Thursday, October 21, 2010


Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant holds his injured finger to his face in the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 22, 2010. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 115-105. UPI/John Angelillo

"I don't anticipate he's going to be playing heavy-minute games to start the season," with these words Phil Jackson confirmed everyones thoughts. The zen master is going to have to calm Kobe Bryant's minutes down in the first few months of the season. The Lakers top doberman has been a sick dog lately trying to come back to top form after rehabbing from a knee injury. Kobe has been playing great in spurts but if the Lakers want him at his best for the tough season and playoff run ahead they will have to shower his minutes. Still the Lakers are bathed in enough talent that they will be able to make it through. Gasol and Odom will just have to pick up the scoring load. Jax didn't specify whether Kobe would play garbage or London minutes but one things for sure, it'll be a while before he starts logging the 38.8 60 seconds of burn he averaged last season.

May 27, 2010 - Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - epa02176412 Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest celebrates his winning shot at the end of game five of the NBA Western Conference Final against the Phoenix Suns in Los Angeles, California, USA, 27 May 2010. The Lakers and Suns are tide in a best of seven series two games all.

He seems to be doing it all this offseaon. Music, charity work, the best ebay auctions ever etc, etc. So it seems only right that in this Apple generation that Ron Artest takes a bite out of the iPhone market. Ron, Ron has launched his own iPhone application. The application is the 'one and only' Artest app and is named 'Let's Do It'. It is hyped at giving fans "exclusive access to his life, behind the scenes fun and all his amazing experiences". Some of the features include a 'Dear Ron' and a 'Ron Artest's Sports Psychology' section. It kind of makes you wish you didn't have a Blackberry doesn't it?

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 17:  Former Lakers player Earvin 'Magic' Johnson attends the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers on November 17, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

Magic Johnson is not only selling his shares with the Lakers he's also giving up sharing rounds of coffee. The revolutionary basketball/business man is selling all his Starbucks franchises in the Los Angeles district. 105 to be exact, now that's a lot of coffee. Ever the entrepreneur still however, Magic isn't giving up in the business and sports world. As he says he's making good business sense. It's Magic's dream to bring an NFL franchise to L.A. With his money, savvy and record this dream is no illusion. Besides if one of the hottest cities in America can have an ice hockey franchise the Kings and the champions can certainly make way for an American Football team to take the throne. There just wont be much room in the Staples Centre with the Clips too. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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