11 years ago yesterday, Lakers legendary announcer Chick Hearn passed away.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Hearn's voice may be the most recognizable of any announcer in NBA history.
New reports are saying that the Lakers front office has told ESPN that they are looking to bring either Carmelo Anthony or Lebron James to Hollywood in 2014.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: The Lakers have a lot of rebuilding to do, and will need to make a big move in 2014.
Even though the Lakers ended up making the playoffs (they secured the final 8th seed in the West only to get swept by San Antonio) they were pretty much a mess all season.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: The Houston Rockets seem to think Dwight Howard is going to leave LA and head to Texas.
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.
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."
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.
Lebron James shared a few thoughts about NBA team owners via Twitter earlier today in light of hearing the news regarding the sale of the Sacramento Kings.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: Players like Lebron are going to speak their mind from time to time.
Magic Johnson just made it clear (on National TV) that if he was Lakers CEO Jim Buss, he would trade Dwight Howard.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: It's very obvious that Magic isn't the biggest fan of this Lakers team. And rightfully so.
After more than a dozen years of dating, literally, Phil Jackson proposed to Lakers heiress, Jeanie Buss.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: If Jackson is good at anything, it's putting rings on fingers.
The Los Angeles Lakers have waited long enough for Steve Nash's return and it's been reported that the wait is almost over.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: As great of a point guard Nash is, I'm not sure he's going to be the Lakers' savior this season.
On the Lakers' 9th win of the season, Kobe Bryant surpassed 30,000 points in his career.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: Kobe hitting 30,000 is an amazing milestone, but I bet the entire organization is just happy to get a win.
The Lakers lost again last night, and their performance has been so sub-par lately that hearing them lose is no longer coming as a surprise.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: They are going to have to step up their game in a lot of areas if they want to be a competitive team in the Western Conference this season.
The Lakers lost to the Grizzlies Friday night, falling to 0-4 on the road.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: Kobe can't do everything; Gasol and Howard will need to be consistent on offense if the Lakers want to win games.