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Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

Posted on: April 30, 2011 7:31 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2011 7:48 pm
 
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson says All-Star guard Kobe Bryant is still suffering from a sprained ankle. Posted by Ben Golliver. 

Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant turned his ankle in Game 4 of Los Angeles' first round series with the New Orleans Hornets. Even though he was able to play in Games 5 and 6 -- scoring 19 points and 24 points in the back-to-back wins -- Lakers coach Phil Jackson told the Los Angeles Times that the ankle will still be an issue heading into the team's second round series with the Dallas Mavericks. Game 1 against Dallas is set for Monday.
"It still affects him a lot," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said of Bryant, who sat out of Saturday's practice. "This is not going to go away anytime soon so we're just going to have to be close to what he's doing and monitor it a lot. He'll have a limited amount of practice time and it's something he'll have to do."
""It's tender to the touch still," Jackson said of Bryant. "He's still limping when he walks. It's a limied amount of improvement."
Bryant, for his part, maintains that he is "fine".

The good news for Bryant and the Lakers is that the Mavericks do not have a dynamic, athletic presence in their starting backcourt. Jason Kidd and DeShawn Stevenson just aren't the type of players who can regularly exploit Bryant in his limited capacity by beating him off the dribble or pushing the tempo hard. 

If there is a concern, it will likely be Mavericks reserve guard Jason Terry, who is significantly shorter than Bryant and quick off the dribble. Terry is an all-around offensive threat and will continue to serve as Dallas' closer. He will represent a tough cover for either Bryant or veteran point guard Derek Fisher

Here's video of Bryant's injury. 

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Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

The message decyphered: The ankle is fine, but by saying it isn't, Dallas may focus less on Bryant, then he can come out and have a monster game. Jackson is all about head games. Zen master is a misnomer. A practitioner of Zen doesn't play games like that. Not saying there's anything wrong with it for a basketball coach.
I would say that reddeer pretty much nailed it. Did Kobe Bryant suffer a painful injury? It sure looked like it. But as other commenters have noted, Kobe typically does not complain and he rarely makes an issue of his injuries. The man has been playing the past two years with a partially-crippled shooting hand and he's had God knows how many ankle problems. Not to mention the hand injuries. But none of this is really relevant to the conversation. Kobe is going to play regardless and despite his litany of injuries, he usually plays pretty well. This is all about Phil Jackson trying to distract attention and getting inside the heads of the Dallas Mavericks.

And such a tactic makes sense. Here's why. On paper, Dallas and the Lakers match up fairly well. Neither team has great point guard play, though Dallas' Jason Kidd is a bigger threat than LA's Derek Fisher, simply because of his ability to make assists. Fisher is mainly a three-point shooter at this stage in his career, though he can occasionally surprise people. In Brendon Haywood and Tyson Chandler Dallas has big bodies inside to match up with the Lakers' three-headed monster of Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. However, LA's big men are more skilled than Dallas' and so I would give the advantage to LA, even with Dirk Nowitski. At the shooting guard, it is no contest - Kobe is far superior to anyone Dallas can put on him. And as great as Nowitski is, it is unlikely he will be able to dominate Gasol as much as Bryant is likely to dominate Dallas' guards. The benches are pretty even, since Jason Terry is a pure scorer while Odm does not always provide as much scoring. But Odom can give the Lakers more all-around production than Terry can. And LA's bench probably are better defenders than Dallas'.

But paper doesn't always tell the full story. Dallas has a reputation, whether fair or not, as a soft team that can be influenced by head games. This reputation has been earned over several seasons, going back to the 2006 NBA Finals loss where they were clearly the better team on paper. And then they turned around and lost as a Number One seed to a Warriors team that frankly was nowhere near as good. So Jackson is playing the odds and trying to gain every little advantage he can. Will it work? I'm not sure. Rick Carlisle is a genuine tough guy and Dallas has responded to adversity better this season than in years past. But it is definitely worth trying. 

As for the series itself, I just can't pick against the Lakers. They have home-court, they have Kobe Bryant and they have what I think is a deeper - and more skilled - team overall. So...Lakers in six.




Since: Jun 1, 2010
Posted on: May 1, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

Did you watch the video? If you saw the way his foot turned then you'd know it was real, or you have never had an ankle sprain, which is likely.
I agree that Phil likes the media head games b.s. But Kobe is hurt, it doesn't take a PhD to see it based off the video.
On the other hand, I'm proud that he doesn't scoot around in a wheel chair like Pail Pierce did, then play in the next game HA (last year i think)


Bravesman
Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: May 1, 2011 1:22 pm
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Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: May 1, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

The message decyphered: The ankle is fine, but by saying it isn't, Dallas may focus less on Bryant, then he can come out and have a monster game. Jackson is all about head games. Zen master is a misnomer. A practitioner of Zen doesn't play games like that. Not saying there's anything wrong with it for a basketball coach.




Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

That was Lakers fans dressed in green.


So, the whole arena were Laker fans dressed in green.  Hmm...I think everybody is a closeted Laker fan and are afraid to admit it.



Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2011 11:53 am
 

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

If Kobe was a Celtic, you would be singing his praises. You have a great team and one that Kobe repsoects greatly. Why can't you do the same?


No, no and no!  I'll admit Kobe is a very good player especially when he's wanting to play defense, however it doesn't change the fact that he's a drama queen and had easy paths to the Finals for the past 3 years. Back when he was with Shaq, they had some brutal competition (only in the playoffs not in the finals) but those days have been long gone. Last great team they played was Boston in 08. Injuries have kept the Lakers from beating the best the past 2 years.


Crunch-Time:  Why all the hate? 


It's actually love.... I love to hate the Lakers.


Wasn't it the Celtics fans that were chanting MVP a couple of seasons ago inside the Garden


That was Lakers fans dressed in green. They were desperate as Kobe never won an MVP, after all he only has one mvp to his credit. I'd rather rather shovel $hit than root for Kobe or the Lakers.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2011 10:37 am
 

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

How come LilSnitchySnitches isn't on here hating on Kobe as well.  One of three reasons probably:  One, the city library is closed and he can't get computer access, two his mom didn't pay the internet bill and he has been silenced, or three the seal hunting is pretty good this weekend and he is having to clean his catch.  Where is that hating tool?  He is a h0m0.  Oops, he will probably snitch me off for that one.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2011 10:30 am
 

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

Crunch-Time:  Why all the hate?  Wasn't it the Celtics fans that were chanting MVP a couple of seasons ago inside the Garden when Kobe was schooling the Celtics.  Think about that.  Celtics fans chanting MVP for a Laker.  Guarantee you would never hear that in LA for any Celtic.  I bet you were one of them chanting MVP!  Admit it, you are a closet Kobe fan!  Come on, its freeing, chant it again..MVP..MVP..MVP...nothing sweeter for Kobe than to hear that at the Garden.


Pontstreet
Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2011 9:02 am
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Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: May 1, 2011 7:37 am
 

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

"he makes every lttle injury very public" ... Oh Really? So he is the one writing the stories??? or is he the one that didn't want to go see the doctor so there wouldn't even be a story? Or maybe ... just maybe ... his ankle is getting a little bit of attention from the media cause ... oh I don't know ... he rolled it on national TV durring a playoff game!
Haters are great. I'm just going to guess here ... but your team is probably playing golf already.


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