Jackson got start coaching baseball

The Associated PressJune 8, 2009 

— Phil Jackson the baseball coach?

That's right. Jackson's first coaching job was as a baseball coach when he went to school at the University of North Dakota in the late 1960s.

Jackson liked the job but found basketball to be more of a challenge.

"Jerry Reinsdorf always used to say, well, it's probably more difficult than coaching baseball because you've always got to make a move. Every single move is another chess situation for you," said Jackson, referring to the Chicago White Sox owner as well as his former boss with the Bulls.

Tweets from Jackson's girlfriend: Jeanie Buss won't be updating you with scores or highlights from the NBA Finals. But she will tell you what "The Hills" star Lauren Conrad is wearing when she shows up to watch the Lakers play the Orlando Magic.

Buss' Twitter feeds and video interviews with Lakers coach and boyfriend Phil Jackson are a hit with fans and media.

"I knew I couldn't Twitter about how the team is playing or basketball stuff, but I can make you feel like you're at the game," said Buss, the daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss and the vice president of business operations for the team.

Work on free throws: Dwight Howard knows that "Hack-a-Shaq" has always been a way to stop the first All-Star big man to call himself Superman. So the Orlando star has been focusing on improving his free-throw shooting.

After shooting 59 percent in the regular season, Howard shot 70 percent in the Eastern Conference finals. In Game 1, he went 10 of 16 from the line.

"From the beginning of the Philadelphia series on, he's spent a lot of extra time shooting free throws because obviously people strategy-wise want to put him at the free throw line. He's worked hard," said Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy, who coached O'Neal in 2004-06.

L.A. gets 2011 All-Star Game: The NBA All-Star Game is returning to Los Angeles in 2011.

Commissioner David Stern made the announcement Sunday before Game 2 of the NBA finals.

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