Phil Jackson on Last Night's Loss

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Phil Jackson on Last Night's Loss

The Lakers Are Very Beatable: No one in the NBA can win 82 games… in fact winning 60 games in the NBA these days is a feat and with the Western Conference being as tough as it is this season, 60 wins might get you the conference title.

So the fact that the L.A. Lakers have dropped some games recently isn't necessarily a shock, but it's who the Lakers are dropping games to that should be of concern.

The Miami HEAT are rolling, so the Christmas Day beat down is easy to explain. San Antonio is the best team in the NBA right now and they are beating just about everyone, so that's easy to explain… but the Milwaukee Bucks? The Memphis Grizzlies? In L.A.? Those are the ones that are tough to justify or even explain.

Lakers' coach Phil Jackson tried to put last night's 104-85 loss to Memphis into perspective and laid the bulk of the blame at the feet of his superstar Kobe Bryant.

"We get behind early on in the third quarter on some stupid plays -- poor passing, poor transition defense -- and then Kobe has to screw up the game and start energizing the team by going one-on-one and that takes the rest of the guys out as a consequence," Jackson said to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com. "That didn't bring us back in, but it did give us a little run, we got the game back a little bit but we couldn't sustain it and we just went right back and made the same mistakes again."

"The game got to a point where we didn't use our strengths which is our inside players," Jackson said. "When we started off the game I think Pau got six out of our eight points and didn't score again in the first half. He ended up the game with 10. He got four more points in the second half. He's too good a player for a game like that."

It's not just Jackson that sees the struggles the Lakers are going through.

"We're not really playing for each other right now," Lakers center Andrew Bynum said of his team's struggles. "We're not playing to set the next man up and consequently that's definitely causing us problems on defense."

"Maybe [we should] start having consequences if you're not out there playing hard or you're not out there running the offense and doing what you're supposed to do," Bynum said trying to explain how things could change. "Right now guys are kind of comfortable and not really getting into the sets that we need to be in.

"Right now we got to be concerned, we have to be ... Good teams are looking at us like, 'Oh, they're soft.' We're letting everybody come in and get comfortable."

Lakers fans chanted "Re-fund!" last night, and with the Lakers clearly struggling from within the next stretch of games could be very telling for the two-time defending champs – they face Detroit on Tuesday, head to Phoenix on Wednesday, host New Orleans and the Knicks over the weekend. All four games are very winnable for the Lakers. If they continue to struggle against the middle tier teams up next, things could go from bad to worse in L.A.

The Lakers currently sit in the fourth seed in the Western Conference. If the playoffs started today they would still have home court, but would face the fifth place Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round and who thinks this Lakers' squad offers much resistance to the Thunder, when they got run out of their own building by the 10th-seeded Grizzlies?

Read more NBA news and insight: http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=18362#ixzz1A0r38aTQ


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I like kobe, Favorite player,

I like kobe, Favorite player, but there are times when he needs to get his teammates involved specifically Gasol. The guy needs more touchs and more shots. He should be taking 15 shots per game on average. We need to go inside out so Kobe can not only rest a lil but also to take advantage of our size. Some nights Kobe seems to be willing to do that then there are others when he goes into ME mode. I suspect he will change at some point during the season or playoffs.

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Phil Jackson calling out one

Phil Jackson calling out one of his players is nothing new.

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^^ true. I wasn't surprised

^^ true. I wasn't surprised at all. Hopefully Kobe responds the right way on the court. You know the media will try to make it alot worst then it is to get a good comback quote from kobe

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He won't respond back though,

He won't respond back though, he knows it's not personal.

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I hope not. But he has

I hope not. But he has responded in the not so distant pass and he tends to not take it well when he is questioned about the shots he take

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Kobe is the goat! (scapegoat)

Kobe is the goat! (scapegoat)

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