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Friday, June 18

Despite Kobe's and Shaq's
clashing egos, the Lakers
managed to once again reach
the NBA Finals.

The End of the Show
After five successful but often tumultuous seasons in LA, Phil Jackson is
stepping down as coach of the Lakers. Owner Jerry Buss has made it clear that
Kobe Bryant's rape trial notwithstanding, re-siging the free agent superstar is a
higher priority for him than retaining the services of either Phil Jackson or
Shaquille O'Neal. As a result, Jackson and possibly O'Neal are moving on.

Karl Malone and Gary Payton are also free agents and may re-sign with the

The Detroit Pistons beat the Lakers in the NBA Finals last week, preventing the
Lakers from winning their fourth title in five years.