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Lakers' Jackson not exactly lacking in confidence

May 5, 2011 |  2:49 pm

Liajrpnc Lakers Coach Phil Jackson met with reporters after Thursday's practice. A joke-telling session broke out.

With Ron Artest suspended for Game3 on Friday, will Jackson think about more playing time for Luke Walton?

"I think about him every day," Jackson said wistfully.

What about the "trust issues" that Andrew Bynum mentioned in the wake of Game 2?

“I thought he was speaking about trusses, and my dad wore a truss," Jackson said. "I thought that’s what he was speaking about. I don’t know the trust issue.”

He was told he seemed pretty jovial with the Lakers facing a 2-0 deficit to Dallas in the Western Conference semifinals.

"I’d like to cry but I can’t right now," he said. "It’s a game and we know it’s a game and we play it and we play it hard and we anticipate winning in Dallas."

He became serious for a bit, talking about the need to hone the Lakers' pick-and-roll defense.

As the interview session ended, he was asked if he had coached his last game at Staples Center.

"We'll be back Tuesday," he said.

This time he wasn't joking. That would be the day of Game 5.

--Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson watches during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Staples Center on March 18, 2011. Credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire