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MWP: He was supposed to come back from back surgery in January. He came back in October. He started to play well really around the time he was supposed to come back.
DP: So he came back too soon?
MWP: No, I don't think so. I think the everyday fan doesn't understand when you come back from an injury you're not going to be that All-Star. The media won't say Dwight's not playing well because he's hurt.
DP: What would be the downside of his returning to L.A.?
MWP: I don't think there's a downside. It's just his decision. Maybe he wants to stay in L.A. or maybe he wants to go somewhere else. Or maybe he just wants a vacation.
DP: How much better would the Lakers have been with Phil Jackson as coach?
MWP: Phil obviously has 11 rings as a coach and 13 total. But you don't want to discredit Mike D'Antoni. I think there was a lack of communication. We didn't communicate well enough early to build chemistry. We only had chemistry for 20% of the season.
DP: Do you expect to be a Laker next season?
MWP: You never know. They have salary-cap issues. As of now, I'm getting ready for next season with the Lakers.
DP: If you were Derrick Rose's teammate, how would you feel about his not playing?