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- Bernie Bickerstaff, who has taken over as interim coach of the Lakers after Mike Brown was fired earlier Friday, said he was “shocked” to learn of the dismissal. “In 40 years, I haven’t seen that,” said Bickerstaff, who gave Brown his first opportunity to coach when both were in Denver. He said the Lakers were “ahead of the game” in their development of a new Princeton-style offense. He said he “consented” to take over for Brown while a permanent replacement is sought and plans to keep things simple. “I’ll try to win the game,” he said.
- Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he might employ the “hack-a-Dwight” plan like he did last January, when Lakers center Dwight Howard attempted an NBA record 39 free throws — making 21 — in a 117-109 victory by the Magic. “The law of averages says, foul him,” Jackson said. Howard is shooting 50 percent from the line through five games this season, up from the 49.1 percent he shot last season.
– Dan Arritt