Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Interesting stuff! It seems, as most of us guessed, if when the Lakers win the 2010 title, Phil will be back to coach next year!

ESPN: “Yeah, if we win, it’s almost imperative to give it another shot,” Jackson said. “We [would] have a chance to do something special and unique again.”

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Kobe takes the smart road.

NYPost: Jerry Colangelo, Team USA’s CEO, told The Post Friday he has been informed Bryant likely will have right knee surgery after the season, which is why he won’t play in the World Championships. According to a Lakers source, Bryant may undergo arthroscopic knee surgery because of wear and tear.

Bryant’s broken finger has healed, but a Lakers source said the finger is puffed up.

Asked about his condition yesterday, Bryant said, “You just try to get healthy as you can for every game and you go out there and just do your best. You just forget about the injuries and put your hardhat on and go to work.”

Kupchak said he is amazed Bryant played the whole season.

“If you talk to him now, he’ll say he’s feeling pretty good,” Kupchak said. “He had a rebirth of energy after the knee was drained. But over the course of an 82-game season, we advised him in so many different ways it was time to take some time off, but he didn’t want to hear anything about it.”

Continue reading ‘Kobe to undergo knee surgery this summer’

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Who said this young center didn’t have heart for the game?

ESPN: Whenever Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum thinks about the 2008 NBA Finals he gets angry. Angry at the thought of the Boston Celtics muscling their way around the paint, angry at the sight of the layup drill throughout Game 6 and angry at the difference he would have made if he were on the court. He will always think he would have been the difference-maker in that series if he could have played.

“We’re pissed off that they took the opportunity for us to have another championship,” said Bynum, who missed the Finals two years ago with an injured left kneecap. “They robbed us of that, so we just want to return the favor.”

Bynum isn’t alone in feeling robbed of a championship. After watching film of Thursday’s Game 1, Celtics coach Doc Rivers compared this series to a heavyweight title fight and reminded his team that they are still champions and should play that way.

“Doc talked about Joe Frazier and how [Muhammad] Ali lost the belt and he felt that he was still the champion. That’s how we feel,” said Celtics forward Glen Davis. “Kevin [Garnett] was hurt [last season] and we feel if Kevin wasn’t hurt we felt we would’ve been champions. But you still got to go out there and beat the champions. We have to go out there and win even though we feel like we should be the champions because they’re the defending champions.”

Neither team can do anything to change the past but with both Bynum and Garnett on the floor now, they can go a long way in reaffirming their cases.

“I know Bynum has a chip on his shoulder because when we won it he wasn’t playing and that’s the mentality they have,” Davis said. “It should be like that. We have to match that intensity.”

Continue reading ‘Bynum using absence in 2008 Finals as motivation to dish payback on Celtics’

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After Game 1, Pau decides to give his thoughts on how Garnett played. Here’s what he said.

ESPN: “On Kevin’s part, he’s also lost some explosiveness,” said Gasol, who had 23 points and 14 rebounds. “He’s more of a jump shooter now you could say, comes off the lane. Before he had a really, really quick first step and was getting to the lane and he was more aggressive then. Time passes and we all suffer it one way or another, but he’s still a terrific player, a terrific competitor, and he’s going to bring everything he’s got. You can count on that.”

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Coach John Wooden died today at 6:45 p.m. at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

On behalf of The Lakers Nation, Basketball fans around the world, and those who Coach Wooden had touched throughout generations — We would like to send our condolences to the Wooden family.

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
John Robert Wooden

(October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010)

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13 down and 3 to go! The Los Angeles Lakers began their final challenge in their quest to redemption by putting the smack down on the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the 2010 NBA Finals.

G-Small and D-Bricks went LIVE and took calls from enlightened Lakers fans across the country!

Kurt Helin of NBC and Eric Pincus of HoopsWorld.com were at Staples Center, and joined the program to give their locker-room reports. Also, TLN analysts Jason Riley and Chris Manning also check in to give their thoughts on game.

The Voice of the Nation will be broadcasting LIVE, after Game 2 of the NBA Finals, giving you full post-game coverage, and taking your calls to discuss your thoughts on the game.

Check back Sunday immediately following the game for full details!

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Timeline
20:11 – Jason Riley
59:24 – Chris Manning
01:10 – Eric Pincus
01:34 – Kurt Helin

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Congrats to Jacob, Cam-1 and Bryan – who were the first three to correctly predict 87 combined points from the Lakers starters – for winning the Game 1 necklace and bracelet giveaway from our friends at Phiten! We will be in touch with you guys later this afternoon. Thanks to everyone that participated and stay tuned during the Finals for more chances to win some great prizes!

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After his post-game sideline interview, Kobe Bryant walked up to Ron Artest who was sitting on the bench, took his teammate’s hand, pounded him on the chest, gathered his head to his, and whispered something in his ear. Maybe Bryant welcomed him to his first NBA Finals appearance. Maybe he commended Artest for a great job on guarding Paul Pierce, or a great job on his defense in general (it doesn’t get any better than Ron Artest refusing to give up space to anyone he is guarding). In whatever combination of words or actions, the sentiment was clear — thank you.

It has been two years since the Lakers folded over themselves in Boston, doe-eyed and filled with excitement to have made it to the NBA Finals when the future and direction of their team had been so unclear when that 2007-2008 season began. It has been two years since Bryant’s greatness was reduced by a Celtic defense that maimed his ability to carry the team to a victory; two years since Pau Gasol was deemed too soft and weak to play against the likes of physical players like Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins; and two years since Andrew Bynum had to sit in a suit on the Laker bench, knowing that his mere presence on the court would probably help his team against Boston’s beating. That was then, however, and tonight was now.

Unlike their 2008 version, this Laker team was prepared to face the hardnosed, defense-first minded Celtics. With double technicals issued to Ron Artest and Paul Pierce 27 seconds into the game (for fighting for space under the Laker basket), physicality had shown up early, but from the unlikelier team.

“The Lakers were clearly the more physical team,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “They were more aggressive. They attacked us the entire night.”

Out-rebounding the road team 42-31, with 12 offensive rebounds that led to a 16-0 advantage on second chance points, not to mention keeping the Celtics to 43% shooting, the Lakers out-hustled and out-muscled the Celtics right out of Staples Center.

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The Voice of the Nation will be broadcasting LIVE, after Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Giving you full post-game coverage, and taking your calls to discuss your thoughts on the game!

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We’re giving out another Only Kings Have Rings shirt courtesy of The Forest Lab!

Right now (during halftime), until the end of the 3rd quarter, answer the following question correctly to enter!

QUESTION: When was the last time the Lakers defeated the Celtics in the NBA Finals, and who was the Finals MVP?

Get your answers in! Good luck and Go Lakers!

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The match-up that the Lakers Nation has waited for two years; a NBA Finals’ re-match with the hated Boston Celtics. These two Franchises have a rich history and are the league’s most storied franchises. This is the series that everyone wanted to see. The Los Angeles Lakers will face the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals for the 12th time. Cue the Mills Lane’s famous saying, “Let’s get it on!”.

There have been several reports that have stated that this series will be identical to the 2008 NBA Finals. Anyone who believes that needs to check themselves. These are two different teams and believe me when I tell you that this series will come down to who wants it more. The Celtics were the tougher and better rebounding team. The roles have been reversed in 2010 and your Los Angeles Lakers are the team that is both physically and mentally tougher.

P.J. Brown, James Posey, Sam Cassell, and Leon Powe are no longer Celtics. Vladimir Radmanovic and Ronny Turiaf are no longer wearing a Purple and Gold jersey.

The Lakers are ready to match the intensity of the Celtics and do what it takes to win the title. Kobe Bryant is unstoppable and literally on a mission to be the best. He simply will not be denied. The Celtics, rightfully so, receive a lot of credit for their defense, but their offensive playbook is extensive.

The Lakers and Celtics split their two games in the regular season with both teams winning on the road. However, there’s a huge difference between the regular season and the post-season.

The key to the Lakers winning this game and the series is their defense. The Celtics run a pick and roll play very similar to the one the Phoenix Suns had some success against the Lakers utilizing Jason Richardson. Richardson curled around the screen and attacked the basket. The Celtics will use Ray Allen who will use the screen to get off a jump shot. The Lakers have to communicate and play sound screen and roll defense.

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Once again, TLN’s own Riley and Manning preview the Lakers vs. Celtics match up in the NBA Finals.

The No Look Pass: Guess who’s back? The Lakers are back in the Finals. Third straight year. And guess who’s in the way? Those pesky Boston Celtics.

Well, I’m not even going to delay this any further. Let’s talk Lakers with the guys from The Lakers Nation, Jason Riley and Chris Manning. Shoutout to Brian Kamenetzky from ESPN Land O’Lakers as he already had enough on his plate. Thanks to him for participating in the rest of the previews, though.

Let’s do this. Their answers are in purple.

Tell me the truth. You didn’t expect Boston in the Finals, did you? I know some of you rooted for ‘em (what a sin) but you didn’t EXPECT them to be there.

JASON RILEY: I admit, I got caught up in the whole Celtics are reeling extravaganza at the end of the regular season. In my defense, the C’s had the same pulse a Kristen Stewart Oscar campaign might have. I remember them losing to the Nets… at the TD Garden… in April… after building a 20-point lead. I was a guest on a Midwest radio show around that time and boldly declared the Boston Celtics to be done. .

I picked Miami in 6 games. I picked Cleveland in 6 games. I picked Orlando in 7 games.

Continue reading “TLN joins TNLP to Preview the NBA Finals”

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Our new friends over at Phiten have been generous enough to give us 3 sets of Lakers titanium necklaces and bracelets to give away to you during tonight’s Game 1 vs. Boston!

For your chance to win, predict the total number of points the Lakers starters will combine to score in tonight’s game (6pm PT on ABC). Leave your predictions in the comments section below anytime before tip-off. The three (3) closest answers will win!

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Good luck, and go Lakers!

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It seems like you guys were into the ‘Beat Boston’ sign idea — but what you really wanted was another particular chant. As always, we listened to you guys and are giving you what you want. So here you go, “Boston Sucks” signs for all!

DOWNLOAD: 8.5×11 or 11×17

You can print these out in two different sizes, 8.5×11 for regular printers, or 11×17 for a larger sign. Take these to games, or do whatever you want with them. Maybe even decorate your house. But we would love to see these at games! Game 1 is tonight, so lets get at it.

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With the Lakers off to a poor start, trade rumors have begun to swirl around Kobe Bryant, leading many to speculate if he'll leave for greener pastures. Kobe puts those rumors to rest in his interview with Yahoo Sports.