Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at 12:40 pm  |  16 responses

High-Ranking Priests Visited the Lakers

Perhaps in search of some divine intervention prior to tonight’s huge game against the Dallas Mavericks, the Lakers had a couple of big shots from the Catholic Church at their team practice (and because this is HollyWeird, Lamar Odom’s reality TV show with his wife was also being filmed at the same time.) From the LA Times: “Along the sideline of the Lakers’ practice court stood a vast camera crew filming the upcoming reality series about Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian. But that’s not what made Wednesday’s practice unusual. No, what made it unusual were the two men sitting in folding courtside chairs wearing black shirts, white collars and crucifixes. Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, the archbishop of Lima, Peru, and Archbishop Jose Gomez, the new leader of the Los Angeles archdiocese, were invited by the Lakers to attend their practice Thursday where they witnessed a full-court scrimmage and had one-on-one conversations with Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, Mitch Kupchak and Pau Gasol. Yup, it’s just another day in Laker land. ‘We offered them some prayers so they could finish a good tournament,’ said Cipriani, who was in town visiting his friend, Gomez. ‘They’re doing really well in these last games and hopefully they’ll be ready for the playoffs. Maybe they’ll repeat.’ … ‘A lot of people are praying and were telling me to switch from the Spurs to the Lakers,’ Gomez said. ‘Prayers work. Now I’m a Lakers fan. I’m also praying for the Spurs but a sign from God is that the Lakers are playing much better.’”

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  • D-Block

    Send these guys down to Golden State…we need Sullinger in a Warriors uni ASAP!

  • SchW

    This is just stupid!!

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    I think it went like this:
    “God told me that we’re going to win the Championship. Oh no, He called me on the phone last night and told me so.”
    (Charles Barkley)

  • unrel

    is this anywhere near like Jay-Z visiting kentucky?

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com Tina Turner

    Why the surprise? The Lakers are the Don Corlioni’s of the NBA.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Stupidity at its finest.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    I bet it made Kobe feel good to not be the only accused rapist in the room for once.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    @Boing Dynasty: Nasty! …but a win.


    at Boing that was a nice low blow.loool

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com Tina Turner

    Boing… Did one of those priests bring back bad memories?

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Boing FTW!!! :-D

  • Jake

    Bahaha.i wish slam had a like button.

  • ben2424

    hahahaha nice boing

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    It took a whole 7 comments to get there? I’m surprised.

  • Yesse

    I doubt it’s the preasts that helped them to win Mavs.

  • DLinkWit

    I hope everybody left their kids at home.