Goodbye to 2007

Hi all,

 Well 2007 is almost over and it has been one exciting year.  I spent over a month in Lithuania and even spent 3 1/2 days in Paris, France.  My mom celebrated her 70th birthday.  Watching my kids grow up this year has been awesome. I am blessed with the life God has given.  Both my wife and kids are awesome and so is the rest of my family.  I also enjoy watching the new England patriots go undefeated during the regular season. 

 If I can encourage anyone with just one thing, it would be to get a bible and start going to a bible teaching church.  I guess that is two.   Spend next year in the Word reading, praying, and repenting.  Need a starting point start with the gospel of John and continue with Acts.  Oh, by the way take your time and meditate on God’s words.  It is so easy to breeze right through it.  Just ponder on it.  Also learn to repent more often.

Prediction for football and basketball will come in a later post.  I must make one thing clear.  The Lakers looking like a good playoff team but not a contender for the NBA Finals.   I do not think that they can make it past  the San Antonio Spurs.  I do think that they are playing a lot better than I thought.  My apologize for raggin on Kobe Bryant.  i will try better in 2008 to be kinder to him in my blogs? :> 

What are my plans for 2008?   Watch my post tomorrow. 

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Kobe Bryant Saga

I am a huge Laker fan! 

Ever since the Lakers traded away Shaq a dark cloud has been hanging over this organization.  His name is Kobe (ballhog) Bryant.  Kobe is a great scorer.  I would be to if I took that many shots.  Kobe lacks one quality to take him to the next level, leadership.

Why was Kobe banned from practice?  Read this articl from th NY Post.

Phil bans Kobe from practice

Posted: Friday October 19, 2007 06:31AM ET

The way I hear it, Phil Jackson banned Kobe Bryant from being around the Lakers Tuesday when his petulant VIP – offended that owner Jerry Buss alerted the Los Angeles media he was available in an equitable trade – informed him he wouldn’t be practicing, for the third straight day, because he wanted to rest his legs, knee, bruised ego, whatever. “I don’t want you riding the exercise bike in front of the team,” Jackson hipped Bryant, according to a source. “There’s nothing wrong with your legs. I need you to be part of the team. I need to come to practice and work hard. And I need you to come to games and play defense.” Last season, Inaction Jackson felt Bryant had gotten a little lazy on the sidelines and at practice. In his considered opinion, he and his coaching staff were too easy, too soft on the players, especially Mr. Big Stuff.

New York Post

It’s time to trade Kobe.  Dr. Buss please trade Kobe now before his rotten attitude affects the entire team.  Rebuild and in a year or two the Lakers will return to the Finals without Kobe. :>

I understand that Kobe fills the stands but there is one problem.  He has not been able to lead the Lakers back to the Finals.   Kobe will never be able to lead the Lakers to the Finals.  I will hold off on saying if he could lead any other team to the Finals.  I honestly believe that Kobe and Dirk would be a killer combo and could lead Dallas back to the Finals. 

I honestly believe that for any team to win the NBA Finals, they need two superstars.  The only exception are team like San Antonio and Detriot.  These teams win by playing like a team.

Attention Kobe Bryant

A lesson for Kobe on Leadership:

Quote Of The Night
“We have to get better. Me, as an individual, I have to be much better on and off the court. And that will carry our team to higher levels. I think it starts with me first and then it will trickle down to everybody else.”
– LeBron James, on what was the biggest thing he’d take away from his first Finals experience.