Daddyâ€™s got a new pair of shoes.
How do you like the new crib? Iâ€™m still trying to get comfortable in the newly refurbished Forum Blue & Gold, but I love the way it looks and feels. There are a few new furnishings but hopefully it still feels homey. Itâ€™s taken some effort to get here, but much more like what Iâ€™d ultimately envisioned when I started this humble little Lakers blog (but I never thought it would really come to be).
Thereâ€™s a new polling feature running on the right, guaging people thoughtâ€™s about whatâ€™s going on with the Lakers and the rest of the NBA. The commenting system is better. But thatâ€™s just a tip of the iceberg with the new host. I could do a lot more if people want it â€” a message board? Any other ideas you want to see just post a comment or send me an email.
There are also now some ads on the site, and this will be the first and last time I plan to mention them. The new host, the new look, costs money and Iâ€™d like to be able to offset at least some of my expenses. I donâ€™t expect this to become a full-time gig, just help cover some of my costs and if thereâ€™s enough to take my wife and daughter to dinner every month or two, thatâ€™d be nice too (even if it had to be Chuck E. Cheese). I hope they donâ€™t bother anyone, but I felt I had to take this step.
What will not change is what this site is about â€” itâ€™s a home for Laker fans and basketball fans in general. I started this in large part because I wanted to talk on-the-court Laker analysis and information, not the off the court soap opera that dominates the local and national media. I donâ€™t care if Phil Jackson and Kobe have lunch with Lamar Odom. I donâ€™t care about who Kobeâ€™s wife talks to. I donâ€™t care who Chris Mihm goes fisihing witb. I donâ€™t care what Shaq thinks of the Laker front office. I do care about the Lakers and the game â€” and thatâ€™s ALL we talk here. No soap opera. No off the court distractions.
I use a lot of â€œmoneyballâ€ NBA statistics, because I believe in observation. I donâ€™t want the Lakers to get a player because heâ€™s â€œgot an NBA bodyâ€ â€” prove to me he can play. Kwame Brown may look great in a Laker uniform, but I want to observe he can live up to the hype, and statistics are simply a tool to help more clearly define how a player is doing. So we use them.
Everyoneâ€™s welcome here. I have been exceedingly fortunate with this site to have attracted some intelligent and clear thinking basketball fans and more are always welcome. I donâ€™t expect â€” or want â€” everyone to agree on topics. Just be respectful and be ready to back up your arguments.
Come on in, take off your shoes and make yourself feel at home. And letâ€™s tip off the season and have some fun.