L.A. Times: The Lakers got the rings and all the accolades that go with being NBA champions.
They did it by playing as one, by playing as a team in winning the title over the Orlando Magic in June.
In the eyes of Coach Phil Jackson, it’s not difficult to get his team to buy into the team concept again this season — if only because his players have seen what the results can be when they play as a collection and not individuals.
That was the case Tuesday night when the Lakers defeated the Washington Wizards, 115-103, at the Verizon Center.
Five Lakers scored in double figures.
Nine of the 10 Lakers who played scored.
It was a team effort, something Jackson believes they will continue to give this season.
“It’s got to start somewhere,” Jackson said. “That place is really difficult unless you have leadership. The first thing is your top player has to show the leadership that’s necessary, or make the sacrifices they make. In our situation, Kobe [Bryant] playing through injuries that are very likely injuries that players would take a week to two weeks off.”