Tweetable items from Phil Jackson's pre-game press conference on Lakers-Clippers
Among the highlights:
--Why Lakers Coach Phil Jackson isn't concerned about the team's game Friday against the Clippers
--Jackson makes very little of the team's two-game winning streak. "We're not very consistent yet."
--His reaction to the Pistons' Tracy McGrady, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Chris Wilcox missing morning shootaround, an absence The Detroit News reported was a "player protest" against John Kuester: I feel badly for John Kuester. I think it's a black eye for the league."
--Jackson expressed displeasure with the Sacramento Kings trading Carl Landry to the New Orleans Hornets for Marcus Thornton and cash. That's because all the NBA owners are responsible for the additional spike in salary since the league took ownership of the team in December when a sale of the franchise fell through. Said Jackson: "If New Orleans happens to win a championship, does everybody get a trophy?" For once, Jackson and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban are in agreement.
--On Oklahoma City acquiring Kendrick Perkins from Boston: "They're different. We'll see if they're better. Their speed is going to change. They're going to be a bang, sock-em kind of team."
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