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Bryant endorses Shaw as the Lakers’ next head coach


As you know by know, Phil Jackson is definitely, definitely not going to coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season. The last time the Lakers attempted to replace Jackson, they hired Rudy Tomjanovich and missed the playoffs. What will the Lakers do this time? Will they go with a big-name ringer or try to develop a new head coach? Will they try and keep running the triangle or try to go more uptempo?

Kobe Bryant, whose opinion on this matter likely carries some weight, wouldn’t mind seeing current Laker assistant coach Brian Shaw get The Big Chair (if not Phil’s specially-made giant chair). Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports has the story:

“I feel all of the players believe in coach B-Shaw,” Bryant said at the Lakers’ Friday morning shootaround. “We have such a rapport with him. He’s been with us for such a long time. We all have a bit of a bias towards him.

“I don’t want to get in the way of management. But we’ve all kind of had our eye on him for a while.”

Shaw would certainly be the safest choice, and the Lakers wouldn’t have to make many adjustments under him. Filling Phil Jackson’s shoes is a big task, but I have a feeling that Shaw could pull it off if he has Kobe in his corner.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.