Sunday, October 23, 2011

Largest Lakers collection in the world

Source: Lakers.com
Are you the biggest Lakers fan out there? Before you quickly answer yes, take a look at this video recently posted by Lakers reporter Mike Trudell on Lakers.com.

Many Lakers fans in their own right claim to have the coolest Lakers collection out there but all pale in comparison to this truly breathtaking mini Lakers HOF museum. I hate to disappoint the average fan whose modest collection starts with Carl's Jr. Lakers bobble heads but when you have Wilt Chamberlain's passport casually thrown into your collection like Mr. Kohler has then you officially own all bragging rights. Dave's collection is documented as the world's largest Lakers collection. His S. Orange County home could be a National Historic Landmark.

Dave Kohler is a very successful sports collections dealer and the president of SCP Auctions. SCP Auctions has handled the sales of many of the most high profile athlete estate collections ever brought to the marketplace including collections from the estates of Honus Wagner, Lefty Grove, Arthur Ashe, Pee Wee Reese, Wilt Chamberlain, Casey Stengel and Bob Cousy to name a few. 

Dave has appeared on and/or contributed expertise to hundreds of news outlets including USA Today, CNN Headline News, ESPN News, ESPN's Cold Pizza, Sports Illustrated, Robb Report, ESPN Radio, The New York Times and many others.

I've read articles, seen photos and videos of Dave's home before and my jaw still drops to the floor every time I'm reminded of his remarkable collection. If Jack Nicholson ever had to defend his title as the Lakers biggest fan, Dave Kohler would be the opponent.

Click here to see video of Dave's "Lakers Shrine"
Click here to see photos of Dave's collection courtesy of ESPN

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Stephen A. Smith: "Lakers Locked" Edition

If you missed yesterday's Stephen A. Smith ESPN LA 710 show, he went off about the NBA lockout and killed it. He spoke the absolute truth and did not hold back.

He talked about how Amare Stoudemire and other NBA stars want to start their own league because of the lockout. Stephen (rhetorically) asks Amare, "Where were you all these months after the season ended when you could've been sitting across from the owners and negotiating a collective bargaining agreement? We saw Amare launch his new clothing line. Where were y'all?"

Stephen A. Smith's continued to rave...

"When Isiah Thomas was president of the NBPA, Jordan, Magic, Bird, Ewing, and in the early 90's, Mutombo, Mourning were all involved in the contractual negotiations between the league and the owners. They didn't leave it to a journey man like Theo Ratliff, Maurice Evans, Keyon Dooling and Matt Bonner. They didn't leave it to guys like that, they were involved."

Great point. Kobe, Lebron, Melo, Wade and all the other high profile NBA stars should've been right by Fisher's side from the get-go. Now the players are starting to come to the media to express their opinions about the lockout. It's too late, the damage is done.

Smith also interviewed Shannon Brown and asked hard ball questions about the lockout.

Click on the play button below to listen to the show. It's a definite must hear Laker fans. Stephen A. Smith rants, justifiably so and makes complete sense.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Arbitration needed for NBA lockout

Some thoughts about the lockout...

Owning an NBA team is a privilege and a franchise. If you own a Subway restaurant or McDonalds, the corporation (NBA) may demand more money if the company wants to sell its wares using the NBA logo or any logo. Wealthy teams should kick in more money to support the franchise. If they don’t, they should get fined.

If an NBA franchise does not meet business goals (22 out of 30 teams), they should be forced to sell their team to another city that can meet business goals. The players are a product just like a sandwich or cheeseburger. It is up to the owners to make their franchise successful. A failing franchise should not be bailed out by the players if prudent business decisions are not followed.  

If an NBA team is not making money, it should be sold off. Subsidies can only go so far.

According to Wikipedia: “According to the NBA, 15 of the 29 teams posted losses that season (1998).” Teams that are performing poorly are blaming the players for their failures. This is bad business.

The new CBA needs to include an arbitration agreement where a retired judge or a mediator would sort out any future disputes. There is too much to lose for the fans, employees, advertisers, etc to NOT HAVE an NBA season. Can we move a team to Seattle or Las Vegas?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Metta hasn't sunk in until now

Last month Ron Artest as we all know legally changed his name to Metta World Peace. Due to an unpaid parking ticket though his first name change attempt was temporarily halted which benefited Artest when the social media got word of this. Any news to help publicize Artest's latest experiment is great news.

Even his Dancing with the Stars appearance helped matters. Their marketing efforts were aimed at introducing "Ron Artest" among the dancing cast but after Artest paid his parking ticket and the court made things official, the show made the acknowledgement and introduced "Metta World Peace" to millions of people on their third episode. Unaware, the show helped market Metta's new identity but only for one night as he was voted off after only his first week. Apparently the world doesn't want World Peace after all, at least not on the dance floor.   

Yet after being consumed by the media, both socially and televised, his name hadn't sunk in for me. I guess I still wasn't convinced this was real. I kept thinking maybe this was a hoax gone way too far and that Ashton Kutcher would tell the world that we all got punked on one of his Two and a Half Men episodes.

Well, everything became official for me today when I saw ESPN and Yahoo! Sports show a Metta World Peace rather than a Ron Artest. I am no longer in denial. I feel free now and somewhat in a state of Metta. Go figure.