've put together.. but I'd be a total liar if I tried to pretend im not saddened and hurt by this late news to me...after I log off, I'm gonna give my Bro a toast ( Knob Creek ) but for the record..I'm gonna miss your posts Rick and even tho we never had a Bro hug..I DO consider you my Bro.. R.I.P Rick, Laker4Life !!!!!!!
(37) G. MONEY - Lakerholics, Dude and Dudettes...I'm sadden to hear about the Loss of the Beloved Rick. God Bless the Friedmen Family. RIP my MAN.
(38) FRMKT - Being new to Medina's Blog and sparingly posting comments since last summer, I've always noticed that the RCOTD awards have been affectionately referred to as "The Friedman" or "Friedman Award." It's obvious by the comments posted on the Blog that he was loved and respected. As such, I would like to second "LakerTom's" notion that the RCOTD officially be renamed: The Rick Friedman Award R.I.P. Mr. Friedman
(39) NUGGETS COUNTRY - RIP Rick. ..........btw, how do we know when one of us passes? I'm with LakerTom on the 60 age decade, but I truly have become weary of watching my youthful heros and friends and teammates pass without knowing they were in bad health or danger......... One day at a time folks. One win at a time, also............
(40) MR. LAKER - To Mr. R. Friedman, I am sad for your passing, but I am sure you are cheering for Kobe and the Lakers from the Great Beyond!!! R.I.P.
(41) DICE8UP - RIP Rick. He was one of the original bloggers I met when I got here. If we can request MM to post Rick Friedman's comments as a tribute to him that would be very nice for our Laker Fam blog.
(42) CYBERCOSMIX - How sad to hear that Rick Friedman passed away. In my book there are few 'must-read' posters, he was one of them. If the blog retired names, his banner would be up there with the all-timers. R.I.P. Rick Friedman, I'm sure you're enjoying your birds-eye view, be sure to say hey to Chick for us...
(43) CALIPHILOSOPHER - I just popped on here at the library at LSE, and I am highly saddened to hear that Rick Friedman has passed. I would have loved to attend the memorial, but am unable to since I am so far away right now. Rick was one of the first people to welcome me to the blog (especially since I was unsure at the time how the whole blogging etiquette was supposed to run). I don't know if there is much that I can do to help, or that would be of comfort to the family, but if there is, please do not hesitate to let me know. I'm truly saddened about this. R.I.P. Rick
(44) BRONXLAKERFAN - @Benjamin....Pleas accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your cousin. It's so painful to lose a loved one. My prayers will be with you and your family. It is bloggers like Rick Friedman that made this site what it is. Rick and others set a tone of intelligent, articulate commenting that seperates this site from the vulgar, petty, childish tripe so prevalent on Yahoo and ESPN blogs. He'll truly be missed.
(45) VMAN - Can't believe I was about to ask why R. Friedman hadn't won a Friedman in a while. This community has truly grown into something lasting and rare. I'm always impressed how friendship and the glass half full always wins out around here. The kind of insightful and intelligent writing that Rick cranked out on a regular basis, will be remembered. We were all lucky to have known him. Friedman Award it is!
(46) JOLLY RANCHER - Good bye Rick. May you be in heaven 3 days before the Devil hears of your passing.
(47) 63 FOOTER - My thoughts and wishes go out to Rick's family. I didn't know him long, but he was the real McCoy. He'll be missed.
(47) 63 FOOTER
(48) LEWSTRS –
(49) DON’T BLAME DEL HARRIS - Rick Friedman, I SALUTE YOU, sir. R.I.P. brother. *lump in throat*
(50) TROY B.
(51) CORNER J
(52) LAKERTRUTH
(53) JOVBATZ24 - First of all, I'm deeply saddened by the news that Ms. Anna brought up today. Rest In Peace, Sir Rick Friedman. Condolences to the Friedman Family. God bless your family. I had the pleasure of reading some of his posts when I first came to the blog on 2009. And As far as I can recall, I think he & Mamba24 were the firsts to welcome me here. This is indeed a sad day in Lakerdom . This song goes to Sir Rick Friedman(RIP), Friedman Family and my Lakers Fam. WALK ON http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwKEdFoUB0o
(54) DOC4daLakeShow - Condolences to Rick's family on his untimely passing.
(55) KARMANIAC - Desde una isla del Mediterraneo quiero mandar mi más sentido pésame a la familia de Rick Friedman y un abrazo a todos los foreros que con esa pérdida se sientan un poco huérfanos. RIP Rick.
(56) NEWMEXICOLL - My condolences go out to the Rick Friedman family...He was a big part of the Laker Nation and he will be missed.
(57) ;LAKESHOWINPHX - R.I.P., RICK, we'll miss you!
(58) MAGIA32 - RIP Rick F. go lakers :(
(59) LAKERHOLIC - Although I didn't know him and saw only a couple of posts of his, it saddens me to hear of the passing of someone who meant so much to so many people. A random ranting of mine was put up as the RCOTD and someone said congratulations on the Friedman. I asked why it was called a Friedman and was told it was because he had won it so many times. It would be nice to officially call it The Friedman in his memory.
(60) THE TRIAGULATOR - There are a handful of posters on this blog that I often wonder what their take on the Lakers issues of the day will or would be. Rick Friedman is one of those in that handful. YOUR INSIGHT IS DEEPLY MISSED RICK FRIEDMAN! My condolences to your family and friends. As I am sure that your loss is far greater than our loss. And our loss as members of this blog is great. We should all strive to carry his example. Today is for mourning. Tomorrow and beyond is for carrying on his tradition. And so, my suggestion is to start a "RICK FRIEDMAN COMMENT OF THE DAY BANDWAGON" tomorrow containing snippets of his previous posts instead of our commentary...
(61) LANCE FROM DA’ BRONX - R.I.P. Rick, i feel the sadness in the postings. he not be forgotten within laker nation
(62) NOAH - Adios, Rick. What a good natured, clear thinking man. Always on the high road.
Brilliant posts, always worth reading. He would persuade by the thoughtful quality of his argument, and never have to demean anyone in the process. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyEvsH4_ySU
(63) FEARLESS - How is it that I hadn't noticed that Rick F., the MIGHTY Rick Friedman had passed? The shame...When I first came to this blog several years ago, Rick welcomed me, sparred with me, agreed with me and even consoled me right here publicly when I was going through a rough patch myself. He inspired me to keep writing here and told me that he liked what I said and that I was one of the posters that he thought as a "must read". Can you imagine being so complimented by a Blog Legend? He gave that to me. I don't even know h0w to return that favor, now the opportunity is lost. Man, was he smart and articulate. He was passionate and knowledgeable. But, by far, his best attribute was loyalty. His friends were sacrosanct in his mind. When he befriended you, you felt important and unique. He remembered stuff about people, letting them know he cared. He did this without ever being able to see the person on the other side. Rick is a -- was a truly remarkable human being. Rick was especially loyal to D Fish. I think Fish's recent run of stellar play is an unintentional homage to Rick. Rick deserves it. MM, you need to make Rick Friedman our inaugural Blog HOF member (as Cybercomix suggested) and rename the RCOTD after him (Like Tom suggested). Do these things with alacrity. Rest In Peace Rick Friedman. I appreciate you. I miss you.
(64) NINJA - I didnt know him personally,but sometimes we have to pay homage to the dead,its out of respect for each individual persons and the ottermost respect for life,God Bless and peace to his family.

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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

My condolences go out to the Rick Friedman family

RIP Rick Friedman....
I olso lost my brother in law last week and that ads more pain
Be strong

I would like to express my condolences to the Friedman family. He had a great passion for the Lakers, and I enjoyed his perspectives. Very sad indeed.

Was Kobe bothered by his ankle last night?


1) Look at his first half shooting, missing good looks.

2) He was leading a fast break, had the ball in the middle of the floor. Instead of making a play for himself or a teammate, he gave it up early to Artest at about 15-20 feet and Ron made his own play.

3) His longtime backcourt partner Fish came out aggressive on the offensive end to take some of the pressure off Kobe.


Yeah, it bothered him. Yeah, he played through it. Great second half, especially defensively. That's Kobe.

Here's what I saw last night:


1) Given his foul trouble and 1-10 shooting I'm, not sure if we can say Bynum really outplayed Howard. But Bynum did the things he has to to do to help the Lakers as a team - rebound like a monster and play great defense. His 18 boards gave the Lakers 18 more posessions. Howard? 15 boards +1 steal - 9 turnovers = 7 more posessions net for the Magic. That was where Drew really helped with this win. And if your center plays Howard even close to a draw, you should beat the Magic.


2) The Lakers showed how again hard they are to beat as a TEAM. Four guys had 15+ points, and everybody who played contributed. Bynum of course. Artest played great defense. Fish showed up big time. Kobe and Pau shot like Kobe and Pau in the second half. Off the bench Odom and Barnes were strong, and Brown and Blake played at a high energy level. The bench was very effective as a unit.


3) The Laker bench showed some full court pressure! One turnover, one easy bucket for the Magic. but interesting to see the quick unit applying pressure.


4) If Kobe and Pau both shoot horribly in the first half and the Magic can't build more than a 5 point halftime lead, the Lakers are playing good defense. If the Lakers can beat you on a night like that, look out.


I am getting pumped for the playoffs watching this team!

I pop in every so often to see what's going on. I am extremely saddened to learn about the loss of a great Lakers fan and LA Times Lakers Blog legend, Rick Friedman. My most sincere sympathies to his family.

There is no mistake in naming our RCOTD after Mr. Friedman. God bless the Freedman family and here's to hoping I can meet the man himself in another place:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDkBzkA9L4s

As for that game last night, and for the 10-1 record since the break, I am choking up a few crow feathers.

I will admit I was in favor of the rumoured Drew for Melo trade, but IF Drew can keep this DOMINANCE at the defensive end up for the rest of the season AND throughout the playoffs, then I might just have to eat the whole clan of blackbirds that reside in the trees behind my property!

Rest in peace Rick F, and may your family and friends find the strength and peace to carry on. As many have said, you'll be missed.

Rest in peace Rick F, and may your family and friends find the strength and peace to carry on. As many have said, you'll be missed.

Rest in peace Rick F, and may your family and friends find the strength and peace to carry on. As many have said, you'll be missed.

I'm really saddened by Rick Friedman's death.

His posts revealad him as a gentleman, a well-balanced mind and a keen man: and God knows how much of these gifts we all need.

Riposa in pace, Rick.

Marco64


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