My Interview with the Los Angeles Lakers

I could have been sitting courtside, rubbing shoulders with Jack Nicholson and listening to bad Kobe Bryant jokes… okay more like editing bad photos of Kobe while sitting at a desk in El Segundo, miles away from every home Laker game. Still, ever since I realized that Lakers.com existed, I’ve considered it the white whale of webmaster jobs. I had no idea how much they paid, how much work was involved, or even where their offices were. I just knew that my passion for web development would be in perfect synergy with my passion for the Lakers, in a perfect union.

Well, recently, I had my chance at that job. Continue reading

You Can’t Beat LA (or so I hope)

If you didn’t know already, I’m a huge Lakers fan. I started watching the same year that Kobe was drafted into the league and played behind Eddie Jones. Although I loved the Shaqobe years, I honestly didn’t become a true die-hard fan until the years following their break-up. So watching Kobe make it all the way back to the finals only to lose to the rival Celtics was bittersweet.

Last year was rejuvenating, but honestly beating the Magic wasn’t as satisfying as watching the Lakers take revenge against the Celtics, or even show up Lebron and the Cavaliers. So this year’s attempt at a championship repeat has been both tantalizing and terrifying to watch. The Celtics are a great team. Period. Unbelievable defense, unwavering confidence, an extremely motivating coach, and a potent offense when they get rolling. So a win against this team would really validate the greatness of the Lakers. I’m finally more excited than nervous for the them, now that a championship is only one game away. Go Lakers!

A couple thoughts from last night’s game six:

  • The refs seem to call less fouls in games with the Celtics, because of their aggressive nature. If teams don’t return that aggression and physically attack, the Celtics are going to have a huge advantage.
  • Kobe tore his team down after the game five loss. He was overhead starting into a profanity-laden tirade as he entered the locker room and later claimed their team defense was on a milk carton. But he seemed positive and supportive at home last night: lots of high-fives, clapping and hugs.
  • Rondo and the Celtics in general played into the Lakers hands, almost seeming content to give this game away and try again on Thursday. The NBA Playbook has a great breakdown of the Lakers defense on Rondo, which is to basically ignore him outside of 15 feet.
  • In the press conference that followed the game, reporters questioned Doc Rivers if it was a lack of effort from the Celtics and he countered that no, its never a lack of effort in the playoffs. He claims that players get frustrated when they’re not successful and think about the game too much, making them hesitant and a step slower than a team that’s acting more on instinct.

Back At It Again

Kobe Bryant: “Talented. Amazing. Brilliant. Douchebag.” – Hardwood Paroxysm

In case you are unaware, which I am sure you are, yesterday was “Kobe Bryant Blog Day”. This was an unofficial (or as official as a blog is) dubbing by Hardwood Paroxysm (which I only discovered yesterday). The idea behind it all was that whether you love or hate Kobe, he is an amazing player that deserves a little praise every now and then to balance all the hate he does get.

Obviously I am a huge fan of #24 and have been ever since he donned a Lakers jersey alongside Eddie Jones and Nick Van Excel. I tend to agree with the quote though. Kobe’s passion for winning combined with his immaturity have led to the debacles of the Shaq feud, the Phil feud, the Colorado trial, threatening to leave during his free agency, basically sitting out the second half of game seven against the Suns, and most recently requesting to be traded this summer. But despite all that junk, I still would rather have him on the Lakers over Shaq or anyone else.

Some other highlights from Kobe Bryant Blog Day:

Sactown Royalty: “Clearly, Matt has never visited Sacramento. We poisoned his burger before a playoff game! We named him the #2 most evil Laker of all-time! Though I’m not proud of it, we invented the COL-O-RAD-O! chant… In Sacramento, we hate Kobe Bryant. But you know what? Of course we respect his game. Of course we can appreciate his talent.”

This guy went nuts and posted 24 Kobe Bryant blogs in 24 hours. A little too obsessive even for me, but the videos are worth a look if nothing else.

My New BFF

Mike Bibby and I are pretty much best friends for life now. Karen and I were walking back from class and we saw him just standing around by a car, dressed to play basketball. I said “What’s up Mike?” and he was like “Hey”. Yeah, we’re pretty tight now. We have no idea what he was doing at our lowly state school, because college basketball season hasn’t started and there was no event going on that we know of. Karen thinks he is just always dressed to play basketball, headband and all. Funny as that may be, I think it could very well be true.

GO LAKERS!!! LIKE, OMG

On a completely opposite note, there really ought to be an All NBA Announcers Team (Nate knows). It would consist of Marv Albert, Kevin Harlan, Charles Barkley, the Czar, Mike Fratello. I’m sick of listening to Al Michaels slowly build up a completely superfluous stat, meanwhile missing the most exciting plays of the game. ABC shouldn’t have let him out of the Monday Night Football booth. Doc Rivers is decent, but I’d rather have him coach. What the networks really need to do is utilize their staff and switch the post-game announcers with the in-game announcers. Charles Barkley, and hell, Torny Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon could make any game entertaining (i.e. the East is boring).

Lakers > Kings

Few things in life can make me more delighted and content than curling up on my bed, with the warm body of my favorite person, to watch the Lakers absolutely dismantle the Rockets (who were miscombobulated). The Kings should take notes on that game. Kobe Bryant, walked into the arena a few minutes before the game, rubbed his eyes, and played brilliantly, and I called it. Of course, it wasn’t much of a prediction considering the other two times he has come straight from court to a game he scored the game-winner vs. the Nuggets and 35 points against the Kings, respectively.

Sim 2K4

So what has Sim been up to? Well, basketball mostly. Seriously, I am somehow involved in basketball every day of the week. I am taking a once a week basketball class for one credit this semester, I signed up for a five on five rec-league, and I have been playing pick-up games to fill in the gaps. Seing as how my TV only gets a few channels, I have it on ESPN 24/7, so I watch nothing but college and professional hoops along with Around the Horn and PTI. But I did hook up my roommates TV (I had to use my cable since he doesn’t have one) to watch the All-Star festivities on TNT this weekend. To top if all off, the only game I really play on my new Xbox is ESPN Basketball.

Class only just started a couple weeks ago for me, because my school saves up all those tiny, one-day holidays and compounds them into a massive winter break. While I’m still technically a graphic design major, I’m not taking any of those classes this semester. I’m getting a little GE out of the way as well as testing out the computer science major. I like it, but I think the math will keep me out of it in the long run.

So that about sums it up. Oh yeah, I also play a lot of Call of Duty. Check out my clan.

Mavs Ahoy!

Wow, I never thought the Mavericks would actually win game 1 in San Antonio. Just goes to show you how much the Spurs choke at the end of almost every game.

Okay, so the 49 free throws helped the Mavs get to the end, but Duncan missed 2 key free throws at the end as well as that last airball. After letting the Mavs comeback from 18 down and coming up extremely short at the end, the Spurs don’t deserve to win a championship.

Perhaps now my dream of a Nets/Mavs finals isn’t too far off!