Kobe Bryant, Talladega, NBA Playoffs and Saturday's Late Sports News

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Kobe Bryant, Talladega, NBA Playoffs and Saturday's Late Sports News
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Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers enter the 2011 NBA Playoffs with numerous concerns, including the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and whether they'll accept team efforts to address the public about homophobic remarks stemming from Bryant's slur aimed at referee Bennie Adams on Tuesday.

The Lakers, who lost five straight games before winning their final two, have center Andrew Bynum coming back after hyperextending his surgically-repaired right knee in that same Tuesday game against the Spurs. They face off with the New Orleans Hornets in the opening round of the playoffs Sunday at 12:30 p.m. EST on ABC.

On Saturday the Indiana Pacers look to upset the Chicago Bulls, the Miami Heat are look to storm past the Philadelphia 76ers, the Atlanta Hawks should give the Orlando Magic a battle and the Portland Trail Blazers "believe" they can pull off another historic upset against the Dallas Mavericks.

In NASCAR news, the Aaron's 499 begins tomorrow at Talladega Superspeedway.

Tyler Dillon shocked eight-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel Thursday to win the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Spring Cup Series race, flying past Kimmel on turn four of the final lap to win by a nose.

It should be an exciting weekend all around in the wide world of sports.

Follow along as we look at what's hot Saturday after the break.

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