Phil talked about Artest’s progress with the triangle; he’s still getting acclimated.
O.C. Register: Artest, who went to Sacramento and then Houston from Indiana, isn’t altogether comfortable as a Laker yet either. Artest keeps making mistakes in the triangle offense, going the wrong way or picking the wrong spot or finding the wrong time.
Phil Jackson said after the victory in Indiana that Artest did well on defense against Danny Granger but remains an offensive struggle. Artest shot 1 for 6 from the field with one assist and one turnover in 24 minutes. Jackson said Artest isn’t getting it “as quickly as I’d like.”
“Everything he’s trying to do is kind of forcing the action,” Jackson said.
Artest again sat out the entire fourth quarter in favor of Shannon Brown, who isn’t yet up to being the triangle facilitator but still is far ahead of Artest in understanding the offense.