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Mike D’Antoni has been a member of the Los Angeles Lakers for just over nine months and he’s already one of the most disliked characters in Lakers history, with fans chanting “We want Phil!” on a nightly basis, hoping that the legendary Phil Jackson will return to the sidelines once again.
However, D’Antoni says he knew coming into this that Phil would cast a shadow over the franchise, and he expects future Lakers coaches to be held to Phil’s high standards for the next 10 to 15 years, according to the Los Angeles Times:
No, the specter of Phil Jackson never quite left the Lakers.
“I think anybody that comes in here the next 10, 15 years, it’s going to be that way,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t think there is any doubt that he was so good and so large and he’s still sitting out there.
“Had that bothered me, I shouldn’t have taken the job because you know it’s going to be there. I wasn’t stupid enough to think that, ‘Oh, they won’t remember him.’...
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Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated coaches in the history of the NBA. That does not mean that you will see him drawing up plays courtside anytime soon.
Despite that his significant other Jeanie Buss stated that he has the itch to return, Jackson told the Williston Herald that a reprisal of his zen master role is highly unlikely.
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Nick Young was upset when he wrongly thought that ESPN had predicted the Lakers to be the 12th team in the league next season – just imagine how he felt when he found out the ranking was actually 12th in the Western Conference.
According to ESPN, Young is upset by the prediction, yet he understands that many people are writing the Lakers off next season and he’s ready to help...
Jim Buss gets a lot of bad press and a hard time from the fans, yet one league executive feels as if the son of the legendary Dr. Jerry Buss is misunderstood.
According to Ric Bucher, who did a in-depth piece on the Buss family for the Hollywood Reporter, one unnamed league executive said that Jim was “underestimated” and “smarter” than his sister, Jeanie:
But one league...
There are few truths in this world.
One appears to be the Lakers wanting Phil Jackson to be their head coach. Whether Jeanie Buss, Jackson's fiance(?), talks about the possibility of Phil returning more or not, the two are tied together and, thus, the franchise is tied to Jackson.
Let Phil Jackson put the kibash on that notion right now. . . for now. Jackson told the...
ESPN’s recent prediction for the Lakers next season has enraged many of the Lakers’ players, but how do the fans feel – do you think the Lakers will finish higher than 12th in the West next season?
Kobe Bryant’s tweet regarding the ranking was short and sweet, while Nick Young and Jordan Hill elaborated a little more on the subject.
So, what do you think? Will the Lakers...
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I wanted to include my 2 cents in the debate of who is on the list of the greatest Lakers of all-time. Many argue that the greatest Laker is either Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson or even Jerry West, nevertheless...
Steve Nash and Pau Gasol aren’t spring chickens anymore. That became increasingly apparent for Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni, when both men struggled to remain healthy for the majority of last season.
So in an effort to avoid those circumstances repeating itself in the upcoming season, D’Antoni told Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, that he intends to...
As Lakers guard Kobe Bryant continue to rehab his torn achilles, Mr. Bryant gave us a look at his rehab courtesy of his Instagram account.
The below short video shows Bryant running on an anti-gravity treadmill (made by a company called AlterG) and clearly, if the NBA had to deal with anti-gravity, Kobe would dominate:
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With 11 championship rings, retired NBA coach Phil Jackson is arguably the best to ever do it. One of the most amazing things is that he was able to consistently put together championship teams during some of the NBA’s most competitive years. So what team does the Zen master say gave him the most trouble? None other than the Bad Boy Detroit teams of the early 1990’s.
Technically, this is true.
At least the Lakers don’t have the Dwightmare hanging over their head anymore, but at this point the Lakers need to move on. Dwight wasn’t the only problem the Lakers had last season.
Addition by subtraction? The Lakers can only hope, despite their very public courting of Howard that started a mere eight weeks ago and crashed and burned barely a week...
As has become common this spring and summer, Kobe Bryant continued to update fans of his recovery progress via social media on Monday morning.
On his Instagram account, Bryant posted a video of himself running, hardly groundbreaking stuff, but further evidence that he doesn't seem to have suffered a setback.
In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel last Thursday, Bryant admitted...
Yesterday, former Lakers player Luke Walton tied the knot with Bre Ladd, a former volleyball player at the University of Arizona.
While Walton was pictured with Jordan Farmar, Ronny Turiaf and Adam Morrison on Farmar’s Instagram, the L.A. native wanted to get a shot with the bride and groom, too:
Walton and Ladd held the ceremony among the picturess mountains of Aspen. Here’s...
Jeanie Buss feels her fiance’s coaching days aren’t quite over, but Phil Jackson seems to be thinking differently. The 11-time NBA Champion head coach has been battling health issues over the past couple of years.
Jackson was interviewed for the Lakers job last year, but L.A. decided to go in a different direction.
The Zen Master talked to local media at class reunion this weekend...
Cavaliers forward, Luke Walton, married his longtime girlfriend, Bre Ladd, Friday in Aspen, Colorado. Former Lakers teammates, Jordan Farmar, Ronny Turiaf, and Adam Morrisson all came out to celebrate as Farmar showed off some of his moves on the dance floor.