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  1. Brian Shaw tees off on the Lakers over how his non-hiring went down

    Jul 16, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Brian Shaw has a reason to gripe. He waited and waited for the chance to become the Lakers’ head coach after Phil Jackson retired. He sat through two near-retirements from Jackson. He coached the team when health problems prevented the Zen Master from being able to. He got to know the players, earned their respect…

  2. Brian Shaw to interview to be Pacers assistant coach

    Jun 20, 2011, 10:07 AM EST

    Brian Shaw

    Just a few years back, Brian Shaw got the chance to interview to be the head coach of the Indiana Pacers. Didn’t work out, they went with Jim O’Brien instead. Now, Shaw is back in Indiana interviewing, but this time to be the lead assistant for Frank Vogel. That’s what Mike Wells of the Indianapolis…

  3. Report: Knicks, Donnie Walsh to finally get deal done

    May 30, 2011, 10:16 AM EST

    Donnie Walsh

    Remember all the drama about whether Donnie Walsh was going to have the extension on his contract picked up or be let go by the Knicks? Then it turned out he didn’t have the extension picked up because they planned to give him a new deal instead? Except, he’s been on the job without a…

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

    May 26, 2011, 11:57 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 25, 2011, 6:17 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 25, 2011, 11:58 AM EST

    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.…

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

    May 25, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    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.…

  8. Lakers to hire Mike Brown to be coach

    May 25, 2011, 9:55 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 24, 2011, 7:19 PM EST

    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…

  10. Whoever replaces Phil Jackson will make a lot less

    May 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    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…

  11. Should the Lakers stick with the Triangle offense?

    May 19, 2011, 6:08 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 19, 2011, 8:59 AM EST

    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…

  13. Apparently Dunleavy is serious candidate to be next Lakers coach

    May 17, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Clippers

    This would be a big mistake — not because of his time with the Clippers but purely for stylistic reasons — but apparently the rumors are true. Mike Dunleavy is a serious candidate to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Kevin Ding of the Orange Country Register. Make no…

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

    May 13, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    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…

  15. Dirk Nowitzki likes the new, quieter Mark Cuban

    May 12, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 11, 2011, 8:43 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 10, 2011, 10:23 AM EST

    Image (1) PJackson3-thumb-250x172-12308.jpg for post 2160

    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…

  18. Video: Phil Jackson’s final press conference

    May 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    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

    We’ve talked about Phil Jackson and his legacy. To go with that, we bring you some highlights from Phil Jackson’s last press conference (well, at least until the next book tour) as well as some comments from Kobe about Jackson’s influence. The video is below. If you think he is coming back, watch this again.…

  19. Report: Lakers coaching search “wide open”

    May 9, 2011, 10:03 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    The conventional wisdom is that the Lakers would go through the motions of a coaching search, then hire lead assistant Brian Shaw. The reasoning being that they have a two-time championship roster built to run the triangle offense, so you stick with what works. But there is this one little discussed fact — owner Jerry…

  20. Pau Gasol and revisionist history

    May 9, 2011, 9:56 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    He won two titles for them. Yes, the Lakers had improved tremendously in 2007-2008 , but without him, they never would have made it to the Finals, nor won them the next two. It was only eight months ago that he was called “the best big man in the league” and touted as a possible…

  21. NBA Playoffs: You can’t tarnish the Lakers’ franchise legacy, but their team sure tried

    May 8, 2011, 10:11 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    So this is how it ends. What felt like an inevitable run to the second three-peat for Kobe Bryant, the fourth three-peat for Phil Jackson, and yet another championship for the Los Angeles Lakers, ended in nothing but misery and classlessness in Dallas, Texas. A Hall of Fame coach most known for his motivational tactics…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Mavs drop the Lakers in four, sweep away a dynasty

    May 8, 2011, 9:42 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Somehow, it only took the Dallas Mavericks four games to prove wrong just about every prediction and every presupposition that existed going into their series against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers appeared bound for the Finals to pen a fitting final chapter of Phil Jackson’s coaching career. The Mavericks were supposedly the lesser team,…

  23. Phil Jackson leaves the game with wry smile on his face

    May 8, 2011, 6:29 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    This was not how you expected to see Phil Jackson walking away from the NBA. After a series where he could not get his players to buy into the system, to make the extra defensive rotation, to play at their peak, then to watch the players unravel at the end and take cheap shots. You…

  24. “Jovial” Lakers say trust issues = defensive rotations

    May 5, 2011, 5:57 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Before Wednesday night’s Game 2 Lakers loss, Phil Jackson thought his team was a little too up tight, a little too tense, taking it all a little too seriously. He was looking for some comic relief. After the game, down 2-0, Andrew Bynum was talking seriously about the Lakers having trust issues. Nobody was laughing.…

  25. Ron Artest will get suspended for clothesline on Barea

    May 5, 2011, 12:54 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    I have not gone back and officially checked the NBA rulebook today, but I’m fairly convinced that clotheslining an opponent is illegal. Right up there with throwing an elbow while jumping off the top turnbuckle and hitting him over the head with a metal  folding chair. All fine moves when the WWE referee is distracted, but…

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