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KFWB: What the new Basketball Hall of Famer can’t do is compete with the late Celtics patriarch’s supernatural skills.

“We lost out on the Kevin Garnett sweepstakes,” Jackson lamented Friday after a ceremony to receive his Hall of Fame blazer. “Red Auerbach came out of the grave and told Kevin (McHale) to give him to the Celtics.”

Auerbach was credited with many things during his own Hall of Fame career as a coach and executive who had a hand in all of Boston’s record 16 NBA championships. Visiting teams accused the Celtics of foul play, like turning off the hot water in the locker room showers or memorizing the dead spots in the famous Boston Garden parquet floor.

But to Auerbach, who died on the eve of last season, the Celtics mystique was merely a tradition of excellence that players bought into when they arrived in Boston and carried with them if they made other NBA stops. Jackson joked that it may have helped the Celtics land Garnett in an unprecedented 7-for-1 trade this summer.

McHale, who won three titles with the Celtics in the 1980s, is now the basketball boss of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He worked out the deal with former teammate Danny Ainge, who’s running the Celtics.

Jackson, who denied a report that he was considering retirement, said he was hoping to add Garnett to the Lakers, in part to assuage the concerns of star Kobe Bryant that the team wasn’t a championship contender.

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  • 24allup inya

    Well, if Phil denied that he is considering retirement then to me this is an indication that he is planing to sign a contract extension with the Lakers (if Kobe stay’s) because i dont see him wanting to start all over coaching the try ofense to a new team.So this is a good sign as far as im concerned, what do you all think???

  • MILO

    Well, seeing how he was limping when he was inducted into the hall of fame, it seems to me that he is raely going to have to think twice about coming back.Hopefully he recovers fully before next season and feel’s good enough to sign the contract extension he was offered.And ofcourse this all depends on weather Kobe is staying or not, this is what ultimately will influence Phil’s decision.

  • MILO

    What if both Kobe and Phil end up going to Chicago??? Does Chicago realy have what a Kobe Bryant is worth?I think not!but Kobe realy feel’s betrayed/stabbed in the back by that imfamous Laker insider (a$$hole).At this point i realy have allot of questions???What if Kobe did tell KG he still want’s out? This explains KG’s comment of “the whole Kobe thing still up in the air” To me this is all begining to make sense.What if Kobe play’s the part like he has no intentions of leaving and then oppts out to join Chicago?This way Chicago wont have to give anyone up and Chicago’s roster and Kobe wow!!! dangerous.This would definitely get Kobe some more championship ring’s.Im sure that Chicago would make salary room for Kobe.Now maybe Kobe is not as selfish as i am, but if i was Kobe i would definitely do it.Sorry guy’s but that’s what we are facing right now, posibly loosing Kobe.

  • MILO

    KOBE TO CHICAGO???IT BREAKS MY HEART TO EVEN THINK OF IT!!!

  • foxxy

    I WOULD HATE TO SEE KOBE WEARING ANY OTHER COLOR THAN PURPLE AND GOLD…BUT I AM A HARD CORE FAN OF KOBES…SO RIDE OR DIE I WILL REPRESENT IN WHAT EVER JERSEY HE WEARS…IM REALLY DISAPPOINTED IN LAKER ORG…I THOUGHT THEY WERE A CLASS ACT!!!!! KOBE ALL THE WAY!!!

  • MILO

    foxxy, you said it! i also will follow Kobe where ever he goes i’ll still be a Laker fan, but not as passionate and definitely not when Kobe comes to town with his new team.I am looking foward to seeing Kobe dunk over KG and all the Celtics and over Bynum if he leaves the Lakers ofcourse. But let’s not get ahead of our selves, im counting on some kind of devine intervention to save us from Kobe ever wearing any other colors than that of the LAKERS…it looks bad i know

  • fatty

    PJ retiring? He said on ESPN he wans’t sure if he could continue because of his health. Now he’s not, I’m confused.

    But, I did notice that once PJ has publicly sided with Kobe, two Socal reporters have come out to ridicule PJ. These writers have enough hate for Kobe to spread it to others if you only agree with Kobester.

    Would I follow Kobe? Well did I follow Shaq to Miami? No way. And when Shaq dissed the Lakers and us fans, he became Public Enemy #1. So how could I follow Kobe if he opted out and went to play for the Suns. Inconceivable!!! I like Kobe’s game alot, but only as seen by my purple and gold glasses. (and of course when he wears that USA jersey as well)

  • Faith

    LA Times reporters are in my opinion the lowest of low. THey don’t speak for the people, their only goal in life is to sell controversy. It’s becoming at that point where Lawyers—Reporters, who is worst? lol.

  • MILO

    fatty, WoW! i had totaly forgot about Phoenix i wont even begin to flirt with that idea.If Kobe is gone i definitely want him out of the western confrence.This way the Lakers could still stand a chance in this already tough confrence.If Kobe were to go to Phoenix there would be such a sour taste in my mouth that 1 billion pound’s of sugar wont be able to get rid of.

  • MILO

    These reporters make me sick! they are the one’s who are ultimately instigating for Kobe to leave with all their bs reports.Now they have the audacity to ridicule Phil, someone realy need’s to let these idiots know that if it wasn’t for Kobe and Phil they would not be making a paycheck.What hapened to the good old day’s where reporters were’nt bias.These a$$holes need to be restrained and held to just reporting the news without an opinion…