Regardless of your feelings towards Metta World Peace, there's one thing we can all agree — he's never boring.
Tonight, Metta will host "Comedy Slam Dunk, a fundraiser for his on-going support for mental health at Hollywood's famed Laugh Factory from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.
Tom Arnold, Alex Scott, Malik S and Chris D'Elia are part of the line-up that will have Metta as the quasi featured performer as he plans on throwing in a few of his own jokes in-between each act. According to Metta, his material was inspired during his private visits to his bathroom and are aimed to offend everyone – including himself.
Tickets can be purchased for $30 per person at the Laugh Factory or at his website ronartest.com.
The upcoming 2012-2013 season is going to be one of the most highly-anticipated seasons in the history of the Lakers.
With the a new and exciting core and an improved bench, expectations are high for the Lakers but ticket availability for non-season ticket holders (or true fans) will be scarce at best. If you've tried purchasing a pre-season ticket lately, you know what I'm talking about.
But if you want to try your luck, Ticketmaster (not Staples Center, oddly enough) will be selling individual tickets on Saturday, Sept. 22nd starting at 10 a.m.
If you haven't purchased a ticket prior to pre-season before, I highly suggest contacting your nearest Ticketmaster outlet now and ask if they'll be selling tickets on site. Never assume they will just because they're an official Ticketmaster retail location.
If your preferred location is selling tickets on site, I can't emphasize enough to plan ahead of time (and expect a huge crowd) as these tickets will be gone in a matter of a few minutes whether you're buying in person or online.
There will be a limit of 4 tickets max. per person, per game.
Since the acquisition of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, the average Lakers season ticket cost increased from $1 to $38 on 26 home games and around $242 to $247 in general — including $450 on Christmas Day against the New York Knicks.
When the Lakers traded away Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks a year ago, part of the deal involved the rights to a 2012 2nd round pick. The Lakers used that pick to get themselves, well, another Odom.
This past Friday, Darius Johnson-Odom signed a non-guaranteed contract with the team capping, at least for now, an amazing summer for Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss.
The addition of the 55th overall pick out of Marquette comes exactly a week after the inking of another 2nd-round pick Robert Sacre from Gonzaga.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound shooting guard averaged 3.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists coming off the bench during the summer league in Las Vegas. As a Golden Eagle, Johnson-Odom tallied 15.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in his entire collegiate career. His best game came when he scored 19 points against Washington in a first-round NCAA tournament game. no comments
Not exactly something Laker fans would like to hear but it looks like Dwight Howard's debut in purple and gold will have to wait until some time during the regular season.
Thursday afternoon, the Lakers released an injury update on Howard on their official website. In the 4-paragraph report, it stated that the 3-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year will not be ready for training camp and will not play any pre-season games starting on Oct. 7th against the Golden State Warriors in Fresno, California.
It also mentioned that there is no timetable on his return.
Reuters' Lisa Richwine recently talked with the suits of Time Warner Cable, Inc. and other cable and dish providers in Southern California to get an update on the dealings to have every paid television provider carry the new Time Warner Cable SportsNet and the all-Spanish Time Warner Cable Deportes.
And for us Laker fans who don't have Time Warner Cable, this is probably our biggest concern right now when it comes to finally watching the reloaded Lakers outside of Staples Center.
Time Warner Cable's regional sports network senior vice president and general manager Mark Shuken insists that the company is working diligently to reach an agreement with other local carriers in time for the October 1st launch of the new channels — or before the Lakers' first pre-season game on October 7th against the Golden State Warriors.
Could it be that the Lakers aren't done bolstering their bench? Probably.
According to SportingNews' Sean Deveney, 9-year veteran Leandro Barbosa could end up with the already revamped Lakers. In the article, Barbosa expresses his patience in his decision due to his desire to be "in the right place" rather than his salary dictates the city he'll end up playing for.
As of now, only the Lakers and the Phoenix Suns are interested in adding the speedy guard from Brazil. The Brooklyn Nets were part of the equation at one point but decided any further pursuit would be to no avail.
Another NBA season is approaching, which means the new installment of 2K Sports' insanely popular franchise, NBA 2K13, is upon us — October 2nd to be exact.
And as usual, 2K Sports has released the first official trailer for NBA 2K13.
Last year, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Michael Jordan grazed the cover and the ability to play as some of the NBA's best teams in history were the highlights of NBA 2K12.
This time around, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, and Derrick Rose are the cover boys and the 1992 Dream Team is the featured new addition to the playable teams. (Hmmm...maybe that debate on whether or not the 2012 Olympic Men's Basketball Team can beat the original Dream Team can now be settled.)
With the acquisitions of Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Antawn Jamison, and Jodie Meeks, the Lakers are poised to be an offensive powerhouse (or at the very least, a far better offensive team than last year) that could test even the toughest defensive team in every way possible.
But it isn't just because the Lakers infused themselves with more scorers. Nash is expected to make everyone better and more efficient on offense while providing his still deadly perimeter shooting. Howard may have replaced a more skilled post-player in Andrew Bynum, but he's a vast improvement in every category on both sides of the floor. We all know that at 36, Jamison can still put up double digits in points as a starter or as a bench player in every team he's played for. With the level of talent surrounding him in L.A., he'll be seeing more open looks like he's never had before. Meeks might not be impressive enough to some, but he got into the NBA with a reputation of a shooter. Like Jamison, he'll have his share of unobstructed panoramic view of the basket. That's all any shooter needs to flourish in any offense.
With former 76ers head coach Eddie Jordan set to join the purple and gold as an assistant coach in the upcoming season, the new-look Lakers will have a new face on offense as well. Some call it "the backdoor offense". But it's more popular name is "the Princeton offense".
What is the Princeton offense exactly?
It's an offensive system that was refined by basketball Hall-of-Famer and former head coach of Princeton University Pete Carril which is based on constant player movement, passing, mismatches, and backdoor plays.
There are other factors that make this system work, but its general intent is to pressure the defense in constantly preventing mismatches while covering shooters and cutters.
You don't have to be an NBA coach or analyst to figure out that this type of offense in a team like the Lakers will be a nightmare even for the stingiest of defense in the league.
Wow, a lot happened when I was out. And I mean a lot!
Life can change in a blink of an eye. For me, it happened overnight right around April when I was promoted at work and had to take over for three of my former colleagues for awhile to settle things down.
It isn't quite there yet. But at least, I now have time to get back to posting my thoughts on the Lakers.
The past 2 seasons have been forgettable (or at least we try to) for Laker fans. Two 2nd round exits in a row doesn't exactly scream Lakers basketball but it happened. I guess even the best franchise in the NBA has its dog days.