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DP: Kobe is a free agent this off-season. Is it a foregone conclusion that he'll end his career as a Laker?
PJ: I have no idea. I haven't really talked with Kobe. I just understand that the odds are always better for guys to stay where they're at. Especially if they're successful and they've had a good run.
DP: Would you ever coach for Michael Jordan now that he is buying the Bobcats?
PJ: I can't see myself picking up and leaving to go back East.
DP: How would he be as an owner?
PJ: Oh, he'd be great. He'd be hands-on. There's no doubt he's going to be involved.
DP: Why is it so tough to repeat?
PJ: [Playoff] games are, like twice the effort that you put into other games. Players play longer minutes. There are injuries in the playoffs that players have to play through, the ones you can't play through in the regular season. And teams come apart. The personalities get worn out on each other. The coaches lose contact with the [players]. San Antonio has never been able to repeat. And this is a well-coached team that has kept their unit together. It's been little things, like a knee injury one year.
DP: It seems like [San Antonio coach Gregg] Popovich is at his best this time of the year, when we're getting near the postseason. Is that the team you see in your rearview mirror and worry about?
PJ: Without a doubt.