His absence during the Los Angeles Lakers ring ceremony Tuesday night was conspicuous to the few who recognize his extraordinary hand in Phil JacksonÆs peerless success. á Most TNT viewers would not have cared had long-time Lakers PA announcer Lawrence Tanter called his name with the rest of the assistant coaches. á Casual fans rarely appreciate reclusive or terminally ill consultants. á They want Kobe Bryant and a glimpse of the legendary Jackson. á They want to see how the volatile Ron Artest will mesh with an established core. á Even if they will not admit it, they wouldnÆt mind him going off the deep end just once, for the sheer entertainment value of his shenanigans. á The sports world loves a train wreck and the mere thought of controversy. ItÆs far easier to get listeners t ...
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