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    If you’re scoring at home (lucky you), the Knicks are a 5-1/2 point favorite over the Lakers in their much-talked about clash tonight at Madison Square Garden.

December 13, 2012   No Comments

Speaking Of D’Antoni…

    Steve Nash is making a strong case for MVP.
    When it rains, it pours. The Lakers coach got a little testy when the loveable T.J. Simers of the former world champion (that would be the L.A. Times, if you’re scoring at home) started pressing the action after tonight’s debacle in Cleveland.

December 11, 2012   No Comments

It’s All About Joey Again

    Tip of the cap to Black Sports Online.
    The Lakers can’t blame last night’s fiasco and loss to the Pacers on the infamous Joey Crawford (Dwight Howard would surely object though). Regardless, the NBA ref, as he’s prone to do, made some curious calls during the contest. And since Joey always likes to be a centerpiece of any game he calls, it’s no surprise he had his dancing shoes on in L.A.

November 28, 2012   No Comments

Karma

    Did we mention Brian Shaw, the No. 2 man on the Pacers bench to Coach Frank Vogel since last season, has won on both trips to Staples since Jim Buss thumbed his nose at him? Didn’t think so.

November 27, 2012   No Comments

Any Takers?

    Maybe the Lakers can fleece Philly for Andrew Bynum? Kidding of course. But someone’s going to eventually bite on a deal for Pau Gasol, no? Is that you Atlanta?
    Hoops World

November 27, 2012   No Comments

See How They Run

    These definitely aren’t Mike Brown’s Lakers.
    They scored 40 points in the 1st quarter and 119 for the game. I don’t even have to look to know the Lakers never scored 119 in regulation during Brown’s short tenure. But that’s what they produced in a 119-108 over the Rockets on Sunday night at Staples.
    That’s what Mike D’Antoni brings to the dance. His system has been roundly criticized, but like we said before, D’Antoni hasn’t had a club stacked like these Lakers.
    “We’re playing free,” reserve guard Darius Morris said, an obvious knock on Brown and his overbearing coaching style. Morris, who barely saw the time of day with Brown, is benefitting from his departure and injuries to Steve Nash and Steve Blake.
    Now if D’Antoni were a magician, he would find a way to hide that weak-ass bench. Chris Duhon? Are you kidding me? He’s D-League material at best. How he has a job in the NBA is beyond us.
    Still, it’s much too early to grasp how good the Lakers will be when push comes to shove. So far, though, we like what we see. The up-tempo game fits this club.
    Mike Brown might not agree, but what does he know?

November 18, 2012   No Comments

Best In L.A.

    The Clip Joint is smoking out of the gate. With a strong lineup, and unlike the Lakers, a productive bench, they are off to a 6-2 start and lead the Pacific Division. Led by the pickup of the year, Jamal Crawford, who finished with 22 points on 7 of 11 shooting to beat the Heat Wednesday night, they have instant offense and a significant up-tempo attack.
    LeBron went for 30 against the Clippers, but D-Wade, who is hurting again, managed just 6 points on 2 of 10 attempts and ate some leather when Eric Bledsoe rejected a layup.
    Five Clippers scored in double figures, including Blake Griffin, who had 20, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks.
    It’s early, but we like what we see from 2nd city.

November 15, 2012   No Comments

Endorsements: Tip Of The Cap

    At least we’re in good company.
    From the Facebook page of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: “Mike D’Antoni will prove to be an excellent choice to coach the Lakers. Mike has proven his ability to get the most from players with differing talent levels, blending them into an effective unit. The Lakers may even try an up-tempo approach on offense. That would be just what many Laker fans have been waiting for.”

November 13, 2012   No Comments

Like Mike

    Despite our disgust with the juvenile behavior of Jim Buss and our desire for a Phil Jackson or Brian Shaw hire, we actually like the Mike D’Antoni addition. Credit Mitch Kupchak and the old man for that though. Jerry Buss has had a hard-on for the return of Showtime about as long a time as he has yearned for young honeys. Jim Buss? He fantasizes about the horribly dressed Mike Dunleavy.
    The Lakers’ roster fits well with D’Antoni’s system. Granted, he doesn’t have 11 rings, and there will be questions about how some of the old legs, notably Kobe and Metta World Peace, will hold up over the long haul. But I don’t think it will be a problem.
    Further, the Lakers need an up-tempo attack to compete and cover some of their deficiencies. Without it, Steve Nash becomes more of a liability as a defender.
    Also keep in mind D’Antoni has never had as many good defenders as he has with the Lakers. In addition to Kobe and World Peace, he’s got Dwight Howard to clean up Nash’s mess and some of the rest.
    The Lakers’ weakness, though, is their bench. It eventually will lead to their downfall. Their refusal to sign Leonardo Barbosa, particularly now with the hiring of D’Antoni, was a huge mistake.
    But that’s what happens when front-office types like Jim Buss fall in love with players like Steve Blake.
    Still, I can’t wait to watch the Lakers go up and down, particularly with the Thunder. Their 1st meeting will be Dec. 7 in OKC.

November 12, 2012   No Comments

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.”

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November 12, 2012   No Comments