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On His 67th Birthday, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Starts New Gig: Los Angeles Register Columnist

This is exactly the kind of creative thinking that is required to connect with today’s busy and much better-served-than-before savvy media consumers. As part of the official launch today on the west coast of daily newspaper the Los Angeles Register, columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar highlights his favorite LA-themed movies.

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The opening paragraph quote from Charles Baudelaire also reminds us how even more cerebral things might have been if coach Phil Jackson had guided the Showtime era Lakers. One of the most intriguing categories in Jabbar’s three-by-three list is TOP THREE FILMS ABOUT THE HOOD. This portion of the article includes:

American Me: Directed by and starring Edward James Olmos, American Me spans thirty years (from the 1950s to the 1980s) of gang life in the Latino community. The gangster life, and its influence on the community, has never been portrayed with so much dark conviction.

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ESPN Source: Knicks-Phil Jackson Deal is ‘Pretty Much Done’

HuffPostLivePhilJacksonA few weeks ago, we shared a plaintive, open letter to the New York Knicks from a lifelong fan currently living in London. When Nick Geltner posted that letter, he could not possibly have imagined a better answer to his prayers.

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Phil Jackson-New York Knicks president of operations deal is now all but completed, though an official announcement might have to wait until next week. That announcement will surely send Los Angeles Lakers fans off the other coastal edge; purple-and-gold supporters have been hoping (against hope) that Phil would come to the rescue of his fiancée’s tattered team.

From the top of this afternoon’s ESPN item:

Jackson and the Knicks are expected to finalize a deal that will give the legendary coach control of the club’s front office by the end of this week, according to a league source.

“Everything is pretty much done,” the source said. “There are just some little things here and there that need to be worked out, but the Knicks are very confident that this is essentially done.”

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Phil Jackson Holds Court at the Alex Theatre

At one point during last night’s Live Talks Los Angeles event at the Alex Theatre featuring Phil Jackson and the coach’s former locker room charge John Salley, a Lakers fan sitting directly behind FishbowlLA bellowed, “Fire Jim Buss!” Never mind that the heckle-target is A) one of the team owners and B) a likely future Jackson brother-in-law.

First and foremost, Los Angeles still loves Phil, a sentiment on full display at last night’s sold-out Glendale Q&A. The talk was part of the zen coach’s very active media tour for his new book Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success and benefited from interviewer Salley’s humorous, insider approach.

For example, Salley led off with an anecdote about being hauled into Phil’s office and learning he was being released from the Lakers. Leading him to declare a change in that summer’s plans to smoking lots of marijuana.

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Live Talks Los Angeles Celebrates Its Third Anniversary

Tomorrow night’s Live Talks Los Angeles event featuring Burt Bacharach in conversation with Mitch Albom is notable for a couple of additional reasons. It will mark the three-year anniversary of the popular local series and is the first of several Live Talks events planned for Glendale’s Alex Theatre.

It all began May 14, 2010 with author Jane Smiley interviewing Dave Barry. Since then, series founder-producer Ted Habte-Gabr has staged more than 100 events, bringing together everyone from Steve Martin and Tina Fey to Fred Willard and Darrell Hammond to Sharon Waxman and Sir Michael Caine. In addition to the evening series, which focuses for the most part on arts and culture, Habte-Gabr curates a downtown daytime business-themed bracket, Live Talks Business.

“We have three events booked at the Alex,” Habte-Gabr tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “The first one is Burt Bacharach; the second one is Phil Jackson in conversation with John Salley on June 12; and the third one is Neil Gaiman in conversation with Geoff Boucher, June 27. Then the Alex shuts down for some major renovations and they open back up in November, at which point we’ll probably have one or two more events there before the end of the year.”

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Shaq, Phil, Jeanie and Fellow Lakers ‘Superman’ Hang Out at HuffPost Live

This was anything but the usual HuffPost Live Google+ hangout. Ahead of tonight’s retiring of Shaquille O’Neal‘s Lakers jersey at Staples Center, host Marc Lamont Hill welcomed Shaq, Phil Jackson, Jeanie Buss and (a little later into the conversation) Kurt Rambis. Before O’Neal, Rambis also famously earned the nickname “Superman” from Chick Hearn.

There’s no better way to get in the mood for tonight’s induction ceremony (or follow it up later) than by watching this half-hour conversation. You know it’s a good HuffPost Live segment when one of the network’s other hosts, Jacob Soboroff, chimes into the chat room with, “One of the great HPL interviews. Well done.”

A favorite part for us was when Buss reacted to Shaq’s first set of comments, explaining that she had never heard the story of what Jerry West told #34 when The Big Newcomer first joined the purple and gold. The story magically ties into what is scheduled to transpire at Staples tonight.

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Phil Jackson is on Twitter… Kind Of

Legendary Lakers coach Phil Jackson joined the ranks of the twitterati today. Based on his first and only tweet, it looks like he may have had a stroke while doing so. We here at FishbowlLA want to wish Mr. Jackson a speedy recovery. Or a larger keyboard.

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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Philly Sportswriter Recasts Andrew Bynum as the Fresh Prince

The celebrating continues in Philadelphia media circles over the arrival of Andrew Bynum as a potential 76ers franchise lynchpin. But it is Dime magazine NBA writer Freddy Lopez who wins the honors for best pop culture-flavored analysis of the big man’s time with the Lakers.

Lopez suggests that just like Will Smith in 1990, Bynum’s move from the Philadelphia/New Jersey area to the west coast was sitcom-worthy. With Phil Jackson playing the part of Philip Banks and his successor standing in on the sidelines for Carlton:

Bynum’s distinct demeanor often drew the ire of Jackson and especially, Mike Brown. He came in as a goofy-lookin’ teenager from New Jersey to the old Rolls Royce of the league, the Los Angeles Lakers. Whether it was the elbow to J.J. Barea or the blatant three-point attempt on a semi-fastbreak versus the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers weren’t going to be tolerant to what others viewed as defiance. These incidents, though, are a mere footnote to an evolved Bynum.

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CSUN Journalism Grad Heads to Big Sky Country

As an intern for KABC and then KCBS-KCAL, one of Mayra Castaneda’s responsibilities was to get B-roll from Los Angeles Lakers games and practices. Since on-air folks cannot always be present to interview the likes of Kobe and Pau, people like Castaneda fill an important gap.

In fact, after driving the 19 hours that separate LA from Montana to start her first post-graduation gig with the ABC-TV affiliate in Great Falls, Castaneda is hoping she can leverage her days with the purple and gold. From her new bio page:

She says interviewing Phil Jackson before he retired was a dream come true and hopes to run into him while in Montana!

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Andrea Kremer Lands Phil Jackson Interview

Sports talk radio is all over tonight’s big Andrea Kremer interview with former Lakers coach Phil Jackson. The Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel reporter traveled to Jackson’s spectacular Montana ranch property to chat about where and how he might eventually return to the NBA.

For Lakers fans, of special interest is this bonus Web-only promo clip. She asks him what he thinks of the team’s 2011-2012 season direction under successor Mike Brown:

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