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More pre-Game 1 reading: A few fun links

April 18, 2009 | 10:40 am

Picture6 Links Posted by Ben Taylor -

Some would say the basic blueprint for taking down the purple and gold is employing LeBron James.'s Dave McMenamin, however, observes a more realistic approach: make Kobe Bryant shoot.  LA went a Clipper-like 3-5 when Kobe jacked over 30 shots in a game, but finished a nearly unbeatable 33-3 when he launched fewer than 20. In fairness, the statistic is slightly inflated because during blowout victories Bryant rests at the end of games and fewer minutes on the court result in fewer field goal attempts. Nonetheless, the Lakers offense is firing like a Ferrari engine, and Kobe would be doing opposing teams a favor by growing shot-happy.

Sports Illustrated's Scott Howard-Cooper has become the Lakers de-facto national columnist, this time pontificating about the basketball machine that is Kobe Bean Bryant . For those unaware, Bryant is on a quest to win an NBA title. Who knew?

On the lighter side, I recommend checking out the NBA Dance Team Showdown on It's arguably a more competitive Tournament than the Cavs-Lakers Invitational, er, NBA playoffs. It's certainly more drool-inducing. Show some love for the Lakers girls, and feel free to check out the Heat dancers if you're into that sort of thing.