Lakers past inspirational speeches

Players know exactly what needs to be done, but can they actually do it?

Updated: May 8, 2011, 11:11 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

DALLAS -- The Los Angeles Lakers started off their 2011 postseason by watching bits and pieces of the movie "True Grit." Clips from the film revolving around an arduous journey out in the wild, wild West interspersed into the team's video scouting sessions were supposed to motivate the team by paralleling the difficult three-peat bid on which the Lakers were about to embark.

The odyssey has become harder much faster than anyone expected, with Los Angeles falling into a 3-0 hole to the Dallas ...

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