Dedicated to Kobe and Gigi Bryant
HONORING THEIR LIVES AND MEMORY
As a grandfather who counts coaching my 13 and 14 year old granddaughters in CYO and AAU basketball as one of the most wonderful experiences in my life, I join with the millions of Lakers fans who promise to honor and cherish the beloved memories of Kobe and Gigi Bryant forever. This site is dedicated to keeping them in our hearts.
LeBron James said it better than anyone else when he noted Bean never looked happier or more content in his life than after he had retired and got the opportunity to spend time with his girls. For this ‘Girl Granddad,’ Kobe was the ultimate ‘Girl Dad.’ RIP, Kobe and Gigi. Every smile and cheer this site creates is for you. – LakerTom
OUR HISTORY AND MISSION
Lakerholics was created in late 2012 by a group of passionate, informed Lakers fans in the aftermath of the death of the LA Times Lakers Blog, which launched the careers of Eric Pincus, Mark Medina, and the Kamenetzky Brothers.
Our mission was to recreate the online community of Lakers fans that built the LA Times Blog into the dominant Lakers website of its time. We wanted to recreate the clarion roll calls and thriving virtual conversations that drew Lakers fans from all over the world to call it their home for everything Lakers.
The Lakers web has exploded in the 8 years since we founded Lakerholics but most of the original members you see in the above Word Cloud are still contributing original content and driving online conversations on the site. The new Lakerholics reflects their vision for new modern Lakers online community.
We’ve designed Lakerholics to make it easy to find whatever you need to satisfy your Lakers’ fix. Our goal is to educate, entertain, and engage Lakers fans with original content in the form of insightful articles, intelligent posts, engaging podcasts, enticing videos, smart polls, and valuable links to key Lakers data.
We’re proud to be Lakers fans and invite you to join us in making Lakerholics your new online home for the Lakers. Click the links in the footer below to subscribe to our newsletter and register as a member. We’ll open your eyes, ears, and minds to a brand new purple and gold world. -LakerTom
POSTING AND COMMENTING GUIDELINES
Our goal at Lakerholics is to enjoy intelligent, educational, and entertaining online conversations about the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA, and the great sport of basketball. The following posting and commenting guidelines are designed to keep the discourse focused on those subjects. It’s everybody’s responsibility to do their part in our achieving this goal by adhering to these guidelines.
- Please watch your language and avoid profanity.
- Please avoid contentious topics like politics and religion.
- Please respect each other’s persons and opinions.
- Please do not make personal attacks on members.
- Please be courteous and respectful at all times.
- Please don’t conflate members’ posts and opinions.
- Please allow others opportunities to post or comment.
There will be times when situations like the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, or the China/Hong Kong Controversy will inevitably intersect with the worlds of sports and basketball. Please use care to be courteous and respectful when discussing these controversial subjects.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR USING LAKERHOLICS.COM
Lakerholics.Com has so many new cool features we’ve put together a series of Tips and Tricks posts to help members quickly and easily learn how to use the site. Click on any of the following links to access any of these Tips and Tricks:
- How to Submit a New Tweet, Video, or Text Post on the Blog Page
- Use ‘Tag Friends’ To Notify Friends When You Submit A New Post
- Choose Who Sees Posts: Public, Only Me, Friends, Or Members?
- Include Cool New Emojis In Youe Posts And Comments
Founder and Publisher
Tom Wong, AKA LakerTom, has been a passionate Lakers fan since 1971 when the Lakers traded for Wilt Chamberlain. He now lives in Mill Valley with his wife Teresa and Burmese cats Kato and Miko.
Tom was one of the main contributors to the famous LA Times Lakers Blog. After that venue imploded in 2012, Tom founded Lakerholics, where he currently serves as publisher, senior writer, and driving force.
Jamie Sweet and his eagerly awaited ‘5 Things’ post after every Lakers game have become a staple feature of Lakerholics. Jamie’s the Laker fan who jumpstarts and drives conversations with his informed comments and insightful observations.
Another refugee from the LA Times Lakers Blog, Jamie’s a must read Lakerholics poster and commenter whose reputation as a savvy but objective fan is well deserved
Sean Grice, AKA Magicman, has been a passionate Lakers fan, since the summer of 1990 when he fell in love with GOAT point guard Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson’s joyous passion and electric showmanship.
Another expat from the LA Times Lakers Blog, Sean’s a basketball “nerd’ whose love for the game turned hobby into obsession. He’s a prodigious poster who’s always on the lookout for the latest hot Lakers news to share with his Lakerholic family.
A first responder, firefighter, paramedic, and proud Canadian, Sean shares his basketball knowledge and passion for the game to create engaging conversations.
Catch Gerald’s great podcast work as host extraordinaire here at Lakerholics, or on the Lakers Fast Break Podcasts on Anchor, Apple, or wherever you get your podcasts! Gerald lives and works in Las Vegas.
Gerald’s professional background as a journalist and ability as an interviewer let him bring out the best from his guests and make his podcasts must listen events.
Rafael Barlowe is a top videographer and respected basketball scout, analyst, and trainer who’s worked with NBA players and prospects. He’s also the founder of NBA Draft Junkies, one of the leading sources for video analysis of draft prospects.
Rafael is joining Lakerholics as Video Editor to present work from his new Laker Film Junkies division of NBA Draft Junkies, which will use his unique experience and video analytical talent to showcase the Lakers.
Niyas is currently a full time freelance web developer, Webmaster at Lakerholics.com, and technical support agent for Youzer, the WordPress/BuddyPress plugin upon which the Lakerholics.Com website was built.
Based in Southern India, Niyas’ strengths are his intelligence, elite communication skills, and ability to understand, anticipate, and fulfill client and project needs. He can be reached at Niyas.Drupal@gmail.com.