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Lakers Roundtable: L.A. Times reporters preview Game 6 of the Lakers-Thunder series

We're always up for trying new things here at the Lakers blog, and the newest wrinkle entails presenting the Lakers Roundtable in video format! And with The Times' Mike Bresnahan, Broderick Turner and I eating Lay's kettle-cooked chips for every Roundtable, it's only a matter of time before we land the company as a sponsor.

But for now, we'll gladly pay for the chips out of our own pocket while we talk about all things Lakers. With the new format, soon enough we'll work on getting the Roundtable on satellite television. But we'll take it one step at a time.

Among the highlights:

--Why Lakers Coach Phil Jackson doesn't like Bresnahan's tie.

--Kobe Bryant's defense on Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook in Game 5.

--How the Lakers will fare in Game 6.

--What the Lakers could face if they advance past the first round.

You can follow The Times' Lakers coverage here and you can also follow Bresnahan and Turner on Twitter.

-- Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

 
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TRAINED BY KAREEM IN LAKERHOLISM, THE SUN SOURCE OF ALL MARTIAL
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Why would anyone want to sit here and watch you eat potato chips?

Rudy - I thought it was just to create a casual atmosphere as if it's just a few friends sitting around talking sports.

MM

Hey MM,

How is it going ? I got a problem with the videos you post ( Not the "roundtable" videos, postgame and sometimes practice videos ). The audio quality is too bad. If there is something that can be done about that, could you please try to ?

Amit

Amit - Yeah I think it should be fixed today. Basically for some reason the battery completely died on the audio mixer midway through the post-game presser in Game 5 and I didn't realize it until after the fact. Also, to be fairly honest, Kobe's audio is slow because he mumbles and doesn't speak into the microphone but fixing the audio mixer should still be good enough to have his voice be audible.

MM

MICHAEL H… “If we remember what we learned in game 5, we will wrap this thing up. We finally played to our strength for an entire game, not just the 1st quarter. It's funny how two simple adjustments, along with increased energy made all of the difference.” Exactly, Michael. Game 5 was by far the best game the LA Lakers played all year, a truly beautiful exposition of how great offense leads to great defense leads to great offense. And the catalyst without a doubt was Kobe Bryant reprising his role from the last Olympics as the Doberman in charge of shutting down the other team’s most dynamic player and the facilitator getting everybody going.
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MAMBA24… Larry, you are in true playoffs form. I loved “WHAT DO YOU EXPECT,” especially the opening line “Life evens all wrongs in an ironic funny way, Ask the Thunder, licking their wounds in OK.” And “THE TAO OF LAKERHOLSM” perfectly captured the impact that a Lakers win has on our fragile addicted psyches. You deserve great appreciation for your great efforts. It’s hard enough putting insights and observations into
intelligent and interesting paragraphs but to do that in the format of verse is pure genius to be celebrated. You embody the heart and soul of this Lakers Blog and deserve to be honored with your own bandwagon.
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TOM

@LAKERTOM, OH BEHAVE! ;-) Thank you sir, much appreciated.
mamba24

MM - for some reason, I'm using firefox, and I can't see the video at all. You think TP might be able to re-upload the video?

Thanks for your time, and I hope you're having a good day.

That was enchanting, Larry ;)
Truly :)

Cali, I am using firefox also, worked fine for me.

Cali - I'm able to see it on Firefox. Are you able to see it yet or is the video still blank?

MM

Larry, thank you once again for feeding our Lakerholicsm. You are an addict so am I. Who needs rehab, I don't. Really, I don't smoke, cigar, pot or whatever. I don't drink alcohol anymore, although I used to. This Lakerholicsm is my only addiction. I don't want to be cured -:) -:)

Zaira, you are welcome dear. Unfortunately, I lurk only on game chat. FB sign in I don't really like. Besides, I am not as young as you to multi task during games :-) I read all posts on the game chat during time-outs.

I agree MAMBA24 deserve his own bandwagon. I can't do it, I-phones pain in cut and paste :-(

@Jeanette & Zaira, Thank both of you treasures of the Blog.
Mamba24

Cali,

Hey man...make sure you don't have flash videos from certain sources blocked due to plugins like AdBlock Plus. Did this only start happening recently ? Are you able to watch other videos and just not this one (roundtable) ?

Amit

Mamba24 - outstanding - as usual.

Rick - sorry if my "whining" bugged you the other day. I really was just trying to see if it could be fixed cuz I find it very difficult to keep up when the chat is old school. Anyhoo - I won't post like that anymore.

Hey Justa! Is it game time yet?

@JustAnotherMambaFan, Oh, sorry, how rude of me. Thanks for the compliment.Lol!

Hey we got a new post up

MM

Hey Amit, MM,

I disabled the AdBlock plus for this page, and when I refreshed it, it still was blank.

Sorry I didn't get a chance to respond earlier - I had class and had to run my discussion section.

I don't know what I did; usually the videos come up (they previously did) on different posts...

Mamba24, man you are amazing.. every morning before I leave home I first pull up the lakers blog to get my fix. I first seek my farvorites bloggers like you, LakerTom, Edwin, Cali, Zaire just to name a few. During the ShowTime Lakers I had it BADDD, when we lose can't sleep, when win the energy is like a HIGH. Man I needed rehab like a DRUG, and havn't smoked since 1984, but rehab may be in the cards if we win another championship. But I'll look forward to the treatment, Great Post, Great for the Lakerholicsm.

MM -

For some reason the video popped up this time I loaded the page.

I'll check it out later tonight and give you my thoughts. :-)

Cali - Sounds cool. I'm interested in hearing your feedback.

MM


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