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Lakers get cash for drawing charges
Posted By Jerry Spar On June 2, 2010 @ 2:28 pm In General | 2 Comments
Lakers coach Phil Jackson  has tried every approach he can to get his players to take charges. The coach’s strategy includes insulting them ‘ calling his big men “thin-chested” ‘ as well as offering $50 cash for each charge.
“To motivate us in a way to take charges and getting away with it,” Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic told ESPN’s Shelley Smith .
Vujacic said the Lakers see an opportunity to get some spending money vs. the Celtics .
“Their whole team is kind of a charging possibility taking team,” he said. ” We’ve just got to be smart. They are a very smart team that can go from block to a charge, so we’ve been working a lot on charges and how to take them and stuff, so, we’ll see.”
The ESPN story indicated the money comes from players’ fines ‘ for example, the team collects $25 from a player every time he gets called for illegal defense. Assistant coach Frank Hamblen said Lamar Odom has been keeping the pot full.
“I mean, I just pencil him in every night for illegal defense,” Hamblen said. “I ask him every night: ‘Lamar, you know the illegal defense rules, don’t you?’ ”
Hamblen said the Lakers haven’t had many takers in the charge-drawing sweepstakes. At least one player isn’t interested in that strategy.
“I don’t even know how to take a charge,” Ron Artest  said. “To get the charge, you have to fall. I’d rather not fall. You call an offensive foul [on the New York playgrounds], possibly be a fight. That’s just how we grew up playing basketball.”
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