Posts Tagged ‘Lakers

02
Jul
09

The big 3 turns into the big 4, possibly 5?

Ronald Artest, apparently signed a three year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers today for 18 million.  Several things jump instantly to my mind.  Will the Lakers start Lamar or Ron?  Is the c’est la vie to Trevor?  Will this help our defense?  Will this help our offense?

Only time and the season next year can answer these questions.  One thing I know for sure is the Lakers got a steal.  Yes Ron has had a reputation for the NBA bad boy.  Previously it belonged to Dennis Rodman.  Who coached Rodman and two other super stars?  Phil Jackson.

Under the guidance of Phil and Kobe, I feel that the Lakers improved their roster for next season.  They are getting better defensively and stay the same on the offensive end.  Ron has proven himself time and time again to be a lock down defender and he prides himself on this.  When he does get hot he can be as dangerous as a Kobe.  Well maybe not Kobe but you get what I am saying.

As far as who is coming off the bench, I don’t know on this one.  I think Lamar will step into the starting roll, which will put a lock down defender on the floor when one of the bigs gets into foul trouble and or Kobe needs a rest.  Ron will play more minutes while Kobe is resting which will limit Vuj’s time.  Lets hope the Lakers get rid of Vuj.

What this deal does for the Lakers is weaken a conference rival.  Chances are Ariza will end up in Cleveland and I will be sad to see him go, thank goodness to another confrence none the less.  Ariza did show some potential last year, but Ron is a for sure thing.  The youth of Trevor is what I am going to miss the most.  As Shaq said, he had a very Pippen esq look in the post season.  Trevor was a huge part why we won our championship.  Who knows maybe we will run three small forwards.  Ideally if we got rid of Sasha, and had Ariza or Artest come in for a tired Kobe, that could work.  Both do well defending smaller guys.  Who knows, maybe this could happen.

Needless to say it is nice to know that we took one of Houstons big three and added another guy to our big three turning us into the fab four.  If Bynum comes around maybe we can become the ferocious five.  Only time will tell, but next to the Shaq trade this has been the biggest move thus far in the off season.

23
Jun
09

The Adventure of Kaliphornya in Wonder Land err Angel Stadium

This past weekend for fathers day I took a ball game in with my Dad and the rest of my family.  It was the first time I had ever been to Angels stadium and they were playing my favorite team the Dodgers.  Having the best record in baseball and our ace on the mound things were looking good to start the night.

As we found our seats, I felt like I was in Disney Land.  Now I know that Disney does own the Angels, but come on the stadium has a movie set feel to it, something fake.  The first thing that really jumps out at you in the stadium is how lame center field is.  They have this waterfall like fountain gushing from a big fake rock shaped in an A.

I thought splash mountain was at Disney Land

I thought splash mountain was at Disney Land

Directly to the right of the fountain is nothing.  I am guessing they were going to use this space to promote splash mountain but ran out of funds.  Could you imagine all the seats and coin the Angels franchise could make if they tore out their uber lame fountain and the great abyss?

Moving onward.  From the moment we arrived at the stadium vendors were still selling those damn rally monkeys.  I know the rally monkeys were cool when the Angels beat the Giants in the World Series but seriously that was like what, seven years ago?  Boy was I in for a surprise.

Thats super cool.....No realy it is....

Thats super cool.....No realy it is....

Once game time rolled around the stadium started to fill up like any other sporting event in southern California.  Everyone was casually late.  My seats were up in the nosebleeds behind the home team dugout along the third base line.  Because the Dodgers were playing the Angels, there was a very mixed crowd of fans.  Going into the ball game, my pops and I had several beverages because we could not bring ourselves to pay eight dollars for a keg cup of beer.  Everyone else around us, well they did not have the same thought process as us.

Towards the end of the first inning, two rows in front of where me and my father were sitting, four women showed up.  These women were large, rude, and plain obnoxious.  Now I am not one to knock on peoples weight, but in the good nature of painting a picture for you the reader, I would have to say they all could easily have gone on the biggest loser scale and topped a thousand pounds, let alone be contestants for next season.  I will come back to these women later.

My seat was on the aisle, which you would think was great, but man did this suck.  I have never had to stand up and sit down at a ball game more in my life to let people out and in.  I was averaging four to eight squats every half inning.  What is the deal?  Can these people not hold their bladder?  It was armature hour in the ball park.

By the time the fifth or sixth inning rolled around the Angels blasted on the jumbo tron the same monkey that was in outbreak, and all of a sudden you hear the crowd go crazy.  It was dressed in an Angels uniform jumping up and down on a table, with the words rally monkey under it.  Honestly this looked like the most low budget video clip I have ever seen, yet all the Angels fans were loving it.  After every base hit they would flash this damn thing up on the screen.  I was curious if everyone was going to stand up and start flapping their arms as wings like in Angels in the Outfield.

Honestly if you could have seen they way these people reacted to the monkey you could not help but laugh at them.  I think there is a reason the broadcasters on television do not show this.  It is a little outdated.  While all of this was going on I was thinking why is this damn outbreak monkey still around?  Have they not got something new yet?  This would be similar to going to Dodger stadium ten years from now and looking out in left field and seeing Manny wigs everywhere, or in 2010 if Cavs fans are still throw up powder before tip off even though LeBron peaced out of there as fast as he could.  It is outdated.

It was a tight ball game going into the seventh inning stretch.  My attention was focused on the jumbo tron where Alfred Hitchcock’s infamous shower scene from Psycho was being played.  Being the video geek that I am, I was informing my father that for this 48 second scene he used 78 cuts which was truly Hitchcock at his best.  Once we got to the point where they were going to show the dude with the knife there it was, the fuckin rally monkey screamin.   This crowd erupted as though their team just won the NBA finals, wait they did, but you get the picture.   Down with the Sickness was blasting as the fans were going bonkers.  I could not believe what I was seeing.  I thought I was in a wonder land or something.  A tiny ass outbreak monkey was the sole reason for pumping up this stadium.

Anyhow, that damn critter must have worked because the Dodgers went down by a run and eventually lost the game.  By the time the seventh inning was over, booze was talking left and right.  Time to get back to the grande chicks.  These chicks in front of us were Angels fans and they were wasted.  Every inning all four of them would get up and each would come back with two beers no joke.  That means each of these chicks has fourteen beers at ten bucks a piece (They had the big cups that light up).  That is an extra $140.00 they spent on beer plus the $40.00 dollars for tickets.  One of these biggins got into it with a dodger fan.  She was all up in this guys face with her middle finger less than an inch from this dudes nose.  I don’t know what he was saying but man I bet it was an easy target.  While she was acting all hood rat some fan from behind us threw a whole cup of beer at the row of dodger fans.  Instantly the Dodger fan turned around and threw his beer bottle at the group of Angel fans he had been talking trash with the whole game.

People started yelling and it was starting to look like the Palace of Auburn Hills with beer flying.  All we needed was Artest and Stephen Jackson in the crowd.  There really is nothing like watching a bunch of fat drunk baseball fans going at it and protecting their team as though it is their family.  They were more worried about who was louder and who had the last word than the damn game.  Luckily enough people jumped in and broke the opposing parties up before there were any ejections.  As the “big female crew” left all the way down they were yelling Dodger fans are pussies.  The whole way out they did this.  I felt like going up to them and saying hey, “you realize with that $140.00 of beer you just drank, you could have been sitting in the “diamond club” which are the seats directly behind home plate.”  I guess everyone has their priorities.

All in all this experience like Orange County and their boobs seemed fake.  Nothing wrong with that but like the teams name Los Angeles Angels, its time to get your own identity.  Get away from the Disney theme like the Ducks did, ask the city of Anaheim if they will allow you to return as the Anaheim angels opposed to the Los Angeles South team.  And for God sake, get a new them for your team other than the outbreak monkey.  If you could really just step back and look at how lame that guy is you would be embarrassed.  Ohh yeah and Kobe was cheering for the Dodgers.

17
Jun
09

Excuses why the Lakers are the World Champs

It has been several days since the Larry O’Obrien trophy made its way back to Los Angeles.  Once again the Lakers are back on top of the NBA world and once again everyone is bitching, complaining, moaning, and groaning if they are not from LA.  Let me first start by saying, shut the hell up.  Second let me say yes our city did get help from deep pockets for the parade and yes we did riot.  Criticize us there but know that when it comes to the hardwood, well we own you.

I have heard every single excuse in the book and I have heard the non stop banter of people trying to put our ball club down during its finest hour.  You know what, we don’t give a shit.  In fact, we are the only ones who can really talk shit right now.  Frankly your team did not have what it took to make it to the big dance and for the 15th time, Phil Jacksons 10th, and Kobes 4th, we owned you.

Excuse #1-

“If the Celtics were healthy they would have dismantled the Lakers in the Finals.”  The last time I checked we beat them both times this season, once with Bynum and once without.  I believe their whole team was healthy.  Yes Rondo was a better player this year and Big Cry Baby Davis did make some big shots.  You do realize though that Bynum was in the middle this year and Trevor Ariza was not coming off of a broken foot.  Pau Gasol spent the summer in the weight room and learned how to play physical.  As far as I am concerned the X factor is KG getting old.  Boston you are one and done.  I bet you are also saying if Brady did not get injured you would have won the Super Bowl last year.

Excuse #2-

“You played a team of overachievers in the NBA finals with a big man who is confused.”  This is the excuse that I enjoy the best.  Did this team of overachievers beat your team?  If so then what does that make your team?  Damn you guys were really reaching on this one.  Here is why the Magic made the finals.  In the first round they played Philidelphia, a team that squeaked into the playoffs missing their best player.  The series did go the distance but Howard faced Dalembert down low.  That dude sucks.  The second round the Magic played a beat up old Boston team.  Who did Howard go against here?  Kendrik Perkins, sorry but that dude is a weak center as well.  How about against the Cavs, Illgauskus and Varejo are slow and frankly suck as well.  Pretty much it was one on five every game and LeBron just could not do it.  So the Easts lack of good big men down low paved the way for Howard and the Magic to walk into the finals.

Hate us all you want, as Magic said best we are some of the most spoiled fans in the NBA.  We have seen the finals 30 times and won it 15.  We do not know what it is like to have years and years of losses.  Our franchises care about us as fans and will do anything to keep a winning tradition in the city.  Say what you want, but in the end it comes down to who is wearing the ring.  Once you beat the champs, then you can talk.  Until then keep coming up with lame ass excuses that help you sleep better at night and think what could have been.  Playing pretend and make believe is really a lot of fun.  Ohh yeah and on one final note, keep ripping Kobe Bryant about the Colorado incident, yet always remeber if the opportunity ever came up for you to have him on your team, you know you would not think twice.

13
Jun
09

Orlando fans need to learn a few things

Over the past months I have done this once or twice with several Boston fans.  This is the first fan I am guessing from Orlando that has left a passionate comment.  As Lost Angeles says, my comments in red.

The lakers are the biggest bunch of winer babies I have ever seen.  Curious what a winer baby is?  Did you mean winner baby?  Or I am guessing you meant to say whiner babies.  The Lakers are winners, and what NBA player does not complain about calls these days, if that makes you a baby then everyone in the NBA falls victim to this stereotype. Derek Fisher is a punk and Kobe is such a crybaby!  Derek Fisher is a class act.  How has he been a punk to Orlando.  With the exception in Houston, Derek has never been suspended and never been thrown out of a game.  There is not a more competent and elegant speaker in the NBA.  Kobe Bryant does argue calls all the time, but he is no cry baby.  There is not a more fierce competitor in the NBA than Kobe Bryant, you know you would take him on your team with no questions asked. Pao Gasol better think again before going after any one of the Orlando players because they would mess him up.  Are we playing basketball or in the octagon? Last I checked Pietrus was the dirty player and went after Gasol.  If someone pushes you in the back as you go up for a dunk, then you deserve to get an ear full.  Piertus has a clean record until that point, I will let it slide.  It must be frustrating not being able to close out games wether it be this series or all the way back to Nick Anderson missed free throws. Gasol is a big ugly lazy player who has no business being cocky.  Gasol is big and ugly, but by no means is he a lazy player.  Isn’t that just putting your own team down even more.  A big lazy guy is going to work and killing it down low.  You only wish Howard had the talent Gasol has to go along with his insane athletic ability.  How is Gasol cocky?  Kobe Bryant is cocky, not Pau Gasol.

Very creative response that had a lot of concrete evidence.  Don’t hate the Lakers because the Orlando Magic can’t close out a game.  Be pissed at all those free throws missed or Nelsons lack of D on Fisher.  Most of the time I am rebutting a Boston fans article.  One thing I miss is some creativity and a knowledge for sports.  Orlando as fans you have a lot to learn.  Boston I miss you.

Kaliphornya-

11
Jun
09

Lakers best ever

Hey Boston, I know you have been out of the playoffs for awhile now, but just to let you know ESPN agrees that the Lakers are the greatest franchise ever.  So enjoy all your banners but know that we trump you once again.  How is that early vacation going?  KG, you still icing those knees?  Be ready for next year and probably start looking for some youth.  Are you going to keep Marbury?  He really panned out for you guys.

Love Kaliphornya-

Best ever

Best ever

11
Jun
09

O-Town and the Magic?

First and foremost, Orlando, what a game you played on Tuesday.  75% in the first half from the field and 64% for the game.  You guys played lights out.  I just wanted to say congratulations on your first ever NBA Finals win.  It must be nice to get over that goat.  Good luck in these next couple games because Kobe and co are ready.

As a Laker fan, I could not be less worried about going into tonight’s game.  The Magic shot an NBA record in field goal percentages, got a couple home court whistles (Luke Waltons charge), and Kobe stunk the joint up in the fourth.  Yet the Lakeshow almost won.  Can you imagine how demoralizing that must be for the Orlando Magic.  They are probably thinking that in order to beat the Lakers they have to shoot lights out and break some sort of record.

The reason that was the first and last game Orlando will win in the finals for a long long time is several.  Dwight Howard has one move and one move only.  He always goes with the sweeping right hook.  He never likes to turn baseline when he has a guy post up.  Every time it is to the middle of the key and a right hook.  The Lakers bigs will pick up on this and force him into shots he does not feel comfortable with.

As a shooter you know if you had a good game previously there will be a little let down going into the next game.  The problem with the Magic is all of their guys got hot on the same night.  What would have kept this series closer is if you had a select few guys get hot in different games.  Not have your whole team either hot or cold on the same night.  Game one they shot 29% from the field, game three they shot 64% from the field.  It is a hit or miss with this team.  The Lakers will make their adjustments and no way will the Magic shoot at that level again.

Kobe Bryant, stellar first half, not so stellar second half.  He is going to have that fire in his eyes once again and not let this game get away.  I am guessing we will see the Kobe we saw in game 6 against the Nuggs.  Distribute and then take over at the end of halves.  He will be on lock tonight, do not expect him to miss free throws.

One last final note, was it me or did it seem like armature hour when the tinsel/confetti operator made it rain premature?  Talk about being anxious to get that first win.  Orlando enjoy this one because it will be your last finals win in a long long time.  Do you remember that band from the late 90’s O-Town.  They had a hit song All of Nothing, this title pretty much sums up the Magic, they either make all their shots or nothing.  Yet like O-Town the Magic will be gone and out of peoples minds very very quickly.

The Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic

O-Town

O-Town

05
Jun
09

No time to relax

Great game last night Lakers, truly it was a gem.  Yet I am still nervous.  Did you see how many shots Kobe took?  Granted he absolutely went off in that third quarter to put the nail in the coffin, yet he shot the ball a ton.  Every time this season the Lakers have gotten a huge lead, they blew it.

Yes, they did not blow it last night, but are we going to once again see that team from the Rockets series?  The team, that knows their good and only puts a half effort forward.  Or are we going to see that team from a year ago, that expects Kobe to do everything?  Or will we see that team, that has shown up for a record three games in a row now?  Game two will be a very interesting game (as if all the games will not be interesting) to watch.  If the Lakers come out the same way they did this last game, well sorry Orlando but you are just not deep enough.  If not, then we will have a long series.

Why did Kobe change the game plan from the previous series and shoot so many shots?  It is the same reason Luke Walton took more shots than normal as well.  Courtney Lee, is to small and can not defend Kobe or anyone else on the floor with the exception of our point guards.  There were huge miss matches left and right.

So in the end, yes Kobe can shoot the ball a ton because he has a huge miss match on the floor, then when “Air France” comes in that’s when the bigs go to work.  Last night was a great way to start of that series.  Lets just hope the Lakeshow does not turn into Hyde and dick around.  We all know the Magic will shoot the ball better, and Howard will raise it up another level.  If the Lakers match the intensity, the Magic can not run with them.  You live by the three you die by the three Orlando.  By the way did you see how many threes the Lakers shot?  Only nine, that has to be a record low for the Lakers.

The reason I know we will win is Kobe, the look in his eyes, the intensity on the floor, the post game comments.  The man is on a mission.  The way he looked on the floor last night reminded me of Kobe three years younger.  Unstoppable in every way.

FIRE UP




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