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Scottie Pippen Phil Jackson Could Win Title With Current Lakers

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Scottie Pippen says he’s a fan of Luke Walton — but tells TMZ Sports, if his old pal, Phil Jackson, was coaching the Lakers, they’d be well on their way to an NBA title already.

Look, this definitely ain’t an aggressive shot at Luke — but, Pippen kept it 100 telling us, “That’s all he [Phil Jackson] do is win.”

Scottie was braving the frozen tundra of Bev Hills (it was 58 degrees) on Monday when we asked about the situation with the Lakers … currently in 10th place in the Western Conference. 

Pippen told us he’d love to see 73-year-old Phil come out of retirement for another crack at a Larry O’Brien Trophy … and he’s confident LeBron, Lonzo and Kuzma could get the job done. 

Scottie won 6 NBA rings under Jackson during his run with the Chicago Bulls. Phil went on to win 5 more with the L.A. Lakers. 

Of course, there are reports of turmoil in Laker Nation — with members of LeBron’s camp allegedly pushing for Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka to replace Luke ASAP. 

We spoke with Luke on Sunday — and he denied friction with LeBron, telling TMZ Sports, “LeBron and I get along just fine.”

So, what happens now? Luke says he’s confident he can right the ship and lead the Lakers to the playoffs. 

Question is … will he get the chance? 

Floyd & Manny Painfully Awkward Handshake … at Lakers Game

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Manny went for the handshake. 

Floyd went for the dap. 

The result was …  well, it was a mess. 

Once again, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao came face-to-face at the Lakers game — in what seems to be more shameless promotion for an upcoming rematch. 

Floyd was sitting on the court at Staples Center in L.A. to watch the Lakers take on the Warriors (they lost) … when Manny came up from behind to say “What up.”

The handshake greeting was a disaster — but they got the point across. 

The big problem … Manny reportedly suffered an eye injury during his victory over Adrien Broner this past weekend — which could throw a huge wrench in the rematch plans. 

According to reports, Manny feared he suffered a detached retina in his left eye. Later, his manager said the eye was “fine” and he’ll be okay. 

Manny was wearing shades at the game — so you can’t see if the eye looks damaged on the surface. 

As we previously reported, Manny and Floyd have been teasing a rematch for months … and with both fighters looking pretty solid in their last fights, it seems a deal could be close. 

The two originally fought back in 2015 — with Floyd winning a unanimous decision in a pretty boring fight. 

We recently spoke with Manny who told us he had a bad shoulder at the time — and now that he’s fully healed, he’s confident he would whoop that ass. 

No deal has been made at this point — but we’re guessing it’s just a matter of time … considering the money these guys could rake in. 

There were other big stars at the Lakers game, too — incuding Halsey, Alexis Ren, Mahershala Ali and Jack Nicholson and LeBron James … who was a spectator last night due to injury. 

Get well soon!

Halsey Kyle Kuzma Will Save Lakers … While LeBron Is Out

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Worry not Laker fans … Halsey thinks Kyle Kuzma will hold the fort down while LeBron is out … and we gotta admit, the singer really seems to know her basketball.

The whole sports world held their collective breath when LeBron injured himself on Christmas day and, now that we know he’s gonna be out a while, the question is how will the Lakers respond?

We got Halsey at LAX and she has all the faith in the world in the young guys, saying they played the second half beautifully without LBJ, and she expects more of the same, especially from one guy.

“I think they did fine in the second half. I think Kuzma’s a star.”

Kyle Kuzma is BALLING this season … averaging 18 points a game and providing the second guy LeBron has needed for the turnaround season.

Halsey seems to think he can now be the MAIN guy, and with LeBron sidelined for at least a couple games, he’s gonna get his chance.

Listen, Kuzma is a G … but filling in for LeBron isn’t gonna be Easy. Laker fans better hope Halsey is right.

LaVar Ball I Don’t Want Anthony Davis … Lakers Don’t Need Him

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LaVar Ball says he doesn’t want to see Anthony Davis ballin’ with Lonzo on the Lakers … ’cause the BBB honcho tells TMZ Sports, the team’s “got enough people.”

“They got enough,” Ball says.

Of course … LeBron James might beg to differ — dude told media members just a couple days ago it would “be amazing” to see the Pelicans superstar in purple and gold.

In fact … reports say James and Davis had dinner after the two played against each other at Staples Center this past weekend.

But, the Big Baller says Lonzo, Bron and the Lake Show don’t need the big center … tellin’ us straight-up he wouldn’t even find it cool to see!!!

Some guys LaVar WOULD be down to see join the Lakers?? Gelo and Melo Ball — and LaVar tells us he knows for a FACT that’s actually going to happen!!!