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Laker Tom
We here at the Lakers blog know how important the fans are. You’re cheering them on in the stands, diligently watching the game at home (while you scream and yell, of course) and you're even sporting Lakers gear around the city. Now we want to see it!

Since the playoffs have started and the Laker flags are waving, The Times is asking readers to submit their Lakers photos, whether it be you and your family at a game or a pic of the guy on the Metro wearing his purple-and-gold wig on the way to Staples Center. We want it all.

Each week, this blog will feature a Lakers fan photo in one of the "Caught in the Web" posts so the rest of the city can see Angelenos' boundless dedication.

The photo above features frequent Lakers blog member LakerTom and his grandson, Nick, at a Lakers-Warriors game earlier this month in Oracle Arena where they didn't take kindly to the "Beat LA" signs. "As I was starting to take the photo, Nick told me to stop and then picked up one of the "Beat LA" signs and tore it in half and told me now I could take the photo," LakerTom wrote in an e-mail. "I consider this to be Nick’s personal LAKERS MOMENT."

Here's how to submit photos: Perhaps the easiest way is to upload a picture on the L.A. Times' Lakers Facebook page. On the go? Send us your pics through Twitter. Just include the hashtag #latlakers when you create your tweet. And if you’re on Flickr, join the Lakers@L.A.Times photo pool. Or you can just email them to mgmedin@gmail.com

DISCLAIMER: All photos must be: 1) original — because it is so uncool to steal other people’s work; 2) unaltered — you know what we’re saying. We’re looking for a real moment, no showing off every Photoshop skill you ever acquired. Of course, slight exposure and color correction are acceptable; 3) Recent photos, please –- we’re talking current moments, not from your archive collection. Be sure to describe your photograph in detail, including where and when it was taken. Photographers must agree that The Times may reproduce the photos in any format.

-- Sarah Ardalani and Mark Medina

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

 
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LakerTom for the win.


DBDH!

@LakerTom


I listen to Colin Cowherd every morning and Grant Napear out of Sacramento on my way home from SF to Santa Cruz Mountains. I listen to Colin because I hate KNBR and listening about boring baseball and the Giants, or about lame hockey and the Sharks or how the pathetic Niners need to this or that (what they need to do is tank the season and draft Luck). I listen to Grant Napear because it is all about the NBA everyday and I find the Kings drama interesting.

I wanted to post something they both talked about yesterday.
First, Hobbit would have loved the segment Colin did about how he thinks Kobe is the GOAT of fundamentals (which I agree). He ranted on about how Kobe was absolutely the second greatest player ever without a doubt and why he was nearly equal to Jordan.

His basis for this was that Kobe was a superior shooter with superior fundamentals, while Jordan was more athletic and played closer to the rim with the advantage of much larger hands. Also that Kobe’s shooting skill and BBIQ will allow him to be more consistent over a longer amount of years.

It was a great argument that he broke down comparing accolades and stats, even suggesting that Kobe would have better stats but he has always played on great teams, should of went to Duke for two years, always played with great big men and so on. I would recommend any Kobe fan to try to find the transcript to listen to or read, it was a well thought out argument for Kobe being the GOAT or soon to be.

If you listen to Grant Napear then you are familiar with Grants Rants. At 5pm he goes off about what pisses him off in the world of sports and sometimes just what pisses him off like the price of gas.

Well Tuesday he devoted that segment to praise something for a change, that praise was all for my man Ron Ron. He went into how when Ron left Sacramento he ranted that NO team would ever win a championship with Ron Artest on the team. His rant at the time broke down all his mental/personal flaws as well as his basketball flaws. He broke down how proud of Ron he was to prove him wrong and that he was happily eating his crow.

He said that the last game of the season when he saw Ron in Sac he looked Ron in the eye and told him how extremely proud he was of Ron and the way he not only turned his life around but how he is now making a positive impact and that was before this recognition he received.

I had a chance at my work in Sacramento when I was there to meet Ron on a one on one basis and ever since I have been a huge fan. I told him while he was a King that he needs to get to the Lakers one way or another and he will win his championship. From day one I have been his biggest supporter and staunchly defended him against ignorant fools claiming he would ruin the Lakers. I am as proud as can be that he proved me right and HE delivered us a championship that was the most special of the last 5. Long Live RON RON!!!!!!!!

LakerTom

By the way nice photo! I bet that is something that makes you proud since it wasn't even your idea. Way to go Nick........

NBA4ever,

Nice!!!

I too admire Ron because he wears his heart on his sleeve and is truly a nice guy!

Oh yeah and because he plays lock down defense!

Right... Faith?

GAME DAY BABY!!

justa checking in for roll call...

Everything about this series has been said, done and anaylzed to death. Nothing left to do but go out, play hard and take what's ours. That's it.

GO LAKERS!!!

PS - hope the early start doesn't mess with them too much..

Since I dont know Artest personallly, I only like him when he plays well. It's a love hate for me.

@131-92 ... LOL. For your information, I will be rooting for you guys over Miami. Go, Celtics! LOL.
At any rate, it’s only fair that the Celtics be the team the Lakers defeat in the Finals for their league leading 17th title. And great start for the Botox. Another year with the Yankees as their daddy.
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@KOBEMVP888 ... Wow! I missed that quote from Phil. Far as I am concerned, that pretty much settles the argument. Colin has always been a LeBron and Heat fan who discounted Kobe and the Lakers as far as I was concerned. It was good to see him finally realize the Heat’s problems.
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@TNTLAKERFAN ... Always wondered about the TNT ...Initials or live in Atlanta? I actually was very surprised to hear Colin waffling on the Heat since he has pimped them all year long.
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@JON K ... I think the difference in perception of Kobe and MJ is due to the differences in society when they played. During MJ’s reign, reporters and pundits basically ignored his faux pas and clumsy moves, punching out Kerr, the uncontrolled gambling, his father’s murder. Kobe rose to the top during an entirely different era in media and got hit hard by Colorado and the Shaq trade. Were there an Internet presence during MJ’s reign like there is today with Kobe, MJ would be just as polarizing.
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NBA4EVER ... Man, I know what you mean about the Giants. Their winning might have ruined Bay area sports talk radio for the next few years. LOL. Thanks for the update on yesterday’s comments by Colin. I missed those. I’ll have to see if they have a podcast. I do listen to Grant occasionally but the reception in Marin is sketchy. Santa Cruz must have a better line of sight to Sacramento. Great stuff about Ron. He has become a favorite of mine too although I always wanted the Lakers to get him. I’m proud that he is a Laker and that he has turned his image and anger problems around. Great post. We’re going to have to get the NorCal crew together to watch a round 2 Lakers game in the city. By the way, the better photo was the one I called Nick’s Lakers Moment (when he showed what it means to be a Lakers fan), when he stopped me from taking his photo and then grabbed a BEAT LA sign and tore it in half. Then he said he take his picture. The photo above was a second shot that I had using Nick’s idea with the two of us in it. MM should have posted the photo with just Nick in it. ...........................................................
TOM


I mean what were most if not all of you here thinking of Artest when he played for Houston and ran across the court to start beef with Kobe? I'm sure it wasn't all love back then. Or how about Barnes when he battled Kobe (ball fake to the face)? To keap it real, it's a love hate for all of you here too.

"I was listening to Colin Cowherd, a long time Kobe and Lakers hater in my opinion, this morning on the way to work and he had a couple of interesting and surprising observations during an interview with P.J. Carlesimo. I should add that I usually do not agree with most of Colin’s NBA takes.

Posted by: LakerTom | April 28, 2011 at 10:27 AM "

I doubt anyone agrees with many of Colin's takes. I've only heard his show a few times but he's all about ratings so he'll say crazy things and live in the moment just to be controversial. I'm sure he's saying Kevin Durant is the best player in the league right now because of last night and tomorrow, he'll say it's someone else. I haven't listened to him since last year in the playoffs but at that time he was calling himself a Laker fan and saying Kobe was the best player in the game. It didn't seem overly sincere but he definitely didn't come across as a hater.

This is idiotic... Kobe the goat? The Lakers would not be where they are now- on TOP without Kobe. Given the fact the he is not perfect for no one is perfect, with Kobe you have to take the good with the bad, and that means winning Championships which is what Kobe is all about!!! ...and for all you fans take Colin Cownerd for what is he.. he is just like you and me.. a fool with his own opinion . Who do you like Colin Cownerd with Zero rings or Kobe with 5 rings and counting...

Looking for the closeout
but remember last year against OK Lakers got lucky at the end.


MVP your positiveness is always uplifting.

There ought to be a law - only teams that have been at least to the Finals should be allowed to chant 'Beat LA' in their arenas. Otherwise, it cheapens the experience...

I doubt anyone agrees with many of Colin's takes.

Posted by: Bay to LA | April 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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As usual, I'm in the vast minority I suppose. I love listening to him and I agree with about 70-80% of his takes. Like I said, he's refreshing.

@MG,

GOAT = Greatest Of All Time

Laker Tom,

Awesome.

Whenever I hear that "BEAT L.A.!" chant I want to hurl. Boston is the only city that has earned that right to say that chant, scum that they are.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

MVP your positiveness is always uplifting.

Posted by: Troll Man | April 28, 2011 at 12:09 PM
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Troll Man

If you are referring to my post which listed the Lakers' recent playoff success in road Game 6 close out games, those are simply the facts. The reason why I won't make any predictions is because we are playing similar to the way we played in 2009 against the Rockets in Round 2 and there are many parallels between this Hornets team and that Rockets team that took us to 7 games. You will recall that everyone had anointed the Nuggets as the team that was playing the best basketball in the NBA until the 4th quarter of Game 5 at Staples Center when Phil and Kobe "figured something out" which led to a dominant 4th quarter, a dominant Game 6, and then #15. In other words, it took the Lakers awhile to truly figure things out that year, and with similar inconsistent play we have observed thus far in this series, we can only hope that the Lakers have finally figured it out for tonight's game.

@Jon K - the worst usage of 'Beat LA' that I have seen is when it is actually the CLIPPERS that are visiting their arena - YIKES!!!

"As usual, I'm in the vast minority I suppose. I love listening to him and I agree with about 70-80% of his takes. Like I said, he's refreshing.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | April 28, 2011 at 12:33 PM "

I think I'm more turned off by his approach to things. Even when he is speaking on a topic I agree with him on, I don't like the sales pitch method where he focuses on the factors that benefit his side and ignores anything that doesn't. That's a good method when you're trying to fool someone, but not when you're trying to tell a story. It actually makes me start to reconsider my stance. He also has some homerish views on certain players/teams even though he is running a national show and not a local fan station. It makes him look like a homer without a home.

I agree with the other post about him, he's just an average joe with an opinion like the rest of us. I have nothing against him but I also don't feel like I'm learning anything by listening to him.

LakerTom,

Another correct analysis on your part.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

"@JON K ... I think the difference in perception of Kobe and MJ is due to the differences in society when they played. During MJ’s reign, reporters and pundits basically ignored his faux pas and clumsy moves, punching out Kerr, the uncontrolled gambling, his father’s murder. Kobe rose to the top during an entirely different era in media and got hit hard by Colorado and the Shaq trade. Were there an Internet presence during MJ’s reign like there is today with Kobe, MJ would be just as polarizing.

Posted by: LakerTom | April 28, 2011 at 11:54 AM "

Yes it is a much different world today and random people from around the world are allowed to have a much louder voice on issues. Jordan had it much easier in his day but he wasn't without criticism. He was always called a ballhog, people made fun of his tongue wag, people criticized him for getting preferential treatment from the referees, people criticized his arrogance, people criticized that whole baseball charade, people criticized his flipflop approach to retirement, and many other things. Now that he is retired, those things aren't an everyday issue anymore and he is mostly only remembered for what good he did. The same will happen for Kobe when he hangs them up.

I still think the Jordan/Kobe comparisons are unfair for Kobe. I doubt anyone will ever match Jordan but it won't mean they can't have spectacular careers anyway.

Once again, LakerTom FTW

I agree with the other post about him, he's just an average joe with an opinion like the rest of us. I have nothing against him but I also don't feel like I'm learning anything by listening to him.

Posted by: Bay to LA | April 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Do you or the rest of us get paid for your sports opinions? If that is the case then why read or listen to anyone they are all just opinions. Tell me do you like Jim Rome? I hope not.

I think I'm more turned off by his approach to things. Even when he is speaking on a topic I agree with him on, I don't like the sales pitch method where he focuses on the factors that benefit his side and ignores anything that doesn't. That's a good method when you're trying to fool someone, but not when you're trying to tell a story. It actually makes me start to reconsider my stance. He also has some homerish views on certain players/teams even though he is running a national show and not a local fan station. It makes him look like a homer without a home.

I agree with the other post about him, he's just an average joe with an opinion like the rest of us. I have nothing against him but I also don't feel like I'm learning anything by listening to him.

Posted by: Bay to LA | April 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM
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It doesn't surprise me that you and I feel differently about him. To me, when someone is insightful, intelligent and unique like Colin Cowherd, they typically have my ear unless, of course, their viewpoints are so out of whack that they are more nauseating than refreshing. Not only does he spin things in a way that I have never thought of before, but his analogies are typically right on the money. The main reason I listen to him is BECAUSE I learn something from him. I find him different and pleasing to the ear. Considering that you and I generally have opposing viewpoints on here, this is no surprise at all. It's not a slight to either one of us.

Bay To LA/LakerTom,

As a long-hair, another thing I don't like about Michael Jordan is the "Shave Your Head" Baldness Epidemic he created.

Before Jordan, no one was shaving their head. But Michael was balding and didn't want to make it apparent, so he just decided to completely shave his head. Since the world had become programmed to "Want to be like Mike!" through Gatorade ads and whatnot, everyone started shaving their head.

Now every city in America is filled with wannabe gangsters with shaved heads looking like they just got out of a prison camp. It's threatening and unattractive and completely lacking panache.

Thanks a lot, Jordan, for introducing a totally sucky style into society. Well done, you degenerate gambler!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

The Snake,

Really? Wow.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

"Do you or the rest of us get paid for your sports opinions? If that is the case then why read or listen to anyone they are all just opinions. Tell me do you like Jim Rome? I hope not.

Posted by: NBA4ever | April 28, 2011 at 01:24 PM "

I like to read or listen to people whose opinions I find interesting. Cowherd is not one of them and Rome definitely isn't either.. I'll give them credit, I think it would be very difficult to talk about sports for several hours without losing people's interest and it isn't a job that I would want but both of those guys immediately make me change the station.

Just wandering around the internet, I find a lot of opinions and insight that are very interesting to me. I'm sure most of them aren't paid for their views but they have value nonetheless.

Laker Tom - I loved the pic...iheart posted it on the R/C and what a great "Kodak Moment"

I will be in Frisco on May 15th for sure...It has been set in stone...I hope there is a Laker game that day, and let's coordinate, what time and where we can meet...Looking so forward to meeting you and Mrs. Laker Tom and all the other Nor Cal members...I already met iheart, and she is a sweetheart and great Laker Die Hard...

Meanwhile, we need to close out this series tonight...and keep moving forward to make sure that we are still playing in May...I feel we will still be playing till June...

andrew bynum is a thug and exactly the epitome of what the NBA has become. I will not be participating in any NBA events because it is not family oriented and the players like bynum are true losers.


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