Magic Johnson is candid in his remarks encouraging Dwight Howard to leave LA for Houston.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Everyone always talks about how great Howard is, but he manages to make every team he's on lose.
Kobe Bryant takes on a 2-year old shooting and doesn't win.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I know it's only for fun and I know it means nothing, but you know Michael Jordan would never have lost to that kid.
Kobe Bryant has been all over Twitter since he joined a few months back, and on Tuesday, decided to tweet a pretty graphic image of his achilles surgery from a month ago.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: If you get a little queesy, you might not want to look at this picture. We warned you.
Jordan Hill has a real talent for getting into trouble. This time it's for hitting and choking his girlfriend.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Hill doesn't make enough money to be this wild.
Cavs star Kyrie Irving will be sidelined for a month; while Pau Gasol's return could be right around the corner.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: The Lakers are in good position to make a playoff run; the Cavs probably wouldn't have made the postseason with Irving; they are definitely out now.
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Phil Jackson opened up about everything from the game of basketball, his favorite tv shows, his future, and the current state of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: When the Zenmaster speaks, people listen.
Jackson has been relatively quiet with the media since Jim Buss and the organization made the decision to pass on him and hire Mike D'Antoni as their new head coach. But he had a lot to say to SI's Jack McCallum earlier this week, including; addressing what the Lakers have been doing wrong with superstar big man Dwight Howard.
"They don't put the ball in the post," Jackson said. "They'll use a screen-roll to get the guy in the post. But there's no consistent plan to do it. Yes, Kobe will go in there. But Dwight just doesn't get any touches. They've basically eliminated his assets."
But as much as Jackson admitted that the Lakers have been under-utilizing Howard, he also mentioned that Dwight hasn't fully recovered from his back injury and needs to improve in certain areas on his own.
"He is not where he needs to be physically because of the back surgery," the Zenmaster said of Howard. "He needs a year to recover from something like that ... He's a terrific athlete ... but his problem right now is turnovers. He's got to have a little better recognition, and that will help him gain the confidence of his teammates and coach, which he does not have now."
I'm sure Mike D'Antoni shook his head a little bit reading those words.
Jackson, who has 11 championship rings as a coach and two as a player, wasn't just critical of the purple and gold in the interview. When asked whether the Lakers have been improving, Jackson sounded hopeful saying, "Yes, I think they are finding a way to play. And that's nice to see."
McCallum's interview with Jackson was very well done as he asked the Hall of Famer a lot of things many of us have been waiting to hear. Jackson told SI that he enjoys watching sports on TV, even rugby (which he watched last weekend), and that Homeland is something he watches with fiance Jeannie Buss, daughter of the late Lakers owner Jim Buss, who passed away on Monday. (Due to the fact that the interview was conducted before Buss' death, McCallum and Jackson didn't speak about the legendary owner.)
As far as returning to the game of basketball, which is a question on many of our minds, Jackson said "I'm not coaching" but did say that he was open to a different role, such as Vice President of basketball operations.
When McCallum commented that Vice President "doesn't sound like a boss" Phil replied, ... "No, that guy would be the boss."
But what did Jackson say he misses the most about coaching? It's what he calls, in true Zenmaster form, the "spiritual quest."
"Forming a brotherhood and trying to move it forward. That's the part I miss."
The basketball community changed forever Monday with the passing of Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: Perhaps the greatest NBA owner in history left a lasting legacy behind.
Here are ten interesting facts about a man who was amongst the best the business has ever seen.
1.) Buss bought the Lakers, along the Los Angeles Kings Hockey team, The Forum, and a large ranch in Kern County, from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979 for $67.5 million. The team itself is now worth $1 billion.
2.) The Laker Girls was his idea.
3.) He has six children, who all have roles within the Lakers organization. Their names are Jim, Jeannie, Johnny, Joey, Jesse and Janie. Jim currently runs basketball operations and daughter, Jeannie, runs business operations.
4.) His daughter, Jeannie, is currently engaged to Hall of Fame coach and former player, Phil Jackson. And apparently, Jim Buss hasn't spoken to Jeannie since their engagement.
5.) Buss was an avid poker player, appearing on the shows High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark. He placed third in the 1991 World Series of Poker seven-card stud event.
6.) Buss is incredibly smart. In high school he was entrusted to teach his chemistry class senior year. He got his Bachelors degree from the University of Wyoming in 2.5 years, reportedly borrowing his friends books at the beginning of the semester because he didn't have enough money to buy his own. He would read the books, and return them halfway through the semester, with enough knowledge to pass the final exams.
7.) He has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California and worked in aerospace and real estate before becoming Lakers owner.
8.) He was raised in poverty in Wyoming. He first came to LA when he was 9, but moved back to Wyoming after his mother remarried. There he worked as a ditch-digger, a bellhop and a shoe shiner.
9.) Under his ownership the Lakers won 10 Championships; and have seen the likes of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Dwight Howard, to name a few.
10.) There are many other interesting facts about Jerry Buss but my all-time favorite is this: Buss told ESPN in 2010 that he texted each of his six children every month the following question: "Do you have any idea how proud of you I am?"
In the words of Kobe Bryant, "His impact is felt worldwide."
I couldn't agree more.
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CBS Sports reports Celtics and Lakers are in "preliminary talks" in a Rajon Rondo for Dwight Howard trade.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This trade is hard to believe, but with the Lakers struggling anything is possible.
Lakers filed an official complaint with the league for excessive hard fouls on Dwight Howard.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Is this going to turn into quarterbacks in football where no one is allowed to touch star players? This is ridiculous.
Rumor has it....and as much as it pains me to even report on this...
Hoopvibe's quick call: Khloe Kardashian is finally pregnant with Lamar Odom's baby.