What’s a quicker solution than all the bickering about how the greater good would be served by the immediate firing of Mike D’Antoni (12-20 since he took over, going into tonight’s game) and subsequent re-promotion of Bernie Bickerstaff (4-1 between Nov. 9-18), giving the Lakers the best chance possible at this point to claim the final Western Conference playoff spot?
Have D’Antoni run practices, Bickerstaff does the in-game strategy, and Magic Johnson tweets about it on a need-to-not-know basis.
Remember, Magic did have a spectacular 5-11 record himself as the head coach to end the 1994 season?
Yup, it was enough to make him quit.
== Relatively speaking, wouldn’t Bickerstaff be the best hire for a relocated Sacramento Kings in Seattle, the city where he once had some moderate success 20 years ago, instead of any attempt to needle Jeanie Buss’ fiancé to return?
== When does Pat Haden throw a Hail Mary to Mike Brown about the permanent USC head basketball coaching spot?
== The New Orleans Pelicans are a) the new nickname that the NBA franchise in the Big Easy will ease into for the 2013-14 season, abandoning the Hornets, b) the city’s expansion entry into World Team Cornhole, c) the all-male cheerleading squad for the NFL’s Saints, d) the team that Will Ferrell’s ABA Flint Tropics defeated in the climactic scene of the movie “Semi-Pro”?
== If we’re not mistaken, KPMG is the tax advisory firm that markets itself as a way to “turn knowledge into value for the benefit of our clients.” So if that’s the same advisory plastered across Phil Michelson’s visor, and he’s bemoaning the California state tax laws while considering his own bail-out plan, why wouldn’t we take it on good authority that he knows what he’s talking about?
== Not inclined to go to Monday’s Kings-Canucks game and get a free replica Stanley Cup championship ring? Because you’ve already been to the Tiffany’s website and found out that, for only a grand, they’ll replicate one for you with some real bling on it?
== The odds, again, of having two brothers coaching against each other in a Super Bowl?
Kathy Ensor, the statistics department chair at Rice University and a member of the American Statistical Association, has pegged it at 1 in 255 – if there is a brother in the AFC and another in the NFC.
Not a number that seems all that sexy, is it?
So, she expanded it to including every NFL head coach, all 64 offensive and defensive coordinators, six former NFL head coaches, 68 coaches at major college programs who could some day be an NFL coach, and 12 other position coaches who have the ability to someday be a head coach.
Factor all that in, and the odds are 1 in 11,175.
Still not all that impressed?
“Any way you calculate it, the odds are long and get longer as the pool expands,” says Ensor.
But then, how much would the odds shrink when you’re trying to predict whether Jim or John Harbaugh will have the first sideline meltdown in Super Bowl XLVII?