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Posts Tagged ‘Mike D’Antoni’

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lands Second Opinion Column

ShutterstockKareemAbdulJabbarWOFOn sports talk radio this week, more than a few callers were dropping the name of the Lakers all-time blocks and personal fouls leader as a potential candidate to replace Mike D’Antoni. But the way things are going, Kareem is going to be way too busy asking questions as a journalist to entertain the idea of answering them as an NBA coach.

On the heels of joining the Los Angeles Register as a Wednesday columnist, the master of the sky hook has been afforded some similar, bi-monthly real estate with Time. Abdul-Jabbar will appear online, in print and in a regular video series. He will also, this weekend, be sitting at Time‘s White House Correspondents Dinner table alongside actress Lupita NYong’o, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and others.

Although Kareem might have glossed over in his first Time contribution one key aspect relating to release of the Donald Sterling audio recording, it is the reaction to that great overall piece that led the magazine to bring him on as a regular columnist. We’re referring to the fact that Kareem did not mention V. Stiviano‘s adamant claims that she was asked by Sterling to record the conversation as part of a larger, “archivist” role. From Kareem’s piece:

Shouldn’t we be equally angered by the fact that his private, intimate conversation was taped and then leaked to the media? Didn’t we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American citizen’s privacy in such an un-American way? Although the impact is similar to Mitt Romney’s comments that were secretly taped, the difference is that Romney was giving a public speech. The making and release of this tape is so sleazy that just listening to it makes me feel like an accomplice to the crime.

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Lakers Get the DP Show Mock-Headline Treatment

For today’s edition of “Fans vs. Fritzy” mock headlines, Dan Patrick and the Danettes zeroed in on the titanic Laker woes. With entries such as “Howard the Hell Did This Happen?…” and “Kiss My Nash…”, the fans via Paul “Pauly” Pabst “toasted” executive producer Todd “Fritzy” Fritz.

Then again, it’s not really a fair fight. Kind of like when the Lakers square off against the Thunder, Grizzlies or any other median-age-advantaged Western Conference rivals.

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LAT Columnist T.J. Simers Strikes Again

He’s baaaaack.

With Jim Mora Jr. preparing for UCLA’s bowl game, Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers took his act on the road and was in the face of Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni following their 100-94 loss on Tuesday to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers.

Simers questioned D’Antoni about the team’s defensive work, and well, that didn’t sit to well with the man leading a Lakers team that looks absolutely dreadful.

Fair question at this point in the season when a team filled with superstars is 9-13 and are slowly sliding in the Western Conference standings.

If Simers traveled to wonderful Cleveland, you have to imagine he will be making the trip to New York when the Knicks host the Lakers on Thursday night.

For D’Antoni’s sake, I hope they find a way to pull off the upset.