View Full Version : Jackson:Lakers a 'long shot' to catch Spurs

03-30-2011, 12:52 AM
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Two days after becoming the Los Angeles Lakers' all-time leader in games played, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's mark of 1,093, Kobe Bryant strengthened his unofficial lead on most practices missed this season as he sat out Tuesday's.

Derek Fisher was given the day off too, although he stuck around to get some shots up, as the team went through a "light" practice, according to Lakers coach Phil Jackson. The Lakers have another day to get work in before Thursday's matchup with the Dallas Mavericks in a battle for the No. 2 seed in the West. The Lakers currently lead the Mavericks by one game.

The Lakers were off on Monday and idle days have been good for them lately outside of providing an opportunity for rehab and recovery. Just more than a week ago, Los Angeles moved ahead of Dallas for the No. 2 seed on an off day and on Monday came within 3.5 games of the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 1 seed as the Spurs lost to Portland -- as Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili sat because of injury -- to drop their fourth straight game.

"It's still a real long shot," Jackson said of the possibility of overtaking the Spurs for the top seed in the West with just nine games left to play. "They only have to win a couple games here [down the stretch] and we have to go perfect. So it's real difficult to see that [happening]."

The Mavs game marks the beginning of the Lakers' final march through the regular season when they'll play nine games in just 14 days.

While the key battle will be fought for playoff seeding Thursday, the undercard bout should be interesting as Lamar Odom and Jason Terry will be on the court together showing off their importance to their teams as two of the top candidates for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award.

"I guess it's the impact the player has on the team," Jackson said. "Lamar has so many areas that he's valuable -- assists, rebounds -- besides his scoring. It's hard to compare them."

Odom is averaging 14.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists while playing 39 of his 73 games off the bench this season. Terry is averaging 16.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists while coming off the bench in 63 of the 73 games he's played.

Odom, who was the No. 4 pick in the 1999 NBA draft and has started 677 of the 820 games he's played in this 12-year career, said that the fact that his name is even being mentioned in the conversation for the award comes as a shock.

"It's something in my wildest dreams I didn't think that I would ever win the Sixth Man of the Year Award because I'd always be a starter," Odom said. "I would love to win the award, but for the fans of L.A. Every time I get going in the game and hear the crowd, they pick me up a little bit. It's for them."

"If I do win it, the night I win it, I'll probably leave in on the scorer's table just to kind of let the fans know it's for them and to thank them."

The sixth man award is voted on by a panel of approximately 125 journalists who cover the NBA at the season's end and will be presented to the winner sometime during the first couple rounds of the playoffs.

This one is for the doubters to agree with, I still think they can catch them despite the Zen masters opinion. :eyebrow:

03-30-2011, 12:53 AM
Dam sorry I forgot the link here it is: http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=6271532

03-30-2011, 04:47 PM
This one is for the doubters to agree with, I still think they can catch them despite the Zen masters opinion. :eyebrow:

Phil believes they CAN catch them too. But he believes that they WON'T catch them. Do you think they will or no? Not whether or not they can, it's a fact that they can, it's definitely possible.

IDB Josh M
03-30-2011, 04:58 PM
I was more interested in the discussion of LO being the 6th man of the year. For someone who is playing the best basketball of his career (at the very least as a Laker) I think 6MY is a decent consolation prize for not being selected to the ASG.

03-30-2011, 08:18 PM
It is a long shot but it's very possible. Lets just make sure we get HCA against the East teams and the West teams from 3-8. The Spurs, at this rate, won't make it very far so we don't have to worry about them so much right now.

03-30-2011, 09:14 PM
He is playing mind games... I know he wants it bad...

03-31-2011, 02:33 PM
It would be nice if we get it, although I'm fine with #2 as long as we get HCA over the East.

03-31-2011, 02:37 PM
While I'd love the Lakers to pick up the #1 seed, I don't think that it is or should be the top priority right now. Team cohesiveness and health are the things that are keeping the team going right now, and I'd hate to see that spoiled with an injury sustained during a race to the top. They'd be better served just trying to keep the Mavs at bay and maybe trying to pick up HCA against some East teams.

04-01-2011, 10:42 AM
its still looks difficult, but realistic at the same time!