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Work Done, Artest Lets Loose for Now

Kevin Ding, Orange County Register

The Unknown Expert Who Helped Kobe

Ian Thomsen, Sports Illustrated

Lakers Unify Los Angeles

Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times

Lakers' Artest: Lovable Lunatic

Dan Le Batard, Miami Herald

Following Ghana 's spirited defeat of a valiant United States side on Saturday, the more-nationalistic wedges of the American audience might be drifting away from the World Cup j...(full article)

The celebration was pure joy, embodied best by the one new champion: Ron Artest. Artest said he had a few drinks – including the Hennessy scotch he previously admitted consum...(full article)

Kobe Bryant wanted to hear the Boston accent. He wanted to hear the wisdom of the street, he wanted to hear the wise-ass comments. He wanted to hear what "Sweetchuck" had to say. "...(full article)

In this week's installment of Fans Who Love Too Much, we give you the Lakers of Los Angeles, Calif., who will march through the city's core today in something resembling the libera...(full article)

Kobe Bryant hogged so much of the narrative. He's a star with a mythology in city and sport infatuated with those things, so his path toward the trophy consumed the focus. This was...(full article)

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Schedule and Scores

 All Games on ABC TV and ESPN Radio
  • Game 1: 6/3 - Thurs. - 9pm
  • Game 2: 6/6 - Sun. - 8pm
  • Game 3: 6/8 - Tues. - 9pm
  • Game 4: 6/10 - Thurs. - 9pm
  • Game 5: 6/13 - Sun. - 8pm
  • Game 6: 6/15 - Tues. - 9pm
  • Game 7: 6/17 - Thurs. - 9pm

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Regular Season: 57-25
  • Playoffs: Beat Oklahoma City, 4-2, Beat Utah, 4-0, Beat Phoenix, 4-2
  • NBA Finals Appearance: 31st (third straight)
  • NBA Championships: 15 (defending champions)

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Boston Celtics

  • Regular Season: 50-32
  • Playoffs: Beat Miami, 4-1, Beat Cleveland, 4-2, Beat Orlando, 4-2
  • NBA Finals Appearance: 21st (Last, 2008)
  • NBA Championships: 17 (Last, 2008)

 Media Coverage: