A bunch of news from the L.A. Times. This should break it down in pieces for you:
L.A. Times: “He’s not shot the ball well recently,” Jackson said. “It has to do with legs. He’s talking about some knee things probably going on.”
Bryant has been bothered by knee tendinitis since training camp.
Phil on Ariza; looks like the lack of basketball IQ is in question:
New acquisition Trevor Ariza still hasn’t played for the Lakers, although Jackson doesn’t necessarily blame a lack of knowledge of the triangle offense.
“You don’t have to be a genius to play basketball,” Jackson said. “This isn’t rocket science.”
Just the same, Ariza hasn’t had a chance to practice with the team. He arrived Wednesday on a game day, there was no practice on Thanksgiving, there was another game Friday, and the team did not practice Saturday because of a lengthy flight home from Boston.
Lastly, here is Kobe on Odom and his thoughts on why he is struggling:
“He’s very emotional,” Bryant said of Odom. “We just have to stay with him and continue to talk to him to give him confidence and help him come out of it as much as possible.
“He’s played bad in two games. Man, I’ve played bad in five, six, seven, eight games in a row. I mean, come on, now. I tell him, `Don’t get down on yourself. It’s two ballgames. You’ll bounce back (tonight against New Jersey). You’ll be fine.”‘