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Thursday's game between the two teams at
The Knicks lead the Lakers in lottery percentages, currently holding a 25% chance of winning the top draft spot compared to 10.5% for the Lakers. Score another one for Knicks President Phil Jackson.
Round one went to Jackson when free agent
Both teams have cash to spend this summer and presumably next summer too, pitting them against each other (and others, of course) in the free-agent market.
In case anybody still cares about the present day, the Lakers have shown a little something recently, winning four of their last nine.
Score one for the Buss family? Uh, no.
Lottery-bound teams talk about victories in March and April being important for franchise morale, but that will be entirely forgotten when the pingpong balls drop May 19.
It almost goes without saying, but this will be the worst combined winning percentage for the Knicks (12-51) and Lakers (17-46) this late in the season since they started playing each other in 1948-49.
"It's pretty unusual," Lakers Coach Byron Scott said Wednesday. "You're talking about two very proud organizations, so I don't expect it to last too much longer, either."
He didn't look real happy to be part of possibly the worst season in franchise history. The 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers had a winning percentage of .264. The current Lakers are at .270.
In the it-could-always-be-worse category, Bryant seethed during last season's team photo while waiting an extra 20 minutes because
Thursday won't be anything like the 2009 matchup where Bryant scored 61 points, a
Lin keeps in touch with some of the Knicks staffers who were there for the birth of "Linsanity." He's also familiar enough with the Lakers' tradition after spending 60-plus games with them — 10 NBA championships since the Knicks last won one in 1973.
This, though, is a mutual low for both teams.
"It's definitely weird," Lin said. "It's just the reality of the situation right now."