uot;Our captains (Kobe Bryant
and Derek Fisher
) expressed that message, that we haven’t done anything yet.”
Former Laker great Byron Scott
, who coached the Hornets the two years they relocated to Oklahoma City, attended the game. Scott, who was fired by the Hornets in mid-season, hopes to return to coaching. He has moved back to the Los Angeles area, where he grew up.
Some figure Scott and Brian Shaw
are the leading candidates to replace Jackson, should the Laker coach step down after this season. Shaw is a former Laker and current Laker assistant coach.
Thunder goes old school
The Thunder shootaround Tuesday morning was in Santa Monica High School’s old gym, complete with missing ceiling tiles, backboards extending from 2x4s on the wall, school bells ringing and students peering through a door window.
"It kind of reminds you, everybody has great high school memories,” said Brooks. "This is a great atmosphere. It’s an old gym. The guys love it here.”
Here’s more to love. Santa Monica High School is within walking distance of the team hotel.
finished eighth in Defensive Player of the Year voting. "It’s good to have some recognition that I’m a defensive player,” he said. ... About three hours before the start of Tuesday’s game, the Lakers unveiled a statue of legendary broadcaster Chick Hearn
. Several former Lakers attended the ceremony in honor of the late Hearn. ... NBA commissioner David Stern
is scheduled to attend Thursday’s Game 3 in Oklahoma City.