Tuesday , Nov , 11 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Phil Jackson: Trevor Ariza Is a Ghost

Jackson found an interesting way to describe Trevor Ariza’s innate ability to make plays off the ball, whether it’s tipping passes in the lane, slipping between defenders for offensive rebounds or cutting to the basket for layups.

"He’s like a ghost out there," Jackson said. "Like a shadow. Just all of a sudden he shows on a screen and he’s gone. He’s a blip and he’s away. He runs the court like that. He’s a stealth player more than you’d say (of) a person that infuses the team with energy. But his presence is certainly felt."