Monday, December 22, 2014
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“The painting of a rice cake……”

Vic displays (his) warrior like mentality on the set of Good Day L.A. Beginning at Noon today, AM570 KLAC continues live and local playoff coverage featuring Lakers news and information. Game 2 is Wednesday night at Staples Center.

AM570 KLAC is also giving away a trip to Phoenix for the weekend including airfare, hotel and tickets to any event of the winner’s choice! So far escapes have feaured Showtime boxing, Mandalay Bay, MGM Las Vegas, airfare anywhere in the country and more.

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Lakers Examiner: The Los Angeles Lakers played one of their best all-around games of the season Monday night to defeat the Phoenix Suns, 128-107, in game one of the Western Conference Finals. Kobe Bryant, who hit his stride during the Utah Jazz series, looked like he hadn’t missed a beat as he torched the Suns for 40 points on 23 shots.

There were questions about Kobe’s health going into the series, particularly after it was revealed that he had a significant amount of fluid drained from his right knee prior to the series opener with the Suns.

Those questions were answered early as Kobe had that “I’m going to rip your heart out” look on his face all game long, and played with a renewed sense of vigor.

Now, however, the question becomes: how long can Kobe keep this up?

I heard Chris Webber (who had his fair share of knee injuries) on the radio yesterday describing what it’s like to have fluid drained. He said that it basically takes away all the swelling and soreness, so you feel great the next couple of days.

The problem is, Webber said, that the fluid inevitably returns until you fix what is really wrong with the knee. That is what the Lakers need to worry about.

Continue reading ‘Can Kobe’s knee keep up the pace?’

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Phil Jackson said it best when he uttered his first words during Monday’s post-game podium address, “This was a surprise for us.”

For over a week without a game to analyze, NBA reports have provided nothing but filler regarding the two teams left in the Western Conference. We’ve been fed mercilessly with commentary about injuries such as Andrew Bynum’s knee, Kobe Bryant’s knee and fingers, and Steve Nash’s nose. There were daily discussions in sports radio about Suns’ pick-and-roll versus the Lakers’ triangle offense; Suns’ superior bench versus the Lakers’ inconsistent reserves; Suns’ small line-up compared to the Lakers’ gargantuan frontline.

It has been seven days’ worth of dissecting each team’s strengths and weaknesses. It resulted in the obvious expectation that the Lakers would play big, and the Suns would play quickly. There weren’t many surprises to look forward to… until tonight’s enchanted evening.

The Lakers played their best game of the post-season, even trumping the Game 5, 24-point beat down of the Oklahoma City Thunder so very long ago. Tonight, the Lakers put their foot on the gas on both ends of the floor and sped right through the finish line with a convincing 128-107 victory against the NBA’s hottest team.

Despite falling behind early, with Phoenix’s Steve Nash doing what he does best in orchestrating the Suns’ offense, the Lakers soon found lift upon Lamar Odom’s arrival onto the floor. With a bank-in jumper followed by a spot-up three, Odom evened the score at 22. Kobe Bryant’s off-balance, buzzer-beating fadeaway jumper in front of the Laker bench capped off an 18-4 run that gave the home team a 35-26 advantage to end the first.

A lot has been made of the Suns’ much-improved defense this past season, and especially in the playoffs. Unfortunately, they were still no match against the offensive wiles of one Kobe Bryant, who torched each one of his defenders one by one — Grant Hill, Jason Richardson, Jared Dudley, and any Sun who tried to get in his way (or rather out of his way).

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This is pretty entertaining… Here’s what Amare had to say.

NBAFanHouse: As if being picked against by almost every media pundit out there isn’t enough to stoke the Suns’ fire, they continue to hear about the Lakers’ frontcourt that so many expect to have its way with Stoudemire & Co.

“We definitely play down low,” Stoudemire said when asked if he was tired of hearing about the 7-foot duo of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. “They just have two guys, so once you beat Gasol you have your little brother right behind you. That makes him a better player.

“I played against Gasol in Memphis, and it was total domination. But now he has his little brother with him so he’s a little bit more confident now because he has someone to help him out in the post. But we’re still here. We’re back, and we’re going to see what happens tonight.”

Asked if Bynum’s knee problems could perhaps turn Gasol into the defender of his younger years, Stoudemire went into ruthless mode.

“If he’s banged up, we’re going to try to bang him up some more,” he said. “There’s no mercy man. It’s the Western Conference finals. We’re here to play, and we’re here to win.”

Continue reading ‘Stoudemire starts the tough talk’

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The Los Angeles Lakers in their quest to win another championship have reached the NBA’s version of the final four. Appropriately, the Lakers coaching staff placed the number eight on the board in the locker room. No other words were necessary. The Phoenix Suns stand between the Lakers and a return to the NBA Finals.

The Lakers are motivated and prepared to exact some playoff vengeance against the Suns. This fact becomes much more evident with every ridiculous reference to the 2006 series between Suns and the Lakers.

Unfortunately, there are some reporters questioning if Kobe Bryant tanked game seven of that series. I’m of the belief that the people who asked that bizarre question have failed to realize that Kwame Brown, Smush Parker, Brian Cook, and Maurice Evans were on that team. Those people have to understand that this is an entirely different team and year. The question is ridiculous and doesn’t deserve a response. The defending champions, Lakers, were expected to battle for supremacy in the Western Conference and return to the NBA Finals to defend their crown; the Suns were not. However, give the Suns credit, they’re playing in the Conference Finals because they earned the opportunity.

These two teams met four times in the regular season and the Lakers won three of those contests. This is a match-up of speed vs. size. The Suns swept the Spurs because San Antonio attempted to match size-wise and play small ball.

The Lakers have a size advantage that they will use and force the Suns to defend. The Thunder and Jazz can be called for confirmation. The Suns are playing excellent basketball; they’re 31-4 (5-0 in the Playoffs) when Jason Richardson scores 20+ points. The Lakers have defended Richardson well; he has been a non-factor averaging a pedestrian 8.8 points per game against the them. He has figured out how to play with a great point guard and has been more productive in the 2010 Playoffs than at any point in his career.

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Phil chimed in on his chances of retirement.

SportingNews: Jackson: Well, I think it’s pretty good. It’s really about how I feel about getting into another 82 game season. It’s a commitment. As you guys know, it’s not about this last month of April, May, and part of June to coach. That’s exciting, fun, challenging, and you’ve got a team in a seven game series that brings out all those ideas and percolates things as a coach. But it’s those other 82 games, the exhibition season, and being in five different cities in eight different nights or seven different nights. It kind of wears and tears and kind of creates a life that gets a little bit ragged and a little bit jagged.

Obviously I have the pace of that. I know a lot about it, having done it for a large part of my life, maybe 35 years of my adult life. I’ve got a little bit of the rhythm of it, but it is something that I think about as the season gets to the end. You know, last road trip and stuff like that. You wonder, is there a time where you just feel like I’ve had enough, I just don’t want to do it anymore. It’s enough is enough

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Well, is it time to play yet? Finally it’s time for our Los Angeles Lakers to square off vs. the Phoenix Suns, and this is a MUST listen Voice of the Nation podcast for the true Lakers fan looking to gear up for this series.

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

  • Lakers Sweep! Eliminates the Utah Jazz for a 3rd straight post-season
  • Pau Gasol and Kobe  Bryant continue their dominance
  • Lakers Nation give it to “King James” via our voicemail
  • LeBron James and Kobe Bryant comparison is DEAD!
  • Kobe Bryant on outcome of the Celtics/Cleveland series
  • Voice of the Nation Hotline: Mike WiseWashington Post Interview
  • Phil Jackson and Steve Nash in a “war” of words
  • The fellas preview the Suns series
  • And MUCH  more…

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Download Link: Voice of the Nation – Episode #87

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Phil vs. Durant 2.0.

ESPN: The Phoenix Suns have reacted with a collective smirk to Phil Jackson’s suggestion that Steve Nash travels with the basketball.

Nash even had a subtle retort worthy of Jackson himself.

“It’s news to me. I’m fortunate. I don’t know if I’ve been called for a carry yet,” he said after the Suns practiced Saturday, then he added straight-faced: “I’ve never heard anyone accuse me of carrying it. I mean, the best coach in the league Gregg Popovich [of San Antonio] didn’t have a problem with it last week.”

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ESPN: Lakers center Andrew Bynum sat out practice this week to rest his injured right knee, but the time off didn’t do him much good.

After participating in Saturday afternoon’s practice, Bynum said the knee isn’t cooperating.

“It’s just worse. A little worse, but I’m still able to play through it so I’m going to keep pushing ahead,” he said.

Bynum said he will receive treatment and play when the Lakers open the Western Conference finals Monday night at Staples Center against the Phoenix Suns.

Bynum suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee against the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 30th, but has continued to play through the pain. The injury, he said, became worse “probably in Game 3, Game 4″ of the Lakers’ second round series against the Utah Jazz. Bynum was effective in the first two games, averaging 12.5 points and 12 rebounds, but didn’t score in Game 3 and had six in Game 4 as the Lakers swept Utah.

Overall, Bynum averaged 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in just under 25 minutes during the series.

Structurally, Bynum said the injury is no worse than before.

“[The problem is] keeping more swelling [out]. Not like the structure, but it’s creating more swelling because I’m playing with an injured limb,” he said. “It’s just something that I’m just going to continue to treat, continue to try and pump the swelling out, milk it, and take it from there.”

Continue reading ‘Bynum plans to play despite knee’

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The Zen Master at it again!

ESPN: On Friday, Jackson retreated from praise and started posturing when asked if it was difficult to simulate the Suns and their star point guard Steve Nash in practice during the long layoff before Game 1.

“Yeah, because you can’t carry the ball like he does in practice,” Jackson said, smiling as he moved his arm and turned over his palm, the symbol for an illegal carry in the unofficial sign language of basketball. “You can’t pick that ball up and run with it.”

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Kobe v. Lebron, #24 v. #23, 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.

Why write about Lebron on a Lakers website?

Simple.

We followed Lebron James almost as closely as we did our beloved Lakers. We scoffed when he had monster games. We candidly rejoiced when he struggled. We spent hour’s texting, tweeting and talking about why Kobe > Lebron would always be the accurate portrayal of that equation. We hid behind the Mamba’s rings, the game winners, the notorious finger…

Why spend so much time thinking about Lebron James – a player who has won the same number of NBA Finals games as you and I have? Why root against him so passionately, even when it meant that we support our most hated rivals, the Boston Celtics? Why pay so much attention to what happens in a rather glum NBA city over 2,300 miles from Los Angeles?

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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.