Instead, the Rockets (who have lost about $35 million of All-Star to injury this year) sent the Western Conference semifinals back to Los Angeles for a Game 7, an elimination game in which anything can happen. (See: NCAA Tournament.) Meanwhile, Denver chills 'til the next episode, and Cleveland get a head start on knitting those Christmas booties. Understandably, this is having adverse affects on the personal lives of the Lakers.
... perhaps none moreso than the coach himself. Jeanie Buss, the owner's daughter who also happens to be Jackson's love interest, tweeted the following at roughly 11 PM Pacific on Thursday:
Strained conversation w/Phil on way to plane. we're both so frustrated its tough to talk.Aaron Brooks, Luis Scola, Shane Battier ... why do you hate love? Ron Artest truly is the back hole of happiness.
While we're pouring salt, be sure to check out Tim Keown's fantastic column on Kobe for ESPN.com. Keown always does excellent work when he ventures into NBA commentary, and this is no exception. The thesis, if you will:
How can a guy with that much talent play with such little joy? Why does he feel he has to put on that phony tough-guy show all the time? Underneath all that pre-fab armor, who is he? Does he even know?Kobe fans may dismiss this as Kobe hate right off the bat, but it's not. Give it a read.