In his pregame media session, Phil Jackson said Derek Fisher, not Kobe Bryant, will be the primary ballhandler. That flies in the face of what the Lakers worked on for much of training camp, when Bryant settled into his “facilitator role.”
“It’s the turnover factor,” Jackson said. “We’re trying to cut down on the number of turnovers we had in training camp.”
Jackson said he didn’t expect Bryant’s sprained wrist to be a factor.
“Maybe in the shooting,” Jackson said, “but I thought it went well today (in the morning shootaround).”