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  1. Report: “Strong” chance Jackson returns to Lakers… if Jim Buss gives up power

    Nov 10, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    It comes down to power. There is a chance Phil Jackson might be walking through those Lakers’ doors. He might be what Lakers fans see as the cavalry coming over the hill (even though in his last season he took the Lakers exactly as far as Mike Brown did in his first one). But this…

  2. Byron Scott says he’s happy in Cleveland, not interested in Lakers

    Nov 10, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Byron Scott

    PHOENIX — Byron Scott’s obligatory pregame meeting with the media lasted less than three minutes on Friday, and none of the questions had anything to do with the game that night between his Cavaliers and the Suns. As it is with almost everything of national interest in the NBA this season, it was all about…

  3. Suns come back from 26 points down to beat Cavaliers

    Nov 10, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Gorin Dragic, Samardo Samuels

    PHOENIX — It was a brutal start for the Suns on Friday, against a young and aggressive Cavaliers team that was ready to take it to them from the moment the ball was tipped. But that just made the finish that much sweeter. Phoenix trailed by as many as 26 points in the first half,…

  4. Lakers announce Steve Nash out at least one more week

    Nov 10, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Whoever becomes the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers he may have to wait a while to get Steve Nash in the lineup. The Lakers announced Friday that Nash will be out at least another week, missing games against Sacramento (Sunday), San Antonio (Tuesday) and Phoenix (Friday). The Lakers are 2-2 in games…

  5. Three Stars of the Night: The big boys showed up on Friday

    Nov 10, 2012, 3:17 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Nights like this have happened before and will happen again — as much we love the stories of the rookies finding themselves or the under-appreciated player having a huge night, the NBA’s superstars are the NBA’s superstars for a reason. Nike pays them to sell shoes for a reason. The NBA’s stars showed up in…

  6. Lakers hit the easy button, cruise to a 101-77 victory over Golden State

    Nov 10, 2012, 1:06 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    In the middle of the third quarter, with the Lakers enjoying a double-digit lead, Kobe Bryant went to the free throw line. Typically, this is when Bryant is serenaded with the familiar “MVP! MVP!” chants from the Staples Center crowd. But that didn’t happen. It wasn’t because Kobe was having a bad night – quite…

  7. Video: Timberwolves beat the Pacers on a beautiful backdoor cut

    Nov 9, 2012, 11:41 PM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    Chase Budinger really, really likes playing for Rick Adelman. He openly gushes about the opportunities Adelman’s corner offense creates for him, and how the principles of Adelman’s system mesh perfectly with his ability to shoot 3-pointers and make decisive cuts. With all the talk today after Mike Brown’s firing, it’s hard not to look at…

  8. Report: Phil Jackson, Mike D’Antoni leading candidates for Lakers head coaching spot

    Nov 9, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    Hours after the Lakers informed Mike Brown he was out as head coach in Los Angeles, the team has already narrowed its search to two candidates. The names are familiar, and are the two who would each seem to make perfect sense for their own reasons. Phil Jackson and Mike D’Antoni are atop the Lakers’…

  9. Pau Gasol, Mitch Kupchak react to Mike Brown’s firing (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2012, 9:08 PM EDT

    Mike Brown, Pau Gasol

    It was a busy morning at the Lakers practice facility after the team announced it was relieving Mike Brown of his duties as head coach. Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace were there, and gave some quick thoughts on the club’s decision to make the change. Once that clip is finished, keep it there to…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Firing Mike Brown not just the right decision, it was the only decision

    Nov 9, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    When the Lakers relieved head coach Mike Brown of his duties on Friday morning, legitimate questions about the timing of such a major decision were certain to arise. Why now? Isn’t the team overreacting a bit after just five games? The short answers are one, because it was clear that this was going to get…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Kobe posts comments on Mike Brown’s firing to his Facebook page

    Nov 9, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant and his “death stare” likely had nothing to do with the fact that the Lakers pulled the trigger and dismissed Mike Brown on Friday, but it probably didn’t help much, either. While publicly Bryant couldn’t have been more supportive of Brown and the job he was trying to do, the reality is that…

  16. 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…

  17. Did the Lakers overreact in firing Mike Brown?

    Nov 9, 2012, 3:39 PM EDT

    Mike Brown

    The Lakers making a move to fire a head coach this quickly is nearly unprecedented. Back in 1982, they did relieve Paul Westhead of his duties, but that was directly related to an acrimonious relationship with Magic Johnson. Franchise players almost always take priority over the head coach, even ones that have won a championship.…

  18. 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…

  19. Stan Van Gundy says Brown’s firing ‘the most ridiculous in NBA history’

    Nov 9, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    When the Lakers fired Mike Brown on Friday, the next logical step was to wonder who the team would end up getting to replace him as head coach. It won’t be Stan Van Gundy, despite his credentials. Now a contributor for the NBC Sports Radio Network, his messy divorce from Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic…

  20. 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…

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