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Caught in the Web: Jim Cleamons in talks to become Puerto Rican national team coach

Photo: Phil Jackson had the Midas touch when it came to dealing with superstars such as Kobe Bryant, enigmatic figures including Lamar Odom and veterans such as Derek Fisher during his coaching tenure with the Lakers. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times -- The Times' Broderick Turner reports that Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons has been contacted by Puerto Rican officials to become the national team coach. Turner also talks to Steve Kerr, Rick Fox and Robert Horry about what qualities the next Lakers coach will need to have to minimize the transition period in the post-Phil Jackson era .

-- Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine has a photo-caption contest featuring former Laker A.C. Green.

-- NBA.com's Micah Hart highlights Ron Artest's tweet where he jokes he's replacing Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men."

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky provides a report card on Derek Fisher.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford provides a list of free agents the Lakers might want to pursue. 

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell previews Andrew Bynum's offseason. 

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip Barnett has a few quick-hit thoughts on the Lakers.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark wonders whether Brian Shaw is the right man for the job. 

-- Laker Nation's Kevin Figgers argues the Lakers need to hire Jerry Sloan as their next coach. 

--Thanks to colleague Austin Knoblauch for passing this video along from Norm McDonald meeting up with Pau Gasol impersonator Michael Fanter.

Tweet of the Day: "I love my @NBA citizenship award!!!!!" -- ronartest (Lakers forward Ron Artest)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "It's always fun when I hear that Kobe should pass the ball and get teammates involved. Uh, you mean pass to Fish or Ron, whoa that didn't work. Well then to Lamar or Pau (who gets pushed out of the post), nah. Okay he should pass to Blaker and Matty who couldn't hit a 3 when needed. I forgot, pas to Luke and Joe and Theo (who). Of course, the Rooks, well no. I'm sorry, to Brownie, yes to clank those bricks. Perhaps big Drew, at least when he's in uniform. Wouldn't it be nice to pass to someone that he could actually rely on! I just can't figure out to who or even whom?" -- D[erek]J[eter]

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Phil Jackson had the Midas touch when it came to dealing with superstars such as Kobe Bryant, enigmatic figures including Lamar Odom and veterans such as Derek Fisher during his coaching tenure with the Lakers. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 
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@D[erek]J[eter]: Congrats on the RFRCOTD. I didn't read your comment the first time around, but it reflects exactly my sentiments! Good job!

Lol ... that is all

@LEWSTERS … It was just great getting to meet you and Cora and your extended family and Laker Revelation. It really makes blogging so much more fun in my mind to have met your virtual friends in person. The Vegas idea sounds great. Count me in if you can set it up. We may have to split the Lakers bloggers up into age groups to keep the competition fair. I’m all up for the over 50 game.
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@NUGGETSCOUNTRY … We didn’t really have enough time to go to Scoma’s or anywhere for dinner so just got some seafood, chips, and beers and grabbed some free tables on the street near Fisherman’s Wharf. Next time you come to SF, let me know and I will treat you to Scoma’s. You best prescription against Lakers malaise is to replay one of those incomparable Kobe games. Sweet!
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@CORNERJ… I agree with you 100% that Kobe’s 81 was the greatest NBA single game scoring achievement ever, even better than Wilt’s 100 point game. I’ve always said it was the silver lining in trading Shaq and struggling for those few years. Otherwise, we would never have seen Kobe drop 81 on the Raptors or outscore the entire Mavs team for three quarters 62-61. I mean, what a game!
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@LUDWIG … I also noticed that Phil was pretty jovial for having had his legacy shoved up his rear by the Mavs. I remember the video of him and his son and daughter walking to the press conference and Phil smiling from ear to ear. That said to me that he will never return to coaching. He’s done.
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TOM


@Ludwig. My thoughts exactly... Looking forward to seeing OKC expose dallas for the phonies they are.. Dallas is very high on themselves.. Everyones high on dallas now but I refuse to give them credit.. They did NOT beat the lakers.. Let's gets this straight.. Lakers beat themselves... Pau gasol beat the lakers.. Phil beat the lakers.. Jason kidd or dirk did not beat the lakers.. Everyones biting their tongue without any predictions but I expect OKC to let their horses loose and run run and run circles around this slow footed and OLD dallas team.

(Crossing my fingers)

GO OKC!
GO BULLS!

Go Durantula vs Drose in nba 2011 finals!

Jim Cleamons is a better choice than Mike Dunleavy, he's a senior Laker who can be trusted and respected. Mike Dunleavy, please where is coaching talent there. He destroyed the tail end of the Showtime players and left it under Del Harris, an equally under achieving Coach. He moved to the Clippers, drove away a Laker legend Elgin from GM and MD assumed the job of Coach/GM what actually happened to the Clippers? Please don't bring Dunleavy to the Lakers or else there will be a fan revolt at El Segundo.

Here is an interesting article from San Antonio what Pop thinks about the next Laker coach. His recommendations are well founded and very reasonable.

http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2011/05/17/mike-monroe-pop-goes-farming-for-phils-successor/

What's going on with this FO's coaching rumors, it's not enough to extend to players to be dysfunctional all year round just like the owners lifestyle, why would they wreck a sound institution by letting it decay with this inept stewardship? Jim Buss, I hope you don't frustrate Laker fans.

@D(erek)J(eter)
Congrats on the Friedman! Well deserved!

I too am wishing for either CP3 or D Will so Kobe can finally get some open shots. Kobe has put in 14 years of breaking down defenses and getting his teammates wide open looks. It's time to pair him with someone who can reciprocate!

Can we now please throw that nimrod who's been impersonating Pau Gasol for years off the 6th Bridge into the L.A. River at low flow?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

@Jon K.

BAHAHAAAAAAAHHAAAA!

BTW, good luck on your search for a new job.

MOVING FORWARD . . .


1. End of season blues are never fun. Win a championship and there is that inevitable let-down leaving me the feeling of, "That's it? No more games?" Fall short of a championship and there is that dull ache fueled by the tormenting "what ifs?" and "what nows?". As a player and coach I have to admit it, but it is true for me. I hate losing. And the only joy I find in winning is that I have managed to put off losing for the moment. Unfortunately, this cloud hovers over me as a fan as well.


2. Rooting for the Bulls. So I suppose I have added incentive to like what I see. But I believe that team has all the pieces necessary to beat any of the three teams left standing. Too much size for Heat. Too much athleticism for Dallas. Too much experience for OKC. Just have to shake my head and wonder what might have been if certain mercenaries had taken their talents to Chicago instead. Can you imagine the Heat with Rose at point and Noah at center? WOW


3. OKC is a good story, but Memphis exposed how Dallas will beat them. Marion can bother Durrant much the same as Battier and Allen have. Westbrook jumpers (clang) and confounding misses at the rim will not be enough to sustain enough offense to beat Dallas. And meanwhile, Ibaka/Collison/Mohammed/Perkins do not have answers for Dirk. As OKC gets frustrated, look for one key statistic to be an indicator of how the games go ~ TURNOVERS.


4. For those of you old enough to remember, the last championship the great Celtics team of the 80's won was 1986. The core of that team (Ainge/Johnson/Bird/McHale/Parish) stayed together another FIVE solid years. They made the playoffs each year, even The Finals once ('87), but their age and lack of athleticsm was overwhelmed by the up and coming young & energetic teams like the Pistons, Bulls, and Blazers. Objective analysis seems to indicate that the Lakers are eerily similar to that Celtics team and the times reflecting a similar dynamic in the league. Bulls, OKC, Heat and a few others on the rise (even the Clippers!) pack a blend of talent, energy, and youth that will have to be reckoned with. I sense this Laker team (as constructed) has some good to great seasons left ~ but I don't know if they can win another championship.


4b... I will grant to those who want to argue, that Drew is an X-factor when comparing the 80's Celtics to today's Lakers. And to that argument I suggest that the Lakers seriously considering RETOOLING as soon as possible, rather than having to rebuild as the Celtics ended up having to do... for TWENTY YEARS! There is no question that the current philosophy of rules and officiating favor guard driven teams. Very important that the Lakers surround Drew with quick, penetrating, accurate shooting guards.


5. IF OKC is your pick, you have to reckon with this reality. Teams whose #1 star is their Small Forward just don't do well in the NBA playoffs. Try to name teams that have won the championship with their #1 star player being their small forward. That list is VERY short. By my count, their are only three, thanks to Rick Barry - once, Dr. J - once, Larry Bird - thrice (please do NOT suggest Paul Pierce for this list!). It is telling that Elgin Baylor, perhaps the greatest small forward in history, NEVER won a championship. I do not see Durant on par with Barry, Dr. J, Larry, and Elgin ~ not yet, that's for sure. OKC needs another piece beside Durant (just like Pierce had Allen AND Garnett) to win it all.


Returning to my offseason hole now, where even the groundhogs dare not visit.

Mike

Edwin - I agree with your sentiments. As much as it seems the Lakers are trying to go in a "new" direction, Cleamons not even being considered likely has more to do with his own interest. In a Q&A I did with him here( http://lakersblog.latimes.com/lakersblog/2011/01/laker-profile-jim-cleamons-expresses-interest-in-coaching-at-the-collegiate-level.html), Cleamons made it very clear he's interested in coaching college and didn't even express even token interest on the Lakers position

Lack of practice is something I commented in these blogs about from December on. I think the lack of Kobe in the movements on the floor hurt the rest of the team, only because they don't have the focus and drive of a Kobe type person. This team was generally lazy last year, which meant they were slow of mind and body when in games. Harder practices should have helped, but I believe PJ's last stand tour announcement was just enough to lose the majority of the Lakers paying him attention. I truly believe Kobe has downplayed his disappointment even greater than his statements about the 'big dog...etc.'. My belief is that he is truly significantly upset at the team for dropping their drive and focus. His comments about getting his legs right tells me he is going for one more big season next year. Scoring. Practices. Hops. all have to do with his exit announcement. I think he now knows he cannot rely on his teammates to assist to the level they were hired to do, so he is forced to manufacture one more season of heroic proportions, until 2012 comes around and the FO can have some room to make some FA and trade moves to assist the team to ring potential.

@LakerTom: Thanks for the generous offer! Makes my mouth start watering like Pavlov's dogs............... lol

Love the Wharf! Don't get up there much anymore, but get to San Diego once a year for doctor specialist visits.......and to see my kids in SoCal.

Lakers are in deep trouble as Phil Jackson rode out to the sunset,never again will the Lakers be as dominant without Phil and his long time coaching staff in the Nba.Its Phil Jackson that came in to help them out in 1999 and how much more debts they owe to Phil both management and the players,he came in and gave them 5 rings,showing the players how to play together and set the bar high towards the ultimate goal.But in today's Nba there is so much selfishness and greed for money that i want to think how much do the players respect their coach?How would Lakers and the Nba would fair without Phil Jackson and his Triangle Offence?He was the greatest basketball coach ever,he won it all,the only coach with 13 rings,well i wanted to think that these so call players would have give him another title and send him of on a better note,but it was never to be.So long Phill you were the ultimate coach.

I think the we should hire Shaw, stay with the triangle and run it, and start LO at the PG position and bring Fisher off the bench. I think LO can be close to Magic Johnson on the floor if given the chance. Pippen played more like Johnson as "point forward" and I think that would be good for us and LO. He can rebound the ball and run the floor. If you look at alot of plays where LO rebounded the ball and ran the floor, that led to alot of transition baskets for the Lakers.

Posted by: Bummi | May 17, 2011 at 06:52 AM

Bummi,

I completely 120% agree with you!!!! This should have been done long time ago!

Lamar Odom as POINT GUARD make it happen!

This NBA play off showed us who were and is the greatest player of all time and there is no doubt that Michael Jordan was and is the Goat,there is no one like him,there is no one that can even come close to him,he was the best.I am sure that Phil Jackson and his coaching staff can attest to this,there is no way that Jordan and Pippen under Phil Jackson guidance would have allow their team to collapse and get sweep in an Nba player off in the second round.I am a Laker fan but i can attest that Jordan Bulls were so much better than any of the Laker Nba championship teams.It didnt matter what situations that the Bulls were in they were able to conquer all.There was no team ever as good as these bulls led by MJ and Pippen.

If Trading Kobe and Pau Gasol and Artest or Shannon Brown and Fisher (LOL) FOR Dwight Howard, CP3, Kevin Love, and Kevin Durant, and Blake Griffin

......I'll do it in a heart beat!!! If only....

And supporting cast: Steve Nash, Yao Ming (for Veterans minimum)

This NBA play off showed us who were and is the greatest player of all time and there is no doubt that Michael Jordan was and is the Goat,there is no one like him,there is no one that can even come close to him,he was the best.I am sure that Phil Jackson and his coaching staff can attest to this,there is no way that Jordan and Pippen under Phil Jackson guidance would have allow their team to collapse and get sweep in an Nba player off in the second round.I am a Laker fan but i can attest that Jordan Bulls were so much better than any of the Laker Nba championship teams.It didnt matter what situations that the Bulls were in they were able to conquer all.There was no team ever as good as these bulls led by MJ and Pippen.

Posted by: ninja | May 17, 2011 at 12:26 PM


NINJA,

As a laker fan myself, I 100,000,000% AGREE WITH YOU!!!

As a fan of Kobe in most cases, Michael Jordan is just mesmerizing both on court and off court to watch! Plus, he is well received by most and beloved compare to Kobe.

I didn't agree much with much of Kamenetzky's report card of Fisher. I don't really like how Fisher always insists on trying to fight through screens. He's basically just giving up on the guy he is guarding so he can try to draw a foul from the player setting the screen. It works 1 out of 10 times but the other 9 times the guy gets by him.

I can't wait until MM posts his report card on here. We're going to have some lively conversation.

Good job!


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