Ron Ron & Phil clear air

As I said, the media made it bigger than it was.

ESPN: Player and coach have made nice, Ron Artest for his late-night Twittering and Phil Jackson for his misunderstood “witticism.”

Speaking to reporters before the Los Angeles Lakers’ 111-110 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals, Jackson said he had discussed Artest’s Twitter comments with his players and that Artest was apologetic and he was “sympathetic.”

“I’d been a little animated [Thursday] at practice and I think I kind of stirred the mix, so to speak, a little bit,” Jackson explained. “I kind of understood where he might have had some difficulty that day.”

The timing of Artest’s Twitter tantrum seemed peculiar because the forward was referring to comments by Jackson about his 3-point shooting made more than a week ago in the first round against Oklahoma City.

Jackson explained Saturday that Artest was fined an unspecified amount Thursday morning for showing up late to practice and thought that his Twitter comments was just Artest “kind of lashing out a little bit.”

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