Phil talks about Ariza.
Daily News: The Lakers essentially switched out Trevor Ariza for Ron Artest and they have been impressed with his level of play, particularly on defense.
Opponents are shooting only 31.8% from beyond the arc against the Lakers, which gives them the best percentage in the NBA.
“Trevor was a late bloomer for us last year,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “A lot of people remember him as a starter, but he came off the bench (until late in the season). (Vladimir) Radmanovic started and Luke (Walton) started.
“We moved a lot of people around. (Ariza) was a late guy who came on (strong at the end of the season). We liked his defense, but he wasn’t a 35-minute a night man, and Ron is.
“I think (the Lakers’ defense) has gotten better because of the way we play.”