SH Blog: Kobe Bryant calls out Lakers’ leadership, former D-League player says MJ is overrated

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kobeKobe Bryant has been sidelined for much of this season due to a couple of devastating injuries, and the Los Angeles Lakers have toiled in the bottom of the conference as a result. Of course, that’s not to say that all would have been well and the Lakers would have been a playoff team if Bryant played, but their record would certainly be better than 22-42 – 1/2 game better than the Utah Jazz who have been in tank mode since the season began.

Despite his absence from the court, however, he has paid attention to everything that has gone on, from how bad the Lakers have been, watching the front office trade away one of his favorite players, and now seeing Phil Jackson joining the New York Knicks. Needless to say, Bryant is less than pleased with it all, from Mike Bresnahan of Los Angeles Times:

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Tweet of the Night: Marcin Gortat recaps his terrible night of losing and getting his car tire destroyed

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It’s always a bad night when you lose a game in the NBA.

Naturally, Marcin Gortat of the Washington Wizards wasn’t feeling too good after losing 98-85 to the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday. The center could do little to stop Al Jefferson, who scored 26 points on 13-of-20 shooting from the field, and the Bobcats reached within 2 1/2 games of overtaking the Wizards for the sixth seed in the East to avoid a dreaded first-round matchup against the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers. Gortat’s night would get worse, however, as he found himself stuck on the road after the game due to a destroyed tire:

Tweet of the Night: Jae Crowder not pleased with his team’s effort against Golden State

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Dirk-Nowitzki-Dallas-Mavericks-NBA-9-485x728Tuesday’s contest between Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors was supposed to be something of a showdown – a dog fight – between two teams trying to establish their position to ensure that they make the playoffs in the insanely-competitive Western conference.

Instead, the Mavericks looked lifeless for much of the night and suffered an embarrassing 108-85 loss to the Warriors, who have now won five consecutive games to gain a firm three-game lead over Dallas and the Memphis Grizzlies in the standings. The Grizzlies, who were out of the playoff picture just a week ago, are now percentage points ahead of the Mavericks for the seventh seed after their impressive 109-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, while Dallas has a mere one-game lead over the Phoenix Suns for the eighth seed.

Jae Crowder, who missed the contest against the Warriors due to an abdomen injury, wasn’t pleased with what he saw out of his team and could only urge them to play better on twitter:

Things only got worse, however, and they shot just 36.6 percent on the night against the stifling defense of Golden State. The Mavericks will play two more games on the road before going back to Dallas for a whopping eight-game home stand, where they are an impressive 21-10.

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James Park is the chief blogger of Sheridan Hoops. You can find him on twitter @SheridanBlog.

Tweet of the Night: Brent Barry impressed by the Suns despite their loss to the Clippers

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Blake_Griffin_with_ball_20131118_Clippers_v_GrizzlesMonday’s contest between Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns looked to be over early when Blake Griffin was having one of those games where he simply could not be stopped by anyone.

Griffin scored 22 points in the first quarter alone on an array of shots and moves around the basket and even payed a little homage to Karl Malone on this breakaway dunk. He shot a ridiculous 14-of-16 from the field for 37 points, and the Clippers got out to a 62-45 lead at half time. The Suns, however, kept clawing away at the lead despite the power forward’s dominance and eventually brought the game down to a single-digit lead for the Clippers in the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately for both teams, things had to get real feisty before that happened.

SH Blog: Phil Jackson may be interested in Knicks’ front office job, Lillard and Beverley take shots at each other

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Phil JacksonPhil Jackson to the New York Knicks?

That has been the talk for much of the day, and with good reason. Although Jackson doesn’t really have any experience in a front office position, he does, obviously, have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the game of basketball. It certainly would create quite an intrigue around the league to see if he has what it takes to help right the ship for this struggling Knicks organization with so many movable parts.

According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, Jackson is all but ready to give it a go for the franchise he once played for:

All indications are that Phil Jackson will accept the New York Knicks’ offer to join the club’s front office, according to a league source.

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