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first_imgThe 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, coached by Jackson, established the mark for best record in NBA history at 72-10. Asked about the Mavericks, Jackson said, “If we play right, it doesn’t matter who we play.” But the coach already was looking ahead to three-day breaks in the schedule the Lakers will have in each of the next two weeks. “We have an opportunity to get guys feeling better about their games,” Jackson said. The last stop for Kobe Bryant on his visit to Lower Merion (Pa.) High School on Friday was a pep talk for the boys basketball team on the eve of a state playoff game. Bryant walked into the locker room and immediately asked one player a question. “Are you using that in-and-out move I gave you?” Bryant said. In addition to outfitting the Lower Merion teams in Nike gear, Bryant conducted a clinic in the area this summer and came to know several players on the team. “That clinic this summer, he spent a full day just sweating and working with the kids,” said Doug Young, one of Bryant’s former teammates who now works at the school and is an assistant coach. “They gained a lot and he got to know them. “So when he calls and asks about the team, it’s `How’s this guy doing? Is he going hard to the rack? Is he finishing his layups? Is he working on his 3-ball?’ All that is really important to him. He wants to see these guys develop.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Mavericks have won 16 consecutive games and will bring a 51-9 record to Staples Center. The Lakers flew home late Friday after an 0-4 trip and have been “free-falling,” in Jackson’s words, for the past three weeks. “There’s a lot of guys that are challenged in a position where they’re not able to answer the challenge right now,” Jackson said. EL SEGUNDO – As coach of the only NBA team to win 70 games in a season, Phil Jackson will get a first-hand look today at a Dallas Mavericks team that needs to win 19 of its final 22 games to reach that mythical number. At the same time, Jackson will be staring at the flip side of history as his Lakers need a victory to avoid their second six-game losing streak in a month. No Jackson-coached team had lost more than five consecutive games before this season. center_img The Lakers halted Dallas’ 13-game winning streak with a 101-98 victory on Jan. 7 at Staples Center. But the Mavericks have been the NBA’s unstoppable force all season and are 24-1 since that loss. They are the first team in history to post three winning streaks of 12 games or more in the same season and haven’t lost since Jan. 25 in Chicago. “You hear some players that say the regular season doesn’t count at all,” Mavericks coach Avery Johnson told the Dallas Morning News. “I disagree with that. “You need the regular season to get in some game situations that you may see in the playoffs. You just can’t jump up in the playoffs and be good all of a sudden. “So even though what you do in the playoffs really, really counts, you need to practice what’s going to count now. And if you want to be in the rotation in the playoffs, it’s a good time to show me you want to be in it now.” last_img

first_imgThe Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today revealed figures that show that more people are opting for used cars when searching for a new set of wheels. In the first nine months of 2017, a total of 121,595 new private cars were licensed, a drop of 10.3% compared with the same period last year.In September 2017, the number of new private cars licensed fell by 17.4% compared with September 2016. On a seasonally adjusted basis, new private cars licensed recorded no change in September 2017 compared with August 2017.Brendan Curtin, Statistician commented: “Since 2010, one third (33.9%) of all private cars licensed for the first time were secondhand (imported) vehicles, and of these, three to five-year-old vehicles were the most popular.“In the first nine months of 2017, just one percent were less than one year old, while over five percent were ten years or older (vehicles first registered outside of Ireland before 2008).“Eight out of ten (79.1%) imported private cars were diesel, while electric vehicles made up just half of one percent.” Figures show surge in popularity of used cars was last modified: October 11th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carsCSOlicensedNewstatisticsusedlast_img read more