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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.”

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  • Kid Kaos 310

    Nothing new, but it was nice to see the team gel well last night. Perhaps that because the Wiz don’t play defense and guys like Sasha were able to finally knock down shots like it was practice.

  • ilikebasketball

    yeah,
    but it was against the wizards.

    do it against a contending team and i’ll see that the work as one thing is in their heads at last

  • ilikebasketball

    and phil says outloud that those injuries would take a player out a week or two!

    TAKE THE WEEK OR TWO OFF KOBE!!

    DON’T PLAY THE ALL STAR GAME!

    BE A MAN, FORGET THE EMPTY ACCOLADES OF THE ALL STAR GAME, SIT IT OUT AND TAKE A WEEK OFF AND GET HEALTHY!

    • lakerman1

      Think he’ll read this post and take your advice i doubt it. The good thing is every grown person gets to make their own decisions. I am sure he would tell you where you can go with that staement. None of us can do anything about except hope it does not hinder his game to much other then that Kobe decides for Kobe.

  • http://www.myspace.com/626bones Lakers 24 7

    I think the Lakers play best when Kobe is SHARING the ball. Not to say that he doesn’t, but when he had a bad shooting game, I think he was so eager to shoot well the next game that he took a lot of bad shots, and it continued for another game or two, but in the last two games, he’s took limited shots and made most of them, and he’s shared the ball, and the Lakers have won….or came close to winning ( errr in Toronto).

  • Basit

    At I like basketball: Phil was referring to the fact that KOBE IS A MAN, and that he can play with injuries. Meaning he is unreal. Use your brain and think before you say something.

  • http://57.amklac missesalot

    he is unreal?like your love of gerbils is unreal?get a life and a clue douche nozzle.

  • Basit

    Am I the douche nozzle?…or are you. I am pretty sure it is you considering you don’t know how to read and understand things. Phil clearly states, “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.” Maybe you should understand the meanin of unreal. Like Kobe is unreal meaning out of this world playing with injuries of broken fingers and a bad back. Maybe you should try it. Now we know who the real douche nozzle is, you.