Tuesday , Mar , 17 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe Bryant: Phil’s Comments Were Just Motivation

Lakers coach Phil Jackson suggested on Sunday that his team lacks a killer instinct, but his players don’t appear to agree with the assessment.

"Teams are going to go on runs and sometimes you give up a lead," forward Lamar Odom said. "We expect it."

Odom added, "We kill them at the end of the game."

Jackson was critical of his team after they narrowly escaped Sunday’s game against the Mavericks with a 107-100 win.

"I think he’s using that to motivate us," Kobe Bryant said. "When we have an opponent down, we’ve been able to keep them down."