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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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ESPN.com Dribbles Out Lame Phil Jackson Debate

Although today’s “Is Phil More Chicago or LA?” feature on ESPN.com grates nowhere near as hard as the endless hits-chasing countdown lists that roll out of BleacherReport.com each month, it still smacks of August dog days journalism mixed with some how-do-we-fill-the-NBA-lockout-gap wordsmith sweat. ESPN Chicago Hall of Fame framing tag notwithstanding.

Jon Greenberg puts forth the Windy City arguments, followed by Ramona Shelburne on behalf of the City of Angels. FishbowlLA’s favorite part of the latter essay is as follows:

Jackson may not have been part of the scene here, or even wanted to be a part of it. But this is a town full of men from other places. At his core, that’s who Jackson has always been. An outsider to the conventions of the tight-knit NBA fraternity.

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Kobe Beats Shaq to Turkey

We couldn’t help but wonder about a revival of the Kobe-Shaq rivalry after learning of Kobe Bryant‘s new two-year endorsement deal with Turkish Airlines. Just last week, the GM of that country’s Besiktas team was telling website Hoopnotes.com that Shaquille O’Neal had indicated an interest in following Allen Iverson over next year.

For the moment, Kobe is treading in the footsteps of coach Phil Jackson, who during one of his famous summers of pondering whether or not to return as Lakers coach, trekked across the country. That’s one up on No. 24; despite a flowery quote about Turkey in the release, he tells CNBC he’s never traveled to the country.

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