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  1. PBT Wednesday Morning One Liners

    Mar 9, 2011, 10:46 AM EDT

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    It’s tough to find a better cause than Hoops for St. Jude. Fantastic look at Kendrick Perkins the person (and very tall alter boy). If we look at history, how LeBron James does in the regular season doesn’t really tell us much about the playoffs. Michael Jordan says it officially for anyone who really thought…

  2. Quote of the day: Phil Jackson can’t pass up a dig at Miami

    Mar 8, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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    “This is the NBA: No Boys Allowed. Big boys don’t cry. But if you’re going to do it, do it in the toilet where no one sees you.” —Phil Jackson, when asked Thursday night about the report that some Miami Heat players cried after their loss to the Bulls on Sunday (via Kevin Ding at…

  3. Spurs keep winning, keep saying Lakers are team to beat

    Mar 5, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers

    I’m done believing the Spurs. I’m not alone on this bandwagon — “the Spurs are the best team in basketball” bandwagon. Just not the Spurs players. They keep saying the Lakers are the best, like they did again before the two teams face off Sunday. Look what they told Fran Blinebury of NBA.com. “They have…

  4. Just how good are the Lakers? Ask again in a week.

    Mar 5, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Has anyone figured out these Lakers? Last year’s Lakers had the swagger and game of a champion from the start (despite some in-season lapses). These Lakers are much harder to figure out — they beat the Celtics in Boston, but lose to the Cavaliers. Pau Gasol is Black Swan and White Swan. Andrew Bynum’s focus…

  5. Phil Jackson: Artest runs the offense better than Kobe

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Now it is time once again for one of Phil Jackson’s favorite mind games: subtle — and not so subtle – messages to players through the media. What would we do all day if it weren’t for them? Today it is Kobe’s turn to be sent a message. Which is rare because Kobe ignore such…

  6. Rick Adelman thinking about retirement as the guard seems to be changing

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Jerry Sloan walked away. At the end of the Lakers season, Phil Jackson is headed to Montana and his ranch. Larry Brown is without a job. Then there is Rick Adelman, who was drafted into the NBA in 1968 to play for the then San Diego Rockets. It’s now 43 years later and Adelman is…

  7. Phil Jackson bids farewell to Madison Square Garden

    Feb 11, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

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    This last tour around the NBA for Phil Jackson has not really been all that filled with fanfare. Probably because he insulted every city he’s been in, then his teams went out and generally stomped the opponent. Not the way one generates a lot of love. But Madison Square Garden, that’s different. That’s where he…

  8. Pau Gasol is not turning into Kevin Garnett anytime soon

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s amazing how many people want Pau Gasol to be something he’s not. He is not a traditional, back-to-the-basket, power game center (and some Lakers fans criticized him for it). He doesn’t have a big ego and demand the ball, he gently reminds guys he’d like to touch the ball more (he gets criticized for…

  9. Lakers’ Andrew Bynum likely to return Thursday against Spurs

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:40 PM EDT

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    See, we told you there was nothing to worry about. Why would you worry about Andrew Bynum’s knees? The center who missed last game with a bruised knee practiced (limited, but practiced) with the Lakers today and seems likely to go Thursday night against the Spurs, Phil Jackson told the Orange County Register. “He says…

  10. Phil Jackson: Trades? Sure. But don’t expect a big one.

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

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    No NBA fans can overreact quite like Lakers fans. It’s not like the team has won back-to-back NBA titles with this core group (oh, wait…). They are struggling in January and the GM mentions maybe they should consider a trade and suddenly message boards are filled up with ways to move Ron Artest for Kevin…

  11. Lakers Andrew Bynum out Tuesday with bone bruise on knee

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Deep breathes Lakers fans. Deep breathes. This is not serious. Center Andrew Bynum will be out for the Lakers Tuesday night against Houston after suffering a bone bruise on his left knee, according to Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell (via twitter). The injury was suffered during the Boston game. An MRI was conducted — you can’t…

  12. The Lakers problem isn’t Kobe, it’s Gasol. And defense.

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

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    It’s easy and maybe even trendy to say it was Kobe’s fault. It wasn’t. True, Sunday the Lakers offense against Boston Celtics was a heavy dose of Kobe Bryant. And way too much Kobe in isolation. It’s an easy storyline to say Kobe shot too much, but it’s not wholly accurate. The reality is there…

  13. 10 things about Modern Celtics-Lakers XX

    Jan 29, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    There are regular-season games, there are important regular-season games, and then there is Celtics-Lakers. On Sunday the two contenders will meet for the 20th time since the start of the 2007-2008 season, when the rivalry was truly renewed as Andrew Bynum emerged and the Lakers became good enough to justify trading for Pau Gasol, and…

  14. Phil Jackson confirms this is his last season

    Jan 27, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Phil Jackson knows what you are thinking: If the Lakers don’t win it all he is coming back to do this one more time. Nope, he’s done. Nobody seems to believe him, but that’s what he told Hannah Storm in an interview that will air Sunday when the Lakers take on the Celtics on ABC…

  15. Are the Lakers too old to play defense? Not if they slow you down.

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    When Jerry West spoke to some Orange County car dealers last week, he said that part of the problem with the Lakers defense was that they were too old. “The reason you can’t play defense is because you can’t,” he said. Phil Jackson agreed — with qualifiers — with that when speaking to the media…

  16. Phil Jackson is also for contraction, small-market man that he is

    Jan 22, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Phil Jackson decided to back up his girlfriend, which is a smart thing to do as she’s also the daughter of his boss and, you know, his girlfriend. Even less surprising is that he’s backing up his girlfriend by burying small markets, in which he’s never had to achieve success. “I think that’s what the…

  17. Lakers’ Jeanie Buss will not rule out contraction

    Jan 20, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Contraction talk has become the cockroach of the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks — it will not die. No matter what. This time it was Lakers Vice President Jeanie Buss. Yes, she also shacks up with some guy named Phil Jackson, but make no mistake she runs the business end of the Lakers and is the…

  18. Phil Jackson thinks the Celtics will win the East

    Jan 19, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

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    Legendary coach Phil Jackson has never been shy about using the media to take not-so-sly shots at rival teams, players, and coaches, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to stop any time soon. In an interview with ESPN 710’s Max Kellerman earlier today, Jackson said that he thinks the Boston Celtics will win the…

  19. The other Clipper keys: DeAndre Jordan and Baron Davis

    Jan 19, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Blake Griffin is a walking highlight factory. And not just for his dunks anymore, people are figuring out he can play the game. Eric Gordon has become the outside to Griffin’s inside for the Clippers. He’s the guy knocking down key threes — just like he did for Team USA when they were winning the…

  20. Paul Silas is crazy — he wants Kwame Brown to shoot

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

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    Phil Jackson got about as much production as anyone has out of Kwame Brown when he was with the Lakers. He did it by limiting his role — focus only on rebounding and defense in the paint. Don’t shoot unless it’s a dunk. Stay out of Kobe’s way. Pretty much every coach Brown has had…

  21. Phil Jackson’s not drinking the Kool-aid just yet

    Jan 16, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago Bulls

    From the Los Angeles Times: “I’m not comfortable with either of the two games (Sunday) or Monday,” Jackson said Saturday at the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo. “It’s why we had a practice today. We’re concerned. We didn’t think we played well last night, but we got away with a win anyway. There’s a natural…

  22. Kobe Bryant stops practicing with the Lakers. Again.

    Jan 10, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    It was during the Colonel Kurtz-like decent into darkness that was the Lakers play around Christmas that Kobe Bryant decided to do something very Kobe — fight through his knee pain and swelling because he needed to practice with the team again. That knee had kept him from practicing all season but it was no…

  23. Vintage Artest got physical with Knicks, new Artest says don’t expect that again

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets

    In a lot of ways, it looked like vintage Ron Artest on Sunday when the Lakers played the Knicks. He was physical and a pest. He picked up a flagrant foul for a hard hit on Amar’e Stoudemire and got a technical for getting into it with Shawne Williams. Except the new Ron Artest regretted…

  24. Kobe Bryant on his knee: “Do I look worried?”

    Jan 8, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Whenever the phrase “almost bone on bone” is used in discussion of a knee problem, fans get worried. Especially when it’s Kobe Bryant using the words and Lakers fans see their dreams of a three-peat grinding away. But when the Lakers were asked about it Friday night, the reaction was basically, “This is news?” Kobe’s…

  25. Odom promises new reality show won’t be distraction

    Jan 6, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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    There’s an irony in how much time Phil Jackson and Lamar Odom had to spend Wednesday saying Odom’s new reality show is not going to be a distraction to the Lakers. But they both said it, as Brett Pollakoff reported at FanHouse: “Lamar usually doesn’t get distracted by things that are outside (basketball),” Jackson said,…

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