Phil Jackson Back With Lakers, As A Consultant

LOS ANGELES, CA – Well, it’s a start at least… Laker fans everywhere, including myself, rejoiced at the news of a Phil Jackson return. Before we start poppin’ bottles, closing down Figueroa and getting the topless buses ready (not Jeanie), it’s only in an advisory role. According to a statement from Jeanie Buss, Phil is now a consultant. “My message to Lakers fans is Phil is a part of the organization because of me,” said Buss, who’s the Lakers’ executive vice president of business operations and serves as the team’s governor. “He’s part of my life and part of my family. He’s always in Laker world, no matter if he has an official position or…

Phil Jackson’s Advice to Mike D’Antoni

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Zen Master has some advice for Mike D’Antoni. During an interview Wednesday on ESPN’s radio program “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” Jackson said, “I would find one of my assistant coaches to work with me to help them just as quickly as possible because I know what they need. I think they need to get back inside, where the strength of their team is and use that presence in there to dominate games. I think there is a way to do that.” Jackson was on the show to promote his new book, “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success,” but of course he’s never going to sit down to an interview and…

Lakers Defeat Spurs Without Kobe Bryant

LOS ANGELES, CA – And the Mamba laid back and smiled… Playing inspired basketball in the post-Kobe era (due to injury not retirement, calm down Kobe haters that have been living under a rock), the Los Angeles Lakers played inspired basketball to defeat the San Antonio Spurs, 91-88 on Sunday. Displaying some of the toughest defense we’ve seen from the Lakers this season and holding the San Antonio spurs to 37.8% shooting, while it wasn’t pretty but it did the job. Dwight Howard finished with 26 points and 17 rebounds with Steve Blake adding 23 points on eight of 16 shooting – 18 of them coming in the first half. Pau Gasol had a dismal…

Big Shaq Makes The Rafters, Kobe Gets Trip/Dbl

LOS ANGELES, CA – Big Shaq diesel, the Big Aristotle, Shaq Fu has been retired. His jersey that is. The former Lakers #34 has now been immortalized in the rafters, albeit backwards, of Staples Center with much pomp and circumstance culminating with chants of “We Want Phil.” What an odd ceremony, but Shaq was never typical so it works. And on to the game…  Kobe Bryant messed around and got a triple double against in the Lakers defeat of the Dallas Mavericks 101-81. Bryant had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists on Tuesday with Dwight Howard adding 24 points and 12 rebounds. Newly returned to action Pau Gasol had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Earl Clark contributed…

Lakers Move into 8th Playoff Spot

LOS ANGELES, CA – In addition to their victory, the Lakers should probably send the Knicks a thank you card. The Lakers defeated the Chicago Bulls on Sunday 90-81 and the Knicks defeated the Utah Jazz the day prior to aid their move into playoff contention. With this win, the Lakers are now 2 (count em 2!) games over .500 and move into the 8th seed 1.5 games ahead of the Utah Jazz. Kobe was asked about his new playoff team, he responded, “Yippee.” Oh that Mamba, he’s such a card. Lakers center Dwight Howard scored 16 points and grabbed 21 rebounds. The win improved the Lakers to 33-31, the first time they’ve been two…

Lakers Defeat Hawks, Make It Back to .500

LOS ANGELES, CA – Bryant scored 11 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and hit the go-ahead layup with nine seconds left, leading the Lakers back to .500 for the first time in more than two months with a 99-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night. Steve Blake stole Smith’s final pass in the waning seconds for the Lakers who blew a 16-point lead in the second half before Bryant scored their last six points. Steve Nash had 15 points and 10 assists, while Dwight Howard added 11 points and 15 rebounds in the Lakers’ 13th win in 18 games. Los Angeles hung on for a quality win over the Hawks,…

Lakers Pull Out Another Win Against Portland

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Lakers pulled out another victory, this time against the Portland Trailblazers. No matter how they got there, pretty or ugly, another win puts them closer to making the post season. In tough fashion, characteristic of most of the Laker’s season, the Lakers emerged victorious after trailing for most of the game . Kobe Bryant dished in 40 points, 11 in the last 6 minutes while Dwight Howard adding 19 points and 16 rebounds. In much needed bench production, Antwan Jamison scored 16 points off the bench. This victory, and a loss by the Houston Rockets place the Lakers 2.5 games back from the 8th playoff spot. Unfortunately for the Lakers, Dr. Buss…

Lakers Playoff Bound? Kobe Thinks So

LOS ANGELES, CA – Keep calm Laker fans, Kobe got this. The Black Mamba says he has “no fear” of any potential postseason opponent. “It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will,” Bryant told Sports Illustrated. “And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone — Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have zero nervousness about that.” Big words, big dreams…but this is Kobe Bryant we are talking about. The Lakers who are currently 3 games under .500 and 3.5 games behind Houston for the 8th play off spot have a chance if they can rebound from injuries, defensive effort and morale. With the passing of Dr. Jerry Buss, maybe this…

Dr. Jerry Buss In Grave Condition

LOS ANGELES, CA – Just caught wind of this story being reported by LakerNation. Dr. Jerry Buss, the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, is said to be in grave condition at Cedar Sinai hospital in Los Angeles suffering from terminal cancer with only days to live. Buss has been battling health issues over the last two years and hasn’t attended a games this season. Son Jim Buss manages the basketball side and daughter Jeanie Buss oversees the business matters. Let’s hope he has a little more time before he makes his departure. Click here to read the story on LakerNation. Our Prayers are with Dr. Buss and the entire Buss Family.

Howard Hurt, Gasol Gets Hurt Lakers Win

(Insert your best caption here) The Lakers refuse to do things the easy way this season and by easy I mean hold on to leads. After blowing an 11-point halftime lead, they held on just long enough to cause fans to go into cardiac arrest and defeat the Detroit Pistons 98-97 on Sunday. A win without center Dwight Howard who has a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Having a little more sympathy for fans, the Lakers (playing without Dwight Howard) defeated the New Jersey Nets 92-83 on Tuesday. Problem is, Pau Gasol managed to get injured in this outing. Gasol was diagnosed Wednesday with a torn plantar fascia in his right foot, sidelining him indefinitely…