Monday, November 26, 2012

Save 25% at RareInk.com with Special Promo Code thru 11/28


Rareink.com has exclusively offered our readers a custom "cyber" discount of 25% on all RareInk Lakers Art. Simply enter LAKERLIKER25 during the check-out process to receive the discount.

Hurry as the promo code expires this Wednesday, 11/28th at midnight.

Between their free ground shipping and this limited-time offer, now is a great time to start your Lakers fine art collection!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

"100 Things Lakers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" Winner Announced - @Josh4Q


We have a winner for our book giveaway contest of 100 Things Lakers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.

@Josh4Q tweeted in his guess (see below) of LAL 114-DAL 103 which gave him the winning spread of just 15 points. Tonight's final score was LAL 115, DAL 89.


Our congratulations go out to Josh and a special thanks go out to Triumph Books for sponsoring this contest.

Go Lakers! Great team win tonight.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Lakers are 0-4 on the road

Photo credit: AP
Okay Laker fans, what say you? We're thirteen games into the season and this powerhouse Lakers team looks power-less. Tonight they fall to a tough Southwest division leading Memphis Grizzlies team 98-106, putting their road record at a dismal 0-4 and overall season record to 6-7.

So this kind of lackluster production begs the obvious question, why? Why is this team not meeting expectations? Is it their weak defense? Lack of energy? Nash's stubborn and prolonging injury? New coach? Lack of bench contribution? Or should we just play it safe by answering all of the above?

Regardless of the answer, Lakers morale from having been at an all time high with the off season signing of Nash and Howard has to now be at an all time low. Coach D'Antoni walked in knowing that there would be a lot of work to do, but now he'll have to add the pressure of knowing very well that his employer leaves little wiggle room for mistakes as the season grows. This "work in progress" is a scripted diagnosis that fans are quickly catching on to. Results are now emotionally due.

No more err on the side of caution business. It's time to take risks. Give new opportunities to other players. Look at what Jamison did tonight with 25+ minutes. He scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The team was also +10 when he was on the floor. Maybe D'Antoni benching Gasol late in the 3rd quarter was the smart move despite the loss.

Amongst all the confusion and uncertainty, there's one clear understanding Laker fans can always be sure of game in and game out - Kobe Bryant. Kobe's efficiency this early into the season has already been well documented by the media and bloggers galore, hence why he leads the league in points with 357. Mind you this is his 17th season.

As Kobe's expressed to the media before, he will get his no matter what. Now, it's become crucially necessary for the team's success that other key players get theirs as well. Whether this is orchestrated by D'Antoni or team captain, it will have to happen. Tonight, Gasol and Howard combined for 13 points, 8 rebounds and 8 turnovers. Where's Magic when you need him?

D'Antoni made this bold statement at his introduction press conference:

"If we're [the team] not averaging 110-115 points per game, we need to talk."

Since D'Antoni's arrival the Lakers are 2-4 with meeting that goal. "Talking" may have to begin soon.

    

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Win a copy of "100 Things Lakers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die"



Okay Laker fans and avid sports readers, the good folks over at Triumph Books are sponsoring our latest book giveaway contest of 100 Things Lakers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Steve Springer, a former sportswriter who spent 25 years at the Los Angeles Times.

Contest Rules
As usual the rules are very simple. You accurately guess or guess closest to the final score of a predetermined Lakers game and you win the prize. That predetermined game is the November 24th Dallas/Lakers away game.

Your guess must have a valid email address for us to reach you at in case you win and a final score for BOTH teams. Guesses are only valid if they include the correct winning team. Submit your guesses in the comments section below. Word/number verification is enable due to the recent increase in comment spamming. Also, we are having technical issues with commenting via smart phones. Please be sure to leave your comments using a PC/laptop or tablet. 

About the book
100 Things Lakers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die reveals the most critical moments and important facts about past and present players, coaches, and teams that are part of the storied history that is Lakers basketball. Scattered throughout the pages, you’ll find pep talks, records, and Lakers lore to test your knowledge, including:
  • The seven unforgettable games of the 1984 Finals – Magic vs. Bird, Lakers vs. Celtics
  • He was Dr. J before Dr. J, MJ before MJ – the legacy of Elgin Baylor
  • The best and worst trades, and five biggest head cases in team history
  • The curious case of Spencer Haywood, one of the oddest Lakers of all time
If you don't win you can always get your copy at Triumph Books for just $14.95.

Good luck Laker fans!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I direct TV where DirecTV doesn't



I am as die-hard as they come to idolizing the Los Angeles Lakers, so when you take away my ability to watch them play from the comfort of my chaise, you better get ready to deter from MY death stare.

Fans finally get the roster they've been dreaming of but thousands of them still can't see the broadcasted version of it because of the new partnership between the team and Time Warner Cable SportsNet who have exclusive televised coverage.

How could the Lakers organization neglect to see before inking in this 20-year $4 billion contract, that this move would affect so many Laker fans? I've personally been affected by it and I'm outraged. 

I live in an area where the only cable providers are Cox Communications and Satellite Dish Networks, such as DirecTV. It just so happens to be that Time Warner Cable SportsNet has negotiated contracts with every other cable provider [and their mother] but Cox and Satellite Dish Providers and consequently its customers are left in the abyss of complete darkness. I can't even purchase NBA League Pass because I am categorized as "local" since I live in Southern California and Lakers games would be blacked out because of my zip code. What? So you're telling me that I can't watch my favorite "local" team because I live too close to their venue? Maybe I should just move out of state.

Before I digress let me also throw in that I've resorted to streamed Laker games (see above snap shot) to substitute my viewing pleasures. Yes, the ad banners are as big as the Staple Center floor, and every five minutes I have to click out of an annoying pop up that blocks my view but it will have to do until an accordance is met.

As I watch tonight's streamed Lakers game via a virus detecting foreign program that I have no clue of, just feet away from my 50" HD TV mind you, I've been privileged to watch a pixelated Gasol shoot a game losing 3-pointer against the visiting San Antonio Spurs. Nothing adds to the wound like a pixelated loss and unwanted ads blocking my view.

Go Lakers!
     

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Why hiring D'Antoni or Dunleavy would be a mistake



Yesterday I was getting ready to watch the Mav's/Bobcats game on NBATV and much to my delight the pregame show spotlighted the talk of the town regarding the big possibility of the Lakers organization bringing back Phil Jackson.

Here is the interview with NBA analyst David Aldridge with his insight about the latest discussions surrounding the Zen Master. 

I think the only hope this Lakers team has to be successful this season is to bring back PJ. This nonsense I'm reading about the organization also interviewing Dunleavy and D'Antoni I hope is just standard protocol for paperwork sake. 

Laker fans want and expect immediate results and Dunleavy or D'Antoni will fail with that premise, especially with a superstar cast like this site's banner. Even though Dunleavy's coaching debut was a successful one for the Lakers back in the early 90's, the operations and talent level of those other tenants that he used to coach and manage for at the Staples Center pales in comparison. He would need time to adjust.

I have to admit though, hearing D'Antoni's name come up following Brown's departure put a smile on my face because I remembered how well he coached Nash and how efffective those two ran that famous Phoenix Suns offense. Bringing Mike D'Antoni on board and adopting that fast-paced offense would only make logical sense right? Then that smile quickly turned into a frown when I realized that those hay days in Phoenix were four years ago. I had completely forgotten about his recent coaching struggles with the Knicks and how he just gave up and resigned last season. The Lakers can't afford that kind of karma.

Even though Phil did leave on disappointing terms, he also left with a sense of unfinished business. We all know that he deserves to ride off into the sunset, and this roster can deliver that photo op. Phil can deal with big ego's and more importantly can deflect from Kobe's death stares.         

The Buss family and Phil Jackson are a smart bunch and I believe they can put aside their differences for the better of the team.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day - Two Lakers Art Pieces up for Vote on RareInk.com



Hey Laker fans, since it is Election Day today, it's only appropriate to remind you that RareInk.com has two Lakers art pieces up for vote. The folks over at RareInk do a really cool thing by allowing fans to vote for which memorial NBA moment/player to create as the next limited edition art piece.

Currently for the month of November there are two Laker pieces up for vote on RareInk.com

First, in the "dynamic duos" category poll, results are as follows:
  • MJ/Pippen 61%
  • Duncan/Robinson 22%
  • Shaq/Kobe 9%
  • Wade/LeBron 5%
Second, in the "great Laker moments" category poll, results are as follows:
  • Magic's jr sky hook 38%
  • Kobe to Shaq alley opp vs portland 36%
  • Horry's "3" vs the Kings 13%
  • Fisher's .04 shot vs the Spurs 11%
The dynamic duo category is of more importance since it means one less Laker piece if Shaq/Kobe loses.

Be sure to cast your vote today by clicking below!

 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Winner announced from the RareInk Giveaway Contest

Our congrats go to Ms. Kaila Hara who had the closest guess to the Lakers/Mav's season opener game. Her guess was Mavs 103 - Lakers 92.

The final score ended up being Mav's 99 - Lakers 91.

She won a RareInk.com 18x24 Kobe Bryant 81-PT Game Fine Art Print.

Click here for details about the RareInk Giveaway Contest

Thursday, November 1, 2012

100 Things Lakers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die


Most of you have attended games at Staples Center, seen highlights of a young Magic Johnson and remember the epic battles with the Celtics in the 1980s.  But only real fans know how the Lakers acquired Hot Rod Hundley, which hobby fascinated both Chick Hearn and Elgin Baylor, or remember the infamous Balloon Game.

100 Things Lakers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Steve Springer reveals the most critical moments and important facts about past and present players, coaches, and teams that are part of the storied history that is Lakers basketball. Scattered throughout the pages, you’ll find pep talks, records, and Lakers lore to test your knowledge, including:
  • The seven unforgettable games of the 1984 Finals – Magic vs. Bird, Lakers vs. Celtics
  • He was Dr. J before Dr. J, MJ before MJ – the legacy of Elgin Baylor
  • The best and worst trades, and five biggest head cases in team history
  • The curious case of Spencer Haywood, one of the oddest Lakers of all time
Whether you’re a die-hard fan from the days of Pat Riley and Magic Johnson or a new supporter of the new fab five Nash, Kobe, Metta, Howard and Gasol, this book contains everything Lakers fans should know, see and do in their lifetime.  If you bleed purple, gold and white, then 100 Things Lakers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is for you. It offers the chance to be certain you are knowledgeable about the most important facts about the team, the traditions, and what being a Lakers fan is all about.

For more information and/or to purchase the book go to: TriumphBooks.com

About the Author
Steve Springer is a former sportswriter who spent 25 years at the Los Angeles Times. He is the coauthor of Laker Girl and American Son, with boxer Oscar De La Hoya which made The New York Times bestseller list. He lives in Woodland Hills, California. Bill Sharman was one of the first NBA guards to push his field-goal percentage above .400 for a season (.436 in 1952–53).  He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976 and again in 2004 as a coach. In 1996, he was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.