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Phil Jackson gets a kick out of fining players

November 30, 2010 | 11:06 am

Perhaps after all those NBA fines for criticizing officials, this is Phil Jackson's way of getting some of his money back. But with his fines just $20 or so a clip, it's more likely just one more way to needle his players ... or to pick up some lunch money.

"I love to fine these players," Jackson said Monday at the team's facility in El Segundo. "It's one of the joys."

Jackson said Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom were the "perennial leaders," although, he said, Pau Gasol and Ron Artest are in the mix too. 

The Lakers had a brief practice Monday before departing for their game Tuesday night against Memphis. So there wasn't much of a chance to ask players if they could recall any memorable instances of drawing a fine from the Zen Master. So while I find out that in the next few days, feel free to share your take. I'll feature some of the best comments in a post later this week.

--Mark Medina

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