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Tweetable items from Phil Jackson's pre-game press conference

Highlights from Phil Jackson's pre-game press conference

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Jackson expects Milwaukee's offense to consist of pick-and-rolls, pushing in transition and involving center Andrew Bogut to stave off Brandon Jennings' absence

Jackson said Andrew Bynum has had stiffness in his right knee, but didn't express much concern about it. When asked if Bynum should be less forthcoming to the media about his injuries, Jackson said, "I don't mind it. Do you guys mind it? You guys like it."

Jackson said the team mentioned during shootaround not to look ahead to the Miami game on Christmas Day. He also proposed that the NBA not schedule games on the holiday. "It's like Christian holidays don't mean to them anything anymore. Just go out and play and entertain the T.V. It's really weird, but it is what it is. We have to go to work and make the best of it. Its' a game you throw out there and you don't know how it's done and you let it go."

He thought the Lakers became too excited about last year's Christmas Day game against Cleveland. He liked the team's hunger in the 2008 Christmas Day game. "We were embarrassed," Jackson said in reference to the Lakers' 2008 Finals loss to Boston. "It was an embarrassing final game of that playoffs and the guys wanted to prove something."

Jackson described the Lakers as having strong individual defense, but lacking team defense.

Jackson doesn't know how soon Theo Ratliff will return to the lineup. He is currently rehabbing his surgically repaired left knee.

--Mark Medina

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A twinge
Now stiffness

What's the over/under date for his next injury?

Thanks for another post MM. Love reading the articles, especially before a game.

I agree with Phil, let's get rid of these games on Christmas, oh, and let's get rid of presents, and santa, and christmas trees too. What are you talking about PHIL!!! One of my presents this year is being able to sit down and watch the game while the wife watches the kids. Please don't take that away from me!

Ebenezer Scrooge

Hope to see much of Andrew vs Andrew match up. Only matchup I am interested to see tonight...

jackson need to spend more time coaching.and learn how to motivate his players,and bench fisher and trade luke,ron ron



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