Saturday, November 22, 2014
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The Los Angeles Lakers have had another long break between games and the Voice of the Nation gets you amped up for Game 3 on Sunday.

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

  • Lakers dominance at home
  • Kobe Bryant hopefully quiets Charles Barkley
  • Audio from Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant on Pau Gasol’s play
  • Amare Stoudmire continues to talk trash
  • They play the listeners voicemails
  • Cleveland’s pathetic plea to keep LeBron James
  • Phil Jackson seriously considering retirement?
  • Players playing the “I got hacked” on Twitter
  • And Much More!

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Janet Jackson ft. Nelly – Call On Me
Usher – OMG

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“Adversity is a fact of life. It can’t be controlled, but what we can control is how we react to it.”

The 2009-10 season for the Los Angeles Lakers has been an up-and-down roller-coaster. At certain points the Lakers will play at a sub-par level, while at other times they look as though they cannot be beaten.

The regular season featured a Lakers team that finished at a surprising 57-25 record, with losses against teams like the Clippers, Rockets, Raptors, and Hornets.

Entering the 2010 playoffs, the Lakers lost six of their last ten games and many Laker fans were unsure as to how their team would perform against the young Oklahoma City Thunder.

But someone once said, “Never underestimate the heart of a champion.”

The Lakers got an early wake-up call during the first round of the playoffs, when they were tied 2-2 against the 8th seeded Thunder. The speculations grew and most people were shocked by the Thunder’s ability to stand up to the Lakers. The Lakers were in the same situation as the ’07 Mavericks; both top seeded teams were tied up at 2-2 and faced adversity much earlier than expected. Unlike the Mavericks, who were unable to overcome the adversity and beat the Warriors, the Lakers refocused and put away the Thunder.

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Chris Bosh has told Raptors about his five places he’d like to go; Lakers being one of them.

ESPN: The list of five teams — Toronto plus the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and New York Knicks, sources said — were given to Toronto management in case the Raptors want to construct a sign-and-trade deal (assuming he doesn’t re-sign with Toronto).

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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.

Some of my earliest memories are still replayed with Chick Hearn gracefully providing the soundtrack.

Magic in the front court, on the block to Worthy, back out to Scott, inside to Kareem, sky hook from twelve, good!

As an elementary school kid, two things about that broadcast stuck with me: Magic and Kareem. I would imagine the rest was forced out by years of mindless Van Damme flicks, Nirvana CD’s and anything with Jennifer Love Hewitt in it.

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Lakers Examiner: Things couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Angeles Lakers in the first two games of their Western Conference Finals series with the Phoenix Suns. They thoroughly dominated in game one, with Kobe Bryant having a signature high-scoring game.

Possibly worse for the Suns, the Lakers proved they didn’t need Kobe to score (as much) by winning game two by a comfortable margin. Kobe found away around possible fatigue in his knee by playing the facilitator to perfection (broken down here by ESPN’s TrueHoop), assisting on threes and feeding the un-guardable (at least by Phoenix) Pau Gasol over and over.

After the game, Suns head coach Alvin Gentry was searching for answers. He even asked the media what they thought he should do. Finally, he came up with a possible solution:

“We just have to take a look at the tape tonight and maybe we’ll decide that we let Kobe get 80 and try to guard the other guys.”

Continue reading ‘Gentry reveals strategy for game three: Let Kobe score 80 ‘

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This is turning out to be quite interesting. Read what he had to say.

ESPN: Suns forward Amare Stoudemire said Wednesday morning that he did not regret saying Lakers forward Lamar Odom had a “lucky game” when he had 19 points and 19 rebounds in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

“Nah, I’m gonna always be myself. That’s just my character,” Stoudemire said. “It’s just what I was feeling.”

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“If we’re going down,” Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry told his team at halftime, “we gotta go down fighting.”

Well, the Suns fought… and then they went down, right into a 0-2 hole, courtesy of some of the best basketball these Lakers have played all season long.

Was it because of their much-heralded length?

“We have size and we know how to use it,” Kobe Bryant claimed.

Was it because of their stifling defense on the Suns floor general?

“He is a pitbull when he’s guarding Steve Nash,” Reggie Miller said about Derek Fisher.

Was it because of their rejuvenated bench?

“When we get an opportunity to play, we just play free and we’re very tough to beat,” Jordan Farmar said.

Was it the efficiency and aggressiveness of Pau Gasol?

”We’re making sure that we’re not playing it soft,” the talented Spaniard said.

The answers are an emphatic, “Yes, yes, yes and you better believe it!”

For all the talk that Amar’e Stoudemire did after the Suns were reduced to but a glimmer of hopelessness in Game 1, he was the guilty party lollygagging around the court, hoping that serendipity would cover all of his defensive assignments. He wished for luck in this game and he got it. Luck was a lay-up tonight for every Laker assigned to his watch.

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The Los Angeles Lakers completely dominated the Suns in game one Monday night. The Purple and Gold are rolling sevens right now. They’ve won seven straight playoffs games; seven is also the magic number for them to reach their season long goal.

The first game of the series proved that the Suns are a finesse team that can’t match up with the Lakers.  But how will game 2 hold up? A win tonight and the Lakers can start talking sweep. That has to be the mentality. They’re on a collision course with a team that wears green and white and plays in the state of Massachusetts.

The game did provide some comic relief during and after the game. I have to admit that it was hilarious to hear TNT’s Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller go out of their way to state that the Lakers have played well, but are only up by seven points. It was funny because it was halftime. I realize that Charles and Reggie are compensated to be analysts, but feel free to mix in waiting until the end of the game to discuss the Lakers impending doom.

Perhaps it provided the guys a topic to discuss, but once the Black Mamba erupted for 21 of his 40 points in the third quarter all of the ‘what if’ talk immediately stopped. Kobe Bryant sent a message to the Suns, with his play that said loud and clear ‘no one on this team can guard me’. Make no mistake, Bryant is on a mission to win another ring. Although we as Lakers fans saw, vintage Black Mamba in attack mode wasn’t the sole reason that the Suns lost.

It was equally funny to hear Amare Stoudemire say after the game that Lamar Odom got lucky. There is always some luck involved, but it is a fact that you create your own luck by being aggressive on both ends of the court. It just doesn’t happen by accident. Perhaps the beat-down administered by the Lakers was so severe, that Amare didn’t notice the total team effort by the Lakers that included six Lakers combining to score 113 points.

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Good luck, and go Lakers!

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Good news on Drew’s condition.

ESPN: The Lakers opened up the playoffs with a statement game from Andrew Bynum, who put up 13 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks against the Thunder in Game 1 of the first round after sitting out almost a month because of a strained left Achilles tendon.

The 7-foot center suffered a slight tear of the lateral meniscus in his right knee late in the series against Oklahoma City but wouldn’t let it slow him down, averaging 12.5 points and 12 rebounds in the first two games of the second round against Utah.

The knee might have finally caught up to him.

The 22-year old addressed reporters after Tuesday’s practice, which he did not take part in, with flip flops on his feet and an ice bag on his knee.

“I feel fine,” Bynum said a day after opening up the conference finals with four points and four rebounds in 19 minutes of play. “I just finished getting some treatment done on it, and [there’s] a lot less swelling.”

Continue reading ‘Bynum doesn’t practice but feels better’

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Here we go…

ESPN: “I’m not giving him no hype right now; he had a lucky game in Game 1,” Stoudemire said after Suns practice Tuesday at Staples Center.

“We just got to make sure we box him out. I think I focused so much on [Pau] Gasol and [Andrew] Bynum to where he snuck in there and got 19 boards, so now we just got to make sure there’s three guys out there that can rebound well [when] adding Odom. So, we got to do a better job on them.”

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“I ain’t a killer but don’t push me. Revenge is like the sweetest joy next to gettin’ *****”  — 2Pac

Laker fans have two memories that still burn. Two teams that left a scar. Two slanders on our record which have yet to be vindicated.

Phoenix and Boston.

I don’t even need to tell you the years, the series, the situations or anything more than those two cities, and all Laker fans know exactly what I’m talking about. Which is why, despite feeling sick to my stomach for doing so, I was rooting for the Suns and the Celtics — a chance at redemption and revenge.

The memories of those eliminations still burn. They haunt Los Angeles to this day. No one gets excited for the Orlando Magic. Maybe a little for Cleveland, and only then, because of LeBron. But bring up the Phoenix Suns or the Boston Celtics, and people in this town get angry.

We’re not over it. We still want revenge.

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