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Q&A: L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson talks NBA playoffs, arena noise levels and tornadoes

By Mike Baldwin and Berry Tramel Modified: April 26, 2010 at 8:28 am •  Published: April 26, 2010

Charlotte was like that 10 or 15 years ago. Their attendance was extraordinary at that time and had a wonderful attachment to their team.”

Have you ever been in a noisier arena?

Jackson: "Walking back to the hotel at 2 in the morning, my ears still ringing, I’m thinking maybe not. I can tell you, it’s been loud in a lot of places. Phoenix was loud in the ’93 series (NBA Finals). Utah was extremely loud in the ’97, ’98 playoffs. I actually had to use ear plugs the first five minutes, it was so loud.”

What effect does the noise have?

Jackson: "It deadens players’ activity levels. That’s something you have to get used to. On timeouts, you’ll see me wait until the final 30 seconds, when it’s usually a little quieter, and step in for 15-20 seconds, get my message across.”

You said you planned to make it to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Did you make it?

Jackson: "No. We might get back here again.”

Have you visited the bombing memorial?

Jackson: "No. Jeanie (Buss, his girlfriend) has been to it. I’ve driven by it many times. Someday I’ll visit it. I’d like to not get in that mood right at this time. I understand it, and I appreciate it. But I don’t want to get down about it.”



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