Tuesday , May , 12 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Phil Jackson: Lakers Can Be Jekyll and Hyde

From TNT analyst Charles Barkley: "The Lakers are guilty of having so much talent, they win because they are good, but they never play with a sense of urgency unless there is a [real] sense of urgency. I think it’s going to hurt them down the line whether it’s against Denver or the Cavaliers. I don’t think you can turn it on and off."

From Lakers Coach Phil Jackson: "This team has a Jekyll and Hyde in it, a little bit, I’ll admit that."

Wait, what?

TV talking heads are one thing, but Jackson was particularly introspective about what had been unfolding in front of him throughout the season, be it home losses to Charlotte and Philadelphia or one-sided road losses to Portland.

Those defeats were only a matchstick compared to the pyrotechnics set off by the Rockets on Sunday.