Jason Riley

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Jason Riley is the executive director of LakerNation.com. He also pens a regular opinion column, Out of Bounds, and is the co-host of Voice of the Nation: Fastbreak. He currently splits his time in Los Angeles, CA and Carlsbad, CA.

Dirk - who has never been known as the type to engage in any sort of confrontation - continued that trend in an ESPN report this morning, where he had some rather kind words for Mr. Bryant

We may not know how this season will end yet, but we know how next season will begin (assuming there is a season). The Lakers officially released their 2011-12 preseason schedule this afternoon, with games all over California - Fresno, Ontario, Anaheim, San Diego, Bakersfield and, of course, at Staples Center in L.A. and vs. Sacramento in Las Vegas.

For tonight's Lakers, Celtics preview, we decided to show some love to a few of our favorite blogs/sites. Here's a nice round-up of game previews. Enjoy!

According to ESPN, the Lakers have officially inquired about Carmelo Anthony. Per Chris Brousard, the package would be built strictly around Andrew Bynum. Sources insist that the Nuggets simply aren't interested in Ron Artest or Lamar Odom.

Set your DVR's, Laker Nation. NBA-TV will premier NBA Unscripted: Lakers today (Monday) at 3pm PT. Per the write up from the L.A. Times this morning, producer Steve Weintraub had this to say about the documentary:

There are times when it's necessary to write a couple of paragraphs explaining what you're about to see. This, well... is clearly not one...

It appears that Smush Parker ate… well, Smush Parker. Parker is playing in Greece for Iraklis Thessaloniki. Per this report, he dropped 26/3/3 in a game last week.

This morning, ESPN's Marc Stein was hush-hush on his sources, but made his point deafeningly clear: Ron Artest wants out of Los Angeles.

Despite last night’s listless overtime victory over the sub-.500 Houston Rockets, the anxiety surrounding the Lakers continues. Following yesterday’s Farmers Field news conference in downtown L.A., Lakers legend Magic Johnson chimed in on the Lakers recent struggles, and on Kupchak’s recent comments regarding a trade possibility before the deadline.

In shocking news, Andrew Bynum missed yesterday's practice with soreness in his left knee (not the knee he had surgery on during the offseason). According to reports, he spent most of Monday's practice with Lakers trainer Gary Vitti.

The reasons to dislike KG are piling up like pounds on Rosie O'Donnell. According to a J.A. Adande tweet during Sunday's Lakers, Celtics game, a Lakers ballboy asked KG for an autograph, to which Garnett replied:

For years, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has ducked the glaring spotlight of the Los Angeles media. After another demoralizing home loss to a championship caliber team, he finally broke the silence to NBA.com writer Scott Howard-Coope in a piece posted on NBA.com a couple of hours ago. Here are a couple notable excerpts from Kupchak:

We're going out on a limb here and assuming you've already heard about Kobe's movie, "The Black Mamba". Here's the third trailer installment in the series. Enjoy!

ESPN TrueHoop columnist Henry Abbot penned a rather controversial piece this morning (here) on Kobe Bryant’s supposed inability to perform in crunch time. Here are a couple excerpts from that column...

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