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  1. Whoever replaces Phil Jackson will make a lot less

    May 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Phil Jackson was the highest paid coach in the NBA. By 100 percent. He was making $12 million a year when no other coach was making more than $6 million. Jackson made about $10 million last season. Technically that’s a pay cut for him, but if my bosses want to cut me back to $10…

  2. Joakim Noah fined $50,000 by league for gay slur

    May 23, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    The Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has been fined $50,000 for using a “derogatory and offensive term” against a fan, something caught by TNT cameras during the Bulls Sunday night Game 3 loss in Miami. The term, a derogatory term for a gay person, is the same one used by Kobe Bryant in the regular…

  3. The Ron Artest Comedy Tour… that’s not a joke.

    May 23, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Ron Artest Parade

    Is there anything as funny as Ron Artest? You had better laugh or he is coming into the crowd. No, I’m serious. Well, he’s serious about being funny. Apparently. Artest is getting into the comedy business, according to our man Arash Markazi ESPNLosAngeles. If there is a lockout, however, Artest is working on a second…

  4. Lakers contact Adelman about coaching position

    May 21, 2011, 2:59 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    The Los Angeles Times reports Friday night that the Lakers have reached out to Rick Adelman about their vacant coaching position in the wake of Phil Jackson’s imminent and assumed retirement. The move comes after word broke last week regarding the Lakers’ interest in Adelman. There’s no indication at the moment if the interest is…

  5. Pau Gasol: “It wasn’t about confidence. I collapsed.”

    May 20, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    The Pau Gasol that won the battle with the Boston Celtics front line in 2010 was nowhere to be seen. Same with the Pau Gasol that defended and scored on Dwight Howard in 2009. Pau Gasol was not right in the 2011 NBA playoffs. He shot 42 percent this year, after shooting 53.9 percent ad…

  6. Stein: Lakers interested in Mike Brown

    May 20, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    Here’s the report, according to the ultra-reliable Marc Stein of ESPN.com: The Los Angeles Lakers are taking a deliberate approach to their search for a successor to Phil Jackson, but NBA coaching sources told ESPN.com the team has added Mike Brown to its list of candidates. The former Cleveland Cavaliers coach, now working as an analyst for ESPN, is…

  7. Should the Lakers stick with the Triangle offense?

    May 19, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    As blasphemous as it may sound, a fellow over at Silver Screen and Roll known only as “Actuarially Sound” thinks it’s time for the Lakers to ditch Tex Winter’s fabled offensive system after they hire their next coach. The article is 3,100 words and includes some nice graphs, so I encourage you to click over…

  8. If it wasn’t for lockout, Phil Jackson might have left earlier

    May 19, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Phil Jackson had said that chasing a fourth three-peat played a big role in his return. Talking about himself after the Lakers were eliminated, he made it sound like that competitive fire more than passion for the game brought him back. But there was another reason — the lockout. That’s what he told Mark Kriegel…

  9. Kareem: “The Lakers don’t care about me”

    May 18, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is still tweeting about a potential statue of him, and things have taken an interesting turn. Here’s a tweet the NBA’s All-Time leading scorer just sent out: Rumor has it that I will be getting a statue. A caveat for all my fans-don’t hold your breath. Lakers don’t care about me. Wow. Before…

  10. Kareem feels “slighted” Lakers haven’t given him statue

    May 18, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Magic Johnson has one, a larger-than-life bronze statue of him in front of Staples Center, home of the Lakers. Jerry West has one. So does legendary Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn. (So do Wayne Gretzky and Oscar de la Hoya.) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — who like Magic and West never played in Staples — feels slighted he…

  11. Brian Shaw is a lot more than a guy who coaches the triangle

    May 13, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Lakers assistant Brian Shaw is all over the place now. Interviewed in Houston, will get interviewed for Golden State, and of course is at the front of the line for the Lakers gig. Soon, somewhere, he is going to be an NBA head coach. On of the best bits of reporting this week came in…

  12. Golden State to interview Lakers assistant Brian Shaw

    May 13, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    Brian Shaw remains the most likely guy to replace Phil Jackson on the Lakers bench. Getting the endorsement of Kobe Bryant matters. But if the Lakers go another direction (hello Rick Adelman) Shaw is going to have options. The Golden State Warriors got permission to talk to Shaw, according to Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay…

  13. Lakers early exit could cost Los Angeles economy $70 million

    May 12, 2011, 10:10 PM EDT

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    I have a buddy who owns a pub in the greater Los Angeles area. How did a then bartender get the seed money to start his own place? He worked every Lakers playoff game during one of the 1980s Showtime runs, when the place would fill up, and he set that money aside. It went…

  14. Lakers coaching search starts with Shaw, Person, Adelman

    May 12, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Lakers fans, you are going to need to be patient. Not your strength, I know, but you need to be. The Lakers management is going to take their time with this coaching search. But that search will begin at home, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. Then it will move on to Rick Adelman, according…

  15. For first time in 13 years no Kobe, Shaq or Duncan in finals

    May 12, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    In the 1998 NBA finals, Michael Jordan pushed off on Byron Russell to drill the game winner in what was the end of an era in the NBA. These 2011 finals, wherever and with whomever they take place, will mark the start of a new era. For the first time since Jordan’s final game as…

  16. Dirk Nowitzki likes the new, quieter Mark Cuban

    May 12, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Mark Cubam

    Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks swept the hated Lakers out of the playoffs in what was a cathartic experience for Cuban and Mavericks fans. Yet he said nothing. He almost didn’t speak to the media and there was no gloating. No jabs at Phil Jackson. Which had to be hard for him. But Dirk Nowitzki, he…

  17. Don’t count on Byron Scott as next Lakers coach

    May 11, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    Byron Scott is a favorite son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Scott has openly lusted for the Lakers coaching gig. The Lakers have an open coaching vacancy, ergo… No. Don’t go there. To start with, Scott has a job as the Cavaliers head coach and as the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweeted they are not giving…

  18. Kobe says don’t break up Lakers, they can win again

    May 11, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    Lakers fans are ready to break up the team. It’s not like they won two previous championships and 57 games this past season. (Oh, wait…) They had a very bad playoffs, they looked fatigued and disinterested, they ran basic sets of the triangle offense and not the depth of it needed to counter what the…

  19. Shaq may never play in the NBA again. And that’s sad.

    May 11, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    We’re going to miss Shaquille O’Neal. Not the Shaq of this season, or even the last several. Not the guy who has played just 17 minutes since Feb. 1 because even that little time aggravates his leg injuries. That is a shell of the former player, a guy who at his peak was one of…

  20. Pau Gasol leaning toward playing for Spain this summer

    May 11, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    Because Pau Gasol didn’t look the least bit fatigued in the playoffs…. The Lakers big man said in his exit interview that he is leaning toward playing for Spain as it tries to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics, according to ESPN Los Angeles. The last couple summers Gasol said the Lakers deep runs into…

  21. Video: Bynum apologizes for hit on J.J. Barea

    May 11, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

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    We told you yesterday how yesterday after his exit interview Lakers center Andrew Bynum apologized for his cheap shot hit on J.J. Barea at the end of Dallas’ sweep of the Lakers. We also told you the league gave him a five-game suspension at the start of next season (whenever that is) for the incident.…

  22. Bynum suspended five games for hit on Barea

    May 10, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    The NBA has announced that Lakers center Andrew Bynum will be suspended for the first five games of the regular season for his flying elbow shot to Mavericks guard J.J. Barea in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the Mavericks-Lakers playoff series. Bynum will also be fined $25,000 for “the manner in which he…

  23. Andrew Bynum apologizes for hit on J.J. Barea

    May 10, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Here’s the thing about Andrew Bynum — he’s one of the more introspective Lakers. He’s thoughtful, an avid reader, a genuinely good kid, but at times acts like a 23-year-old. An immature 23-year-old. And when the frustration over the Lakers loss boiled over, he acted immaturely. At best. At his exit interview Tuesday, he apologized…

  24. Jerry West “embarrassed” by Lakers loss, not sure fix is easy

    May 10, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

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    Jerry West may wear other hats, but he is always a Laker. He’s got the statue out in front of Staples Center. He’s linked as one of the iconic players and best GMs the franchise has or will ever have. And he is honest. Old school and honest. He spoke for a lot of Lakers…

  25. Let the silliness begin — Phil Jackson to the Knicks rumors

    May 10, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

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    I would have thought this should have taken a week or so. I should have known better. The New York Post is reporting that the Knicks might have Phil Jackson as their coach in 2012. According to an NBA source, Jackson is definitely through with the Lakers, but would not rule out him coaching again…

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