Exit one of the stranger regular seasons in recent years, and enter the playoffs – the time has come. There will be a live chat at 11:00 AM, PST, between Darius and Phillip on our end, and Jeremy, Kalen and Charlie from the excellent Roundball Mining Company blog. For now, some quick hits to whet your appetite and get the juices flowing:
Last night’s Land O’Lakers preview/chat from the Kamenetzky brothers.
Brian K’s rapid reaction preview, written after last night’s game.
Ben Bolch at the LA. Times writes about Kobe’s decision not to go for the scoring title.
Kevin Ding’s OC Register series preview
Theshmoes at Silver Screen and Roll – Lakers gear up for another title run.
Jeremy at the Roundball Mining Company writes about the Lakers’ defensive philosophy.
Brent Pollakoff at ProBasketballTalk gives his preview for the Denver series.
Jacqueline Grant at Lakers Nation, it’s Go time for the Lakers.
Matt Moore at Hardwood Paroxysm writes about a season that he’d sooner forget.
Eric Freeman at Ball Don’t Lie, writes about Kobe’s words of advice for Blake Griffin.
For me, the long lockout season seems like yesterday, and the sixty-six games flew by in a blur. I’m ready to settle in for the playoffs, and expecting a strong post season run. It may seem strange to say without Phil Jackson at the helm, but there’s a feeling of hunger this time around, that simply wasn’t there this time last year.
– Dave Murphy