Friday, July 31, 2009

Ron Artest: Theory Of 37

Odom Press Conference: Proud to be a Laker

Now that this is over...we can enjoy the rest of our summer.

LD2k: Candyman Is Back

Lamar Odom re-signed with the Lakers today...THE CANDYMAN IS BACK!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Young superstar, legendary coach


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Pat Summitt had her eye on Candace Parker from the time the phenom was a preteen playing AAU basketball.

When the legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach met her future superstar at a DePaul game, Parker was just an eighth-grader in Naperville but already making a name for herself nationwide.

"I just thought a lot of what Candace brought to the game was she just had a great skill set and passion and a drive and a love for the game," Summitt says now.

"So many players that are skilled and play the game, to me, they're not always in love with the game, and I thought Candace represented that type of player that was really special and unique in a lot of ways."

Parker still had an entire high school career ahead of her, but she remained on Summitt's radar and the coach made sure she stayed on Parker's as well.

"My take on it was, 'I don't want to play against her,' " Summitt said during a telephone interview last week. "We better find a way to sign her."

That's just what she did. In November 2003, Parker announced on national television she would play for Summitt at Tennessee.

After recovering from a knee injury, Parker went on to help the Lady Vols to back-to-back national titles and took home countless awards of her own before signing with the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.

Summitt has quite a few fond memories of Parker's time at Tennessee, but one that stands out came in the 2008 NCAA semifinal game against Louisiana State University. Tennessee was down by one with seven seconds on the clock. Huddled in a timeout, coaches agreed to set up a play that would put the ball in Parker's hands.

"I thought she had time to get down the floor and make a play for herself, but her instincts took over and she saw an opening and threw Nicky (Anosike) a beautiful pass and when it didn't go in on the first one I was like, 'oh no,'" Summitt said. "Thank goodness Alexis (Hornbuckle) was athletic enough to tip it in."

Tennessee beat LSU 47-46 and went on to win its second straight national championship.

Summitt said having Parker, Anosike and Hornbuckle on the team together was a special time both for her and the team's legion of loyal fans.

"In the end, I think the players understood what it means to play in that environment," Summitt said. "I think those last two years they were just passionate about winning and they kept each other in check in a way it wasn't difficult to coach them. It was fun to watch them play."

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Now my offseason is complete. I can finally enjoy the championship and gear up for the next season. Let's Go Lakers.

Amber Gray brings the LadyVols Team Together


Amber Gray is in no shape to be calling together her Tennessee women's basketball teammates and coaches in a group huddle.

She's been immersed in her own medical ordeal for most of the month.

Yet she's gathered everyone just the same.

"Given the circumstances, all that she has been through, I think it has brought our team and all of us closer together,'' Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt said. "When you see someone who's so young, going through so many challenges. Amber is family. It has brought us closer together. . . . and made us realize how precious life is."

Complications ensued after Gray underwent shoulder surgery on July 2 at St. Mary's Medical Center. The Lady Vols forward underwent a series of tests and later was moved to the University of Cincinnati's Neuroscience Institute, where she underwent a 12 1/2-hour surgical procedure beginning on July 20 for an aneurysm in her brain.

Gray was moved last week to the Drake Rehabilitation Center in Cincinnati. Gray's mother, Tonya Carter, said Monday that there's no timetable for her daughter's recovery.

Summitt said that she's been impressed with Gray's upbeat attitude in the face of such a challenge.

"It wasn't like 'why me?' " Summitt said, "It's 'what do I have to do to get better.'

"I think her positive attitude has helped her family and everyone. She's kept a great sense of humor. Every time I've gone in the room, she'd had something to say."

The Lady Vols want to buoy Gray's spirit with their support. While Gray was in Knoxville, the players convened their own vigil on her behalf with their presence at the hospital.

"The people at St. Mary's did a great job of protecting Amber but letting her teammates go in two or three at a time,'' Summitt said.

With Gray in Cincinnati, the Lady Vols' challenge is closing the distance between here and there. They've built a bridge through cyberspace but have to be careful about too much traffic.

"I was talking with Tonya,'' Summitt said. "They just had to turn (Amber's) cell phone off so she could get the quality rest she needed."

While the Lady Vols figure out the right amount of communication with Gray, they seem to be locked in on the appropriate content.

"It's going to be important that she knows every day she's in our thoughts and prayers and we're pulling for her,'' Summitt said.

And since Gray went to all the trouble, they ought hold that huddle together, too.

"She's brought us all together,'' Summitt said, "in a very good way."

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Boxing Champ Vernon 'The Viper' Forrest Shot and Killed

Senseless violence...I'm just praying for Vernon's family. I pray for their strength, courage and heart at this moment. God Bless.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

How Close is Lamar to signing back with the Heat?


It’s like this…Having Odom just gives insurance…but having him, and not having Bynum last year=no ring, and a pitiful display in the finals against a healthy celtic team. Understand with our current team w/o Odom, Cleveland is NOT BETTER THAN US FOR SURE..they added Shaq, & they still not better than Boston or Orlando in my opinion. So as bad as I want Lamar to sign with us…I know Miami WILL NOT make it past the first round in the east, unless they playing the hawks, and it’s still not a guarantee, especially with the Knicks offering up David Lee for Boozer. Bynum was a foul magnet in the playoffs, but let’s not 4get, in Kobe’s first playoffs he was shooting airballs. Bynum steps on a teammates feet, gets injured then Kobe falls into his knee and he is injured, and now we have NO confidence in the young man. We all seen the work he put into his game in the off season. He gave up his place at US mini camp, because he wants to rehabilitate his then 90% healed knee. When the days come when the ball must go into the paint first, Bynum and Gasol will still prove to be all that Kobe needs to truly get the job done, oh and having Artest can be that insurance. No team in the West has become better than the Lakers in the west so our seat is guaranteed as long as we stick together…Lamar just SEALS it!I want Lamar on our team in the worst way…but I’m not convinced like everyone else that if he does not return we have no chance…having Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol always gives us a chance.

Monday, July 20, 2009

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Where Will Lamar End Up? Miami or LA?


LakerNation here we are in the 3rd week of free agency and so much has happened and changed with our championship team! We all watched “David Lee” Trevor Ariza’s agent attempt to bluff the organization and he was quickly replaced! Jeff Schwartz has also taken an approach with the organization that was not in his client’s best interest, and has Lamar back-peddling a little to repair any bridges that may have been burned when he nor his agent responded to the 4yrs 9mil offer the Lakers placed on the table for the soon to be 30yr old forward. According to thelakersnation.com Dr. Buss is still upset with the way the whole thing was handled, so now we all must wait to see what happens!

Yet to me it seems that this thing has gotten personal. If you have followed the Lakers for any amount of time during free agency period, you would know that when things can not be settled with Mitch, it brings Dr. Buss into the picture, and that does not always go well for the player. 2007 Kobe Bryant was tired of being as he described “the scape” goat for the franchise letting go of Shaquille Oneal, and the fact that he did not have the players he needed to be competitive in league! So after Dr. Buss tried talking to him, Kobe still insisted, and Dr. Buss quickly began entertaining the offers for Bryant. It was never that Dr. Buss did not want Kobe, but he would not be bullied or chumped by a player, I mean he does own the team. Andrew Bynum’s agent the aforementioned David Lee also went into “bully” status with Bynum, only the fact that it’s hard to find centers with Andrew’s skill and potential anywhere, is the only reason a deal got done, yet as we could see with the dealing of Trevor’s negotiations that Dr. Buss was not going to allow him to get away with it a second time, so out goes Trevor, and in comes Artest(which is a complete upgrade in my opinion) though I definitely loved Trevor as a Laker. Mildly put, Dr. Buss gave Lamar a great opportunity here in LA, when even some of us fans wanted to see him shipped out of here, as he failed to become Pippen to Kobe’s Jordan, but he sure as heck turned out to be a great Toni Kukoc, even better I would say. So hopefully Lamar “made nice” with Dr. Buss and on Monday morning he will officially put back on the purple and gold!

Cause I would really hate to see him on the other end of this mamba strike! I can understand he wants to secure his family legacy financially, but as a player I’m sure he also wants to be a winner! He is in the right place at the right time to see that happened. He endured the frustration of not making the playoffs, and then being ousted in the first round two years in a row, to the acquisition of Pau Gasol, which truly allowed him to do what he does best on the court, and that’s be versatile. In Miami, the pressure will be on him again to be a second scorer behind Wade, because Oneal is has not played an entire season in years now. The difference for Lamar in this scenario is it’s Wade, and legitimately that’s it, so he would be called on for big numbers night in and night out, no days off. At least in LA he has Kobe and Pau to take the slack if Bynum is unavailable for whatever reason.

Lamar please take a moment and think about cementing your legacy beyond the money: How about with more championship rings? You have already surpassed the Miami Heat franchise in final appearances…lol, and you are tied with Wade for rings, with the most potential to get another one. There is nothing stopping Miami from going ahead and acquiring Carlos Boozer, so tell me why it hasn’t happened yet? Are they waiting for you? And if so, why? Being that even without you, having Boozer on that team will be an upgrade. We know he will be getting his guaranteed $12mil, with you being offered the mid level, so how can you be so sure that they will add him after you sign? Maybe it’s nothing…I’m just offering what if’s here…lol. Lamar take the “risk” that’s a sure thing…with the Lakers you are guaranteed to be battling it out in the playoffs for a long time, WCF and Finals..you know the system(finally), and most importantly you are loyal to those who have been good to you. You said yourself you did not want to burn bridges with the Lakers because they have been too good to you. So what is there to think about…sign and the team will go into making sure you don’t regret it! Lamar Odom a Los Angeles Lakers 4 Life? I hope so.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

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LADY VOLS SOPHMORE AMBER GRAY SHOULDER SURGERY COMPLICATIONS

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Amber Gray will be transferred to a hospital to be near her family in Ohio after suffering unspecific complications following shoulder surgery last week.

Lady Vols team trainer Jenny Moshak says Gray's July 2 surgery was successful, but the West Chester, Ohio, native suffered some complications after surgery unrelated to her shoulder.

She will undergo diagnostic testing and rehabilitation at a hospital in Cincinnati. Tennessee officials did not have a timetable for her recovery and rehabilitation.

Gray, a 6-1 rising sophomore, injured her shoulder during a practice session after the end of the 2008-09 season. She played in 27 games, averaging 2.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per contest.
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Kobe Bryant Loves Teaching Basketball

Friday, July 10, 2009

Phoenix Mercury Superstar: Cappie Pondexter

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Kobe Bryant Talks About New Laker Ron Artest

THE CELTICS ADD RASHEED WALLACE!



LAKERNATIONNNNNNNN…STAND UP! I am going to be hyping up this rivalry throughout this upcoming season. The green machine has went out and added Rasheed Wallace, and yet I’m still not “shaking” in my boots. Man but it’s so intriguing to think of a possible finals with our LAKERS matched up against the celts-(Fisher, Bryant, Artest, Gasol, & Bynum) against (rondo, allen, pierce, garnett, and perkins)…I think they will bring Perkins off the bench, and as long as we get Lamar back, advantage Lakers!

When you watch the press conference, and you hear Rasheed speaking about the “team”, and how the big four came with the UNITED front, and hearing kg talk just makes my ears cringe. I thought the Lakers were the ones that were suppose to be “Hollywood”, but I felt like I was hearing so many rehearsed lines coming out of kg mouth, it was like watching a bootleg Tyler Perry Play!lol

No but really though, kg believes that the balance of “power” just shifted back to Boston, but LAKERNATION we beg to differ…the POWER IS NOW back where it belongs in LOS ANGELES! Chew on ROYALTY celtics, cause the LARRY O’BRIEN TROPHY is where it belongs, DECORATED IN PURPLE AND GOLD, true ROYALTY!

By VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP)—Betty Lennox scored 20 points, Tina Thompson had 16 and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the New York Liberty 69-60 on Thursday night.

Candace Parker, playing in her second game since returning after the birth of her daughter in May, had eight points and six rebounds in 23 minutes for the Sparks (4-6).

Janel McCarville scored 18 points, Essence Carson had 12 and Shameka Christon 10 for New York (3-7), which lost for the fourth time in five games.

Vanessa Hayden’s layup with 1:56 left in the third quarter started the Sparks’ 8-2 run that gave them a 53-47 lead heading in the final period.

Consecutive baskets by Marie Ferdinand-Harris, Parker and Noelle Quinn in a 55-second span stretched Los Angeles’ lead to 64-51 with 6 minutes to go.

Cathrine Kraayeveld’s running hook shot 2:40 later ended a scoreless drought for both teams and pulled the Liberty within 11.

However, Thompson’s straightaway 3 with 1:37 left gave the Sparks their biggest lead, 69-55.

New York closed the first half with an 11-3 run, capped by four straight points by Loree Moore, to tie it at 33-all.

Los Angeles missed its first five shots and trailed 11-0 before Parker’s reverse layup with about 4:30 left in the first quarter got the Sparks on the scoreboard.

After making four of their first eight shots, the Liberty finished the first quarter 6 for 17.

The Sparks used a 12-3 run over the first 3 minutes of the second quarter to take a 21-18 lead. Thompson’s three-point play on the previous possession gave Los Angeles its first lead.

What's Done In The Dark, Comes To The Light

Steve McNair's death is unfortunate for a lot of reasons, but the number 1 reason to me is his children that he left behind. Whether or not his wife knew is irrelevant to me, because people choose to stay or leave situations for their own reasons, but the kids are left to believe mostly what they read in the papers. This is where infidelity is so deadly, this man chose to bring someone into his life that was young, and may be safe to say unstable, for whatever reasons, and now he is dead. I pray for the children and hope that they are able to find comfort in this time.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

WNBA Recap: Mercury 104, Sparks 89

Trevor Ariza interview: Fire your Agent Trevor


Trevor Ariza interview on 570 KLAC

Former Laker/now Rocket Trevor Ariza recently appeared on the 570 KLAC's Myers & Hartman Show in Los Angeles. TA was asked various questions about the ultimately failed negotiations that resulted in a Houston relocation. Not many specifics revealed, but that's what actually made the interview noteworthy. Here's what I found most interesting:

* How largely uninformed Ariza appeared while trying to relay what happened between the Lakers and his agent, David Lee. His explanations were very unspecific and included a lot of sentiments like "I'm not really sure" and "whatever the situation was." I found that pretty odd. Perhaps Trevor wanted to tread lightly and avoid painting a negative picture of the Lakers, Lee or himself. I also know from experience that he's much more comfortable off the record than on it.

Or, as I suspect, Ariza's retelling of the story was filled with blanks because he was informed of his situation entirely through Lee, as opposed to Lee and the Lakers. Beyond never actually being in a room with any Laker brass, Trevor gave no indication of having spoken directly with Mitch Kupchak at any point. Thus, Lee was the one keeping him in the loop and attempting to make the exact opposite route of Trevor's first choice sound palatable and/or necessary.
* Ariza didn't sound thrilled about leaving the Lakers. As he acknowledged, "what kid from L.A. would want to leave L.A.?" TA also lamented having "no control over that."
* When asked about Lee's handling of his business, Ariza expressed more loyalty than praise for a job well done. He also acknowledged that the Lakers don't particularly like Lee, unless I misinterpreted the following comment: "If I was to stay there, (the Lakers) would still feel the same way about him."

Those "no love lost" sentiments reinforce my initial thoughts on the matter (which felt even more reasonable in light of the report from Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus). Lee played posturing hardball well before the approach was merited, and the Lakers refusing to bite. From there, Lee looked to gain leverage through meetings with other teams and the Lakers, knowing Ron Artest was available and interested, decided to cut bait and to the chase. Without question, I was surprised events unfolded so quickly, but in retrospect, it makes sense. Lee's jabbering to the media with July 1st barely in the books felt unusually over the top. It also signaled a hassle in the works. With all due respect to Ariza, a guy I like as a player and a person, he isn't worth that much drama to secure, especially if the Team Ariza numbers floated are so far out of line with what the Lakers are offering.

In any event, I hope things work out for Trevor in Houston (except, of course, in games against the Lakers). I also think he'd be wise to cut ties with Lee. Between Ariza and Andrew Bynum last season, it's pretty clear Lee is a pain to work with. That would be fine if he had a client roster big enough that franchises are forced to kiss up. But when your agent's third biggest client is apparently Hassan Adams, it's safe to assume he doesn't "own" the NBA. More importantly, Lee botched the task of getting what Ariza wanted, which, in its own right, is kind of impressive, considering the mutual interest expressed by the Lakers and Ariza in continuing a relationship. That talks broke off so abruptly and acrimoniously feels like a sign that Trevor should look elsewhere for representation.
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And, then Jackson and his girlfriend, Jeanie Buss, jumped in… Easy, hormonal readers.  I make jokes, however, the title of this post is true.  Phil Jackson reveals a story below about Ron entering the Lakers locker room and his longtime desire to acquire Artest.  Is this tampering?  Doesn’t matter; what does Jax care if he gets fined again?  Not much time on the clock for him anyway.  Phil’s candid assessments of Ron-Ron’s game are very refreshing and he seems up for the challenge of reining him in a little bit.  I assume when negotiations with Trevor Ariza fell apart, LA made the next best move in their eyes and signed the colorful Artest.  Included in the contract is a clause that requires both Ron’s dressing room stall and shower stall be next to Kobe’s.  Jackson joined KLAC to discuss when Ron appeared in the Lakers’ dressing room, what Artest can bring to the table when right, and if the Lakers picked between Artest and Ariza.Phil Jackson: Ron Artest Jumped In The Shower With Kobe
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And, then Jackson and his girlfriend, Jeanie Buss, jumped in… Easy, hormonal readers.  I make jokes, however, the title of this post is true.  Phil Jackson reveals a story below about Ron entering the Lakers locker room and his longtime desire to acquire Artest.  Is this tampering?  Doesn’t matter; what does Jax care if he gets fined again?  Not much time on the clock for him anyway.  Phil’s candid assessments of Ron-Ron’s game are very refreshing and he seems up for the challenge of reining him in a little bit.  I assume when negotiations with Trevor Ariza fell apart, LA made the next best move in their eyes and signed the colorful Artest.  Included in the contract is a clause that requires both Ron’s dressing room stall and shower stall be next to Kobe’s.  Jackson joined KLAC to discuss when Ron appeared in the Lakers’ dressing room, what Artest can bring to the table when right, and if the Lakers picked between Artest and Ariza.



Did Kobe Bryant have a say in allowing Ron Artest to join the team?

“Last year after the devastating loss in game 6 to the Boston Celtics, Ron Artest came in our locker and walked in the shower with Kobe Bryant.  Kobe’s there taking a shower - and this is a locker room the coaches have, it’s off limits - so, Ron said, ‘Coach, I can help your team, I can get that championship for the Lakers.’  I said, ‘Well, thanks Ron, that’s very nice, I appreciate your sympathies.  We’ll see what happens as you go through this year.’  Then, he walked out of that coaches’ area, and in to the shower and told Kobe the same thing.  Kobe’s been knowing Ron’s intentions for the last two years… He didn’t soap down Kobe and he didn’t towel him off, I’m not saying that.”


What do you get in Ron Artest?

“He’s an unknown.  He’s a player that I mean if I think his own teams don’t know exactly what he’s going to do that particular night.  What he does do well is defend - he’s a strong defender that can play a variety of roles on defense, as a shutdown guy, he can run big or small, he can go two-guards or power forwards depending upon what their challenge is, and he likes that.  I think that’s his calling card for us.  He does have an accurate three-point shot and he’s a good post-up player.”

Did the Lakers organization have to pick between Ariza and Artest?

“I wasn’t given the either/or.  They knew we had Ron on our wishlist for what, three years now?  And, we needed a defender, somebody that was a lockdown defender besides a Kobe Bryant that would take on the chores, and Trevor turned out to be that guy this year.  So, I was quite surprised, as was most of our fans that negotiations did not go well with Trevor and his people.  And, we think that we have a player that has probably a little more dimensions than Trevor, but still Trevor has that youth and that speed that we’ll miss.”

Listen to Phil Jackson on KLAC with Chris Myers and Steve Hartman

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Monday, July 6, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: LAKERS HAVE RE-SIGNED GUARD SHANNON BROWN


LAKERS SIGN BACK UP POINT GUARD SHANNON BROWN TO A 2YR 4.2MIL CONTRACT. I'M SO HAPPY TO HEAR THIS, I THINK HE WILL BE GREAT PLAYER TO HAVE TO BACK UP FISHER. ALSO WITH BROWN, ARTEST, AND BRYANT ON THE PERIMETER, LAKERS SHOULD BE THE TOP DEFENSIVE TEAM IN THE LEAGUE, ADD ANDREW BYNUM, IT LOOKS GOOD FOR THE DEFENDING CHAMPS. NOW LET'S GET L.O. IN THE FOLD AND WE READY.

2009 Season Preview for Los Angeles Sparks

WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING WITH THE LA SPARKS?


Can anyone please help me to truly understand what is going on with the most TALENTED team in the wnba? The Los Angeles Sparks have the most experienced and talented team in the league, but right now have a record of 3-6, without having any wins on the road? This franchise boasts of having the number 1 & 3 all time wnba scorers in Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson, along with the MVP and Rookie of the Year from last season in Candace Parker. The bench is nothing to sneeze at, with Vanessa Hayden-Johnson anchoring and Bobbitt at the point. I have not even mentioned Betty Lennox, Marie Ferdinand-Harris or Delisha Milton-Jones, and yet as a fan, I am tore up by watching my team struggle so early in the season. But I guess, better to struggle now then later huh...I was reminded by the moderator of the @LA_Sparks twitter account of the now defunct franchise, Charlotte Sting, who started 1-10 before ending up in the Finals to face us. Needless to say that did nothing to ease my pain, and anxiety for my team.

Now let me make it clear, I have been a Los Angeles Sparks fan since the inception of the league. When the announcement came that there would be another professional basketball league for the women, I was estatic, and was anxious to see where my Lady Vols would end up. I chose the Los Angeles Sparks because I have been a long time Lakers fan so I might as well choose the Sparks, who at the time was owned by the Buss family (who also own the Lakers). I been riding with this team from day one, so excuse me if I am spoiled to winning and being successful, and yet I have endured through the bad times as well. My problem now is, I have no excuse to give for why we are struggling right now, except maybe one: Coach Cooper!
I know Sparks fans would disagree, but let's really look at this: We all know that Candace has been out due to the birth of her daughter, and Lisa went out with a severe knee sprain against Phoenix, and we can even talk about chemistry issues, but I just don't buy that being that Tina Thompson, Delisha Milton-Jones, and Lisa Leslie have been playing basketball with each other for around 10years when you think of USA basketball, simply put they know each other on the court. And regardless of what system they are running the basketball IQ of these three on the court is enough to make up for anything they lack on the court. Also, when you add in Betty Lennox and Marie, it just makes this team even more potent. Betty seems to have bought into the "team" concept, so that's why I say Cooper. Coach Cooper has been admired and adored by the league and considered one of the best to ever coach in the WNBA, but with this squad he seems to not understand the match ups well. I am going to start with the most recent game versus Phoenix. He knows Tameka Johnson better than any coach, but he starts Kristi Harrower, who has a very hard time keeping up with Johnson...matchups (Bobbitt) should have played against Johnson at all times. In the 3rd quarter the Sparks had a six point lead coming in, and Harrower was left in the game until the Mercury were up 6 or 8pts on the Sparks. Not to mention, Betty Lennox stayed on the bench FAR TOO LONG..which forced Marie to end up fouling out of the game. Candace Parker entered the game and was clearly off a lil bit, as far as her timing, but as the games played increase, that will be nothing. She got beat on a few plays, and struggled to score in the beginning, but did very well for her first game back. And we all knew she would play more than 3-4min bursts as stated earlier. If you could have seen the look on Betty Lennox face as she sat on the bench itching to get back into the game when it was still in reach, it was priceless, but her wishes of returning was when the Sparks was down by 17, with 5min to go in the game. Cooper has got to find a way to understand his match ups on the floor and who his best team is on the floor. Lisa will return before the all star game, and this is how I think the starting line-up should look:
PG-Quinn SG-Lennox SF-Tina Thompson PF-DMJ C-Lisa Leslie with this line up, it's big agile, and EVERYONE IS A THREAT OUTSIDE!Also no one has to worry about the pecking order, it's in to Lisa, and let her make good decisions with the ball, whether she has the shot or to throw it out. The reason I placed Candace on the second team is because her and Bobbitt play so well with one another. PG-Bobbitt SG-MFH SF-CP PF-LWH C-Vanessa hayden...this lineup is big as well, but it's FAST with the exception of the center position...you can run all day with this line-up and we know u can mix and match some of the Foward positions. So I guess Harrower is my odd person out, but I just don't see her value on this team (from on court perspective). I hear that Nikki Teasley is available...

CHRIS BROWN DANCING TO THRILLER @ DIDDY'S WHITE PARTY



WOW DON'T WE ALL WISH WE COULD HAVE HAD CHRIS PERFORM THIS TRIBUTE ON THE B.E.T. AWARDS?

Sunday, July 5, 2009

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Diana Taurasi Cited for DUI

Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi said Friday that she's embarrassed after being cited for drunken driving a few hours after she helped lead her team to victory over the Seattle Storm.

An officer stopped Taurasi early Thursday for speeding, police spokesman Luis Samudio said. The officer smelled alcohol and gave the player several field sobriety tests, according to a police statement.

Taurasi, the WNBA's leading fan vote-getter for the July 25 All-Star game, was then driven to a mobile DUI van, where she gave a blood sample, then was cited and released. Authorities did not know her blood alcohol content.

The team said Friday that Taurasi notified the club immediately but would not comment further until it knows more of what happened.

But after Friday's practice, Taurasi told reporters that her DUI citation was "just something that's embarrassing and unfortunate for my family and the organization."

Taurasi said she couldn't comment on the specifics of the incident because it was a legal matter "but personally, I'm going to have to do some things to make it straight."

The former Connecticut star said she plans on playing in the Mercury's next game Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Taurasi scored 22 points and blocked four shots Wednesday night in the Mercury's 93-81 win over the Storm.


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Friday, July 3, 2009

RON ARTEST WILL BECOME A LOS ANGELES LAKER!!!!!! GOODBYE TO TREVOR!


LakerNation I begin this blog with a heavy heart, for one Trevor Ariza! Let me be clear from the beginning, I only wanted to see Trevor Ariza in a Lakers uniform for a long time to come, and on this 2 day of free agency we have found out that will NOT be. Trevor Ariza has just agreed in principle to a deal reportedly worth $32mil with….THE HOUSTON ROCKETS? Trevor took the full mid level exception from the Rockets and will begin his tenure as a Houston Rocket in 2009-2010 season. LakerNation it really was hard for me to just wrap my mind around this. Trevor Ariza’s agent David Lee has done a TREMENDOUS disservice to his client. He attempted to come at the Lakers in the same manner he did last year when the Lakers were looking to sign Andrew Bynum to an extension, but what he did not understand was Bynum is a rare Center with great potential, but small forwards who have been CONSISTENT for years were very much available and willing to play for the NBA Champion Lakers! So David Lee played hard ball and now Trevor is with a team, who is not sure what it’s future holds for the upcoming season…but hey at least he is paid! And to think of that he took the mid level exception, isn’t that what the Lakers offered him?Yes it was, so because the Lakers offered you what the league wide value was for you on top of putting you in the starting line-up on a championship caliber team, and gave you a chance to shine and showcase your skills, the mid level was “a slap in the face”…I don’t get it! But Trevor I am not blaming you, your stock was high this year and this is a business, but I am disappointed that you chose to take this personally, and go with Houston, who is giving you the same thing the Lakers offered you to stay! So we say goodbye to a very gifted and talented player in Trevor Ariza do well in Houston (except against us…lol)!

Hello Ron “Tru Warrior” Artest..you are about to be a Los Angeles Lakers! Now I mentioned Artest as a possible replacement if Trevor decided to go elsewhere, but I never imagined we would get him at such a deal…3yrs $18mil…The Lakers just one-upped every trade done to date! In acquiring Ron Artest the Lakers lose nothing from the basketball aspect, but they do gain someone that has been labeled a “problem child”, but truthfully he has not been that way since the Indiana incident. He also is not considered a “bad teammate”. Ex-teammates of Ron, has never spoken ill of him…so that tells me that he knows how to act on the court and in the locker room, and that’s all that matters to the Champs! So I will not make this “too long” of a post: Simply welcome Ron some of us have been long awaiting your arrival, and get ready for your first NBA Championship!

WHO FAULT IS IT “REALLY” IF ARIZA IS NOT SIGNED?


LakersNation I always hate this time of the year…after our team has been successful. Mainly because when you have had success, it’s like “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” RIGHT? Now, after going to back to back NBA Finals, and bringing home the trophy this year, now we could possibly “lose” two of the most important pieces to this championship puzzle. Trevor Ariza has NOT had HIS BIG PAYDAY, and after the way he played in the playoffs we all know that he is deserving of that BIG CONTRACT, but what does that do for the rest of our team? If Detroit, Portland or Toronto offers him “ridiculous” money then I know the Lakers will have to pass on him, like they did Ronny Turiaf…and that will be a shame. But I hate the way his agent “spins” this saying, “It’s a question of how committed the Lakers are to competing again,” Lee said! How dare he QUESTION the LAKERS organization will to WIN! We all know what an asset Trevor is to this team, but he was still on a team that ALLOWED HIM TO SHINE! Having Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant on your team will always give you wide open looks, and it was your $3mil job to knock those shots down. Now if he wants to go to either of those 3 teams (Portland is the only one that will truly be able to do something next season) and his run at a championship will be over for at least 3 more years. But he will be PAID. So I’m sure that if he is offered anywhere from $9mil and up, he WILL NOT BE RETURNING TO THE LAKERS!

So who possibly could come in and do the job of Ariza for the next year or two? Well there has always been this love/hate relationship between Ron Artest and the Laker Fans, even though we all know he would LOVE to play on this team with Kobe and Lamar, especially now that Yao Ming future is uncertain. Honestly Artest is the only other player that could give the Lakers the offense of Ariza and the defensive presence as well!

Now let’s look at guys that made big money already, but will HAVE to take a pay cut, and may be willing too in order to win a RING: Shawn Marion-he certainly will not be making $18mil next year, with him on the team…Lamar goes back into the starting lineup, and Shawn comes off the bench (he is just an older version of Trevor) but not too old! Al Harrington is known for launching 3’s, so we know he can help on that end, but he would have to buy into the defensive aspect of the game…lol. DISCLAIMER: THESE ARE JUST NAMES MENTIONED FOR THE PURPOSE OF KEEPING OUR BASKETBALL MINDS TURNING..LOL! Now on to the next one: Charlie Villanueva-Milwaukee did not extend a qualifying offer to him, so he is available. This season we have seen Charlie’s ppg and rebounds go up, what is he worth on the open market…not sure? Then there is Rasheed Wallace-who I’m not sure if he would play for the Lakers, I know he is NOT interested in playing for the Celtics..so not sure? Marquis Daniels is a good young player as well! Remember I was only looking at forwards. Desmond Mason is also that type of guy(hard worker, eager to please)!

So I guess we should be happy that their are “options”, even though our FIRST ONE IS TO HAVE TREVOR BACK IN THE PURPLE AND GOLD! If he not signed, it’s NOT the organization fault, remember Dr Buss HAS MADE A COMITTMENT BY PAYING LUXURY TAXES THIS YEAR; it’s not Ariza’s fault, because the players have to strike while the iron is hot, and it’s his turn for the BIG PAYDAY.

SIDENOTE: FOR ALL U R/B MUSIC LOVERS CHECK OUT THE NEW MIXTAPE “ANTICIPATION” BY TREY SONGZ…HE HAS IT FREE FOR DL ON HIS WEBSITE: www.seefutherthaniam.com

Blessing

The Wait is OVER! WNBA MVP CP3 will play Sunday!


LOS ANGELES - Sparks forward Candace Parker, the reigning WNBA MVP, will return to the court on Sunday, July 5th at STAPLES Center as the Sparks take on the Phoenix Mercury at 6:30pm, it was announced today.

Parker has missed the season until this point after giving birth to her first child, Lailaa Nicole Williams, on May 13th. She was cleared by doctors to begin practicing on Tuesday, June 30th, and Parker has continually said that she will play when she feels ready.

"I feel like I'm really beginning to get my rhythm back," said Parker. "This was a great week of practice, and it felt good to be with my teammates on the court. I'm not expecting to play 30 minutes but I definitely can't wait to get back out on the floor."

In 2008, Parker became the first WNBA player to win both the WNBA MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season and just the third player between the WNBA and NBA to receive both honors in the same year. She started all 33 games she played in, led the league in rebounding and led all rookies in scoring and rebounding.

"We're extremely happy to have her back," said Head Coach Michael Cooper. "After watching her practice this week, it looks like she can play some minutes. It's a huge addition for us and a big game for her to come back. She made her rookie debut against Phoenix and now she will come back against them. Obviously she isn't 100% and we will take things slowly but clearly Candace, even at less than 100%, is an incredible player."

In honor of #3's return, the first 50 fans to purchase tickets online will have the opportunity to buy $10 seats for just $3. CLICK HERE to purchase the seats online now or for more information on how you can be there as Candace returns to the floor call 1-877-44-SPARKS.

RON ARTEST ON ESPN TALKING ABOUT BEING A LAKER


RON ARTEST IS SO EXCITED ABOUT BECOMING A LAKER.

Candace Parker: Comeback Kid

WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE U ON THE COURT!

Kobe Bryant + Ron Artest

LAKERS GET RON ARTEST...NUFF SAID!

Kobe And Artest: The 'Lost' Trash Talk

Thursday, July 2, 2009

UT LADY VOL AMBER GRAY HAS SUCCESSFUL SUGERY


Gray has Successful Surgery

Amber Gray had surgery Thursday, July 2 to repair an injury to her left shoulder.

July 2, 2009

Jenny Moshak, University of Tennessee Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine, announced this afternoon that Lady Vol basketball rising sophomore Amber Gray had undergone successful shoulder surgery today.

"Drs. Greg Mathien and Russell Betcher, UT team orthopaedists, performed surgery on Amber's left shoulder," said Moshak. "The arthroscopic surgery addressed a repair to her posterior capsule and labrum."

According to Moshak, Gray's rehabilitation will begin immediately. She is expected to be fully recovered in six months.

Gray, a 6-1 forward from West Chester, Ohio, injured her shoulder during a Lady Vols' post-NCAA practice session. During her freshman season, Gray played in 27 games. She averaged 2.7 ppg and 1.9 rpg in 7.6 minutes per contest.

taken from www.utladyvols.com

RON ARTEST TO THE LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fans Gather at Michael Jackson's Home also an NBA Superstar reflects

LEBRON JAMES SONG BY DRAKE

THE MVP IS BAAAACCCKKKK! WNBA-BREATHE



The last day of June, one month into the WNBA season, the league just became OFFICIALLY WARNED! Yeah warned. Candace Parker-Williams began light practice with the team...and after almost 10months of not playing basketball..due to the pregnancy and birth of her daughter Lailaa Nicole...she "looks" like she will step on the court right now and put 20/5/5 on you in 25minutes. People that is NOT an exaggeration, understand the person we are talking about here: 2008 semi finals versus Texas A&M, Parker shoulder dislocates, not once, but twice...SHE RETURNS TO THE GAME, AND FOUND A WAY TO BE EFFECTIVE. She is side-lined with a knee injury her freshman season...comes back her sophomore season and is the Wade Trophy winner! Understand people this is no ordinary PLAYER..she is the equivalent of Magic Johnson, meaning she can play all 5 positions legitimately and at this point in her career she will only get better...yeah people she is only 23!!!!!

Parker is also a marketers dream! She is beautiful, intelligent, and has a good heart as well!She is constantly giving of herself to various community projects, and her fans! She has already transcended heights that had not been reached before in the WNBA, even with the names of Diana Taurasi, or Chamique Holdsclaw.
So LA Sparks fan, treat her with love, and never take her for granted, because this is the leader who will bring more championships to the city! Candace Nicole Parker welcome back!

Sparks Practice Report 6-23

Sources: Ariza leaning toward leaving Lakers

Sources: Ariza leaning toward leaving Lakers

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Trevor Ariza's short but sweet stay in Los Angeles might be coming to an end.

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The 24-year-old swingman, who played a key role in the Lakers' run to their 15th NBA championship, is on the verge of leaving the club, sources close to the situation said on Wednesday.

With at least five teams pursuing Ariza, the Lakers are currently unwilling to pay him more than the $5.6 million mid-level exception.

"They're letting him go," one of the sources said.

Cleveland is making a hard push for Ariza, and the Cavaliers' coaching staff was speaking with him on Wednesday. While Cleveland can only offer the mid-level as well, Ariza's disappointment with the Lakers' stance has moved other suitors ahead of his current team.

The Rockets, Clippers, Raptors and Blazers are also showing interest in Ariza. Portland and Toronto could each offer more than the mid-level exception.

If the Lakers refuse to increase their offer, it's a clear indication that they are choosing their other big free agent forward, Lamar Odom, over the younger Ariza.

Ariza averaged 8.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in the regular season for the Lakers last season. He increased his scoring to 11.3 points and had 4.2 rebounds per game in the playoffs. He had 16 points and 15 points in the last two Lakers victories in the Finals.

Those numbers were a jump over his career averages of 6.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Ariza has played for three teams in his five-year career.

Chris Broussard covers the NBA for ESPN The Magazine.

Sparks Practice Report 6-30

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Chinemelu Elonu - 2009 NBA Draft

HOPING THIS GUY MAKE THE TEAM!

Alan Anderson ("Game" trailer)

guy on lakers summer league team

Kobe Bryant World Wide Superstar

Quincy Jones on Michael Jackson


Like the world, last week I was devastated by the news that Michael Jackson had suddenly left the room. This blessed artist commanded the stage with the grace of an antelope, shattered recording industry records and broke down cultural boundaries around the world, yet remained the gentlest of souls.
Michael Jackson was a different kind of entertainer. A man-child in many ways, he was beyond professional and dedicated. Evoking Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis Jr. and James Brown all at once, he’d work for hours, perfecting every kick, gesture and movement so that they came together precisely the way they were intended to. Together we shared the ’80s, achieving heights that I can humbly say may never be reached again and reshaped the music business forever.
For some reason I have had the honor of meeting young performers when they reach the age of 12. There was Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Tevin Campbell and, of course, Michael Jackson. I was fully aware of Michael and impressed by the achievemen ts that he’d reached with the Jackson Five, but it never crossed my mind that we would eventually work together. But as is always the case, divinity interceded into the process.
In 1978, Sidney Lumet pulled me kicking and screaming into doing the music for “The Wiz,” and in hindsight I’m so glad he did. As the scarecrow, Michael dove into the filming of “The Wiz” with everything that he had, not only learning his lines but those of everyone in the cast. Prior to filming, Michael and I were working at my home and he asked if I could help find him a producer to work with him on his first solo album from Epic.
At rehearsals with the cast, during the part where the scarecrow is pulling proverbs from his stuffing, Michael kept saying “So-Crates” instead of “Socrates.” After about the third time, I pulled him aside and told him the correct pronunciation. He looked at me with these big wide eyes and said, “Really?” and it was at that moment that I said, “Michael, I’d like to produce your album.”
It was that wonderment that I saw in his eyes that locked me in. I knew that we could go into completely unexplored territory, a place that as a jazz musician gave me goose bumps.
I pulled my “A-team” crew together, anchored by Rod Temperton, one of the best songwriters who has ever lived, and we embarked on making “Off the Wall.” I simply loved working with Michael. He was so shy he’d sit down and sing behind the couch with his back to me while I sat there with my hands over my eyes with the lights off. We tried all kinds of tricks that I’d learned over the years to help him with his artistic growth, like dropping keys just a minor third to give him flexibility and a more mature range in the upper and lower registers, and more than a few tempo changes.
I also tried to steer him to songs with more depth, some of them about real relationships — we weren’t going to make it with ballads to rodents (i.e. “Ben”). And Seth Riggs, a leading vocal coach, gave him vigorous warm-up exercises to expand his top and bottom range by at least a fourth, which I desperately needed to get the vocal drama going. We approached that record like we were going into battle. “Off the Wa ll” would sell 10 million copies.
Anyone who tells you that they knew a record was going to be a big hit is a flat-out liar. We had no idea “Off the Wall” was going to be as successful as it was, but we were thrilled. Michael had moved from the realm of bubble-gum pop and planted his flag square in the heart of the musical pulse of the ’80s, but what came next, I don’t think any of us were ready for.
The ‘Thriller’ saga
The drama surrounding “Thriller” seemed to never end. As we were recording the album, Steven Spielberg asked me to do a storybook song with Michael for “E.T.” We were already behind schedule on “Thriller,” but great, no problem. The movie was a big hit, we loved Steven, and so, off to work we went with Rod Temperton and Marilyn and Alan Bergman writing the song. Naturally, of course, this would evolve into Steven wanting us to do an “E.T.” album.
Four months to complete “Thriller,” already behind schedule, no problem. Off to work we went. In any event, it all worked out . . . Michael and I won Grammys for the album, and it became a collector’s item.
With two months to get “Thriller” done, we dug in and really hit it. Michael, Rod, the great engineer Bruce Swedien and I had all spent so much time together by now that we had a shorthand, so moving quickly wasn’t a problem. I told Michael that we needed a black rock ‘n’ roll tune — a black “My Sharona” — and a begging tune for the album. He came back with “Beat It” and Rod came back with “The Lady in My Life.”
Rod also brought in “Thriller” and Michael sang his heart out on it. At one point during the session the right speaker burst into flames, which none of us had ever seen before. How’s that for a sign?
We finished the album at 9 a.m. the morning we needed to deliver the reference copy. We had three studios going all night long. Michael in one putting final touches on “Billie Jean,” Bruce in another, and Eddie Van Halen, who I brought in, in yet another recording his parts for “Beat It.”
We all gathered in Studio A to listen to the test pressing with this enormous anticipation. This was it, the eagerly anticipated fo llow-up to “Off the Wall.” And it sounded . . . terrible. After all of that great work we were doing, it wasn’t there. There was total silence in the studio, and one by one we walked across the hall for some alone time. We’d put too much material on the record. Michael was in tears.
We took two days off, and in the next eight days, we set about reshaping the album, mixing just one song a day. Rod cut a verse from “The Lady in My Life,” and we shortened the long, long intro to “Billie Jean,” something Michael hated to do because he said the intro “made him want to dance.”
MTV breakthrough
We delivered the album and watched “Billie Jean” — thanks to Michael’s debut performance of the moonwalk on the 25th anniversary of Motown special — “Beat It” and “Thriller” just explode, fueled in part by heavy video rotation on MTV. Prior to “Billie Jean,” MTV wasn’t playing videos with black artists. “Billie Jean,” “Beat It” and “Thriller” took us straight to the stratosphere. After those three videos, virtually every video on MTV was trying to emulate their style.
Michael, the music and MTV all went to the mountaintop. It was the perfect convergence of forces. In the music business, every decade you have a phenomenon. In the ’40s you had Sinatra, in the ’50s Elvis, in the ’60s the Beatles, in the ’70s the innovation of Dolby, despite the best efforts of Stevie Wonder and Elton John. In the ’80s you had Michael Jackson. For everyone from 8 to 80, he was the biggest entertainer on the planet. Followed up with “Bad” and the collective on “We Are the World,” we all made history together. We owned the ’80s and our souls would be connected forever.
Shortly after “Thriller” came out and simply chewed up everything in its way, I went to see Count Basie at the Palladium with Benny Carter and Ed Eckstine. Basie was like a father to me, having kind of adopted me when I was 13, and he wasn’t in the greatest shape. He was in a wheelchair and when he saw me, he said with a sense of pride, “Man, [what] you and Michael did, me and Duke would never even dream about nothin’ that big. We wouldn’t even dare to dream about it.” You can’t imagine how proud I felt, hearing that from one of my idols, not realizing that it would be the last time that I’d see him alive.
There will be a lot written about what came next in Mich ael’s life, but for me all of that is just noise. I promise you in 50, 75, 100 years, what will be remembered is the music. It’s no accident that almost three decades later, no matter where I go in the world, in every club and karaoke bar, like clockwork, you hear “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Wanna Be Starting Something,” “Rock With You” and “Thriller.”
In every language on the planet, from prison yards in the Philippines [Updated at 7:30 p.m.: An earlier version of this blog post incorrectly said the prison yards were in Thailand.] to Thrilltheworld.com, that will be the beautiful, grand legacy of Michael Jackson.
–Quincy Jones