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Fit for Life present by Anthem Blue Cross
Fit for Life Cooking Demonstration
with Celebrity Chef Nikki Shaw

As part of "Fit for Life with the Los Angeles Lakers" presented by Anthem Blue Cross, celebrity chef Nikki Shaw held a cooking demonstration for kids from Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), a multi-cultural center that offers fine arts, athletic and education programs for more than 1,400 underserved youth throughout the city.
Watch the demonstation on Lakers.com.

Verizon Fios Roundball Rewards Sweepstakes
Win Lakers VIP Suite Tickets and More!
You could win 10 tickets to watch theLakers vs. Jazz ina luxury suite at Staples Center or a $10K Home Entertainment Makeover.
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Comerica Bank Best of LA Women's Business Awards
Best of LA Women's Business Awards Program
The Comerica Bank Best of LA Women's Business Awards Program recognizes women in leadership in Los Angeles County, in tribute to their contributions. The program awards 5 women each month in the following categories: Entrepreneurship, Business, Philanthropy, Diversity and innovation. Honorees from February include Miki Jordan (Philanthropy), DeAnn Flores Chase (Entrepreneurship) and Lori Gay (Business). For more information on these women's contributions or how to apply please visit Lakers.com.

Toyota Virtual Tour - Sienna
ToyotaSienna Virtual Tour
Check out the ToyotaSienna Virtual Tour with Brittany and enter the Sweepstakes for your chance to win Lakers tickets, courtesy of your Southern California Toyota Dealers!
Enter the contest.


American Express Honorary Team Captain

Honorary Team Captain
This season, American Express(R) Cardmembers can become a LA Lakers Honorary Team Captain for a game!

Each package includes passes to the in-arena club on the suite level as well as professional photos and a DVD of your experience. Call 800-448-TIKS. Price: $3,500 for 2 tickets. Select home games available.


Lakers 2009 Championship Ring
Championship Ring Raffle
This is your chance to win a 2009 Los Angeles Lakers Championship ring.For rules, details and to enter the raffle, go to Lakers.com. Proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation. Raffle closes on April 12, 2010.

50 Amazing Years book
LA Lakers: 50 Amazing Years in the City of Angels
Get this amazing book encapsulating the Lakers time in Los Angeles. Foreward by Phil Jackson, stories by Los Angeles Times sportswriters and photos from Getty Images.
Order by calling 1-800-247-6553 or order online through Time Capsule Press.


D-Fenders Tickets
With only 4 home games left, don't miss your chance to come out and watch a D-Fenders game! Of those 4 games, only two will be played at the Toyota Sports Center! To purchase your tickets for the next D-Fenders home game please call 310-343-3110 or email d-fendersintern@d-fenders.com. Be sure to ask about a photo opportunity with the Lakers 2009 trophy or how your group can play on the Lakers court. The remaining games at the Toyota Sports Center are March 23, and 24. Mention the Lakers Insider and receive your tickets for $5 each. Don't wait, space is limited!

Lights, Camera, Tip-Off
By: Blair Bartlett

Tinsel Town is known for its red carpets, memorable gowns, talent, motion pictures, movie stars, and of course, the Oscars. These are some of the words that come to mind when you think of the Academy Awards. Now let's take a look at the other well-known and well-respected stars of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Lakers. With a career full of red carpet treatments, celebrations, jet-setting travels, and unforgettable game winning shots, the Los Angeles Lakers are not much different from the stars you see on the big screen. Since Los Angeles serves as "The Mecca" for films, creativity, and award shows, it is only fair to ask your Sasha VujacicLakers what their favorite Hollywood films of the year are. Now let's roll out the red carpet and see what the purple and gold have to say about this spectacular event.

Once a year the biggest names get together for this awards show, which separates ordinary entertainment from distinguished talent. Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic claims, "I always thought that once you have made it to the Oscars, you know you have made it. There is not really anywhere else you can go from there." Broadcast live, this event always satisfies the viewers with feelings of joy, anticipation and excitement. The show caters to many people of all ages and interests, all while solidifying an actor's, actress's or filmmaker's efforts in the coveted pages of Oscar history.

This year's winners and nominees were similar to previous years, in that they all exuded sensational talent. What were some of the favorites from the Lakers bench? "Avatar" was best remembered and appreciated by forward Luke Walton and guard Jordan Farmar. Known for its costumes and make-up, "Avatar" was a fan favorite across the board. While Walton "loved it, even though I didn't see it in 3-D," Farmar took what little time he has off the court to see the film twice." It was amazing, especially in 3-D. I saw the regular version first and 3-D second. I wish I had seen it the other way around so I could have had the full effect the first Jordan Farmartime."

Another favorite Oscar film of the year was Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds," which Walton "didn't think I would like as much as I did, but Brad Pitt did an excellent job and it was definitely one of my favorite movies." Tarantino's creativity and attention to detail is what helped separate him from many in the field this year.

Neither Luke, Jordan, nor Sasha managed to see best motion picture winner "The Hurt Locker," however, all three maintained that it is a film they look forward to seeing soon. With all the long hours on airplanes and in hotel rooms while traveling with the team, they can catch-up on all the Oscar flicks they missed this season.

Another performance that stood out this year was Jeff Bridges in "Crazy Heart." Walton asserts that Bridges was "Great! He definitely deserved the Oscar. It was tough because I didn't see all the movies but I think he did an unbelievable job." Other favorite actors that were not up for awards this year are often found sitting courtside at Lakers games. For Vujacic, it is actors like "Denzel Washington, Jack Luke WaltonNicholson, Eddie Murphy, and Andy Garcia" that star in some of his favorite films; all different actors from different genres, but Lakers fans none-the-less.

Overall, the favorite movie genres of the players are comedy and drama. While Walton bases his film choice on "what mood I am in," Vujacic likes films that "make sense. Hollywood started to do a lot of films that don't really make sense, which in the end leave you feeling confused and unsure of the outcome." Some of the all-time favorite films were classics such as "The Godfather" and "Hoosiers."

If the players were to take up acting, ever wonder what roles these big shots would take to the big screens? Walton would keep it serious in the "drama genre," with his favorite film of all time being "The Shawshank Redemption," while Vujacic lightens things up with a "desire to do comedies like 'Wedding Crashers' or 'Meet the Parents." However Farmar is open for anything. "I would want to do anything and everything. I think versatility is the sign of a great actor."

By representing and displaying the most powerful people in Hollywood, the Academy Awards highlight one crucial aspect of Los Angeles entertainment. The other of course focuses on one of America's favorite pastimes, sports, or more specifically Lakers basketball. To have both in one city is almost unfair, but that's why we love L.A..

Read more about all the Lakerson the Lakers Player Page.


Lakers Fan JamLakers Fan Jam
Get autographs, pictures with the trophy and more!

Lakers Fan Jam is a unique experience for the whole family to enjoy featuring basketball games, autographs from Lakers players and legends, pictures with the trophy and more.

Ron Artest and Lamar Odom will be there on Saturday for their bid to set a the Guinness World Record.

Get complete Fan Jam details and buy tickets on Lakers.com


Camp LakersCamp Lakers 2010

Camp Lakers is now open to sign-ups for this year's camp. Camp Lakers is open to boy sand girls ages 9-18 and will be held in downtown Los Angeles.

Get complete Camp Lakers details and sign-up on Lakers.com


Lakers Community News
By Eugenia Chow and Jason McDevitt

Grand Prize Winners of the Lakers Fit For Life Contest Honored
On Tuesday, March 2nd at STAPLES Center, Goddard Middle School and Marvin Elementary School were recognized during halftime of the Lakers game for their outstanding efforts in this year's Lakers Fit for Life Contest. Two representatives from each school were on hand to receive a $2,500 sports equipment gift certificate courtesy of Sport Chalet. Marvin Elementary School was also selected to receive a Lakers Fit For Life Timeout, a school visit from Lakers players and Laker Girls, for their exceptional achievements in fitness and nutrition education. Goddard Middle School won first place in the Trivia Challenge, for their active participation in interactive health-related quizzes on Lakers.com. In addition to their sports equipment gift certificate, students from Goddard will join students from 19 other elementary and middle schools at the first ever Lakers Fit for Life Health Fair in April. The Lakers and their Fit For Life partner, Anthem Blue Cross, thank both schools for their dedication to helping young Lakers fans be fit for life!

Staples - Student/Educator of the MonthFebruary Student and Educator of the Month
The Lakers are proud to announce the February 2010 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This month's student winners are Sidronio Jacobo, Evan Wasser, and Mutiara Sukantri. The winning teachers are Bruce Edlen, Althea Fuller, and Rachel Rufus. Each Student and Educator of the Month winner demonstrated an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Nomination forms are available at Lakers.com

Pau Gasol and the Lakers raise money Hoops For St. Jude
The Lakers and All-Star, Paul Gasol joined several other NBA teams, personnel and fans to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during Hoops For St. Jude Week, March 1-7th .

To read about their efforts, or to donate money to the cause please visit Lakers.com




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