L.A. Times: The roller-coaster ride the Lakers’ bench has been on recently took another drop to the bottom.And this time, the poor play by the bench left Lakers Coach Phil Jackson expressing his displeasure with his substitutes.
It also left one of those bench players, Josh Powell, explaining how some players on the bench have voiced too many opinions. All of this came on the heels of a last-second, 94-93 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night at Staples Center.
“We have guys bickering out there a little bit too much,” Powell said. “We can’t have that.”
Jackson used six of his reserves in the game, only three of them in the fourth quarter when the Lakers built a 14-point lead but saw it evaporate when Andre Iguodala made a three-pointer as time expired to give the 76ers the victory.
Lakers reserves Powell, Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic played significant minutes in the fourth quarter, but the Bench Mob didn’t get the job done.
“We’re not just coming out and really attacking and playing aggressive in the substitution role and that’s now become prevalent and it’s become an issue,” Jackson said.