L.A. Times: What a weird, wacky thing the NBA schedule can be.
As sure as the Lakers rushed back from a four-game, five-night trip to play the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day, they are in the midst of the NBA equivalent of a bye week, with four full days between a romp over Golden State and, gasp, another game on Friday.
Coach Phil Jackson shrugged at all the downtime and gave the Lakers a rare two-day break from the practice court, gathering them together again Wednesday for a scrimmage and video session.
He then called the practice “disconnected” and said he was “glad we didn’t play” a game Wednesday. But he also saw the bigger picture when asked to reflect on the season to date.
The Lakers (25-5) are off to their best beginning through 30 games since also going 25-5 to start the 1999-2000 season.
Their resume has been thickened by a 92-83 victory over the Celtics, and they hold a five-game lead over New Orleans in the Western Conference as 2008 becomes 2009.
“We have to be pleased with what our record is,” Jackson said. “We’re sitting here with as good a record as we’ve hoped for.”