Monday, October 20, 2014
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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.

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This is great news, especially for a Lakers' team that has had a hard time defending at the rim. So, TLN: How does the Lakers rotation change when Bynum re-enters the lineup!?

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It’s not hard to get lost in the hype. Let’s be honest: We all spent way too much time talking, texting and tweeting about LeBron’s homecoming dance at the Q last night. I could only liken his return to Cleveland to what it would be like if O.J. showed up at a Brown Holiday party wearing nothing but a smile and a pair of supermodel sidekicks.

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Congrats to Adrian, who provided us with this awesome video of his game 7 experience, and Tisha, who represented in a hostile Celtics' bar...

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I want to make one thing very clear: In basketball, I am wrong more than I am right. (Pausing for dramatic effect.) Last season, before the Miami Heat started building emergency bandwagons to hold their bandwagons, I had Wade + eleven stuffed coffins slipping by the Celtics in Round 1 (0 for 1). I followed that blooper with a comment on Fox Sports Radio decisively picking the Cavaliers to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals (0 for 2).

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I honestly thought this column would be easy – like cracking a joke about Glen Davis, who unashamedly tried to eat his own face during Game 4. I foolishly believed the right words would effortlessly splash on the page, perfectly illustrating the magnitude of an NBA Finals victory over the detestable Celtics.

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Somewhere between Doug Collins nightly reminder that he once coached a young Michael Jordan and Vince Carters not-so-magical transformation into an ice cream sandwich during the Eastern Conference Finals, an unprecedented shift took place between a pair of fan bases in the NBA. Lakers and Celtics fans were... (gulp)… rooting for each other.

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The Forum. Showtime. The Lake Show. Those are just a few of the words that helped define my childhood. In grade school, I was a skinny white kid with beachy blonde hair – hardly the prototype of a basketball junkie. I remember parading around school in a #32 Lakers jersey that was large enough for #32 to wear himself. It wasn’t until years later that I learned I would never be 6’9”, dashing my dreams of becoming the next Magic Johnson.

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TLN's Jason Riley and Chris Manning joined Rey Moralde of The No Look Pass and the ESPN Land O' Lakers guys to preview the...

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Kobe v. Lebron, #23 v. #24, The Black Mamba v. King James… on and on we can go with clichéd comparisons between two exceptionally gifted NBA basketball players. One, a proven NBA champion; the other, a proven media champion.

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This week, Manning and Riley continue to suffer from playoff fever. Does the road get easier for the Lakers? Is this the year of Lebron? What happened to the Dallas Mavericks? Also, Riley tries to defend his Miami Heat in 6 games prediction, Manning jumps on the Celtics bandwagon and the guys break down the Lakers/Jazz series.

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The sky is falling in Los Angeles; or does it just appear that way? In this special Lakers edition of Basketball Taboo, Manning and Riley discuss the state of the Lake Show heading into a must-win Game 5 tonight at Staples Center.

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TLN's Jason Riley provides a recap of Game 3 of the Lakers, Thunder series exclusively using Twitter posts from Lakers fans.

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Just in case you have been living in 2008, Twitter is the new Facebook… which, by the way, was totally the new MySpace… I mean, dialing a phone number is so last decade. Instead of writing a column with my observations from tonight’s game 3 vs. Oak City, I want you guys to write it, via Twitter.

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For as much as we talk about greatness around here, we sure do complain an awful lot when we’re presented with the rare opportunity for it. The idea of greatness is subjective, but is most commonly expressed about an individual – or in this case a team – when factual critics are silenced, long odds are overcome and the seeming impossible is achieved.

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Lakers rally in the second half to overcome Jazz lead, and win the game.