Lakers Continue Serpentine Streak While Jackson Mulls Knicks

The manic-depressive Lakers’ play, which I described as serpentine earlier today, continued this afternoon, as after being decimated by the Clippers and then losing a tough, close game to a below-average Denver team, this afternoon they had one of their best efforts of the season, beating Oklahoma City, possessors of a won-lost record tied for best in the league. The win served to pull the Lakers to within a single game of escaping the Pacific Division cellar and no longer possessing the Western Conference’s worst won-lost record.

All this unfolded as the Phil Jackson filter gets more and more out of focus, as reports mount that Phil will be accepting employment from the New York Knicks, thus ending the hopes and dreams of countless Lakers’ fanatics who see all of their teams’ actions,


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non-actions, wins, losses, and indecisiveness, through the lens of what Phil would have done. The pressure will be off of Jim Buss as he will no longer be pressured to bring back the now

likely lost forever Phil Jackson whom he could have had back more than a year ago.

At the same time, sources all over the wide world of media say that Mike D’Antoni is safe in his nest as current Lakers’ coach. There was a Mitch Kupchak-Jim Buss-D’Antoni meeting after Thursday night’s historical, 48-point loss to the Clippers, at which time D’Antoni apparently received the proverbial vote of confidence. That, a career day from

Jodie Meeks (42 points) and injuries to both Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins that kept them out of the game, all contributed to the Lakers upset win over the Thunder. But, as Ben Bolch wrote in the LA Times a couple of days ago, D’Antoni who he said does not “communicate properly with players, doesn’t coach defense and doesn’t do enough to shake his team out of soul-sucking losses” right now is “… the perfect coach for a bad team”.

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On the other hand, this week the Clippers best friend has been the Lakers, first as their victims in that historically unimaginable game Thursday, and then today by beating Oklahoma City, who the Clippers continue to chase for the best record in the Western Conference.

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