Jackson put them through a meditation session at Sunday’s shoot-around, and that night they ended two-game skid. Coincidence?
L.A. Times: The Lakers are back on a winning track. Maybe there will be more deep breathing and introspection at their practices.
In an effort to stop the team’s hemorrhaging after home losses to Charlotte and Memphis — with a combined road record of 15-59 — Coach Phil Jackson put the Lakers through a meditation session at Sunday morning’s shoot-around, as he sometimes does during the season.
Several hours later, the Lakers beat Washington, 126-120, in a frenetic overtime game.
Apparently, something had changed in them. “We were all nice and centered,” Luke Walton said with a smile.
It would behoove them to stay that way, with the top five teams in the Western Conference separated by less than two games in the standings.
Last week was supposed to be the start of the friendly part of the Lakers’ schedule, an end-of-season reward for their historically long nine-game trip and a more recent road venture to face four playoff hopefuls in the West.
But they might have lost a fourth consecutive home game if not for Walton’s noteworthy rebound of a missed free throw and Sasha Vujacic’s equally clutch free throws late in overtime against the Wizards.
Don’t look now, but their schedule continues to be undemanding the rest of this week, at least on paper.