chris and i saw the lakers play to hundreds

chris and i have been going to laker games for as long as staples center has been around which is nearly 20 years now.

hes been a season ticket holder but last year he was unable to see the playoffs and finals bc all the teams were in the bubble.

this is the first game he has been able to see because its been very limited seating

but he really wanted to go tonight to see them raise the banner to honor their 17th championship

so instead of buying tix super close to the court he bought a pair really high up in the sky so we would be right under the new banner

and there it is.

the Laker girls were up there too to say hi and we are polite so we said hi back

this is what the stadium looked like a few minutes before the ceremony. they say 20% capacity but id say even at its most crowded it was like 10%.

there were people around us a little because everyone wanted to take a pic with the new banner but you could hear the laker girls clap it was so quiet

another thing: you couldnt eat or drink in your seats you could only do it right by where you ordered your food. so that was weird. but fine. it made you chug your beers of which i had two.

they tasted delicious. perhaps because i hardly even drink beer any more?

saw a man who bought shoes where the left was gold and the right was purple.

i asked Chris why he didnt just buy two pairs and he said he didnt know

lakers won a close one.

thanks for the tix, Chris!

what do i want to do

everything.

amber came home today and was all, lets walk

we walked and walked and

ate and ate and

drank so much water

i was like lets take the bus home

she said lets walk and walk and

walk and walk

shes now snoring and snoring im on the couch

cat’s on his back with his paws up

half asleep and who isnt

its 145am super bowl sunday

might as well.

chris and dave and i saw the lakers last night

puigsuper fun

had to use the jedi mind trick on a security guard which was pretty amazing

no, we dont need to show you our tickets

all is fine

you will let us sit there

and afterwards you will say have a great night.

took a Lyft back from the game to the crib.

$8.

?!?!?

im not saying it should be $20

but it should be closer to $15.

$8?

i tipped the dude $5 but still.

my beer cost more than that.

yasiel puig was at the game, rodman, floyd money mayweather.

everyone wants to see Kobe’s last games, but Kobe was hurt and didnt play. they put a picture of him up on the scoreboard and everyone cheered.

it was a good game. came down to the last second. Dirk Nowitzski, who should also retire soon, made a last second shot.

i had the best chicken mcnuggets as we watched the game.

i know theyre made of boots and diarrhea, but dat hot mustard.

dear tony, why do you think new laker chris kaman asked for a single digit number

retired laker jerseys

instead of the number that he has worn his whole career, 35?

signed,

roland harper

Dear Roland,

According to Funky Cold, the former Clipper “deadpanned his newly adorned No. 9 jersey had ‘zero significance’ other than wanting a single-digit number.”

But I have a feeling that if I was going to join a team who have numbers 32, 33, and 34 hanging from the rafters

Magic, Kareem and Shaq

i’d be a little intimidated to put on 35.

especially since all three of them are still quite vocal in Lakerland.

indeed taking the number of another former Clipper turned Laker,

Lamar Odom

is a far more reasonable goal to shoot for.

metta world peace, we acknowledge you

as much as LA loves hoops and especially the Lakers,

and as much as Ron Artest, aka Metta World Peace, worked social media

and appeared on tv shows

i still dont feel like LA embraced its most soft and fuzzy star.

and now he’s going back home to the big apple.

i had the great fortune of meeting Ron for a Lakers Blog video interview

we all hung out for about an hour and one thing i learned was the Ron Artest you see on TV

is exactly the same one that he is in real life minus the cameras

he is childlike, ultra honest, positive, professional and unpredictable.

another thing i learned: he’s not all that tall. sure he’s taller than you and me

but ive meet Kareem. that brothas super tall. Ron is probably average NBA height.

what he does out there is all about heart, hustle, and skillz.

i cant wait to see how the NYC media embraces him.

why the Lakers should amnesty Kobe right this second

kobe

first off they’d save $80 million.

secondly you can buy a lot of younger players for that sort of money who’s achilles have not been operated on.

thirdly, kobe can still sign with the Lakers if they amnesty him, they just can’t pay him more than $30 million

fourthly, kobe might not be worth more than $30 million next season

fifthly, the Lakers just raised the banner of a Laker who they parted ways with, theres no shame there

sixthly, if they did it now, it would barely make the news.

how a Zen Master concludes a sweet speech about a good man

Phil Jackson explaining what Jerry Buss told Kobe during this last contract negotiation several years ago:

[Dr. Buss said to Kobe:]”If i had a diamond of great value, 4 or 5 karats, would i give up that diamond for 4 diamonds of one karat? No, there is no equal value that we can get for you. A trade could not match what you bring to this team.” He prevailed and we won two more championships.

There is a quote above my desk. “Unceasing change turns the wheels of life, so reality is not shown in all its many forms, dwell peacefully as change itself liberates all sentient beings, and brings them great joy.”

The lost of Dr. Buss brings has shown us one of the forms of life, we are here to reach and to receive and to recognize that unceasing change and to express our loss, but also to celebrate a life that was a diamond of great value.

a letter from the Lakers announcing the death of their owner

dr buss with friends

Dr. Jerry Buss, longtime owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, passed away today at 5:55 am after a long illness. He was 80 years old.

“We not only have lost our cherished father, but a beloved man of our community and a person respected by the world basketball community,” a statement released on behalf of the Buss family said.

Dr. Buss had been hospitalized much of the past 18 months in a battle which “showed his amazing strength and will to live. It was our father’s often stated desire and expectation that the Lakers remain in the Buss family. The Lakers have been our lives as well and we will honor his wish and do everything in our power to continue his unparalleled legacy,” the statement concluded.

He is survived by sons Johnny, Jim, Joey and Jesse and daughters Jeanie Buss and Janie Drexel, all of Southern California; eight grandchildren; former wife JoAnn of Las Vegas; half sister Susan Hall of Phoenix; half brother Micky Brown of Scottsdale; and stepbrother Jim Brown of Star Valley, Wyoming.

Funeral and memorial service arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lakers Youth Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice.