Is Phil Jackson getting excited about Shannon Brown and getting down on Jordan Farmar? Well, to an extent.
Jackson wanted to see how Brown would fare muscling up and staying in front of a quality big point guard such as Chauncey Billups, and Brown certainly helped the Lakers succeed. Jackson referred to how Billups might’ve been able to “overpower Jordan,” but also called it “a unique situation” to use Brown behind starter Derek Fisher, who got into early foul trouble.
“I like some of the things he’s doing,” Jackson said of Brown.
Brown is trying to adapt to the Lakers’ triangle-offense system as fast as he can — and learn to play with the freedom that it entails — but he also knows that his best way to get on the court is prove his athletic defensive ability can change games. Even though time is running out on the regular season, Jackson wants to keep testing Brown, which the coach acknowledges is “a little bit of a sacrifice for Jordan.”