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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson to retire?

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Front Office, NBA, News,

Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson, iconic coach thanks to his record 11 NBA records, is thinking about retirement and leaving the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.  Jackson who led both the Chicago Bulls and Lakers to three-peats, could win another trifecta should he come back for the 2010-11 NBA season and win an amazing fourth set of title three-peats.  However, Jackson’s health will be the most important factor on whether or not he returns to the sidelines, not the promise of winning another title or even money it seems.  It’s known that Lakers owner, Jerry Buss, wants Jackson to take a significant paycut from Jackson’s $12 million he earned this past season.  However, how do you not pay, arguably, the greatest NBA coach whatever he wants, especially coming off a championship season?  But, that’s if Jackson is deemed healthy enough.  This much is certain, the Lakers players and fans want Jackson back.

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LeBron James tells CNN that the Cleveland Cavaliers have the edge

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Front Office, NBA, Rumors,

LeBron James

Well, take heart Cleveland Cavaliers fans, LeBron James has finally spoken about his upcoming NBA free agency and the incumbent team has the edge to re-sign The King.  James spoke with CNN’s Larry King on Tuesday for an interview to appear on Friday, saying, “... you know, this city, these fans, I mean, have given me a lot in these seven years. And, you know, for me, it’s comfortable. So I’ve got a lot of memories here. And—and so it does have an edge.”  This may dampen the spirits of the New York Knicks who have laid it all on the line, suffering through two bad and almost wasted seasons under the current regime of Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni.  The Knicks have purposely traded assets to get under the NBA salary cap in order to sign LeBron and one of the other big NBA free agents - Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson amongst others.  If James does in fact sign with Cleveland, many teams such as the Chicago Bulls and New Jersey Nets, teams with legitimate shots to sign LeBron will need to move on.  For the Knicks, however, how would they?

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2009-2010 NBA Central Division Preview

Posted by Phil Partington Categories: Editorial, NBA,

Shaquille O'NealThe pairing of LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal for the Cleveland Cavaliers is grabbing the headlines for the NBA’s Central Division. Two of the biggest personalities in professional sports should create a Hollywood stir in Cleveland next season. Meanwhile, 2009 Rookie of the Year winner, Derrick Rose, strives to build on an exceptional first year with the Chicago Bulls.

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Heat Eliminated From Playoffs

Posted by Milo Taibi Categories: Athletes, Championship, NBA, News,

The Heat Burns Out
The reigning NBA Champions Miami Heat were eliminated from the playoffs Sunday. They were swept four games to none, being just the sixth team in NBA history to win a championship and be eliminated by a sweep the following season. The first team to be eliminated in such fashion in over a decade.

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