Lakers notebook: LA concerned?

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, Modified: April 26, 2010 at 3:42 am •  Published: April 26, 2010

/> "He’s a naïve, innocent lamb,” Jackson said. "I think he’s mistaken in a lot of ways, put in the same category as Dennis Rodman. There couldn’t be a bigger disparity between people.”

Artest averaged 20.5 points for Sacramento two years ago but averaged a career low 11.0 this season for the Lakers, 7.0 in this series.

Kupchak on Jackson-Stern
After commissioner David Stern announced he might be forced to hand out suspensions if coaches continue to complain about officiating, Lakers coach Phil Jackson fired back before Game 4.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak told the LA Times "a fine is one thing” but "a suspension another (thing).”

"I never feel with a coach of his stature and experience that I have to sit down and read him the riot act,” Kupchak said. "He’s aware of the tightrope he’s walking. But he’s not knowingly going to miscalculate and put this team in the position where he’s not going to be able to lead...

"I trust both of their judgments. They both enjoy a good debate as much as anybody. But in the end both will always do what is in the best interests of the game.”

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