Friday, November 28, 2014
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The officials have been selected to referee Game 1 of the Finals and they are as follows:

Joey Crawford. He has been officiating games since 1977 and has officiaited more play-off games (266+) and NBA Finals Games (38+) than any other active referee.

Joe DeRosa. He has officiated over 1,000+ regular season games, 75+ play-off games, and 5 NBA Finals games. He is known for his latest controversy for tossing the ball at a fan, during Halftime of Game 2 between the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics.

Derrick Stafford. He has officiated 1,000+ regular season games and 60+ play-off games.  He worked for the US Postal Service for 10 years, which may explain his quick trigger when it comes to technical fouls.

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Description: They say when seeking revenge dig two graves… one for your enemy and one for yourself. Destiny has brought us together again and no doubt this epic war will reveal the true dynasty of the basketball world as we know it. NBA Finals 2010 — “we fear NOTHING.”

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It didn’t work out for him like it did for Kobe.

ESPN: “It didn’t really help,” Bynum said of the action, which is designed to alleviate the pain of a torn meniscus. “As soon as I drained it, about 12 hours later, all the fluid came back. … It wasn’t really a good procedure.”

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The creative Nike ad group have a new Kobe spot for this years NBA Finals. Players from past and present are witnessing Kobe’s quest to his fifth ring. These ads are far different from last years MVPuppets ads. You’ll be seeing the spot tomorrow during Game 1, or you can just watch it now!

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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 rival fan bases in the NBA.

Lakers and Celtics fans were… (gulp)… rooting for each other.

L.A. fans everywhere were redeeming temporary passes to ride the Celtics bandwagon through the Eastern Conference playoffs. It was a sacrilegious surprising move by the Lakers Nation – but before Red Auerbach starts bracing for an ice storm, it’s important to understand this wasn’t a hell-freezes-over moment in Lakers vs. Celtics history.

It was actually quite the opposite.

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Los Angeles Lakers fans have wanted it since the 39 point meltdown in Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals. Not many times in life do you get a chance at redemption, and the Lakers get another shot at the rival Boston Celtics as the NBA Finals start Thursday at Staples Center.

In this episode, D-Bricks and G-Small discuss…

  • Los Angeles Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns in 6, advance to NBA Finals
  • The Voice of the Nation is broadcasting LIVE during the Finals
  • Alvin Gentry on Kobe Bryant being the best, and its not close
  • Ron Artest is peaking at the right time
  • The winner of Ron Artest tee is revealed
  • They play your voicemails
  • Full Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Finals Preview
  • Why this series will be different then the 2008 match-up
  • Kobe Bryant doesn’t care about the rivalry
  • Phil Jackson runs into Paul Pierce?
  • Who is the X-Factor for both teams?
  • Andrew Bynum’s prescience alone is the difference
  • And much MUCH more…

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T.I. – No Matter What
B.o.B – Airplanes
CCR – Up Around The Bend
Travis McCoy -Billionaire

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Download Link: Voice of the Nation – Episode #92

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Going to a Finals game? Want to show your hatred for the Celtics? We’ve got just the thing for you! We have put together ‘Beat Boston’ signs for all.

These printable signs are perfect for games or plastering around every square inch of Los Angeles. Let’s do our best to make sure the Celtics know where they are — homecourt advantage is key. We have a version you can print at home, or a larger version you can take to get printed.

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8.5 x 11 [Standard Paper] or 11 x 17 [Poster Sign]

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What do you get when you add-up the respective jersey numbers of Pau Gasol (16), Andrew Bynum (17), and Adam Morrison (6)? That’s right — 39. Yes, the same number that the Lakers lost  to the Boston Celtics by in the 2008 NBA Finals. It’s also the same number, that when separated into single digits and multiplied (3 x 9), and then reduced by the first digit of the initial number (27-3), equals 24. Yes, the same number of points that the Lakers led the Celtics by in Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals, only to give it all away and lose to them by 6 in the end.

Now, did any of those numbers make any sense to anyone at all? Nope. And they make even less sense to die-hard Laker fans all around the world.

Here we are, two years removed from that devastating debacle in Boston, and those numbers still confound and haunt the hell out of all of us here in Los Angeles — from the 39-point pounding in Game 6 to the 24-point lead the Lakers let slip away in Game 4 in Staples Center. While winning the Championship last year against the Orlando Magic was monumental in its own right (with Phil winning his 10th, Kobe winning without Shaq, and Adam Morrison and Sun Yue surpassing Lebron James in rings), it still didn’t provide us with the ultimate sense of freedom from the evil green cloud that continued to hang directly above our heads.

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There’s one every year we make it this far, so you knew to expect it. Last year, Jay Rock dropped his Lakers verse, after Snoop Dogg & Kurupt did theirs in 2008. This year, DJ Felli Fel (of our friends at Power 106) got together with Ice Cube, Ray J, Chino Xl, Roscoe Umali, Lil Rob, New Boyz to support our team. My personal favorite Lakers anthem was the victory song by DJ Quick & Xzibit back in 2000. Check out the latest Lakers anthem and let us know your favorite!

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Host of The Voice of the Nation, David Brickley, gives you the latest on the Los Angeles Lakers. In this exclusive NBA Finals preview, as the Los Angeles Lakers get set to face the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.

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At least he’s determined to beat Boston, he is a warrior!

ESPN: “It feels about the same, to be honest,” Bynum said about his right knee that has a slight tear of the meniscus that will require surgery to repair it in the offseason. “The procedure was good. I think I just need to fight through it until we get the surgery done. This is the last hurrah; this is the last show, so I’m ready to give everything.”

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It seems that Pau feels that there’s a chip on his shoulder going into this Finals series. Gasol recieved much of the heat following our elimination in 2008, when his “soft label” reach its peak.Yahoo’s Marc Spears writes…

Yahoo! Sports: The Los Angeles Lakers had eliminated the Phoenix Suns to secure their third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, and Pau Gasol was on his way to the team bus. He knew where he was headed, but also where he had come from. Gasol is increasingly recognized as the game’s greatest power forward, but he hasn’t forgotten that more than a few people questioned two years ago whether he had the mettle to help Kobe Bryant win a championship.

Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics manhandled Gasol in the 2008 Finals, overwhelming the Lakers’ frontline on their way to the championship. Now, Gasol gets another crack at the Celtics and a chance to show how much he has grown in these two years.

“I just remember all the criticizing after the Finals,” Gasol told Yahoo! Sports. “Nothing was really made of the fact that we got there and what we did to get there and the things we did well. I was one of the people that the media focused on sticking and criticizing.”

Continue reading ‘Gasol motivated by Finals ‘smackdown’

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Good move by Pau and his doctors.

ESPN: Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol says he will not help Spain defend its title at the world basketball championships because doctors say he needs a rest.

Gasol says “present circumstances advise against my participation” in the championship in Turkey from Aug. 29-Sept. 12.

Gasol and the Lakers face the Boston Celtics in the NBA finals. Game 1 is Thursday night in Los Angeles.

In a statement on his website on Tuesday, Gasol says that in a grueling NBA season in which he’s sustained the first two major muscle injuries of his career, “my body is calling for a temporary relief.”

Continue reading ‘Pau will miss World Games; opts for rest’

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Let the Zen mind games begin!

Lions Den: “He was smacking Howard’s arm and finally he was called for an offensive foul,” Jackson said of Garnett. “That’s not our team. We don’t go out there and smack people around.”

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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.