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  1. Report: Dwight Howard wants Phil Jackson as Lakers coach

    Nov 9, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    A third stint for Phil Jackson as the Lakers coach feels very Billy Martin/George Steinbrenner. But it’s not out of the question. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak suggested during his press conference on the firing of Mike Brown that some players could have input into who is the next coach. Which is apparently more than…

  2. Dwyane Wade out Friday vs. Hawks due to cold

    Nov 9, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

    Dwyade Wade

    Apparently it is the cold and flu season already. Dwyane Wade has a cold and will not play for the Heat Friday night against the Hawks, reports Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald (as well as other Heat writers). He is not even at the Phillips arena, according to reports. No Wade means a start…

  3. Lakers reserve guard Devin Ebanks arrested for DUI

    Nov 9, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Because the Lakers didn’t have enough things to deal with today… Lakers backup swingman Devin Ebanks was arrested early Friday morning (late Thursday night for you partiers) on suspicion of drunk driving, the Los Angeles Times reports. Ebanks, 23, was pulled over at 2:49 a.m. in the Hollywood area by California Highway Patrol officers and…

  4. Lakers GM Kupchak says it’s win now and Brown wasn’t doing that

    Nov 9, 2012, 4:38 PM EDT

    Mitch Kupchak

    The Lakers did not go out and get Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to have a team that was going to take a while to maybe come together. Their model wasn’t the 2010 Miami Heat, who started 9-8 but stuck with Erik Spoelstra and didn’t have Pat Riley coming to take his job. The Lakers…

  5. Mike Brown releases polite statement on being fired by Lakers

    Nov 9, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Mike Brown, Kobe Bryant

    If you know him or have listened to Mike Brown speak, you knew he wasn’t going all “Stan Van Gundy on the Magic” when he decided to speak on being fired by the Lakers Friday. Heck, he wasn’t even going to go Stan Van Gundy on the Lakers. Rather, he was polite. “I have great…

  6. Why now? If Lakers wanted to fire Brown they should have done it last summer.

    Nov 9, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Why now? Why fire Mike Brown five games into a season when he had his new, expensive, high-powered starting lineup for just one game? And not all of training camp. It’s not something from those five games alone, it goes back longer than that. Longer than preseason. If Lakers management didn’t think Brown was right…

  7. Plenty of big names available to be Lakers next coach. Here’s a list.

    Nov 9, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    When the Lakers take the court Friday night to take on the banged up Golden State Warriors, Bernie Bickerstaff will coach the Los Angeles Lakers. Who will coach the team in a couple of weeks is a different question entirely. The Lakers have fired Mike Brown — when Kobe gives you a death stare it…

  8. Lakers fire coach Mike Brown five games into season

    Nov 9, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    Mike Brown

    I guess he doesn’t get a home stand to work this out. The Lakers have fired Mike Brown, as first reported by Sam Amick of USA Today (who got it from Brown’s agent) and now the Lakers have confirmed this. Brown had three years left on a guaranteed $18 million deal. To eat all that…

  9. It’s safe to watch Hornets again — Davis cleared to return to team Friday

    Nov 9, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis, Monty Williams

    If you want to know just how much the Hornets missed Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers in the lineup, go back and New Orleans’ loss to Philadelphia from Wednesday. If you can stomach it. The Hornets scored 62 points total and had more turnovers (24) than made baskets (23). So this is good news —…

  10. Don’t blame Princeton. If Lakers turn it around it’s all about turnovers.

    Nov 9, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Don’t blame Princeton. National pundits and Lakers fans are hammering Lakers coach Mike Brown and the Princeton offense — Charles Barkley said he wants his accountants from Princeton, not his offense. It’s to the point Brown’s job could be threatened if the Lakers don’t have a strong home stand. All this even though it was…

  11. Really, Lakers fans? Mike Brown’s son gets death threat.

    Nov 9, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    You keep hearing that Lakers fans are really freaking out about the team’s 1-4 start and how they are blaming Mike Brown for it all. He’s not Phil Jackson, he brought in the Princeton offense (at Kobe Bryant’s urging, but still) and he has a track record of not being able to take a young…

  12. New Celtics learn the hard way: Driving in Boston sucks

    Nov 9, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    boston gridlock

    If you’re not from Boston and you visit there (and you should), I have two words for you: Mass Transit. Take the T. Walk, Boston is a very walkable city. Take cabs. Take the dang Duckboat. But think twice about driving. I’m from Los Angeles and I don’t like driving in Boston. There are a…

  13. Heat’s ball movement has team talking hockey assists

    Nov 9, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

    Heat forward James looks to pass under pressure from Celtics forward Bass during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    LeBron James gets the ball on the wing and drives, blowing past his man and toward the lane and quickly the rotations start and the defense collapses on him. LeBron draws the defense in then kicks it out to Dwyane Wade who quickly makes the extra pass to Ray Allen in the left corner. He…

  14. Video: Meyers Leonard was throwing it down on Clippers

    Nov 9, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    You don’t get a Los Angeles Clippers game without some monster dunks. We know what to expect, and we got it… From Meyers Leonard. Wait, what? Yup, it was Trail Blazers rookie Meyers Leonard who got four of his eight points on the night with powerful dunks. I’m not sure this game was exactly a…

  15. Nets to be without Gerald Wallace for Friday vs. Magic

    Nov 8, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Gerald Wallace

    The Nets really missed Gerald Wallace on Wednesday night — if you’re going to be without your best wing defender for a night the Heat are not the team you want to face. The Nets will again be without Wallace on Friday night due to the same sprained ankle, the team announced Friday. The good…

  16. Wade, LeBron say Brooklyn now more attractive to free agents

    Nov 8, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Now that the Nets are in Brooklyn, do they stand a chance of landing a superstar free agent? LeBron James and Dwyane Wade said yes. Could they land LeBron or Wade in 2014 when the Heat stars can opt out of their deals? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Wade and LeBron both told…

  17. Kings’ Robinson suspended two games for elbow to neck of Pistons’ Jerebko

    Nov 8, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Kim English, Jonas Jerebko

    We told you Wednesday night when it happened a suspension was very possible for Kings rookie Thomas Robinson, and the league has come down pretty hard on the rookie. Robinson has been suspended two games (without pay) for throwing an elbow to the neck of Jonas Jerebko of the Detroit Pistons, the league announced Thursday. Robinson was…

  18. Warriors to shut down Andrew Bogut for at least 7-10 days

    Nov 8, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    Andrew Bogut desperately wanted to get on the court and help his Golden State Warriors from the moment the season tipped off… and he there on the court opening night in the starting lineup. Helping? That’s up for debate. (I mean, he’s still better than Andris Biedrins.) But he clearly was not moving well following…

  19. Teams are adjusting, now James Harden must adjust, too

    Nov 8, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    James Harden, Kenneth Faried

    For a couple games, nobody knew what to expect of James Harden in a Houston Rockets uniform. We knew he could play — Sixth Man of the Year, Olympic gold medalist — but the setting with him as the man and not a playmaking third option was going to be very different. The result was…

  20. Stay classy L.A.: Lakers fan pepper sprays Jazz fan after game

    Nov 8, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    pepper-spray

    Wherever the Lakers travel around the nation (and around the globe), there are always some Lakers fans in the crowd. Even in rivalry cities like Boston. Or Utah. And those fans are as frustrated with the Lakers 1-4 start as the people in Los Angeles. And some handle their anger just about as well —…

  21. Hornets’ Anthony Davis says he feels better, could play Friday

    Nov 8, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    This is encouraging, but could ultimately be meaningless. The Hornets No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis has missed the last two games for the Hornets with a concussion he got when teammate Austin Rivers inadvertently elbowed him in the head. But Davis could be back Friday, reports Jimmy Smith of the Times-Picayune. Anthony Davis says…

  22. Zeller trying to pass concussion tests; Varejao’s knee “not serious”

    Nov 8, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT

    Tyler Zeller Cavaliers

    Cleveland did not look like same team in a loss to Golden State Wednesday as they did beating the Clippers Monday. Because they weren’t. No Anderson Varejao and his 15 points and 16 rebounds a game so far this season, he tweaked his knee against the Clippers. No backup big man Tyler Zeller and his…

  23. Mehmet Okur announces his retirement from basketball

    Nov 8, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Mehmet Okur

    Mehmet Okur, the Turkish big man with a soft outside shot but who also could bang inside, has announced his retirement after 10 seasons in the NBA (the last couple marred by injuries). Sportando had the story from NTV Spor in Turkey. Mehmet Okur announced his retire from basketball at 33….Okur decided to retire because…

  24. Kobe Bryant is frustrated, Dwight Howard wants him to chill

    Nov 8, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant was angry. Frustrated and pissed off that the Lakers fell to 1-4 in Utah, he was showing everyone. He argued with referee Ed Malloy, he gave Mike Brown a death stare, he stormed off the court after the game, and when asked about it by reporters Kobe basically said he didn’t want to…

  25. Video: Clippers Crawford nutmegs Spurs De Colo

    Nov 8, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers

    DeAndre Jordan loves this play. LOVES IT. Nutmeg is an old-school term, believe it or not. Seriously. The stuffy Oxford English Dictionary says the term (when not talking about the food) is first seem “in the 1870s which in Victorian slang came to mean ‘to be tricked or deceived, especially in a manner which makes…

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