CLIENT QUOTE: "

You guys are the BEST!

" Marie D’Amore—Production Supervisor, HSI
CLIENT QUOTE: "

I just wanted to send you a quick message and let you know how amazing Rich is. I have hired motos from all over and this was by far our best experience. Really nice to work with great people

" Crystal Raymond- Chinese Laundry
CLIENT QUOTE: "

North Six has been working with King Kong for many years now.  Not only is their customer service unparalleled, but their fleet of motorhomes is always clean, reliable, and exactly what we need to support our photo productions.

" Kyd Kisvarday—Producer, North 6
CLIENT QUOTE: "

Thank you so much for lovely Eko lav — definitely the nicest port-a-potty I’ve ever used!

" Amanda – Producer
CLIENT QUOTE: "

Rusty, Bruce and the guys at King Kong were a crucial asset to my photoshoot.  They took a lot of stress off of my plate and came through when I needed them, allowing me to focus 100% on the production.  Without a doubt, King Kong is now my go-to for production vehicles and I do not hesitate to recommend them to my colleagues.  And, not only is Rusty the best and most helpful driver I have ever had the pleasure of working with, he is also awesome with a fog machine!

" Brett Spencer-Producer, Nastygal.com
CLIENT QUOTE: "

…the moho was super nice, everything was great! I will definitely rent it again!!

" Susan Borbely – Prod Coordinator
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King Kong has the best equipment & drivers in the biz.
" Tom Baker – gangboss
CLIENT QUOTE: "
Thanks again for helping out with our party. The restrooms worked out great and the service was awesome as usual!
" Steve Brazeel
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The drivers were awesome to be with.  Hard working drivers!!   It really stands out when the drivers jump in to help set up base camp, and tear it down.  Not to mention always having a fresh green tea for me just when I needed it every time.  They really were great and I’d ask for them anytime we get vehicles from you. Thanks!

" Mary Brooks – 3 Star Productions
CLIENT QUOTE: "

You guys did a phenomenal job with the Helios. And Rob, as always, went above and beyond for us.

" Dan Kae—Assistant Production Supervisor
CLIENT QUOTE: "

King Kong has great motorhomes and the best drivers in the business. Working with you guys is always easy and a pleasure.

" Cat Burkley-Portfolio One
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King Kong… top notch service, incredible drivers, clean, well equipped vehicles, on time—every time! Thanks guys…. you ROCK!!!

" Elaine Lee—Producer 5th and Sunset Los Angeles
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We’ve used the Helios twice now and have been quite impressed each time.  It has everything production could want AND it’s earth friendly! We will use the Helios on every job in which we need a moho.

" Mario D’Amici—Production Coordinator, Beef Films
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The Helios is a great motorhome. Not only is it energy efficient but it offers a large space for production to work in. The copy machine is great because you can wirelessly print and make color copies and send faxes. The satellite phones came in handy when we realized we didn’t have any cell service on location. We received several compliments throughout the shoot day. Crew walked into the motorhome in awe of such a beautiful space.

" Courtney Witherspoon-Production Coordinator Three One O
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Just wanted to say thanks for the awesome customer service. Our driver was friendly and professional. He arrived early and had everything ready to go for us. The motorhome was clean and in perfect shape. Every detail matters on a shoot to help keep everything running smoothly. We love working with King Kong!

" Jamie Williams- That Girl Productions
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We truly enjoyed working from the Helios, the attention to detail to make it an Eco friendly asset to our industry should be commended. The quiet workspace you get when running on the solar power is delightful! Rob was pleasant to be around and always willing to help out. Thank you Rob and King Kong for bringing us the Helios!

" Rochelle Savory-Assistant Production Supervisor
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I wanted to give Rich another glowing report, He was AMAZING on our shoot. The most helpful driver I’ve ever had. I’ll definitely be requesting him on future shoots.

Thanks for everything guys!

" Adrienne Burton – Freelance Prod Coordinator

James, Wade offer advice to Lakers

6:24AM EST November 15. 2012 – LOS ANGELES — If LeBron James and his Miami Heat colleagues felt so inclined, they could author a book on the art of meshing superstar players and their personalities after all they went through leading up to the championship last June.

The Los Angeles Lakers, as fate would have it, could use that sort of how-to guide right about now.

As was the case with the Heat two seasons ago, a slow start (9-8 for the Heat, 1-4 for the Lakers) caused all sorts of consternation among the team’s fans and led to pressure to fire the coach. The Heat didn’t, standing by coach Erik Spoelstra and ultimately looking smart because of it.

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They endured the disappointment of an NBA Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 and all the added scrutiny that came with it but reached their goal with a six-game Finals win against the Oklahoma City Thunder a year later. The Lakers, meanwhile, fired coach Mike Brown on Friday and will welcome new coach Mike D’Antoni in an introductory news conference Thursday.

Yet while James, the reigning MVP, and his teammates weren’t looking to offer a tutorial to the NBA’s latest super team when they arrived this week to face the Los Angeles Clippers, they do know what it will take for the Lakers to turn it around.

“It’s not easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight,” James said. “We live in a world where you automatically sign guys, and you guys (in the news media) want success right now. It’s a process. It’s not a video game where you can just put guys on the team and it automatically just happens and you have the best team in the world. It takes time.”

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To the surprise of many, the Los Angeles Lakers hired Mike D’Antoni to be their next head coach late Sunday. Here’s a look back at D’Antoni’s career in the NBA.  Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports
  • To the surprise of many, the Los Angeles Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni to be their next head coach late Sunday. Here's a look back at D'Antoni's career in the NBA.
  • In his first NBA head coaching job, D'Antoni went 14-36 with the Denver Nuggets in the lockout-shortened 1988-99 season,
  • D'Antoni took over as head coach of the Suns early in the 2003-04 season, replacing Frank Johnson after the team started the season 8-13.
  • D'Antoni was named the NBA Coach of the Year for the 2004-2005 season, during which the Suns won 62 games and lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.
  • In Los Angeles, D'Antoni will be reunited with point guard Steve Nash. D'Antoni coached Nash for four seasons with the Phoenix Suns.
  • Despite winning at least 54 games every season after his first with the team, D'Antoni never led the Suns past the Western Conference Finals.
  • D'Antoni agreed to be the New York Knicks' new head coach in 2008, working under new general manager Donnie Walsh.
  • Despite lofty expecations, D'Antoni never won a playoff game in three-plus seasons with the Knicks.
  • D'Antoni also served as an assistant coach for Team USA Olympic Basketball, including here in the 2012 London Games.

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Their stories are similar, but the circumstances — as Dwyane Wade pointed out — are different enough that they may help explain how each team handled its situation. When the Heat stars met on South Beach in the summer of 2010 and signed deals that made them Miami’s at least through 2014, Wade was the oldest of the bunch at 28, while James was 25 and big man Chris Bosh was 26. The Lakers’ new core is just as impressive as the Heat’s on paper — unless it’s birth certificates or player contracts that we’re talking about.

Resident star Kobe Bryant may well be the oldest 34-year-old in the sports world, having logged the equivalent of almost 17 full seasons in the NBA between regular season and postseason play (1,389 games in all) and spending so many summers playing internationally as well. He is signed through next season and has said he may retire after that.

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New point guard Steve Nash is signed through 2015, but he is 38 and also a high-mileage player because of his extensive postseason experience. As for Dwight Howard, it’s not a Father Time issue with the Lakers’ new center so much as a matter of his expiring contract. The 26-year-old is free to sign where he pleases this summer, and the Lakers are well aware they must make him happy to avoid the disaster of him leaving town.

“We kind of had a little bit more time and a little bit more patience,” Wade told USA TODAY Sports. “I think (the Lakers’ decision to fire Brown) was probably moreso looking at the age and saying, ‘Listen, we don’t have time to be patient.’ It was unfortunate.”

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The differences go beyond the age factor, though, as the power structures of each organization likely had a ripple effect on the respective coaching situations as well. Former Lakers coach and current Heat President Pat Riley is the unmistakable leader of Miami’s operation, so it was to Spoelstra’s benefit that he had come up under Riley’s tutelage and earned loyalty from their shared history. Brown, a former video coordinator like Spoelstra with a similar reputation as a detail-oriented workaholic, had no such luck with the Lakers in part because of what is a cumbersome totem pole of power.

Brown, who never won it all in Cleveland but was 272-138 in four seasons with James, may have thought he was safe because he had the backing of the man thought to have taken control of the Lakers these days, Jim Buss, the team’s vice president and son of owner Jerry Buss. Entering the season, Brown was expected to have time to make the most of this group and ultimately be judged in June. His ill-fated decision to install the Princeton offense that would take months to perfect was the most obvious sign he thought he had more time.

D’ANTONI: Coach discusses expectations, offense, Knicks

But Buss is no Riley when it comes to having the final say. It’s a chorus of often-contradicting voices in Laker Land, with his father’s still as prominent as any and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak hanging on at the helm as well. After Brown was dismissed just five games in, the mixed messages from the Lakers brass only continued during the controversial courting of Phil Jackson that his agent would eventually tell ESPN was “indicative of the shabby way the organization is being run.” Meanwhile, the Heat, while having no plans of relinquishing their NBA throne, watched from a distance like everyone else and were more than happy to have become the second-biggest circus in the league.

“If you watch any sports show, (the Lakers are) taking up half of the show,” Bosh told USA TODAY Sports. “But the thing that I try to tell people (about so-called Super Teams) is, ‘This isn’t XBox, it’s not PlayStation. In real life, it’s a lot more complicated. Guys have to make a lot of sacrifices, roles have to be established.

“It’s a very long season. We figured that out. There’s going to be a lot of ups and downs, and when you’re contending for a championship that’s how it is. One day you’re on top of the world, and the next that world is crumbling. It’s a part of the gig, man.”

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The Heat, who would certainly know, will be watching like the rest.

“Yeah, we watch everything that they do,” Bosh said. “We know that they have huge upside and their propensity to really bring it together, it’s huge. The potential danger (of the Lakers) is there.”

As was the case with the Heat, Wade predicts, the Lakers will find their way.

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“This team can win 60% of its games without a coach,” Wade said of the Lakers. “They can figure it out. And they have players who will figure it out. Just like us. It’s early in the season, and they’ll figure it out. We were 9-8 (in 2010), and then at one point I think we won 21 of 22 games. And then we went through another tough stretch. There’s going to be highs and lows with those kinds of teams.

“(The Lakers) don’t have the same personnel (as D’Antoni’s Phoenix Suns teams from 2005 to 2008). But he’s one of the best X’s and O’s coaches that this game has ever seen, and he (will) put them in a position to be successful.”

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