Quick Practice Chat From Phil Jackson

Coming off an extended session with the media on Saturday, Phil Jackson kept his comments pretty brief after Sunday’s session at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo.

Among his comments: the practice session was more crisp and focused than Saturday’s, which pleased Jackson.

A concern he brought up is the three days between games, which is good for health/rest purposes, but affects how sharp his Lakers may be.

“A lot of it has to do with being just game ready,” he explained. “If we feel like we’re still in that mode and have that sense of urgency I think it really brings a lot more to the game for us. We know how important Game 1′s are in a series, they really set the tone.”

A question was asked about Kobe Bryant’s ankle/foot, and Jackson said Bryant did go through some training, but not anything on the court. He also shared his opinion that Bryant would ultimately be OK.

“He’ll be all right,” said the coach. “I don’t know how sharp he can be if he has that many days off and hasn’t played, (but) he’ll find a way.”