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I was awakened at midnight Sunday by a phone call from Mitch Kupchak. He told me that the Lakers had signed Mike D’Antoni to a three-year agreement and that they felt he was the best coach for the team. The decision is of course theirs to make. I am gratified by the groundswell of support from the Laker fans who encouraged my return and it is the principal reason why I considered the possibility. - Phil Jackson
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Kobe Bryant plans to wear an all-black mask tonight.  This is what I’m hoping he’ll look like.  Anything less is uncivilized.

Kobe Bryant plans to wear an all-black mask tonight.  This is what I’m hoping he’ll look like.  Anything less is uncivilized.

The fierce look of a Masked Mamba

Kobe Bryant, the masked mamba, dropped 31 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists on the Timberwolves.

The Kobe System has no time for broken noses or foggy masks.

Kobe Bryant, broken nose, update:

Kobe Bryant is experiencing further symptoms from his broken nose incident & was sent for an MRI & to see a neurologist. - Mike Trudell (Lakers Reporter via twitter).

Kobe Bryant, broken nose, update:

Kobe Bryant is experiencing further symptoms from his broken nose incident & was sent for an MRI & to see a neurologist. - Mike Trudell (Lakers Reporter via twitter).

Spike Lee takes his wardrobe cues from Paddington Bear.

Michael Jordan wins from within, do you?

He made me a believer.  Not in luck, or fate.  But in the will to win.

You win from within. - Phil Jackson on Michael Jordan

Steve Nash is my boy, but I don’t see how [expletive] he got it twice. I was taught never to complain because you can’t beat the system. People know who the real dominant guy was. But Steve Nash, I don’t want to say it

-Shaquille O’neal

In an interview with Vibe magazine, Shaq recently disclosed his feelings about Steve Nash winning two MVP awards.  Apparently the big man doesn’t think his former teammate deserved the awards, indirectly praising himself as the most dominant and deserving of the accolade.

Derrick Rose, according to Yahoo! Sports, has landed a shoe deal worth upwards of $200 million with shoe-giant Adidas.

Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player, agreed to a 13-year deal to stay with Adidas that guarantees him $185 million. The deal includes incentives that could push the deal to more than $200 million, a source said.