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Lakers' Jackson not thrilled about Bryant's extracurricular shooting

March 11, 2011 |  2:01 pm


Kobe Bryant grabbed plenty of headlines not by what he did against the Miami Heat but what he did after Thursday's game.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, however, didn't like Bryant's personal overtime session.

After playing almost 40 minutes in the Lakers' 94-88 loss, Bryant came back to the court and worked up a serious sweat by shooting for about 75 minutes.

"I don’t want to think about it. I really don’t. I mean, whatever," Jackson said Friday. "He felt the time to improve his shot was right away so he went back at it."

Too much exertion for Bryant? Jackson replied, "Next," when a reporter posed the question.

Bryant did not talk to reporters.

Jackson, however, was willing to open up on a different topic.

The Lakers have been chasing the Dallas Mavericks, their opponent Saturday, for the better part of the season. They trail Dallas by 1 1/2 games in the race for second place in the Western Conference.

Jackson revealed the real reason they wanted to catch the Mavericks.

“I just wouldn’t want Mark [Cuban] to have another home-court game against us,” he said, tweaking the Mavericks owner.

It's the latest barb in a longstanding verbal joust between the two basketball bigwigs.

-- Mike Bresnahan, reporting from Dallas