Pau Gasol, Derrick Rose Staredown at Staples

Really wish D Rose followed this up with a dunk in Pau’s face. Was not the case. Great seeing the ’09-’10 Bulls hang tough against the Lakers last night. The Bulls offense was pretty off the entire game — Rose started 2 for 12 or something — great, explosive drives to the basket but nothing falling. He couldn’t miss in the second half. Nice to see Taj Gibson putting in serious minutes — also looks like James Johnson will be a solid contributor. Joakim Noah is really coming into his own. But the Lakers are the champs and Pau Gasol — who missed the first 10 games with a hamstring injury — completes them. A long and fast team, only injury would keep them from repeating this year. As for the Bulls, I look forward to watching more — exciting team with lots of energy and very aggressive D.

Thanks to @es for taking us to the game in his amazing seats!

Michael Jackson Dies at 50, 2 Weeks Before ‘Comeback’ Shows

michael jackson dies dead coma heart attack badSeveral outlets (including TMZ) are reporting that Michael Jackson died this afternoon at age 50. These reports have not yet been confirmed and do not cite sources but the situation is grim. The LA Times reports that Jackson is in a coma now confirms that Jackson has been pronounced dead:

Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead by doctors this afternoon after arriving at a hospital in a deep coma, city and law enforcement sources told The Times.

Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a medical call at 12:21 p.m. today in the 100 block of North Carolwood Drive in LA found Michael Jackson, 50, on the other end — not breathing. Horrifying news in a week in which we’ve already seen the passing of Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett.

“When the [paramedic] team arrived, they saw that CPR was already in progress by someone at the home. The person not breathing was transported to UCLA Medical Center and remains there,” said an LAFD spokesperson. Jackson’s father, Joe has confirmed that Michael is hospitalized, according to E!.

Jackson was reportedly in good health according to a recent physical exam — he had gotten into shape in preparation for his return to the stage after many years — a set of 50 dates in July at London’s O2 Arena, where fans lined up and bought all 750,000 tickets for the 50 show run (valuing $85 million). The “comeback” shows, billed “This is It” was to start July 10 and run into March 2010.

Our prayers are with the Jackson family. Rest in Peace, King of Pop.

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VIDEO: Lebowski Fest 2009 — “The Dude’s Prayer”

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