January 3, 2012
Time: 7:30. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 710, 1330. Where: Staples Center. Records: Lakers 3-3, Rockets 2-2. Update: Guard Kevin Martin (19.3 points per game), forward Luis Scola (15.5) and guard Kyle Lowry (13.3) form the core of a Rockets franchise that has slipped since losing to the Lakers in the 2009 Western Conference semifinals. Yao Ming retired after playing in only five games last season and Kevin McHale succeeded Rick Adelman as coach.
June 1, 2011 |
Jay Triano will not return as the Toronto Raptors' coach next season. The Raptors announced Wednesday that they will not exercise their option on Triano's contract. He will be retained as a consultant and a special assistant to Bryan Colangelo, the team's president and general manager. Triano, an Ontario native, guided the Raptors to a record of 87-142 in his three seasons as coach. The Raptors finished 22-60 this season, last in the Atlantic Division. Frank Hamblen , one of Phil Jackson's top assistant coaches with the Lakers and Chicago Bulls, is a possible candidate to be an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers, according to NBA officials who could not comment publicly.
May 24, 2011 |
The Lakers have put together a deal to hire former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown as their new coach, an NBA official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter said late Tuesday. If Brown agrees to the deal, he'll sign a contract worth between $4 million and $4.5 million per season, the official said. Brown would sign for three years, with a team option on the fourth season that would give him partial pay if he was not retained. Brown, 41, became the front-runner because Jim Buss, the team's executive vice president of player personnel, was impressed with his defense-minded style.
May 23, 2011 |
The Lakers have yet to pare down a short list of coaching candidates but one thing is certain. The winner of their coaching derby won't make anything remotely close to what Phil Jackson earned the last several years. Jackson topped out at $12 million in 2009-10 before taking a pay cut last season to about $10 million. The new Lakers coach can expect an annual salary of $3 million to $5 million, according to people who are familiar with what the Buss family is thinking.
May 21, 2011 |
I begin with a contradiction. I don't think an inexperienced New Yorker like Don Mattingly was the correct choice to be the Dodgers' manager. Still don't. But I'm beginning to think the risk might be one the Lakers should seriously consider when evaluating a very raw Brian Shaw. Here's the problem. I understand why the Lakers' brass might be looking at short-term answers with retreads like Rick Adelman, Mike Dunleavy and Jeff Van Gundy. The Lakers still have expensive three-year deals on the books with Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol and Steve Blake; two-year deals remaining with Luke Walton and Derek Fisher.
May 20, 2011
Please, oh please, Bill Plaschke, convince the Lakers of your wisdom in hiring Jeff Van Gundy. It would be a blessing to those of us who are tired of hearing his sanctimonious, holier-than-thou comments delivered with disdain about the shortcomings of and mistakes made by players. It would also relieve us of hearing the same comment made three times over, as if we weren't savvy enough to have grasped the message the first time it was pronounced from the pulpit. I'd give a bundle to be present the first time he talked to Bryant in that tone of voice.