Spurs news briefs: Rose is back and Jackson on the Spurs

• The San Antonio Spurs have announced former player Malik Rose will rejoin the Spurs as a fill-in TV color commentator for Sean Elliott:

Rose will join play-by-play announcer Bill Land for his first road broadcast tomorrow night when the Spurs take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:00 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest. He will join Land for various games throughout the season, including the Nov. 28 game at New Orleans Hornets at 2 p.m. on FSSW.

“I have always thought Malik would make a great basketball analyst,” said Mike Kickirillo, Spurs director of broadcasting. “He always provided terrific insight in interviews and his reception with Spurs fans has been off the charts since he stepped into town. He will fit in well with Bill and do a great job stepping in for Sean.” (source Spurs.com)

• With the Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers heads above the rest in the Western Conference this season and holding a 12-1 and 12-2 records respectively, Lakers head coach Phil Jackson still doesn’t feel any team from the West can break the 72 win record his 1996 Chicago Bulls team hold:

“No team in the West really can do it”

“In the West, it’s going to be real tough for any team.”

Jackson noted the challenges ahead for his Lakers and the Spurs.

“The Spurs really haven’t made a swing out to the West Coast, we’ll see how that goes,” he said. “We’ll have to make a quick run to the middle of the country, and then on to the East Coast in the next month.

“And our records will start to even out as we go along.” (source ESPN.com)

Have to agree with Jackson. That 72 win Bulls team was loaded with talent and made up of players in their prime. Not to mention that team had a player by the name of Michael Jordan. Highly doubtful the Spurs or the Lakers can break that 72 win record.

On a side note, I cannot wait until the Spurs and Lakers have their first meeting of the season on December 28.

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