Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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The Lakers 13 game odyssey is over, and the Grammy’s hands the keys to the Staples back to the Lakers.

Join G-Small and D-Bricks as they talk Lakers basketball with Eric Pincus, Senior Writer from HoopsWorld.com. The guys break down the significance of Kobe becoming the all-time leading Lakers scorer, and look ahead toward the All-Star break.

Was 5-3 a let down on this trip for a Championship team? Is Kobe not passing the ball enough? We’ve never heard that before…

Tune into the #1 place for EXCLUSIVE Lakers talk with Voice of the Nation #70!

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ESPN: With his superstar hobbling and the Charlotte Bobcats refusing to go away, Phil Jackson never got terribly comfortable while becoming the winningest coach in Los Angeles Lakers history.

Andrew Bynum had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Lamar Odom scored 19 points while making several big plays down the stretch, making sure Jackson added another superlative to his matchless coaching career in Los Angeles’ 99-97 victory over the Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Jackson, also the winningest coach in Chicago Bulls history, passed Pat Riley with his 534th win with the Lakers. The Hall of Famer won 545 games and six titles in nine seasons with Michael Jordan and Co. before winning four more rings in his first nine seasons with the Lakers, rising to fifth on the NBA’s career coaching victories list when he passed Charlotte’s Larry Brown earlier this season.

“It’s been a really good run,” Jackson said. “Having this opportunity to coach this team is always special. The fact that we’ve had some great teams, great players, is always a credit to them. It’s not really an individual record in my mind.”

Jackson is the winningest playoff coach in NBA history, and the only coach to win more than 70 percent of his regular-season games. Against the pesky Bobcats, he managed to coax a late-game win out of his Lakers even with just a season-low five points from Kobe Bryant.

Continue reading ‘Phil Jackson reaches milestone as Lakers hang on’

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Great stuff. Phil is the winningest coach in Lakers history!

Lakers BasketBlog: On Monday evening in Memphis, Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson revealed the results of an aptitude test put on by the NBA Player’s Association that he took after retiring as a player:

– Outdoor adventurer
– Nursery school teacher
– Lawyer
– Minister

Thank goodness for the Lakers – and the Chicago Bulls, for that matter – that he decided to become a basketball coach.

When the Lakers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-97 on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, Jackson won his 534th game for the Purple and Gold, surpassing Showtime era coach Pat Riley for the most wins in franchise history.

“It’s been a really good run,” said Jackson, who has claimed four of his 10 NBA titles with the Lakers. “Having this opportunity to coach this team is special. The fact that we’ve had some great teams, great players, is always a credit to them.

“My staff, the guys who help me prepare this team for the games … all those ingredients going into this. It’s not really an individual record in my mind, it’s a team (accomplishment).”

After victory No. 534, Lamar Odom was asked what it’s been like to play for the league’s top coach in terms of both championships and winning percentage.

Continue reading ‘Phil Jackson: Lakers All-Time Win King’

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Kobe Bryant got tangled up with Lamar Odom near the end of the 2nd half. We’ll keep an eye on it.

Twitter: Kobe is wearing a black wrap around his left calf/ankle that he didn’t have on in the 1st half.

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The (37-12) Los Angeles Lakers are back at the Staples Center, they host the (24-23) Charlotte Bobcats. It is the first home game in two weeks; they ended their 8-game Grammy’s trip with a 5-3 record.

The fact of the matter is, that had the team knocked down their free throws, rebounded, got a consistent contribution from their bench, and executed down the stretch the Lakers would have returned home undefeated on the recently completed extended road trip.

Kobe Bryant became the Lakers’ All-Time leading scorer in the loss to the Grizzlies; he passed Hall of Famer Jerry “the Logo” West. He also became 14th All-Time with 25,208 points. It was great to hear Kobe speak of the honor of playing for the Purple and Gold, as well as discuss how Jerry West taught him so much about the game at a very young age.

Head Coach Phil Jackson is one win away from becoming the franchise leader in wins. Ironically Kobe Bryant and the Lakers haven’t had a lot of success against tonight’s opponent in Los Angeles or Charlotte for that matter. It’s hard to forget that in the last meeting at Staples Center, Kobe dropped 38 points on the pesky Bobcats and Andrew Bynum was ejected for a flagrant foul after knocking down Gerald Wallace as the Lakers lost to Charlotte. Andrew did post a double-double in that game with 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots.

The Bobcats are a team that plays very hard, competes and has given the Lakers problems. Hopefully, the team got a lot of rest because the Lakers needs to play with a high energy level and match the intensity that tonight’s opponent will bring.

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Cannon Brown is almost ready for launch!

NBA.com: Shannon Brown, backup guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, has the respect and admiration of both a reigning king and The Leader of the Free World.

Scene: The Cleveland Cavaliers’ locker room a couple of weeks ago. LeBron James, The King to whom we referred, was assessing the field in this year’s Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend, but had blanked on one of the contestants.

“Do I have odds on who’s going to win? I dunno. Who’s the fourth participant again?” James asked. Told that it was Brown, the Cavaliers’ star perked up. “Wow. I like Shannon. I like Shannon. He’s good. We’ll see.”

Scene: The White House a few days later. During a private ceremony to commemorate the Lakers’ NBA championship last June, the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. shook Brown’s hand and wished him luck in the dunk contest Feb. 13. Then, at a public version not long after that was covered by global media, President Obama did it again.

Brown’s reaction? Startled by the former, humbled by the latter.

“When he did that, I didn’t know what to do, man,” Brown told reporters. “I was like, ‘This dunk contest needs to hurry up.’ I got kind of juiced. I need to be out there now.”

Perhaps in honor of the nation’s First Hoops Fan, Brown put on a little dunk showcase of his own the next night against the Wizards, right there in Washington. All in the second quarter of L.A.’s 115-103 victory, he threw down an alley-oop feed from Lamar Odom, finished a fast-break with a one-handed jam, then used two hands for a slam-back of Andrew Bynum’s missed free throw.

Coincidentally, when the Lakers packed for their extended eight-game road trip and coach Phil Jackson dispensed this year’s stack of books for to his players, the title he gifted to Brown was a copy of Obama’s, Dreams From My Father.

Continue reading ‘Lakers’ super-dunker Brown has backing from on high’

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Pau definitely gave a not-happy-about-losing-this-game answer here when asked about Kobe’s record…

O.C. Register: Gasol was asked about Bryant’s new record and offered politically correct – and believably authentic – commentary (“I’m proud of him; I congratulate him”) before adding the kicker: “Now we can focus on winning games again.”

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Check out Paul giving Kobe some props!

Paul Pierce loves when Kobe knocks in a dagger. In this P.S.A., Mr. Pierce was kind enough to walk us through Kobe sticking a dagger through the hearts of all the, poor-and-we-pray-for-you, Celtics fans around the world! Thanks Paul!

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ESPN: Kobe Bryant scored 44 points, passing Jerry West as the Los Angeles Lakers’ career scorer, but it wasn’t enough as the Memphis Grizzlies got 22 points and 17 rebounds from Zach Randolph to defeat the Lakers 95-93 on Monday night.

Rudy Gay led Memphis with 25 points, and his 3-pointer with 29.5 seconds left helped Memphis end its two-game losing streak.

Ron Artest’s 3-point attempt from the right side bounced high off the rim as the horn sounded, snapping the Lakers’ four-game winning streak.

Bryant passed West’s mark on a breakaway dunk in the third quarter. Bryant made 16 of 28 shots, including 4 of 7 outside the arc. Artest added 18 points, while Pau Gasol had 10 points.

Lester Hudson had 13 points for Memphis, and Marc Gasol finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis.

While Bryant got the franchise record for scoring, the loss prevented Lakers coach Phil Jackson from passing Pat Riley as the winningest coach in regular-season games for Los Angeles. The two are tied at 533.

The game was tied at 88, when Memphis ran the shot clock to near the end before Randolph made a 22-footer for a 90-88 lead with 1:08 left. His two free throws extended the lead to 92-88. Bryant scored on a drive before Gay’s 3-pointer with 29.5 seconds left gave Memphis a 95-90 lead, and the Grizzlies held on.

Continue reading ‘Lakers lose on last-minute shot to Memphis’

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Check out this interview that Mike Trudell, the official Lakers reporter, sat down with Jerry West about basketball and Kobe Bryant.

In the interview, West had this to say about Kobe…

People say, well, that was an unbelievable shot – other people can’t do those things, OK? But for him, it’s not an unbelievable shot, it’s something that’s become commonplace for him, and you expect it from him. He’s just been one of the most remarkable players – I think in overall talent – and again I don’t know how you judge players other than talent – I think he’s probably been the greatest all-around player that the Lakers have ever had. And when I talk about all-around, I’m talking about defense, and his ability to score the ball, his competitiveness and the fact that his teams win. You watch Magic Johnson play, a completely different player. He was incredible and I love Magic, but I think for pure talent and pure ability to go out and dominate a game the way he can dominate on the offensive end, and then to watch him defend – he’s become a very good defender. He’s become a great teammate. This is a long process from the time he was 17-years-old … there is something that some people were born with, and he was born with ‘it.’ How do you describe ‘it’?

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Kobe Bryant has entertained us for nearly 13 and a half years. He is, what I, and many others consider the greatest scorer in NBA history. While that is debatable, he is, now, officially #1 on the all-time scoring list in Los Angeles Lakers history.

Jerry West has long held the record as the Lakers’ franchise all-time leading scorer (25,192) for many years. Kobe Bryant has broken the milestone on Feburary 1st, 2010 against Memphis, ironically, the two year anniversary of the the Pau Gasol trade. He has also moved into 14th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

The record breaking basket came in the third quarter as Kobe recieved a breakaway dunk from Jordan Farmar who threw in a 2-hand jam (pictured to left). The crowd is still buzzing as he sits on top of the most illustrious franchise in NBA history.

Jerry West recently said he “was very happy” for Bryant nearing the milestone.

Here is a video of West talking about Kobe breaking the Lakers franchise record held by the great Laker, and logo, himself…

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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.