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Phil Jackson remains amused about Vladimir Radmanovic

In his head, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson keeps a list ranking the interesting players he's coached in L.A. and with the Chicago Bulls.

Here's a taste of some of the candidates: Dennis Rodman, Ron Artest, Sasha Vujacic and Vladimir Radmanovic.

"Definitely Vlade is one my favorite sons. He's an unusual basketball player, but he's a very interesting person," Jackson said of Radmanovic, who was traded in February 2009 to the Charlotte Bobcats for Shannon Brown and Adam Morrison. "I missed the erratic things he'd do that would give you a chuckle on the bench."

Jackson may have a chance tonight, except Radmanovic will be in a Golden State uniform. Jackson can thanks his experience with coaching Rodman during the Bulls' second three-peat (1996-98) for giving him guidance into handling colorful personalities.

"I had no problem with Dennis at all as far as coaching him," Jackson said. "Just let him do what he does and try to encourage him to do some things that are a little bit out of his range. I got him to be very efficient in this offense. He wanted to pass all the time. I got him to do some things and shoot the ball once in a while. He became very good at it. He became very compliant. He's a good basketball student.

"Just see how much they want to play, how much they are interested in playing basketball," Jackson continued when asked how he determines whether such personalities will be a distraction to a team. "They can give a fluff about how they like to play and be a part of a team. But Ron and Dennis are great teammates and are guys interested in winning."

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A bit of the pot calling the kettle a fine shade of black?

I grew up a Knicks fan when Jackson was playing for the Knicks in the late 60s early 70s.

Surely he was considered one of the oddest players in the league at that time ...


Nice W, once again in DOMINATING fashion. Good to see the starters get that much needed rest and for the rooks to get a little burn. Hope they can keep it up.

BTW, is anyone else still having problems getting onto the Live Chat?...I sure am...oh well.

@63FTR: Glad you liked the Brass Construction tunes. They were one of my absolute favorite funk bands from back in da day. I have practically all of there releases on vinyl...now if I could just remember to get my turntable repaired. :-)

Also,I don't think that Deborah Jordan was with Panacea. Here's a link on her if you care to check it out.

http://dancemusic.about.com/od/artistshomepages/a/DeborahJordanIn.htm
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@LRob,Magic Phil: It's always good to know that there are some more Brass Construction fans out there:-)...and yes I do remember Cameron.

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@MM: I'm still having problems gettin' onto the Live Chat. Any idea what the problem might be...not sure if it's on my end or there's a problem with G-snap! Appreciate any advice or suggestions. Thanks in advance.

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Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

PJ is as successful as he is because he lets those quirky people he's coached be themselves. He is not merely a step-above all others in meshing talents together into champions and bringing out the best in players - he's at a whole 'nother level altogether.

Too bad that Gasol guy sucks...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

A bit of the pot calling the kettle a fine shade of black?

I grew up a Knicks fan when Jackson was playing for the Knicks in the late 60s early 70s.

Surely he was considered one of the oddest players in the league at that time ...

Posted by: jimjoyce | November 21, 2010 at 08:15 PM
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Yeah and he was a very good defender before the Knicks Dynasty ended and refs began to call more fouls on him.

Can't handle he's better than your previous Pat Riley?

I was not a fan of PJ during the last 3-peat. But I've learned to respect the guy. He let the players be themselves, mostly coz they are the ones who will win, the ones that are actually playing. You can't ask a player to do what he's not tailored to do, and PJ knows it.


I missed most of the game as my son needed some daddy time right at the game time, but it's all good. I wanted to watch the garbage time, that's when it's fun. You get to see the Killer B's, some different plays, etc...I turned my head to the tv once and saw Blake hitting a 3. Nice! Then another time, I checked the game and Barnes hits a 3. YES!!! More play with my son then another check, Shannon hits a jumper. Awesome!


If we keep hitting shots like that, we'll get this ring.

Cheers.

My favorite part of the game was Barnes leveling Buzz Kill. I'll be representing on Tuesday vs. da Bulls.

BLOG CRUE
Great win tonight. Chitown next. Good night.

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

Yea what do you know? You just keep spewing about health and HCA isn't as important as that yet try to spin Phil's words so you could paint your dead friend as being right.

Yea apologies to Cyber and the blog for having such a damn liar spin things so his Phil BUSTED views could have any sense for me to battle with.

You decided to "crush me" by blasting Van Exel and I do the same to you by using Magic and you accuse me spinning around. In other words: Don't be mad that I did it to you.

What a spin zone you are yourself.

Posted by: KB Blitz | November 21, 2010 at 04:50 PM
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You need help on many different levels.

You need help on many different levels.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | November 21, 2010 at 09:25 PM
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Yeah you need intensive anger management as well.

KobeMVP888: "You need help on many different levels."
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Tell me about it... lol

I'm starting to believe that KB is feisty but harmless. I love it when you tell the guy something, and he tells it back to you as if you hadn't just told him the same thing. Or when he reinterprets things, turns them around and totally distort them, then try to use them against you. The topper is when he seemingly gets bent of shape and returns a reply written in his patented unintelligible blather.

However I'll admit he is fun to debate at times and at least KB's opinionated and not afraid to defend his position, no matter how out there his opinion may be.

He is a true blog character, that is for sure...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

BTW MVP, you think the Lakers might consider trading Pau for Mo Williams??? lol...

Vlade has only a -1 while the other starters are in the -20's and 30's

Another win and rest for the starters, this is quite different from years past.
A recipe for success in the playoffs having the freshest legs.

The Heat big 3 though younger will be playing a lot of minutes this year.

There are 4 lights: "The Heat big 3 though younger will be playing a lot of minutes this year."
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Now that Udonis Haslem has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his foot, they are in some pretty deep trouble. He was their high-energy guy, their banger and in some ways the anti-Bosh.

I'm really starting to believe in karma - at least more so than ever before. Maybe it's just that voodoo magic discussed earlier that is making it's way through Miami...

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Phil seems to have a hard time giving Pau props lol...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Seriously MVP888 all you are trying to do is force your views on me. I was battling Keen Observer then you butt in at first merely disagree but when it seemed that I wasn't going to concur with you, you threw a fit and got pissed off that I wasn't accepting your views and started to do the spin zone. Is that what you do? Slander other people when they don't agree with you and when you get frustrated you do that stupid spin zone when they don't agree on your views?

You aren't going to change me nor am I going to change you. Accept that instead of being a 10 year old child who gets so mad that big bad KB Blitz isn't agreeing with you. Accept it instead of trying to make it a damn crusade to make my views to be similar to yours. We are supposed to be Laker fans who agree to disagree not supposed to be ones that call other Spin Zones and other stupid name crap.

"I'm starting to believe that KB is feisty but harmless. I love it when you tell the guy something, and he tells it back to you as if you hadn't just told him the same thing. Or when he reinterprets things, turns them around and totally distort them, then try to use them against you. The topper is when he seemingly gets bent of shape and returns a reply written in his patented unintelligible blather."

To be fair Cyber it's amusing when you spin things around too.

KB Blitz: "To be fair Cyber it's amusing when you spin things around too."
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Cool enough. I respect that everyone here has a differing thoughts on things. You are passionate and have strong opinions, no doubt about that.

I'm still waiting on the first thing we could agree on though, lol...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

I still don't get that you guys just love to keep stating Phil's biggest priority is Health these is THIS:

http://lakersblog.latimes.com/lakersblog/2010/11/phil-jackson-lakers-home-court-advantage.html

Read the title: "Phil Jackson lists home court advantage as biggest priority during the regular season"

Listen to him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kgd59l97-o&feature=player_embedded

Note: Biggest as in More important than "practice" or "Health". Are those two other important? Yes BUT he states that HCA is BIGGEST.

And you trying to tell me that Phil's biggest priority is health?

It's fine if YOU BOTH think that Health is more important. I have no problem with that. When you both start telling me that Phil stated differently yeah we have a problem.

Again.....Can you show me where he states the biggest priority is HEALTH???

Or are you going to mix it up to me and call a spin zone??

That is a simple request.

I'm still waiting on the first thing we could agree on though, lol...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | November 21, 2010 at 09:59 PM
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Jerry Rice>>>>Randy Moss/Terrell Owens.

Yup we agree on that.

I'm still waiting on the first thing we could agree on though, lol...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | November 21, 2010 at 09:59 PM
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Jerry Rice>>>>Randy Moss/Terrell Owens.

Yup we agree on that.

KB Blitz: Truly my last words on the 'Health vs HCA' debate.

I think it is so taken for granted, so un-needing to be explained that Phil really doesn't need to vocalize it. It is just something that trumps all other things.

That was something demonstrated when he holds players out of games going down the stretch. Doing so implies he is putting health over home court. Yes, he does play those players without health issues big-minutes if home court is still in play and in doubt, but that does not indicate he is placing the utmost importance on gaining HCA.

Let me ask you this, would he have held Kobe out 3 games going into the playoffs last year if HCA was the true end-all objective? Didn't holding Kobe out of those games indicate that health trumped HCA?

Whatever any of us think, since we aren't Laker coaches it really doesn't matter either way... lol

I just know that if I WERE Laker head coach (talk about awesome fantasies!) I would place importance of being healthy going into the playoffs way ahead any other thing including HCA. Of course, HCA is the goal of the regular season, but when one is getting to the end, playing your starters big-minutes in order to try to secure it could jeopardize the entire playoffs.

It's a no-brainer in my eyes: Health > HCA

much like Rice>Moss/Owens is equally a no-brainer...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

@Sonny - where you at Sonny? The Queens put on a snoozer and all your predictions go out the window. Remember good buddy, this Lakers team isn't the Celtics (who twice now have taken a team lightly at their own risk) and they definitely are not your queens. It's always good when the Lakers dominate this much that it almost seems like a requirement to have Trolls eat their crow. See ya Tuesday, hopefully with a better round of crappy predictions :).

Where's Ouuuuchhhhh? Shouldn't he be online nit-picking a perfect game by Gasol?

Great performance tonight..but the thing I really want to know is...

GDUB, Blitz, Hugo, JimJoyce, There are 4 ligts...

When are you submitting your profile to MM?? Why deprive the Laker Nation of more insight into your Laker experience. And if you're not submitting one then I want to hear a real good reason...lol.


I'm just saying...

"Let me ask you this, would he have held Kobe out 3 games going into the playoffs last year if HCA was the true end-all objective? Didn't holding Kobe out of those games indicate that health trumped HCA?"

Not necessarily. Remember Kobe played at different times before he shut himself down after the Portland game. There was still the chance to get home court against Orlando....Cleveland was too late to catch up upon and because the Lakers nor Magic weren't a threat to their home court they shut down Lebron also.

However Kobe was playing too badly (30% shooting) in April before the regular season ended. There was no chance of catching Cleveland. That's when Kobe decided to rest himself so he wouldn't hurt himself more. Phil still played Gasol and Odom frequently in an attempt to get a better record than Orlando. That failed when the Lakers lost in Denver. He still tried to keep up with wins against Minnesota and Sacramento but by the Sac game even winning the next game against the Clippers would have at best put them only 1 game behind Orlando so there was no point and THAT was when the rest of the team rested more.

You rest your players THEN. When wins/losses won't have any effect on the playoff seeding. And finally to answer your question if they had a chance to catch Orlando then yes he would have played Kobe more despite Kobe just playing horrid in April. But the losses to Portland and Denver killed any chance to catch with Orlando and hoped that both teams wouldn't be in the Finals which what was what happened.

It's good that we had home court over Boston wasn't it?

KB Blitz: Although you did have to repeat yourself twice in pointing out that Kobe was having a terrible April, I do agree that it was good to have home court over Boston. I give Doc Rivers a ton of credit for taking an inferior Boston team to the brink with the Lakers. Beating Boston was as good as it gets.

BTW have you noticed that both Magic and Van Exel are featured in the Lakers Classic game tonight? Ironic... lol Actually, it's pretty neat to see them both playing at the same time. With Peeler and Van Exel on the floor alongside Magic at times he's assumed more of a point-forward role. I don't remember them running this game last year, so this is great right now. They are killing the Warriors in this game.

Seeing Magic no-look to a streaking Eddie Jones for a slam-dunk is a very nice symbolic passing of the torch.

I'm wondering though what do you have against Magic, KB? Why such a negative attitude toward him? I'm just curious because he is so endeared by all Laker fans, well possibly all except yourself. Did he cut you off in traffic or something (as Jim Brown once did to me)???


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

"BTW have you noticed that both Magic and Van Exel are featured in the Lakers Classic game tonight? Ironic... lol Actually, it's pretty neat to see them both playing at the same time. With Peeler and Van Exel on the floor alongside Magic at times he's assumed more of a point-forward role. I don't remember them running this game last year, so this is great right now. They are killing the Warriors in this game."

It is ironic to see the 80's Laker PG and the Lakers 90's PG's together. Yea if Magic made better decisions he would have played so much longer and Van Exel could have better properly instead of being like Sedalle Threatt in 1992 being thrown into the fire. Of course Magic in 1996 played back up Power Forward but while his quickness was not what it was a decade ago he showed he still had game left.

And I have nothing against Magic. He's atm the greatest Lakers and top 5 in my book (I would still take Kareem over Magic prime vs prime though). Just because I prefer Kobe over Magic doesn't make me dislike Magic. Me not liking Magic is like Knick fans hating Ewing and John Starks or Bulls fans disliking Michael or Detroit fans hating Chauncey Billups. I think that Magic had flaws to his game (particularly the defensive end) but no I don't hate Magic. I wished he made better decisions which would have extended a superb career but then again Kobe could have made a better decision in Colorado (He did confess to his adultery which is still a naughty thing).

Same way when I made that post to Jimjoyce of Kobe more rings than>>>West+Iverson+Lebron+Wade. I don't hate West, Wade I respect more than LBJ (at least I respected LBJ's game), and Iverson still cracks me up with his practice rant. It was just to prove a point particularly jimjoyce's constant discredit of Jackson/Jordan/O'Neal/Bryant. Sure he prefers Magic and West over them but saying those guys basically suck is as insult not only as an Laker fan but an NBA fan as well.

KB Blitz - "who gets so mad that big bad KB Blitz"... referring to yourself in the third person? Classic! :D

Some of you kids need to step out of the sand box for awhile...LOL

VRad for Morrison/Brown will rank up there with great Laker trades of the past! Kudos to Barnes for putting Rad on the floor last night...it was well deserved!


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