Monday, September 13, 2010

Matt Barnes Attraction for Distraction

Recently Matt Barnes was arrested, charged with domestic violence against fiance Gloria Govan. Both showed visible injuries. This just fresh off his on-court run where he slapped opposing coach Rick Lewis in the championship series of the San Francisco Pro-Am league this past Summer.

His debut Laker season hasn't even started and he's already causing a raucous off-court. I know nobody's perfect but come on Matt, show some self control. If this type of shit continues on, he WILL (as my expectations forecast) hurt the team. I just hope Lakers fans accept Barnes like they did with Ron Ron because if the boo birds come out, he just might bitch slap his way into another court case.

Lamar Odom is once again a World Champion

Team USA are once again World Basketball Champs. Not since 1994 has the USA basketball team fashioned FIBA gold. To those skeptics who often criticize the NBA for using the word "world" when crowning their champions, you can't argue the fact that the current "world" champions are the 2010 team USA players;
Iguodala, Odom, Billups, Durant, D. Rose, R. Westbrook, R. Gay, D. Granger, S. Curry, E. Gordon, K. Love, T. Chandler. You are the BEST!

I hate to admit it but I wasn't among the fans who glued themselves to the tube for the worlds basketball elite. And thats' just it, the 2010 U.S. basketball elite were awesome don't get me wrong, but they weren't "Olympic gold" awesome. With the commercially driven and media amped NBA talent like Kobe, LeBron, Wade, Bosh, D. Williams, D. Howard (it goes on and on), that when we see anything that our trained minds sees less interesting we tend to look the other way. Hey I'm on the chopping block here by saying I might have glanced here and there for tournament highlights but never really sat down to watch an entire game. Heck another contributing factor in my disinterest was me being basketball-ed out. What can I say, the Boston series took A LOT out of me.

If there were ever a reason for me to watch the entire tournament, it was for Laker Lamar Odom. He could have chosen to relax this off season and maybe show some Hollywood reality show skill or maybe even something as simple as just hanging out with fam, enjoying some great Cali sun. He could have...but he chose not to. I mean, back to back NBA titles has already justified his dominance in the NBA so I guess it would only make sense to go for world gold right? What a year for the Candy Man. Add this to your Wikipedia profile.

There was one player that really stood out throughout the tournament as I found going through box scores and video highlights. Kevin Durant just killed the world circuit competition. Durant set a record for scoring the most points (261) in the tournament by a U.S. player. The Durantula strikes on foreign soil! He averaged 22 PPG.   

Congrats to Lakers SF Lamar Odom and to the entire Coach K squad who brought back FIBA World Championship Gold!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Day We Met Chick Hearn

A day we will NEVER forget...the day we met The Golden Throat, Mr. Chick Hearn.

I still remember it as if it was just yesterday.

My cousin Peter and I were walking around inside the Great Western Forum, taking full advantage of the extra pregame time we earned by weaving in and out of L.A. traffic.

We wanted to absorb the atmosphere and maybe even get lucky and sneak our way down to watch the players warm up.

While looking for a discrete route away from aisle ushers we spot Chick Hearn and Stu Lantz (AKA Chicken Stew at the time). We instinctively make fools of ourselves by mimicking inflatable balloon air dancers in hopes that we grab their attention, never realizing in our wildest dreams that in a few seconds this act would become the Mona Lisa of our Lakers memory museum.

Chick and Stu were in the broadcast section 10 rows up studying pregame stats. Stu, heavily involved in his work, waved us off but Chick waved us in. Chick Hearn took the time to personally greet us! He shook our hands and signed our program! He made the time from his pregame routine to welcome us to the Forum. This moment alone cemented our love for the greatest basketball announcer to ever touch a mic.

We miss you Chick. Thank you for taking the time to personally welcome us to your home.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

ESPN Magazine Lakers Covers

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