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first_img“The second unit was using him a lot more,” Jackson said, referring to using Bynum’s passing skills out of the post. “They did a lot of good things with him when our second unit was helping us out a lot at that time.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With the NBA trade deadline arriving at noon, Lakers coach Phil Jackson did not express optimism Wednesday about acquiring a player, be it All-Star guard Jason Kidd or anybody else. “I spent a couple hours with (general manager Mitch Kupchak) this afternoon and things are still happening,” Jackson said. “I don’t see a lot of momentum that’s going to create anything right now, to be honest with you. But we still have our hopes that something will be accomplished.” Jackson said he was content to move forward after the deadline with the same roster as before. The Lakers are hopeful Luke Walton can return from a sprained ankle in the next week and Kwame Brown sooner than his mid-March timetable. But Jackson also conceded that the Lakers, who returned from the All-Star break with a 30-24 record and in sixth place in the Western Conference standings, weren’t about to take their place alongside Dallas and Phoenix as the conference’s top teams. “We still have other things that we can do and we’ll keep looking at that as we go through the season, if we can help the team,” Jackson said. “We think we have players – and when players get healthy – that can do some things in this league.” today Middle man: Although Bynum will have started for twomonths or more once Brown returns, Jackson suggested that his 19-year-old center eventually will be moving back to the bench. Specifically, Jackson said he believes that Bynum could be equally productive in splitting time with Brown. Jackson described Bynum as being unassertive and “an active body” whenever he has to play more than 24 minutes. center_img Jackson had framed Wednesday as being the crucial day for getting any potential deal done. The Lakers last made a deadline trade in March 1999 when they acquired Glen Rice and J.R.Reid from Charlotte for Eddie Jones and Elden Campbell. The Lakers have expressed interest in Kidd, who is owed another $41 million on his contract, but the question is whether New Jersey would accept a package that did not include Andrew Bynum or Lamar Odom, the Lakers’ top two assets after Kobe Bryant. last_img

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