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    Doug Gottlieb has never been the smartest tool in the shed. When he was at Notre Dame, where he played ball before transferring to Oklahoma State, Gottlieb got in a little trouble, just a bit, when he stole a fellow student’s credit card and charged up some purchases. That led to him heading to Zero State.
    As proof that Doug still has some education issues to work on, this was his response to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers wearing the “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts Tuesday night.

December 10, 2014   No Comments

For Next Trick…Wouldn’t You Be Better Off Without D’Antoni And Playing The Lottery?

    We knew Laker fans would lower themselves to such things, but are you kidding us?
    Although Laker fans are all giddy (hmmm, last time that’s happened?) with the No. 7 seed, do they really believe this squad is actually capable of anything in the NBA playoffs? Forgive us. I lost $5 to my old lady cuz I bet the Lakers wouldn’t make it, so maybe I’m a little bitter. And I surely forgot how the NBA sometimes figures into these things.
    They don’t want to face my homies and the OKC Thunder. They want no part of that can of whip ass. Russell Westbrook again? Oh no, let’s take Timmy Duncan and his choir boy friends. Is that you T-Mac?
    Some folks believe the Lakers are better off (is that you Magic Johnson?) making the playoffs instead of tanking for the lottery, like many of us dreamers gamble on everyday. But Dwight and the boys failing Kobe on the final night of the regulation…well the suicide hotline would have been working overtime.
    The Lakers are 200-1 to win it all. Your point is?
    We’re also pissed seeing the Spurs getting 8-1 since we bet them at 4-1. Someone trying to tell us something? Didn’t think so.

April 18, 2013   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.”

November 12, 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

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

There Goes That Man Again

      She’s not with him because he has money is she? Didn’t think so.
      You’ve probably seen Jimmy Goldstein courtside at NBA games throughout the season. And you’ll probably see him again tonight during Game 4 of the Thunder-Lakers. What’s his secret? Glad you asked.

May 19, 2012   No Comments

Billy Goat

    Billy Hunter is making the NBA players executive committee look like buffoons, particularly Mo Evans. Evans, once a teammate with Derek Fisher with the Lakers, has been the most vocal committee member about forcing Fisher out as president despite the union paying almost $5 million to Hunter’s family for union-related “work.” Please.
    The committee went as far as dropping the name of Chris Paul, who also is a member of the committee and voted for Fisher’s ouster, as a possible successor to Fisher. Wonder where that came from?
    Seriously, the stench is becoming unbearable.
    Rick Fox was a guest on the “Petros & Money” show this afternoon on Fox Radio in L.A. Fox said the wackiness is just beginning. And though he didn’t elaborate, it’s a good guess more skeletons will be falling out of Hunter’s closet.

April 24, 2012   No Comments

2011: Calling Cards

    There also is a tale about Super Bowl Sunday in Dallas last February, but that’s a story best told on a rainy day.
    Nothing could have been sweeter for the Dallas Mavericks than capturing their 1st NBA title, particularly by beating the Miami Heat, but a close second was Dirk and his mates wiping out the Lakers in a sweep that still resonates in L.A.
    For me though, nothing in 2011 compares to Game 6 of the World Series in St. Louis, where the Rangers were a strike away from claiming their 1st championship before David Freese drilled a fastball to right over the head of Nelson Cruz and the Cardinals, who were on life support just to make the playoffs a month before (not everyone thought such though), began a seemingly impossible rally in extra innings that resulted in the club winning its 11th banner.
    Hours before Game 7, which was practically an afterthought as far as Cards fans were concerned, I strolled up to a betting window in 1 of my favorite sportsbooks (Santa Fe Station in Vegas) like the cocky young fella I used to be, decked out in a classic power blue Cards’ jersey (think the ’80s and the “White Rat”) with the Wizard’s name and number in red letters on the back and flashing the biggest and shittiest grin 1 could imagine. Even the betting clerk couldn’t resist smirking.
    “You know why I’m here,” I said sarcastically, confident as I’ve ever been before wagering a bet.
    “Good luck,” he said.
    I didn’t need it. I knew my money was as good as gold.

December 29, 2011   No Comments

Experts Say…

    It’s a Heat-Thunder NBA final waiting to happen. Can’t argue with that.
    Fox Sports

December 19, 2011   No Comments

‘It Was A Shakedown’

Forget the Lakers getting the shaft in the Chris Paul deal. The Rockets are reeling too. And the reputation of Hornets’ GM Dell Demps. Can you spell s-l-a-n-d-e-r?
Adrian Wojnarowski pens 1 of the best pieces I’ve read so far regarding this hijacking by David Stern and the NBA.
Yahoo Sports

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December 15, 2011   No Comments