By Daria Belov
The Orlando Magic face-off with the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at the Staples Center in downtown LA, for game one of a best-of-seven series that will crown a champion in the 2009 NBA Finals. Locally in LA County, big black Cadillac Escalades with 40 inch rims, and other LA SUVs and vehicles, are cruising the streets, adorning traditional Lakers purple and gold flags above their windows. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear the same is going on in Orlando (with blue and gray Orlando Magic flags seen on the freeways and streets). Los Angeles is undoubtedly NBA basketball dynasty territory, and Lakers fans are coming out of the woodwork for the 2009 NBA finals.
(photo: Los Angeles Lakers Flag – credit: someonewalksinla)
Is really amazing, the NBA finals start today, with games one and two being played here in Los Angeles. We were there for the 2001 Lakers Parade, and the 2002 Lakers Parade (both those links have player photos and cheerleader photos), and I know one local chiropractor that would close his office if there’s a parade this year.
Here’s a bunch of stuff I put together for following the 2009 NBA finals series online. Regardless if you’re an Orlando Magic fan or a Los Angeles Lakers fan, this information should be useful throughout the 2009 series, so feel free to check back throughout the week or save the information locally so you have it.
Lakers Magic Schedule — Game one of the NBA finals is today, June 4, scheduled for 9 PM Eastern time (6 PM in Los Angeles). Game two is scheduled for Sunday, June 7 in Los Angeles, California, at 8 PM Eastern time. Game three of the NBA finals is scheduled at 9 PM Eastern time in Orlando, Florida (on Tuesday, June 9). Game four matchup is Thursday, June 11, also in Orlando, Florida. That game broadcasts at 9 PM Eastern time. If necessary, game #5 will be in Orlando at 8 PM ET (5 PM locally in LA). I’ll update this with game six and game seven information if needed.
Nationwide, ABC television will be broadcasting the NBA finals on TV, which will also be available in HD. Visit the NBA Finals 2009 series matchup (http://www.nba.com/finals2009/) for more details on times and TV broadcasts.
I’ve been searching for a resource to watch the NBA finals live online for free, and the best resource I’m finding is ESPN.com. Check out ESPN Lakers Magic Match Up for now, and I will update this post if I locate a live Internet source for watching the NBA finals online.
2009 NBA Finals News Search — The best thing I can offer you for keeping up to date with news on all the games in this 2009 series is to organize some commonly searched key phrases. Using Google News, I’d suggest searching (all of these will return latest news results) NBA Finals, Orlando Magic, and LA Lakers to find the information you seek.
NBA Finals on Twitter — Twitter has already exploded with continual updates from excited fans for both the Orlando Magic and LA Lakers. I organized a group of popular twitter hash tags that should help you keep up to date with the latest Lakers Magic information. Twitter streams move quickly, so don’t surprised if you see thousands of updates, in a matter of minutes. It’s still the best way I know to get up-to-the-minute information.
NBA Finals Twitter Hashtags — Click on any of the tags to launch a stream of game related conversation in your browser.
If you want to search tweets without using hash tags, you can check either of these 3 links…
If my intuition serves me right, somebody will be asking the following question before the end of tonight… How old is Phil Jackson? Don’t worry, I’ve got your back! 🙂 Phil Jackson was born on September 17, 1945. That puts the LA coach currently at 63 years old. To date, Phil Jackson has won 9 NBA titles as a coach, six with the Chicago Bulls, and three consecutive with the Los Angeles Lakers.
If I come across any other information needed to be posted here, I’ll get this page updated. Thanks for visiting and enjoy the series!
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