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  1. The Mavericks have a plan to get Lamar Odom up to speed and out of the Triangle

    Jan 1, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    Lamar-Odom-traded

    Lamar Odom has been terrible as a Dallas Maverick. 4-27 from the field bad. Halved production per 36 minutes bad. Outright disaster bad. But it’s early, and he’s adapting to a new system and new teammates after a lot of years under Phil Jackson and the triangle in L.A. More than that, though, he’s been…

  2. Quote of the day: Phil Jackson pretty much predicted the CP3 situation a year ago

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Via a Kevin Ding article from December 29th, 2010, here’s Phil Jackson on the troubles the league-owned Hornets might run into: The [Hornets] were recently bought by the NBA, which prompted Jackson to say: “Not happy about that.” Jackson put forth a scenario where Hornets star Chris Paul might revive his demand for a trade,…

  3. Shaq plays down spat with Kobe, calls death threat “Ebonics”

    Nov 17, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Image (1) Shaq and Kobe-thumb-275x260-13925.jpg for post 2602

    Thanks to the NBA lockout and the dearth of new news, let’s talk about the Shaquille O’Neal vs. Kobe Bryant feud that is almost a decade old again…. A few weeks back we told you about the parts of Shaq’s new book where he gave his account of his fights with Kobe and, how after…

  4. Shaq says not to rule out Phil Jackson’s return to coaching

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:07 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Phil Jackson will not be coaching this upcoming season (if there is one). He walked away from the Lakers a second time, this time like he was not looking back. It felt to me like he was done and meant it. But Shaquille O’Neal thinks he could come back. Maybe to New York. Shaq was…

  5. Shaw’s account of leaving L.A. should make Lakers fans nervous

    Nov 1, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Kobe Bryant and most Lakers fans may not have liked it, but Brian Shaw never really stood a chance to become the Lakers next head coach. Shaw was qualified, and a top Lakers assistant, but his candidacy was doomed because he implied more of the same and Jim Buss wanted to put his stamp on…

  6. Shaq says Kobe, sexual assault case blew apart Lakers

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    The reports of any truce between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal have been greatly exaggerated. Actually, where there any such reports? Now that he is out of the game, Shaq has a new tell all book coming out: Shaq Uncut: My Story. Jackie MacMullan did the writing and it comes out Nov. 15. We like…

  7. Pau Gasol says the Lakers don’t need to make big changes

    Oct 31, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    After winning back-to-back NBA titles, the Lakers looked flat in the playoffs last season. Pau Gasol looked flat. The Dallas Mavericks looked anything but flat, they were playing smart and passionate ball. The result was Dallas unceremoniously sweeping the champions aside. That led some Lakers fans — a fan base that can have the disposition…

  8. Phil Jackson says the Bulls ‘overachieved.’ So that means the Lakers…

    Oct 29, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    There are so many things Phil Jackson will miss about the NBA. The comfy feel of a custom chair brought in just for him. The smell of reporter sweat as he toys with them like a cat with a mouse. The lavish comforts of studio hosts proclaiming him as the best thing since sliced bread.…

  9. Phil Jackson backs Jerry Krause for Hall of Fame

    Oct 28, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Jerry Krause

    Phil Jackson and former Bulls GM Jerry Krause are not exactly the best of friends. Their feud helped break up the Bulls dynasty. The two did not speak for more than a decade and it took Tex Winter going into the Hall of Fame — and him wanting those two to kiss and make up……

  10. Phil Jackson, Mike Brown get together and talk… housing?

    Oct 21, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson — the guy with the 11 rings and probably more insight into how to coach Kobe Bryant than anyone — finally sat down and talked with the guy now in the big chair in Los Angeles, Mike Brown. Jackson was at Lakers headquarters to pick up girlfriend Jeanie Buss and…

  11. Pau Gasol says he prefers the European style of basketball

    Oct 18, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol Spain

    Is this really even surprising? Pau Gasol, in an interview with French publication L’ Equipe (as seen on the Spanish ABC site, via Ball in Europe) said he prefers the style of basketball seen in Europe to what is played in the NBA “I prefer the European game to the NBA because basketball is a…

  12. Kobe Bryant tells a story that sums up Kwame Brown

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Kwame-Brown

    Kobe Bryant finally won his NBA MVP trophy during the 2007-08 season. But frankly he deserved it more the couple years before that. If you watched the post Shaq-trade Lakers, Kobe carried that team. Bynum was raw and learning, Lamar Odom was inconsistent (some things never change) and Kobe dragged a team that STARTED Kwame…

  13. Kobe Bryant smacks Shaquille O’Neal around. Again.

    Sep 29, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Image (1) Shaq and Kobe-thumb-275x260-13925.jpg for post 2602

    This horse is dead, but we’re going to give it one more swift kick. Turns out, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal don’t really like each other. Who knew? And if you think all the bitterness from those days is gone, you weren’t listening to Italian radio yesterday. Neither were we, but someone with Sportando was.…

  14. Jerry West talks about his relationship with Phil Jackson… there wasn’t one

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Jerry West

    Last year, Roland Lazenby’s fascinating biography of Jerry West — detailing his childhood in West Virginia and how that shaped a man driven by a fear of failure. A man who felt relief more than anything when he finally won an NBA title as a player. A fear that drove him as an executive with…

  15. Phil Jackson is retired, still picking up endorsement deals

    Sep 9, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Phil Jackson is no longer an NBA coach. He also remains the most recognizable and marketable coach out there. So he is still picking up endorsement deals and doing commercials, like the one below for Audi. Which is a pretty clever little ad. Note to Vinny Del Negro, if you want a few of these…

  16. What the Lakers should do when the lockout ends

    Sep 6, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Welcome to the first installment of a fun lockout series here at PBT… okay, there nothing is fun about the lockout. It blows. But whenever it ends teams are going to have to scramble to fill holes and make moves. What follows is a discussion of what the Los Angeles Lakers need to do to…

  17. Turkish head coach sticks up for Enes Kanter

    Aug 25, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Yesterday we brought you word how a highly-respected, old school Turkish national team assistant coach ripped Enes Kanter as not ready for the NBA. Which would be pretty bad news for the Utah Jazz as they drafted him No. 3 overall back in June. Today came the rebuttal, with the honors going to Turkey’s first…

  18. Should Jerry Krause be in the Hall of Fame?

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Jerry Krause

    We’d be willing to bet that Phil Jackson will not be the presenter, but the question is should it happen at all: Should Jerry Krause be the next Chicago Bull in the basketball Hall of Fame? The question came up as Dennis Rodman was enshrined in the hall this past weekend — Krause inherited Michael…

  19. Phil Jackson takes a crack at James Dolan, and about that retirement…

    Aug 13, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    Phil Jackson might as well get a parking space at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, he’s there so much. Friday night he helped present Tex Winter and Dennis Rodman. While he was there, the Chicago Tribune got a hold of him and asked him about his plans for retirement, since rumors continue he’d be taking…

  20. Dennis Rodman gives emotional Hall of Fame speech

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:38 PM EDT

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony - Red Carpet

    Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are by their nature emotional. This year’s was no different. There were memorable moments, watching Tex Winter get up to the stage, Artis Gilmore finally being recognized, Theresa Edwards’ powerful speech. Dennis Rodman was Dennis Rodman — raw, emotional, wearing a sequin jacket with his number and saying Pistons and…

  21. For Tex Winter, Krause and Jackson put aside feud

    Aug 12, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    tex winter phil jackson

    UPDATE 8:02 pm: Tex Winter got his wish — just before the start of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony was about to start Phil Jackson and Jerry Krause shook hands, according to a tweet from K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. The two men there for Tex Winter sat three seats apart from each…

  22. Rodman will arrive at Hall of Fame via helicopter. With acrobats.

    Aug 11, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Dennis Rodman

    You knew Dennis Rodman going into the Hall of Fame was going to be a spectacular show, one way or another. But did you expect helicopters and acrobats? Well, yes, we kind of did. And we will not be disappointed, according to Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald (via SLAM). Aventura’s Dennis Rodman told us Tuesday…

  23. Kobe finally talks about Mike Brown, and all is right with the world

    Aug 2, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Silence can speak volumes. When Kobe Bryant refused to talk about the hiring of Mike Brown, it had less to do with the hire than how it went down. First, Kobe was on record as a Brian Shaw backer. Second, he wasn’t even consulted or told about the hire — a consideration top stars all…

  24. Phil Jackson to present Rodman, Winter into Hall of Fame

    Jul 31, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Phil Jackson may have walked away from basketball, but he’s still got some duties to perform. At the Hall of Fame inductions on Aug. 12, Jackson is going to be a busy man. He has been asked to be the presenter for both Tex Winter, his long-time assistant coach, and Dennis Rodman, a former player…

  25. Kobe wants to pass Jordan on all-time scoring list

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    I’m not sure how this is surprising to anyone. In an article discussing how an extended lockout could impact Kobe Bryant’s assault on the record books, Mark Medina at the Los Angeles Times wrote about how Kobe really wants to pass Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list even though Kobe denies it at every…

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