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Lakers cruise to another win as nobody talked about the game


What were people talking about at Staples Center Sunday night?

Phil Jackson.

Is he coming to the Lakers in the next 24 hours? Does he really want the job? How does he implement the triangle with Steve Nash and no training camp? You know the fans want him because midway through the second quarter they started a “we want Phil” chant. If not Jackson, is it Mike D’Antoni (who had a phone interview on Saturday) or Nate McMillan or who?

It was waiting for Phil Jackson night in Los Angeles.

Oh… and there was a basketball game at Staples Center, too. The Lakers beat the Kings 103-90 in this sideshow. The Lakers are now 2-0 in the Bernie Bickerstaff era. Top that, Jackson.

If you wonder how much people cared about the game itself, know that Kobe Bryant spent a bunch of timeouts talking to Baron Davis, who was sitting courtside near the Lakers bench.

The game itself was pretty much what you’d expect. The Lakers are the far more talented team and now that they are not overthinking everything — Bickerstaff’s one big change over Mike Brown — that talent wins. The offenses they are running are a lot more basic — there is standard NBA sets like “floppy” and some freelancing early in the clock. He’s letting them go out and just play.

“We’re just going out there and really playing pickup style basketball,” Kobe said after the game. “We’re running a couple things and just getting out there and doing it.”

The Lakers big men were doing it. The Kings were without their starting front line of DeMarcus Cousins and Thomas Robinson — both suspended by the league for separate incidents — and that led to a combined 41 points (on 53.6 percent shooting) and 23 rebounds from Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. The Lakers grabbed the offensive rebound on 40 percent of their missed shots against the Kings.

Kobe Bryant added 20 points and Metta World Peace was 4-of-8 from three, doing a great job spacing the floor on the weak side, and had 18.

Bickerstaff also has the Lakers a little more focused defensively — his pregame white board had breakdowns of how they were going to defend the pick-and-roll, not much offense at all. It worked, the Kings shot 40 percent as a team.

“We’re just playing simple basketball,” Pau Gasol said. “Offensively going to our guys in positions that they could score and defensively we’re just communicating and being active and trying to limit them to one shot.”

It’s two wins in a row for L.A. — it’s their Weekend at Bernies.

That simple freelanced offense has gotten them two wins in a row. Good luck getting the same result against the disciplined Spurs on Tuesday.

The only bad news for the Lakers was Steve Blake left with an abdominal injury and is not expected to practice with the team on Monday. (Not sure what they are practicing, but they plan to.) Blake will have an ultrasound on Tuesday and be re-evaluated then.

As for the Kings, they got 18 points off the bench from Jimmer Fredette and to the Kings credit they played hard. But minus a couple of their best players — and with Marcus Thorton taking a hard fall and not being the same after, he was 1-10 shooting on the night — they were overmatched. Keith Smart had guys out of position all night, but the effort was good and they kept it close for most of the first half.

Which is great, good to see Jimmer playing well. But how about that Phil Jackson.

Video: Stoudemire, Granger, Davis on “The Mindy Project”

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“The Mindy Project” — it’s not just that show on after “New Girl.” It stars that girl from “The Office.” Yea, Mindy Kaling, that’s her.

This week’s episode featured NBA players Amar’e Stoudemire, Baron Davis and Danny Granger hanging out in a club. You need to really skip ahead to the 3:00 mark to get to the good stuff, like the guys talking about romantic comedies and the like. You know, exactly what you want to know about Baron Davis.

Hat tip to SLAM.

Friday And-1 links: Kobe misses practice, other camp notes

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles during an interview at NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles
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Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

• Kobe Bryant has sat out the last couple of Lakers practices with a sore foot. It’s not considered serious and if you think it would keep him out of a regular season game then I’m pretty sure you have him confused with another Kobe. That said, it brings up the point that Mike Brown is going to have to reduce Kobe’s minutes, keep Steve Nash’s in control and generally not run guys into the ground this season (as he did Kobe and Gasol last season). He needs to coach for June like Gregg Popovich Doc Rivers.

• Amare Stoudemire, Baron Davis and Danny Granger are going to be on upcoming episodes of The Mindy Project.

• Speaking of television, the Maloof brothers ended up in some pretty funny dialogue on 30 Rock.

• Udonis Haslem has been working on his three-point shot. Because the Heat need another three-point shooter.

• Gregg Popovich passed out DVD’s of the presidential debate to every member of the Spurs.

• Marcus Camby sat out the Knicks Friday practice. Nothing serious, and at his age Mike Woodson needs to get him rest all season.

• Chauncey Billups went through a full practice and scrimmage with the Clippers. That’s a good sign for his return.

• Not really a surprise, but Warriors coach Mark Jackson confirmed Klay Thompson is his starting shooting guard.

• A.J. Price is standing out as the point guard who could start and get the bulk of minutes in Washington until John Wall returns (likely around Thanksgiving).

• By the way, Wall said the stress fracture in his patella comes from the wear and tear of strenuous workouts.

• Kevin Garnett likes what he sees in Jared Sullinger.

• New Timberwolves center Greg Stiemsma said that his feet are feeling “really good.”

• Could Celtics rookie Fab Melo spend much of the next season in the D-League.

Tyson Chandler hosted art exhibit of his own works in NYC


Sometimes fans ask me why players want to go to Los Angeles or New York instead of fine cities like Houston or Milwaukee.

It’s because of the opportunities. Like teaching Ellen to Dougie.

It’s because if you are Tyson Chandler playing for the Knicks, you can host a charity exhibit of your own art work in New York City and a bunch of NBA players and celebrities will show up for the party. And you can wear capri pants and boots to that party and nobody will blink. (Hat tip to The Backetball Jones and jocksandstilettojill.com.)

Which is exactly what Chandler did — it was called “A year in a New York minute.” And guys like Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd, Baron Davis, Michael Strahan, and more showed up to see Chandler’s photography. Which is pretty interesting and wide-ranging, from lions in Africa to Landry Fields in a whirlpool bath.

From the “I don’t know art but I know what I like” file, I kind of dig the photos of Fields and Jeremy Lin below. So good on you, Tyson. Well done.


Baron Davis to have number of off-court roles with Knicks

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Baron Davis doesn’t want to be done playing, he wants to keep working out to get back on the court following his major knee surgery (which followed a terrible knee injury in last year’s playoffs).

But that’s going to take a year, at least. In the mean time, he’s going to have some off the court roles with the Knicks, reports ESPNNewYork.com.

He will spend some time around the team in an advisory role; he will work with Madison Square Garden’s “Garden of Dreams” Foundation; he’s expected to provide content for MSG’s in-game entertainment and he may do some scouting for the team, according to two sources with knowledge of Davis’ agreement with the Knicks.

Smart hire, as Davis is fantastic in the community. He cares, he gives back, he’s personable. It will be good to see him around the league. It will be good for New York.