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Kobe Bryant appears in Smart Car China commercial

Never can Kobe Bryant appear in a commercial, simply hold up the product and then walk away with his money.

No, he has to go all out like he does in games and do things that require lots of creativity. He has to pretend to jump over cars or a pool of snakes, jam like he's at a rock concert or act like he's fighting in the battlefield. He acts like he cooks even if it could lead his finger to further injury. He stars in a six-minute Nike video knowing the concept and humor behind it enhanced it, even if his presence alone in a 30-second spot financially would've still done the trick. And in the latest commercial with Smart Car China, he drives through a traffic jam and successfully chases an art thief.

That's what made Bryant's commercials over the years so enjoyable. They're creative and entertaining and they push the envelope. Bryant easily could go the cookie-cutter route, which would save him time and energy, but that's not how he rolls. He doesn't mail it in when he steps on the court, so there's no reason why he'd do that during commercial shoots (via Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin and Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer)

-- Mark Medina

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*Matt Barnes was warned by PJ not to be a hommie during the playoffs, don't get involve on melee because it also hurts the team.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 02, 2011 at 08:40 AM


what do you mean by "not to be hommie'?


Behind every successful man is a great woman and it shows in Lamar Odum's output this season!!!! Khloe Odum has brought the best out Lamar. I am very happy to see LO live up to his expectations and the credit goes to Mrs. Odum!!

1. Clearly shot in Downtown L.A. which is good. The more filming that takes place in this city, the better.

2. Shouldn't Kobe be driving a helicopter?

3. Looks like a crappy piece of art.

4. The Ark of the Covenant is in Ethiopia. (Sorry, I have the History Channel on.)

5. The new Wonder Woman sucks.

6. The Lakers are playing so well it is almost difficult to comment on it. They're doing everything right. Everybody. Things are going so well even Luke and Derek haters are relatively silent.

7. I think we're going to pass San Antonio. This a season of destiny. It's Rick Friedman's season.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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


It's all starting to come into shape.
Look at the remaining schedules of the top and bottom of the West. The Lakers are less than 10 days from being in position to play the 8th seeded Hornets in the first round of the Playoffs!!


6. The Lakers are playing so well it is almost difficult to comment on it. They're doing everything right. Everybody. Things are going so well even Luke and Derek haters are relatively silent.

Posted by: Jon K. | April 02, 2011 at 11:25 AM
ahhh...the sweet sound of crickets chirping! Yez sir!

I heard that Khloe told Lamar that she would wait up for him after the game so she could take care of him. She is an awesome wife!!


I want to play either Portland or Memphis in the first round, not the pushover Hornets. Portland or Memphis would give the Lakers a much better challenge to prepare themselves for their second round opponent. What good did it do for Orlando to have a pushover in the first round last season? What good did it do the Cavs to have pushovers in the first two round the season before? None. This is the time of year that it is important to beat the best in order to be the best. To me it was a blessing in disguise to play OKC in Round 1 last year. It woke the Lakers up and prepared them for the rest of their championship run.

In my opinion, playing a Hornets team in a 7 game series without its other star is a waste of time, whereby playing a team that has a front line of Marc Gasol and Z-Bo or LaMarcus Aldridge and Camby will much better prepare the Lakers for Dallas, OKC or possibly even the Spurs (remote chance) in the second round, depending on where the Lakers finish.

---"5. The new Wonder Woman sucks."---

I agree, although this is a hard act to follow:

Besides, what's up with her new cost costume and the pants?? Not good.

LRob, I owe you an explanation before I go. It wasn't what you said about Cuban, it was the responses from NBA4ever and kobefan.

First of all, this wasn't a political issue. Political differences don't irritate me. If someone doesn't like my politics, that's fine with me. That's what separates our country from the rest of the world. Our fore fathers fought for our right to free assembly and speech and implemented the Constitution so that our right to express ourselves lived long after they were gone. Freedom welcomes political debate at all levels.

No. This was not about politics. This was about speaking up for the memories and honor of those that can't speak for themselves (either because they are dead or are putting their lives on the line to protect our freedom and the lives of people around the globe).

It's bad enough that they buy into the 911 conspiracy theories that Cuban wants to perpetuate. Tarnishing the memories of those that died on that day. No. That can arguably be a political statement about not trusting their own government. OK. If that's their concern, then thankfully for all of us our Constitution protects our right to voice such concerns, no matter how absurd.

However, our Marines (in fact all of our military) not only protect our Constitution, they protect the weak and those incapable of protecting themselves. Now, I'm not naive. In every walk of life, there are those who abuse their position. But these few individuals are the exception, NOT the rule. Cuban takes pride in besmirching the integrity of the Marine Corps by producing a film portraying Marine Grunts (aka "Riflemen") as rapists and pillagers. And kobefan and NBA4ever appear to support his position.

Oh, they can argue that this is a political debate, but it's not. This was not about officers at the Pentagon, this was about young men and women that risk their lives daily and aren't here to defend their own honor.

Our military, which obviously includes our Marines, runs toward danger. And I'm not just talking about war. When earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and other Acts of God occur around the world, they are typically the first responders. Exposing themselves to risks of radiation, the elements and live fire. And many of these men and women earn less than $20,000 a year (compare that to politicians earning over a $100k per year).

No, this was NOT about politics, it was about abuse of power. Money is power. With the wealth he acquired through the benefits of living in our free society, he chose to attack those that protect the very rights that gave him that freedom. He could've attacked the political element of the military and I wouldn't be pressing this issue. However, he decided to attack the men and women with boots on the ground. And that is my reason for calling him an "IDIOT"!

NBA4ever said I need to have thicker skin. My skin is thick enough. My principles are even thicker!

All in all, I've enjoyed being a part of this community. I have been a Lakers fan since the days of Wilt, Jerry, Gail, Elgin and Happy. And I will continue to be a Lakers fan until my last breath and beyond. Thanks to all those I've been privileged to interact with. Especially, Mamba24 (Larry), Justa, Edwin, Lewsters, Jon K., mud, Benjamin and LRob. However, this is a matter of principle.

This will be my final post. The Triangulator will no longer be participating on this blog (and NO, I will NOT be posting under a new moniker). If you see a post by The Triangulator, you will know that it's by a Poser. MM will be able to verify by IP addresses.








I agree that a good test in the 1st round wouldn't be helpful, but this is a different team than the ones in the past. Last years' team, that you mentioned, stumbled into the Playoffs and needed to be awakened.

This years' team is basically already playing in the post season. The March/April pressure is on more than it has ever been since Phil has coached the Lakers.
We ARE awake!!

A four or five game 1st round is exactly what this team needs to take a little breather before it contends with what may turn out to be the hardest run the Lakers will have had in Jackson's tenure with the team!!


"I agree that a good test in the 1st round WOULD be helpful"


The Triangulator,

As a veteran i must say OUTFREAKING STANDING!!

You shouldn't let a select few that do not agree with you turn you away from our favorite place on the World Wide Web. Take a break and come back when ready.


The Triangulator,

ditto what ChicNstu wrote....

cool commercial...
Kobe's a fun guy, unless you're on the other team....

2nd round vs OKC = 7 game series!!

Western Conferance vs S.A. or DAL = 7 game series!!

Finals vs CHI or MIA = 7 game series!!

888, I think you may be underestimating the road to the Friedman 3-Peat!!


dan the man,

Yeah, I don't get it.

A chubby woman in pants doesn't sell "Wonder Woman" to me.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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


By the way, it's a good thing Kobe didn't get in an accident in that commercial. I'd trust a go-cart in traffic before I'd trust one of those.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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



Just got back from early morning brunch and read your last post, why last post?

Why get hurt against the opinion of other posters on your post? This is a blog and there are about 100K people who read this a day or at least a week. How can you synchronized those a hundred thousand mindset? My friend, just roll with the punches and take a time out if you will but don't say goodbye. Take a heed of Rick F., once u become a laker citizen in this blog "it will be till death do us part." I myself I tired to minimize posting at the start of the year becaude of the daily chores, grandchildren and part-time work but still I try to find time to say something and get educated from something about the Lakers. Let's put it in proper perspective, if there are 10% on this blog who don't like my posts, don't like my composition, hate my guts so be it...we still have the other 90% waiting four our voices. Therefore, don't get mad, don't be sad, just be glad that we are all rad as we learn in this blog how to avoid the bad. lol it is a chop suey poem at least it rhymes.

Triangulator, get back to your ID cheer on Kobe, on LO and imitate the wise monkeys, see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. Have a nice weekend and we'll see you again next week.

Triangulator......erratum....excuse me Sir, u have to come back to correct some spelling on my post. Fingers are faster than what the eyes can catch while the brain is too lazy for any kind of recall.

dan the man

Perhaps you are right. Certainly this is all a matter of conjecture and you are absolutely correct about the differences between this year's team and last year's banged up team that was not playing anywhere near the level of the 2011 version.

HAVING SAID THAT, I am getting the feeling that this ballclub wants to send Coach Eleven Rings into the sunset with something very special. We are already on a record pace to establish the best post All-Star Game break record in NBA history, and this has been done while playing the toughest schedule in the league since the break. So how about a repeat of 2001 in the playoffs for an encore? Stay tuned.

Here's the tiebreaker order for NBA Finals HCA:

1. Head to Head
2. Each team’s record against the opposing conference
3. Random Drawing...WOW, very interesting!

If the Laker and the Bull meet in the Finals, the Bulls win it because they will have the better record against the Western Conference than the Lakers against the East.

Triangulater, awesome expression for those of us who enjoy the freedom of living in America. The internet is the bathroom wall anybody can write on it and movies are the same as some bathroom walls full of fiction Maverick.

---" So how about a repeat of 2001 in the playoffs for an encore? Stay tuned."---

That would be fantastic!!
I just can't believe that's it's been 10 years since then, time flies.

great debate/interaction today MVP.



LTLF, Allnet and Laker Peace,

I don't think there will be a tie bet/ the Lakers and the Bulls. Here are the remaining games between two teams:

Bulls vs.


Lakers vs.


Provided the Lakers take care of their fabled "switch", Lakers will end up with a better record against the Bulls in two week's time.

Bulls vs Rafters?? Is that the night THEY retire Rodman's Jersey? lol

wtf, I hate how my phone does not let me post!

Kenny, congrats on the friedman! I love it, and you know i am totally digging your post on D-Fish!

The triangulator, I am not too sure what is going on, but I can say that we will need you around for Lakers playyoffs! I am sorry that someone has insulted you with their troll like posts. The best thing you can do is stand tall and not let anyone upset you. We all have our differences of opinion and some people are not able to support the troops for their own messed up reasons.

I think that regardless of what is going on with the war (whether you believe in it or not) we should always support our troops as they risk their lives for us day in and day out.

Triangulator, I love reading your posts and it will be a huge loss for you to go so I am encouraging you to stay

888 - congrats on the Firedman...

Triangulator - What you talking about Willis!!! Loved you post about the men and women who gives us our freedoms on their dime...But please rethink about never posting again...I love your contribution on the Blog, you are part of the family, and I absolutely agree on what Edwin says...Agree to disagree and scroll by the posts of those who don't deserve their input read...

63 Footer good to see you had time to post with your very buys schedule...

LRob - forgot to give you my flavor today...

Dedicated to all the people who said "I was dreaming" when I said our team would be fine, when they were being questioned before the ASB, and the proof of any team is their present play...Well how do you like their present play now!!! (Also in the beginning of the vid...the jersey he has on is the right

Dan the man, you got me there lmao! Thank you and I have to look at the definition of a Raptor. Eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, kites, osprey and harriers are all raptors! Their beaks are hooked, rather than straight, and they seize and kill their quarry using powerful feet and sharp talons.

Does this describe the Toronto Raptors? Drop the 'tors', they're mere rappers.

Wow, Rodman got his jersey at the Piston's rafters tho' he prefers to hangout at his home in Newport Beach and wild parties in Vegas. I'm happy for him.

Are we going to see Shaq's jersey at the Staples? or at Miami? or at Phoenix? or at Clevleand? or at Boston? That's the problem with Shaq's jersey, it's fickle for the highest bidder and would not rest in one place. They should raise it when he turns age 60.

Shaq has played for as many teams as Rodman.


I am dedicating this song to you...We have all felt the same about the Blog at some time or another...But read the lyrics...

"I know right now you can't tell...But stay awhile and maybe you will see..."

Cmon bro...we are in the thick of one the best runs in the history of the NBA...we need to witness greatness together....

Here a nice article about Gail Goodrich.

I wonder whether LO someday will not only aspire for the 6th man award or to be in the All Star team but more of surpassing Gail Goodrich's game. That is a huge challenge and if Lamar continues to be a consistent scorer, he can do it.


First thing first, Lamar last name is ODOM, at least you did not add another letter like "B" after odum, so all is good :)
Secondly, I think LO got a lot of practice going to the hole at home thats why he has been better than previous years after getting married :)



If indeed you've posted your last post here, you will be missed. I hope you will reconsider; I was moved by your what you wrote earlier.

Posted by: The Triangulator | April 02, 2011 at 12:21 PM

I am not sure why my post got you so out of sorts. You stated that Cuban was an idiot and I responded that Cuban is a very smart man. It is a public forum and everyone is "welcomed" to post a comment or challenge a post as long civility is observed. Don't sweat the small things and enjoy your day.

Lets talk the talk and walk the walk, you threatened to leave and said your goodbyes but just could not leave the matter alone and decided to come back. Would you make up your mind? So you come back after you saw me post and continue to publicly proclaim your righteousness. My word of advice is what ever is "really" bothering you please fix it and don't use me as crutch to your feeling hurt or down.

I hope you are not the person who I think maybe behind the handle known for drama.

I hope next time when i do comment on your postings that you would not be a) offended, b) call me a troll and c) think before what post.

In the words of Crosby Stills & Nash, carry on!!

*Matt Barnes was warned by PJ not to be a hommie during the playoffs, don't get involve on melee because it also hurts the team.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 02, 2011 at 08:40 AM


Just in case you missed my post from earlier, can you send me the link to PJ's statement "not to be hommie" and what does it really mean? Is this some kind of bad label?


Dear Triangulater, come down off the cross, we need the wood. Seriously, this is a blog about the Lakers. Period! Its not about me or you or any other contributer. Altough some do get wrapped up in there own perceived notoriety, most keep their comments on the Lakers and their historic run at another championship. I too have closely followed my beloved team since "The Logo" laced em up. We have the privelege of supporting one of the best franchises (I believe "The Best") in all of sports playing some of the best basketball in decades. Lighten up and come on back. You are an asset to this community but this blog will continue with or with out you and me.

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