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  1. Jerry West thinks Lakers’ days are numbered; Celtics may be best this year

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

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    Do you have any idea how much it pains Jerry West to say the Celtics are the best team in the NBA? To say that the Lakers’ window is closing because they are getting old? But West is nothing if not a straight shooter, and it was that speaking to the Orange County Automobile Dealers…

  2. Kobe passes Oscar Robertson on all-time NBA scoring list

    Jan 8, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant has moved into the NBA’s top 10 all-time scoring list,  overtaking Oscar Robertson Friday night as the Lakers beat the Hornets. Kobe is a student of the game, and Robertson was a guy he said he studied on film, he told Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles. “It’s a great honor,” Bryant said. “Obviously, Oscar,…

  3. Jerry Sloan’s old-school thoughts on Miami’s trio

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

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    Utah coach Jerry Sloan is decidedly old school. Not like Run DMC is old school, I mean more like Sinatra old school Tough minded. Loyal. Movement off the ball not just isolation plays. No free layups. All of that in a good way. But that means sometimes he doesn’t mix as well with the new…

  4. Lakers to unveil Jerry West statue in front of Staples Center All Star Weekend

    Nov 10, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

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    It doesn’t get any more iconic than being “The Logo.” So it seems fitting that the Lakers are going to honor Jerry West — the legendary Lakers player and general manager — with a statue in Star Plaza outside Staples Center. The statue will be unveiled All-Star Weekend (which is at Staples this year). West…

  5. Jerry West admits drafting Drew Gooden over Amar’e Stoudemire was a mistake. No kidding.

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

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    Nobody is harder on Jerry West than Jerry West. Nobody. Read the brilliant biography by Roland Lazenby and you get the portrait of a man haunted by failure and more relieved than joyous about success. So when you ask West about his time as the head of the Memphis Grizzlies basketball side and ask if…

  6. Phil Jackson: Miami has talent, but will they have teamwork?

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:39 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson knows a little something about winning titles. He knows there are two parts to getting a ring. First is having enough talent on the roster. Second is what Jackson has specialized in — molding that talent into a cohesive team. Jackson told ESPN 1000 in Chicago that Miami now has half of the…

  7. 1960, 1992 Olympic teams go into Hall of Fame talking trash to each other

    Aug 13, 2010, 7:26 PM EDT

    There were no two better teams ever assembled than the two teams going into the Hall of Fame Friday. Two very competitive teams. And they are not done competing. When Charles Barkley went up to meet 1960 Olympian Bob Boozer and shake his hand, Boozer told FanHouse this is what he said: “I said, ‘We…

  8. If Nets are going to get Jerry Colangelo, they are going to have to pay

    Jun 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    It was supposed to be: Mikhail Prokhorov = big spender. But Rod Thorn is stepping down as general manager in New Jersey and the rumblings around the league (according to Marc Stein and others) is that part of the reason was Thorn was asked to take a pay cut. Prokhorov was not spending big. Now…

  9. Legendary Game 7s: The Willis Reed game

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:23 PM EDT

    Maybe the most famous Game 7 of them all, with Willis Reed draging his leg out on the court for a few minutes and a couple of buckets to inspire the Knicks to an NBA title. (Not often I get to type “Knicks” and “NBA title” in the same sentence.) Fun things to notice include…

  10. You can bet the Lakers won't hang balloons in the rafters like they did in 1969

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    See if this sounds familiar: The Lakers are the glamour team, the team with the huge stars in the prime of their career. The Lakers have steamrolled the West on their way to the finals and were the betting favorites. The Celtics have some name players too, but they were injured and generally considered too…

  11. Kobe Bryant: Jerry West is the greatest Laker

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:57 PM EDT

    If you put it to a vote of the fans, Magic Johnson would probably win with Kobe Bryant a close second. Then again, maybe Chick Hearn deservedly wins it all. But among the candidates there seems to be a mutual admiration society. Jerry West said Kobe Bryant was the best Laker ever. Saturday, Kobe returned…

  12. Jerry West on Kobe Bryant: "He's the greatest Laker"

    Jun 2, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Jerry West is a man to listen to. Not a man given to hyperbole. A man of perspective. As competitive an NBA player and general manager as there ever has been (read the book), but a man with an eye for the bigger picture. There are a few people around — Bill Bradley, Bill Russell,…

  13. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtic: Bill Russell, Magic Johnson talk Lakers/Celtics hate

    Jun 1, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    You don’t need to go to Lakers or Celtics blogs to find out that Lakers and Celtics hate each other. Take it from the words of the participants.

  14. Jerry West: Kobe Bryant is the best post player in the league

    May 12, 2010, 2:34 PM EDT

    It’s been extensively — even excessively — well documented. Kobe Bryant worked with Hakeem Olajuwon in the summer to learn the dream shake. He came into this season stronger, and early on the Lakers went to him in the post a lot. Very effectively. Then, when Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol were playing together, Kobe…

  15. 40th anniversary of Jerry West's legendary shot in the 1970s NBA Finals

    Apr 29, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    April 29, 1970, game three of the NBA Finals, the Knicks taking on the Lakers. They were at the Fabulous Forum, in the end of a close game and…. Why don’t you watch one of the greatest shots in NBA history for yourself.

  16. Kobe's bad shooting night still good enough to pass Jerry West

    Apr 23, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Drowned out in all the noise in Oklahoma City was another milestone for Kobe Bryant — on a third-quarter 16-foot jumper he passed Jerry West to become the all time leading playoff scorer. Bryant now has 4,465 points scored in the playoffs, putting him eight in front of West. Earlier this season he passed West…

  17. In case there was any question left, the Kobe draft-and-trade was filthy as you thought

    Feb 24, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    Jerry West could not be more iconic. Literally. It is not possible for him to be more iconic in the National Basketball Association. So there’s a lot of leeway given to him for all he’s given to the game.  And today, Dime Magazine found out just how much he’s gotten away with over the years,…

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