Some Fireworks For Independence Day

Phillip Barnett —  July 4, 2010

I’m hoping all of you guys are enjoying your time off for Independence Day. I waited until Noon PT to see if any new news on Derek Fisher surfaced, nothing yet. So in light of the holiday, I’ll leave you guys with one of Kobe Bryant’s most spectacular performances of his career. The fireworks were going off in the Staples Center on January 22, 2006, and it’s only natural that we display fireworks here on FB&G for the 4th of July. From all of us at Forum Blue and Gold, Happy Independence Day.

Phillip Barnett


22 responses to Some Fireworks For Independence Day

  1. I have this very same video on my Fuze. 🙂 I keep it around for whenever I need to be reminded to stop, take a deep breath and to not give up just yet.

    Happy 4th, everyone! 🙂

  2. swedishmeatballs July 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm


    Dear fellow swede, what is Fuze ?

  3. OMG I got my motorcycle license (to celebrate Canada Day, not Independence Day, mind you). Though I took a safety course, I’d like to hear someone wish me luck in not crashing and/or dying out there.

  4. swedishmeatballs July 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Good luck staying alive out there!

  5. happy 4th of july everyone

    nba tv is showing game 7 of the finals. its the 4th qtr right now. now, thats how you celebrate independence.

    what a physical game too. i cant imagine the refs allowing another physical game like this, especially in this era

  6. That just makes you feel really good doesn’t it?

    I watched that game in savanah ga, I think it ended around 2 am

    Thanks for the fireworks kobe.

    Happy fourth

  7. I just want to wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July! And thanks to Phillip for putting up this classic Kobe video.

  8. I was surprised to find a Steve Blake mix but here it is enjoy. Welcome newest laker!

  9. @swedishmeatballs
    A Fuze is a SanDisk Sansa Fuze.Basically it’s like an iPod, but far superior, and it comes cheaper. Or at least it did a year and a half ago when I bought mine. 🙂

  10. swedishmeatballs: thanks for the well wishes.

    Mimsy: iPod Touch > Fuze > iPod nano/classic/whatever

  11. Warren Wee Lim July 4, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Aaron from last post:

    This is my fireworks for you buddy. I don’t hate you but to be continually criticizing management for what they have done so far without providing your own alternative or solution is a stupid way to look at things. Its the attitude of the eternal pessimist who could not see anything right being done but instead always thinks the world is wrong.

    I find it quite annoying that we keep on seeing these Steve Blake bashes, right before we start. I believe I asked you a question about who do you see fitting better?

    … and the answer I seem to get is TMAC.


  12. @8) I like it!

  13. I really enjoy watching this clip now, knowing the Lakers’ rebuilding during that season paid off to what we have now.

    Happy belated Fourth of July from a Canadian Lakers fan!

  14. Happy, Happy 4th of July to everyone!

  15. Happy Independence Day to all of my fellow Americans.

    I’m winding down my evening with an Americano cocktail.

    Great video. For some reason I always forget that that was a home game.

  16. Happy belated 4th everyone! Here’s hoping Mitch and co. get a few more solid pieces (namely Fisher and another savvy player with experience) to help solidify a run for 3 straight!

  17. The thing that continues to amaze me, 4 years later, is the piss-poor quality of Kobe’s teammates in 2006. He was sharing the floor that night with the likes of Smush, Kwame, Cook, D. George, Mihm & D. Green. Most of these players aren’t even in the league these days. The only decent players were Walton and Lamar, who looked all-NBA in comparison to the aforementioned motley crew.

    I love watching the scoreboard during Kobe’s onslaught–I think some people forget that he single-handedly brought the Lakers back from a 20 point deficit. This is a performance that gets better over time. A remarkable night, but boy am I glad that team has become a distant memory.

  18. @Matt
    It’s because of the crowd. Think about it, when was the last time we heard Staples Center roar like that? 😉

  19. I keep the whole game downloaded on my Iphone. Any time I know I’m not going anywhere for a while (I don’t grab a snickers) I watch this game. Happy belated 4th everyone. For good knowledge, I was keepin the skies safe yesterday working on jet engines while you guy got your Americano cocktails (jealous.) But just know I’m proud to be doing what I do.

    Come on Mitch- bring home an athletic wing, a solid Center, and a Fish!

  20. 11,
    I am not basing the signing of Steve Blake as long as he is a back up PG, which he has been most of his career. Like I have said before… do we want Kobe to have to guard PG’s next year also? Or do we want to have a starting PG that will actually be the one guarding the other teams starting PG? I would be very surprised to hear anyone on tis site say they would feel comfortable with our PG spot with either Blake or Fisher manning that spot. Blake is a guy that has been a back up on now 6 teams in his NBA career and Fisher when let go by LA years ago was a back up to Speedy Claxton in Golden State and of course a back up in Utah.

    As far as TMac goes… people like to live in yesterdays instead of todays or tomorrows. Tracy is 31 years old and based on the history of players that have had his surgery will have a huge rebound year next season. What McGrady did the year he was playing on a knee that required surgery and what he did last year only months removed from a serious knee surgery is not a strong indicator of what he will do next season or the seasons after.

  21. I think Fish will sign the for the minimum only because I think thats the only way Fish gets his wish-to retire in the Purple and Gold….but either way to a more pressing matter,I think I’d take Miller over Morrow for the mere fact that Miller has the proven track record of being able to be that consistant wing the Lakers need.All in all,should be a fun year next season,as long as Bynum stays healthy and the Lakers do not try for the sign and trade with Toronto for Bosh,in the end a bigger body is better than a Bosh…

  22. For those interested, you can watch the entire 81 point game and the 61 point game against the Knicks on youtube. Search User name Cwade12c.