Magic on the Lakers: Jim Buss … you gotta job to do

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From today’s ESPN NBA pregame show, Dodgers minority owner and former Lakers minority owner and current front-office title-holder Magic Johnson blathered on about the current Lakers’ situation:

Jim Buss, brother, you gotta job to do. ‘Cause if you don’t do it, you gonna hear it from me.”

Is Mike Brown safe?

“Right now,” said Magic, laughing.

Magic led up to that ultimatum by saying: “First of all, you gotta pick up (Andrew) Bynum’s option. I think they’re going to definitely do that. Bynum and (Pau) Gasol, those are your tradable pieces. You build still around Kobe (Bryant), still great no matter what his age is, still dominant as a player.

“So to me they have to get younger and more athletic because Oklahoma City is athletic, young, fast. The team to beat is the team that knocked you out. That’s Oklahoma City and the San Antonio Spurs. Josh Smith is out there, he’s not happy. Call Atlanta. You’ve got Gasol sitting there.

“You don’t know what Dwight Howard wants to do. Give Orlando a call. They would love to have Bynum in return for a Dwight Howard if he doesn’t want to stay.”

It took Jon Barry to point out that $70 million is tied up in Gasol, Bynum, Bryant and Metta World Peace (whom he calls “Artest”). Who wants Gasol if it’ll cost them $38 million over the next two years?

“Who’s that?” Magic asked as Barry was making his point.

“Gasol,” Barry answered.

Magic collected himself to call Gasol the “best big man in basketball” once you get past Bynum, Howard and Tim Duncan. “No body has more skills than Gasol, but the problem is you got him sittin’ at the high post — yes, Mike Brown’s offense drives me crazy! — so how can you really say this guy’s skills are eroding? I’ve seen this man dominate. If a team wants a big man, you have to call the Lakers.”

That wasn’t even the least outrageous stuff thrown against the wall on the show.

Aspiring reporter Chris Broussard said his multiple sources tell him the Orlando Magic are going to talk to Shaquille O’Neal about their open general manager job.

“Keep an eye on that one, that would stun everyone, including me,” Broussard said.

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The wayback machine, 1993: The Kings are in the Stanley Cup final

From a Kings’ Prime Ticket special that appeared about seven years ago, in celebration of the team’s 20th year with the cable channel:

Also check out Barry Melrose’s Hollywood-centric memories of the ’93 season in his NHL.com-scripted essay posted today (linked here), as well as Bob Miller and Jim Fox remembering the ’93 season from the broadcast booth (linked here).

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Milbury: Don’t tell me ‘no way, ’cause there is a way’ for the Kings’ Brown to avoid a Coyote-ugly hit in Game 5

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“Watch Milbury, Roenick vehemently debate the Dustin Brown hit,” said the headline on the ProHockeyTalk.com blog this morning.

That’s a site, by the way, part of the NBC media family, pointing viewers toward something that was on NBC Sports Network the night before.

Where they close to blows (again)?

Not really. They just agitate each other enough to a point where an ego-clash gets more in the way of the point they’re trying to make.

Let’s not make more of it than it really is.

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Not that Theismann has a potty mouth, but …

Granted, prostate problems concern all men at a certain age.

But how long have these somewhat shady Joe Theismann testimonial ads been popping up on ESPN, where the one-time “Monday Night Football” analyst details issues he’s had in the past during a broadcast when he’s had to constantly run to the restroom?

He’s now mouthing off about a “super” new product where “I don’t have go as often and I don’t have to get up at night as much.”

It’s a bit more practical than what Fox NFL studio analyst Jimmy Johnson still does for a male enhancement suppliment. Still, I think I’d visit a doctor first before giving a credit card over the phone based on a Theismann recommendation (see: Steve Garvey, sued, not guilty, for endorsing a weight loss system).

That’s just what Miss Cleo tells me.

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Get your GPS Cup protector on: Kings’ home June 4, 6 and 11 for Stanley Cup finals … and NBC Sports Channel-driven

UPDATED: TUESDAY 10 PM:

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The NHL announced today the schedule for the 2012 Stanley Cup final, and while five of the seven games are set to air on NBC’s over-the air channel — KNBC-Channel 4 in L.A. — Games 3 and 4 will be on the NBC Sports Network.

Not a dream sequence for Kings fans. Those are the two guaranteed home games for the Kings against the winner of the N.Y Rangers-New Jersey series.

You know what Spicoli said about his surfing competition. Right, Stu?

Here’s how it unfolds (times PDT):

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==Game 1: Wednesday, May 30: Kings at N.Y. Rangers/New Jersey, 5 p.m., Channel 4
==Game 2: Saturday, June 2: Kings at N.Y. Rangers/New Jersey, 5 p.m., Channel 4
==Game 3: Monday, June 4: Kings vs. N.Y. Rangers/New Jersey at Staples Center, 5 p.m., NBC Sports Network
==Game 4: Wednesday, June 6: Kings vs. N.Y. Rangers/New Jersey at Staples Center, 5 p.m., NBC Sports Network
==Game 5: Saturday, June 9*: Kings at N.Y. Rangers/New Jersey, 5 p.m., Channel 4
==Game 6: Monday, June 11*: Kings vs. N.Y. Rangers/New Jersey at Staples Center, 5 p.m., Channel 4
==Game 7: Wednesday, June 13*: Kings at N.Y. Rangers/New Jersey, 5 p.m., Channel 4
=* if necessary

The Kings are only the second No. 8 seed to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals (Edmonton in 2006), the seventh team to reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 14 games (12-2 record) since 1987 when the NHL went to a four-round best-of-seven series format. No team has done it in fewer games, the first NHL team to win eight straight road games in a playoff year.

Dating back to last year, the Kings have won 10 straight road playoff games – an NHL record for consecutive road playoff wins spanning more than one year.

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