Thursday, April 18, 2013

2013 NBA Playoffs Electronic Bracket is here!

Hey Laker fans, it's that time of year again!!! The Kobe-less Lakers made true of team captain's guaranteed playoffs and thanks to the great win over the Rockets, the P&G made the 7th spot to play the better matched Spurs rather than the fast-paced Thunder. 

Due to the success of last year's electronic bracket, we've decided not to steer too far from the design so we made just a couple of minor structural tweaks. We hope you enjoy our 2013 NBA Playoffs Electronic Bracket!

Click on the image above or click on the link just below to download.

Once inside Google Docs choose "File" then "Download".

Its that simple! You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) to read/use the bracket.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ryan Tang's "Count On Resurrection"

Hey Laker fans, local L.A. based graphic designer Ryan Tang has released this latest illustration titled, "Count On Resurrection". With the same certainty in Kobe's bold guarantee of the playoffs comes the same assurance for his return in '14. 

Artist's Description
No one can beat a torn Achilles better than Kobe Bryant. No one has seen it beat better than Kobe Bryant will beat it. We have yet to see the last of Kobe Bryant. The final chapter is his to write. Kobe Bryant will have his last dance. Count on it.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Don't Worry Kobe - Mamba Has You Covered

Original Photo Credit - AP

An emotional Kobe uses social media to vent his frustrations about season-ending torn left Achilles



This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I’ve done millions of times! The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. Why the hell did this happen ?!? Makes no damn sense. Now I’m supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!? How in the world am I supposed to do that??
I have NO CLUE. Do I have the consistent will to overcome this thing? Maybe I should break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that
was. Maybe this is how my book
ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me…Then again maybe not! It’s 3:30am, my foot feels like dead weight, my head is spinning from the pain meds and I’m wide awake. Forgive my Venting but what’s the purpose of social media if I won’t bring it to you Real No Image?? Feels good to vent, let it out. To feel as if THIS is the WORST thing EVER! Because After ALL the venting, a real perspective sets in. There are far greater issues/challenges in the world then a torn achilles. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, find the silver lining and get to work with the same belief, same drive and same conviction as ever.
One day, the beginning of a new career journey will commence. Today is NOT that day.
“If you see me in a fight with a bear, prey for the bear”. Ive always loved that quote. Thats “mamba mentality” we don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. We endure and conquer.
I know it’s a long post but I’m Facebook Venting LOL. Maybe now I can actually get some sleep and be excited for surgery tomorrow. First step of a new challenge.
Guess I will be Coach Vino the rest of this season. I have faith in my teammates. They will come thru.
Thank you for all your prayers and support. Much Love Always.
Mamba Out

Monday, April 8, 2013

Dirk Nowitzki could’ve been a Laker

It is hard to imagine Dirk Nowitzki no longer wearing a Dallas Mavericks jersey, the only uniform he has donned throughout his 15 NBA seasons. But what is even more bizarre is the possibility of seeing Nowitzki wearing another team’s colors. It only seems right that the face of the Dallas franchise finishes his professional career with the team he led to its only league title. Not a lot of people know but the 7-foot, 34 year old star from Germany almost joined good friend Steve Nash with the Los Angeles Lakers, if the said rumors were to be true. There was supposedly a Nowitzki for Dwight Howard trade in the making before the All Star break, but things just didn't materialize between the two teams. Howard, who is a free agent at the end of the season, is someone the Mavericks are certainly interested in, however, probably not in exchange for Nowitzki. Imagine having a Lakers team with Nowitzki paired with Nash; then add in Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant, and you have the kind of perfect combination to fit coach D'Antoni's run and gun system.

Since joining the Mavericks in 1998, Nowitzki has led the Mavericks to 12 consecutive NBA Playoffs (2001–2012), including the Franchise's first Finals appearance in 2006 and only championship in 2011. He is an 11-time All-Star, 12-time All-NBA Team member, and first European-born player to win the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. He also holds several all-time Mavericks franchise records, such great accomplishments from a kid coming from the quiet city of Wuzburg, Germany.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Steve Nash helps promote NBA's Green Week with "Extra"

Before the big game tomorrow former Suns teammates, now rivals Steve Nash and Matt Barnes were spotted with "Extra's" Maria Menounos at The Grove to help promote the NBA and Sprint's Green Week, a mission to teach fans how to protect the environment.

When interviewed by Maria about how he helps protect the environment, Nash said this:
“I hesitate to brag about it, but I drive a hybrid vehicle. I have solar panels in my house in Phoenix and I just try to recycle as much as I can.” 
Here's a video of the festivities:


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

KSM Custom Kicks - Custom LeBron X Showtime Era Lakers Design

While it is taboo to talk about LeBron James on this site we will take exception for this particular post.

Remember we write about all that is Lakers so this piece will help spotlight very cool custom LeBron X kicks that pay homage to the Showtime era Lakers.

This custom design was created by They started with a Canary colorway base pair with an added Lakers gold and purple to the upper. The rear graphic triangle reads "SHOWTIME."

These customs will be available to order for a limited time so act now.

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RareInk launches Shaquille O'Neal art collection has officially launched their Shaquille O'Neal art collection in celebration of his jersey number (34) being retired by the Lakers. The collection features portraits by artists Mark Sgarbossa, San Diego, and Krystoff Domoradski, Poland, as well as a collection of artistically enhanced photos celebrating Shaq's Lakers career.  

About the Artists

Mark Sgarbossa's work spans a broad range of styles, which allows him to move seamlessly between projects from designing skateboards for Tony Hawk to gig posters for De La Soul, to tour merchandise for Ted Nugent.  An accomplished rock poster artist, Sgarbossa’s work has featured such acts as Helmet, Franz Ferdinand, Avenged Sevenfold, and the late Johnny Cash.  

Polish artist Krzysztof Domaradski is also known as Kxx.  Kxx graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan were he received his Masters degree in Drawing and Metal Techniques. His work has been featured by numerous brands including Nike, Audi, Diesel, Sony, and Volkswagen. 

About RareInk:
Based in Carlsbad, California, RareInk’s mission is to create extraordinary and accessible art for sports fans. RareInk has identified a void of quality, modern art for today's sports fan.  RareInk is dedicated to offering fans a large collection of at that captures the history of the NBA.  RareInk's entire collection can be viewed and purchased at