Category Archives: Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers
have had to replace two coaching legends in the last 20 years: Phil
Jackson and Pat Riley. The only time it’s worked out well, the team
turned to Mike Dunleavy.
They’re thinking of doing the same again this time. Dunleavy was
contacted by the team this week and is said to be on the team’s current
"short list" to succeed Jackson, according to a source with knowledge of
the situation. That list also includes former Houston Rockets
coach Rick Adelman, who ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and ESPNLosAngeles.com’s
Dave McMenamin reported Thursday also would be a candidate for the
Kobe Bryant’s(notes) face seemed to instantly boil as he was asked about the “decline” of the Los Angeles Lakers. Such talk has taken root ever since the Dallas Mavericks stunningly swept the Lakers in the second round of the playoffs, ending Los Angeles’ two-year championship reign.
He called breakup talk “nonsense” at
his exit interview with the media at the team’s practice facilities on
Wednesday, and believes the Lakers’ current core group will make another
title run next season.
As expected, Magic star Dwight Howard’s name came up often after the
Lakers were swept out of the playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks.
A Lakers’ revival could take place quickly if they could trade for
Howard this summer or next season, according to some talking heads in
the ABC/ESPN studio and some writers with the L.A. Times.
It’s not a revelation.
For a franchise that’s coming to grips with a season ending on
Mother’s Day, not closer to Father’s Day, with getting swept into the
dustpan instead of holding a broom, to losing with classless cheap shots
instead of winning with grace, you can add another foreign concept that
the denizens of Lakersland will have to swallow: patience.
The Mavericks won Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals Sunday,
122-86, and it could only get worse for the Lakers in what will surely
be a long, agonizing off-season.
Their roster is aging. Their team looks slow. Their spending power is
hamstrung by salary-cap guidelines that might get tighter with 22 of 30
teams claiming to lose money this season.
Kobe Bryant(notes) walked out of New Orleans Arena on crutches with a swollen left foot, but the Lakers guard is hopeful he’ll play in Game 5 on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Bryant suffered the injury after falling awkwardly and colliding into Hornets guard Willie Green(notes) with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 93-88 loss in Game 4 of a first-round playoff series Sunday night. A Lakers spokesman said a decision on whether to give Bryant an MRI will be made on the flight to Los Angeles early Monday morning.
Toronto Raptors assistant coach Scott Roth, Philadelphia 76ers player
development coach Quin Snyder and former University of Utah head coach
Jim Boylen are the three finalists for a position on the staff of new
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown, according to sources close to the
Roth and Snyder have already interviewed for the position, sources said, with Boylen scheduled to meet Monday with Brown.
Brown has already hired famed Italian coach Ettore Messina to serve as a
coaching consultant and likewise intends to hire John Kuester, recently
fired by the Detroit Pistons, to focus on the Lakers’ offense as
Kuester did when he coached under Brown in Cleveland.
With speculative rumors of Andrew Bynum possibly not playing Game 4 of
the NBA Finals spreading quickly, Pau Gasol practically sneered at the
notion after Lakers practice Wednesday.
“He wants to be out there, no matter what,” Gasol said of Bynum.
Bynum backed Gasol’s hunch later by saying: “I’m doing OK. Just finished
treatment, got a lot of the swelling out. Going to do another one in
about three hours. I’m going to be playing (Thursday night). I will be
Michael Wilbon is a media giant, blabbermouth co-host of PTI, while also
working alongside ESPN basketball expert Magic Johnson at times, an
occasional column for the Washington Post and a guest this week on Tony
Kornheiser’s radio show in Washington, D.C.
Wilbon has so much to say, there’s no problem believing him when he
says. "I have no idea what I said on the radio."