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Phil Jackson not worried about Jamison

Feb 19, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for NBA_philjackson.jpgWhile most of the NBA shuddered at the idea of Antawn Jamison joining forces with LeBron James, the Lakers Phil Jackson does not seem that bothered.

After refusing to answer questions about the Cavaliers moves near the trade deadline, he finally gave in after about the fourth version of the question before the Lakers took the floor against the Celtics.

“I don’t know what that does for them to tell you the truth…” Jackson said. “But Jamison is a scorer. I think they’ll start him and he’s someone that needs to start to be effective in their lineup and then that makes them rather small at the four.”

Picturing a potential — eventual? — meeting with the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, Jackson clearly likes the Gasol vs. Jamison matchup. He likes it better than Orlando fans should like the matchup with Rashard Lewis and Jamison. Jackson actually expressed more concern about Portland with Camby in the lineup than he did the Cavaliers.

Jackson is less thrilled about the Cavs getting Big Z back. But he added that deadline trades for contenders rarely work out, with the exception being the Pistons getting Rasheed Wallace.

  1. Evan - Feb 19, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    I can’t believe that the great Phil Jackson is afraid of the Cavs. He wouldn’t be huffing and puffing about the trade if he wasn’t worried. The Cavs are gonna bring a championship to Cleveland FINALLY!!!

  2. some dude - Feb 19, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    lol, clearly Jackson is not afraid of the Cavs. He gets constantly hounded by stupid reporters trying to get him to say anything and when he does he gets accused of huffing and puffing. How could you possibly even think that? I’m defending Jackson… and I HATE the Lakers.

  3. sparks89 - Feb 19, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Shows you what the smartest man in the NBA thinks. Respect for the once forgotten foes up north!

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