akers coach Phil Jackson did not accompany the team to Anaheim for it’s exhibition opener against the Utah Jazz Thursday evening, due to soreness in his lower legs.
Assistant Kurt Rambis is coaching in his stead.
“We do not anticipate it’s anything serious at all,” team spokesman John Black said. “We felt, and he felt, it would be better for him to stay at home and watch the game on TV.”
While Jackson isn’t in the building, he did make one very important decision for Tuesday’s game: Andrew Bynum is not in the starting lineup.
“The starting lineup was Phil’s decision,” Rambis said. “Andrew’s had some good moments, but one of the things we’ve been trying to impress on him is that he has to extend those good moments. He has to be ready to play at both ends of the court at all times.”