Shootaround Report: Lakers Feel Comfortable; Bickerstaff’s Future Uncertain Reviewed by Momizat on . After the firing of Mike Brown early Friday morning, interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff will coach tonight's home game against the Sacramento Kings. However, as r After the firing of Mike Brown early Friday morning, interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff will coach tonight's home game against the Sacramento Kings. However, as r Rating:
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Shootaround Report: Lakers Feel Comfortable; Bickerstaff’s Future Uncertain

After the firing of Mike Brown early Friday morning, interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff will coach tonight’s home game against the Sacramento Kings. However, as reported by Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News, he has not spoken to the Lakers organization about his own status beyond tonight’s game.

Despite the commotion surrounding the head coaching vacancy, the Lakers are still feeling comfortable going into tonight’s matchup. Lakers reporter Mike Trudell spoke to assistant coach Darvin Ham about the key to a win after shootaround this morning.

“Just play good principle defense and good principle offense….try not to make it a rat race of a game… We feel comfortable going into tonight. We like our chances.”

It’s no secret that the Sacramento Kings have thrived in an area the Lakers are still struggling in: a deep bench. Marcus Thornton, Aaron Brooks, Chuck Hayes, Francisco Garcia, and Jimmer Fredette, to name a few, and as Ham stresses, it hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“They have a luxury of a couple of starter worthy players that they bring off their bench.”

Tonight, the Lakers are looking to start their first two game winning streak since last April, against a team they struggled against in the preseason. Transition, effective pick-n-roll, and offensive rebounding were a few areas the Lakers struggled in defending.

The Kings have won three of their past five matchups with the purple and gold. Tip-off is set for 6:30, PST.


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  • saadi saadi

    Coaching is so critical in professional sports these days….So much talent and yet weak bench?
    Personally, I don’t think we have a weak bench (we may need help but it is not in worst in NBA).
    Bench players have to learn their roles and work on it. I am not even playing as a Lakers but I know how each player should play. These are professional players they should know what their roles are and optimize it.

    Antawn Jamison/Jodi Meeks/Steve Blake are the players most under pressure…But then again, they have to hit the open shots instead of passing the ball (leave NBA if you just pass the ball, you are no threat and useless in offense, that will make the team weak). They have to believe that they can make it. I have seen in practice they are shooting their 3′s but in the game. I hope they play smart with composure and not worry about missing shots.

    Specially for Antawan Jamison [I hope you are reading this: take the open shots, don't hesitate even if you are missing shots. But if you know you are hurting Lakers then tell the coach to have to sit on the bench so someone else can do something positive for Lakers. You have to make adjustments/sacrifices for the team and work on your game to get better]
    One person who will be most happy will K24. When Steve Blake hit the open shot and made it, that pumped Kobe up. You gotta hit those shots. Don’t know how to make them then practice…It’s 4pm, bench should practice shooting the 3′s now for 1/2 to 1 hr. Heck, practice practice…Easy open shots and 3′s = cash it out!!!

    I like what MWP did last game. Even though he was not clicking on offense/he did his defense regularly and eventually made shots but never quit.

    Message for MWP: please don’t force the shots, let the shots come to you. See it before executing your offense. When you go inside, you don’t know whether you want to pass or shoot/ends up in turnover. If you want to go inside then make sure you end up scoring and get fouled by opponent. Offense goes by passing the ball not by forcing. The person who is open MUST take the shot and that’s how offense should run. Damn I miss Phil Jackson…

    I am not nervous anymore whoever is the opponent for Lakers today. Hoping the coaching staff will take proper times outs and get players proper rest and go according to the environment and flow…

    Coaching tip: even though I am nothing in terms of coaching: Coach should use the strength of Lakers. Believe, trust in players and let them have fun ultimately.

    Kobe/Pau combo is good.
    D12/Pau can work because of Pau’s skills. (D12 gets ball away from the rim, that is why he is not productive. Maybe pau needs set screen for D12 to free up and go near the rim and dunk the ball.)

    I gotta go…I can go on and on….can’t wait for Phil to return to Lakersnation.

  • saadi saadi

    @Sareena Winters: Why did you guys took out the option of signing in the post with yahoo?

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