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Phil Jackson: “Ya, we’re worried now”

May 4, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT

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Kobe Bryant said after the Lakers dropped Game 1, they should be worried.

The Lakers are realizing that these Mavericks are not the old Mavericks. They are not soft inside (hello Tyson Chandler) and they are veterans. Before Game 2 Phil Jackson echoed Kobe’s thoughts.

“Ya, we’re worried now,” Jackson said. “This is a good team, they have the same record we have, they have a lot of options for scoring, we’ve got to play a lot better to overcome this team over the course of a series.

“Our strength is we’ve always become better and better progressively through a series and I hope we do that.”

When asked it that was just him trying to motivate his charges through the media, Jackson noted they were not going to see this game before tip off.

As for strategy, you can’t really expect much to leak pregame. Jackson tried to hide whether or not he’d give Ron Artest some time on Nowitzki, but he made one interesting tactical point.

“Probably it’s unlikely,” Jackson said of using Artest. “Ron has a penchant for sending guys to their left, which is Dirk’s strongest point.”

  1. redbear18 - May 4, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    Omg, quit typing ya! That’s not a word, it doesn’t mean anything! It’s yeah, not ya, come on! Hasn’t anybody heard of a dictionary, or at least def leppard?

    • davidly - May 5, 2011 at 2:32 AM

      Lol, he was just stressing in print the way he’d pronounced the word that time. Omg lol sheesh wow just wow.

    • fouldwimmerlaik - May 5, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      The Lakers are originally from Minnesota and that is the way they talk there. Phil just reverted to the teams old roots.

      Watch the movie Fargo and you will understand.

      • davidly - May 5, 2011 at 1:25 PM

        Ya, but Phil’s from North Dakoota. He sounds like that anyways.

  2. transam7816 - May 4, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Good one red

  3. purdueman - May 5, 2011 at 1:34 AM

    Dallas SMOKES Lakers ON THEIR HOME COURT! Now up 2 games to 0!


    Charles Barkley is reporting that he’s sure too that Ron Artest will be suspended for the next game due to his cheap shot with LESS THAN 30 SECONDS to go in the game! Yes-ssssss!!!!

    I only wish that I could be driving around the Staples Center honking my horn wildly and passing out beers to anyone that wants one! GO MAVS!!!! Slay the Wicked Witch of the West!!!! YES-SSSS!!!!

    • chargerdillon - May 5, 2011 at 11:19 AM

      Lakers arnt even playing all that bad they are just getting beat by a good Mavs team.

      I would keep in mind it’s a 7 game series and honking your horn after game 2 is the typical thing a fan of a team who hasnt won anything would do, before they’ve actually won anything.

      It aint over yet

      • purdueman - May 5, 2011 at 11:38 AM

        I’m a lifelong Bulls fan and my team has won six world championships, thank you. In addition nobody expected them to come out of nowhere to sport the best won/loss record in the league this year either. No, I don’t expect them to win it all this year because they desperately need a proven 2 (shooting), guard, but they are young and the foundation is now solid to build on.

        My honking reference isn’t in regard to the Lakers, but to a large segment of their fan base who think that winning a championship is some sort of an entitlement. To those fans, I say ‘Eff You after having dropped back to back HOME games in the PLAYOFFS no less!

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