CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Here are some of the best postgame comments.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on losing to Charlotte, 94-83: “We didn’t play the game with the kind of vim and vigor that we normally do. They made five turnovers to start the third quarter and we only had one basket out of those. I think we misunderstood how to play this team. The type of energy we had is very disappointing when you are trying to get something working out there.”
Jackson on the Lakers’ 39.2 percent shooting: “Kobe (Bryant) couldn’t hit shots. Lamar (Odom) looked good on his shots (but) our bench didn’t do so well, so maybe it was (tired) legs. I’m not willing to say that just yet.”
Bryant on the state of the team after consecutive losses: “We need to get it together and get back on track. We aren’t doing a very good job of sharing the ball. We need to build momentum heading into the playoffs. I don’t think fatigue is the reason we’ve lost two in a row.”
Charlotte guard Raymond Felton on guarding Bryant: “Me and Raja (Bell) just tried to stay up on him and stay physical with him and bother him. He still hit some shots, but every shot he took was a tough shot. He’s going to hit shots. Kobe is a great player. He’s a workaholic. I’ve got to give most of the credit to Raja. I did my part when I played him a few minutes, but I’ve got to give it all to Raja.”
Charlotte forward Gerald Wallace on winning six of seven against the Lakers: “We match up really well with them. I think we force Kobe to take a lot of tough shots and get him out of what we wants to do offensively. At the same time, we’re able to attack them and take advantage of their weaknesses on their defensive end.”