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Buss A Nut

    It’s too bad all the goodwill and excellence Jerry Buss built as 1 of the best owners in sports has been quickly ruined by his punk-ass son Jim. The latter has made a mockery of the Lakers and his arrogance knows no limits. His disrespect for Phil Jackson is incredible (that’s putting it mildly) and particularly galling coming from a spoiled brat who has accomplished little with the Lakers. Unfortunately, Jim’s dad handed him the keys to the castle. Now he should be taking his privileges away.

    This is the same guy who interviewed Mike Dunleavy for the Laker job. Think about that. Mike Dunleavy gets an interview and Brian Shaw and Nate McMillian don’t?
    In the last year alone, Jim Buss has shown his disregard and lack of respect for many good people. Off the top of my head: Brian Shaw, Jim Cleamons, Tex Winter and all of the Laker assistants attached to Jackson and were shown the door; a slew of scouts, most notable Ronnie Lester, who ran the department before Buss ran him off before the Mike Brown fiasco; Derek Fisher; Brown; the fans; and now Jackson.
    Jackson, who was ambushed with news the Lakers had hired Mike D’Antoni late Sunday night, released this statement today, via the L.A. Times.
    “Saturday morning, Jim Buss called to ask if he could come and visit. I didn’t solicit or ask for the opportunity but I welcomed both him and Mitch Kupchak into my home to discuss the possibility of my return to the Lakers as head coach,” Jackson said.
    “We talked for over an hour and a half. No contractual terms were discussed and we concluded with a handshake and an understanding that I would have until Monday [today] to come back to them with my decision. I did convey to them that I did have the confidence that I could do the job. I was awakened at midnight Sunday by a phone call from Mitch Kupchak. He told me that the Lakers had signed Mike D’Antoni to a three-year agreement and that they felt he was the best coach for the team. The decision is of course theirs to make. I am gratified by the groundswell of support from the Laker fans who encouraged my return and it is the principal reason why I considered the possibility.”

November 12, 2012   No Comments

‘Don’t Look At Me’

    Mitch Kupchak said during his press conference today that no player had any input on the firing of Mike Brown. Of course there has been plenty of speculation about Bryant’s “death stare,” replayed over and over, during the Lakers’ loss to Utah 2 nights ago as having much to do with Brown’s demise. Surely that wasn’t the only reason, but it probably was the last straw among many that broke Brown’s back.
    Regarding Kobe, here’s his statement about Brown’s dismissal via his Facebook page: “Tough day. I’ve seen coaches as well as friends come and go. No matter how many years I’ve been playing, it’s still hard to deal with. I had a good relationship with Mike and I will continue to have one. I wish him and his family nothing but the best. I spoke with him today and thanked him for all of his hard work and sacrifice.
    As a team, we must focus our energy on tonight’s game. We must block out the weight of today’s news and simply do our jobs to the best of our ability.
    I’m not sure what direction we are heading in next. All I can do is focus on the here and now.
    Mamba out”

November 9, 2012   1 Comment

Instant Karma

    Did we mention the Lakers have lost 11 in a row since this cable dispute started in L.A.? Didn’t think so.
    As an annoyed DirecTV customer, I figured I’d relieve some stress earlier this week regarding its ongoing failure to agree to a deal with Time Warner Cable to air Laker games. The latter holds all of the cards and rights to Laker broadcasts.
    As I noted earlier, more than 2 million L.A.-area DirecTV subscribers are unable to view Laker games, with the exception of the ones telecast on ESPN, TNT or Prime Ticket. It’s a total of 57 games. Or now it’s 56 remaining.
    Prime Ticket broadcast last night’s defeat to the Clippers, who sent the Lakers reeling to an 0-3 start. No truth to the rumor Mike Brown needed a police escort out of Staples Center afterward.
    This was the response I got from Robert Mercer, a spokesman for DirecTV.
    “Sorry you feel that way, but look, we’re just trying to get a deal that isn’t going to drive everybody’s monthly bill into the stratosphere and that’s where we’re headed with all these sports rights costs. It would not be responsible to manage the business any other way. Hope you understand that and will stay tuned. We’re still in discussions with them. Thanks. Robert.”
    My response: “And DirecTV is going to prevent all of that, right? Please. Spoken like a true company flack. You’ve rehearsed your lines well.”
    Of course he didn’t respond to that. I wouldn’t have either.
    Meanwhile, suicide hotlines are full of panic-stricken members of Laker Nation. The Lakers will try again Sunday, when they host the Pistons. We won’t be able to see.
    Chick Hearn wouldn’t have allowed this.

November 3, 2012   No Comments

Happy Halloween: Tricks And Treats

October 31, 2012   No Comments


    Questions always consume NBA fans on opening night. And they will have more as the season dribbles along. Can the Heat repeat as champs? Can the Lakers win the West? Can the Thunder continue to be the best in the West after trading James Harden? Or will the Nuggets emerge? In the East, can any club seriously challenge the Heat?
    We know this. LeBron and the Heat are the favorites (7-4) to win it all again, while the Lakers (2-1) are the No. 2 pick. The Thunder (7-2) are the No. 3 choice, but after that it gets dicey.
    Vegas Insider

October 30, 2012   No Comments

We Could Always Rely On Good Old Dr. Buss To Play Games, But Not These Empty Suits

    It’s bad enough we can’t get the Pac-12 Network. Now this.
    Taking a page out of the Phil Jackson playbook, this is like 2 bad-ass kids who can’t get along in the sandbox.
    Less than a week before the NBA season tips off, Time Warner Cable and DirectTV continue their standoff. What it means for Laker fans is we can’t see games locally, unless they’re carried by TNT (hell, I wish TNT carried all of the Laker games), ABC or ESPN. So far, most of us haven’t been able to watch a preseason game because these 2 can’t work out a deal. It’s not only DirectTV subscribers being screwed by this. If you subscribe to the Dish Network, Charter, Cox, Verizon, AT&T and some of the other cable systems you’re not getting the games either. This blackout also includes many bars in the L.A. area.
    Here’s where you can lodge complaints: At DirectTV, call or email Robert Mercer at (310) 964-4683 or You can call Time Warner Cable at 888.488.3368. Ask for Mark Shuken.

October 24, 2012   No Comments

Promises, Promises

    I cracked open ESPN The Magazine’s NBA Preview today. I immediately flipped to the prediction page for this season’s final showdown. Heat defeat Nuggets as Miami repeats. Seriously.
    We could see the Nuggets doing some damage. They’re deep, play an uptempo style that gives teams like the Lakers problems and they now have Andre Iguodala to lead a talented cast. But can they crack the Thunder?
    Laker fans will be annoyed to read their club is being pegged as the No. 4 pick in the West. That would be 4th behind the Nuggets, Thunder and (gulp) Timberwolves. We’re not buying the T-Wolves.
    And the Mavericks don’t even make the playoffs.

October 23, 2012   No Comments

UFC Legend Chuck Liddell Will Lead Cheers At 4th Of July Celebration At Vegas Water Hole

    UFC legend Chuck Liddell will host the 4th of July festivities at the Wet Republic, the adult pool play pen at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The eye candy is off the charts.
    Info: 702.891.3715

June 29, 2012   No Comments

Down Goes Lakers

    Series changer? We think so. There is no way the Thunder doesn’t come out of L.A. without at least a split. If they win Friday, oh doctor.

May 16, 2012   No Comments

Spin It

    The Clippers trail the Lakers by just 1 1/2 games for the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference as they try to win on the road tonight at OKC. Fat chance. They are an 8 1/2-point dog and we’re betting they lose by more than that. Anyway, the rest of the stories…
    Thug? Oh no, not Blake: Since we brought up his dirty play a week or so ago, much talk has shifted to whether Blake Griffin is a villain or not. Chris Paul plays defense attorney.
    Kobe to miss 3rd consecutive game: The Lakers, who are 9 1/2-point underdogs, will be without the NBA’s leading scorer when they face the hot Spurs tonight in San Antonio.
    Freedom of speech: Despite being 1 of the clueless folks in Major League Baseball, columnist Rob Neyer believes nitwit Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen should not have been suspended for speaking his mind.
    SB Nation
    More Lamar Odom stink: Now if the producers of the Kardashians show wanted to hit the roof with the ratings, they would air an episode with Odom and his less than professional attitude in Dallas immediately. But of course it ain’t about him. It’s all about the fame whores. Mark Cuban, though, speaks his mind about how the Mavs tried to make it work with Odom, who couldn’t even make it to practice on time despite living across the street.
    ESPN Dallas
    Big man on campus: Folks are singing the praises of Arkansas AD Jeff Long for showing some balls and canning Bobby Petrino.
    Sporting News
    Fox, MLB object to Dodgers sale: It appears to be just a bump in the road.
    USA Today
    Typical Vegas visitor?: The snapshot here says he’s white (big surprise there), 49-years-old and from Southern California.
    Las Vegas Sun

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April 11, 2012   No Comments