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There had always been a time when Phil Jackson expected Jerry Sloan would finally pick up the Larry O'Brien trophy, wear a championship ring and win the league's coach-of-the-year award.

That thought originated when Jackson saw first-hand how tough of a challenge his Chicago Bulls team went through in securing the 1997 and 1998 NBA championships in two grueling six-game series against the Utah Jazz. Once the Bulls' dynasty was disbanded the following season, Jackson figured the mantle would go to the Jazz. That moment never came. Three days after signing a one-year contract extension, Sloan ended his 23-year tenure as the head coach of the Jazz on Thursday, marking the longest-serving coach in the four major U.S. professional leagues.

"My time is up," Sloan said teary-eyed in a news conference, "and it's time for me to move on."

Other reasons have varied, with reports including one from The Times' Mark Heisler who said, "He was having trouble with All-Star point guard Deron Williams and didn't think he was being backed up by third-year owner Greg Miller." But the reasons for Sloan's departure in the midst of an abnormal 31-23 record aren't so much important as it is the unanimous praise for Sloan. That included Jackson, who's rarely known to praise any coach.

"You hate to see a guy out having never won a championship with all the great teams he’s had,” Jackson told reporters in Boston before the Lakers' 92-86 victory Thursday over the Celtics. "We all had admiration for him. As a colleague, we’ll miss him."

The reasons go beyond the 1,221 wins Sloan accumulated, which eclipses Jackson's current mark of 1,134 wins. Even with his Bulls beating the Jazz in the Finals, the Lakers eliminating them in the last three postseasons and currently owning a 17-home winning streak, Jackson always maintained a high level of respect for Sloan and his team. Jackson never tweaked a Utah player, which is usually a playoff staple of his. He never assumed his teams would get by easy against a team that's been predicated on hard work and a never-give-up attitude, a quality of traits that aren't really equated with L.A. with the superior talent and celebrity that surrounds the team. And in his collaborative photography book with NBA photographer Andy Bernstein titled "Journey to the Ring," Jackson described Utah this way: "This opponent almost seems like a yearly struggle for us" before saying the Jazz is "one of the most disciplined teams in the NBA."

"Jerry's an animal. He's a dogged guy," Jackson said during the preseason. "He's had good talent. He never had superior talent, but he's done well with it."

"He was stubborn," Jackson added to reporters in Boston. "He had to be as a coach. He had a system. The system was effective. It's not easy to have a team in Utah. It's not the biggest draw in the country to have in free agents to go there. They were able to have a really great home record and play the kind of basketball that was admirable."

Lakers guard Derek Fisher saw that first-hand when he played for Utah in the 2006-07 season. He and Kobe Bryant have always held a wide level of respect for Sloan and the Jazz ever since falling to them in the 1997 and 1998 NBA playoffs. When Fisher watched those years' Finals between the Jazz and Bulls, he shared in his book, "Character Driven: Life, Lessons and Basketball" how he marveled the way the Jazz never deviated from their system, but maintained consistency in running it.

"The frustrating thing about analyzing the Utah Jazz of that vintage was that a lot of the time you knew what was going to happen on the offensive end -- a pick-and-roll between John Stockton and Karl Malone," Fisher wrote. "But they executed it so well and the play so seamlessly suited their unique skills that even if you did a good job defending it, you still couldn't stop it."

When Fisher joined Utah, he shared an anecdote where he learned "the Sloan Way in a surprising manner" as Fisher put in his book. He then revealed an anecdote on how Sloan talked about the need to have an unspecified curfew during trips. That apparently applied to Fisher opting to go to a nearby convenience store and returning to his hotel after midnight. Fisher revealed that led to an honest conversation where he respectfully stated Sloan never gave a specified curfew, prompting Sloan to then tell the team that the curfew in the future would be set at midnight.

This episode struck Fisher for numerous reasons. He appreciated Sloan giving him the chance to defend himself without discipline. He respected that Sloan never singled him out in front of the team. And he couldn't help but acknowledge he preferred Jackson's method of coaching.

But that still didn't diminish Fisher's level of respect for Sloan as detailed in the book. Fisher shared that Sloan was extremely supportive of him when he missed Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against Golden State as he and his family went to New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City so that his then-10-month-old daughter, Tatum, could have surgery to treat a form of eye cancer. Fisher revealed Sloan didn't put any pressure on him for when he'd return, but the surgery went so well that Fisher managed to fly back to Salt Lake City and arrive in time to play in the second half of the Jazz's 127-117 Game 2 victory over Golden State, an effort that showcased Fisher forcing a turnover and hitting a critical three-pointer late in the game. And when he decided to opt out of his contract when the season ended so he could seek the best medical care for Tatum, Sloan made no issue of it, something that couldn't be said of Utah's fan base after Fisher signed with the Lakers.

"I've been fortunate in my NBA career to work under two of the most talented and successful coaches in the history of the pro game," Fisher wrote in his book. "I feel privileged to have played under two living legends and to have seen how two different approaches to the game and how to treat players can both produce winning teams."

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Longtime Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, being held back by assistant Phil Johnson after drawing a technical foul during a game against the Lakers in April 2009, will be replaced by assistant Tyrone Corbin, right. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 
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Can't help but to feel like the game is diminished this morning. Jerry Sloan is one of the last of the old guard coaches.

On another note, if you look at the videos available from NBA.com this morning, you would think that Boston dominated and walked away from the Lakers last night. When the Lakers lose you get clips from both halfs. When they win, you get hightlights from the losing team: Go figure.

JR

I always loved Jerry Sloan. He never put up with crap, and somehow he conveyed that he never asked his players to do something he wouldn't do. He is one of the three coaches I'd like to sit and watch a game with. I think he got a raw deal in Utah, and that sucks.

That said, any day is a good day when you beat the green weenies.

GO LAKERS!!!!

I always loved Jerry Sloan. He never put up with crap, and somehow he conveyed that he never asked his players to do something he wouldn't do. He is one of the three coaches I'd like to sit and watch a game with. I think he got a raw deal in Utah, and that sucks.

That said, any day is a good day when you beat the green weenies.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Let the Bynum for Deron Williams rumors commence.

Actually, it's a trade I wouldn't mind if they did it this summer. Definitely not midseason though.

Great coach. The NBA will miss one of the greatest coach to ever coach. Edan Aharony

By the way. Last night's game doesn't show that the Lakers are better than the Celtics, or anything like that. They're actually very evenly matched.

The thing is, in their two games the team that needed it more played harder and won the game.

The first game, the Celtics needed a response to game 7. So they played with an extra edge.

This game, the Lakers needed a win over one of the top teams in the league. So THEY played with an extra edge.

It should be a monumental finals this year

Sloan was a great coach, and a tough mofo as a player. He and the other Jerry had some great battles. It's the NBA's loss that he's not coaching, I hope it was his decision. Good Luck.


LongTimeLakerFan,

you wrote: It should be a monumental finals this year

my response: ABSOLUTELY EPIC!!!

I can't ever recall watching an entire league re-configure to beat one
team.

and that one team is coached by the man who has one more than
any other.

Talk about "Last Man Standing" !!!

The best thing about beating the Celtics recently (well maybe not THE best thing, but one of the best things) is the lack of troll-droppings in the blog the next day. Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | February 11, 2011 at 08:03 AM
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Dont look up ... youre about to get hit! Posted by: 131-92 | February 11, 2011 at 08:05 AM
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LMAO!!!!!!!! Still got the SWAGGER!!! Go ahead on with your Bad Self 131-92. Your team did a good job they just failed to close the deal, so you should have that Swagger. Good to see you Represent the day after a defeat. 131 you're a standup guy!!! Carry On Sir!!

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Am I reading this right? JR just complained that his team is not getting enough recognition for their win? On a day when one of the greatest coaches in NBA history retires, the Lakers/Celtics game was still on the front page of NBA.com. Every time the Lakers win, the NBA pretends it is because of Kobe, even if he shoots 30%. Referrees are constantly giving bail-outs to the Lakers that they don't need. And you are complaining that your team isn't getting enough attention?

That just shows the intelect of Laker fans.

And you are complaining that your team isn't getting enough attention? That just shows the intelect of Laker fans. Posted by: Dustin | February 11, 2011 at 08:31 AM
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Yes it does!! The world revolves around Lakers Nation as it should!! Isn't it wonderful??? LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A mid season departure for a class act like Sloan means there's a problem somewhere. The speculation is probably correct and perhaps the Jazz are trying to figure out how to keep DWill happy so that he'll stick around.

The only other way this happens is if Sloan is in bad health


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You summarized the game perfectly, LRob, definitely a Friedman worthy post. Kobe was masterful and dominated the game from tip off to final buzzer. The quality of shots that he got against Ray Allen were so much easier than he used to have to work for against Tony Allen. He got everybody involved and rather than taking over the game with isolations, he relentlessly attacked the basket and shredded the Celtics interior defense. This was a game to watch for all of his critics who claim he has slowed down and is showing his age. All he is showing is his continued greatness.
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All it takes is a quick look at the box score to see that the Lakers front court once again dominated the Celtics. Drew dominated Perkins, Pau outplayed KG, and after the collision with Pau, Lamar turned into a beast and outplayed Big Baby. The Lakers bigs dominated the boards and points in the paint and showed the rest of the NBA world why all the talk about trading Drew (or Pau) for Melo was truly just foolish chatter. When they bring their A-Game, there is no team in the league that can handle their Big Four of Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom.
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TOM

Congrats to JS on an outstanding career as a player & coach. All things must come to an end and Like Jerry said, "His time was up".

What's better than Roll Call in the Morning??? Roll Call in the Morning, after beating the Chowders in the Gahden...

LEWSTRS present and accounted for baybee...Checking in for morning Roll Call...

Let's keep this winning streak alive, for I called for a road trip sweep...so far so good...one game at a time...and tonight we got some Knicks on the menu...

Still plenty of season left...and we are positioned perfectly to come in strong for the playoffs...

Anyone still want to break up this squad...lol...Dallas also lost last night, and SA will get it hit by the injury bug...so I still see our Lakers finishing #1 or #2 in the West...

We all know how Kobe loves to play in MSG...I see the Black Mamba spitting venom and striking all night...Look for Kobe to drop 40+ baybee...and look for Bynumite to spank Amare again...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

KOBE = Full-Man/Complete Amazing!!!!!!!


KOBE's Game- A Beautiful Thing!

Brought Tears To My Eyes!
Actually Made a Full Grown Man Cry! Not Ashamed TO Admit!


KOBE 2nd half of Game-Must watch for,

Young players,

NBA Historians,

and for

All-Around Lovers of How to Play the Game!


150% Vested On the Laker BandWagon!!!

@LTLF - The Miracles...Tears of a Clown - a perfect reply!

LongTimeLakerFan, you wrote: It should be a monumental finals this year my response: ABSOLUTELY EPIC!!!I can't ever recall watching an entire league re-configure to beat one team. and that one team is coached by the man who has one more than any other. Talk about "Last Man Standing" !!! Posted by: hobbitmage | February 11, 2011 at 08:26 AM
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OK HobbitMage once again just for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDpJoykyfOE _ Is there No one else _ Troy

Just in time to be Lakers coach next season after Jackson retires!

Happy Anniversary Mr and Mrs Magic Phil...i wish you many more...Keep up the good work Phil...

Anyone still want to break up this squad...lol...Dallas also lost last night, and SA will get it hit by the injury bug...so I still see our Lakers finishing #1 or #2 in the West...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | February 11, 2011 at 08:38 AM
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Lew - Dallas did lose a tough one. I think they blew a 9pt lead in the last 90 seconds. I hope SA stay healthy just like all teams. If everyone is at full strength I still like our chances.

mamba24, I salute you, my friend!!!

Thanks for the bandwagon.

6 years and getting strong!!!!

And nothing better than a victory over the Celts to celebrate this date in a good fashion!

Thanks everyone!!!

And carry on!

What's better than Roll Call in the Morning??? Roll Call in the Morning, after beating the Chowders in the Gahden... LEWSTRS present and accounted for baybee...Checking in for morning Roll Call...Posted by: LEWSTRS | February 11, 2011 at 08:38 AM
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Whats better than Roll Call in the Morning after beating the Chowders?...The SWAGGGER of the members of Laker Nation checking in for Roll Call after beating the Chowders !!! Thanks for checking in LEWSTRS with your Bad Self!!!!
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That said, any day is a good day when you beat the green weenies. Posted by: longtimelakerlover | February 11, 2011 at 08:09 AM
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Quite a turn of a phrase there LongTimeLakerLover…ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go Jerry!

Go Egypt!

Go Lakers!

All it takes is a quick look at the box score to see that the Lakers front court once again dominated the Celtics. Drew dominated Perkins, Pau outplayed KG, and after the collision with Pau, Lamar turned into a beast and outplayed Big Baby. The Lakers bigs dominated the boards and points in the paint and showed the rest of the NBA world why all the talk about trading Drew (or Pau) for Melo was truly just foolish chatter. When they bring their A-Game, there is no team in the league that can handle their Big Four of Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom.
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | February 11, 2011 at 08:37 AM

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LT - Yes, the Lakers big men did play BIG yesterday, but lets not forget about Ron Ron. He made PP work for everything and sacrificed his offense. Plus Shannon gave a nice boost off the bench. A nice total team effort.

Lamar Odom stats: 10 pts, 12 reb, 8 stitches. LO was 2 stitches away from a triple-double.

Magic Phil,

Since you had New England Clam Chowder yesterday, may I suggest Manhattan Clam Chowder tonight.

EDWIN GUECO – OWNER - Magic Phil congratulations on your Magic 6. Be careful of the 7 year itch next year, this is a prelude of going back to burgers. The formula of a long lasting marriage is like the Lakers team work of give and take. You're like batteries with different poles on each side, use it wisely to create contacts. When both of you are focused only on the negative poles, then the contact becomes sour and itchy self-centered. Both of you would just be concentrated on your own batteries and forgot theories of conduits and conduction. As a result, there is no light in your flashlight of relationship. Your batteries are alive but has no power to bring out light (like those flashlights made in China lol!) Did I make sense Magic Phil?
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That makes perfectly sense, Mr Gueco. Thanks for your kind words. And yes, we have our batteries at full charge in the present moment, and when they're not, our power generator, 5 yo Magic Alex, recharge us all.

Thanks

What a great win for the Lakers. It's the first time in a long time they came out and were determined to get a win against a good team. I was very impressed with the way the team responded to being blitzed in the beginning of the game. That's championship stuff right there. They flipped the switch.

Especially Kobe. The clean shaven Kobe looks younger, he also looked like he feels younger. He killed the C's last night. That last possesion when he crossed over Ray Allen twice for the pull up 15 footer was an absolute thing of beauty. Vintage Kobe.

Andrew Bynum played hard and played well. He did what we need him to do. Which is good. I must admit though, watching Carmelo in the next game did not change my opinion about whether we should trade for him. Bynum is a very good player, Carmelo is a great player. It's a huge difference as far as talent level. Carmelo on the Lakers would be a sight to see.

But oh well, it was a great game going into Boston and beating them down like that on a special night for Ray Allen. Ray Allen has been a huge thorn in the Lakers and Kobe's side, but Kobe had the last laugh.

I once again feel good about my Lakers.

Go Lakers!
Go Aztecs!

I was really hoping that D-Will was a potential sucessor to D-Fish in 2012; but this has to give any title contending team pause. If Jerry Sloan can't keep this guy in line, what chance will Brian Shaw have? If we lose the Melo sweepstakes, CP3, D-Will, and Howard are next season's superstar free-agents in waiting. CP3 has the same injury issues that Bynum has; but he'd look great in purple and gold. Howard would be a Shaq-sized steal. I'd feel bad for Orlando if we stole two future Hall Of Fame big men from them..but I'll get over it! Bynum for Howard in 2012 would keep Orlando near the top in the East and give the Lakers the post-Kobe foundation we're all waiting for.

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CONGRATS MAGIC PHIL & WIFE ON YOUR 6TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY – BANDWAGON *_________________________________________________________________________*
This Weekend, Feb 12th, me & Magic Wife are hitting 6 fantastic years together,! Cheers. Magic Phil | Thanks for the bandwagon. 6 years and getting strong!!!! And nothing better than a victory over the Celts to celebrate this date in a good fashion! Thanks everyone!!! Thanks for your kind words. And yes, we have our batteries at full charge in the present moment, and when they're not, our power generator, 5 yo Magic Alex, recharge us all. And carry on!
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(01) EDWIN GUECO – OWNER - Magic Phil congratulations on your Magic 6. Be careful of the 7 year itch next year, this is a prelude of going back to burgers. The formula of a long lasting marriage is like the Lakers team work of give and take. You're like batteries with different poles on each side, use it wisely to create contacts. When both of you are focused only on the negative poles, then the contact becomes sour and itchy self-centered. Both of you would just be concentrated on your own batteries and forgot theories of conduits and conduction. As a result, there is no light in your flashlight of relationship. Your batteries are alive but has no power to bring out light (like those flashlights made in China lol!) Did I make sense Magic Phil?
(02) LROB – DRIVER - MagicPhil, Congratulations in advance you on your 6th anniversary. (Just look how far the Lakers have come since you got married :-) Magic Phil, Since you had New England Clam Chowder yesterday, may I suggest Manhattan Clam Chowder tonight.
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN – CONGRATS MAGIC PHIL
(04) LAKERLASS – RIDING SHOTGUN2 – Congrats Magic Phil
(05) MAMBA24 – Magic Phil you know I have to say it, Congrats and…OUT FREAKIN STANDING to you and the Mrs…Carry On Folks!!
(06) FAN OF THE MAMBA – Congrats Magic Phil
(07) LEWSTRS - Happy Anniversary Mr and Mrs Magic Phil...i wish you many more...Keep up the good work Phil...
(08)

Red didnt get the memo that when you lose its only a "practice game." Posted by: 131-92 | February 11, 2011 at 08:32 AM
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GOD##@@%$$!! Then you have to tell him!! And you have to tell him now!!! LMAO!!!! Of course only very special teams get to use the "Practice game" excuse. Since the Celtics have 17 titles and the Lakers will have 17 WHEN they beat the Celtics in the Finals those are the only 2 teams allowed to use that excuse. Lol! Now hurry and inform RED of this. I do not want him to lose any of that Celtic Swagger until the Celtics have destroyed the East.!!!!! Your team played a good game my brother, any other team but The Freakin LA Lakers they would have destroyed!

Great win for our Laker's!! We're peaking at the right time! I really didn't know the Celtic's FLOPPED that much, I thought Ginobli was out there. Hope Matt Barnes will be ready to go when we get back!! Going for win #4 on the road.


@LROB... I agree you cannot discount Ron’s effort. Man has the quickest hands of any player in the NBA. That steal from behind on PP was classic Artest as was hold PP to 5 of 16. And Shannon definitely was big off the bench. Bottom line, it was great defense in the second half that fueled the Lakers win, holding the Celtics, who lead the league in field goal percentage, to just 33 points on 30% shooting in the 2nd half to come back from a 15 point first half deficit to win going away.
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@MAGIC PHIL... Congrats to you and Mrs. Magic for your 6th. May you someday match Mrs. LakerTom’s and my 44th. There is NOTHING in life more important than loving and being loved by your soul mate. May your marriage be as blessed as the Lakers are blessed. It’s the Love.
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@ROCKY... Melo did play well and is a great offensive player but Drew basically turned the Celtics into a jump shooting team last night. Even though the Lakers were down in the first half, I was never worried because I knew they could not continue to shoot like that for the entire 48 minutes. As far as I am concerned, Drew, Pau, and Lamar showed last night why the Lakers should not trade away their size advantage. This game was not won on the offensive end. It was won by dominating the boards and points in the paint. Kobe showed he knows how to win the big games and the Celtics no longer have a Kobe stopper much less anybody who can slow the Black Mamba down.
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@JOLLY ROGER... I agree 100% with your comments about Jerry Sloan. I am still not sure what went down that led him to quit in midseason but it’s a sad day for basketball fans to see Jerry retire. I wish him the best going forward. Without his soul mate and Jazz basketball, it’s going to be a tough transition for Jerry and I hope he finds some enjoyment as he has sure earned it.
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TOM

Hi friends!

Late reporting, but present and very excited. Last night was a systematic and deliberate kill that worked to (almost) perfection. Of course, I am certain PJ kept a few cards back for the playoffs but the game was a work of art.

Greenie chowd - check
Knuckleheads - next up.

Clearly a NY stop should be great for Kobe since he loves the garden. II just hope spike doesn't goad him into Kobe-mode. Would love another systematic and deliberate kill in manhattan.

GO LAKERS! Keep the grammy mojo going!

Cheers - PLG

Rocky,LRob

Did you guys watch the Dallas,Denver game? When Carmelo decides to play, his game is just pulchritudinous. Best (or as Kenny would say, easiest) scorer in the game, period. Posts up well, mid range game, long range game, very quick feet(meaning he can play good defense if he puts his mind to it).

Now, the PSP is not saying trade any of our bigs for him; just adding to a few of the comments that were made about him earlier.

Thanks
PSP Officer

Magic Phil, please enjoy your 6th year anniversary.
May you and the Mrs enjoy many more to come

Happy Anniversary Magic Phil!

Mamba24, you always got my back, thanks for including me on the anniversary bandwagon! Marriage is a great thing!

GAME DAY !!! back-2-back!

Actually Dustin, I was looking for some second half coverage because I could not leave work to watch the game. The only video coverage provided by NBA .com was the Boston highlights from the first half and nothing of the Laker comeback in the second half. So what should that tell a fan that doesn't get to watch live coverage of every game. Take your assumption of a fan's intellect and....never mind, you probably wouldn't understand anyway.

JR

I really didn't know the Celtic's FLOPPED that much, I thought Ginobli was out there. Posted by: NewMexicoLL | February 11, 2011 at 09:32 AM
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SWEET JESUS The Real Laker Girls are out in force today talking trash and Swaggering!!!
Thank God I’m a LakerHolic!!!!!

Kind of bummed out about the Jerry Sloan resignation. He definitely had his team's prepared in the playoffs. The Jazz teams are always a good foe.

Great example of what the NBA stands for - great man!

PLG

Mamba24, you always got my back, thanks for including me on the anniversary bandwagon! Marriage is a great thing! GAME DAY !!! back-2-back! Posted by: Fan of the Mamba | February 11, 2011 at 09:48 AM
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Of course I do . Are you not of the Mamba Clan? LOL! and of course marriage is! MARRIAGE…back-2-back-2-back…LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


JACKSON'S MASTERY VISIBLE IN BYNUM, ODOM
By Kevin Ding for the OCRegister.com
http://www.ocregister.com/sports/-287939--.html
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Just a great article by this bloggers favorite journalist. You can always count on Kevin for a fresh and innovative take on anything Lakers. Here is a couple of excerpts:
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“The methodical Bynum, 23, got dressed after the game and sat in front of his locker to talk to reporters while pulling on white athletic socks before black sneakers. The gregarious Odom, 31, chatted away before, during and after his shower. (Seriously, he yelled jokes from the shower room about how many stitches he should say he got for the gash on his forehead.) Then Odom kept talking before, during and after saddling up his clotheshorse with the Louis Vuitton belt and Gucci hi-tops.
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Bynum had been the subject of trade speculation about being sent out for Denver small forward Carmelo Anthony in the days before the game. Asked if his strong game was motivated by that, Bynum went another direction, saying: "I was motivated by George Mumford."
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And by George Mumford, Bynum really meant Phil Jackson.
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Jackson is the one who brought the Boston-based Mumford in to talk to the players at the shoot-around that afternoon. Mumford is a sports psychologist whom Jackson used to more frequently bring in to help his earlier championship teams think, meditate and clarify.
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"Talked a lot about not allowing outside things to distract you," Bynum said. "Train your mind to keep coming back to center."
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A guy interested in building computers and cars, an avid reader and someone whose favorite video game is FIFA Soccer 11, Bynum has one of the most analytical minds in the NBA. With Mumford's guidance, that mind was harnessed to unleash that 7-foot body on Boston for a season-high 34 minutes – time that Jackson chose to trust Bynum and time in which an empowered Bynum learned much like Gasol has that getting passed the ball doesn't necessarily start with the passer.
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"When I'm demonstrative and ask for the ball," Bynum said, "they look for me."

When asked to recall Mumford's actual title, Bynum struggled for some time. Then he had the revelation to dig into his left pants pocket for Mumford's business card: "Personal/organizational development consultant," Bynum read.
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Then Bynum smiled and did a little jump at finding the answer, adding proudly: "There, dog!"
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“With his light step out of TD Garden late Thursday night, Bynum also carried a paperback book under his arm: Junot Diaz's "Drown," a collection of short stories that reach out from tales of New Jersey settings and absent fathers toward Bynum's childhood of the same.
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It was Jackson's gift to him. The coach had gone shopping at the Borders store near the team's Boston hotel Tuesday to fulfill for the final time his tradition so well-known by now that it feels gimmicky. Jackson's books, then and now, have always come from the same place as an expression of his personal caring.
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Not nearly every player is a reader at heart, though. In this era, especially, there are far more players like Odom, whose eyes are always drawn to moving pictures over written words.”
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The association isn't as strong as it was a few days ago. I lost a lot of respect for DWill. It's a sad day in the association when a legend like Sloan is forced out by a done nothing been here for two seconds point gaurd.

Magic Phil,
I keep forgetting to post my congratulatory sentiments for you and Mrs. Magic.
6 years is a great mark, but I hope the Mrs. realizes that the 5 year 50K mi warranty is up. She can't return you or invoke the lemon law now.

A side comment on the Egypt situation:
Egypt is one of those countries I love to visit (though I wouldn't want to live there again). I'm quite happy that Mubarik (sp?) has finally stepped down and there is an agreement in place to end the "emergency powers" that have been in place for 30 years. The most interesting part of the latest development is that Egypt's military leadership is 99 percent US trained and attend regular briefings at the Pentagon. So, who is currently running Egypt?

JR

Mamba24,

131 is right...I stopped receiving these "Laker memos" long ago.

I still have the last one I received, in 1988, when Buss announced the following :

"Now that Magic has recently led us to 5 quick titles, it is time for us to stop pretending we never played in Minneapolis. They won 5 championships in the ancient pre-24 second clock era. We will now hijack those, and try to sell the ridiculous notion that we are closing in on the Celtics".

I know everybody is sick of trade talk......but we could sure use another outside shooter. Nice win.....although I'm sure doc feels his team was shorthanded

Mamba24 Roll Call ... checking in!!!

Ah, tonight the Lakers go to the Mecca. Yeah right. We ALL know that the REAL Mecca is Staples Center, where 16 championship banners hang and the retired jerseys of West, Baylor, Chamberlain, Goodrich, Magic, Worthy, Kareem, Chick Hearn and the Mikan crew hover over the arena in a majestic way like none other, including that place they played in last night. Our dynasty spans the entire history of the NBA!

So we head to Madison Square Garden where I hold fond memories from my childhood as I had the honor of watching Willis Reed limp on to the court from my nose bleed seats. There's a lot of history there, most of it disappointing to Knicks fans. But we have one player on our team who absolutely cherishes playing at the Garden: Kobe Bean Bryant. I remember Spike Lee being interviewed a couple of years back during a game when Kobe was going nuts and he said: "He's NOT going to get a Double Nickel on us!" Kobe scored 61.

More recently, Amare & Company visited Staples Center, where I enjoyed watching Andrew Bynum reduce this potential MVP candidate to a jump shooter from my not-so nosebleed seats. The crowd will be energized tonight, so the Lakers need to stay within themselves and execute their game plan and we should once again dominate the overmatched Knicks, who are on a 4-6 spiral, recently losing to the Clips at home. We have played incredibly well this season on the back end of these back-to-back games (7-1 from my count), so there's no reason not to continue that trend tonight. None of our starters played 40 minutes last night.

1-2-3 RING! #17 coming up STRONG!!

Hey everyone

at one point in the second half i was reminded of game 7 there was a 4 minute stretch of basketball where the celtics shmeltics couldn't grab a rebound for fun. this bodes well for the finals.

Does anyone think pau gasol is the closest thing in the league to kareem abdul jabbar?? In the last couple of games pau's running right and left hooks in the middle look convincingly like skyhooks.

Andrew bynum outclasses kendrick perkins once again, kendrick perkins and big babys davis's offensive game is a jokes


The way i see it is that kobe and pau are equally the best players on the team. but kobes mentality differs in that he is an scorer and always wants the ball in his hands. pau seems to play passively and often wants to ensure there is equilibrium on the team, i often notice him about to give the ball up after recieving a pass but kobe will gesticulate that he wants pau to take it to the hole.

pau needs to be more aggressive.

Of course I do . Are you not of the Mamba Clan? LOL! and of course marriage is! MARRIAGE…back-2-back-2-back…LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mamba24 | February 11, 2011 at 09:58 AM

this is how you do it, do it! back-2-back-2-back !LOL!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hiUuL5uTKc

Thanks for the read, LakerTom. Good stuff. I love these extended road trips, because it really gives the guys an opportunity to gel with one another, share meals, share adversity, share experience. It's powerful to have a coach that understands the mental aspect of the game, and not just the physical.

I hope we saw the Finals match-up last night.

Go Lake Show!

"Now that Magic has recently led us to 5 quick titles, it is time for us to stop pretending we never played in Minneapolis. They won 5 championships in the ancient pre-24 second clock era. We will now hijack those, and try to sell the ridiculous notion that we are closing in on the Celtics". Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | February 11, 2011 at 10:04 AM
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That’s the spirit Red!!! Keep that Swagger!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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CONGRATS MAGIC PHIL & WIFE ON YOUR 6TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY – BANDWAGON *_________________________________________________________________________*
This Weekend, Feb 12th, me & Magic Wife are hitting 6 fantastic years together,! Cheers. Magic Phil | Thanks for the bandwagon. 6 years and getting strong!!!! And nothing better than a victory over the Celts to celebrate this date in a good fashion! Thanks everyone!!! Thanks for your kind words. And yes, we have our batteries at full charge in the present moment, and when they're not, our power generator, 5 yo Magic Alex, recharge us all. And carry on!
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(01) EDWIN GUECO – OWNER - Magic Phil congratulations on your Magic 6. Be careful of the 7 year itch next year, this is a prelude of going back to burgers. The formula of a long lasting marriage is like the Lakers team work of give and take. You're like batteries with different poles on each side, use it wisely to create contacts. When both of you are focused only on the negative poles, then the contact becomes sour and itchy self-centered. Both of you would just be concentrated on your own batteries and forgot theories of conduits and conduction. As a result, there is no light in your flashlight of relationship. Your batteries are alive but has no power to bring out light (like those flashlights made in China lol!) Did I make sense Magic Phil?
(02) LROB – DRIVER - MagicPhil, Congratulations in advance you on your 6th anniversary. (Just look how far the Lakers have come since you got married :-) Magic Phil, Since you had New England Clam Chowder yesterday, may I suggest Manhattan Clam Chowder tonight.
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN – CONGRATS MAGIC PHIL
(04) LAKERLASS – RIDING SHOTGUN2 – Congrats Magic Phil
(05) MAMBA24 – Magic Phil you know I have to say it, Congrats and…OUT FREAKIN STANDING to you and the Mrs…Carry On Folks!!
(06) FAN OF THE MAMBA – Congrats Magic Phil
(07) LEWSTRS - Happy Anniversary Mr and Mrs Magic Phil...i wish you many more...Keep up the good work Phil...
(08) : JUSTA (formerly JustaLakerFan) - Magic Phil, please enjoy your 6th year anniversary.
May you and the Mrs enjoy many more to come
(09) LAKERTOM - @MAGIC PHIL... Congrats to you and Mrs. Magic for your 6th. May you someday match Mrs. LakerTom’s and my 44th. There is NOTHING in life more important than loving and being loved by your soul mate. May your marriage be as blessed as the Lakers are blessed. It’s the Love.
(10) JOLLY RANCHER - Magic Phil, I keep forgetting to post my congratulatory sentiments for you and Mrs. Magic. 6 years is a great mark, but I hope the Mrs. realizes that the 5 year 50K mi warranty is up. She can't return you or invoke the lemon law now.

MagicPhil,

Happy Anniversary. May your years together be as harmonious as the sweet sounds of Harry Ray, Al Goodman and Billy Brown. (formerly known as the Moments)

Happy Anniversary

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltXHyqp426I

this is how you do it, do it! back-2-back-2-back !LOL!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hiUuL5uTKc
Posted by: Fan of the Mamba | February 11, 2011 at 10:10 AM
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LMAO!!!! Yes Truly that is how we do it!! LOL! Thank you sir...Carry On!!

Happy Anniversary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltXHyqp426I
Posted by: LRob | February 11, 2011 at 10:21 AM
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Now that is just Classy!!!! Way to go LRob!!!

MagicPhil,

Happy Anniversary. May your years together be as harmonious as the sweet sounds of Harry Ray, Al Goodman and Billy Brown. (formerly known as the Moments)

Happy Anniversary

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltXHyqp426I


Posted by: LRob | February 11, 2011 at 10:21 AM
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AWESOME!!!! SIMPLY AWESOME!!!

I love Ray, Goodman & Brown...smooth as silk...

Thx LRob, I knew you'll come up w/ something groovy.

Carry on!

I think Ron should have had two assists.

The score was 86-79, Kobe had just hit a jumper that Ron fed him.

This time Ron was at the top of the key, and made the most intelligent play I've seen him make since Indiana.

He got Kobe's attention run off Ray Allen in the crowd of bodies, when Kobe swung around, Ron made sure he got the ball and went straight into the cup for the deuce.

Now, he didn't technically pass him the ball, yet, Ron saw the anticipation and directed Kobe where to go, that's impressive. Smartest play Ron's made in the Triangle.

Something small, yet, it was an example of the difference an engaged Ron Artest can be on offense. He used his body to help his teammates create space, over the past month. It's good to see Ron asserting himself physically on Offense, it helps Pau and Kobe create separation.

The facts that Bynum played better after the Anthony trade rumors (also few years ago Kobe was enraged when Kupchak did not trade him for Kidd that prompted Bynum to perform much better) indicate one thing: Bynum is not a professional who sorely lacks a work ethic and seems to be a very selfish teammate who delayed his surgery for a soccer trip that resulted in an increased playing time for Gasol and Odom. What saves him from being traded was his seven-foot body, all 7-foot of immaturity but 7 foot nonetheless. Phil Jackson's friend speech had nohing to do with Bynum's plays yesterday. Kareem, a HOF, had 2, 3 years to instill some work ethic in Bynum w/o success, how could one speech change that??? Unless he gets consistently better, Bynum will be gone for sure in 2012 if Howard is available.

Magic Phil: May you celebrate another 66 years of marital bliss! Hopefully, the Lakers provide you with a perfect gift: A win tonight in NYC!

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I'm still savoring last night. Very much so. The C's danced with the devil in bringing in all these aging vets, they can't cry when their team is constantly broken down like the Edsel they are.

RED'S ILLEGITIMATE STEPCHILD had the funniest troll whines I've seen in quite a while, pointing out that we played our starters a few minutes more than average, all the while the C's are missing a couple reserves. FOR HUMANITY'S SAKE, IS THERE NO MERCY RULE? COULD NOT HAVE ZENMASTER CALLED OFF THE DOGS AND RESTED THE STARTERS MORE?

Oh my, funny funny stuff.

Jerry Sloan was a great coach, but one who deserves to be on the same perch as Nellie, Lenny Wilkens, Bill Fitch, Chuck Daly, Larry Brown - no higher. Personally though, I always loved his fiery approach to playing D, his commitment that his team give tough defensive efforts, night in and night out. The league will be worse-off without him in it, definitely the Jazz.

LETS FOLLOW UP WITH A WIN TONIGHT AT MSG!


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

I say that last nights 100th lucky barstool win ranks MORE IMPORTANT than Ray Allen's 3-pt record! LOVE THE LUCKY BARSTOOL!

OK, I'm coming back early from the trade deadline since basketball is being discussed again instead of ludicrous trade scenarios...

Great Game! Still Watching Tape-Delayed...
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Congratulations Magic Phil & Wife! Blessings for a Continued Happy Life...

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Red's Love Child & 131:

When the Lakers moved from Minneapolis to LA, the team wasn't disbanded, Contracts weren't terminated, etc. Your argument doesn't hold water.

If that were true, any company that moves from one state to another would no longer be the same company. For that matter, any person or family that moves from state to state would lose their family identity and history.

Nice try though. Keep grasping at straws. I guess Beantown is starting to worry about its legacy...

Dustin,

>>>That just shows the intelect of Laker fans.
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pot. kettle. nuff said.

Hey! It eliminated the spaces. :-(

I was pointing out that Dustin misspelled intellect.

thet wuz reelley dum uv him.

>>>Lamar Odom stats: 10 pts, 12 reb, 8 stitches. LO was 2 stitches away from a triple-double.

BADABING!

>>>Bynum learned much like Gasol has that getting passed the ball doesn't
>>>necessarily start with the passer.
>>>...
>>>"When I'm demonstrative and ask for the ball," Bynum said, "they look for me."

That's what I'm talking about. Watch the previous Lakers-Celtics game... every time Kobe touched the ball in the second half, Pau/Bynum/whoever else was on the floor cleared out. They've got to go to the post, seal their man, and DEMAND the ball. Worked for Shaq. It'll work for them.

>>>I lost a lot of respect for DWill.

Really? Did you lose a lot of respect for Magic Johnson when he drove Paul Westhead out of town (even after winning a title with him)?

"When Fisher joined Utah, he shared an anecdote where he learned "the Sloan Way in a surprising manner" as Fisher put in his book. He then revealed an anecdote on how Sloan talked about the need to have an unspecified curfew during trips. That apparently applied to Fisher opting to go to a nearby convenience store and returning to his hotel after midnight. Fisher revealed that led to an honest conversation where he respectfully stated Sloan never gave a specified curfew, prompting Sloan to then tell the team that the curfew in the future would be set at midnight."

That was a horribly written paragraph.

"When Fisher joined Utah, he shared an anecdote where he learned "the Sloan Way in a surprising manner" as Fisher put in his book. He then revealed an anecdote on how Sloan talked about the need to have an unspecified curfew during trips. That apparently applied to Fisher opting to go to a nearby convenience store and returning to his hotel after midnight. Fisher revealed that led to an honest conversation where he respectfully stated Sloan never gave a specified curfew, prompting Sloan to then tell the team that the curfew in the future would be set at midnight."

That was a horribly written paragraph.


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