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Kobe Bryant-phil Jackson ‘feud’ Just Small Bump In Lakers’ Road To Attempting To Defend Nba Title

On the other side of the country, Lakers fans are getting a taste of that dip right now. The Lakers are marred in the middle of a stretch where they’ve lost four of their last six games, punctuated by an embarrassing 104-85 loss — which could have been a lot worse — on Sunday night to a last-place Grizzlies squad. That loss was the worst of the bunch, a stretch in which the four losses have come by an average of over 17 points per contest.
To make matters worse, there appears to be a little in-house bickering between two of the league’s marquee divas — Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant.
Jackson spoke very candidly about Bryant and his style of play following the loss to the Grizzlies.
“Kobe had to screw up the game and start energizing the team by going one-on-one,” Jackson said. “That takes the rest of the guys out and as a consequence, that didn’t bring us back in.”
Well, alright.
Whether or not Jackson meant the words to cut deep, or whether he was just making an observation, the message was clear. The Lakers need to play better as a team.
But before Celtics fans go crossing off the Lakers on their list of potential roadblocks for an 18th world title, they must remember that this is just a bump in the road for the Lake Show.
The Lakers, like the Celtics, are a veteran club. They know that while it would be nice to secure things like home-court advantage (like last year’s NBA Finals), they are still dangerous enough to make noise in the playoffs just by getting there.
When it comes down to it, it’s all about weathering the storm. The Lakers know that better than anyone. There’s a reason they’ve won back-to-back NBA titles. There’s a reason they’ve been to the finals the last three years.
And there’s a reason that Jackson and Bryant are widely considered as the best or one of the best at what they do.
They both know how to win. Not only that, they’ve feuded before, and they’ve been able to put things behind them.
When the Lakers get to the playoffs, they’ll be among the favorites again. No team can match up with their playoff experience. Their offense, a grind-it-out half-court system centered around the famed triangle offense is at its best when the Lakers can wear down teams in long series.
Teams with athletic point guards will still give them fits (Rajon Rondo, anyone?), but it will be easier for the Lakers to grind out wins, utilizing the killer touch of Bryant along with one of the better frontcourts in the game.
Whether or not Celtics fans want to admit it or not, the Lakers are a lot like the C’s. They’ll go through midseason swoons, but they’ll be among the big boys standing in the end when it’s all said and done. With both teams, the peaks of success will continue to tower over the relatively meaningless valleys of failure that try and trip them up during the grind that is the NBA regular season.

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Los Angeles Lakers Tickets : The Lakers Are The Most Valuable Nba Franchise According To Forbes

The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their local NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL, and the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.

The Lakers are the reigning NBA champions after defeating the Boston Celtics in the 2010 NBA Finals 4/3. The Finals victory gave the franchise their 16th championship, placing them second in NBA history behind the Celtics’ 17. As of 2010, the Lakers are the most valuable NBA franchise according to Forbes, with an estimated value of $ 607 million.

The franchise started with the 1947 purchase of a disbanded team, the Detroit Gems of the NBL. The new team began play in Minneapolis, Minnesota, calling themselves the Lakers in honor of the state’s nickname, “Land of 10,000 Lakes”.

The Lakers won five championships in Minneapolis, propelled by center George Mikan, who is described by the NBA’s official website as the league’s “first superstar”.After struggling financially in the late 1950s following Mikan’s retirement, they relocated to Los Angeles before the 1960/61 season.

Led by Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, Los Angeles made the NBA Finals six times in the 1960s, but lost each series to Boston.

In 1968, the Lakers acquired four time MVP Wilt Chamberlain to play center, and after losing in the Finals in 1969 and 1970, they won their sixth NBA title and first in Los Angeles in 1972, led by new head coach Bill Sharman. After the retirement of West and Chamberlain, the team acquired another multiple MVP award winning center, this time Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in 1975, but was unable to make the Finals in the late 1970s.

The 1980s Lakers were nicknamed “Showtime” due to their Magic Johnson-led fast break-offense, and won five championships in a nine-year span. This team featured Hall of Famers in Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy, and a Hall of Fame coach, Pat Riley.

Two of those championships were against their rivals, the Celtics. After Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson’s retirement, the team struggled in the early 1990s before acquiring Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in 1996.

Led by O’Neal, Bryant, and another Hall of Fame coach, Phil Jackson, Los Angeles won three consecutive titles between 2000 to 2002, securing the franchise its first “three-peat”. After losing both the 2004 and 2008 NBA Finals, the Lakers won two more championships by defeating the Orlando Magic in 2009 and Boston in 2010.

The Lakers hold records for having (into the 2009/10 season) the most wins (3,027), the highest winning percentage , and the most NBA Finals appearances.They also hold the record for longest winning streak (33) in NBA history in the 1971/72 season.Sixteen Hall of Famers have played for Los Angeles, while four Hall of Famers have coached the team.

Four Lakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Awards for a total of eight awards.

The Lakers have had a long rivalry with the Boston Celtics. They have met in the NBA Finals 12 times with the Celtics winning nine times and the Lakers three times. The first meeting in the Finals was in 1959. Despite being swept by the Celtics in 1959, the Lakers managed to keep every game close. The teams met six more times in the sixties, with the Celtics winning each time.

The teams renewed their Finals rivalry in the 1980s, meeting three times (1984, 1985, and 1987).The 1984 series was hyped by the media as Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson. Their last meeting in the finals was in 2010, where the Lakers defeated the Celtics in seven games to win their sixteenth title.

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The Los Angeles Lakers Tickets : Kobe Bryant Was Awarded The Nba Most Valuable Player Award

The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.

The Lakers are the two-time reigning NBA champions after defeating the Boston Celtics in the Finals four games to three, capturing the franchise’s 16th NBA championship on the 50th anniversary of its relocation to Los Angeles. As of 2009, the Lakers are the most valuable NBA franchise.In June 2010, basketball analyst and writer John Hollinger ranked the Lakers as the greatest NBA franchise of all time.

The Lakers franchise was founded in 1946 in Detroit, Michigan before moving to Minneapolis, where the team got its official title from the state’s nickname, “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”[4] The Lakers won five championships before relocating to Los Angeles in the 1960/61 season. The Lakers lost all of their eight appearances in the NBA Finals in the 1960s, despite having help from Elgin Baylor and Jerry West.

In 1972, the Lakers won their sixth title, first in Los Angeles, under coach Bill Sharman. The Lakers’ popularity soared in the 1980s when they won five additional championships during a nine-year span with the leadership of Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy and coach Pat Riley, the franchise’s all-time leader in regular season game wins and playoff games coached and wins.

Two of those championships during that span were against their arch-rivals, the Boston Celtics. From 2000 to 2002, the Lakers won three titles consecutively with the help of Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson. After losing both the 2004 and 2008 NBA Finals, the Lakers captured two more championships, for a total of 16, by defeating the Orlando Magic in 2009, and the Boston Celtics in 2010.

The Lakers hold records for having (into the 2009/10 season) the most wins (3,027), the highest winning percentage (61.9%), the most NBA Finals appearances (31), the second fewest non-playoff seasons with five (San Antonio Spurs have four), and the second-most NBA championships with 16, behind the Boston Celtics’ 17.They also hold the record for compiling the longest win streak (33) in U.S. professional team sports (also an NBA record) in the 1971/72 season.

Sixteen Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famers (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team. Four Lakers (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant) have won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award[8] for a total of 8 MVP awards.

After re-acquiring Derek Fisher, the Lakers started the 2007/08 season fairly well, supported by the flourishing Andrew Bynum. However, Bynum’s season ended to injury in January, leading the Lakers to trade Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the draft rights to Marc Gasol, and two first round draft picks to the Memphis Grizzlies for Pau Gasol and a second round draft choice.[81] After the trade, the Lakers went on to clinch the first seed in the Western Conference with a 57/25 record.

Kobe Bryant was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the first Los Angeles Lakers player to have won the award since Shaquille O’Neal won the award in 2000.The Lakers went to the playoffs and defeated the Denver Nuggets in four games, the Utah Jazz in six games, and the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in five games.They entered the NBA Finals for the first time in four years, facing their long-time rivals, the Boston Celtics, whom they had not played in the Finals in 21 years. The Lakers eventually lost the series in six games.

Basically retaining the same cast from last season (only the free-agent switch between Houston’s Ron Artest and Trevor Ariza being the key change), the Lakers finished the 2009/10 season with 57 victories, once again the West’s best record for the third straight season. They defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in six games of the first round, then swept past the Utah Jazz in the Conference Semifinals. They defeated the Phoenix Suns in the Conference Finals, four games to two. In the 2010 NBA Finals, the Lakers once again met their old rivals, the Boston Celtics.

In a series that recalled some of the two teams’ memorable title struggles of earlier decades, the Lakers rallied from a 3-2 series disadvantage and erased a 13-point deficit in the seventh and deciding game to defeat Boston and win their sixteenth title and eleventh in Los Angeles.[93] Kobe Bryant was named the NBA Finals MVP for the second consecutive year.[94] The Lakers became the first team to repeat as champion since the Lakers themselves last did the trick in 2002.

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Los Angeles Lakers – Orlando Magic – 09′-10′ NBA Finals Preview?

Most of you must be saying, “No way, you can’t predict an NBA Finals preview when we have not even reached the mid-way point of off season yet.” But hey, wouldn’t it be fun to entertain the situation?

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Orlando Magic

Instead of flat out stating who I think is the better team and which will ultimately win the 09′-10′ NBA Finals, I am going to breakdown each organization from head to toe and let you decide.

Orlando Magic

The Bench

With the recent signing of SF Matt Barnes, the Magic’s bench is surely deeper than ever before. Going back to last season, Orlando’s bench consisted of Mickael Pietrus (missed 28 regular season games), J.J. Reddick, Marcin Gortat, Tony Battie, and Anthony Johnson. With those players as the backups (and Jameer Nelson missing half of the season), the Magic enjoyed a 59 win season, ending the year with the fourth best record in the league and third best in the Eastern Conference.

Fast-forward to right now, and the Magic’s bench looks a little something like this. Anthony Johnson at the PG (possibility of obtaining C.J Watson), Mickael Pietrus/Matt Barnes at the SG/SF, Ryan Anderson at the PF, and Marcin Gortat at the C. Orlando’s bench has improved so drastically this off season that they could literally be the starting five for an organization and actually win games.

The Insurance Policy

Let’s say anyone of Orlando’s starting five goes down with a sudden injury and is potentially out for a few weeks. The Magic are lucky enough to have such productive bench players that basically any player on the roster can hop in and immediately begin to make an impact.

Comparing last season to this upcoming season

Many people do not take into consideration that the Magic were without Jameer Nelson for half of the regular season and essentially the entire playoffs, until the NBA Finals series. (Don’t even use Alston as a comeback, the man was absolutely horrible all playoff long.) With a healthy Nelson, the Magic rely on their true All-Star quarterback shouting out the plays and setting up the offense. After a first-half breakout 08′-09′ season, Nelson is clearly expected to do big things once again.

Courtney Lee or Vince Carter? If anybody was asked who they would rather have on their starting five right now, the answer 99.9 percent of the time would be VC.

Like it or not, Carter is a born superstar. His talent exceeds what many NBA fans portray it out to be, and believe me, his true potential will be shown during next season.

With a lot to prove, VC will inevitably breakout in the upcoming season (just like Shaq did once he was traded to Phoenix) and show the world why he was nicknamed Half Man/Half Amazing. (I expect Carter to posterize numerous athletes next season).

Orlando indeed lost Hedo Turkoglu, but they did sign 24-year old power forward Brandon Bass. With Bass in the lineup, the Magic finally have a true power-forward that can grab boards and bump heads with the best of the bigs in the league. In addition, Bass will also be a major help to D-Howard, who is used to being the main source for collecting rebounds for Orlando.

When you compare last seasons Magic to this seasons Magic, one could tell that they certainly upgraded and without a doubt improved their bench (and they still made it to the NBA Finals!)

Los Angeles Lakers

The Bench

Since LA and LO are back in contract talks, I am going to assume that they will re-sign him and have him as their sixth man heading into next season. So, the Lakers bench is virtually identical to last seasons roster. They have Luke Walton, Sasha Vujacic, Shannon Brown, Jordan Farmar, and Adam Morrison (who is hopefully going to receive consistent minutes off the bench).

With a starting five compiled of Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum, the Lakers do not need much depth off the bench to compete in the NBA, especially after winning a second league best 65 win season. (Plus, Odom is the best sixth man in the league, so he makes up for the rest of the warmers).

The Insurance Policy

Since Odom is so versatile (standing 6’10”) and capable of handling the ball, he can literally fill in for any starter position, if one were to go down with an injury. Although I am sure Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar would both be a nice fit at the one spot.

Comparing last season to this upcoming season

The Lakers lost a starter in Trevor Ariza, but gained immensely with the Ron Artest signing. Artest is an extremely underrated superstar in the NBA and is capable of doing practically anything and everything on the court. He immediately improves the Lakers defense (the only tiny problem that they had last season), and also amends LA’s offensive game.

Andrew Bynum played just 50 regular season games last season after going down with another knee injury. At the young age of just 21, Bynum has supreme potential to emerge as a top tier center in the NBA if he can remain healthy. If all goes well, Bynum’s presence on the court will certainly make a major impact to the Lakers record next season.

One thing that you can never question about a player like Kobe Bryant is his determination. After winning his first championship without Shaquille O’Neal, don’t you agree that the Black Mamba is even more hungrier to win another? With a core like LA has, if I was Bryant, I would definitely believe that the NBA trophy is surely insight to grab once again.

The Lakers enhanced their overall game heading into next season with the signing of Ron Artest. They will be a serious force coming out of the West and will ultimately be the favorite to win the NBA Finals during the 09′-10′ season.

The Final Verdict

Who will win the NBA Finals next season, Los Angeles or Orlando?

You decide.

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NBA ? Lakers and Heat for Christmas Day Showdown

The LA Lakers and the Miami Heat are working up their engines for their fist face-to-face game this season. Miami is coming from an outstanding comeback, linking together 12 consecutive wins this season, before falling just short to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night at the American Airlines Arena. At the end, the big three, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade just couldn’t make it pass Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs.

Despite that latest bump, the Miami Heat has been able to put on a great series of games. And let’s be frank, here, the Heat had a lot to prove. Their numbers at the beginning of the season where by no means even close to what we had expected of a team filled with players of such high caliber. It really seemed as if the Heat where not at all finding a way to play together smoothly and brilliantly. The sports press went on against them, the bloggers went on against them and even their fans were a bit upset. The Heat Index was not as hot as one would have wanted.

So yes, at 21-9, they are not the strongest team in the nation, and yes, the Heat have yet to figure out a way to defeat their conference rival, the Boston Celtics. But they have figured out some things along the way recently. The Heat are very strong defensively. It was quite a surprise to see a team with such an offensive potential lead the nation in points allowed. At 91.5 points allowed per game, the Heat are the No. 1 ranked team in the country. Now, if you consider what LeBron James, Bosh and Dwayne can put together (if they keep on improving their playmaking and consistency) you can help but to realize that this guys are a very strong combination.

The Lakers, on the other hand, have been a bit more stable overall.  At 21-7 they are just a tab stronger on the spread-sheet then the Miami Heat.

Their offensive is quite strong. They have Kobe Bryant, who is arguably one of the best active players in the league, and the sweet combination he has put together with Pau Gasol has proved to be giving its dividends. At 106.4 points per game, the Lakers are currently the No.5 strongest offensive team in the nation.

And then there are the boards. On both ends of the courts the Lakers have been extremely efficient grabbing rebounds. At 44.8 points per game, the Lakers are as dominant as one would like a team to be under the rim. We are talking about a team that is currently the second best ranked rebounding team in the nation. The Heat is going to rely on its defensive proneness to keep the Lakers from building up momentum. With either Odom or Gasol hitting a double-double, and Kobe Bryant bringing in his usual numbers, it is going to be very hard for the Heat to keep thins under control.

Expect and exciting, thrilling and perhaps close game as these two teams, worthy of making it to the NBA Finals, give you a sneak preview at what could happen at the end of the season. Stay tuned for more NBA action at betias.com

 

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The Los Angeles Lakers Tickets : Best Nba Team Of All Time

The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.

The Lakers are the reigning NBA champions after defeating the Boston Celtics in the Finals four games to three, capturing the franchise’s 16th NBA championship on the 50th anniversary of its relocation to Los Angeles. As of 2009, the Lakers are the most valuable NBA franchise. In June 2010, basketball analyst and writer John Hollinger ranked the Lakers as the greatest NBA franchise of all time.

The Lakers franchise was founded in 1946 in Detroit, Michigan before moving to Minneapolis, where the team got its official title from the state’s nickname, “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” The Lakers won five championships before relocating to Los Angeles in the 1960/61 season. The Lakers lost all of their eight appearances in the NBA Finals in the 1960s, despite having help from Elgin Baylor and Jerry West. In 1972, the Lakers won their sixth title, first in Los Angeles, under coach Bill Sharman.

The Lakers’ popularity soared in the 1980s when they won five additional championships during a nine-year span with the leadership of Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy and coach Pat Riley, the franchise’s all-time leader in regular season game wins and playoff games coached and wins. Two of those championships during that span were against their arch-rivals, the Boston Celtics. From 2000 to 2002, the Lakers won three titles consecutively with the help of Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson. After losing both the 2004 and 2008 NBA Finals, the Lakers captured two more championships, for a total of 16, by defeating the Orlando Magic in 2009, and the Boston Celtics in 2010.

The Lakers hold records for having (into the 2009/10 season) the most wins (3,027), the highest winning percentage (61.9%), the most NBA Finals appearances (31), the second fewest non-playoff seasons with five (San Antonio Spurs have four), and the second-most NBA championships with 16, behind the Boston Celtics’ 17. They also hold the record for compiling the longest win streak (33) in U.S. professional team sports (also an NBA record) in the 1971/72 season. Sixteen Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famers (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team. Four Lakers (Kareem AbdulJabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant) have won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for a total of 8 MVP awards.

After re-acquiring Derek Fisher, the Lakers started the 2007/08 season fairly well, supported by the flourishing Andrew Bynum. However, Bynum’s season ended to injury in January, leading the Lakers to trade Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the draft rights to Marc Gasol, and two first round draft picks to the Memphis Grizzlies for Pau Gasol and a second round draft choice. After the trade, the Lakers went on to clinch the first seed in the Western Conference with a 57/25 record.

Kobe Bryant was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the first Los Angeles Lakers player to have won the award since Shaquille O’Neal won the award in 2000. The Lakers went to the playoffs and defeated the Denver Nuggets in four games, the Utah Jazz in six games, and the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in five games. They entered the NBA Finals for the first time in four years, facing their long-time rivals, the Boston Celtics, whom they had not played in the Finals in 21 years. The Lakers eventually lost the series in six games.

In the 2008/09 NBA season, the Lakers returned to championship form. Los Angeles finished with a 65/17 record, easily winning the Pacific Division and clinching first place in the Western Conference.

After eliminating the Utah Jazz 4/1, they needed 7 games to fight off the Houston Rockets and six to defeat the Denver Nuggets, to win the Western Conference Finals. The Lakers’ quest for another title was successfully completed, as they defeated the Orlando Magic in the 2009 NBA Finals in five games, and won their 15th title, their first in seven years. Kobe Bryant was named the NBA Finals MVP for the first time in his career.

On January 13, 2010, the Lakers became the first team in NBA history to win 3,000 regular season games, in a 100/95 win against the Dallas Mavericks.

Basically retaining the same cast from last season (only the free-agent switch between Houston’s Ron Artest and Trevor Ariza being the key change), the Lakers finished the 2009-10 season with 57 victories, once again the West’s best record for the third straight season. They defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in six games of the first round, then swept past the Utah Jazz in the Conference Semifinals. They defeated the Phoenix Suns in the Conference Finals, four games to two. In the 2010 NBA Finals, the Lakers once again met their old rivals, the Boston Celtics.

In a series that recalled some of the two teams’ memorable title struggles of earlier decades, the Lakers rallied from a 3-2 series disadvantage and erased a 13-point deficit in the seventh and deciding game to defeat Boston and win their sixteenth title and eleventh in Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant was named the NBA Finals MVP for the second consecutive year. The Lakers became the first team to repeat as champion since the Lakers themselves last did the trick in 2002.

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Dedicated Celebrity Fans of NBA Los Angeles Lakers

It is clear that no NBA franchised member club is as closely connected with its celebrity fans as the Los Angeles Lakers simply because LA, the city of stars, plays an important role in the entertainment industry and the Lakers become a big part of this entertainment scene with 16 prestigious championships.

Celebrity fans often make their appearance at LA Lakers games not just for advertising purposes or media attractions. They actually consider watching this basketball franchise’s matches as an effective way to entertain themselves.

Khloe Kardashian, Kimberly Kardashian, Courtney Cox, Adam Sandler, Charlize Theron, Charlize Theron, Christoph Waltz and even former chairman and CEO of Yahoo! Inc. Terry Semel are among dedicated celebrity fans of NBA Los Angeles Lakers.

Actor David Arquette dances around at a break during the second half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics on Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won the NBA basketball championship 83-79

Khloe Kardashian (left) and Kimberly Kardashian talk on the sidelins during the second half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics on Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles

Actress Courtney Cox watches the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics on Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles

First Lady Michelle Obama smiles when a fan uses a phone to take a photo of her image at the second half of Game 6 between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, in Los Angeles

Actors Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James and Adam Sandler (from left to right) watch the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics play during the first half of Game 1 on Thursday, June 3, 2010, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 102-89

Actress Charlize Theron blows a kiss to the cameras during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA finals on Thursday, June 3, 2010, in Los Angeles

Hilary Swank uses a camera as boyfriend John Campis looks on before the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics play Game 1 on Thursday, June 3, 2010, in Los Angeles

Oscar-winning actor Christoph Waltz smiles during the Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Actor Paul Wesley (right) and his girlfriend Torrey DeVitto chat during the Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 4, 2010

CEO of Yahoo! Inc. Terry Semel, actor Denzel Washington and recording artist Lenny Kravitz (from left to right) sit courtside as the Los Angeles Lakers play the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. The Lakers won 95-89

 

 

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NBA Free Picks: Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks NBA Picks

Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers NBA Free Picks: The defending champs are officially on the ropes. The Los Angeles Lakers lost the first two games of their NBA playoffs betting affair with the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center, and now, they have to win at least one of the next two at the American Airlines Center just to stay alive in the Western Conference Semifinals.

It’s not all that often that we see a Head Coach Phil Jackson team loses its composure, but that’s what has happened to the Lakers this week. There just seems to be some dysfunction going on right now for the men in purple and gold, and this just isn’t going to cut it against a team as b as the Mavs. Ron Arrest made a boneheaded play on Wednesday, basically giving a clothesline to Jose Barea at the end of the game, and as a result, he has been suspended for this encounter.

Dare we say that Kobe Bryant looks old and washed up? That really is the case right now the Black Samba, as he only scored 23 points on Wednesday, marking one of the worst games that he has had in a postseason that has had very, very few true highlights.

Kobe isn’t playing anywhere near 40 minutes per game any longer, and it is clear that the team that he was once able to carry is now nothing more than a squad chock full of players that, at times, needs to carry him. Both Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum had double-doubles in the Game 2 beat down at the hands of the Mavs, but it clearly wasn’t enough to get the job done.

No team in the NBA playoffs is playing better defensively right now than are the Mavericks.

They are holding teams to 88 points per game allowed, and they were significantly better than that in the 93-81 Game 2 win at Staples Center. Sure, we know that the Lakers aren’t shooting 2-for-20 from beyond the arc for this whole series, but just to be able to do it once was remarkable.

The Lakers scored 32 points in the second half of that game. We keep saying that it isn’t about the points or the rebounds, but the timing of it all for Dirk Nowitzki. He scored 24 points and had seven boards, but it was the leadership that he really brought to the table that won Game 2.

Shawn Marion was the second highest scorer on the team with 14 points, and he was the leader with nine rebounds. The bench had a nice game, as Jason Terry, Peja Stojakovic, Jose Barea, and Brendan Haywood combined for 30 points, 12 boards, and 10 assists against just four turnovers.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Free Picks: Though there doesn’t really seem to be a reason to believe that the Lakers are going to turn it around, we do think that it is going to happen. Bryant and the gang are just too good to fall behind 3-0, and even though they are dogs, we still think that the Lakers +2.5 are the right play.

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NBA ? Who will dethrone the Lakers?

The defending champions are the biggest obstacle that contenders for the title will find in what will be Phil Jackson’s last coaching season.

Miami Heat has monopolized the media this summer with their ambitious and multi-million-dollar transfers, and in the glare of all the flashes many have been blinded of what is really going on, about who is wearing the championship ring. Los Angeles Lakers might not have done ostentatious incorporations to their roster, but they have something even better than that: a multi-champion coach motivated by the desire of putting an end to his glorious career with what would represent his 12th championship ring as a coach. Phil Jackson is ready to guide Kobe Bryant and company to their third title in a row with only one object in mind: be better than last season.

Paul Gasol might not have the same marketing that LeBron James enjoys, but he got two championship rings and James got none. The Spaniard has adapted very well to the team and has been a great complement for Kobe Bryant. Considered by many as the best European Player in the World, the 30-year-old Center arrival helped the Lakers find their way back to the number one spot, after 6 years of absence.

If there is a weapon that will be vital for the Lakers in the accomplishment of their goal this season, that is none other than experience. With their key players in their early 30s –Bryant 31, Gasol 30, Lamar Odom about to turn 31 as well as Ron Artest, and Derek Fisher 36, being the exception as he is in his mid 30s- the only serious contender to the title that could brag about experience are the Boston Celtics, with the big difference that key players such as Ray Allen (35), Kevin Garnett (34), Paul Pierce (36) are in the epilogue of their careers.

Now let’s take a look at Miami.

This is a team with vast talent that lacks the experience that comes along championship rings. It is true that talent wins games, but we are not so sure that it can win titles by itself. The biggest problem that Coach Pat Riley will have to deal with is the ego of his stars. If things don’t go as expected it could flare up a hostile atmosphere in the locker room.

We don’t have doubts about seeing Miami in the finals of the Eastern Conference, but we do have doubts about Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosch coexistence. One thing is for sure, the experience that they lack will be won this season, and time is on their side, as these stars haven’t even reached their 30s.

Unless an always welcomed surprise arises throughout the season, it seems like the championship will be a matter of three: Lakers, Miami and Celtics.  This doesn’t mean there won’t be exciting games, as teams like Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets know how to do their thing, but they still got something missing to be referred to as favorites.

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