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With Mike Brown Out, What’s Next For The Lakers?

Just days after Jim Buss assured Lakers Nation that he, Mitch Kupchak, and Jerry Buss were 100 percent behind Mike Brown, the Lakers fired their head coach. Fans universally called for Brown's departure after a win-less preseason and a listless 1-4 start to the regular season, and it appears as though Lakers' management agreed. So, what exactly does this mean for the Lakers? Normally, when head coaches are ...

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Brian Shaw and the Jackson Disciples

If you’re familiar with former Lakers players and coaching staff, Brian Shaw is rarely unheard of mainly because he has a great resume. If this is the case why has it been so difficult for Brian Shaw and other assistant coaches under Phil Jackson to find head coaching jobs in the NBA? It seemed to those around the league that Brian Shaw was getting prepped for the head coaching job for some time. Why was Sh ...

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In All Sports, Championships Are Won With Teamwork

The great Phil Jackson once said success and winning championships “requires the individuals involved to surrender their self-interest for the greater good so that the whole adds up to more than the sum of its parts.”*  With head coaching stints with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s and Los Angles Lakers in the 2000s, Jackson had the luck of coaching the best talent in the NBA, but had to manage egos along th ...

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Who Will Be the Heir to Jackson’s Throne?

The Los Angeles Lakers have a daunting task this off-season.  It is not the likely changes that will be made to the roster.  The daunting task is the decision that Jerry Buss and Mitch Kupchak will make to replace the most successful coach in professional basketball history, Phil Jackson.  The vacancy is highly attractable, as being named the head coach of the Lakers represents reaching the mountain top in ...

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Lakers Face Elimination in Game 4

Mavericks Projected Starting Line-up: PG: Jason Kidd SG: DeShawn Stevenson SF: Shawn Marion PF: Dirk Nowitski C: Tyson Chandler Key Reserves: G Jason Terry, G J.J. Barea, C Brendan Haywood, F Peja Stojakovic This is it. Do or die. Either the Lakers win, or get swept out of the playoffs. Keys to Lakers Victory: Defensive Consistency: The Lakers are certainly capable of playing good defense, but they tend to ...

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Phil Jackson’s Legacy as an NBA Coaching Legend

There is one name that comes to mind when I think about the greatest coach in basketball history: Phil Jackson.  Jackson has eleven rings from his coaching stints with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers.  As his retirement from coaching looms in the very near future, we are all reminded of just how much Jackson's leadership has impacted the Lakers, the Chicago Bulls, the NBA, his players, and othe ...

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Weekly Laker Limelight: Ron Artest

Over the final six weeks of the season we’ll examine each player on the Lakers’ roster and discuss what their contributions will mean during the playoffs as the Lakers aim for a three-peat. We’ll cover one starter each week and then discuss the bench unit collectively. Today we'll be looking at one of the most enigmatic player on the team, Ron Artest. After auctioning his ring for charity last summer, Ron R ...

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Pre-Game Report: Lakers vs. Pistons

Lakers vs Pistons 11/17/2010 Pistons Projected Starting Line-up: PG: Rodney Stuckey SG: Richard Hamilton SF: Tayshaun Prince PF: Austin Daye C: Ben Wallace Key Reserves: Ben Gordon (15.8 PPG), Charlie Villanueva (2.2 3PT), Tracy McGrady (nothing notable) Injuries: Jonas Jerebko Frontcourt: The Pistons don’t have much of a frontline. Ben Wallace is a mere shadow of his former self - he has struggled this sea ...

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Road to the Repeat: Running of the Bulls

After beating the Pistons on Tuesday, the Lakers have still not lost three consecutive games since they acquired Pau Gasol, spanning nearly two full seasons. Deeetroit bas-ket-ball was not expected to give the Lakers much resistance, and obliged until the end of the 4th quarter when they mounted a run to close the gap to single digits.  Led by Kobe and Bynum once again the starters hung an impressive 28 poi ...

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