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.

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  • Lakers 24 7

    Farmar’s been trying to do too much on his own. He’s trying to be the hero. I see him making dumb passes and bad shot selection. We’ve been falling in love with the jump shot too much. Farmar needs to use his speed and quickness to get to the paint.

  • Banzai

    Farmar/Vujacic/Powell/Walton come in the game and the lead will instantly vanish everytime…every single time…look for this to happen tomorrow.

  • David

    Farmar and Sasha are the least productive off the bench. I never liked Sasha since he’s been a Laker. He grew on me a little bit last year as he was playing better, but once again sucks like he did before. It really pisses me off how players play good in their contract years only to lay an egg once they get reasigned alla luke and Sasha.

  • Lakers 24 7

    Maybe we should have Ariza and Odom go back to the bench, and have Powell and Luke start.

  • Eidraq

    eventually, luke and farmar will need to go

  • showtimelakes

    I don’t know if powell has much to do with it. I think it starts with our pg and farmar needs to make smarter decisions. Sasha has reverted to practice player in my eyes but hopefully he can regain that 44% 3 pt quickly. I don’t know fellas hopefully when or if bynum comes back stability will be restored. The puzzling thing is that in houston and san antonio i thought they played good. Hopefully, last nights loss which it still open wound can wake their behinds up……………….(sigh)

  • baltimoresbest01

    i say give Sasha a little bit more time, it seems like he has been making shots a tiny bit more consistently recently (but maybe I missed something). either way, if Bynum doesn’t stabilize things, I feel like Phil should tinker a little bit more. after all, he gave Mihm playing time in the middle of the finals, nothing is worse than that!

    btw I bet Jordan is doing all the bickering

  • Smush Walton

    It is becoming apparent that Jordan is NOT our point guard of the future. Mitch needs to make an effort next year to upgrade that position. Jordan is unacceptable.

    Luke has no talent. It is unbelievable he is even on the floor.

    Sasha is a lot of wasted energy. For a 3-point specialist he is pathetic. Why is it other teams have a 3-point specialist that can come in and light it up and we are stuck with this clown who makes one or two 3’s at the most? He spends too much time futzing around with his goofy hair. Enough already!

  • Eidraq

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    i agree with u dude…the problem is sasha’s bad play can be explained bcuz of farmar’s selfish play…farmar doesnt pass much anymore, and takes far too many shots..put kb and sasha on the same floor and sasha will be back to normal

  • Eidraq

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    jordan’s cockiness and instability within the team hurts us…

    luke just hurts us in every way possible…

    if i were to make a prediction, id say those two might be seeing the exit signs soon

  • Geloman

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    I feel the same way. Lakers need a better option than Farmar. Phil needs to bench Sasha and Farmar and try out Brown and Morrison. They can’t possibly do any worse then those guys. I like Brown because of his length the guard spot, size, defense and tenacity. He’s not afraid to take it to the hole. Morrison can take Sasha’s spot as a shooter and Brown I think is a better option than Farmar.
    Farmar and Sasha right now just plain suck and I;m getting annoyed at watching them.

  • Day

    I kind of wish we would have signed Stephon. It would be nice to have him on our Bench Mob.

  • Dracul

    The 2nd Unit is now going to miss the defense and slashing that Ariza brought.

    Fluke in 2nd unit is the opposite of the athletic Ariza, but he does look to pass.

    If he keeps passing to Vujabrick and Far-me and they throw up clankers, then we are in trouble.

    I can understand Sasha having shooting woes, if Far-me doesn’t pass to him. Also, when Far-me isn’t shooting well, why the heck isn’t he taking it to the rim? The dude is fast enough, but its like he wants to do it ‘his’ way or something.

    I say try out Shanon Brown at either point or shooting guard and put Powell in the starting line-up so that Odom can come off the bench where he’s going up against 2nd stringers from the opposite team.


  • lafanfromindiana

    Starting lineup


    2nd unit

    Farmar and Sasha can flip a coin