HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Kobe Bryant has been on quite a roll the past few days, making headlines for all sort of things good and not so good.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson garnered his fair share of the spotlight the past couple of days as well.
But today’s winner in the Lakers’-In-The-Headlines competition is Bryant, who admitted to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times that, “this team is so weird.”
That’s one way of describing the two-time defending NBA champs on the eve of what could be their third straight march to the title. But with the Hornets up first, Bryant is no doubt wondering what his “weird” team will show us next:
“I’m not sure. I don’t know,” Bryant said, chuckling. “This team is so weird. I don’t know what the hell everybody is going to look like tomorrow. So I don’t know.”
The Lakers have perplexed many for quite some time. The fact that they still don’t understand what type of team they are is perhaps the most interesting aspect of their situation right now.
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It was hard to figure out a team that lost three consecutive games before the All-Star break, including a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who finished the season with the second-worst record in the NBA.
The Lakers then went 17-1 after the All-Star break, then they lost five consecutive games before finishing the season on a two-game winning streak.
“We’ve had a very up-and-down finish,” Coach Phil Jackson said Thursday. “There’s no doubt that the last 25 games don’t make sense in a lot of ways — having a great win in a sequence of games and then losing five in a row from one Sunday to the next.”
Still, Jackson said, “We are anxious” to start the playoffs.
He mentioned how the Lakers have been to the NBA Finals the last three years, winning the last two titles.
The Lakers, who will be back at practice Friday after taking Thursday off, start their quest for another championship Sunday at Staples Center.
They will meet a Hornets team they swept, 4-0, during the regular season.
“I hope it doesn’t let us think that this is going to be anything easy,” Jackson said. “We’re going to have to really [focus on] this one with a kind of seriousness. …. They are a survival-type team and they are a very feisty group of guys.”