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Phil Jackson Speaking His Mind

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:56 pm •  Published: February 28, 2011

Phil Jackson was up to his old tricks before his Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Thunder on Sunday afternoon.

The Lakers coach who has a history of playing mind games with opponents, and has singled out Kevin Durant, was back at it again in his pre-game interview session. Jackson refused to give Oklahoma City and Thunder players much credit for anything. It was classic Phil. A transcript of the dialogue…

Q: In that final game of the first-round series last year, these fans gave them a standing ovation after they had lost. Have you ever seen that before or heard of that before in the NBA?
A: Yeah. I’ve seen it before. I’ve seen young teams have that same kind of support from their home crowd. They see a team that’s on the rise and they’re excited about it.

Q: Does (Nazr Mohammed and Kendrick Perkins) experience help the Thunder at all? Those two guys have been to the Finals. Mohammed’s won a championship. Do those things have an impact on a team?
A: They’re pretty young. Kendrick’s a pretty young guy. I don’t know how much experience he has if (Kevin) Garnett’s not talking in his ear and sending him where to go. I think he’s got the notion. But whether he can be a leader and lead them, that’s another story. They have leadership that’s pretty intact with probably Westbrook and Durant.

-DM-

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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