Who wants MORE rare photos of Phil?!

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Who wants MORE rare photos of Phil?!

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

Aw, nuts. The Lakers got bounced from the playoffs by the Mavericks this weekend. But not only do the two-time defending champions need to deal with their humiliating underachievement, they also might need to find a new coach.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak believes Phil Jackson is retiring. Seriously. For real this time.

"I think this is it," Kupchak told ESPNLosAngeles. "We'll sit down and talk, but I've gotten no indication that he won't retire."

I thought it was strange that SI has a "Rare Photos of Phil Jackson" feature on its website today. The guy didn't die, he's just retiring. Maybe.

What kind of weirdo, in the face of this possibility, is clamoring for Phil candids? Especially crap like...

A pic of Phil reluctantly reaching for his new baby.

A shot of Phil doing crunches in really tiny shorts.

Come on, now. I get SI's "Lovely Ladies" of Hot Clicks thing -- people like looking at beautiful women. But WHO wants to look at PHIL?

The apparent answer: somebody. And since WGS is all about supply-and-demand, we've decided to dig for some even more rare photos of the for-now Lakers coach.

The weirdos get what the weirdos want.

Both of Phil's parents were Assemblies of God ministers. Here's a photo of little Phil at his first church camp. Turns out, he was just a few bunks down from Doug Collins! What a coinkidink!

As he got older, Phil moved toward Zen and Buddhism.

He even tried to live a more modest life. Here's a photo of Phil in his purest phase of living.

It didn't take long for Phil to realize that poverty and humility were stupid. So he decided to try and squeeze profits out of idiot consumers. Here's the cover shot from his first, ridiculous book:

After his team won the 2010 NBA Championship, Phil wanted a biographical movie made about awesome he is. Unfortunately, the concept got lost in translation between Phil and the writers. Here's a shot of their first creative mock-up. It was eventually scrapped then salvaged by DreamWorks.

It's a decent start, but don't worry, we'll keep digging through Jeanie Buss' trash for more photos.

...Ya' bunch of freaks.

Patriots release DT Darius Kilgo, reportedly sign WR Griff Whalen

Patriots release DT Darius Kilgo, reportedly sign WR Griff Whalen

The New England Patriots have announced that they've released defensive tackle Darius Kilgo. 

The move creates an opening for wide receiver Griff Whalen, who they have reportedly signed to a one-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Kilgo, a sixth-round pick out of Maryland in 2015, did not make an appearance for the Patriots after being claimed off waivers from the Broncos last week. He played 81 snaps for Denver this season.

Whalen, 26, played in two games for San Diego in 2016 where he caught two passes for a total of 22 yards. 

The former Colts wideout is perhaps best remembered in New England for his part in Indianapolis' disastrous fake punt against the Patriots last season.

 

 

 

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas. 
 
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. 
 
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
 
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season. 
 
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday. 
 
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
 
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
 
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
 
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious. 
 
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio. 
 
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
 
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart. 
 
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.