From the sound of it, it seems as if Phil is ready to give Ariza not only more minutes, but a much larger role on this squad. And so far, Ariza has really shined for us in the trade doing the small things, while also giving us a solid, consistent source offensively…
L.A. Times: Then, too, there’s the development of Trevor Ariza, who is beginning to get some serious playing time now that he has had a chance to practice with the team, learn the offense and ramp up his defensive efforts.
As the first player off the bench Thursday, Ariza played 17 minutes and had six points, three rebounds and two assists, sustaining a progression that has won approval from Coach Phil Jackson.
“How he’s going to flesh out his role, I’m not sure,” Jackson said before the game. “But what we’d like to see him be able to do is be a real energy source for us coming off the bench, someone that can infuse our team and maybe be a starter.”
“I’m not making him solely a bench player,” Jackson said.