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  1. Stan Van Gundy, Eric Spoelstra fire back at Phil Jackson

    Nov 24, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Phil Jackson just loves doing what he did to the Heat yesterday, going on the radio in Chicago and lobbing a verbal hand grenade into their midst. As if they weren’t dealing with enough, now they can answer some questions about Pat Riley coming down from on high to take over the team. Stan Van…

  2. Could Pat Riley really step in for Erik Spoelstra? Phil Jackson thinks so.

    Nov 23, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Stan Van Gundy had the Miami Heat and their big stars Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal off to a decent but behind expectations start of 11-10 when Pat Riley canned him and stepped in to take over as coach. They won a ring. This season’s Miami Heat are off to a decent but behind expectations…

  3. Phil Jackson said the Pistons aren’t playing hard, Ben Gordon basically says “Yeah, pretty much.”

    Nov 20, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Phil Jackson discussed the Pistons this week after the Lakers waxed them with ease, saying that “some of those guys aren’t playing hard right now.” Nothing particularly groundbreaking, considering that the Pistons are a talented team who currently sucks. The interesting part is that Friday, Ben Gordon pretty much said “Yeah, that’s pretty much what…

  4. Andrew Bynum’s return timetable pushed back. Who saw that coming?

    Nov 19, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

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    Two bits of news we should have expected around Thanksgiving: 1) President Barack Obama would pardon some turkeys. 2) Andrew Bynum would not be back on the court when he or the team expected. In the case of the latter there had been some talk of Bynum being ready to go for the Lakers around…

  5. Lakers shopping for short-term backup center

    Nov 17, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

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    With Andrew Bynum still a few weeks away, Theo Ratliff out for a month or more after knee surgery, Lamar Odom’s sore foot and so on, the Lakers may be looking for some help. So that Pau Gasol doesn’t have to play 43 minutes, like he did against the Bucks Tuesday. Phil Jackson said the…

  6. Phil Jackson says Lakers can’t win 70, but Heat could

    Nov 11, 2010, 10:36 PM EDT

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    Phil Jackson is in mid-season mind games form. People have started asking if the 8-0 Lakers could win 72 games — they’ve looked pretty dominant and they don’t even have Andrew Bynum in the fold yet. It’s not going to happen, we all know it and Phil Jackson has said so before. But when asked…

  7. Andrew Bynum could return to practice court next week, will start when returns

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:43 PM EDT

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    It’s not like the Lakers are struggling, they are 5-0 and with one of the best point differentials in the league. Kobe is clearly 100 percent, playing in the World Championships has Lamar Odom in midseason form, Gasol is Gasol, and Steve Blake and Matt Barnes are fitting in well. But it is all about…

  8. Phil Jackson loves to needle Pau Gasol

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

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    He can’t help himself. It would be pretty hard to get on Pau Gasol for his play the first week of the season — he was named Western Conference Player of the Week for good reason. Averaged 25 and 10 on 52 percent shooting and threw in five dimes a game just for fun. But…

  9. Kobe Bryant is pretty sick of talking about his knee

    Nov 1, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

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    If you enjoy “Messin’ with Sasquatch” then you’ll enjoy a fun new game from the Lakers locker room: ask Kobe about his knee. Of course the assembled media did after the Lakers win Sunday night, and Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register has the response. “Leave me the (heck) alone about my (expletive) knee,”…

  10. Phil Jackson sums up Lakers championship ring: They are “unwearable” and “terrific”

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Nobody knows more about NBA championship rings than Phil Jackson. He’s got 11 of them, he even designed one (the last title of the Shaq/Kobe three-peat). And he’s not a huge fan. Except when he is. “They’re unwearable. And I always think they’re something that should be able to be worn. “But seeing as Dr.…

  11. Kobe Bryant is not right, the question is when will he be?

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

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    It’s pretty obvious Kobe Bryant’s knee is still an issue. Him sitting out preseason games and saying it was 60 percent at the start of camp might have been your first clue (when Kobe admits he’s injured, it’s serious). Then there’s his shot — Kobe’s shot starts with his legs. (To you kids at home,…

  12. Thanksgiving return target for Andrew Bynum return to Lakers

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

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    The Lakers have a soft start to the schedule — 20 of their first 28 are against teams that did not make the playoffs last season. No Thunder until January. Same with the Celtics. Miami isn’t a concern until Christmas. So if they are going to be banged up, now is the time. Andrew Bynum…

  13. On the eve of the season, one more trip back to the finals

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

    The last Friday night before the season starts. A chance to kick back, relax and take one more walk through last year’s NBA finals. Before it officially becomes history and we start watching the path to the next championship.

  14. Phil Jackson wants to limit Kobe’s minutes at start of season. Good luck with that.

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant rests about as much as the T1000. He played just a hair under 39 minutes a game last season. He has never played less than 36.1 minutes a game since 1998. And that’s just the regular season. (And you wonder why people talk about all the miles on that body, minutes that would…

  15. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

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    Last season: 57-25, top seed in the West, which they rode all the way to their second consecutive NBA crown. They came within half-a-quarter of losing to Boston on their home court in Game 7, but no Kendrick Perkins and no balloons in the rafters this time gave room for a dramatic comeback win. Head…

  16. Bynum “progressing,” on same timelines as natural evolution

    Oct 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.  Andrew Bynum is “progressing” and could be practicing in a limited capacity as early as next week. You know, like the other 700 times we’ve heard that. ESPN LA reports that Bynum began resistance strength training Friday, a step towards his return to the floor. Basically, he…

  17. It’s not time to worry about Kobe… yet

    Oct 14, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant is shooting 14.3 percent in the preseason. Last night he said he felt better but he was 2 of 10. You don’t need those stats or any advanced ones to tell you he is not right — just watch him. Wednesday night Kobe came down on the break with the ball in his…

  18. Kobe on 16-minute a game limit… until the games count, anyway

    Oct 11, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant played 25 minutes against Barcelona, his competitive nature getting the better of his  need to rest his knee. He asked to come back in the close game despite him not being able to fully trust his knee yet (which shows in his inability to drive and his off-target jumper). Kobe was 2 for…

  19. Could Barcelona hang in the NBA?

    Oct 8, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

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    Barcelona, the defending champions of EuroLeague, just knocked off the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers Thursday. Europe’s best beat the NBA’s best 92-88. They did it on a night the Lakers starters got some real run — Lamar Odom played 41 minutes, Pau Gasol 36 and Kobe Bryant 25. Barcelona did it by…

  20. Is Andrew Bynum one more injury away from Yao Ming territory?

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    How injury prone is Andrew Bynum? Is it a glass half full and this was just a series of flukes? Or is the parade of injuries a pattern that will continue through his career? Phil Jackson was pretty honest about it when asked by the Los Angeles Times while in Barcelona with the team on…

  21. Andrew Bynum looking to prove he is slowest healer of all time, says return may be December

    Oct 3, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum is one guy on the Lakers without a filter. Yes, that includes Ron Artest — Ron-Ron can be a little stream of consciousness, but Bynum is the one who just says what he is thinking and does not just use a cliché. Right now, he is thinking he could be out for a…

  22. Phil Jackson is not happy about his European vacation

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    Personally, a trip to London and Barcelona sounds pretty good. I could go for one of those. Phil Jackson? Not so much. Actually he might really enjoy such a trip if it was just him and Jeannie Buss, but in the middle of training camp? This is what he told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Dave McMenamin. “This training…

  23. Phil Jackson doesn't expect Andrew Bynum for start of season

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Laker fans have not been very optimistic about — or feeling very positive about — Andrew Bynum lately. You can add Phil Jackson to that group. Here’s what he said at his press conference Friday (via Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell). “I don’t see how Andrew is going to be ready, and I really haven’t anticipated…

  24. Phil Jackson reminisces about Scottie Pippen (and his defense)

    Sep 23, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson got put on the radio — ESPN 1000 Radio in Chicago — with Scottie Pippen, and he sounded like a coach. We fans have our memories of Pippen the player, the dramatic dunks and the big games. The rings. But Jackson thinks of Pippen the defensive leader.  The other thing that I remember…

  25. Phil Jackson: Miami has talent, but will they have teamwork?

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:39 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson knows a little something about winning titles. He knows there are two parts to getting a ring. First is having enough talent on the roster. Second is what Jackson has specialized in — molding that talent into a cohesive team. Jackson told ESPN 1000 in Chicago that Miami now has half of the…

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