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ESPN: Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Andrew Bynum will start Game 2 and plans on testing the torn meniscus in the 7-footer’s right knee by playing him longer than the 25 minutes he did in Game 1.

“We’ll see how it goes out there,” Jackson said at the team’s morning shootaround Tuesday. “I hope to play him a few more minutes tonight.”

The Utah Jazz announced Tuesday that forward Andrei Kirilenko, who practiced on Monday for the first time since going out with a strained left calf on March 26, will not play in Game 2.

“We hadn’t planned for him actually,” Jackson said. “We kind of thought it makes sense to have a few extra days and a home court to get out and play on, especially when you’ve been off as long as he’s been off.”

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Description: The dawn of the storm is upon us and the defending world champions are surrounded by doubt. Doubt that they can defend their title. Despite their struggles, they must reach deep within to find the courage to “strike” back against all the haters. The storm is upon us…

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Update: Per L.A. Times request, we’ve removed the picture from the shoot. To see the images that are being discussed, please click here.

I’m sure Lakers fans have defended Kobe Bryant throughout his whole career.

“Kobe Haters”, tend to lean on the fact that he is lucky, instead of well-prepared, old instead of injured, and arrogant, instead of confident.

All those arguments, or words of hate, can be easily defended by the loyal Kobe supporter.

Unfortunately, in this situation, it’s not worth it.

Kobe Bryant in the most recent edition of LA times magazine, is shown modeling some high priced white outfits. Including, a basic white t-shirt for $285, and a sleeveless jacket worth about $1,080.

However, the most awkward “accessory” of them all is a Damir Doma hooded scarf with braid detail priced at $695. Posing for the camera to what can only be described as, his best Virgin Mary impression.

A day after the Game 1 win against Utah, Lakers point guard, Derek Fisher was shown the photos.

“Are these real? Fisher said. He followed by saying, “Guess things are better in LA if you guys are asking me about Kobe’s pictures instead of how poorly we are playing”

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Lakers Examiner: I spoke with a young man today about the Lakers. He’s 18 years old and lives and dies with Laker wins and losses. I was talking to him about yesterday’s win over the Utah Jazz and he said to me, “I was just waiting for the Lakers to blow them out…but it never happened.”

Here is a kid that has watched every Laker game for the past five years, so you would imagine that he would know one thing above all else: the Lakers will let you back into the game.

Now, I don’t blame him for being optimistic and hopeful. Occasionally the Lakers do manage to put it together for four quarters and demolish an opponent, e.g., game five against the Thunder. But the fact of the matter is that the Lakers consistently build a double-digit cushion, only to see it whittled down to nothing midway through the fourth quarter.

There are two schools of thought…

  1. Every NBA team goes on a run. The Lakers should be credited for building such a big lead in the first place and holding on to win the game. A win is a win.The Lakers have no killer instinct.
  2. They need to learn to step on the throats of their opponents and take 10-point leads to 20 and beyond, or else they will lose to better teams.

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Round 2 and it’s the same old song, as the Los Angeles Lakers get the early edge on the Utah Jazz.

G-Small and D-Bricks recap Game 1, as the Lakers are only 11 victories away from another NBA Championship!

In this episode, the fellas discuss…

  • Recap of Game 1
  • Lamar Odom and Kobe Bryant call out the bench
  • Should Andrew Bynum sit?
  • They play your voicemails
  • Magic Johnson slips up?
  • Thoughts on Phil Jackson‘s future

Audio
Jay-Z – Heart of the city

Additional Audio
NBA Post Game Audio – NBA TV
Lama Odom Post Game Audio – ABC
Magic Johnson & Lebron James – ABC

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Download Link: Voice of the Nation – Episode #84

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“I got three 7-footers standing back there,” Utah Jazz forward C.J. Miles says.  He also added, “So it’s like three trees standing in the middle of the lane.”

That Tree Trifecta of Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom were never on the floor at the same time in today’s game, but as the Utah Jazz know all too well, any two-man combination of the trio is more than a handful.

Having to account for Kobe Bryant, who shot an efficient 12-19 for 31 points, is hard enough, but to have to stifle, or at the very least limit, the power of length that the Lakers own has been, and was today, too much for the Jazz.

The Lakers shot a blistering 79% from the field in the first quarter. The Jazz decided to defend Kobe 1 on 1 and they paid for it with him starting 5-5.

Ball movement and alert and active defense was key in their success early in the game. In one sequence, Pau Gasol blocked a shot, Lamar Odom rebounded and raced cross-court, bounce-passed to Bryant, who quickly touch-passed it back to Odom, who proceeded to fingeroll in an easy 2 points and the foul. He missed the free throw (a common downside to the Lakers’ stat sheet in the playoffs), but it brought the score to 15-24, Lakers. At that point in the first quarter, the Lakers had shot 12-14 from the field.

The rest of the first half was just as efficient, with the bench coming in and giving the Lakers an even greater lift. Luke Walton and Lamar Odom both attempted and converted on the team’s first two three-pointers to increase the home team’s lead to 14.

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Another milestone reached for the Zen Master! Congrats to Phil!

Phil Jackson passed Pat Riley for the most Laker postseason wins as the Lakers survived in the nail biter win in the series opener against the Utah Jazz on Sunday grabbing his 103rd win, passing Pat Riley’s 102 Laker post-season wins.

Phil Jackson, winner of 10 championship rings as an NBA head coach, can add this milestone to his long list of achievements, helping chisel his name in Laker history and NBA history.

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Yahoo: Just in case the Utah Jazz forgot how Kobe Bryant finishes games, he provided another painful playoff reminder.

Bryant scored 11 of his 31 points in the final four minutes, and the Los Angeles Lakers blew a fourth-quarter lead before rallying for a 104-99 victory over the Jazz in their second-round series opener Sunday.

Pau Gasol had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the top-seeded Lakers, who played a dismal final period before Bryant seized control. Last season’s NBA finals MVP coolly scored seven consecutive points to erase Utah’s four-point lead, followed by a dynamic slice through the lane for a layup with 22.6 seconds left.

The clubs are meeting in the postseason for the third consecutive year after the Lakers ended Utah’s last two seasons, including a first-round victory in 2009. In each of the teams’ previous five playoff meetings, the winner went on to the NBA finals.

Deron Williams scored 24 points for fifth-seeded Utah, which managed just one more field goal after taking a 93-89 lead with 4:10 to play. Utah has lost 15 straight to the Lakers at Staples Center, including seven playoff games.

Los Angeles will host Game 2 of the best-of-seven series on Tuesday night.

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The Lakers eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder in dramatic fashion when Pau Gasol converted the put-back heard around the world with .05 seconds remaining. It was reminiscent of Derek Fisher’s game winner in San Antonio in 2004.

The Thunder have a bright future, but for the Purple and Gold are on the road to repeat and it’s onto the next one.

Next up the Utah Jazz; who dispatched the Denver Nuggets in six games. This is a short turnaround for the defending champions, but after being provided a wake-up call in the first round, they will be ready. They know that there’s a lot of work to do.

The Lakers won the season series against the Jazz three games to one. The Lakers have ended their playoff run the last two seasons. After 14-straight defeats in Los Angeles, the Staples Center has become their house of horrors. They’re a good basketball team that plays hard, but they just don’t match up well with the Lakers.

They eliminated Denver despite playing without injured starters Mehment Okur and Andrei Kirilenko. The Jazz are led by Deron Williams, the hottest player in the post-season, and arguably the best point guard in the league. He was injured at the end of game six when the outcome of the game was no longer in doubt, but you can count on him playing.

Carlos Boozer and Paul Milsap are excellent players that provide maximum effort. Both are undersized power forwards that will have difficulty with the length of the Lakers. As evidenced in the last series, the post-season comes down to adjustments. Both teams are very familiar with each other so there shouldn’t be any surprises. After the success the Thunder had in transition, look for the Jazz to test the transition defense.

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The Los Angeles Lakers shake the rumbling from the Oklahoma City Thunder to move on to next round of the NBA Playoffs, and G-Small and D-Bricks get you ready for the next 12 victories.

This edition of Voice of the Nation includes…

  • Recap of the Thunder 1st Round Series
  • Talk about how unappreciated Ron Artest‘s defense is
  • We preview the Utah Jazz Series

And of course, we also play and respond to your voicemails!

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Audio
Timbaland – Lose Control
Jay-Z – Roc Boys

Additional Audio
Gasol Game Winning Shot courtesy of KCAL

All post game audio courtesy of NBA TV.

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Download Link: Voice of the Nation – Episode #83

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Bron has a hurt elbow. The center of the basketball universe is focused on his elbow. I’ve even been told LeBron is tougher than Kobe. What are your thoughts? Perhaps this new NBA auto-tune ad puts a bit in perspective eh?

We’re so concerned. Let the drama continue…

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The men wearing Purple and Gold have had some amazing jaw-dropping performances, but they also had occasions were their lack of effort left fans irate.

Take this season for example; the Lakers finished the season at 56-25 with wins against Boston and Orlando. Nevertheless, the Lakers came up short to teams like the Hornets, Rockets, Raptors, and Grizzlies. Not to mention ending the season with a 4-6 record. The Lakers obviously didn’t look as strong as they did last year, but they still finished as the top seed in the West and were the favorite coming out of the Conference.

Knowing the crew in Los Angeles, playoff time is the part of the season for which they live for. There was no doubt that the Lakers would regain their focus and that championship edge come playoff time.

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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.