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Mitch Kupchak met with the media on the final day of player exit interviews.

He specified that there is no timetable on a coaching search:

“We’ll be taking our time making that decision. I have not met ownership yet, so that process hasn’t really begun.” He declined to specify whether a possible NBA lockout would affect the hiring process, but added, “We’re probably not going to handle the hiring of our new coach this season any different than we would’ve done two, three or five years ago.”

Mark Medina from the LA Times has reported that Kupchak said he doesn’t have a “parameter” of what qualities the next coach should have, but acknowledged that unnamed members of Jackson’s coaching staff are being considered (Brian Shaw, Chuck Person).

Kupchak will report to Jerry Buss and Jim Buss on basketball operations.

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It appears Fisher isn’t considering retirement. The long-time Laker and Kobe’s sidekick in championship crime is set on returning to play. When asked about retirement, Fisher made it clear:

“That’s not even a thought,” Fisher said Tuesday.

He also believes this current team, constructed as is, would be able to compete for another title.

“I’d take the same exact group of guys and line ‘em up and lace ‘em up and we’d get the job done,” Fisher said. “That’s what I believe can and will happen.”

A lot of fans tend to criticize Fisher but he is one of the toughest players in the league. Do you believe he will finish out his career alongside Kobe Bryant or retire earlier than Kobe?

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Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers has been suspended without pay for five games for making unnecessary and excessive contact with J.J. Barea of the Dallas Mavericks while he was in mid-air and knocking him to the floor, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.  Bynum has also been fined $25,000 for removing his jersey and the manner in which he left the court.

The  incident,  in which Bynum was assessed a Flagrant Foul Two and ejected from  the  game,  occurred with 8:21 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’  122-86  loss  to  the  Dallas  Mavericks  in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals at American Airlines Center.

Bynum will be suspended for the first five games of the 2011-12 NBA regular season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.

The above is an official release from the NBA

When you include the loss of five game checks, and the $25,000 fine, Bynum will lose $702,273.

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In Game 4, with 8:22 remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers down by 30 points. Mavericks back up point guard, JJ Barea drove down the lane, and was intentionally elbowed in mid air by Andrew Bynum, causing Barea to violently fall to the ground, luckily avoiding any injury.

Bynum remained un-apologetic in the locker room in post game interviews, and the replay and his non-apology has been national news since the incident occurred.

Bynum officially came out Tuesday before he took questions at the Lakers exit meeting and said the following:

“[The flagrant foul on JJ Barea] does not represent me, my upbringing, this franchise, or any of the Laker fans out there that want to watch us, and see us succeed. Furthermore, and more importantly I actually want to apologize to JJ Barea for doing that, you know I’m just glad that he wasn’t seriously injured in the event. All I can say is I have looked at [the replay]…its terrible, and it won’t be happening again.”

Bynum reiterated his comments later on in the exit interview saying. “It won’t happen, that’s it. It won’t happen again.” He also said he would reach out personally to JJ Barea to apologize.

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Phil Jackson to the Knicks in 2012? It may not sound as far fetched as we may think according to one “league source.” The NY Post believes Phil is through with the Lakers, but would consider coaching again in the NBA.

“If the right situation presented itself, he would have to consider it,” the league source said. The Knicks could be the right situation in 2012, even if they are not on the verge of adding a third star in Chris Paul to go along with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. New York Post

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Dwight Howard has been asked about his future with Orlando for quite sometime now, and he has not been clear on what his plans are when he can opt out in the Summer of 2012.

Howard got irritated when asked about his future after the loss to the Hawks in the first round, and walked out on a group of reporters when he was asked about his future with the Magic: (See Video Below)

Dwight Howard tweeted late Monday night that the writers over at the Orlando Sentinel are trying to push him out of Orlando, similar to what happened to Shaquille O’Neal.

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Whether Howard likes it or not, it will be one of the biggest story lines this off season. The question is if the Magic will in fact trade Howard before he could possibly leave as a free agent. There are two examples of what the Orlando Magic can do in this situation. They could be like the Cavaliers and hope that he re-signs in the summer of 2012, and possibly end up with nothing. Or go the Denver Nuggets route, and trade him before he is a free-agent, and get some talent back in return.

The fact that Howard declined an extension on his contract may prove that he doesn’t want to be in Orlando long term.

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David Brickley & Jason Riley are LIVE with the Game 4 postgame show. Tonight, they’ll take a look at the Lakers Game 4 loss in Dallas, look ahead to the off-season and, of course, taks calls from Laker Nation!

Rundown

  • Lakers Lose Game 4 – Swept by the Mavs
  • Postgame Audio: Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson
  • POLL QUESTION: If you were Lakers GM, what would you do this offseason?
  • CALLS: Why did the Lakers collapse?
  • Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom on ejections
  • Audio: Jerry West, Magic Johnson, Phil Jackson on ejections
  • Bidding farwell to Phil Jackson
  • Kobe’s thoughts on the end of the Phil Jackson era
  • What player on the Lakers does not believe Phil is leaving?
  • What will the Lakers do in the offseason? (Salaries, trade options, needs, etc)
  • CALLS: What do you think Lakers should do in off-season?
  • and Much MUCH More

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Kobe Bryant was named to the all-defensive team for the ninth time in his career; tying an NBA record.

Garnett and Bryant each earn All-Defensive First Team honors for the ninth time, tying Michael Jordan and Gary Payton for the most in NBA history.

Bryant’s defense was stellar this season, and it’s great to see him tie an NBA record (yes, even along with KG).

Yet just another thing to add to the resume of one of the greatest to ever play the game.

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There are a lot of angles you can take on the Lakers catastrophic demise, which ultimately ended on Sunday in a lopsided and humiliating loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The most glaring of those is the play – or better yet, disappearance – of all-star Pau Gasol.

After yesterday’s loss in Dallas, Gasol – in a very Gasol-like way – mostly confirmed that something not related to basketball was affecting him:

“I’m going to look back and see everything that’s been going on [and] try to handle it better. And whatever goes on, on or off the floor, just try to keep it that way and not let it affect anything that goes on on the floor.”

During the ’10-11 postseason, Pau Gasol scored just 13 points per game on a dismal 42% shooting. He is scheduled to meet with Phil and Mitch tomorrow (Tuesday) for his end-of-season exit interview.

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There will be many rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers, but one of the most popular ones surround Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. One report is stating sources close to the center claim he wants to be a Laker.

“Everybody knows that Dwight Howard wants to be a Laker,” said a person familiar with the All-Star center’s plans, according to CBSSports.com. “They’re going to lose Dwight Howard for nothing. He’s not staying there. Dwight Howard is going to be in the same mode as LeBron James.”

Now rumors are just that – rumors. But stepping back for a moment, who would you be willing to package up to obtain the All-Star center? Is it possible?

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We waited…and waited…and waited some more, but the miracles never came.

We truly believed that Kobe Bryant’s hot start could shoulder this heavy burden, but inside we all knew that those back to back championships weren’t one-man shows.

We had faith that despite his struggles in these playoffs, and whatever was going on inside of him, that Pau Gasol would somehow, some way, find it in himself to unleash a little fury, but there he was, apathetic as ever – neither scoring, nor rebounding, nor trying very hard to do much of anything.

We figured that if there were anyone else other than Andrew Bynum who could help get this win, Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom probably could. Yet there he went, getting ejected in the fourth quarter for a hard foul on Dirk Nowitzki, and then followed soon after by Bynum who needlessly elbowed an airborne J.J. Barea.

And now here we are, left with a longer summer ahead than we’ve had in four seasons, having flashbacks of a night in Boston that we thought we’d already left behind. The shock will remain for awhile. The hope will recover surely but slowly. The disappointment and sting of getting swept in the second round in the year we could have attained a threepeat, however – that will linger for years, at least until another championship can cloud our memories.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

The Los Angeles Lakers find themselves in the desperate position of being in of 0-3 hole. The three-peat bid is on life support. The core of the Purple and Gold are in their 30’s and looking old and worn out. These are cold hard facts, but this writer still believes that as bad as it looks this series is not over. History tells us that you cannot come back from this deep a deficit. 98 teams have tried and failed, but if someone actually does it, the history books will have to be re-written.

The Lakers problems are on the defensive side and call me crazy, but the deficiencies are correctable. In a perfect world, the Lakers would hold a 2-1 series advantage seeking to take a commanding 3-1 advantage this afternoon. The difference between that dream and the reality that has played out has been the Lakers in-ability to closeout a games.

The Lakers received and wasted some inspired performances from Andrew Bynum. Kobe Bryant has been solid and Lamar Odom has stepped his game up. To avoid elimination, everyone wearing a  Purple & Gold jersey needs to step their game up and do more. They have to play better defensively. There isn’t one good reason that proven shooters such as Dirk Nowitski, Jason Terry and Peja Stojakovic are given space to take an uncontested shots.

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Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson has been fined $35,000 for public comments about the officiating, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

Jackson made his comments yesterday during the Lakers’ off day media availability.

The comments had to do with the defense on Pau Gasol, and how the Hornets and Mavericks have both been allowed to use, in Jackson’s mind, illegal defense to push Gasol out of the lane.

This is the third time Jackson has been fined by the league recently. The other two incidents had to do with his comments about the Maloof brothers and the Sacramento Kings, while the other fine had to do with comments he made about the possible lockout next season.

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There have been many RUMORS, and gossip sites reporting (without properly identifying sources) that Pau Gasol is having relationship issues with his girlfriend and that is one of the reasons why he is having a difficult time playing at the top of his game in the 2011 playoffs.

According to the O.C. Register, he suggested that some “media try to do their job the best they can and some try to do that.”

To me, it’s sad,” Gasol said, “because if there was any truth to it, you deal with it. But when they lie and make up stories, it’s not pleasant.”

There were also rumors swirling around the internet that Kobe Bryant’s wife may have had some kind of discord with Pau Gasol’s girlfriend, causing Kobe and Pau to have some issues. Kevin Ding from the Orange County Register reported the following:

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Gasol and the Lakers tip-off Game 4 against the Mavericks today at 12:30 PST.

 

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With the Lakers off to a poor start, trade rumors have begun to swirl around Kobe Bryant, leading many to speculate if he'll leave for greener pastures. Kobe puts those rumors to rest in his interview with Yahoo Sports.