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Phil Jackson Writing Memoir Titled 'Eleven Rings'

Phil Jackson’s next title will be on the cover of his new book.

Penguin Press says Tuesday that Jackson, the Hall of Famer who won 11 NBA championships as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, is writing his memoir called “Eleven Rings.”

The book is tentatively scheduled to be out next year.

Via Associated Press

Lakers Talk Trade For Ramon Sessions

The Lakers have held trade talks with the Cavaliers about acquiring Ramon Sessions, according to sources.

While no deal is near, the Lakers believe Sessions would help their backcourt.

the Lakers own an $8.9 million trade exception that could be used in a trade, while Cleveland wants to stockpile draft picks.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Adelman Not Looking Back On Lakers' Interview

Rick Adelman was a candidate for the Lakers' head coaching job this offseason, but they eventually went with Mike Brown and he is now coaching the Timberwolves.

"I don't think about it that much," Adelman said. "That was a long, long time ago and it was just a conversation we had. I never look back at something like that."

Adelman shared his insight into some of the reasons why the Lakers have struggled to start the season.

"I think they're just trying to adjust," he said. "They're not unlike a lot of other teams. Some teams kind of hit the skids sometimes when they go on the road and the schedule becomes real difficult.

"But if you ask around, you find out they're still considered one of the top four teams in the West. I don't care what their record is. I just know the players they have."

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Lakers Reportedly Reached Out To Gilbert Arenas

The Lakers have reached out to Gilbert Arenas, according to a source close to the situation. Arenas is currently a free agent.

The source also said Arenas, a former Los Angeles-area high school standout, was interested in signing with the Lakers.

Arenas averaged eight points on 34.4 percent shooting in 49 games with the Magic last season.

Via Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers Assign Caracter To D-League

The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned Derrick Caracter to the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.

Caracter, who underwent surgery on December 14th to remove part of a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, originally sustained the injury two days prior during Lakers training camp.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Gasol Wants To Get Closer To Bucket, Would Like To Discuss Situation With Brown

Pau Gasol wants to get back to operating offensively close to the basket.

"I would like to get a little more inside, myself," Gasol said after scoring only eight points in a 98-96 loss to the Indiana Pacers. "I always like to have different looks and be able to attack from different angles, and in the second half I didn't have one chance to attack from the post."

Gasol has often positioned by Mike Brown outside the lane in his offense, occasionally requiring Gasol to drift near the three-point line. 

Gasol was asked if he wanted to talk strategy with Brown.

"I would like to," Gasol said. "I think it's smart. Orlando did it to us, [Indiana] has done it to us, going inside. You pick teams apart when you have good inside players and we have two pretty good inside players on this team that can do a lot of damage."

Via Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Lakers Continue To Struggle With Offense

The Lakers lost to the Pacers 98-96 on Sunday, which was the 11th consecutive game where they failed to score at least 100 points. It is their worst streak since doing it 12 times during the 03-04 season.

"We've had a loaded schedule here to start, so hopefully that had something to do with our poor shooting," said Kobe Bryant. "I think some of the guys just need time off just to get their legs back."

Pau Gasol only scored eight points, the second time he has done so in four games.

"I did notice that he's out on the floor ... a lot further away from the basket," said former Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw, who returned as a member of the Indiana coaching staff.

"If you have the two big guys, that's always been the strength of this team. You want your biggest guys closest to the basket. Sometimes Pau is out around the three-point line, so I think maybe it's just going to take him a little time to get adjusted to the new places he is on the floor."

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Source: Williams' Future With Nets Completely Tied To Howard

Deron Williams' would prefer to remain with the Nets, but that appears to be predicated on the team's ability to acquire Dwight Howard, say sources.

Williams will sign a new deal with the Nets if Howard ends up joining him in Brooklyn.

The Mavericks, the Knicks and the Lakers would be his preferred options if he leaves the Nets, according to sources close to the situation.

If Howard is traded to another team that he plans on re-signing with, the Nets will begin to explore a trade of Williams, according to a source.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN

Bryant: Lakers Offense 'Under Construction'

Kobe Bryant said the Lakers’ offense is more than just a work in progress.

"It's under construction. Still working on the blueprints actually," Bryant said after a 98-87 loss to Miami, adding that the process "feels strange."

"He (Mike Brown) has to see what he has. He knows what he has with me but he needs to see what some of the other guys can do and what they can't do. 

"The only time he can see that is during a game," he added.

Brown agreed that there was plenty of work to do on offense.

"We still don't have a good feel in terms of second and third options," he said. "We are not quite there yet and against better defensive teams it really shows."

Via Reuters

Lakers, Magic Haven't Recently Discussed Howard Trade

The Lakers and Magic haven’t had any recent discussions about Dwight Howard, according to a person familiar with the teams' thinking.

However, one person in the Lakers' organization has been talking to Howard.

Kobe Bryant has had at least one in-depth phone conversation with Howard recently, even discussing how Howard might fit in with the Lakers' scheme.

One person with knowledge of the conversation said Howard came away feeling as if he wouldn't be the Lakers' top option, since it remains Bryant's team.

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Lakers Archives

Lakers Seek Aggressive Looks When Kobe Gets Doubled

Mike Brown wants the Lakers' supporting cast to be as aggressive as Kobe Bryant, especially when he receives attention from multiple defenders.

Brown Hopes To Lower Kobe's Minutes

Kobe Bryant’s minutes are up over last season.

Howard's List Hasn't Expanded To Include Clippers

Dwight Howard's objective is to concentrate on playing basketball.

74.1 Percent Of GMs Expect Heat To Win 2012 NBA Finals

Miami scores 74.1% of the vote, followed by the Thunder at 14.8%, Lakers at 7.4% and Bulls at 3.7%.

Bryant Intends To Play For Team USA Despite Wrist Injury

Kobe Bryant plans to play for Team USA this summer despite a torn ligament in his shooting wrist.

Kobe Says Injured Wrist Feeling Stronger

Kobe Bryant said the torn lunotriquetral ligament in his right wrist is starting to heal.

Steve Blake Out 3-4 Weeks

After further evaluation, it has been determined that Steve Blake will be out approximately three to four weeks due to a costochaondral fracture.

Kupchak Says Lakers Done Dealing For Now

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak indicated no roster moves are imminent.

Steve Blake Day-To-Day With Rib Injury

Steve Blake will be re-evaluated in the next day or two, but for now his status should be considered day-to-day.

Sources: Odom Stressed By Offseason Turmoil

Lamar Odom has struggled to find his niche with the Mavericks.

Brown: Kobe More 'Serious-Minded' Than LeBron

Lakers coach Mike Brown compared Kobe Bryant to LeBron James.

Bynum Not Bothered By Team USA Snub

Andrew Bynum is not expected to be named to Team USA's preliminary roster.

Bryant Takes Shot At ESPN Player Ranking After Scoring 48 Against Suns

Kobe Bryant took a shot a panel of ESPN writers after scoring 48 points on 18-of-31 shooting against the Suns on Tuesday.

Kobe Scores 48 Points

Kobe Bryant's 48 points is the highest scoring game of the 11-12 NBA season.

Colangelo: Team USA 'Loaded' At Guard, Small Forward Positions

Jerry Colangelo pointed to Team USA’s abundance of star guards and forwards when discussing the talent level of a potential 19-man roster.

Report: Team USA Preliminary Roster Set

USA Basketball is set to name 19 players who make up the preliminary roster for the 2012 Olympics.

Bryant Will Not Undergo Orthokine Therapy On Wrist

Kobe Bryant will not undergo platelet rich plasma therapy on his injured shooting wrist.

Bryant Pleased By Constant Communication With Mike Brown

Kobe Bryant is enjoying how Mike Brown keeps long hours at work, something that was never the case with Phil Jackson.

Bynum's Work With Darvin Ham Paying Off

When Darvin Ham interviewed with the Lakers, Mike Brown told him to expand Bynum's game.

Blake, Barnes Contributing More To Lakers With Triangle Offense Gone

Steve Blake and Matt Barnes are having better seasons for the Lakers than in 10-11 when they were trying to learn the triangle offense.
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