Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has developed such a floor presence during the NBA playoffs that Alonzo Mourning can't figure out what exactly it is coach Phil Jackson is doing on the bench.
"To tell you the truth, Phil doesn't have to do anything but call time-outs," said Mourning, who helped lead the Miami Heat to the 2006 championship. "Kobe is the facilitator. He is the one driving the mission of this particular team right now.
"I think Phil is just showing up, to tell you the truth, and Kobe is doing all the work to make this team successful."
Kings pick Westphal
The Sacramento Kings reached an agreement in principle with Paul Westphal to be their fourth new coach in just over three years.
Westphal, a longtime NBA player and coach, went 267-159 during parts of seven seasons leading the Phoenix Suns and Seattle SuperSonics.
He replaces interim coach Kenny Natt after the Kings finished 17-65, the worst record in the NBA and in franchise history.
- Associated Press