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Miles Simon joins Luke Walton's coaching staff with Lakers

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) – Miles Simon has joined the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant coach.

Lakers coach Luke Walton announced the hire of his fellow former University of Arizona star Tuesday.

Simon recently worked for USA Basketball, serving as head coach for the junior select national team. He spent three seasons as Lute Olson’s assistant at Arizona from 2005-08.

Simon also has worked as a player development coach, the director of the Nike Basketball Academy and a college basketball analyst for ESPN.

He was the NCAA tournament’s most outstanding player in 1997 while leading the Wildcats to the national title.

Simon joins associate head coach Brian Shaw and assistants Jesse Mermuys, Mark Madsen, Jud Buechler and Brian Keefe on Walton’s staff. Walton, Simon, Buechler and Mermuys all attended Arizona.

Gerald Henderson’s NBA Finals Steal Still Among Most Underrated Celtics Plays

Lakers legend James Worthy is one of the best NBA players ever, but his bad pass that prevented Los Angeles from winning Game 2 of the 1984 NBA Finals against the rival Boston Celtics will forever be one of the biggest mistakes in Finals history.

The Lakers led 113-111 with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter when Celtics forward Kevin McHale went to the free throw line. He missed both free throws, and Lakers point guard Magic Johnson grabbed the rebound on the second miss.

Johnson called a timeout instead of holding onto the ball and running out the clock or getting fouled.

In Tuesday night’s much-anticipated ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on the Celtics vs. Lakers rivalry titled “Best of Enemies,” former Lakers coach Pat Riley said Johnson shouldn’t have called timeout. Riley said Johnson was his smartest player and wouldn’t turn the ball over. There was no reason to halt play in that moment.

By taking the timeout, Johnson gave the Celtics a chance because the Lakers had to inbound in their backcourt.

Worthy inbounded to Johnson, received the ball back and fired a cross-court pass that was intercepted by C’s guard Gerald Henderson, who drove to the basket and scored to tie the game.

Worthy revealed during the 30 for 30 that he “never recovered” from that mistake for the rest of the game. The Lakers forward also said he thought about the play for the first two minutes of overtime.

Worthy admitted he “blew it.” He certainly wasn’t “Big Game James” at that time.

The Celtics carried the momentum into overtime and won, tying the series at one game apiece. They eventually claimed the championship with a Game 7 victory to cap off a historic NBA Finals.

But if Henderson doesn’t make that steal and the C’s go down 0-2, they probably lose the series, too. A loss to the Lakers in 1984 could have significantly damaged the Celtics’ and Larry Bird’s legacies in the 1980s.

For that reason, Henderson’s steal was mightily important, and more than 30 years later it still doesn’t receive the proper appreciation it deserves.

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Lakers coach Luke Walton admits Warriors' dominance halts chase for superstar

The Warriors’ super team looks like it’s going to be a lock for the NBA Finals for years to come, and that’s why Luke Walton believes taking a more patient approach is the key to success for the Lakers. Speaking on Bleacher Report’s “The Full 48” podcast, Walton admitted Golden State’s dominance kind of puts a halt on chasing a big superstar.

“I joke a lot. I said ‘if there’s a time to be rebuilding, this is the time to do it.’ The Warriors don’t look like they’re going anywhere for a while. They’re pretty darn good right now,” Walton said.

Now, that doesn’t mean he’s not going to coach his team to win every game. He still wants to remain competitive, but he realizes that working toward a win-now strategy won’t work. For instance, trading away your young players/picks for Paul George isn’t a good strategy. But if Los Angeles wants to risk waiting to see if he becomes a free agent, then L.A. could pursue him next year.



“Obviously there’s players in this league that if you can get, it’s really tough to say no to because the superstars in this league are good enough to make you a contender or not. It’s the difference between having a very good team with lots of role players or having a team that can actually, legitimately win an NBA championship.

"My only caution would be let’s not give up too much of our young core for one superstar because, like we just talked about before, let’s not forget that those Golden State Warriors are just a little bit north of us and it’s going to take a lot more than one superstar to dethrone them from the West. There’s that fine line in trying to get there quicker rather than developing our own guys. I think Rob (Pelinka) and Magic (Johnson) are very aware of that. They’re constantly looking at the best way to get us to be a true contender, not just on paper.”



The Lakers could move pieces such as Brandon Ingram, D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, or the second overall pick, but how much would that really help them? Instead, they can take a more patient approach, and develop those guys while also potentially adding in a star veteran later in the process.

Either approach carries its own risks, but Walton and the Lakers’ front office clearly believe this is the right approach. The wait will be longer, but the payoff could end up being worth it.

Lakers coach Luke Walton admits Warriors' dominance halts chase for superstar

The Warriors’ super team looks like it’s going to be a lock for the NBA Finals for years to come, and that’s why Luke Walton believes taking a more patient approach is the key to success for the Lakers. Speaking on Bleacher Report’s “The Full 48” podcast, Walton admitted Golden State’s dominance kind of puts a halt on chasing a big superstar.

“I joke a lot. I said ‘if there’s a time to be rebuilding, this is the time to do it.’ The Warriors don’t look like they’re going anywhere for a while. They’re pretty darn good right now,” Walton said.

Now, that doesn’t mean he’s not going to coach his team to win every game. He still wants to remain competitive, but he realizes that working toward a win-now strategy won’t work. For instance, trading away your young players/picks for Paul George isn’t a good strategy. But if Los Angeles wants to risk waiting to see if he becomes a free agent, then L.A. could pursue him next year.

“Obviously there’s players in this league that if you can get, it’s really tough to say no to because the superstars in this league are good enough to make you a contender or not. It’s the difference between having a very good team with lots of role players or having a team that can actually, legitimately win an NBA championship.

"My only caution would be let’s not give up too much of our young core for one superstar because, like we just talked about before, let’s not forget that those Golden State Warriors are just a little bit north of us and it’s going to take a lot more than one superstar to dethrone them from the West. There’s that fine line in trying to get there quicker rather than developing our own guys. I think Rob (Pelinka) and Magic (Johnson) are very aware of that. They’re constantly looking at the best way to get us to be a true contender, not just on paper.”

The Lakers could move pieces such as Brandon Ingram, D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, or the second overall pick, but how much would that really help them? Instead, they can take a more patient approach, and develop those guys while also potentially adding in a star veteran later in the process.

Either approach carries its own risks, but Walton and the Lakers’ front office clearly believe this is the right approach. The wait will be longer, but the payoff could end up being worth it.

Derek Fisher, former Laker and ex-Knicks coach, suspected of DUI after crash

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Derek Fisher, former Laker and ex-Knicks coach, suspected of DUI after crash

Derek Fisher, a former Los Angeles Laker and ex-head coach of the New York Knicks, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his car overturned on a Los Angeles freeway, authorities said Sunday.Both Fisher and his lone passenger, former “Basketball Wives” reality TV show star Gloria Govan, appeared to escape serious injury in the accident, which occurred shortly after 3 am (1000 GMT). The California Highway Patrol said the 42-year-old Fisher allowed his Cadillac to veer right onto a paved shoulder.It hit a raised concrete curb and guardrail, which caused the vehicle to flip over and come to rest on its roof.During the investigation, officers learned that Fisher had been drinking, the CHP said.

Govan, 32, is the ex-wife of Golden State Warriors guard Matt Barnes.Barnes, a teammate of Fisher’s in Los Angeles from 2010-2012, was banned for two games by the NBA in 2015 for an altercation with Fisher at the home of Govan, who was then Barnes’s estranged wife.

Former NBA Player and Coach Derek Fisher Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Former NBA Player and Coach Derek Fisher Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

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According to a report from ESPN, Former Knicks coach and Lakers point guard Derek Fisher was arrested on suspicion of DUI Sunday after his car was found flipped over in Los Angeles. Neither Fisher nor his passenger were injured after the accident. (more…)

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BYRON SCOTT LAVAR HAS HUGE EGO But Magic Can Handle Him

Magic Johnson will keep LaVar Ball in line while Lonzo is tearing it up in L.A. … so says former Lakers coach Byron Scott who tells TMZ Sports Magic is too tough to fear the Balls.

It’s the million dollar question right now … is Lonzo’s basketball artistry worth having to deal with LaVar every day? Scott said yes when we talked to him, and the reason he gave us was 6'9".

“If he’s there at the #2 sport you gotta draft him. Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson and Jeanie Buss are very strong minded people. I think they can handle Mr. Ball and his big ego.”

Here’s the thing, Scott ain’t exactly a fan of LaVar, who he said is “sticking his foot in his mouth” when it comes to his son’s playing career, but still thinks Lonzo’s the best option for the Purple & Gold.

… unless the Celtics take him first.