Today is what is known as Black Friday that is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. Many are hitting the malls today to get great bargains on gifts for their loved ones, or not so loved but enough that you need to pick up a gift. With the massive following of the Los Angeles Lakers its an almost certainty that there is at least one person on that shopping list that happens to be a huge Lakers fan. Raining3s.com has provided a list of some great gift ideas that are reasonably priced and practical for your Lakers fan.
The wait is finally over for the large Lakers fan base that were left out in the cold due to the inability of Directv and Time Warner Cable to come to terms on an agreement to carry the new Lakers stations, TWC Sportsnet and TWC Deportes.
LA Times reports that the deal is being finalized and should be in place by the time the next Lakers game on Friday against the Phoenix Suns is played.
- Fern Rea “@fullcourtfern”
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Lakers fans will wake up this morning to the news that the Lakers Head Coaching vacancy has been filled, not by Phil Jackson, who many were expecting to return based on reports that the agreement was close, but by Mike D’antoni. Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times appears to have been the first to report the news of the signing. In his column that shows a time stamp of 12:40 am he mentions these quotes from the Lakers front office:
“We signed Mike D’Antoni to a multi-year deal,” Lakers spokesman John Black said, mentioning the team’s owner and top two executives. “Dr. [Jerry] Buss, Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak were unanimous that Mike D’Antoni was the best coach for the team at this time.”
Prior to the Mike Brown firing, the Lakers offense looked labored, the players looked uncomfortable and uninspired. In the first game after the firing of Mike Brown against the Warriors Friday Night, the Lakers looked rejuvenated as if they were handed a new lease on life.
With the sudden firing of Mike Brown by Lakers management after a disappointing 1 and 4 start to the season the search of the next Lakers head coach begins.
Some of the many reasons that led to Mike Brown’s demise were a lack of creditability, respect from the players and inability to inspire or instill confidence. While we have all heard the amount of basketball knowledge that Mike Brown possesses and his incredible work ethic, those things just don’t register with NBA players as much as a resume filled with results as either a player and/or coach.
How is a team that has a combined 8 championship rings, 3 MVPs, 6 all stars and a payroll exceeding 100 million going to feel confidence getting direction from a coach who was fired from his last head coaching job for his inability to led a team to a championship and never played the game at the NBA level.
Sam Amick of USA Today reports that Mike Brown has been fired as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers:
“Mike Brown has been fired by the Los Angeles Lakers, according to his agent Warren Legarie.”
It is unknown at this point who will take over the coaching duties for the 1-4 Lakers.
The likely scenario in cases where a head coach is fired in-season is that one of the assistance coaches takes over on an interim basis. The Lakers current assistant coaching staff is comprised of Chuck Person, Steve Clifford, Bernie Bickerstaff and Eddie Jordan.
The Lakers play the Warriors Friday at Staples Center. It appears it will be their first game to start the post Mike Brown era.
Update: Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times is reporting that Bernie Bickerstaff will take over as coach on an interim basis.
- Fern Rea “@fullcourtfern”