The moment Kobe realized he was on Kiss Cam.
Kareem and Zooey
My Lakers vs. Bulls recap…
Our first home-cooked meal in our first home. (Taken with instagram)
If you’re looking for clips of Ron Artest on Dancing with the Stars, you’re not going to find them here.
If you’re looking for pictures where I photoshop Ron into a Laker game wearing his ridiculous dancing outfits, you’re looking in the wrong place (though that’s a good idea).
The only dancing I like to see from Ron is the jubilant, up and down version he displayed after Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals in 2010.
The Lakers and Suns were tied 2-2 in a best of 7 showdown, and the winner of Game 5 was sure to take a stranglehold on the series. Tied at 101, with 3.5 seconds left, an inbounds pass went directly to Kobe, who hoisted a deep, contested two-point shot. Ron Ron picked up on the flight of the ball, immediately reacted, and cut directly to the basket to rebound the sure miss.
With a catch, spin and shot all in one move, Ron put in the game-winner at the horn. The Lakers would finish the Suns in Game 6, before heading to the Finals where Los Angeles beat their hated rivals, the Boston Celtics, for the 2010 NBA Finals.
That’s how I remember Ron Artest. That’s how I remember him dancing. Hell, after that basket, all the Lakers danced. Together.
For more on Ron Artest, read my column at LakerNation.com: Ron Artest vs, Metta World Peace
I have an Artest jersey. He is one of my favorite Lakers. This game, and game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, are the reasons why.
No, not that Twitterature.
Imagine the best bit of writing you’ve ever read. Those sentences that leaped out from the page, grabbed your attention, and demanded to be seen, admired, shared, repeated. The very best work of the very best authors.
Now, imagine that writing stripped of all context: no plot to clarify meaning, no characters whose quirks and personality inform the tone of what is being read, no greater narrative purpose to serve.
Let the words stand on their own. Let the sheer craftsmanship of the text speak for itself. Attempt in literature what the visual arts have practiced for decades: technique for the sake of technique. Literary art in 140 characters or less.
That is twitterature.
My thoughts on the state of the Republican Party — of which I still consider myself a member — in answer to a friend’s question on Facebook:
I don’t buy into liberal class warfare. I’m pro-life, and believe in a muscular foreign policy that promotes the freedom agenda around the world.
But it seems that conservative economic principles — which were once rooted in competence and pragmatism — have been replaced with absolutist dogma, resulting in a party that is trying to apply the solutions of the 1980s to the problems of the 2010’s.
We are paranoid inflation hawks at a time of low inflation and high unemployment.
We remain firmly entrenched in the cult of Norquist, convinced that the ideal marginal tax rate is always “lower” — a reflexive direction, not a realistic destination — and that cutting taxes will always magically pay for itself (instead of being effective given a narrow set of specific economic circumstances).
We pay lip service to the idea of reducing the deficit, but are unrealistic to the point of irresponsibility when it comes to what it will take to make deficit reduction work.
We insist that our policy preferences not depart a single iota from that of Ronald Reagan despite the fact that (a) economic circumstances are dramatically different now than in the stagflation era of the 1980s, and (b) Ronald Reagan actually *did* do many of the things that we now so vehemently oppose.
In reality, a government should act differently when there is deflation than when there is runaway inflation. Government should respond differently to persistently high unemployment than it should to an economy running at full steam. Different circumstances should result in different policy, not an ever-louder crescendo of dire warnings about imaginary threats.
I don’t ask that we abandon our commitment to small government and federalism. I just wish that we would rediscover our sense of competence and fiscal discipline!
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