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Laker Girl profile: Angel's mother encouraged her to become a Laker Girl

Lg Laker Girl name: Angel

Hometown: Deltona, Fla.

Area of residence: Hollywood

College/high school: I went to Deltona High School in Florida and graduated in 2005. I continued my schooling for my passion in the fine arts in New York City at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). Then proceeded to move to L.A., where I graduated [from AMDA Los Angeles] in 2007.

What prompted you to want to become a Laker Girl? It was actually my mother who told me about the Laker Girls audition. I had just recently graduated from AMDA in April and was planning on moving back to New York to start my career. (hopefully on Broadway! musicals, theatre, etc.) But once she told me the auditions were in July, I opted to stay and audition because I knew it would be a great experience if I were to make the team. I've always wanted to be on a pro dance team since I was a little girl, so it was like a dream come true when I was picked to be on the squad.

What do you think stood out to the judging panel, about you, regarding your audition? I think my sense of "foreignism" to Los Angeles stood out to the judging panel. Going to school in New York and being trained to go to auditions very clean slated is not the trend in Los Angeles. In L.A., you dress to stand out with bright colors, you come hair and makeup ready as if you were going on a film shoot….whereas in New York, it’s usually a slicked back bun/ponytail with very little makeup and a black leotard. So I believe the judging panel appreciated that I was a little naïve.

What do you think makes a good Laker Girl? I truly think a well-rounded person makes a good Laker Girl. Someone who not only our youth can look up to, but even adults can strive to be. Staying healthy and fit, doing charitable functions and giving back to the community -- mainly just setting a good example for everyone. If you can impress or change one person, they have the freedom to change another. Oh, and having a love for the art of dance, of course!

What is your dance experience? I started the way most little girls do in ballet and jazz class. I have also taken hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, jazz funk, tap and many other forms of dance to stay versatile so I can perform anything that is thrown my way.

Favorite dance routine while being a Laker Girl? Ciara Mix. I learned it my first year and I loved it because it was funky and technical at the same time.

Favorite uniform? My favorite uniform is our "Black Baby Short" uniform. It is so comfortable and everyone looks great in it!

Favorite Lakers player? My favorite Lakers player of today would definitely have to be Pau Gasol. He always has his teammates' back in the most dire time of need! And I feel he is a great role model for young kids. But I do have to say that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is my favorite Lakers legend.

Favorite Laker Girl memory so far? My favorite Lakers Girl memory is being apart of the 2011 NBA All-Star Games and getting the chance to perform with Rihanna!! It was great to work with so many amazing artists and choreographers during that event that I never thought I would work with before.

What do you like most about being involved, as a Laker Girl, at local charity/community events? If anyone knows me, they know I adore children. Getting the chance to meet so many beautiful budding young kids is such a honor and pleasure. Knowing that I go out and support so many foundations/groups, just meeting people who want to make a difference in other people's lives is very humbling for me.

What would you say is your beauty secret? Drinking water. It helps with literally everything. It makes your skin better, keeps you hydrated, and of course keeps your body healthy. Try drinking water with a pH value of 7.5 or higher. It is organically better for you with no added chemicals!

What diet/workout tips do you have? Your metabolism is so important to your body's health and daily functions. I try eating small portions about four to five times a day. I feel more energized throughout the day and I never get that dreaded hunger pain. Since I'm so active in my everyday life, my meals are a must to keep my metabolism up.

What are your hobbies?I love to draw and go hiking in the canyons with my little puppy. Both seem to be a great way to relax for me.

Career aspirations? I would love to have a one-woman show on Broadway. It would also be nice to be a well respected and successful actress in Hollywood!

--Mark Medina

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

 
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@THE SNAKE ... “there ought to be a law on which arena has the right to use the 'Beat LA' slogan. Like you know, they should have been at least to the NBA Finals.” LOL. Good one, Snake. For the record, unlike the Trailblazers, Suns, Mavs, Kings, and others, the Warriors did win an NBA title, surprising the heavily favored Washington Bullets in a 4-game sweep led by the great Rick Barry.
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TOM

Unfortunately, the can be no rest for the weary. Although, if Pau needs to rest his bone bruise, the coaching staff should make sure he does just that.

Everyone's talking about the Bulls, Spurs and Keltics. Spurs talk is over for HCA. As far as the Bulls and Keltics, their in the East.

Although remote in chance, Second and even Third Seed is still in jeopardy. Having the tie breaker only works if you're tied.

Dallas is 53-25 and has winnable games against the Clippers, Suns, Rockets and Hornets. Unless Dallas loses to the Clippers or Suns (possible, but unlikely), the Lakers need to focus and win these next two games.

OKC is 52-26 and, besides playing the Lakers on Sunday (which I expect to be a dogfight), have winnable games against Denver, Sacramento and Milwaukee. Again, unless OKC loses to Denver in OKC (again, possible, but less likely) they need to win one game to assure that they don't drop into the fourth seed.

 Although dropping to the Fourth Seed is highly unlikely, there is an even stronger reason for beating OKC on Sunday. If Dallas loses at least 2 games (a possibility since Dallas is either going to wright the ship or continue to falter these last four games) and OKC were to win out (or win 3 games if Dallas loses 3), then OKC would be the Lakers Second Round opponent. That would give the Spurs the easier route to the Western Conference Finals.

 Therefore, my thought is win the next two games and then limit the starters minutes against the Spurs and the Kings.

Again, if Pau's bone bruise needs rest to heal, then LO should sacrifice his chance at Sixth Man of the Year and step back into the starting lineup. What's more important? A Team Championship or an Individual Honor?

With that said, each player on this team should adopt the following mantra towards their fellow teammates:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Wpof8s5ZTg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

I agree with most posters that HCA would have been great against the the Bulls but is crucial for a playoff tested team like the Celtics. In reality I think too many people are putting San Antonio in the wrong category with the Bulls, they have a good mix of veterans, I know that is an understatement, and youth coupled with a great coach. I think this is the result of feeling as though the Spurs were out of reach for the whole season so people justified the almost foregone conclusion of not having HCA by saying the Spurs are overachieving or too old. While Miami has its big three with two superstars and a good scoring power forward they seem to be in the category of the Bulls, untested in the playoffs and a year or so away from being a serious contender. With all that said the Lakers are currently in good position with HCA over every team except the Bulls and Spurs and as long as the Lakers can keep the overall third spot in the playoffs they should be ready for the threepeat. With Andrew Bynum healthy and showing beast like ability, Kobe Bryant doing what he does best, Pau Gasol providing consistent offense and rebounding, and Lamar playing like an all star and sixth man of the year the Lakers look like the team to beat. Just a very biased opionion from a very biased fan.

LakerTom

Nick deserves 2 Stars: One Purple and One Gold for each part of the sign! He teared their offense!

I don't know why ANYBODY would get their hope up about the last four games. A Laker team that could not beat bad non-playoff teams such as the Jazz and the Warriors when these teams are short-handed have only two chances to win the last four games: SLIM and NONE.

Wait, SLIM just left the building!

I have a request for Mr. Medina that I'm sure lot of other Laker fans would be interested to know. Can you please ask the Laker players when they played as badly as they did against GS surely it must be intentional. That is they INTENTIONALLY played badly because obviously no REAL NBA-caliber team no matter how bad their record just can't look THAT bad in a professional basketball game. To wit, it's one thing to have a bad night shooting threes but missing lay-ups? throwing incredibly STOOPID passes after passes? missing FTs? being PUNKED by David Lee?

So the question is what is the Lakers intention whenever they INTENTIONALLY played bad basketball?

Inquiring minds would like to know...

anyway we can trade kobe for hayward? clearly the torch was "torched" a few nights ago. the comedy routine the lakers play are not funny anymore.

. Good one, Snake. For the record, unlike the Trailblazers, Suns, Mavs, Kings, and others, the Warriors did win an NBA title, surprising the heavily favored Washington Bullets in a 4-game sweep led by the great Rick Barry.
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | April 07, 2011 at 01:52 PM

Trailblazers won in 1977 with the Big Red! The greatest college player ever!


@NUGGETSCOUNTRY ... LOL. It especially hurts when the tickets cost $330 each. Frankly, the only player who looked like he wasn’t really trying last night was Pau Gasol, who was outplayed by David Lee. Hopefully, Pau will get it together for the playoffs and give us the real Pau Gasol.
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@THE BULIMIC 1/2 EMPTY GLASS ... Thanks for props for Nick. You know you try to teach them how to be great Lakers fans but at 10 years old sometimes their attention wavers. But once in a while, you get a wonderful surprise and all the Lakers stories you’ve told them seem to somehow coalesce and you get a true Laker moment like a revelation or epiphany. That was Nick’s moment.
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TOM



@NBA4EVER ... Wow! How could I forget that one. I’ve always thought that Bill was the Mickey Mantle of the NBA – the one player who might have been the greatest ever had it not been for the injuries. When people comment on the apple not falling far from the tree with respect to Luke, they really should be saying that it wasn’t an apple after all. Bill could have been the GOAT.
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TOM

Your reply has a much more caustic tone than is really needed for this but that's fine.

All I said was that the late season slumps of this year and last year really aren't comparable. Last year they had no hope of catching Cleveland and really no chance of losing #1 in the west and were missing Bynum for all of those games and Kobe for several of them. This year they still had something to play for when it occured. That's not to say they can't have an equal or greater turnaround. It's just a different situation.

Maybe you should read over the article as well. Phil says they were going to wait until NEXT week to determine whether they should push hard or rest up and your stance seems to be that the decision to ease off has already been made.

Posted by: Bay to LA | April 07, 2011 at 11:48 AM

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My "caustic" tone was warranted. You completely ignore the Lakers' accomplishments after the All-Star break by trying to compare the tail end of last year to the tail end of this year. I submit that they are nearly identical. The Lakers weren't going to catch the Spurs this season, I repeatedly stated that, and anyone who thought that would happen was being unrealistic. So we're basically locked into the #2 seed in the Western Conference, just like we were locked into the #1 seed last season. Similarly, the Cavs were going to finish with an overall better record in the East last season, just like the Bulls this season, and even Orlando finished with a better record last year. Meanwhile, if the season ended today, guess what? We'd have the third best overall record AGAIN because we own the tie breaker vs. Boston (who still has to play in Chicago and Miami). Regarding injuries, it is JUST as important to stay healthy as it is to get healthy, as the Denver game taught us. After that little eye opener, is it really THAT much of a shock that the team played tentatively the last 2 games?

Phil's "goal" for this team after the All-Star break was to match last season's record of 57 wins. He has a remarkable sense for what is important. If the Lakers split the last 2 games, they will achieve that goal. So once again, I will defer to Phil Jackson, not you, MM or anyone else. We will get the #2 seed, meaning HCA for at least Rounds 1 and 2 and if the Spurs make it to the WCF, I love our chances against them without HCA. As for the NBA Finals, whatever will be will be. Too much is made about HCA anyway. I know one thing. We can win anywhere and we know more about winning when it counts than any other team in the Association. There is actually something to be said for that.

Angel - I enjoyed your profile. Thanks for representing Laker Nation and best wishes on your Broadway/Hollywood aspirations.

"@NUGGETSCOUNTRY ... LOL. It especially hurts when the tickets cost $330 each. Frankly, the only player who looked like he wasn’t really trying last night was Pau Gasol, who was outplayed by David Lee. Hopefully, Pau will get it together for the playoffs and give us the real Pau Gasol.

Posted by: LakerTom | April 07, 2011 at 02:56 PM"

Yeah, I didn't see it as much early on but Pau looked very disengaged in the second half. I don't know if it was his injury or if it was his response to the physical play that David Lee was playing on him or maybe a little of both.

They came out firing early so I agree that it really didn't seem like a collective decision to let this one get away. After Golden State came back against the Lakers bench, the Lakers never really went back to the confident aggressive play they showed early on and instead threw up a lot of long distance shots or rushed shots inside.

The Lakers better beat OKC on Sunday if they don't want to meet them in the 2nd round. Currently, the Mavericks are only one game ahead of the Thunders (OKC owns the tiebreaker) for the #3 seed.

Interesting that Denver coach Karl was quoted as saying that they'd rather play against Dallas than OKC in the playoffs.


@BAY TO LA ... The other problem besides Pau just not getting into the game was the once again poor play on the road by the bench, which this time included Lamar Odom, who was a turnover machine last night. What’s ironic is that despite how terribly we played compared to our ability, we still had a chance to pull the game out, down by 8 with the ball and 4 minutes to go. Of course, Pau throwing up a weenie air ball rather than attacking the rim put an end to that.
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While we held the Warriors offense in check at times as shown by the final score and shooting percentages, the big problem was the Killer B’s not staying at home on the Warriors’ 3-point shooters. Why oh why, when we have one of the best shot blockers and 1-on-1 post defenders in the league, do our perimeter defenders ALWAYS leave their man open at the 3-point line to try and help Drew defend the post. When you see this happen over and over, you question their BBIQ.
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TOM

@LT – Great story about you and your grandson. The picture of him ripping the Beat LA sign is priceless. I wasn’t too upset about losing to GS…probably because kinda like them and because the Lakers had beat them 12 in a row.

@Jefe – AC/DC in the house!

@Triangulator – Still Bill…yes!

@NBA4ever – I'm interested why you rate Walton over Kareem for his college career.

"Favorite Lakers player? My favorite Lakers player of today would definitely have to be Pau Gasol. He always has his teammates' back in the most dire time of need!"

She has to be dazed and confused after the Ciara dance routine. :-)


@LROB... Thanks. I actually sent the picture to MM so maybe he’ll use it for his new Lakers Bloggers photo feature. It’s hard not to like the Warriors since they’ve been consistent Lakers fodder for so long. I had hoped to raise my Oracle Arena Lakers-Warriors record to 10-0. Now NBA4EVER’s 6-0 streak is tops for Lakers Bloggers and I will have to start a new streak. LOL.
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TOM

yes, I did watch the game.


did I grab the wrong box score? I do try to double-check. [grin]

Posted by: hobbitmage | April 07, 2011 at 12:06 PM


Yeah, the game you watched was Kobe against the rest of the warriors and as usual his team mates were no show, true?

Gloria James strikes back! Literally.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/LeBron-James-mother-Gloria-arrested-on-batter?urn=nba-wp1017

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Methinks I'm going to have a glass of water in Angel's honor.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

"Try drinking water with a pH value of 7.5 or higher. It is organically better for you with no added chemicals!"
Oy! The day I have to start watching what kind of bottled water I drink is going to be the day all hell freezes over!

jefe101,

Alkaline water is good for you and has a higher mineral content.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

LeBron's mother arrested in Miami...due to her "entitled" behavior...just like her son's attitude...How they got 'entitled' is still a mystery to me...but that's another post...This ain't Cleveland any more...your son is one of the most hated athletes now...you need to check the attitude at the door...

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2011/04/lebron-james-mother-arrested-for-assault.html?dlvrit=53285

G Money - Which brings me to a question I have been meaning to ask you...

How does it feel to know that your idol and favorite player is, according to a recent poll, one of the most hated athletes in the world...

Is it "Robin Hood Syndrome" or just mad love and your man crush...


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