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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:00 PM on July 4, 2020 Permalink |  

    Happy Fourth of July, Everybody! 

    BAYONNE, NJ – JUNE 18: The sun sets on the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building in New York City on June 18, 2020 as seen from Bayonne, NJ. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

    Our country is in chaos. But it’s a great time to be an American.

    Analysis by John Blake, CNN

    On July 9, 1776, a rowdy group of American colonists banded together at a political rally in New York City and did something that today would be called “badass.”

    They had just been treated to a public reading of the Declaration of Independence, which Congress had officially adopted less than a week earlier. After hearing calls to “dissolve the political bands” of tyranny, they marched to a public park that featured a statue of King George III, Britain’s ruler, and knocked the 4,000-pound statue off its 15-foot pedestal.

    The head of the statue was then decapitated and perched on top of a spike, and much of the rest was melted down to make 42,000 musket balls for American soldiers.
    The historian Erika Doss thought of that scene recently while watching protesters toppling statues of Confederate heroes. Doss, who recounts the 1776 episode in her book, “Memorial Mania,” sees a parallel between the colonists who fought against Great Britain and protesters who rail against Confederate monuments today.

    “We can’t get sidelined into little reforms around the edges,” Barber says. “This isn’t just about bringing down a flag or banning chokeholds. We are in a moment that demands a Third Reconstruction to guarantee freedom and equal justice. We must push to become the America that has never yet been.”

    That kind of America may seem far off right now. But we no longer have to look to the Founding Fathers to celebrate the spirit that makes this nation special.
    We can look to the faces of the millions of Americans who took to the streets this year to reimagine the nation. We can look to the nurse who takes our temperature, or the other essential and brave workers who drive buses, deliver groceries and restock store shelves.

    That’s the paradox of this Fourth of July. It is an awful time to be an American. It is a great time to look forward to a New America.

    All the people who took to the streets this spring are living monuments to a New America — a land that never was, “and yet must be.”


    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:18 PM on July 4, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I thought it appropriate to counter my dystopian post from yesterday with this wonderful article by John Blake for CNN, which captures and expresses the impending sense of transcendental change I believe we as a nation are undergoing right now.

      I highlighted the opening and closing paragraphs but the entire article is filled with the same hopes and feelings that buoy me every day regardless of the paint and suffering we’re enduring as a country in the grasp of these terrible public health, economic, and social justice plagues.

      I truly believe out of chaos will come great change and reform. I hope in reading this article, you will find solace that the price we’re paying now and have paid the last four years will reap rewards over the next four year and pave the way for a better, fairer, and more prosperous America for all of us.

      Happy Fourth of July. Please stay and play safe and healthy. God Bless America! Go, Lakers!

      • mclyne32 (Director) 3:06 PM on July 4, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Happy Fourth of July Tom.
        Out of respect for you and this site, I will no longer share any of my views regarding the tearing down of this once great country. It’s sad that respectful debate can’t occur here due to the fac that it will not be tolerated by a few, small bloggers who can’t handle reading views that don’t line up with the echo chambers they put themselves in. It would be nice to be greeted with respectful debate here but I understand that some aren’t intelligent, nor respectful enough to engage without hostility.
        I will continue to pray for the health and safety of your family.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:31 PM on July 4, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Thanks, Matt. Our prayers to you and your family too. It’s always a challenge allowing people to express their opinions and passions while keeping the tone friendly and respectful. I appreciate everybody’s efforts to accomplish that during these trying times.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 3:21 PM on July 4, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Always great stuff LT!

        My 3 cents (sense):

        1) The only true Americans are Native Americans. Everyone else immigrated.
        2) The Earth is basically round, not flat.
        3) Blacks were brought to this country to be slaves.
        4) The Founders of this country were: Rioters and Protesters.
        5) Civil rights were granted slowly and unequally.
        6) Jesus words are: You welcomed me as a stranger, take care of the least (if U B Christian
        read what follows if you don’t take care of the least), you fed me when I was hungry, you
        gave me drink when thirsty, when sick you looked after me, etc

        PS-Government teacher of 30 years. Have an Associate Degree, a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Education.

        PSS-It would seem there are basically 2 camps. One believes in trump and Fox News or one believes ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and CNN plus range of high ranking Republicans turning away from trump.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 3:23 PM on July 4, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          And of course stay healthy everyone!!

        • mclyne32 (Director) 4:20 PM on July 4, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Deej, I appreciate your views and hope you enjoy a great Fourth!

          1. False. Yes, the Natives were here first, but this country was brought into the Industrial Revolution and built up from immigrants from all over the world.
          2. I couldn’t care less.
          3. And we had a Civil War to remove the evil that is slavery.
          4. Uhhhhh. These riots recently that have erupted are not lawful. They have destroyed businesses and are trying to intimidate and divide. They are fueled by Marxist Communism. Please do your background check into Antifa and what they stand for.
          5. Agreed and that’s a shame. Antifa are about removing your Civil Rights, not for expanding them.
          6. If you would like to have a separate convo regarding what Jesus came to do, I would be more than happy to.

          I don’t believe in ANY of the large media outlets for reasons already stated. Think about this Deej, all of these (left) and (right) media outlets are owned by the same large conglomerate. What does that tell you?

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 4:28 PM on July 4, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Appreciate your reply. Go Lakers and don’t anyone get sick. I think one thing most of us can agree on is we are hopeful for a vaccine or good treatment .

            • mclyne32 (Director) 4:34 PM on July 4, 2020 Permalink

              I’m all for treatment for those who are or get infected, but if it comes from Bill Gates’ camp, I would rather die.
              Do your research on him and how he has “helped” other nations with his vaccines.

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 4:44 PM on July 4, 2020 Permalink

              Don’t worry Matt, come 11/3, so long as that reanimated corpse wins, the media will magically announce we have herd immunity. Seeing as I already have antibodies, and they’re telling me that doesn’t necessary help, what friggin good is a vaccine supposed to be?

            • mclyne32 (Director) 4:50 PM on July 4, 2020 Permalink

              HTJ, you are a voice of reason and intelligence.
              All I know is, it doesn’t matter what muppet gets elected- this country is headed for a split.
              Be well, and always question authority.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 3:38 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink


  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:45 AM on July 4, 2020 Permalink |  

    Every Projected NBA Playoff Team’s Biggest X-Factor 

    Los Angeles Lakers: Danny Green

    Avery Bradley’s withdrawal from the bubble is quietly very important. The 29-year-old’s spacing and guard defense helped provide a high defensive floor for the Lakers, and now he’s gone for the most crucial portion of the year.

    Obviously, Los Angeles’ title chances don’t rise and fall with Bradley. But with so many great point guards in the NBA, the Texas product would have been especially integral, and he needs to be replaced.

    If Alex Caruso, Rajon Rondo or Quinn Cook becomes necessary to another Los Angeles title, the team is in trouble, and despite his history with the Cavaliers, the newly acquired JR Smith doesn’t exactly have the strongest postseason track record. So it must be Danny Green.

    Green hasn’t defended point guards much this year, but he’s got a great recent history against the league’s best. Stephen Curry shot just 28.6 percent from the field with Green on him in last year’s Finals, while James Harden has matched that putrid percentage this regular season.

    He doesn’t equal Andre Iguodala, Dennis Rodman or Robert Horry as a high-level postseason role player. But between his 2009 UNC squad and the San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Lakers, Green has only played for title contenders.

    In the right scenario, this year might see his most important contributions yet.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:43 AM on July 4, 2020 Permalink |  

    Lakers scrimmages prior to official season resumption 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:38 AM on July 4, 2020 Permalink |  

    Clippers guard Landry Shamet has tested positive for coronavirus 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:10 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    Lakers’ Anthony Davis reacts to additions of J.R. Smith, Dion Waiters 

    “Markieff [Morris] showed he can be a big part of our team. And then, Dion [Waiters] and JR [Smith] are going to help us tremendously as well, with JR’s ability to shoot, and Dion’s ability to score and playmaker,” Davis said of his new teammates. “It’s going to be beneficial for us going to Orlando and giving us a chance to win.”

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:51 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    How Dwight Howard’s Decision Will Affect Roster, LA’s Title Odds 

    If Howard doesn’t play, it notably alters the complexion of the approach. JaVale McGee was only averaging 16.8 minutes per game over 61 contests, averaging 6.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in the process. Depending on the opponent, he might see a big uptick.

    Howard’s absence could mean more Anthony Davis at center, too, which could at least benefit a scorer like Kyle Kuzma. But considering the Lakers already lost a premier defender with Bradley opting out, losing another like Howard underneath the basket for the sake of more scoring could be a risky proposition.

    Being without two key players who helped get the Lakers to this point obviously wouldn’t be ideal, so it’s not hard to see why Vogel remains in a holding pattern on this front.

    “The Lakers gotta be the favorite because they got LeBron, and he can adjust to anything,” Green said Tuesday. “I think he’s probably the most disciplined player we’ve ever seen in the NBA, and that’s going to matter going into this bubble. I think having LeBron on your team going into this bubble gives you a slight advantage.”

    It’s hard to argue with the idea, as well as with a player who happens to know a thing or two about LeBron and how his approach will translate.

    The Lakers are favorites to win it all at +180 odds (wager $100 to win $180) with Caesars Palace. That’s fair enough for a 49-win team sitting first in the Western Conference, with LeBron’s approach leading the way to the bubble in Orlando and taking charge once there, on and off the court. Howard’s absence might see the odds drift, but not enough to remove the Lakers as favorites.

    The title favorites are set to travel to Orlando on Thursday in the final wave to arrive, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, and partake in the second of two kickoff games against the Los Angeles Clippers on July 30 at 9 p.m. ET.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:03 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think the Lakers will be fine without Avery and Dwight because of their depth at guard and center. I keep hearing the Clippers are deeper but don’t believe that. Our guard and center depth and versatility is far superior to the Clippers. The area where they have more depth is on the wing. At any rate, the championship is going to be determined by the superstars, not the role players, and LeBron and AD are matched. Lakers are still the team to beat and the championship road goes through LeBron James.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:26 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Bradley was turning the corner when everything got shut down. We don’t beat the Clipps if he doesnt have that big game last time. When he’s right then the rotation is just plain better. He’ll be missed…especially if KCP starts out slow as usual. He’s gotta hit the ground running.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:39 AM on July 4, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        No doubt it would be better to have Avery and Dwight. Both have made key contributions and Avery’s shooting since the first of the year has been a huge boost. He was a big reason we beat the Clippers. Just saying I think we have guys who can step up and still win without them.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:10 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    Fascinating facts about Wilt’s 100 point game in the context of pace! 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:29 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    That time when Shaq and Andrew Bynum went at each other 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:30 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Oh, Man, that was one of my favorite Lakers’ moments. Went out and bought a Bynum 17 jersey right after that. Such a shame Drew couldn’t stay healthy. At his peak, he was a monster. One of those woulda, coulda, shoulda guys.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:27 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    Hollins will not join Lakers in NBA restart after being red-flagged as health concern 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:05 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    State Farm Arena, would become Georgia’s largest-ever voting center 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:07 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Turning arenas into giant socially distanced voting centers is a great idea. Bravo to the Hawks. Every large city should emulate this. Great move to get out the vote.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:02 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    Nothing is given. Everything is earned. 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:33 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    Laying down the practice floors! 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:03 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    Could the NBA’s Restart in a Bubble Be Blueprint for Life in Pandemic Future? 

    What happens if life as we know it becomes a dystopian battle against a parade of ravaging pandemics? Could bubble communities like the NBA is trying to create to finish their suspended season become a way of life?

    A future plagued by pandemics is not far fetched considering the damage coronavirus has caused worldwide. Now we hear coronavirus has begun mutating and a virulent form of swine flu could be the next pandemic. Europe has already shut its doors to visitors from the United States and states like New York are already effectively banning travelers from other states suffering rapid spread of Covid-19 by requiring quarantining.

    My son’s father-in-law owns a large winery outside of Sacramento with the acreage and facilities to harbor dozens of extended families and friends in a safe and isolated residential bubble possibly for months or even years. While he’s not what would be considered to be a survivalist, he’s already started to enhance security systems, stockpile provisions, and prepare contingency plans for a move there should the current situation worsen.

    What’s next? Could the gated communities of the future evolve into the bubble cities of the future? As crazy as it sounds, bubble communities as an idea could actually make sense in a dystopian future dominated by plague. Coronavirus may not be as lethal as originally thought but it’s given us more than we can handle and the next pathogen could be a more lethal and deadly threat than nuclear war, climate change, or overpopulation.

    It’s a frightening thought to think life as we once enjoyed it could never come back but we’re all now in the process of creating our own personal bubbles to stay safe be it with family or friends or a combination of both. The programmer from India who is working with me to build the new Lakerholics website lives in a form of isolated bubble in Southern India that includes multiple extended families and close friends and associates.

    Maybe the NBA’s Orlando bubble experiment will become a model not only for professional sports but also for groups of people who want to recreate the old normal in groups larger than just immediate family and friends.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:32 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I wrote this article more as a personal cynical expression of the frustration of wasting all of the time my wife and I spent self-isolating and sheltering-in-place as the coronavirus pandemic exploded everywhere in our country including our beloved Marin County, California where we live. The news the virus has mutated and is now three to nine times as infectious combined with all of the people who refuse to wear masks and will likely refuse to be vaccinated suggests we’ve still got a long way to even get to the peak of this situation much less on the way towards solving it. The more I reread the article, the more I became concerned that it wasn’t just a far fetched dystopian fairy tale. It could be where we’re headed.

      The idea of the NBA playing the regular season in bubbles seemed unthinkable a week ago. Now, after Eric Pincus brought up the idea in his article, it almost seems inevitable. If we’re going to have to live with this virus for a long time, we’re going to have to get creative on how to keep life and our economy moving. Expanded bubbles suddenly don’t seem outlandish. I know my son, daughter-in-law, and three grand kids have combined with my daughter-in-law’s brother and a couple of other families to create a group that gets together while remaining isolated from others and I’m sure that’s happening everywhere. We can only stay in isolation for so long before we go stir crazy. At some point, my wife and I may join that bubble. For now, we’re digging in for a second long run isolated in our home but even we have a limit.

      Be interested to know how the rest of you are doing and handling this situation. Even if you’re not stopping by and posting regularly, at least give us a shout out and let us know how you are doing. Hope everybody is still safe and healthy and you’ll all be in our prayers. Are you expanding your bubbles or do you think this is all crazy and will all go away next year? Let us know. And Go, Lakers!

      • mclyne32 (Director) 4:29 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I hear your frustration and completely understand.
        Although the Coronavirus is real, the way in which it is being reported is completely controlled, skewed and altered by the biased media.

        I am imploring you to look elsewhere for the truth. It’s out there. Sometimes it’s only allowed to be up in video form on youtube for a few days. I’m not talking about conspiracy theorists. I’m talking about doctors who have degrees in microbiology who have been silenced because they aren’t going along with the narrative of fear and control.

        I’m just asking that everyone do a little critical thinking about the motives her.

        Even the so called health “experts” have recently have come out and stated that those who aren’t symptomatic can’t spread the virus. Just a few weeks ago, they were adamant that the opposite was true.

        As for where this is going- it’s nowhere good. We are seeing groups of the populous screaming out for Marxist communism. If you look back to China before Mao took over, similar uprisings demanding not only regime change, but cultural changed occured:
        “In a classic autocratic method to gain control, Mao Tse-tung manufactured a crisis that only he could solve. Mao told his followers that bourgeois elements in China were aiming to restore capitalism, and declared these elements must be removed from society. His youthful followers formed the Red Guards and led a mass purge of the “undesirables.” When in control, Mao ordered the closure of China’s schools, and young intellectuals living in the cities were sent into the countryside to be “re-educated” through hard manual labor. The Revolution destroyed much of China’s traditional cultural heritage as well as creating general economic and social chaos in the country. Anyone who disagreed with the new regime was silenced.”
        It’s sad to witness so many sheeple who have become brainwashed by a small group of radicals hell bent on repeating mistakes of the past.

        On October 19, 2019, “Event Two Global One” was held in NYC as a high level Pandemic exercise, simulating a global outbreak, modeling what they called a “fictional Coronavirus.”
        The WEF(World Economic Forum) put up a website detailing how everything would go down to acheive Global Governance. It details what the “Great Reset” would look like.

        This whole mandatory “stay at home” is all about division and control.
        It was planned. They knew this would not only destroy our economy, but create a situation where many Americans will choose to give up their civil liberties just to feel “safe” again.
        The virus was just the first catalyst. There will be more. The insanity will ramp up.
        Will we witness a civil war?
        Will enough people take action against these communistic tactics?
        I hope so.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 4:32 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          QAnon has a reddit page.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 4:56 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Tom asked.
            You can keep your little head buried in the sand.
            Keep trying to shame those who disagree with your simplistic view of the world.
            Your Social Warrior Justice Badge doesn’t work with me.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 5:07 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink

              America is the only country in the World where wearing a mask is a political choice not a scientific choice.

              If this is NWO, no one told South Korea or Iceland. They don’t shut down.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:08 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink

              Matt, thanks for replying. I do hope you and your family are staying safe and being careful not to be exposed to coronavirus. The virus doesn’t care about our politics or religion.

              While I don’t buy the theory that the coronavirus is a manufactured scheme to gain control over the country, you’re right that authoritarian governments in the past have used similar tactics to convince people to give up their freedoms. It’s always something about which to be alert.

              The big question we have to determine as citizens is which events are legitimate crises and which are manufactured or imagined crisis. That’s become a genuine concern in this era of ‘fake news.’

              There’s also the reality that, regardless of the origins of the virus, people are actually dying. It may be less or more deadly than we think but one thing is sure, it’s killing people left and right and it’s not going away soon.

              Stay safe and healthy, Matt.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:17 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink

              You’re right about that, Sean. Canada has done a great job after a shaky start getting the virus under control. Unfortunately, we have not and right now, it appears the virus is completely out of control.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 5:44 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink

              One scientific fact that you are glossing over is that that wearing a mask increases one’s anxiety level due to the fact that they are not getting enough oxygen.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 5:00 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            “Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.”

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:09 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 5:10 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink

              “Go from the presence of the foolish man when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.”

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 5:12 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink

              It’s disappointing on a Federal level, Tom.

              Gov. Newsom and his proactive approach vs his red state colleagues and their reactive approach.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:15 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink

              Have to agree with you, Sean. States’ rights are great when you have a progressive governor and legislature and a burden when you don’t, as we can see in Florida and Texas.

              Dire situations like this are when we needed a strong federal lead rather than allowing the states and localities to try and solve problems piecemeal. Defense Protection Act and federal rules still are needed and we not get them until next year.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 5:10 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Been coming to visit the site for my one stop all Lakers news. I see you’ve choosen to let this tinfoil hat wearing alt-right bigot to keep posting his whacky bs. It cheapens the blog, makes it a joke when a (Director) is posting bizzar alt-right conspiracies. Ban this nitwit cult tool, how embarrassing.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:12 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hey, Sean, how are you doing. Hope you and your family are staying safe. I forget where you guys are now. Are you still in the Sacramento area?

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 5:23 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Keeping sane, NBA. Hope you’re good, friend. Missing ya around here.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 5:42 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Whats embarrassing are ignoramusus like yourself who are happy to be spoonfed anything and everything from their government.
        Stay safe and ignorant!

      • mclyne32 (Director) 5:42 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Exactly how am I a bigot?

      • mclyne32 (Director) 5:45 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • mclyne32 (Director) 5:49 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        “Now disrespect him because he’s not using his free will they way your free will thinks he should.”

      • mclyne32 (Director) 5:54 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Only thing I find embarrassing here is your inability to debate a coherant thought based on your absence to provide anything of substance. Rather, your childish ignorance shows by only providing cheap names that don’t describe me at all.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 5:56 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Since the lockdown, alcohol purchases are up by 243%, meth use is up 300% and its estimated that there will be 31 MILLION more cases of domestic violence because of the stay at home orders.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 5:59 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        During the last recession, when the unemployment in the United States peaked at 10%, the suicide rate jumped, resulting in 4,750 more deaths. If the unemployment rate increases to 20%, the toll could well rise.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 6:00 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s obvious that some aren’t intelligent enough to carry on a respectful, logical debate regarding this pandemic and how it has been affecting our society.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 6:02 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • mclyne32 (Director) 7:53 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        How could I be a bigot when I listen to intelligent black men like this?:

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:20 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’ll throw in my 2 cents. I’ve been out in it since Day 1 because we were considered an essential business (grocery). We had little to no guidance at the beginning and folks were just doing their own thing based on what little information we had. I’ve seen a coupla longtime friends & co-workers get sick & eventually die from the virus. Seen dozens get sick and struggle to get back to 100%. This shyte is real. It ain’t the deadly spectre rampaging across the country killing everything it touches. And it ain’t a harmless hoax that folks can just choose to ignore and hope it’ll just “go away “. It’s most likely somewhere in the middle. We need to take it seriously but not go overboard to the point of not living our lives.

      I still visit my parents every weekend because it’s important to them. We sit out on the patio with plenty of social distancing and I wipe everything down before I leave. I’ve been tested 4 times but I really question what that actually means. Theoretically I should be tested everyday.

      As for our governor..he started out good but eventually succumbed to the pressure and reopened too early and now here we are shutting things down again. Too many folks don’t wanna follow the guidelines and nobody has the balls to put any real teeth into enforcement.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 6:45 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There’s a very small percentage of folks who have a medical reason for not wearing a mask. And those folks can use a face shield at the very least. Whole lotta other folks just out here bullshitting.

        Had a dude tell me the other day that hand sanitizer was a hoax too. So…for all these years they’ve been lying to us about alcohol being a disinfectant and antiseptic? Yeah..ok

        But this is the kinda thinking this political environment has produced.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:59 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Good to hear from you, Mongo. I’m sure your parents appreciate seeing you. We do the same thing with our son, daughter-in-law, and three grandkids. Socially distant get togethers always outside to keep everybody safe. Life has to go on and we’re all going to have to make adjustments in order to keep from going crazy. Doesn’t look like coronavirus is going away soon so the new normal may be learning to live with it.

        My 12-year old granddaughter Mia just got tested after she was in a car for 15 minutes with an aunt who is a nurse who found out a co-worker just tested positive. We’ve got our fingers crossed. I remember when the aunt was included in their bubble and thought that was a risk because of her profession but she’s their godmother. Anyway, the virus is getting closer. Keep Mia in your prayers, Lakerholics. She’s the best 8th grade point guard in our town.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 10:21 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Prayers definitely going up for Mia! My nephew just tested positive last Saturday but he’s young & in crazy good shape (rookie police officer). Spoke with him today and he’s hurting with the body aches & coughing. Says it’s definitely worse than the flu. But the youngsters seem to pull thru easier.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:47 AM on July 4, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Thanks, Mongo. Our prayers to your nephew. Like you reminded everybody earlier, it’s not just the threat of dying but the long term damage the virus could cause. It’s definitely a whole different world when it hits your own family.

          We’re hoping and praying Mia will test negative. She’s such a bright light in the world. All she’s worried about is the possibility she gave it to her mom and dad and brother and sister. Man, wish we had better and faster testing.

          Was just reading that the best hopes for testing could be test similar to pregnancy tests where you spit into a tube and then stick a piece of paper in the tube and if it changes color, you could be positive and would then get the more accurate nasal test. These test could only cost a dollar compared to $50 to $150 for the nasal test.

          The idea is for the test to be cheap and fast enough for people to do them daily. Employers and schools could require phone photos to return to work or school. Or to get into restaurant or event. Going to need some innovative solutions.

          Stay safe and healthy.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:42 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    NBA’s Latest Bubble Idea More About Saving Careers Than Dollars 

    Per Jackie MacMullan of ESPN: “The NBA is in deep discussions on a second ‘bubble’ in Chicago for the eight teams that were not invited to play in Florida. … Play would be similar to a summer league format, with the specific parameters still being discussed. … The second bubble will be created at a substantial cost that will be split among the 30 teams.”

    “We can’t let these guys sit around from March 11 to December without something,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey told ESPN. “It’s going to hurt their careers. It’s too long of a layoff.”

    That’s why the NBA has leagues in summer (the Utah and Sacramento leagues would have started by now under normal circumstances). If the Las Vegas Summer League turns a profit, that’s a bonus. The bigger goal is to get prospects in front of coaches for a few weeks and on the court against similar competition.

    The same concerns persist for both scenarios: Would the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association put players in harm’s way to protect what could be over $1 billion in revenue?

    Current events may foster cynicism, but the bubble may prove to be one of the safest places in the country. It could also be a disaster—the range is that extreme. However, a Chicago bubble would have the benefit of learning from Orlando.

    More importantly, the league needs to adapt to the world as it is. A vaccine may not be available by December, and the 2020-21 season may begin without fans in attendance and could end up in yet another bubble.

    Chicago could be another test run for the NBA’s new reality.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:51 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I remember Jamie misunderstanding my 2020-21 regular season ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams as being in a bubble. At that time, I had not considered the possibility of the NBA playing the regular season in a bubble and to him so. In the meantime, I started worrying about the possibility that we all may end up in different forms of bubbles if this pandemic and others to follow became a feature of the new normal.

      The harsh reality is the NBA could easily end up having to consider playing the regular season in a bubble, as crazy as that sounds. In fact, being in the bubble with its rules, security, and fringe benefits could actually be a lot safer than not being in the bubble. And what the NBA learns from Orlando, could be applied to Chicago and future regular season bubbles. As the league learns, the size of the bubbles could be expanded and the games even played outdoors to decrease the likelihood of viruses spreading.

      Right now, with the coronavirus mutating and becoming multiple times more infectious and America being isolated as Europe creates it’s own bubble, the future of the world could be cities in bubbles. Having too much time to think about things, I ended up writing the article I just posted above as a lark. The more I think about it, the more I’m not so sure that we might end up seeing this kind of dystopian new normal in America.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:39 PM on July 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    Frank Vogel: “I would call Jared Dudley a star in his role,” 

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