Is it Pat Riley? *

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Long Beach Press-Telegram columnist Doug Krikorian said on his radio show on KSPN this afternoon that Lakers owner Jerry Buss met face-to-face with Miami Heat president (and ex-Lakers coach) Pat Riley here in Los Angeles in the past 24 hours. Krikorian, according to the sports-and-babes website Sports by Brooks, predicts that Riley will get the job:

"He (Riley) lives out in Malibu and you know he wants to come back here, he didn't want to leave here in the first place."

That seems to contradict Tim Brown in this morning's Times, who reports that the Lakers had contact with Riley a couple of days ago but cooled on him after he made a list of demands. Buss was to meet today with another candidate, Rudy Tomjanovich, Brown reported.

* Riley "not happening": Writes Tim Brown in Wednesday's Times, reporting that Tomjanovich is the only name being talked about in the Lakers' offices.

Sports by Brooks is the news and commentary site by radio host Brooks Melchior that also puts on events at local sports bars and other venues attended by provocatively clad SbB Girls. His current postings include nude photos of WNBA player Lauren Jackson from an Australian magazine. (They are part of a nude portrait series of 35 Australian Olympic athletes in the magazine Black+White)

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