Friday , Dec , 05 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Phil Jackson: Lakers Won’t Get 70 Wins this Year


"I don’t think there’s any chance that we’re going to get anywhere close to 70 wins," he said. "I’m not going to say that we can’t win 60, but I don’t think that there’s a chance [at 70] — and that’s if everything goes well health-wise. Traveling in the West is just too difficult. Changing time zones, it just makes it very difficult to be consistent night in and night out on the road."

Jackson has said in the past that centrally located teams (such as, well, Chicago) aren’t as fatigued because they never have cross-country trips. In fact, Kobe Bryant spoke with him a few years ago about the favorable geography of that Bulls team.

"Chicago is smack-dab in the middle, so the travel time isn’t as big as going from the West Coast all the way to the East Coast. It’s a three-hour trip either way you look at it," Bryant said Wednesday. "Those players are more well-rested, have more energy, better legs. It’ll be extremely difficult for any team to do that now, particularly a team that’s on the West Coast."

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-lakerfyi4-2008dec04,0,1671642.story