Los Angeles Lakers: Another day, another Laker episode. "He's doing all right. We'll talk," said Karl Malone of disgruntled teammate Gary Payton in the Los Angeles Times. "But he's doing all right. It's tough. He didn't play in the fourth quarter or whatever, but Fish was playing really well. I know it's tough because you really want to be out there. But the thing about this team is, all the things we've been through all year, we're going to handle this and everything else as well." Phil Jackson has heard it all before. "I think it's hard for players to understand, especially for Gary, a premier player on the team, where they want every minute they can play on the court. We want him to play as many good minutes he can play on the court, but it's a lot different than having to have him run the team or to make the team operate, which is what he had up in Seattle. But we're comfortable with the fact that he's going to be competitive and come out there and play hard."
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