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The Los Angles Lakers have come down to the final game of their rocky 2012-13 regular season and in a most appropriate scenario, considering everything that’s happened to the team this year, L.A.’s postseason fate is still up in the air.
“It’s come down to it’s in our hands and that’s kind of what we’ve been playing for and we’ve wanted, so here it is,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said after practice Tuesday. “Let’s go out and get it and take care of our own destiny.”
The Lakers are guaranteed the No. 7 seed with a win over Houston, as they would tie the Rockets in wins, split the season record at 2-2 but win the tiebreaker by having the better overall record against the Western Conference. The Lakers will be the No. 8 seed if both they and the Utah Jazz (43-38) lose.
If Utah beats the Memphis Grizzles on the road, and the Lakers lose at home to Houston, L.A. will fail to qualify for the postseason.The Lakers will be without their Hall of Fame backcourt against Houston Kobe Bryant is out 6-9 months after surgery on his left Achilles. Steve Nash will miss his eighth straight game because of discomfort to his right hip, hamstring and lower back.Steve Nash is expected just in time for playoffs. Usually the last Game of the year is when everyone rests the starters and let the bench players play but not this game. This means so much to all 3 teams.
After reports and videos surfaced of Mike Rice, Rutgers men’s basketball coach who was fired Wednesday, athletic director Tim Pernetti resigned. The news was announced Friday during a press conference held by the university. “My continued tenure as athletic director is no longer sustainable for the university,” Pernetti stated in a resignation letter to the university’s president.
Pernetti made the decision to release Rice on Wednesday, five months after the incriminating videos surfaced back in November. The videos of the incident display Rice using anti-gay slurs, shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players during practice. They were brought to Pernetti’s attention by a former employee and Rice was suspended for three games, fined $75,000 and ordered to attend anger management classes.
After the videos were broadcasted Tuesday by ESPN and received criticism, Pernetti was left no other options but to fire Rice. The network said the videos showed practice sessions between 2010 and 2012.