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Summer Pod: S.I.’s Ballard on Bryant

From where does greatness come?

That’s the question Sports Illustrated senior writer Chris Ballard asks as it would apply to Kobe Bryant in a recent magazine piece for which he traveled all the way to Thailand to interview Kobe’s father Joe “Jellybean” Bryant.

To hear Ballard’s answer, a discussion on how Kobe’s father and mother, Pam Bryant, influenced him, a look ahead to No. 24′s mindset at the Olympics and into the next few years and more, click below.

Podcast: 2011-12 Season Summary with Ding

So much happened in the condensed, lockout-shortened 2011-12 Lakers season that a mere written summary of the campaign didn’t quite suffice.

And so, to dig even deeper, we enlisted Orange County Register beat writer and columnist Kevin Ding to join us in what turned out to be a 49-minute podcast detailing much that transpired and discussing what it all means going forward.

We even had time for a random tangent about what several Lakers listened to before games, though the majority of the minutes were spent on stars Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

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2012 Playoff Podcast No. 4: Kevin Ding

L.A.’s reward for a tough 7-game Round 1 series with Denver is a young, fresh, talented Oklahoma City squad that’s been resting for nine days after sweeping Dallas 4-0 … but could that actually help the Lakers steal Game 1?

Orange County Register beat writer and columnist Kevin Ding joined us to break down the entire series, from specific matchups to general areas of importance.

We touched on the importance of Andrew Bynum’s constant defensive energy (can he bring it?), Pau Gasol’s All-Star level play in Game 7 (can he sustain it?), Kobe Bryant’s impact (count on it), the point guard situation (Sessions/Blake vs. Westbrook), Ding’s favorite thing about Oklahoma City (clouds) and more.

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2012 Playoff Pod No. 3: Bill Macdonald

Bill Macdonald just completed his first regular season as the voice of the Los Angeles Lakers, sharing the games with fans alongside analyst Stu Lantz, and was in his usual courtside seat as the Lakers defeated Denver 92-88 in Game 4 to bring a 3-1 series lead back to Los Angeles.

Macdonald joined us from his Orange County home to discuss what the Lakers need to do to close out the Nuggets in Tuesday’s Game 5, what he’s noticed behind the scenes with the team throughout the year that will come into play moving forward, what stands out the most about Kobe Bryant in the postseason, how he approaches his craft calling games and more.

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Playoff Podcast No. 2: Benjamin Hochman

With the Lakers heading to Denver holding a 2-0 lead in their first round playoff series against the Nuggets, we called up the Denver Post’s Benjamin Hochman to provide some insight leading into Friday’s Game 3.

L.A. controlled the first two games in Los Angeles, never trailing in two wire-to-wire victories, getting 34.5 ppg from Kobe Bryant and dominant all-around play from 7-footers Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, who helped limit the Nuggets despite a far better Game 2 effort led by Ty Lawson.

Hochman offered his report from Wednesday’s Nuggets practice, detailed what to expect from Denver in Games 3 and 4 and explained how he came upon the nickname “Tinafey” for Timofey Mozgov (get it???).

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2012 Playoff Podcast No. 1: Kevin Ding

Now that the playoffs have started, there are ever so more many interesting topics to delve into here in Los Angeles, and few platforms provide for easier access to in depth analysis than the podcast.

And so, we’ll be posting regular pods featuring various guests that have a level of expertise on either the Lakers or L.A.’s opponents, beginning with longtime Orange County Register beat writer and columnist Kevin Ding, who also previewed the series with us on LakersTV.

After an impressive 15-point Game 1 victory over Denver featuring Andrew Bynum’s triple-double with 10 blocks (tying an NBA record), we discussed what the performance might mean moving forward into the playoffs, what makes Bynum tick and how his teammates respond to his personality, in addition to a breakdown of all things Kobe Bryant (Ding has been covering Bryant since 1999).

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LAL – NOH : Podcast Preview

With perhaps their five best players all dealing with injuries, the New Orleans Hornets may as well come into STAPLES Center in a medevac.

Eric Gordon (knee), Emeka Okafor (knee), Chris Kaman (flu), Jarrett Jack (ankle) and Trevor Ariza (ankle), a potential starting five at the beginning of the season, were all out of the team’s last game, a 99-93 loss at Portland, and the latter three are all questionable for Saturday’s 12:30 tip off against the Lakers.

But as’s Jim Eichenhofer explained to us, this hasn’t kept Monty Williams’ squad from playing hard, and thus making them anything but an automatic victory. L.A. certainly had to earn its March 14 overtime victory at New Orleans. In that one, L.A. trailed by 14 at halftime and needed three Kobe free throws on a late Gustavo Ayon foul at the three-point line just to force the overtime, where the two key plays came at the defensive end from Metta World Peace (see the [awesome] photo above).

To listen to Eichenhofer’s complete take on the Hornets and the matchup, click below:

Lakers – Warriors Preview Podcast

Other than professional wrestling and Lakers games, L.A. radio color commentator — and Showtime veteran — Mychal Thompson watches the Golden State Warriors more than anything else.

His son Klay, after all, happens to be a Warriors’ lottery pick who’s seen a recent uptick in minutes and responsibility after the big trade that send Monta Ellis and Epke Udoh to Milwaukee for (injured) Andrew Bogut and (traded for Richard Jefferson) Stephen Jackson.

We sat down with Thompson on the bus ride from the San Francisco airport to the team hotel to discuss the Warriors and Tuesday evening’s matchup in detail.

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LAL – Dallas Preview Podcast

With the Lakers in Dallas to push for a third consecutive win this season and 13th in 16 games against the Mavericks in the regular season, we dialed up Mavs TV play-by-play man Mark Followill to look deeper into Mark Cuban’s team.

The Mavs are hot, having won four straight games and five straight overall at home, riding Dirk Nowitzki’s 28.5 points per game over the last four and much-improved all-around game since the German started the season rather slowly. Followill updated us on the Mavs’ injury report*, discussed how to slow Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol with Brendan Hayward banged up and Tyson Chandler in New York, weighed in on Ramon Sessions and more:
*Brendan Haywood (sprained right knee) and Delonte West (fractured finger) are both out, while Shawn Marion (sore knee) is questionable but likely to try and play.

The Lakers are looking to rebound from a tough loss at Houston in which L.A. couldn’t hold onto a 12-point lead with six minutes to play.

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LAL – HOU: Preview Podcast

We spent some time picking the brain of’s Jason Friedman about the Rockets in advance of L.A.’s Tuesday evening game in Houston.

Friedman discussed: the injuries to Kevin Martin (shoulder) and Kyle Lowry (bacterial infection), Houston’s top two scorers who will both be out of the line up; the acquisition of Marcus Camby and his big man pairing with Samuel Dalembert; what he thinks of new Laker Jordan Hill and his game; how Houston has managed to play L.A. tough despite eight of ten wins for the Lakers and seven of 10 at Houston; and his favorite Rocket to interview.

The game tips off at 5 p.m. on KCAL 9 and can be heard on 710 ESPN radio.

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