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#1 Imadogg



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Posted October 29, 2008 - 11:41 PM

Well? Like, how many of you knew of Ariza before he was here, and what did you know about him, if anything? How many of you knew about Mbenga? Or knew how good Pau was? Whether or not Radman was a superhero?


Tell the truth please.

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Posted October 30, 2008 - 12:01 AM

I knew about Farmar when he was in middle school.

Then I really, really knew him when we went to High School.

As for the rest of the players, I knew of them long before they joined this squad. The only one that I knew very little of was DJ.

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Posted October 30, 2008 - 12:15 AM

I heard about Jordan when he was at taft and i went to Chatsworth.

Edited by popo, October 30, 2008 - 12:22 AM.

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Posted October 30, 2008 - 12:45 AM

-Ariza - knew of him in UCLA, he was pretty decent but wasnt a star in my eyes, saw he was a high fly act when he was in NY, didnt pay much attention to him when he was on orlando
-Gasol - knew about him after he was drafted, he was really good so i would keep tabs on him, had him on my fantasy team 2 seasons when he was in memphis
-Mbenga - kinda knew about him on dallas but thought he was a scrub
-Mihm - thought he was an okay center when he was on boston
-Odom - liked him since he was a clip, him, dmiles, and QR, made me kinda like the clippers even thought they werent any good, i just liked the way they played together
-Powell - didnt really know about him either, just kinda knew about him when he was on dallas
-Radmanovic - knew him since he was a rookie on the sonics, he was their 3rd best player and he killed us quite a few times, and i remember him when he had that flip dunk when he landed on his head

Edited by phifedogg76, October 30, 2008 - 12:45 AM.

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Posted October 30, 2008 - 01:35 AM

I knew about Farmar when he was in middle school.

Then I really, really knew him when we went to High School.

As for the rest of the players, I knew of them long before they joined this squad. The only one that I knew very little of was DJ.

Yea yea I know you're famous and cool with NBA nigs haha

I meant dudes who came from other teams in the NBA, how much did people know about them. Like if you knew about Ariza from the Knicks or Radman from the Sonics. I wonder sometimes if some people have even heard of a guy before he got signed/traded to LA.

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Posted October 30, 2008 - 05:18 AM

I went to high school not far from where Kobe did so I knew of him in high school. We graduated a year apart and my friends would go watch him play sometimes.

Mbenga: Knew very little about him. I thought he was a lumbering hulk. Turns out that's not quite right.

Ariza: I knew about him and thought he was VERY overrated. I guess it was just injuries or the atmosphere. I'm happy to be wrong.

Vlad: Never been a big fan of him, but always thought he was a decent shooting big.
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Posted October 30, 2008 - 05:36 AM

I knew Rad from his Seattle days, Ariza from his UCLA days, Chris Mihm from his CLE days when i watched Lebron on national tv umm, Mbenga for a couple of years. Knew him especially for this

I've known Yue the least amount of time...first time I saw him in the olympics



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Posted October 30, 2008 - 05:47 AM

i was always a nut hugger of ariza, he was always on my nba dynasties on xbox. but since he came i just like watching him, not playing wiwht him. I knew abuot him since he was drafted

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Posted October 30, 2008 - 05:50 AM

I lknew of all of them

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Posted October 30, 2008 - 07:00 AM

Ariza: I followed/liked him ever since he entered the league. With his athleticism and ferocious dunks over guys like Wallace, Okafor…etc. it was hard to forget about him. Now, that he’s finally improved his critiqued midrange jumps shot…I’m real anxious to see what he can do this season.

Gasol: Who didn’t know him before he joined the Lake-Show? Always knew he had a great inside game, but lacked that aggression and determination. I labeled him soft a couple times before he joined.

Mbenga: Only because of the tacos incident, haha.

Mihm: Didn’t know him at all prios to joining the Lakers..

Odom: I lived in Miami the season Wade and Odom led them to the playoffs, so I def. knew about him. That 04 Miami team was so sick haha.

Powell: Barely know anything about his game now except he’s a good rebounder.

Radmanovic: He blossomed in the playoffs with Seattle, and was always known for his great three point shot, so yes, I knew him too.

Edited by Force, October 30, 2008 - 07:00 AM.

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Posted October 30, 2008 - 11:05 AM

Since I live in NY, I'll watch the Knicks games a lot, and I was always a big fan of Ariza. I was ecstatic when I saw he was traded to us.
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Posted October 30, 2008 - 11:24 AM

i don't really pay attention to college basketball as much as i do for NBA, so pre-NBA, i pretty much don't know anyone. But i did know about Farmar only coz i used to see his interviews on TV for UCLA & i did watch a couple of his games.

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Posted October 30, 2008 - 11:36 AM

The only two that I hardly knew anything about before they joined the Lakers are Chris Mihm & Josh Powell.

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Posted October 30, 2008 - 11:52 AM

I knew about most of them because of watching NBATV and Rick Kamla does a good job of breaking down every night's action and impact players, as well as potential for each player.
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Posted October 30, 2008 - 11:57 AM

I followed Ariza and Farmar at UCLA. Thought Ariza should've stayed one more year.
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Posted October 30, 2008 - 12:23 PM

I knew Mbenga the most out of all of them because of his block on Kobe. Then it would probably be Lamar because of his dunk (kind of) on Kobe. I knew Pau because he was an All-Star and basically the Grizzlies' best player. Then I only remembered Radman because he was in Seattle and was a 3-point specialist.

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Posted October 30, 2008 - 12:30 PM

I followed Ariza and Farmar at UCLA. Thought Ariza should've stayed one more year.


Ariza -UCLA.
Mihm- Watched him play for Texas his junior season.
Powell- Saw him play at NC State.

Edited by popo, October 30, 2008 - 12:30 PM.

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Posted October 30, 2008 - 01:21 PM

Trevor Ariza: remember his days at ucla.. and all the criticism he got for leaving to early in most people's eyes.. but when he had success with the knicks his first year or so.. people were a little surprised.. then remember his days briefly with the magic.. and was absolutely THRILLED when we got him.. devastated though when he went down.. but he's good now baby!

Kobe Bryant: my favorite player of all time, know too much about him.. still remember the OG eddie jones, nick van exel, elden campbell, shaq, kobe, del harris, etc days.. dont' really remember his airballs at utah game early in his career in the playoffs, would rather forget it i guess.. but man. so many memories with this guy.. we are blessed to have him and so fortunate to have been able to see him for so long here.. words are not enough.

Andrew Bynum: didn't know too much about him like most when he was first drafted by us.. so like most outta' curiosity.. did all the research i could and was thrilled.. first few years were totally frustrating.. but obviously little by little.. every now and then. you'd see some glimpses of what could be.. and improvement.. especially when i found out more and more kareem would be taking him under his wing.. and listening to his interviews and the way he handled himself.. i then knew we had something special..

Jordan Farmar:
followed him since his ucla days.. knew about him being a local boy and going to taft high & all that.. but i only saw actual footage of that mostly on youtube.. always loved that he's hometown boy all the way, that's just awesome.. must be a dream for him.. was thrilled seeing him debut in the summer pro league in long beach.. loved his explosion and athleticism..

Derek Fisher: still remember him as a rookie along with the kobester.. will never forget that one playoff run where we were absolutely dominant and only lost one game.. the guy was just lights out from 3 almost every game, especially in the spurs series.. was upset when he moved away to golden. st. .. hated him as the opposition but still always had that natural respect for him cuz he was a laker and did so much for us at the same time.. hated him in utah even more cuz i wanted golden st. to win that series.. but sympathized totally with his off the court situation.. LOVED it, was THRILLED when we got him back..

Pau Gasol: knew about him when he was drafted.. still remember briefly his interview on draft day.. hardly knew any english back then.. but has improved dramatically since then.. almost probably speaks it better now than some americans.. remember him being the franchise player for a long time there in memphis.. usually having good games against us in my mind.. used to throw it down and be a bit more athletic back in those days.. perhaps he's lost some of that and become even more finesse.. or it's just not necessary, too risky for injury.. who knows.. but either way, he's adjusted.. and he's doing fantastic for us.. always love to follow his olympic play as well and the passion he plays with for his country..

Didier Ilunga-Mbenga: remember his days with the mavericks and goldent st. warriors a bit.. mostly just a late late backup player.. learned a lot more about him when he came here of course.. love his personality.. seems like a great person..

Chris Mihm: knew where he balled in college, but don't remember seeing him much there.. remember his boston days a bit along with jumaine jones.. and then here..

Lamar Odom: Remember watching him play alongside Cuttino Mobley back in his college days at Rhode Island. Remember the clippers drafting him, him balling with Darius Miles, Quentin Richardson, Corey Maggette, the whole group for a while before they broke apart, then his stint with the Miami Heat, and then here of course..

Josh Powell:
Mostly barely found about him in his golden st. days, then with the clippers, then here.. don't remember his early dallas and indiana days..

Vladimir Radmanovic: saw this guy as a rookie in the summer pro league in long beach, old school ish, should've never moved to vegas, bastards.. now they don't even fill it up with true fans the way they used to over here.. oh well, 3 ball machine with seattle, then had brief success with the clips for the short time he was there, then here of course..

Sasha Vujacic: still remember the day we drafted this dude, happy as heck to be a laker wearing that hat with a huge smile.. remember how much the majority of us always would call for his head and give him something like the coby karl treatment.. then suddenly he shocked us all dramatically and he finally started making shots NOT in practice, but IN the game.. and the rest was history from there.. MAQUINA!!

Luke Walton: remember watching him ball it up at arizona.. great player there.. along with richard jefferson.. went far with lute olson in the march madness tournament.. was thrilled when we drafted him.. great passer first few years.. mostly all he did.. then they started figuring him out.. but then he had that one great great season.. that earned him a false contract.. hasn't been the same exactly since.. but is decent..

Sun Yue: when we drafted him, i studied all i could about the guy.. mostly saw youtube clips haha.. then got to see him more than anything in the olympics.. was impressed with what i saw, especially defensively, hustling back, blocking some shots, the athelticism.. etc.. i just think now that he's a laker, he's thrilled and it's no great legit excuse, but the guy is definitely nervous, you can tell..

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Posted October 30, 2008 - 04:03 PM

farmar and luke(bill's son) from college, gasol from memphis, odom from clips and powell,vlad from seattle and clips, mihm from boston
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Posted October 30, 2008 - 04:14 PM

I Went to high school with Ariza(along with Hassan Adams of the raptors and Gabe Pruitt of the Celtics)
I read about Farmar in high school and saw him play a few times.
I knew about everyone else on the team before they became Lakers except for Mbenga.

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