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Audio of Phil Jackson's pre-game press conference against Utah Jazz

Phil Jackson in Anaheim on Utah Jazz


Among the highlights from Phil Jackson's interview

--Jackson's reaction to Magic Johnson selling his stake with the Lakers: "It's not so much what I think of Magic as it is what he's going to invest in the next time around. I think that's going to be an interesting thing." He also added that Johnson could be driven to own a team because of Michael Jordan running the Charlotte Bobcats.

--Jackson whether it's feasible Orange County could have an NBA team: "The possibility is that they are oversaturating the market, but this is a big enough metropolitan territory that they certainly could have a team. I'm not so sure the Honda Center is in the form that modern NBA arenas are like in this day in age. But they could renovate that."

--He says he's fine with the current pre-season schedule (eight games), although he brought up how the European trip limited the Lakers' practice schedule and clumped six games afterwards in nine days.

--In an interesting note, Jackson believes the triangle offense won't go extinct whenever he retires. "Basketball coaches always bring things back," he said.

--Jackson's updated perspective on the NBA's new technical foul rule that's meant to reduce players' overt and contentious reactions to calls. "It's another one of those subjective things again," Jackson said. "that make it difficult to be fair."

--Mark Medina

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