Chuck Person spent the latest of his 25 years in the NBA as a player and coach as a special assistant coach on Phil Jackson’s staff last season, making such a positive impact that he was named a full-time assistant coach on Aug. 2.
Person, known as “The Rifleman” during a 13-year playing career that began with a Rookie of the Year award for the 1986-87 season, joined us on the Popcorn Machine to discuss his basketball past, his relationship with Ron Artest and Kobe Bryant and what he’s learned from Jackson thus far.
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As the NBA’s offseason months roll on, we dialed up ESPN’s Ric Bucher to chat about covering the Finals, Kobe Bryant’s “unquenchable thirst” (not to mention his tussling of Bucher’s hair), the additions of Steve Blake and Matt Barnes to L.A., Bucher’s questions about LeBron James going to Miami and more.
Bucher also offered up his most underrated NBA city, favorite road meal and stated why he thinks the Lakers should consider moving a major piece at some point of the season.
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Lakers season ticket holder Matthew Berry – you may know him better as ESPN’s “Talented Mr. Roto” joined us via podcast to reflect upon L.A.’s championship run, detail where he keeps his signed Sun Yue jersey (not his office), praise Kobe at LeBron’s expense and more.
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Making her second appearance on the Popcorn Machine is ESPN hoops analyst/reporter Doris Burke, who covered the sideline for ABC’s broadcast of the NBA Finals for the second straight season.
Burke offered her perspective on the much-noted postgame 7 interview with Ron Artest, discussed what she’s seen behind the scenes from Phil Jackson, talked about the on-court basketball fusion of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol and more.
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If the announcement that Phil Jackson agreed to return as the Lakers coach in pursuit of his fourth three-peat was the team’s biggest offseason news, up next came the signing of free agent point guard Steve Blake, which the team stated on Thursday.
Blake played the final 29 games of the 2009-10 campaign across town with the Clippers after nearly three seasons in Portland, averaging 6.8 points and 6.1 assists, while turning in his best performance of the season with a triple-double finale against the Lakers.
On April 14, the 6-3 guard made 8-of-12 field goals (4-of-6 threes) for 23 points, dished 11 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds with two steals in a 107-91 win over the Purple and Gold in a game that now seems like an audition.
To reflect on that game and Blake’s tenure with the Clippers while keeping an eye towards how he might fit in with the Lakers, we called up Clippers play-by-play man Brian Sieman, who watched Blake up close and personal from February through April.
We recorded the podcast on Tuesday – thus the “we have nothing official until July 8″ you’ll here in the introduction. To listen, click play below:
With so many story lines, so much to discuss heading into Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and Celtics, we had to spend nearly 24 minutes breaking things down in podcast form with the Orange County Register’s Kevin Ding.
Ding, in his third playoff podcast appearance and sixth time covering L.A. in the Finals, went back and forth with us to discuss how the absence of Boston’s Kendrick Perkins (knee) affects the matchups, what to expect from Pau Gasol and Kevin Garnett, how Kobe Bryant will approach the contest, what Phil Jackson may want to do from a tactical standpoint, why the Celtics can’t be counted out, how respective bench players could impact things … and, well, everything else.
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Lakers Scout/Director of Video Services Chris Bodaken was so good while breaking down the Phoenix Suns in advance of the Western Finals that we had to have him back to detail L.A.’s preparation for the Boston Celtics in the 2010 NBA Finals.
Before delving into the matchup, Bodaken revealed the movie that Phil Jackson has had him edit/incorporate into the video breakdowns of each series: “Inglourious Basterds” by Quentin Tarantino.
Bodaken explained that Jackson in years past would use a different movie with a theme for each individual playoff round, but “Inglourious Basterds” is long enough that the Lakers have been able to stretch it out across the playoffs.
That knowledge gained, we were able to focus on how Boston’s defense compares to that of the 2008 title-winning version (and how Kobe Bryant can counter it), the increased offensive role of Rajon Rondo, what plays the Celtics like to run, what the Lakers can take from the past season’s matchups, the impact of Ron Artest/Andrew Bynum and more.
The first chapter of Sports Illustrated senior writer Chris Ballard’s “The Art of a Beautiful Game” is entitled: “Killer Instinct: Why Kobe Bryant Wants to Beat You at Everything.”
As you might expect, we end up talking more about Kobe Bryant than anything else when Ballard joins us for Lakers.com Playoff Podcasts, and the most recent conversation was no exception.
Ballard took us through a terrific anecdote from his book about the ruthless Bryant playing 1-on-1 in high school, talked about how he’s seen Bryant develop particularly across the past few seasons, detailed how Bryant has returned to best-player-out-there status since getting healthy and more.
We also went through an incredible Game 5 (which Ballard unfortunately missed in person), chatted about Steve Nash’s ridiculous shot making, looked ahead at what’s to come in the playoffs and listened as Ballard weighed in on “Kobe vs. LeBron.”
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The Orange County Register’s Kevin Ding has covered the Lakers’ beat throughout Phil Jackson’s tenure in Los Angeles, starting back in the 1999-2000 campaign, meaning he’s nearly through with his 11th season of Purple and Gold basketball.
Ding joined us on the latest Playoff Podcast to delve into the always-interesting topic of Lamar Odom, to trace the symbiotic relationship of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol over the past three seasons (forged in part on a language of extremely high basketball IQ), to examine the up-and-down nature of L.A.’s bench (currently: up) and more.
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The creator of “The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam, Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam” slam dunk, NBA legend Darryl Dawkins, joined us on Tuesday afternoon for the latest Lakers.com Playoff Podcast.
Dawkins, who will be in Los Angeles on Saturday and Sunday May 22-23 as the NBA Nation Ambassador, joined us to detail the weekend’s events at Universal City Walk Hollywood, and went on to offer a name for Shannon Brown’s near monster jam on Jason Richardson, to describe his playing days against Magic, Worthy, Kareem and the Showtime Lakers, to talk about meeting Kobe Bryant as a young kid and more.
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