Monday , Dec , 15 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Phil Jackson: Radmanovic Would Like to Assassinate Me

Luke Walton started at small forward for the third consecutive game on Sunday night, and Vladimir Radmanovic sat for the third game in a row.

"I have talked to Vlade," Coach Phil Jackson said before the Lakers faced the Minnesota Timberwolves. "He’d like to assassinate me."

Jackson was only kidding.


In fact, Walton has given the Lakers exactly what Jackson hoped for when he knocked the rust off him and inserted him into the starting lineup for the first time this season for Wednesday’s victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Walton scored eight points and added six assists against the Suns and had four points and a team-leading eight assists in Friday’s victory over the Sacramento Kings.