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  1. Ron Artest breaks up drunken fight on Hollywood street

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Ron Artest

    Ron Artest is really trying to live up to that citizenship award he got. Artest was leaving a Hollywood club last weekend when he came upon a man and a woman about to get into a fight, according to TMZ.com. So Artest stepped in and broke it up. Because 6’7” 265 pound guys with minimal…

  2. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Matt Barnes

    Whose were the first two jerseys retired by the Miami Heat? Michael Jordan and Dan Marino, of course. Matt Barnes will pick up his $1.9 million option and remain with the Lakers next season. The Golden State Warriors will meet with Spurs lead assistant Mike Budenholzer about their current head coaching vacancy. And he is…

  3. Mike Brown already preaching defense to Lakers

    May 31, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Mike Brown’s first press conference as the Lakers head coach — and that’s official now, he signed the contract Tuesday — was really pretty uneventful. A lot of coach-speak. A lot of things about family, about him defining the culture and holding people accountable, about this still being Kobe’s team, about Brown trying to be…

  4. Video: The Basketball Jones recaps the 2011 playoffs

    May 31, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    One good reason to move to Canada, say from a city like Atlanta, is to be able to watch J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas of The Basketball Jones on The Score. However, as a native Californian with thin blood, I’m not moving north. Not even for them. So let’s bring them to us. What follows…

  5. Jim Buss says he was wrong for not bringing Kobe into coaching decision

    May 29, 2011, 11:32 AM 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

    File under “things which would have been good to think about five days ago.” The Los Angeles Times sat down with Lakers VP Jim Buss who has been running the show and making decisions significantly different from how his dad has handled things over the last few years. They asked specifically about the hiring of Mike…

  6. Remembering the five best NBA finals ever

    May 29, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Larry Bird Magic Johnson

    This is going to be one fascinating NBA finals. One of the most improbable and unexpected rematches. But it’s got big shoes to fill after last season, a seven-game thriller between the two most iconic of NBA franchises. In honor of that series and to dream about what could be coming up, we decided to…

  7. Rick Adelman doesn’t know if he’ll coach again

    May 28, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    When the Lakers hired Mike Brown, the immediate response, outside of “Oh, good grief” and “Really?Really?!” was “Wait, what happened to Adelman?” Rick Adelman was a perfect fit for the Lakers. A similar offensive system to the triangle, a coach that could work both sides of the ball, a veteran ego-manager who could both coach…

  8. Jim Buss heading Lakers may mean no Bynum trade

    May 26, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    bynum-flagrant-beasley

    Among the favorite pastime of some Lakers fans is a game called “Where can we trade Andrew Bynum?” Kobe Bryant has even played this game before. Bynum has been offered up in deals ranging from Dwight Howard to a rack of shootaround basketballs. Those games may be over. One thing the hiring of Mike Brown…

  9. Mike Brown can win with Lakers if Kobe buys in

    May 26, 2011, 11:57 AM 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

    Mike Brown was hired because he was not Phil Jackson. That’s not all of it — all accounts around the league are that Mike Brown gives good job interview, and his defense-first philosophy is a good fit — but not being part of the Phil Jackson coaching tree mattered. This was Jim Buss’ move to…

  10. It’s official: Mike Brown is your new Lakers coach

    May 25, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers

    UPDATE 6:19 pm: The Lakers have released an official statement on Mike Brown. “In response to rampant speculation and reports about our head coaching position and Mike Brown, we’ve met with Mike and are very impressed with him. In addition, we have an outline for an agreement in place and hope to sign a contract…

  11. Report: Kobe Bryant “surprised” Lakers to hire Brown

    May 25, 2011, 11:58 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Superstars are used to being consulted. So the report of Kobe Bryant’s reaction to the Lakers being on the verge of hiring former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown, from Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, says a lot about how this decision was made. And maybe about how it will be received in the locker room.…

  12. Mike Brown to Lakers is Jim Buss’ call, showing power shift

    May 25, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 1

    Jerry Buss is still the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. But he’s not the guy pulling the strings anymore, the power shift to son Jim Buss is pretty much complete. According to the Los Angeles Times, the move to set up and hire former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown was the younger Buss’ call.…

  13. Lakers to hire Mike Brown to be coach

    May 25, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE #3 9:55 am: By the morning, pretty much everyone with an NBA source has confirmed this. The Lakers are going to make an offer to Mike Brown, maybe for three, maybe for four years. The only potential catch is that it is not really going to be a negotiation, if he doesn’t take the…

  14. Lakers owner Buss says team is “very close” to hiring a coach

    May 24, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    Jerry Buss

    According to the Los Angeles Times’ Mark Medina, Lakers owner Jerry Buss said in a recent radio interview that the team is “very close” to hiring legendary coach Phil Jackson’s replacement: Lakers owner Jerry Buss declined to provide a definitive timetable on hiring a replacement for Phil Jackson as the Lakers coach, but he said the organization is “very…

  15. Jerry West will have his say in Golden State

    May 24, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Jerry West

    When it comes time to pull the trigger on a trade for the Golden State Warriors, that will not be Jerry West’s finger. But before that trade goes down West will have had his say on the matter. That was the takeaway from Jerry West’s introductory press conference as part of the Golden State Warriors.…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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