Lakers gearing up for Mavs showdown

Updated: March 30, 2011, 7:27 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers were able to pull off the rare feat of hosting representatives from the religious and secular worlds with equal aplomb at Wednesday's practice.

But what was on the minds of the Lakers was the team that's nearly their equal in the standings, the Dallas Mavericks, more than their distinguished guests.

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles and Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Peru observed practice side by side members of a film crew taping practice ...

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