Laker coaches, Vujacic at odds
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson and his assistants aren't happy with Sasha Vujacic, and because of that, the reserve guard hasn't been playing.
Jackson still wasn't happy with Vujacic Wednesday night after the guard had a "run-in with our coaching staff" last Friday night in Oklahoma City, Jackson said.
In that game, Vujacic was upset with Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons giving him instructions and told Cleamons not to yell at him. When assistant coach Brian Shaw went over to Vujacic, the Laker guard told Shaw the same thing. Shaw and Vujacic then exchanged words on the bench during the Lakers' loss to the Thunder.
Vujacic didn't play in the next two games at Houston and New Orleans.
Jackson said Vujacic "hasn't atoned himself for that error." When Vujacic does, "he'll be back in good graces," Jackson said.
Vujacic said he knows that he is out of the rotation.
"If they are winning, I'm not playing," Vujacic said before the Lakers played the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. "If they are losing and the team is down by 20 points, then I get a few minutes."
-- Broderick Turner, reporting from Atlanta