Phil Jackson Believes Rockets’ Titles Were Tainted & The Top NBA News

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Nov 2, 2010; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center. Photo via Newscom

Phil Jackson had the luxury of coaching one of the greatest players to ever play in the NBA—that player being Michael Jordan.  With Jackson on the bench and Jordan on the floor, the Bulls won six championships in the 1990s.  The only other team to win more than one title in the decade was the Houston Rockets.  The Rockets won back-to-back titles in ’94 and ’95.  However, Phil Jackson believes those titles were tainted because Jordan left basketball for baseball. Jackson went on to say that if Jordan had played for the entire 1990s, the Rockets would never have won those championships.

Phil Jackson believes the Houston Rockets’ titles in the 1990s were “tainted.”: Yahoo! Sports Ball Don’t Lie: Kelly Dwyer

The Latest on the Lakers

Despite their 8-0 start, the Lakers have gone 5-6 in there last 11 games and are the fourth seed in the Western Conference.   Can this current losing streak be blamed on the Lakers’ poor defense?  Is Andrew Bynum is the reason why the Lakers are lacking in strength on the defensive end of the court?  [Los Angeles Times: Mike Bresnahan]

The Los Angeles Lakers did not snap their losing streak last night, instead it was extended to four games.  The Lakers lost to the Houston Rockets, 109-99.  Here is a quarter-by-quarter recap of last night’s game. [LakersNation]

Make sure to check out Episode Seven of LakersNation’s official podcast, “The Pulse of Purple & Gold.” [LakersNation]

After the Lakers’ loss to the Rockets, Ron Artest decided to mimic Luis Scola. [Slam Magazine]

Here are the top ten reasons why the Lakers have lost four games in-a-row. [OC Register]

The Latest on the NBA

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Mo Williams is “excited” for tonight’s game vs. the Miami Heat.  LeBron James will make his first visit to Cleveland after leaving his home town team this summer. []

The Miami Heat’s airplane had problems with the “flap” on their way to Cleveland. []

Toronto Raptors’ Center Reggie Evans will be out for two months due to a broken right foot. [Sporting News]

Kevin Durant’s knee injury is not serious, and he is listed as day-to-day. [Pro Basketball Talk]

Although Carmelo Anthony was on the verge of being traded to New Jersey, he is no longer interested in playing for the Nets. [Pro Basketball Talk]

NBA Results for December 1st, 2010

Atlanta Hawks-112 (12-7) Memphis Grizzlies-109 (8-11) -F

Oklahoma City Thunder-123 (13-6) New Jersey Nets-120 (6-13) -F/3OT

Toronto Raptors-127 (7-11) Washington Wizards-108 (5-12) -F

Boston Celtics-99 (14-4) Portland Trail Blazers-95 (8-10) -F

Miami Heat-97 (11-8) Detroit Pistons-72 (6-13) -F

Orlando Magic-107 (14-4) Chicago Bulls-78 (9-7) -F

New Orleans Hornets-89 (13-5) Charlotte Bobcats-73 (6-12) -F

Dallas Mavericks-100 (14-4) Minnesota Timberwolves-86 (4-14) -F

Houston Rockets-109 (6-12) Los Angeles Lakers-99 (13-6) -F

Denver Nuggets-105 (11-6) Milwaukee Bucks-94 (6-12) -F

Utah Jazz-110 (15-5) Indiana Pacers-88 (9-8) -F

Los Angeles Clippers-90 (4-15) San Antonio Spurs-85 (15-3) -F

NBA Schedule for December 2nd, 2010

Miami Heat (11-8) at Cleveland Cavaliers (7-10) – TNT- 8:00 P.M. EST/ 5:00 P.M. PST

Phoenix Suns (8-9) at Golden State Warriors (8-10) – TNT- 10:30 P.M./ 7:30 P.M. PST

LakersNation Comment of the Day

Suki Thind on Facebook: “Nope…I agree Mike Conley shouldn’t be getting 28 points, but guys like Deron Williams and Chris Paul are going to get their numbers.  It’s almost impossible to stop those guys.  The problem is our big guys defending. Pau has been tired, and he let layups go uncontested against Indiana at the end of the game. We just need Bynum back so he can solidify the paint and not let any easy layups happen. Even on one leg, his presence alters those shots.”

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