Caught in the Web: Jim Cleamons in talks to become Puerto Rican national team coach
-- 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 .
--Thanks to colleague Austin Knoblauch for passing this video along from Norm McDonald meeting up with Pau Gasol impersonator Michael Fanter.
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