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Phil Jackson admits he sent apology letter to Maloofs


Turns out, nobody wants to be compared to ousted Dodger owner Frank McCourt. Which you can’t blame someone for, McCourt and his wife are setting new lows in professional sports team ownership.

The Maloof brothers, who own the “now we’re staying” Sacramento Kings, did not like it recently when Lakers coach Phil Jackson compared their financial situation to the McCourts. They did not like it one bit.

They wanted their pound of flesh — what they got was an apology letter. And maybe a fine. But Jackson only admitted to the written word.

“I sent them a written apology,” Jackson said.

He actually hand wrote a letter?

“Yes. I had a gun to my head.”

That cracked the media room up. The Maloofs? Still not laughing. They still think the Lakers — Jackson, and more so owner Jerry Buss — are the reason they will spend next season in Sacramento not Anaheim. Truth is there are a lot of reasons there, but if you need a scapegoat in Sacramento the Lakers always make a good one.

And now they have their letter of apology.

C.J. McCollum ejected for flagrantly fouling Gordon Hayward (video)

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I’m not sure C.J. McCollum meant to grab Gordon Hayward‘s neck. The 6-foot-8 Hayward elevated, and the 6-foot-4 McCollum just might not have been able to get high enough to make a play on the ball.

But McCollum did grab Hayward’s neck.

It was a dangerous and unnecessary play, especially in the preseason.

Report: Mavericks may be team interested in Larry Sanders

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The Dallas Mavericks are looking for a center— desperately at times, they brought JaVale McGee into training camp to get a look. They will start Zaza Pachulia and behind him it’s probably Samuel Dalembert once he gets healthy.

Which is why Dallas may be the team interested in Larry Sanders — Mark Cuban is a guy known for giving second chances in the league. But there have been no talks, yet, reports Tim MacMahon at ESPN.

Larry Sanders has been out of the game since his buyout last February trying to deal with his personal demons and may well not be ready to return. He may never return.

His couple seasons with the Bucks were filled with drama and issues. There was the nightclub brawl left him with an injured thumb in need of a surgery. There were the charges of animal cruelty. There was a five-game drug suspension. There was missed time for personal reasons. There was the 10-game suspension for marijuana use (he failed at least four tests to get there) — then that suspension was extended past the 10 games. In the end, he agreed to a buyout to get space away from the game to deal with his personal issues.

He may or may not be ready to return from that. He may or may not ever be ready. But if he decides to give it a try, NBA teams will be waiting. Maybe Dallas.