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Founded in Minneapolis,Minnesota, in 1947, the Los Angeles Lakers have always been a sports organization  that has outshone, and led all of its peers. The lakers have always persevered during arduous times and have always come out on top. Players have come and gone. Killer storms have hit the world and even presidents have been assasinated, but The Purple and Gold just keeps triumphantly rolling on. I haven’t seen, in recent years, the LA Lakers appear to look so unfocused and as they do now. Their talent is irrefutable, but not only do they have to harness it, along with the new faces on the team, bottle it, and and let all of the chemistry be imbibed and hydrated throughout the whole Laker body;from players to the front office.They have to become regalvanized, as they have a seriously turbulent storm to traverse if they are to ever regain their championship A game quality of play. Part of that storm is called the NBA schedule. The other components of this turbulent front are a strike shortened season, the loss of very valuable and talented players, and most importantly, the resignation of perhaps the greatest coach within the entire history  professional sports—Phil Jackson,” The Zen Master”. Jackson took a very talented Chicago Bulls team, honing a Michael Jordan led squad, to heights only frequented by the legendary Boston Celtic head coach, Red Aauerbach, and won 7  NBA  championships. A message in a bottle was thrown into the universe and Phil Jackson retrieved it and came to Los Angeles and reversed the Los Angeles lakers’ direction and when all of the dust had settled, he had led the  Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Niel led Lakers to 5 NBA championships. At times  the 2012 Lakers, not withstanding their 2011 championshipless year, have looked pretty flustered. And at other times they have looked “oldman” tired. And then later, boom the Lakers of old have reappeared and Kobe and his legions have  returned to “Showtime”  unleashing a furious array of basketball wizadry,unveiling an  embarrassing basketball clinic upon their opponents.  If  it is possible, in my opionion, their present Coach Mike Brown must become a catalyst, an almost “Mick” of legendary boxer Rocky Balboa  fame motivator. He must put fire uner the entire Laker roster. Though Bryant does lead the league in scoring, a sudden swing must be made back to the championship spirit of old. The fire that burnt so very brightly during their 3 peat and back to back championship campaigns seems to have been doused. It is not possibe to change gold into silver or vice versa, but this type of dynamic is seriously needed. The Lakers need someone to not only reinvent them, but they also  need a complete renaissance. In fact, they need their game brought back from the dead.  The Los Angeles Lakers need their game to be resurrected. They need an ALCHEMIST.

According to Wikipedia, alchemy is, quoted as follows:

(picture and quote from WIKIPEDIA)

Page from alchemic treatise of Ramon Llull, 16th century

Alchemy is an influential philosophical tradition whose early practitioners’ claims to profound powers were known from antiquity. The defining objectives of alchemy are varied; these include the creation of the fabled philosopher’s stone possessing powers including the capability of turning base metals into the noble metals gold or silver, as well as an elixir of life conferring youth and immortality. Western alchemy is recognized as a protoscience that contributed to the development of modern chemistry and medicine. Alchemists developed a framework of theory, terminology, experimental process and basic laboratory techniques that is still recognizable today. But alchemy differs from modern science in the inclusion of Hermetic principles and practices related to mythology, religion, and spirituality.

Of course the Lakers need to play better defense, and infact, only Coach Brown and the Lakers know what really is needed for them to snap this gerbil-like, chasing their tails type of  play—repeating their mistakes persisitently, over and over. How can you beat the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, and then return to inconsistent play, as if you aren’t capable of executing more efficiently?  I believe that the missing ingredient is FOCUS.

Certainly we could reflect on The Los Angeles Laker’s record and break them down like a mathematical equation, but I think that that might be the problem. The Lakers are humans. They are living in a real world, as the singer Sting sang about in his famous song, “We are spirits in a material world”. Humans are beseiged with sceanrios that are either positive or negative. This is universal. It is not universal being a professional athlete. My temporary  football Coach , whose name  I won’t mention at The University of Souht Carolina, once said, ‘”All men are made equal, but except when it comes to athletics.”.  Meanwhile life goes on. The Lakers have children in school; Marriages to work or discard; Parents and loved ones to love or to bury; And the list goes on. I believe that they are overwhelmed by life’s furious and slippery  fast and curve balls. An alchemist or Zen Master would guide them through this spiritual journey in their human bodies. I feel, in my opinion,  that Coach Brown is capable of doing this. Hell, the man not only  coached a teenager  for 4 or 5 years, but also took that same teenager –LeBron James—led team to the NBA championship games against the San Antonio Spurs. His teenage led team stalked and tortured many teams over the course of his tour in Cleveland, as the Clevland Cavaliers remained in the thick of the NBA championship pursuit. One would assume that Brown knows what he is doing. Otherwise wouldn’t his bosses have put that teenager in charge? Then It must be conceivable to infer that Brown must know what it takes to take The Lakers to the Championship in The National Basketball Association.

There are schools of thought that the Laker’s 7 foot center Paul Gasol is playing lacklustery, or that he wants to be traded. Some brainiacs have said that there are limitless trade scenarios involving ALL  of the Lakers, including Kobe Bryant.  Sure the lakers have lost 3 in a row, but in all fairness, All of the NBA’s finest, from The Boston Celtic, The Miami Heat–with the afore mentioned teenage LeBron James–, and The Dallas Mavericks, have gone through some sort of a negaive lsong streak scenario. Many trade rumors are abounding throughout The National Basketball Association. I watched the Laker’s last game at Staples Center against The Indiana Pacers. I am not the coach, but I didn’t feel a sense of urgerncy or a desire to have a “stranglehold around their opponents necks”, as ex- Laker Rick Fox used to say. I am not a coach either. I still say, The Lakers need an Alchemist. Is it you Coach Brown?

 (all basketball photos were taken from facebook–SHARED WITH THE PUBLIC-FROM KOBE BRYANT’S FACEBOOK PAGE)




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I was born in Fountainbleu in Paris France to an army family. My father ,Ruben Smith, and my mother Nancy Smith, worked for the Army and as a school teacher in France, respectively.We are originally from the South. My father’s people from Misissippi and Alabama and my mom’s from South Carolina. I am an avid sports fan and I attended and played sports----football, wresting, and track----- at Bishop England High School, in Charleston, South Carolina; my mom chose both a Catholic high school and an elementary school, Immaculate Conception, for my sister and I. Initially, I wasted a lot of time in school pursuing sports and partying but nevertheless,I went to the College of Charleston, The University of South Carolina, where I majored in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, with a minor in Theatre and Speech. I finally graduated from The University of Redlands, in Redlands, CA with a degree in business management. I managed to get into SAG-AFTRA, mostly as an extra, but I have done an occasional speaking stint here and there—CD-ROMs, experimental and industrial films, and voice overs in radio. My most recent endeavor was playing a doctor on "Grey's Anatomy". I like horror, love, thrillers, and I like to read. Weightliftingand jogging are some of my hobbies also. Interestingly enough, my family prepared me for a life on the move, as I have been to every state in The USA except for Alaska and Hawaii. I have an older sister who chose the teaching profession and is doing quite fine. What was i like as a child? Well I tend to think that I existed and flourished within "a culture of hate"--------however South Carolina has ceased and desisted with both "The jim Crow Laws' and flying the Confederate Flag------------I witnessed "colored only" bathrooms, and was in establishments where the Klan showed up. I stayed at hotels where my family and I found pounds of raw CHITTERLINS---hogs guts----- at our doorstep!! But don't get me wrong, as despite these ugly truths about the South, I grew up with some very cool whites, mexicans, Filipino's and other races. But it is what it is. It has Metamorphosized into being a cultural and real estate melting pot, as many from other states are recently flocking there for the cheaper home prices, very stable, safer lifestyle and "bible belt" mentality, and affordable education. I too have Metamorphosized , as I am not the militant little athletic, and partying freak I used to be and have settled into writing for Cold Heat News and assisting We Care for Humanity with their charitable functions. Consequently, I am pretty much a normal army brat who has realized that life is what you make it and people and things are subject to change. So change with life and let by gones be by gones. My dad has since passed away, and my mom and sister and most of my cousins are still alive, but their positive,significant influence, along with the impact my elementary and high school friends have had on me continues on;infact, I believe, where it not for my childhood friends, my high school football Coach Jack Cantey and occasional teenage battles with my dad, I would have become a gang member! Thus my personal manifesto is, Live hard, party when it is time, and utilize both education, and Love for God, and know that FAMILY AND FRIENDS are most important;They're one's conduit for a viable and happy life. ALSO, A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND---NOT A "FAIR WEATHER"------INDEED.

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