Lakers Chat: Lakers vs. Suns
Among the highlights from Phil Jackson's pre-game press conference
On the Sun's makeup with Vince Carter and Marcin Gortat; Jackson calls Carter and Grant Hill the Suns' best post-up players.
On managing Phoenix's pace: "We try not to get caught up in the frenzy of it and try to control it with our offense by making multiple passes."
Jackson simply said "Yes" when asked how much the Lakers' 2010 NBA title influenced his decision to come back. When asked if it would've been easier to walk away losing in the Finals: "Right, I more than likely would've. I think it's pretty obvious winning capped off a great season."
He was then asked if winning a 2011 NBA title would insure Jackson's return: "No. There's no such things as four-peats."
--On Kobe Bryant's left ankle: "His ankle is looking much better and it's coming along, but there is still a process."
--On Matt Barnes since returning with a right knee injury: "He's still tentative out there with the things he's doing. I'm concerned he's feeling a little divorced with what we're doing a little bit. It looks to me sometimes he's not settled in the offense."
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Photo: Lakers Lamar Odom, left, battles Suns' Grant Hill for a loose ball during the fourth quarter of a triple overtime thriller at the Staples Center. Lakers won 139-137. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times