Can Dirk, Mavs KO Kobe and Lakers?

Five writers tackle the much-anticipated matchup between Dallas and Los Angeles

Originally Published: May 2, 2011

Kobe. Phil. Dirk. Cuban. Artest. J-Kidd. Yeah, it's on.

For the first time since Kobe Bryant lived in Italy, Phil Jackson was a Chicago assistant coach and Mark Cuban was a young entrepreneur, the Lakers and Mavericks are meeting in the NBA playoffs. And the stakes are high: With No. 1 seed San Antonio out and No. 4 Oklahoma City down 1-0 in its series, L.A. and Dallas have an open range in the West.

We could ask 500 questions about this series, but we stuck ...

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