Following Sunday’s practice, Lakers head coach Phil Jackson talked about playing on the road, why his team has struggled to win in Portland (winless since Feb. 2005) and addressed L.A.’s generally terrific support on the road.
When asked about L.A.’s struggles in Portland – who has the league’s third-best home record at 26-5 – Jackson first declined to talk about it, then chose to blame the rain: “It’s depressing,” he quipped.
Jackson compared L.A.’s road support to that which his Chicago Bulls received on the road (Michael and Kobe don’t hurt), and also responded to an inquiry regarding Trevor Ariza’s potential post-concussion symptoms by suggesting that it was a non issue.
The Lakers face off against the Trail Blazers on Monday, then fly to Houston for a Wednesday night tilt with the Rockets before completing the trip with a Thursday night showdown in San Antonio.
L.A. will then return home for games against Dallas, Philadelphia and Golden State before embarking on a seven-game road trip through the Eastern Conference (plus Oklahoma City).
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