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Lakers are already NBA Facebook champions


You like the Lakers. You really like them.

We can tell because you actually pushed the “like” button on Facebook for the Lakers more than any other team in professional sports, reports Yahoo Sports.

The Los Angeles Lakers quietly became the first American sports franchise to accumulate 11 million Facebook fans. Bryant’s team isn’t just tops among NBA teams; Hollywood’s favorite basketball squad leads all North American sports franchises when it comes to the social network.

The Lakers actually rank fourth worldwide, trailing European soccer powers Manchester United, Real Madrid and the king of Facebook, FC Barcelona, which has 23,128,028 fans.

The Lakers have nearly double the Facebook fans of the Boston Celtics, who are second in the NBA.

Why? Kobe Bryant? The Laker Girls? Pau Gasol’s infectious smile? Metta World Peace’s dancing skills? The color combination of purple and gold?

Who knows? This is Facebook, where Farmville because a hit. There is no telling what people will like.

But it shows you the international power of the Lakers brand.

Want to get some run with Derrick Rose? It could happen Saturday.

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You ever want to get in some run with Derrick Rose?

Half of Chicago just said, “yes, and I can knock down more shots than Rasual Butler, I promise.”

Rose is setting up a game for this weekend where some lucky Facebook fans of his are going to get invited in, reports CSNChicago.com. Here is the quote from Rose’s Facebook page.

“To celebrate the launch of the adiZero Rose 2, I’m setting up a game this Saturday and am looking for some of my Facebook friends to come play with me and my crew. Here’s how you get in the game: adidas Basketball and I will be posting clues on Facebook all week letting you know where/when the game is and the password for entry. First people to get to the location on Saturday and that know the password will get a chance to play… And for all those not in Chicago, we’ll stream the game so you can check it out.”

If you want to play, check out the Run with D. Rose Facebook page.

I would rather see Rose pimping his new kicks (which are pretty sweet, BTW) by wearing them in NBA preseason games this week. But as that is not happening, this is a pretty fun consolation prize.

Just remember, if you give Rose a hard foul in this game, you may want to have a fast getaway car.

Fan starts Dennis Rodman for Hall of Fame Facebook page

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I think this is exactly what Mark Zuckerberg had in mind in his Harvard dorm room. Use of Facebook for the greater good.

A fan of The Worm — not the one at the bottom of a Mescal bottle but Dennis Rodman — has started a  a Facebook page to urge inclusion of Rodman in the Hall of Fame. (Hall of Fame bylaws preclude Rodman from campaigning, he has nothing to do with this site.) Go there and like it, read what is on the wall  — see all the kind words written about The Worm.

Rodman is one of the finalists to be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year, but he is considered a long shot by most.

Which is a shame. Forget the hair and the off-the-court antics — Dennis Rodman was the best rebounder the game has ever seen. Rodman grabbed 23.4 percent of the available rebounds when he was on the floor over the course of his career. Think about that, he got nearly 1 in 4 rebounds when he was on the court for his entire career. For comparison, Dwight Howard’s career average is 20.7 percent. Rodman has a better rebound rate than Moses Malone, Dikembe Mutombo, Tim Duncan and anyone else you want to name. The only guy in the NBA having a better rebounding single season this year than Rodman did for his career is Kevin Love, and not by much.

Throw in that he was a fantastic defender and you see why he has five rings — he was among the best ever at doing the dirty work. He was seven-times on the all NBA defensive team. He got boards. He dove into the first row after a loose ball on a Tuesday night in Milwaukee not just in the finals. He intimidated. He won.

That is the kind of player who should be in the Hall, the kind of player that should be recognized. He will not be for reasons that have nothing to do with basketball. Because he once said he wanted to play a game in the nude and was a character off the court. Who cares?

Well, the voters will. And they likely only know about Facebook because their grandchildren are on it all the time. But I say we should support Rodman’s campaign even if it is a futile effort. Because sometimes futile efforts are the most worthy.

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What you missed while you were wondering if you could get fired for what you put on Facebook

Our game of the night had to be Paul Millsap looking like the best player in the league and the Utah upsetting the Heat in Miami. Read more about that here.

Pacers 144, Nugget 113: Indiana won this with a 54-point third quarter that was like pregame shoot around — the Pacers missed just one shot outside the paint all quarter and hit 12 of 13 that quarter from beyond 19 feet, according to ESPN. Some days you’re just hot, and tonight King Midas touched the Pacers shooting. Well, everyone except Josh McRoberts, he had the team’s one miss in the quarter. For the game, the Pacers had an eFG% of 73.6 percent, which is ridiculous.

Road back to back for the Nuggets, and a game played at a very past pace, which may have had something to do with the lack of defense.

Portland 100, Detroit 87: Portland just owned every aspect of this game. The only time Detroit climbed back in is when Portland got lazy and did a lot of isolation offense.

Cavaliers 93, Nets 91: Two things of note here for Cleveland: First is Antawn Jamison is back, he came in mid/way though the first quarter and had 15 points and 8 rebounds. He was 3 of 4 from beyond the arc and generally moved well. If he can be anything close to that nightly it would be a big boost. Same with Ramon Session, that had 15 points and was a key spark in the fourth quarter.

The other is that the Cavs really are embracing the Princeton-style offense (in a way the Sixers never did last year) that Byron Scott has brought in. They have good movement off the ball, gut cuts and reads.

Hornets 102, Clippers 80: Um, how did you think this was going to turn out?

Bucks 107, Knicks 80: There were 94 possessions in this one, three possessions below the league average for a game. The Knicks stand no chance against the Bucks of the world if they are not getting a lot of easy transition buckets. They should have 100 possessions every game. Good solid win for a Bucks team that could use a few of those.

Brandon Jennings had 12 points in a 41 point Bucks first quarter. This one was over early.

Lakers 99, Timberwolves 94: If you chose Nov. 9 in the “When will the Lakers first mail it in this season?” pool, be sure to pick up your money on the way out the door.

What kept the Timberwolves in this is they grabbed the offensive rebound on 48.9 percent of their missed shots. Kevin Love was the leader with 11 offensive rebounds, and he finished with 23 and 24 against Ron Artest for much of the night. See what happens when you play him 38 minutes a game? Still doesn’t matter, Lakers are that much better that they still get the W.

Facebook comments about the Lakers lead to a fight at a kindergarten graduation. Sadly, we're serious.


And you wonder where Laker fans get the reputation as being idiots and fools…

fighting.jpgAbout 20 parents got into a fight at a Victorville, Calif., kindergarten graduation event, according to the Victorville Valley Daily Press. An old-west style saloon fight at a kindergarten graduation — some kids really start life behind the 8 ball thanks to their parents.

What would spark parents to fight in front of five-year-olds?

“This all started because of a Facebook comment between this other woman and my grandmother about the Lakers,” said Queiona Burt, 31, one of the women arrested following a brawl that broke out at a recent Puesta del Sol Elementary School kindergarten graduation. “But I want to apologize to the school and the community and say this is not what I’m about. I was trying to defend myself.”

So to recap: Facebook comments about the Lakers lead to a fight at a kindergarten graduation where two people are arrested and police are investigating.

Honestly, 90 percent of Lakers fans are sane. They are fans like fans of every other team, except they get to brag a lot more because the team wins a lot.

But that other 10 percent, the ones that clog message boards and come after you if you dare to say Kobe can’t walk on water — those people are certifiable. Or arrestable, as the case may be. They are the ones that give the Lakers their Internet reputations. They are the ones that start fights at a kindergarten graduation.

They are the ones even a former Laker blogger will not try to defend. Or wish to.