Phil Jackson wanting to trade LeBron James, keep Russell Westbrook in Lakers?

Phil Jackson wanting to trade LeBron James, keep Russell Westbrook in Lakers?

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Phil Jackson wanting to trade LeBron James, keep Russell Westbrook in Lakers?

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On Wednesday, LA Times beat reporter Bill Plaschke, who only recently sat down for an hours-long one-on-one interview with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, kind-of sort-of reported that Jackson would prefer to trade LeBron and keep Westbrook during an appearance on Doug Gottlieb’s radio show. “I’ve heard that Phil would like LeBron traded. I’ve just heard that but I’ve got nothing to back that up. No on-the-record stuff to back that up. I do know that Phil would like to keep Westbrook and try to make that work with him.”
Source: Jacob Rude @

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

StatMuse @statmuse
Highest +/- in a playoff game in the play-by-play era:
+46 — LeBron James in 2017
+46 — Jimmy Butler in 2015
+46 — Desmond Bane tonight PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
we’re gonna remember this giannis performance like we do 2012 lebron game 6 in boston – 9:42 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most 40-point playoff games since Giannis joined the league:
17 — LeBron
10 — Durant
9 — Harden
7 — Giannis PM

Mike Lynch @SportInfo247
This is the first time the MVP vote has had the same players in the same order finish 1-2 since LeBron James won consecutive MVPs in 2011-12 and 2012-13, with Kevin Durant finishing runner-up both times. Durant would win MVP the next season (2013-14) with LeBron the runner-up – 7:02 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
LeBron James has received MVP votes in 19 different seasons.
That’s two more than Kareem and six more than MJ.
Just an FYI. – 6:59 PM
Howard Beck @HowardBeck
For all the talk of “voter fatigue,” we’ve now had SEVEN instances of a player winning back-to-back MVP in the last 21 years:
Jokic (2021, 2022), Giannis (2019, 2020), Curry (2015, 2106), LeBron (2012, 2013), LeBron (2009, 2010), Nash (2005, 2006) and Duncan (2002, 2003). – 6:51 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Nikola Jokic is the NBA MVP. He’s the 13th player to be MVP in consecutive seasons, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Stephen Curry, Tim Duncan, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Moses Malone, Steve Nash and Bill Russell. PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Two tweets about Kyrie Irving from a press conference and more than 25 responses mentioning or picturing Russell Westbrook for a trade. NBA Twitter still the best. – 4:35 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Wednesday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast! We discuss Jeanie Buss’ @latimes interview. What she said (and didn’t say) about accountability, spending, LeBron, the Rambii, Magic, Phil, Pelinka and more. #FirstListen @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods…12:18 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 1984, the @New York Knicks Bernard King scored 44 points in a win over the Celtics, his sixth 40-point game of the postseason.
The only players in NBA history with more such games in a single postseason are Jerry West (8), LeBron James (8), and Michael Jordan (7). PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Luka Doncic last night:
✅ 28 PTS
✅ 11 REB
✅ 3 STL
Doncic is the fifth player in NBA history to average at least 30p/10r/5a through the first eight games of a postseason.
He joins Oscar Robertson (1963), Larry Bird (1985), Hakeem Olajuwon (1994), and LeBron James (2018). AM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Jimmy Butler last night:
✅ 23 PTS
✅ 9 REB
✅ 6 AST
✅ 9-15 FG
Butler is just the second player in @Miami Heat history to record at least 250p/50r/50a through his first nine games of a postseason, joining LeBron James (2012). AM

LeBron James @KingJames
YES!!! CHUCK WON 🥇 – 11:10 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 2021, the @Washington Wizards Russell Westbrook had 28p/13r/21a in a loss to the Hawks.
It was his 182nd career triple-double, breaking Oscar Robertson’s NBA record.
He also became the first player in NBA history to record five straight 15-assist triple-doubles. AM

More on this storyline

Plaschke noted in his interview that in his discussion with Jeanie, she pushed back against the mere idea of trading LeBron, so it certainly doesn’t feel like that is a remote possibility. He also said he believes the Lakers would keep Westbrook next season and would make it a requirement for the next head coach to make it work with Westbrook, LeBron and Anthony Davis. -via / May 11, 2022
Upon the urging of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the franchise traded its championship depth for Russell Westbrook, yet the three stars still ended up with an extended vacation. After the season concluded, Davis said he would meet with James to “reevaluate in the offseason. Upstairs, me and him, talking about the season and what we’d like to see next season.” Ideally, their suggestions to the Lakers’ front office will be better than acquiring Westbrook.  But James certainly has a strong influence on the Lakers’ decision-making. Multiple sources indicate the team’s front office is internally blaming pressure from Klutch Sports Group (representing both James and Davis) for Westbrook. -via Bleacher Report / April 28, 2022
The nine-time All-NBA player removed any post with him in a Lakers jersey. The only thing with Russ depicted in purple and gold that remains is his profile picture. It’s a very intentional move. When you have 19.4M followers, people are going to notice when you delete a slew of photos. Especially the ones of you playing for the team you’re currently under contract with. -via Sports Illustrated / April 27, 2022

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