Phil Jackson Takes A Jab At Dwight Howard For Leaving Lakers

Phil Jackson Takes A Jab At Dwight Howard For Leaving LakersLuckily for the Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson’s word is still law in Hollywood. Dwight Howard left an unfamiliar, jilted feeling in the hearts of the Lakers and their fans when he opted to join James Harden and the Houston Rockets rather than return to Tinseltown.

‘Left a distaste’

The Lakers aren’t used to being cast aside and coming up empty-handed. That’s just not how it works. Typically, they get what they want. This time they didn’t, and as the Zen Master noted on Twitter, Superman has forever left a tainted imprint on those in Lakerland as the result of his departure.

“Reflection on DHoward’s exodus. He left a distaste in Lakerland The Lakers will be fine. Pau fits MDA’s style of Off-it was about the future”

Jackson’s admittance that Howard left a “distaste” in Los Angeles isn’t nearly as important as what follows: He believes the Lakers are going to be fine.


‘Without Howard’

Pau Gasol is indeed a better fit for Mike D’Antoni’s system than Dwight ever was. Not that he couldn’t have been, but he just never embraced the pick-and-roll aspect of Magic Mike’s offense. Pau presents no such issues. When healthy, Gasol is a premier screen-and-roll option. His ability to knock down shots from the inside out is also something that gives him an advantage over most centers, including Howard.

Provided Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are still healthy and the team finds some shooters, the Lakers can make some noise in the Western Conference. Without Howard. Just as much as the Rockets can. With Howard.

Which of the two teams will be stronger this coming NBA season — the Lakers or the Rockets? Do you agree with Phil Jackson’s opinion about Dwight Howard’s exodus?

Source: Dan Favale | Bleacher Report

Image: NY Daily News

Real-life Kryptonite Discovered in Serbian Mine

Kryptonite is no longer just the stuff of fiction feared by caped superheroes. A new mineral matching its unique chemistry – as described in the film Superman Returns – has been identified in a mine in Serbia.

According to movie and comic-book storylines, kryptonite is supposed to sap Superman’s powers whenever he is exposed to its large green crystals. The real mineral is white and harmless, says Dr Chris Stanley, a mineralogist at London’s Natural History Museum.

“I’m afraid it’s not green and it doesn’t glow either – although it will react to ultraviolet light by fluorescing a pinkish-orange,” he told BBC News.

Researchers from mining group Rio Tinto discovered the unusual mineral and enlisted the help of Dr Stanley when they could not match it with anything known previously to science. Once the London expert had unravelled the mineral’s chemical make-up, he was shocked to discover this formula was already referenced in the literature – albeit literary fiction.


The mineral cannot be called kryptonite under international nomenclature rules because it has nothing to do with krypton – a real element in the Periodic Table that takes the form of a gas. Instead, it will be formally named jadarite when it is described in the European Journal of Mineralogy later this year. Jadar is the name of the place where the Serbian mine is located.

Dr Stanley said that if deposits occurred in sufficient quantity it could have some commercial value. It contains boron and lithium – two valuable elements with many applications, he explained.

Source: BBC News

Image: Inventor Spot