KB: We used that as motivation. We hadn't been in the position of underdog during our championship runs. Last year at this time we were on a 17--1 stretch.
You guys have gone through so much this season, and it's not even the playoffs.
KB: Isn't it crazy? It's one of the beauties of playing in Los Angeles. There always seems to be a story. We have a mature enough group that we can withstand those types of things. It's become old hat.
What did you think when you heard Phil Jackson might coach again?
KB: Every time there's a coaching vacancy his name's going to come up no matter what. He could be the greatest coach of all time in any sport.
Can you see Phil coaching the Knicks?
KB: I know he's enjoying his retirement. Right now, it's hard for me to see him back on the sideline.
How long did it take you to realize you were playing for possibly the greatest coach in basketball history?
KB: We knew right away. The way he handles the game is different from any coach I've ever seen. He coaches philosophies. They're about basketball, but they're also about life. It carries over outside the lines. I've never seen another coach who was able to do that.
Are we being fair to Mike Brown in his first season as the Lakers' coach?