Saturday, April 5, 2014

Lakers Potential Draft Picks

With only six games left in the season, the anticipation for the post-season is sadly gone for Laker fans for the first time since 2005. They can thank injuries, questionable coaching and a forgettable roster filled with more rotations than the Earth's axis.

As we all know with the NBA, what goes down must get a nice draft pick...or something like that. I was never good with cliches.

Here is my take on the possible draft picks for the Lakers if they get lucky:
  1. TJ Warren – Plays good defense at the 3 or 4 and can score.  
  2. Jabari Parker – An athletic small forward who can also put of numbers. 
  3. Andrew Wiggins – Another great shooter that can play the 2 or 3 spot.
  4. Joel Embiid – Defensive monster that can be the next (pre-Laker) Dwight Howard.
  5. Marcus Smart – A solid point guard that any team could use.
  6. Dante Exum – A potential point guard like Lillard?   
  7. Gary Harris - A legit shooting guard with plenty of potential. 
What do you think? Do the Lakers have a pretty good shot at getting one of these top picks?

Author: Loit Kaskla - Site Contributor

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Laker Girls Lunch Date at Carl's Jr.



Because burgers just taste better when an NBA dance team is around, this March and April Carl’s Jr. is bringing back the “Laker Girls Lunch Date” tour, and the Los Angeles Laker Girls are coming to a restaurant near you!

The tour has already kicked off. Throughout the tour two or more Laker Girls will be in-store for one hour to autograph photos and pose for pictures with guests. Visitors will also receive Carl’s Jr. coupons and other prizes. Fans sporting purple and gold will have the chance to score more prizes, including a pair of tickets to a Lakers home game!

Full dates and locations for the “Laker Girls Lunch Date at Carl’s Jr.” tour include:

March 19, 1-2 p.m.: 1670 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90810
March 20, 2-3 p.m.:  1465 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
March 21, 1-2 p.m.: 16101 Harbor Blvd., Fountain Valley, CA 92708
March 22, 2-3 p.m. 40980 California Oaks Rd., Murrieta, CA 92562
March 23, 1-2 p.m.: 2110 W. 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057
March 24, 2-3 p.m.: 1439 E. Gage Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90001
March 25, 1-2 p.m.: 2912 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90007
March 26, 2-3 p.m.: 1231 W. Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754
March 27, 2-3 p.m.: 22700 Centerpoint Dr., Moreno Valley, CA 92553
March 28, 2-3 p.m.: 23002 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
March 29, 2-3 p.m.: 7261 Boulder Ave., Highland, CA 92346
March 30, 1-2 p.m. 1001 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90037
March 31, 2-3 p.m.: 5800 Rodeo Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90016
April 1, 1-2 p.m.: 5701 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807
April 2, 2-3 p.m.: 3255 Saviers Rd., Oxnard, CA 93033
April 3, 2-3 p.m.: 2619 Tapo Canyon Rd., Simi Valley, CA 93063
April 4, 1-2 p.m.: 424 W. Los Feliz Rd., Glendale, CA 91204
April 5, 2-3 p.m.: 25536 Barton Rd., Loma Linda, CA 92354
April 6, 2-3 p.m.: 620 W. Foothill Blvd., Rialto, CA 92376 ‎
April 7, 2-3 p.m.: 2022 N. Riverside Ave., Rialto, CA 92377
April 8, 1-2 p.m.: 3801 W. Temple Ave. Bldg. 97, Pomona, CA 91768

For more information visit www.lakers.com/carlsjr.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Videos: New Foot Locker Commercials Featuring Kobe 9 Collection



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Check out Kobe's latest TV ads spotlighting his Nike Kobe 9 collection offered at your local Foot Locker. 

His new line of apparel and kicks may produce the grandest grand masterpiece of grand pianos, make Lionel Richie's tears cry tears, end war, and create a light that makes everyone look better, but no hand-crafted, tear-jerking, war-ending Kobe piano, or unbreakable, global warning-ending, tropical tan giving light will make this Lakers season look any better.

Laker fans can bandage their exteriors with Kobe-inspired fashion, but deep down inside we all know what we're masking. :'(

Saturday, February 8, 2014

RareInk's Latest Masterpiece - Chick Hearn


They Laker fans, you're going to love RareInk's latest masterpiece. They've recently released a new Chick Hearn art piece by well known rock poster artist, Scrojo.

The art is available as limited edition prints, stretched canvases and prints on metal. Follow the link provided for more details:  http://bit.ly/1kdPwsr
About the Art

Renowned rock poster artist Scrojo commemorates the legendary Laker announcer, Chick Hearn, who began his Laker career in 1965 and went on to broadcast a record 3,338 consecutive games. Hearn is remembered for his rapid fire, staccato broadcasting style, and famous sayings that have become common basketball vernacular. Many of those inventive phrases are captured on this vibrant art piece such as: no harm no foul no ambulance, frozen rope, garbage time, popcorn machine, among others.  Most importantly, however, is Chick's signature "This game is in the refrigerator: the door is closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter's getting hard, and the Jell-O's jigglin'!". This must-have art print for Laker fans is available in limited edition fine art prints, stretched canvases and on metal.

About the Artist

Scrojo, is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer from San Diego. With over 1,500 unique concert posters under his belt, Scrojo's name has become synonymous with the Belly Up and the San Diego live music scene. His major corporate clients include Nike, Walt Disney and MTV.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Stern leaves, stain remains

 

Now that David Stern has officially retired as NBA commissioner, a position he held for 30 years, let us revisit the fun facts about his lovely veto gift he left behind for the Lakers.

Here's an interesting excerpt from Jeanie Buss's updated "Laker Girl" book:

It was a very intense battle. Some of the owners were pounding David during those eight hours of negotiation, but he was like a ninja. He fought off every objection while striving for fairness and balance. The guy was amazing. He has an incredible ability to handle divergent opinions, reach compromises, and push through policies he feels are the most advantageous to the league as a whole. I honestly think that David, had he not become NBA commissioner, could have run a country.

I had fallen asleep on the plane after my flight took off. When I woke up, I learned the deal had been rescinded. David — for basketball reasons, he said, not because owners were complaining — had negated the deal. I don’t think David caved to the owners. The problem, in my opinion, was giving Demps the leeway to be the ultimate decision maker. As the general manager, he should have been required to get final approval from a higher level.

Lakerholics.com writer Ross Pickering says this about Del Demps:

Del Demps was appointed as the general manager of the New Orleans Hornets by the NBA and agreed to the CP3 trade without getting clearance from ownership, and the league were the owners of the Hornets at the time, of course. The whole thing was just one big mess. If the Hornets had a regular owner or GM then Chris Paul might be a Laker today – then again, a different GM or owner may not agree to a deal with the Lakers, anyway.
  
Regardless of what could've been, let's get the facts straight. The Lakers' offer was the best one for both parties involved. The Clippers gave the Hornets/Pelicans a worse offer, but yet it was still approved by Stern.

CP3 Trade Review
The following players would go to or went to the Pelicans:
Lakers Offer: CP3 for: Dragic (19 ppg), Scola, K. (8 ppg) K. Martin (19 ppg) and Odom (14 ppg) Clippers Offer (accepted by David Stern): E. Gordon (16.5 ppg), C. Kamen (8.3 ppg), A. Al-Farouq (7.2ppg)

The deal that the Lakers originally brokered was better for the Pelicans and the league. While the Clippers got one hell of a parting gift from Stern, the Lakers were left with a departing reigning 6MOTY Lamar Odom, which was the beginning to the Lakers dynasty ending.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

[Graphic] Nick Young "After 1 Game Suspension"

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Here's a quick little something we've designed to help commemorate Nick Young's recent highs since his one game suspension.

Young has elevated his game just in time for the Miami.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Young's actions might just spark the Lakers

Finally some excitement came from a Lakers game. No it didn't end in a victory but it did remind fans of the same type of emotion that once fueled this team.

For the Lakers who still seek self identity and look as sluggishly lost as a walker on AMC, Nick Young did show his Hulk side that surprised fans, especially coming from a player who gives Howard a run for his money for on court smiles.

Young reacting to a pretty hard foul while driving to the hoop for his signature one-handed dunk, was actually nice to see even though nothing good came out of it. His frustrations that I'm sure was bottled up from this season's array of internal issues may just have awakened this team. At this point anything lively is better than the grave results fans have been getting. Call me crazy but Young's actions might just be the AED that revives this dying team.

It was announced today that Young will serve a one-game suspension for throwing a punch at Phoenix Sun's Goran Dragic from last night's game. Dragic was in the line of fire and had no involvement with the hard foul.

However Suns center Alex Len was ejected after receiving a flagrant foul 2 and was fined $15,000 while teammate Marcus Morris was fined $25,000 for his involvement.

Click on this link to see the video clip: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:10301792

Having now lost 6-straight, and with an overall record of 14-25 its overwhelmingly clear that this Lakers team needs desperate help from anyone who is willing to offer a helping hand. Who knows, maybe Magic and his Midas Dodger touch can make things happen - just read what's coming out of his mouth about the organization, specifically Jim Buss. 

On top of the team's already distant demeanor, after the game Young told reporters that he was disappointed with his teammates who didn't back him up during the incident. In his own words, "It was 1 on 5".

Will this team bounce back to at least mediocrity or will the purple and gold continue to spiral down in hopes for a first round draft pick?

Monday, December 30, 2013

Meet AC Green at Eastside Christian Church on Jan. 4th & 5th


Hey Laker fans, here's your chance to meet the "Iron Man" himself, former Laker great and 4x NBA champion, AC Green. Green has always expressed his strong commitment to his faith and he'll be at the Eastside Christian Church appearing as part of the regular weekend service to talk about hoops, life, and faith.

Eastside Christian Church is located at 3330 E. Miraloma Ave., Anaheim, CA.

Click here for directions

Here's what they have to say about AC Green
If you live in Southern California you probably know AC Green as one of the NBA champion Lakers. Nicknames the "Iron Man" of the NBA, Green has his name in the record books for playing more consecutive games than any other player in the NBA and ABA history - 1,192 over 15 seasons. The 6'9" Green played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat, and has earned four championship rings.

Today Green's passion is for kids and teens who lose their way and sense of purpose. That's why he founded the AC Green Youth Foundation. Green said, "I feel many of our nation's young people feel largely rejected and neglected, which breeds hopelessness and despair...I ardently desire to influence the younger generation both male and female, to fulfill their potential by tenaciously pursuing their dreams in accordance with their gifts and talents."

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Laker Girl (Updated Edition) - Contest Giveaway

Okay Laker fans, our friends over at Triumph Books have given us several copies of the updated edition of Laker Girl by Jeanie Buss - Foreword by Phil Jackson.

We'd like to give a copy to a lucky fan who guesses closest to the final score of the Lakers/Heat Christmas day game.

Contest Rules
As usual the rules are very simple. All you have to do is accurately guess or guess closest to the final score of the Lakers/Heat Christmas day gameGuesses are only valid if they include the correct winning team. You can submit your guess (one guess per fan) via the options below:

Submit your guess via the comments section below, or our Twitter, FacebookGoogle + pages.

Winner will be announced after the game. If we are not following you please be sure to leave a valid email address for us to contact you in case you win.

Good luck!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Kobe on SLAM cover #175


SLAM ONLINE just released it's newest cover with a side profile look of Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant. Past covers have inked a more celebratory and confident Kobe, however this particular cover shows a more worried and unsure Black Mamba...with a perfect subtle use of gold.

The cover, whether timed appropriately or not is titled, "24 - Can Kobe Beat The Clock". This couldn't be any truer since Kobe's out for another six weeks due to a fracture in his left knee. Critics are saying it's time for Kobe to throw in the towel, while fans are sticking by his side waiting for his second return of the season.

In Kobe's season debut coming off his devastating torn achilles, he averaged 14 PTS/4 REB/6 AST in six games. The team won two of those games. This recent knee injury is a huge blow, especially after the Lakers were finally finding cohesiveness having won 2 of their last 3 games with Kobe in the lineup.

SLAM ONLINE will have more details about what to expect inside the issue once it hits newsstands next week.

To view past Lakers SLAM covers click here