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  • Magic Phil

    Magic Phil 8:41 AM on April 14, 2016 Permalink  

    A Seat At The Table 

    It’s hard to believe that it has been twenty years since Kobe Bryant walked on stage with that million dollar smile and shook Commissioner David Stern’s hand as he put on that Charlotte Hornets hat. It almost does not feel real that tomorrow night, when he takes off that Lakers jersey, he will never again put it back on to wow us fans with another magical performance. And while it is sad to see the end of an unbelievable story, it also feels good knowing that I witnessed greatness from the very beginning to the final conclusion – having seen a whole bunch of buckets, a hand full of rings, some ridiculous plays, and one historical career along the way. Kobe Bryant can walk away from the game of basketball knowing that he gave it his all, accomplished his goals, and cemented a legacy as one of the greatest ever. He can be proud in knowing that when the best of the best are called together someplace a million years from now, that he’ll not only get an invite to the party, but that he’ll also have a seat at the table.

    via A Seat At The Table.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:50 AM on April 14, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Love it.

      Nobody but Kobe could end such a spectacular career in the fashion he did last night.
      I still can’t believe that he put up 60, and willed his team to win over a good defensive squad with the awful shape his body is in.

      LEGENDARY.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 10:52 AM on April 14, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Credit the Lakers organization for doing it right. Dr. Buss single-handedly transformed the NBA from a sporting event to an entertainment event, which it is in EVERY arena now and his daughter obviously learned well from him. Perhaps NOW some free agents might give the Lakers a second thought because nobody treats their superstars better, but they’ll probably poossy out because them’s some BIG shoes to fill.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 11:53 AM on April 14, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Last night definitely helped increase the luster of our brand.
          Will it be enough to lure top tier FA’s?
          I sure hope so.

        • tate793

          tate793 12:37 PM on April 14, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yes, Mr Keen. You are 100% correct! I’d like to add this. Nobody treats their fans better, either!

          • keen observer

            keen observer 4:09 PM on April 14, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            That is also 100% correct, Mr. Tate! I’d like to see the fans show some appreciation and have some serious patience because they know we will be back at some point. There needs to be some serious restructuring in the basketball operations, no doubt, but we must have patience with that, too.

            • John M.

              John M. 4:16 PM on April 14, 2016 Permalink

              If the brand had a balance sheet, it would be heavily in the black. They’ve earned our loyalty and patience many, many times over. That is why I will always support all facets of the organization.

            • tate793

              tate793 7:33 PM on April 14, 2016 Permalink

              Yep. Patience is a tough commodity to master. To lash out at what one considers the source of their pain or discomfort is human nature. We must learn to master our nature, as well. Finding fault in others is also an easy thing to do. Pointing fingers from the gallery when we weren’t the ones so recently deprived of our forever father figure, is also easy. I imagine, there were plenty of times that even the simplest of decisions were an immense task for Jerry’s kids after he left this earth. Patience for the eventuality of the franchise’s return to it’s usual excellence is one thing. Patience for the grieving process and readjustment of one’s everyday life without the presence of a father like Dr Jerry Buss is a whole ‘nother animal.

        • Seely_Iggy (Director)

          Seely_Iggy (Director) 1:41 PM on April 14, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Great point, Keen! The celebration of Kobe was quite something to behold.

    • mud

      mud 11:20 AM on April 14, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      hear, hear!

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 12:25 PM on April 14, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The power of the Laker brand was on display last night. Kobe trumped the Warriors record breaking night all over the television as well as social media. I live in the bay area surrounded by Warrior fans. My social media is filled with Warrior posts everyday …..the usual diehard fans posted their love for the Warriors, but my feed was filled with Kobe amazement by all types.

      • tate793

        tate793 7:45 PM on April 14, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yeah, Sean. Really ironic that ESPN moved the retirement game from ESPN to ESPN2 because they felt it was not as newsworthy. Yet, what occurred at Staples Center will go down in history as a once-in-a-lifetime event. Kobe’s longevity, Kobe’s legacy, Kobe’s excellence and Kobe’s iron will shall never be duplicated. Kobe’s career and Kobe’s final game will never be duplicated.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 1:56 PM on April 14, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Did you guys see those rings that Jeannie presented Kobe and Vennessa with?
      What a generous going away gift.

  • Magic Phil

    Magic Phil 11:24 AM on April 13, 2016 Permalink  

    If I were the Lakers coach…

    If Lakers are up by one, they have the ball, 10 secs left….
    ………………………………….
    ……………………….I TAKE KOBE OUT OF THE GAME!! YEAH, GAME OVER, WE WON LOL

     
  • Magic Phil

    Magic Phil 10:54 PM on March 22, 2016 Permalink  

    Just got home from Staples 

    1) Kobe had a rough start but at least we saw some “mamba-moments”. That was 3 possessions where he score baskets and the crowd went crazy

    2) Metta looks old.

    3) Lance S has improved quite a lot. Looks like a different player.

    4) ZBo looks old

    5) Randle’s defense is atrocious. Terrible. His screens are useless. Watching live, I was horrified. A bit better towards the end of the game but still…

    6) WE FREAKIN WON!!!!!! And I went with my son!

    7) Oh, Tony Allen still can play.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:58 PM on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Magic Alex have fun, MP?

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 11:30 PM on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thought about u while I was watchin’ the game, MP. I remembered u said u were gonna be there … u definitely picked the right game to attend. : )

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 11:32 PM on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      BTW, definitely agree with u on Julius’ defense … or lack thereof.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 11:42 PM on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Not seeing terrible defense. 3 blocks and a steal. And nobody shot well against him. He s not great yet but hardly terrible either.

      • mud

        mud 1:10 AM on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        his one on one defense was pretty good.
        his team defense is terrible. he’s basically a rookie, though. that can get better.

      • Magic Phil

        Magic Phil 8:38 AM on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        MH, there was times where he simply doesn’t know where to go. ON D!! He often got caught between a bunch of guys running around him which leads to him loosing his man. All the freakin time.

        He can fix that, still a rookie but compared to Nance, he’s a bench player. Too sad Nance didn’t play yesterday

    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:31 AM on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It wouldn’t shock me if Randle got traded. Nance’s knees are the big question. Julius is a beast on the glass and is loaded with potential, but his defense may never be great. Larry Nance has the kind of game that fits into almost any combination of players on the floor. It will be interesting to see what the Lakers (are able to) do with the center and small forward positions this summer.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:15 AM on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree with you that Julius is the most likely of the three young guns to be traded, especially if we draft Ingram, who could play the 3 and stretch 4. The concern with Julius is his outside shooting.and his lack of height and length on defense. He creates all kinds of issues trying to build around him. I feel the same about Simmons. Lakers need shooters to spread the floor going forward. Their spacing with this roster is terrible because we rarely have more than 2 good 3-point shooters on the floor at a time

        • Magic Phil

          Magic Phil 8:41 AM on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          We’re not getting anything….you guys still day dreaming? It’s a lottery, chances are slim.

          Besides those kids you mentioned are crap that MAYBE, one day, will turn into a player. To be honest, the only guy that I see some kind of “readiness” is Buddy Hield, the rest smells like baby powder.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 10:55 AM on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I agree with you and I’ve been consistent with that. They still have to address the center and small forward positions. We’ll wind up with shitty third and fourth tier players and/or they will punt once again for the summer of 2017. However, I think that some rebuilding teams would love a player like Randle, so trading him to fill the small forward or center position with a proven commodity is not out of the realm of reasonable reality.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 11:56 AM on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Completely agree, MP.

  • Magic Phil

    Magic Phil 6:18 PM on March 8, 2016 Permalink  

    Kobe Socks Tonight? 

    After the GSW game, those socks should be mandatory

     
  • Magic Phil

    Magic Phil 1:48 PM on February 25, 2016 Permalink  

    The Horrible Truth About Boston 

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  • Magic Phil

    Magic Phil 9:06 AM on January 22, 2016 Permalink  

    Kobe Bryant’s 81-Point Game: An Oral History 

    Martin: It always sounds good in theory to say, “Let the superstar get his and shut down the rest of the team,” but it’s not an effective strategy if you don’t make the star player work for his shots.

    At one point, I suggested to coach Sam Mitchell we should try doubling Kobe on the perimeter just to get it out of his hands. We did. Then Kobe hit a few from 28 feet. Nothing but net. Coach looked at me. I shrugged and said, “I don’t know, we may just have to ride this one out.”

    Jones: I’ve covered the Raptors since day one, and been watching basketball since a young Lew Alcindor battled an aging Wilt Chamberlain, so whatever it is, I’ve seen it. It takes something really extraordinary to move me out of my seat.

    That night, Kobe was something to behold. He was bouncing off people, making circus shots, fall-aways with contact… I’ve got a montage somewhere that one of the radio guys cut of all of Kobe’s buckets. My excitement was going through the roof. I screamed “He’s got 72,” because I knew he’d passed David Robinson and set a new benchmark. It was spectacular.

    via Kobe Bryant’s 81-Point Game: An Oral History.

     
    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 9:10 AM on January 22, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      At the start of the fourth, the Lakers were up 91-85, too close to give Kobe rest. He wasn’t tired anyway. Kobe’s final stat line: 28-of-46 (7-of-13 from beyond the arc) and 18-of-20 from the line, which seems possible only through a deal with the Devil. Make of it what you will, but it was the Black Mamba’s 666th regular season game.

    • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:16 AM on January 22, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just read this myself, still amazes me. I remember I was in a bar in Long Beach to watch it because they make a great alfredo (go figure) and it was me and a couple other regulars and we’re in the corner and at first we’re like “this game stinks but at least Kobe’s going off” which turned out to be our mantra that season. But come that third quarter we’re getting louder and louder and the game is closer and closer and more and more people are wandering over to our dark corner of the bar to see what we’re all pumped about the place gets rowdier and rowdier until we win and he’s walking off. The bar clapped for him through the TV, like 12-15 folks who don’t know each other but are all witnessing greatness. Cool stuff.

      Nash won his second MVP that year, colossal joke if you ask me.

    • yellofever

      yellofever 2:09 PM on January 22, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      haha cool pic

  • Magic Phil

    Magic Phil 9:06 PM on December 22, 2015 Permalink  

    Nice game by Kobe.

    Getting buckets, dishing dimes, good D.

    Wow. Is he really retiring?

    Hehe, just kidding.

     
    • yellofever

      yellofever 9:09 PM on December 22, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      mixed feeling about this win. never like this at deangelos expense. Byron has to find a way to play him down the stretch

      • Magic Phil

        Magic Phil 11:59 PM on December 22, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        DAR will be fine. He just need to grow some hair on his nuts and that takes time.

        Besides, we fokin won yello…WTH? Grab a can and enjoy Kobe’s last season.

      • yellofever

        yellofever 9:15 AM on December 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        alright u right Phil .. I gonna do just that

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 9:16 PM on December 22, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He was in a groove tonight …. looked really comfortable out there.

      • tate793

        tate793 9:44 PM on December 22, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yep. DAR was in the game down the stretch, wasn’t he?

        • yellofever

          yellofever 9:07 AM on December 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think he checked in around 9 minute mark and checked out around 3-4 minute mark

          so much for his mini resurgence. officially derailed

  • Magic Phil

    Magic Phil 5:35 PM on December 12, 2015 Permalink  

    Sacre bleu!!!!

    Take him out.

     
    • mud

      mud 5:44 PM on December 12, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      it’s not Sacre. if anyone it’s Huertas and especially Randle.
      with Huertas, he’s just overmatched.
      with Randle, he’s basically a rookie.

      • mud

        mud 6:09 PM on December 12, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        and now the other rook is in the act. poor Russell.

        still, some good things in this half, even if they are totally overmatched. it’s frosh vs. seniors.

        • Magic Phil

          Magic Phil 6:14 PM on December 12, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          yeah, good stuff. Just the end of the quarter was bad but the kids will learn from that.

      • Magic Phil

        Magic Phil 6:13 PM on December 12, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Let’s agree to disagree. Huertas, IMHO, is awesome but he’s old-school, look for the Center first. He must understand that Sacre is not a guy you’d pass to.

        • mud

          mud 7:13 PM on December 12, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          sure, but Huertas gives up about twice as many points on defense as he makes or aids on offense. i want to like him, there’s a lot that’s cool in his game. he can’t defend anyone, not one on one or as a teammate. he’s death to the Lakers when faced with an aggressive scoring point.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 7:30 PM on December 12, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Wow! Are we actually tanking on purpose??? Kobe’s best game and sits the 4th as we be playing Bobbysox, Hurt-us…Unreal? I guess we are rooting for losses.

          • Magic Phil

            Magic Phil 7:52 PM on December 12, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Indeed, Huertas D is bad but…how bad? I mean, DAR D is also pretty bad. Lou W…gee, even worst. Huertas D is not the problem. He needs guys playing off the ball a lot.

            • mud

              mud 8:05 PM on December 12, 2015 Permalink

              it’s not a surprise that Huertas is in when things get bad. his defense is miles worse than Russell’s. Russell makes a heck of a lot of mistakes and he often gives up once he’s been beaten, but he also wins once in a while. Huertas has no chance, zero. he seems like a good guy though. i’ve been rooting for his success.

              it’s like Brandon Bass. Bass has always had a nice game, but he’s actually no help for this team. Sacre is better. Sacre isn’t near the athlete that Bass is, but he actually knows how to play the center position. Black is also better, but he’s too small. Bass should be able to outperform both of them, but in games, not so much…

              Huertas has all the skills, but in games, not so much….

              Huertas is a rookie in the NBA, so he can certainly improve. he’s not young or quick, though…

            • Magic Phil

              Magic Phil 8:18 PM on December 12, 2015 Permalink

              Agree with you on the Centers. Still thing Black should get some burn just to see how he does. Sacre sometimes stand still like time stopped…LOL.

              Regarding Huertas…I’m an advocate for a little bit of FIBA bball on the NBA. We became way to much individual perfomances players league. You see 2 guys standing side by side doing zip while another iso is happening on the other side. Huertas can move the ball like no one else. But the lack of practice-time is visible.

              Just think we can utilize him better.

            • mud

              mud 8:44 PM on December 12, 2015 Permalink

              he needs more time in the league. some of the things he likes to do don’t work in the NBA. it’s too bad that his debut happened so late in his career, or i’m sure he’d be a much more valuable player.

              yeah, he could be used better. he needs a vet team that can hide him on defense. he’s not real big or strong, unfortunately. well, that’s what i think at this point in time, anyway…

  • Magic Phil

    Magic Phil 3:58 PM on November 20, 2015 Permalink  

    The Lakers’ ball movement in this play brings tears to our eyes – Silver Screen and Roll.

     
  • Magic Phil

    Magic Phil 8:25 PM on November 15, 2015 Permalink  

    WTF is this a foul?

    (11:20 to go on the 4th)

    NBA is getting frustrating to watch and its not because of this call but I’m tired to see those calls getting spread out the NBA

     
  • Magic Phil

    Magic Phil 7:48 PM on November 6, 2015 Permalink  

    MWP apologizes to the fans and to TWC for not shaving for the locker-room post-game interview!

    NICE!!!!!

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 7:49 PM on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That Metta’s a funny guy … I really like his postgame interviews now.

      • AK27

        AK27 8:51 PM on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Imagine waking up with a knock on the door early in the morning tomorrow and finding Metta standing there with a somber look on his face…first words outta his mouth…”Funny how, Greg ?”

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 9:00 PM on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          LOL … I’d say, come on in Metta, I’ll be happy to explain it to u.

    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 7:52 PM on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “I used to be a Bulls fan but everytime the Knicks play,IO cheer for them…but never happened”

      “Then, I went to the Lakers and…they gave a ring. I went to China but I was watching Lakers games. So I’m a Lakers fan. I feels like I was adopted. I love my adopted family”

      Gotta love this guy!

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 8:07 PM on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That’s the main reason I wanted him on the team, MP … he has such a positive attitude now. Good influence on the youngins.

        • Magic Phil

          Magic Phil 9:04 PM on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          …and his quick hands

        • Magic Phil

          Magic Phil 9:40 PM on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Funny coz…

          Back then, we all agree that Metta lost a notch on D and 3s. Or, we all seems to agree, 2 or 3 notches…or even more. He looked older and slower. So why he did things tonight that we “WOW” and we don’t see very often?

          That’s because the NBA, overall, got weaker on D. And before pointing fingers, let’s remember how important the individual performance is on NBA bball. Guys like Ron, Tony Allen, Thabo, Andre Iguodala…

          Last season, Ron was in China, Allen didn’t play, Thabo had a broken leg…And Iguodala (the weaker defender from this list) was healthy and won a ring.

          First, Iguodala is my favorite SF because he can defend AND score. But when a team has Gasol (top Center? Top 2?) and Randolph, a guy like Tony Allen is the cherry on the ice-cream. The impact that old mf had on the team was enormous. Those hard-nose D guys are important.

          Metta is older and slower than before but he STILL have quicker hands than most of SF or even most of players on today’s NBA. If you got trapped with him, pass it quick coz he’ll tip that rock out of your hands.

          He gotta play more.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 10:49 PM on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Well u already know how I feel about guys who play hard-nosed D, MP … they’re few and far between in today’s NBA for sure. I’m sure Byron will insert Metta into the lineup whenever they start to have a lapse on the defensive end and that’s as it should be.

  • Magic Phil

    Magic Phil 9:39 PM on November 3, 2015 Permalink  

    Refs are screwing the game on the 4th. Call whatever they want…it’s a mess! Huertas for a moving screen? Seriously? Game ain’t flowing “for both sides”, like they’re up by 10. SMH

     
  • Magic Phil

    Magic Phil 8:01 PM on November 3, 2015 Permalink  

    Kelly’s D is horrible. I don’t get why he gets minutes on the 1st.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:04 PM on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I agree Phil, but he must be practicing really hard and trying to pay attention. Regardless of talent, if he is doing that, he deserves minutes because obviously Byron doesn’t think anyone else does.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 8:06 PM on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I like that he’s aggressive in attacking the basket … hopefully, he’ll eventually find his shot.

        • Magic Phil

          Magic Phil 8:34 PM on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          He’s not aggressive, He simply has no option

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 8:36 PM on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            LOL … I beg to differ tho, MP. He was doin’ it in preseason, too. I think he’s gotten a lil more confident with it. His perimeter shot has sucked so far tho.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 9:58 PM on November 3, 2015 Permalink

              I agree, G.
              Kelly never would drive to the rack last year.
              Now if he could hit his jumper and play better D, he’ll look like a real NBA player!!!

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 10:06 PM on November 3, 2015 Permalink

              Doubt that he’ll ever play decent D, Matt … but it would be nice to see him find his shooting touch.

        • tate793

          tate793 9:40 PM on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          He’s 5 for 16 [.313] on the year, which includes 1 for 7 [.143] from beyond the arc. His PER is 9.53. He couldn’t defend the Constitution of the United States of America and he’s slower than constipation.

    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 8:09 PM on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      LOL Skinny Kelly thinking he could run into a brick wall of 2 Denver defenders. Too comical seeing him bounce off. Back to the weights room Kelly. Put on some muscles.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 8:20 PM on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      They’ve gotta figure out how to defend dribble penetration better … they’re gettin’ killed.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 8:21 PM on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Multiple multiple switches.

        We don’t have the defenders to have an Offense adjust their rhythm, G.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 8:21 PM on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great move and slam finish by Julius, but he’s gonna eventually have to take some of those wide open looks.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 8:41 PM on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Jordan is on FIYAH!

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 8:43 PM on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Boy, D’Angelo is really struggling with his shot.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 8:49 PM on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Seriously who is playing good defense? 60 point 1st half tells me no one

  • Magic Phil

    Magic Phil 8:02 PM on October 30, 2015 Permalink  

    Will Joey Crawford ref all of our games until the end of the season?

     
  • Magic Phil

    Magic Phil 7:34 PM on October 28, 2015 Permalink  

    Where to watch????

     
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