Phil Jackson doesn’t understand why Kevin Durant was upset with his comments about the Oklahoma City Thunder star getting superstar treatment from the referees. The Lakers coach’s line about the referees earned him a $35,000 fine from the NBA on Thursday. Earlier this week, Jackson was asked about Durant, who led the league in free throws, and he said in part, "I think a lot of the referees are treating him like a superstar. He gets to the line easily and often.” In response to Jackson’s comments, Durant told The Oklahoman: "It’s taking away from what I do. That’s a part of my game, getting to the free-throw line and being aggressive. If you say that I get superstar calls or I get babied by the refs, that’s just taking away from how I play. That’s disrespectful to me.” On Friday, Jackson said he didn’t see Durant’s response. "I really don’t know what he was upset about. It really wasn’t that upsetting,” the coach said. "He shot the most free throws in the league, he made the most free throws, he shot the most shots, he made the most shots. I voted for him on the All-Star team, he made the All-Star team, we know he’s a great player, congratulations.” Asked about Durant feeling disrespected, Jackson replied, "Whatever.”
Bryant, Bynum practicing againKobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum are practicing after missing time with injuries. The defending champions had a 2 1/2-hour practice Friday that Phil Jackson called their hardest of the season. It was Bynum’s first full practice since straining his left Achilles’ on March 19. He missed 13 games. Bryant sat out four of the team’s final five regular-season games to rest a swollen right knee and a broken finger on his right hand. Bryant said he’s revived; Bynum said he feels good but must restore his timing and conditioning.
Vujacic sidelined indefinitelyGuard Sasha Vujacic will be sidelined indefinitely because of a severely sprained left ankle. Vujacic had seen more playing time recently because of Kobe Bryant’s four-game absence.
Statue of Hearn to be unveiledA bronze statue of late Lakers announcer Chick Hearn will be unveiled outside Staples Center on Tuesday before Game 2 of the first-round playoff series. Hearn did play-by-play from 1961-2002.