The Lakers lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight to drop their record so far this season to a Sacramento Kings like 9-13. The continued losing and pressure may be getting to new Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. A particular line of questioning about defensive work in practice caused the usually mild mannered coach to lose his lid and tell a yet to be identified reporter "you're starting to piss me off, you're saying something that's not factually correct."
If this were Chelsea FC, Mike D'Antoni would probably be fired tomorrow given the fact LeBron James no longer plays in Cleveland and a loss to the Cavs is rather embarrassing. But, with the patience of the Lakers organization on display this season, I'd give D'Antoni till at least Friday to get things turned around.
UPDATE: Multiple outlets are saying the reporter in question is T.J. Simers of the LA Times, which would really be no surprise because he has a distinguished history of being an instigator and a troll. In that case, D'Antoni has our full support.
UPDATE II: @The_Only_Derm sent us this picture of the press conference with Simers standing a couple feet to D'Antoni's right where he was directing his anger. He also confirmed it was indeed Simers asking the questions you hear in the video.
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Tuesday, December 11
New York Knicks @ Brooklyn Nets (ESPN 7PM) Mark Jones, Jeff Van Gundy
Los Angeles Clippers @ Chicago Bulls (ESPN 9:30PM) Dave Pasch, Hubie Brown
Wednesday, December 12
Dallas Mavericks @ Boston Celtics (ESPN 8PM) Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy
Sacramento Kings @ Utah Jazz (ESPN 10:30PM) Terry Gannon, Chris Mullin
Thursday, December 13
Los Angeles Lakers @ New York Knicks (TNT 8PM) Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Charles Barkley
San Antonio Spurs @ Portland Trail Blazers (TNT 10:30PM) Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller
Friday, December 14
Boston Celtics @ Houston Rockets (ESPN 8PM) Mike Tirico, Jon Barry
Memphis Grizzlies @ Denver Nuggets (ESPN 10:30PM) Terry Gannon, Chris Mullin
Saturday, December 15
Brooklyn Nets @ Chicago Bulls (WGNA 8PM) Neil Funk, Stacey King
Boston Celtics @ San Antonio Spurs (NBAtv 8:30PM) Local Broadcast
Monday, December 17
Houston Rockets @ New York Knicks (NBAtv 7:30PM) Local Broadcast
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Watch KHQ anchor Sam Adams (yes, that is his real name) attempt to give an update during halftime of Eastern Washington's FCS playoff game against Illinois State. It's not as easy as it sounds. A very eager/possibly inebriated female EWU fan comes and gives him a kiss before stumbling off screen and then several fans (possibly inebriated once again) videobomb the update. In case you were wondering, EWU eventually won 51-35 and will host Sam Houston State in the FCS semis next week.
Clearly there's only one explanation for all this hoopla. This is the kind of craziness that happens when your team has a red field.
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In February 2013, CBS will televise Super Bowl XLVII from New Orleans and take their turn on the three year Super Bowl rotation with NBC and Fox. The Super Bowl is the single most watched event not just in sports, but on American television. The game is a gold mine for the networks not just for the millions upon millions of viewers flocking to their airwaves, but for the invaluable promotion for other shows and events on the network.
In addition, CBS will take the Super Bowl bump to a place it's never been before - boosting a national cable sports network.
This is a first for the three major networks in this new age of startup national sports channels. NBC chose not to offer any extensive Super Bowl coverage last year as NBC Sports Network had just been rebranded a month prior to Super Bowl XLVI. The last time CBS televised the Super Bowl in February 2009, CBSSN was still CBS College Sports. And, Fox still has no national cable sports channel to speak of... at least not yet.
CBS has announced plans to offer wall-to-wall Super Bowl coverage on CBS Sports Network including an extended Super Bowl postgame show after network coverage goes off the air.no comments
The New York Jets are not a good football team, but the media still eats them up because, sex excluded, nothing sells quite like controversy, and the majority of us in the TV-viewing audience are the media world's version of rubberneckers. We can't take our eyes off of a classic train wreck.no comments
Do you know when your sport is having problems gaining traction in America? When a comedian running an account based on Fox's NFL robot Cleatus is taking shots at your league, it might be time to look at a new strategy when it comes to what exactly you're doing.
Update : The #NHL cancels games thru New Years. Update: No one cares, STILL!— Cleatus (@CLEATUSonFOX) December 11, 2012
For as harsh as this seems on the surface, it's actually pretty true. Even the most hardcore, die-hard NHL fans are sick and tired of the talks between the league and the players union, and no one is even batting an eye at games getting canceled seemingly after every meeting between the two entities. In a way, the NHL has brought this situation where a make believe robot for the NFL on Fox is making jokes at their expense.
Does anyone remember when Fox *did* care about the NHL, though? Fox had the NHL rights for five seasons from 1994 to 1999, and their coverage of the league was largely forgettable... aside from the glowing puck of course.no comments
Yesterday, ESPN President John Skipper was named Sports Business Journal's most influential executive in sports. While that's an impressive footnote to his resume, Skipper has done something infinitely more important and influential. He's done something previously thought impossible except for an act of God or the coming of the endtimes... or both.
John Skipper has ended TebowMania.
In an accompanying interview in SBJ with John Ourand, Skipper admits ESPN went too far in covering Tim Tebow's travails with the New York Jets. In fact, the ESPN president personally told ESPN producers to dial back their 24/7 Tim Tebow obsession...no comments
ESPN NFL analyst Steve Young was in the middle of making a solid point about the unpredictability of the regular season and the playoffs during the Monday Night Football postgame show within SportsCenter. He was talking about the context of the Patriots blowout of the Texans and what may happen if the teams had a rematch in the postseason. Then he blurted out this...
"But this is the NBA, where the regular season is kind of all over the place..."
I can remember analysts flubbing players, cities, teams, and pretty much everything under the sun. But the actual league itself? This is new territory even for AA. The priceless look on Suzy Kolber's face says it all.
I'm just glad I could get this video out before Rick Reilly got it first on Twitter.
Update: Several people also alerted us to Steve Young making a comment about the Texans thinking "they have the biggest dick in the league." You can catch that video here. I'm almost sure that's what Young says. "Biggest stick" doesn't really make too much sense. Oh well, so many of these clips have an element of ambiguity to them, you can never be positive what someone says on television anymore. Right, Stephen A?no comments
Billionaire birther/celebrity/attention hog Donald Trump attempted to tweet encouragement to the New England Patriots tonight before their big Monday Night Football game against the Patriots. And yet, in a Ted Kennedy turn of fortune, it didn't come out quite right. At least Trump's embarrassing message to "Bob" Belichick didn't go out to his 2 million followers before he could delete it.
Oh wait, of course it did.
As saved for posterity by our friends at Toucher and Rich...
I'm fully expecting Trump to call a press conference tomorrow to announce he is in search of Bob Belichick's original birth certificate.no comments