Posted on: June 15, 2009 10:56 am
Edited on: June 15, 2009 11:32 am
A semi-riot after your team wins a championship? Really? Isn't that very 1980s?
Five police officers were hurt trying to stop Laker fan rioters. Excellent. Police are fighting crime and terrorism and some of them have to worry about idiot fans burning and destroying after a game.
Some cops had rocks and bottles thrown at them.
Here's a suggestion for would-be rioters.
After the game, go home.
Pick up aforementioned rock.
Then throw it at your own car.
Or better yet have another rioter throw it at your car.
It's just a suggestion.
Posted on: June 9, 2009 11:48 am
Hopefully the Lakers fans will be treated better than a group of Cleveland fans were in Orlando during the last series.
In one part of Amway Arena during the Eastern Conference finals, about 15 feet from the press area, a man wearing a Cavaliers shirt had a cup of beer tossed at him from a Magic fan about 30 rows behind the Cleveland fan. Hit the man right in his head.
The Cleveland fan's wife had popcorn thrown at her.
Lots of courage there.
When the Cavalier fans finally complained to security, nothing was done.
When security left the area, another Magic fan, in a row across from the Cleveland fans, made obscene gestures to the Cleveland fan and his wife.
The Cleveland fan finally had enough and physically confronted the Magic fan. Again, security was summoned and again, nothing was done.
There were other acts of blatant stupidity and borderline criminal behavior perpetrated by Magic fans against Cleveland fans that were just not necessary.
So, please, Magic fans, try to act like human beings when the Lakers are in town.
Remember: Lakers fans have actually witnessed their team winning titles, unlike all of you.
Posted on: June 7, 2009 8:26 pm
LOS ANGELES -- At first when I heard Commissioner David Stern and the mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, both say that the 2011 All-Star game would bring in $100 million in economic impact to the city, I thought they had misspoken. Or I didn't hear them correctly.
But they said it again. And again.
"Well, as I said," Stern remarked, "it means $100 million in economic impact."
That number just cannot be right.
I'd sure like to know how the NBA and the city of Los Angeles are coming up with that figure and my guess is that if a few indepedent ecomonists closely examined that claim they'd find it questionable.
The reason why is Super Bowls don't even bring in that kind of money.
Yes, Super Bowls. So how is an NBA All-Star game going to bring in $100 million?
Consider this paragraph from ESPN.com about the Houston Super Bowl in 2004: "...the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee estimated that its game would generate more than $330 million in economic impact. But when the controller's office tallied the numbers, it came up with only $129 million in direct spending, and that was over the two-week period surrounding the game. The event generated $3.2 million in sales taxes for the city, and the net profit was a measly $913,397."
I'll get into this topic a little more in the near future.
Posted on: June 4, 2009 9:12 pm
LOS ANGELES -- The $25,000 fine levied by Commissioner David Stern against LeBron James for skipping his meeting with the media following Cleveland's loss to Orlando is chump change to James. It's what he spends on shoe laces and bubble gum.
Still, good for Stern. Other players who failed to fulfill their contractual obligations with the media have been fined by the NBA. James shouldn't be held to a different standard just because he's, well, James.
Allowing James to escape unblemished would've sent the wrong message to other players. You guys, the non-stars, can be punished but the superstars are untouchable.
Stern came to realize this after initially not wanting to fine James. But Stern is smart, brilliant actually. He knows letting this pass was a mistake and he corrected himself.
It's what good commissioners do.
Posted on: June 4, 2009 7:41 pm
LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal tweeted and if you believe what he says you also believe in the Easter bunny and aliens landing at Roswell.
O'Neal, on his Twitter, wrote: "I am saying it today and today only," Shaq tweeted. "I want Kobe Bryant to get number four, spread da word."
Yeah, spread da word, or da manure. Take your pick.
Bryant was asked about the importance of winning a title post-O'Neal. "It means nothing," he said. "To me, it's about winning another one, just because I want to win another one."
Sure thing Mr. Bryant. Sure.
Did O'Neal and Bryant think anyone would actually believe what they were saying?
Those two hated each other and still do. Yes, I used the word hate. It was intense and it still is. Remember, O'Neal just a matter of months ago composed his humiliating rap with Bryant as the foil.
This series is all about Bryant and he is keenly aware of how history looks at him. O'Neal was Batman and Bryant Robin. Now, Bryant is the guy, and if he loses this series, it won't reflect well on his legacy.
Bryant will be able to tell his doubters to shut up if he wins and O'Neal will get a huge chuckle if Bryant loses.
One of them will be spreading da word and that word will be: I told you so.
Posted on: May 10, 2009 6:34 pm
Edited on: May 10, 2009 6:38 pm
ESPN was showing the press conference of Phil Jackson after his Los Angeles Lakers were waxed by Houston. Jackson was defending his team's effort and asking the media to give the Rockets credit. Except Jackson said something a little more foul. He exclaimed "give them some (f-word) credit."
Jackson said it on live television and ESPN was forced to apologize for showing it.
Me? I laughed my (expletive deleted) off.
That's Jackson. He's always cursing. ESPN should know this by now.
Showing a Jackson press conference is risky business because he doesn't give a (expletive deleted) about anything.
Jackson could be speaking to a group of Boy Scouts and he'd say, "One day you'll all be (expletive deleted) Eagle Scouts."
Jackson would now like to say something to Moms everywhere:
"Happy (Expletive Deleted) Mother's Day."
Posted on: February 8, 2009 6:17 pm
Great win, Los Angeles.
You win a lot of big regular season games, Los Angeles. But while you may fool some of the ex-player suck ups at ESPN, you're not fooling me again.
We've seen this movie before.
The Lakers and Ko-Me Bryant will impress in the regular season, maybe even get to the Finals. That's what they do.
Then the postseason will arrive and they'll get bullied and punk'd by one of the tough teams from the East.
Just like last year.
If the Lakers play Boston in the Finals, they'll get smoked.
Just like last year.
Los Angeles still doesn't possess the inside toughness to beat one of the great teams from the East when it really counts.
So congratulations, Los Angeles.
You've earned a title.
Best team in the regular season.
Posted on: December 26, 2008 9:33 am
Congratulations, LA. You do great in the regular season.
And you still haven't beaten the Celtics when it counts.
That win over Boston this past weekend means nothing. Absolutely, nothing.
Ko-Me Bryant still hasn't won a title without Shaquille O'Neal and the Lakers still haven't avenged that massive choke job to Boston in the championship last year. Regular season doesn't count.
So nice victory for the Lakers. You sure did celebrate like you won the title.
But you haven't. Yet.