Jackson, Powell Pregame Audio

Before the first of four “Battle for L.A.” – eh, on second thought, that’s kind of a lame phrase – takes place at STAPLES Center, we put a mic in front of Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and forward Josh Powell.

To the media, Jackson emphasized his team’s need to continue what was a terrific defensive effort on opening night, and said that he and his staff think they understand what the Clippers are going to bring to the table.

Afterwards, I spent a few minutes with Powell (and Young Geezy) since he played for the Clips last year, even though only five players remain from their 2007-08 roster.

Here’s Phil & JP: