Bad bounce costs Lakers

first_imgTORONTO – There was no law of physics that could explain what happened with 12.8 seconds left in Friday’s game, when Toronto’s Chris Bosh missed a free throw so short that it somehow bounced off the front of the rim perfectly to Anthony Parker. On their 12th night away from home, playing their third set of back-to-back games, all while enduring their longest trip in 17 years, the Lakers had to accept that such bounces always seem to veer in the direction of the team that needs them the most. “I couldn’t even see if Lamar went to Parker’s body or not and really boxed him out or just went to the boards,” Jackson said. “That was a critical rebound. It changes all the dimensions of what you’re going to do on the next sequence.” After meeting with reporters, Jackson walked into the locker room and found Odom sitting at his locker. He asked one question, “Did you put a body on Parker?” and got into a box-out position as they talked. “Perfect bounce,” Odom said. “For him.” Parker made the second of two free throws – the Raptors went just 15-of-26 from the line – for a 95-92 lead. Bryant missed his 3-pointer at the other end and the Lakers now need a victory Sunday at Cleveland to break even on this trip. “The more years you’re in the league, you kind of learn how to make the ball bounce your way,” Bryant said. “You learn how to get up for certain games, how to attack teams. You become more of a cerebral player. That just comes with experience.” The Lakers went into the fourth quarter down 72-65, put a lineup of Odom and four reserves on the floor and wound up trailing by 12 when Bryant returned for the final 8:36. Bryant was kicked in the left leg and went down briefly but stayed in the game after a timeout. He scored 10 points in the fourth, but the Lakers made their run with Brian Cook, Smush Parker and Maurice Evans hitting consecutive 3-pointers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They caught up to the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter Friday, erasing what had been an 11-point deficit with 5:41 to play, only to have the road catch up to them in the final minutes of a 96-92 loss, dropping the Lakers to 3-4 on this eight-game trip. There was still a chance for the Lakers to tie on their final possession. Kobe Bryant faked Jorge Garbajosa into the air, pulled up from beyond the 3-point arc, and watched his jumper hit the front of the rim and bounce out. center_img “Just a touch short,” Bryant said. It might as well have been the theme of the night for the Lakers, who are 4-8 in their past 12 games. No play hurt more than Parker’s rebound. If Lamar Odom had grabbed the ball, the Lakers would have had a chance to win or tie trailing 94-92. Instead, Bosh short-armed the free throw only to have it bounce right to Parker. All Lakers coach Phil Jackson could do on the bench was sit with his arms crossed and stare in disbelief. last_img read more

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Guardiola’s agent rules out a return to Bayern

first_img0Shares0000Pep Guardiola kisses the German Cup in May 2016, after Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund in the final at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, just before he left to coach Manchester City© AFP/File TOBIAS SCHWARZBERLIN, Germany, Nov 19 – Pep Guardiola’s agent has ruled out a  return to Bayern Munich at least until the Spaniard’s contract expires at Manchester City in 2021, according to reports.The German champions are currently looking for a new head coach following the sacking of Niko Kovac after a 5-1 thrashing at Eintracht Frankfurt at the start of the month. Caretaker boss Hansi Flick will remain in charge at least until Christmas when the Bundesliga goes into recess but the Germans are already on the lookout for a possible high profile replacement.“Pep is content and very happy in Manchester. His contract is until June 2021,” Guardiola’s agent Josep Maria Orobitg told German daily Bild on Wednesday, having also been quoted by websites SPOX and Goal.“Guardiola always fulfils his contracts.“I haven’t spoken with anyone in Germany about him – neither with intermediaries nor club bosses.“Pep has good memories of Munich and still has friends there, but at the moment he has shown no interest in returning to Germany as a coach.“That is something that is just as impossible at the moment as it was last summer with Juventus.“I deny all rumours.”Guardiola won the German league and cup double in his final season at Bayern in 2016 having lifted the Bundesliga title in each of his three seasons at the Munich club, who he joined in 2013.Ajax coach Erik ten Hag and Paris Saint-Germain’s Thomas Tuchel have been linked to Bayern, but both have made it clear they will not leave their respective clubs this season.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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