Monday , Mar , 31 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Phil Jackson: Don’t Destroy Bond with Team, Kobe

Jackson felt the need to remind Kobe Bryant of what a good teammate he has been all season, because there was tension between Bryant and his teammates during Friday night’s loss.

"I just said, ‘Hey, just don’t destroy the relationship you’ve built with the players this year,’ " Jackson said. "He said, ‘Naw, it’s not going to affect us, what we do. I just had to get out and vent what was irritating me.’ "

Bryant yelled at Jordan Farmer for not passing to him. He yelled at Luke Walton for not calling a timeout late in the game and instead throwing the ball away. []