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A Rolling Stones Song List for Lakers Fans

There was zero satisfaction Sunday at STAPLES Center. A day after the Rolling Stones ran through their customary pre-arena-tour small club show at The Echoplex, the black-and-blue purple and gold mercifully kissed a miserable 2012-13 season goodbye.

In honor of this weekend’s intersection of “45 & Stinking” (Lakers) with “50 & Counting” (Stones), we’ve compiled a very special song list. This one’s a little different than the one Mick jumped through Saturday night, but for die-hard Lakers fans, it’s the only one that makes sense:

“Sad Sad Sad”
“The Worst”
“Stop Breaking Down”
“Shattered”
“Out of Tears”
“Rock and a Hard Place”
“Doom and Gloom”
“Dear Doctor”
“Biggest Mistake”
“It’s All Over Now”

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This Food Truck Driver Has Seven NBA Championship Rings

We keep thinking the Lakers season cannot get any worse. But today, not long after the team lost its beloved owner and watched a guy the NBA snatched away win All-Star MVP, there is yet another bit of tarnishing information to digest.

It’s not so much that Lakers equipment manager Rudy Garciduenas was let go along with a bunch of other employees in 2011 as part of a Phil Jackson-related purge. That kind of thing happens all the time in sports and indeed, Garciduenas has no ill will towards his former employer. Rather, it’s the way the faithful 26-year employee discovered he was being bounced. Per Bill Plaschke‘s column:

Garciduenas learned of his departure when he received a letter about temporary [COBRA health] insurance… The next day, general manager Mitch Kupchak summoned him to his office to confirm that he was being released as a cost-saving measure.

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Lakers Coach Narrowly Avoids World’s Most Embarrassing Hamstring Injury

ESPN.com LA Lakers blogger Brian Kamenetzky caught up via telephone last week with coach Mike Brown. He leads off the Q&A article with a most obvious question – what was Brown’s reaction when he first heard about the Dwight Howard trade?

Turns out coach got a little contorted upon being told by general manager Mitch Kupchak that against all odds, even if it turns out to be only for a year, the Lakers obtained Howard without having to give up Pau Gasol:

“I got a little excited. I tried to jump up and down, but my mind was telling me to do something that my body wouldn’t allow me to do. I almost pulled my hamstring sitting down. I don’t know if that’s ever happened to anybody, but I was so excited that my leg tensed up. I almost tore my hamstring. So I got up slowly and gave him and Jim Buss a hug.”

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Steve Nash’s Production Company Set to Fly Even Higher

Much mention has been made in the media about how the recent blockbuster sign-and-trade deal between the Lakers and Suns will allow Steve Nash to remain close to his Phoenix-based kids while chasing after that all-important first championship ring. Equally thrilled by this latest Mitch Kupchak slam dunk is Nash’s Kingston, Ontario-born cousin Ezra Holland, who co-runs the duo’s production company Meathawk.

“Meathawk was formed around April 2008, when we we made the Sixty Million Dollar Man film for Nike,” Holland tells FishbowlLA. “We are a truly international firm with bases in London, New York, LA and until very recently Phoenix. This is because we do not have an office specifically and tend to do our work on Steve’s dining room table or mine or in the back of a cab or on the plane. Also we live all over the place.”

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Millionaire Lends Out His Staples Center Replica

Over the Grammy weekend, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak decided to take a close-up look at free agent Gilbert Arenas. In no small part because Kobe Bryant has let it be known that he would welcome the addition of the former high-flying Wizard (pictured).

But since the Staples Center hardwood was overrun this weekend with music industry stars and the team’s El Segundo practice facility perhaps not quite a match for game-like conditions, Kupchak called on one of Bel Air’s well-heeled season ticket holders. Per Dave McMenamin‘s report on espn.com:

Arenas’ workout was held at the Bel Air home of Lakers season ticket holder and L.A. Gear sneaker mogul Steven Jackson. Jackson’s house includes a private basketball court, painted as a replica of the Lakers’ home floor at Staples Center. The Miami Heat practiced at Jackson’s home last month prior to playing the Los Angeles Clippers.

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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.

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Laker Greats Highlight NBA 2K12 Launch Party

The NBA season might be in limbo, but Tuesday marks the start of the 2011-12 campaign for video gamers as NBA 2K12 hits stores everywhere.

Hundreds of fans lined up outside Best Buy in West Los Angeles Monday night for the opportunity to have their video game cover signed by Earvin “Magic” Johnson. The Hall of Fame point guard is featured on this year’s cover along with longtime rivals Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.

“The technology is crazy. I’m happy about how I look and how I played in the game,” Johnson told FishbowlLA. “It’s amazing how far technology has come and I think the fans are going to be blown away as well, especially where you can play the old school against the new school. My Lakers can play Kobe’s Lakers or my Lakers can play LeBron’s Miami Heat.”

Jerry West, Michael Cooper, general manager Mitch Kupchak and new Lakers head coach Mike Brown joined Johnson on the NBA 2K12 red carpet.

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