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LA Lakers News: Phil Jackson Frontrunner To Become Lakers Coach

on November 10 2012 10:18 PM
 LA Lakers News: Phil Jackson Frontrunner To Become Lakers Coach

The Zen Master could be making his comeback. On Saturday, Phil Jackson met with Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak.

 According to sources, they expect to talk again in a couple of days but no time frame has been set, yet.

 The Lakers zeroed in on Jackson on Saturday morning and if their former head coach is amenable to a return under the right conditions, it likely would be on a two-year deal, sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne.

"It's Phil's job to turn down," sources said.

 What those right conditions are extends beyond Jackson's health and willingness to return to coaching after retiring after the 2010-11 season. It would need to be "a philosophical match.”

 Issues such as how much control over personnel decisions Jackson will want and whether he would travel to all games, same issues that were a problem during Jackson's last stint with the team.

LA Lakers vs.Clippers Preview: Steve Blake Will Battle Chris Paul In Place of Steve Nash

on November 02 2012 5:49 PM
LA Lakers vs.Clippers Preview: Steve Blake Will Battle Chris Paul In Place of Steve Nash

Los Angeles Lakers could be without Steve Nash Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers as they try and avoid their worst start in 34 years.

 Nash is doubtful for the Lakers, as he suffered a left leg contusion in the 2nd quarter in Wednesday’s game against the Portland Trailblazers. Nash is unable to go, therefore Steve Blake will start at point guard.

  The last time the Lakers started 0-3 was in 1978, the season before they drafted Magic Johnson.

 This will be the fourth head-to-head matchup between Howard and Clippers Blake Griffin. Howard has averaged 25.7 points and 14.0 rebounds while shooting 66.7 percent in those meetings, and Griffin has averaged 18.3 points and 12.7 boards while making 45.7 percent of his field-goal attempts.

 Keep an eye on Chris Paul, as he didn’t have a good season opener, going 4-for-10 with 12 points and 12 assists. With Nash potentially out, Paul should have his way against Blake.

 Lakers have struggled on defense the first 2 games, giving up 99 points to the Mavericks and 116 to Portland, ranking them 21st in the league, allowing 107.5 points per game.

OKC Thunder Trade James Harden To Rockets

on October 27 2012 11:53 PM
OKC Thunder Trade James Harden To Rockets

The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded James Harden to the Houston Rockets after not being able to agree to a contract extension with the guard.

The Rockets sent SG Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and future draft considerations to the Thunder for Harden, sources told Y! Sports. Along with Harden, the Thunder will send Cole Aldridge, Lazar Hayward and Daequan Cook to the Rockets.

Houston also sent two 2013 first-round picks (from Dallas and Toronto) to Oklahoma City. The first-round picks have varying degrees of protection on them, but the one from Toronto is assured of being in the lottery.

Contract extension talks between the Thunder and Harden broke down, and Thunder general manger Sam Presti moved quickly to trade the guard. Harden rejected a four-year offer that would have paid him between $53 million to $54 million.

The Thunder are paying franchise stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook maximum contracts. They also agreed to a four-year contract extension worth about $50 million with forward Serge Ibaka.

The trade breaks up the Thunder’s young core, which carried the franchise into the NBA Finals last year.

LA Lakers Waive Guard Andrew Goudelock

on October 27 2012 4:40 PM
LA Lakers Waive Guard Andrew Goudelock

Los Angeles Lakers waived second-year guard Andrew Goudelock today, bringing the team roster down to the maximum 15 players.

Going into training camp, it seemed like a long shot that Goudelock would make the roster. Coach Mike Brown had him working on point-guard skills and the Lakers are already loaded with four at the same position, all on fully guaranteed contracts.

Goudelock was selected with the 46th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft out of the College of Charleston. His run with the Lakers was his first experience trying to play the point.

Robert Sacre and Darius Johnson-Odom are still on the team on non-guaranteed contracts. Sacre seems a lock to make it to opening night.  The news that Goudelock is gone should be a positive sign for Johnson-Odom, who is on the bubble.

Injuries last season gave Goudelock the opportunity to play in stretches. As a scorer he was effective with his outside shot and on-the-move floater.

At 6-2, Goudelock isn't quite tall or athletic enough to defend NBA shooting guards. Johnson-Odom is the same height but was rated by DraftExpress.com as the top overall athlete in the 2012 draft class.

LA Lakers News: Kobe Bryant To Miss Remainder Of Preseason Due To Foot Injury

on October 24 2012 8:52 PM
LA Lakers News: Kobe Bryant To Miss Remainder Of Preseason Due To Foot Injury

Kobe Bryant is being held out of the Lakers' final two preseason games due to a sore right foot and will be evaluated over the weekend, according to a team spokesman. Bryant's injury is classified as a strain, and he is out indefinitely. However, Bryant reported some improvement in his foot to team officials prior to Wednesday's shootaround.

The injury happened when Bryant tripped over Thomas Robinson's foot in the third quarter of Sunday's 99-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings. 

Lakers center Dwight Howard will also miss Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers so he can rest his sore back. Jordan Hill, who hasn't played the first 6 games of the preseason with a herniated disk, is expected to play.

Bryant told reporters Tuesday that he was experiencing a lot of pain from the injury and doubted he would play in Wednesday's game, even if it was a regular-season contest.

Jodie Meeks will start at shooting guard in Bryant's place. Meeks is averaging 4.8 points per game in the preseason, shooting just 26.7 percent from the field overall, but 46.7 percent from 3-point range.