L.A. Times: The headlines scream from the pages.
Luke Walton can’t get any playing time. Sasha Vujacic and Vladimir Radmanovic aren’t making their three-point shots. The Lakers’ defense was unacceptable against Sacramento. Sun Yue is probably going down to the Development League.
OK, maybe the headlines are sometimes more whispers than screams, but the Lakers are 12-1 and still facing some questions and shrugs from reporters.
Not that Coach Phil Jackson is complaining.
“You couldn’t write everything positive, could you? It wouldn’t be any fun. No fun,” he said, smiling.
In fact, Jackson tends to be more critical than complimentary in video sessions before practice.
“I have to,” he said. “That’s what coaching’s about.”
Jackson acknowledged there was even some nitpicking in stories during the Chicago Bulls’ record-setting 72-10 season in 1995-96.
“I’m sure there was [criticism]: ‘ Luc Longley couldn’t run the court, we didn’t have a post-up game,’ those kind of things,” Jackson said. “You have to keep people interested, right?”