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After Shootaround with Lamar

Fresh off his 28 points and 17 boards in Cleveland, Lamar Odom turned his coaching mind on to preview the Oklahoma City Thunder for us. Odom explained why the Lakers can’t take the Thunder – who have gone 10-9 since opening the season at 3-29 – lightly, particularly after returning from a 6-0 road trip.

From the Broadcast Booth in Boston

Lakers play by play voices Joel Meyers and Spero Dedes spent quite a bit of time in Boston last June, and got a particularly strong dose of Celtics – Lakers vitriol from their courtside perches in respective broadcast booths.

Accordingly, we sat down with both to talk about what it’s like playing the Celtics in their house, what we can expect from Kobe, Pau (and Josh Powell) and how I can avoid letting Boston fans know I’m employed by the Lakers (safety concerns).

Lakers To See A Hungry Wolves Squad

FoyeHaving won 10 of their 13 games in January after suffering a 13-game losing streak in December, the Minnesota Timberwolves are eager to test their mettle against the team they consider among the elite few in the league.

“They’ve got Kobe, Gasol, Bynum, great shooters and a great bench,” said Wolves guard Randy Foye after Friday’s shootaround. “But we’re just trying to stay consistent. No matter who we’re playing against, the Lakers or Boston, we believe we can win.”

The culture change in Minnesota since Kevin McHale took over as head coach is what Foye and many of his teammates credit more than anything else for the team’s turnaround.

“Kevin McHale’s a great coach, a great guy, a player’s type of coach,” Foye explained. “He played in the league and he knows what players want to hear and what they don’t want to hear.”

Foye’s recent improved play has been another reason the Wolves have been chalking up wins, but things might not come as easy on this night as he’ll have to deal with an angry Kobe Bryant after the MVP fouled out in the first overtime of L.A.’s Tuesday evening loss.

For a complete breakdown of what the Lakers can expect to see from the Wolves Friday night in icy Minnesota, we spoke with Wolves TV analyst Jim Petersen. Just click on the “Lakers.com Preview” in our gameday page:

Lakers Gameday Preview

Tipoff’s at 5 p.m. Pacific time, before the Lakers head to Memphis for the tail end of a back-to-back on Saturday evening.