Friday, November 21, 2014
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Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, joined the “Morning Joe” on MSNBC this morning and had some interesting things to say about Phil Jackson

Cuban, was asked by one of the hosts, Willie Geist, about the possibility of a 2nd round match-up with the Lakers in this years NBA playoffs.

“Which would be a blast! Can you imagine the seventh game against the Lakers and Phil Jackson’s career, possibly the end of his career, comes down to a game with the Mavericks? I would love that!”

So you want to end Phil Jackson’s Career? Geist asked

“In a heartbeat!”

Both the Lakers and Mavericks have been, two of the top teams in the Western Conference for quite some time, yet they have never faced each other in the playoffs. Since losing to the Heat in the 2006 NBA finals the Mavs have only advanced to the 2nd round once (2009).

Dallas has been beat three of the last four seasons in the first round of the playoffs.

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It appears now that Coach K. would remain with Duke if the opportunity became available to him again:

Krzyzewski said Wednesday his answer would be the same if the Lakers, who will be in the market for a head coach if Jackson goes through with his plan to retire after the season, decided to call him again.

Coach K was offered the Lakers coaching job in 2005, and decided to stay with Duke. This is what he had to say back in 05:

“Your heart has to be in whatever you lead. It became apparent that this decision was somewhat easier to make because you have to follow your heart and lead with it and Duke has always taken up my whole heart.”

There were many reports Kobe Bryant tried to recruit Krzyzewski to come to Los Angeles back in 2005. Bryant, has always said that if he didn’t go pro out of high school, he would of went to Duke to play for Coach K.

It was reported that the Lakers offered him a five-year, $40 million deal in the Summer of 2004. Krzyzewski, who is the coach of Team USA, has developed close relationships with both Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom who have both participated in international play.

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Looks like Matt Barnes is getting ready to release these new shirts:

From Matt’s twitter: Coming soon!!! You feeling them???

The “Killah Bee’s” or “Killer B’s” is a nickname coined to the exciting bench of the Lakers in Steve Blake, Matt Barnes and Shannon Brown.

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Ron Artest is known for giving the ultimate sound bite, after his amazing performance in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, his post-game interviews received more press then his heroics on the court.

Once again, Ron Artest has out done his play on the court. He finished with 18 points, and 3 steals. Including, throwing down a dunk, and hitting an off balance jumper at the end of the third overtime to seal the win for the Lakers.

However, for those who caught the post-game comments, this is what’s sparking conversation the day after, and rightfully so. Courtesy FSN

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Phil Jackson recently told reporters that the 2010 NBA Championship did indeed fuel his return to the Lakers for this current 2010-2011 NBA season.

“Yes,” Jackson said. “It did. I more than likely would have [retired],” Jackson said. “I think that it was pretty obvious that we capped off a great season, but with winning [another championship], Fish [Derek Fisher] and Kobe [Bryant] would have an opportunity to do something very unique in basketball.”

It’s interesting to see Phil attempting his fourth 3-peat. When taking a step back, it’s an amazing opportunity for Phil, and the Lakers organization. It’s hard to imagine that what he accomplished in Chicago could be mirrored in Los Angeles in the sense of championships. As the playoffs near, with the surging Lakers looking locked and loaded, Phil was asked if he does obtain his 4th 3-peat if that will be enough to compel him to come back next year:

“No,” said Jackson with a wry smile, sticking to his “last stand” stance for this year. “There’s no such thing as four-peats.”

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David Brickley, and Kevin Figgers come to you after a triple over-time thriller at Staples against the Phoenix Suns, for another LIVE post-game edition of the Voice of the Nation.

Rundown

  • Lakers beat Suns in Triple OT
  • Was Andrew Bynum’s two game suspension warranted?
  • Shootgate: What does Chris Bosh have to say about Kobe shooting after the Miami game?
  • Should Lamar Odom be the Sixth Man of the Year?
  • Ron Artest reacts to Kendrick Perkins’ “Laker Hater” Comments
  • Around the NBA
  • Khloe and Lamar’s UN-BREAKABLE is currently UN-AVAILABLE!
  • Shaq interviews Shaq: Takes Jab at Kobe, and…
  • Phil Jackson says there will be no 4-peat?
  • and Much MUCH More

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Well thank goodness Andrew Bynum comes back on Friday. Maybe with him will return the Lakers’ defense. Tonight was an exciting offensive show for the masses, but the defending champions turned what could have been a quick victory in the third quarter, into a long-winded night…and we watched, agonized and loved every last second of it.

Their 89-68 lead with less than five minutes left in the third quarter turned into a nine-point lead when the fourth quarter opened. Three and a half minutes later, Phoenix’s new import, Aaron Brooks scored from behind the arc and the Laker advantage was down to a single point. It was a back and forth battle of offensive wills at that point, with neither team interested in applying any defensive pressure. And then it happened.

One overtime. Two overtimes. Three overtimes.

Finally, at the end of 63 minutes of game time, the Lakers prevailed

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The (50-20) Los Angeles Lakers are back to work at Staples Center to face their Pacific Division rival  the (35-33) Phoenix Suns and while celebrating Noche Latina. A good analogy for tonight’s match up would be to say that this evening’s opponents are like two ships passing at sea heading in two different directions.

The Lakers, winners of the Pacific Division for the fourth straight time are in playoff mode. The Suns appear to be in a futile attempt at inclusion into the post season. The Lakers leads the season series winning two of three.

There are 12 games remaining in the regular season and the Purple and Gold are fine-tuning their game for the postseason and not looking past anyone. They improved to 12-1 after the All-Star break in the process of the come from behind win over the Blazers. In the first of two games without Andrew Bynum, the lack of a dominant inside presence was felt by them being outrebounded (45-35) by the Blazers.

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Smush Parker who played with the Lakers for two seasons (05-06, 06-07), made news yesterday at Lakers practice when Kobe Bryant decided to reference him when answering a reporters question.

The question was regarding Derek Fisher’s clutch performance in Sunday night’s game against the Blazers. Bryant was asked if he missed Fisher’s heroics, when Fisher played for the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz between 2004 and 2007.

“You mean when I was throwing it to Smush [Parker]?” Bryant said. “Yeah, I shot with three [expletive] on me. Now I only shoot with one, maybe two [defenders because Fisher is accounted for].”

In a 2009 interview, with MSG, Parker said playing for the Lakers was “overrated,” and said any problems he had with the team started and ended with Kobe Bryant.

Parker played in every regular season game the two seasons he played for the Lakers. Parker averaged 11.3 points, 3.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per game, while playing with the Lakers.

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The Lakers put up this picture, via Facebook and Twitter, of what was on the Lakers whiteboard in the Locker Room:

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Phil has always had a unique way to keep the players on the right mind-set. There is no doubt the Lakers intensity and focus has been turned up as the playoffs approach.

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Stu Jackson told the LA Times that the league considered suspending Bynum for three games.

Bynum was ejected for a flagrant 2 on Beasley Friday night against the Wolves. Here is what Stu said:

“It was not a basketball play,” he said in a phone interview with The Times. “There was a chance for Bynum to make a basketball play, but he led with his forearm on a play that was both dangerous and reckless because the player, Michael Beasley, was vulnerable in the air with no defense. The result of all of this was Beasley was injured and had to leave the game. “We considered even going with three games, but we felt two was warranted here.”

Bynum is scheduled to return to action Friday, March 25th against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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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.