Though the Lakers didn’t practice on Thursday, they did watch some film, and several of the players engaged in either shooting drills or 3-on-3 games.
While Josh Powell, Luke Walton and Jordan Farmar faced D.J. Mbenga, Vladimir Radmanovic and Sun Yue, Phil Jackson addressed assembled media in the background. As always, you can watch what Phil had to say for yourself:
PHIL JACKSON VIDEO
Before Phil talked, Andrew Bynum answered a few questions about his lack of fourth quarter playing time:
“I don’t understand why I’m not in at the end of the game,” he said, “It doesn’t make much sense to me, but it’s just something I have to deal with.”
That Bynum hasn’t been happy not playing late in games is no secret. Jackson’s response?
“When he shows the ability to play defense appropriately, he’ll probably be there,” said the coach. Jackson did clarify that Wednesday’s game had more to do with a tough matchup against the quicker Amare Stoudemire than Bynum’s lack of weakside defense, adding that Bynum is “doing really well, making great progress.”
More importantly than Bynum’s mood – because in all honesty, ‘Drew seems to play better when he’s a bit ticked off – Bynum said that he is 100 percent healthy: “I have no pain in the foot or the knee.”