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Jackson Called It, Magic Deplores It

Last night on 710 ESPN Radio, Dave McMenamin (pictured) revisited with amazement a radio interview that former Lakers coach Phil Jackson gave to John Ireland a year ago, ahead of a team road game with the New Orleans Hornets. The Zen Master perfectly predicted the mess that is this week’s NBA veto of the Chris Paul trade.

McMenamin follows up last night’s broadcast today with an extended blog post. He tried to get in touch with Jackson for further comment, but the son of Jackson’s agent politely declined, on Phil’s behalf.

The other Lakers media voice today that really matters in the wake of Stern’s a-Paul-ing judgment call is that of the point guard in whose hallowed footsteps CP3 would have been stepping. Magic Johnson is all over the topic on Twitter, suggesting it was the wrong decision by the commish and owners involved.

Meanwhile, heading into this season’s opening day of practice at the Lakers’ El Segundo facility, the big media question was whether Odom and Gasol would suit up. About an hour ago, LA Times beat writer Mike Bresnahan tweeted the answer. (Update: Odom came in late to meet with Mitch Kupchak, then left.)

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