Phil Jackson: Lakers are Drained
Coach Phil Jackson noticed something different as Friday night turned to Saturday morning while the team’s chartered aircraft flew from LAX to Portland, where the Lakers would play their fifth game in seven days.
"I noticed they fell asleep on the plane last night, which is unusual for them," he said. "They’re night owls. They all sleep in the morning when we fly in the mornings."
Jackson called off the morning shootaround and held a film session instead.
"You can see a drain on players all around the league," he said. "Last night, I was watching Minnesota beat Dallas by 10, Orlando got beat by Washington. You see guys who are struggling, veteran players who play a lot of games."