Quite a weekend it was for Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, who added the title of “Hall of Famer” to his championship reign in Los Angeles.
If you missed it on Lakers.com, we’ve embedded the video of his speech from the Hall of Fame inauguration below, in addition to parts one and two of his Tuesday afternoon press conference from the Bicycle Casino:
We sat down for a few minutes with Matt Barnes following his introductory press conference with the team to chat on video, discussing his tattoos, days as a All-American high school wide receiver … and of course what it will be like to play for his favorite childhood team.
To view, click play above, or head over to the Lakers.com homepage, where team videos can always be found.
5) Brown violated Phoenix air space while flying in for a two-handed put-back slam of Andrew Bynum’s missed free throw in Game 3 at Phoenix.
4) Brown was way, way up in the air again, hammering home a one-handed alley-oop from Gasol in Game 6 of the Finals against Boston to put L.A. up by 20 halfway through the third quarter.
3) With L.A. down 94-93 in Game 6 against Oklahoma City, Bryant narrowly missed a fadeaway J, but Gasol was there to tip the ball in and win the first round series for the Lakers.
2) Ron Artest charged past Suns forward Jason Richardson to a loose ball when Bryant air-balled a deep three-pointer and flung it off glass to win Game 5 of the Western Finals.
1) A medley of big plays in Game 7 of the Finals against Boston: an Artest strip of Ray Allen and subsequent layup; Fisher’s clutch game-tying three halfway through the fourth quarter
Take a look for yourself, and let us know on Twitter (@Lakers or @LakersReporter) what other plays you’d like to see*. *Like Bryant’s series of fourth quarter daggers against Phoenix, or Fisher’s three-point bomb to give L.A. the lead late in Game 3 at Utah.
For a game that really needs no preview, we still sat down alongside assistant coach Frank Hamblen to break things down for you.
In the final coach scouting report of the season, Hamblen detailed the importance of again controlling the glass as L.A. did so successfully in Game 6, what to anticipate from Boston with starting center Kendrick Perkins out with a knee injury, the all-important matchup between Kevin Garnett and Pau Gasol, the expected impact of Kobe Bryant and more.
In a 2010 NBA Finals series that has seen the Lakers and Celtics alternate wins from Games 1-4, L.A. sees Game 5 in Boston as its turn to claim a 3-2 edge.
We spoke with assistant coach Frank Hamblen to preview the final game in Beantown, discussing what adjustments the Lakers hope to make from Game 4, how to get Lamar Odom going, how to better get the basketball inside particularly down the stretch and the ways in which L.A. can limit the Celtics’ bench productivity.
Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons joined us to discuss L.A.’s approach to Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Boston.
He detailed the team’s emphasis on matching up with Boston in transition, ensuring fewer open looks for Ray Allen, pounding the ball inside particularily early and late in the game and getting more production out of Lamar Odom.