Lakers start trip with a loss but still decide not to practice
The Lakers have scored fewer than 100 points in seven of their last nine games. They won only two games during that span.
So what does Lakers Coach Phil Jackson do when the team arrives today in New York in advance of Sunday's game against the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center?
Jackson canceled practice.
Maybe it's because the Lakers have defeated the Nets in their last five meetings, and in seven of the last eight.
The Lakers will see former teammate Jordan Farmar, who signed a three-year, $12-million contract with the Nets over the summer as a free agent.
Farmar is averaging 10.4 points and 4.6 assists in 26.1 minutes a game. The point guard is a reserve, but he did start twice when Devin Harris was out with an injury.
Farmar spent the first four years of his professional career with the Lakers. He played two seasons at UCLA.
-- Broderick Turner, reporting from New York
Photo: Some in-your-face defense by Kobe Bryant and the Lakers couldn't prevent a loss on Friday night to Derrick Rose and the Bulls. Credit: Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune