Not too good to hear…
O.C. Register: The good vibe from the Lakers’ impressive last game was long gone by the early fourth quarter Friday night, when the Lakers’ frustration boiled over in a heated exchange on the bench between Sasha Vujacic and assistant coach Brian Shaw.
Shaw was bent over at the waist to lecture a seated Vujacic early in a timeout with the Lakers losing, 80-53, and 9:12 to play against Oklahoma City. Shaw wound up pointing his finger in Vujacic’s face, prompting Vujacic to fire back and point his finger back in Shaw’s face.
Ron Artest quickly moved in an attempt to calm Vujacic down. Jordan Farmar, who had seemed pleased that Shaw was trying to correct Vujacic’s mistakes, wound up stepping in front of Shaw.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson removed Vujacic from the game at that point, even though Vujacic hadn’t played but the first 2:48 of the fourth quarter. Vujacic went and sat alone at the end of the bench most of the rest of the game, although Artest went over soon after in an effort to console him.