Monday, March 9, 2009
McMillan: 'If that happens, it happens'
As you may remember, there have been more than a few chippy moments between the Lakers and Trail Blazers over the past few years. There was the hard foul given by Lamar Odom during a game in the Rose Garden last year that resulted in the two sides having to be separated. And then there was the time Odom and Jarrett Jack got into it at Staples back in 2007. LaMarcus Aldridge has had a few run ins with Odom as well. Kobe and Przybilla jaw at each other from time to time as well. Basically, no love lost on either side.
I asked Nate McMillan about the whether he likes to see the kind of attitude the Lakers seem to illicit from his players.
"You can’t be out there and be on your heels," said McMillan. "For us, we’ve got to be aggressive, we can’t be afraid to touch Kobe. You respect them but we can’t be out there watching them. We’re going to have to be aggressive against them. So if that happens, it happens. They’re the best team in the league and in order to beat them, you’ve got to beat them. So you’re going to have to be aggressive."
I'll let you come to your own conclusion on what Coach McMillan is referring to when he says "if that happens, it happens." My guess is that "it" happens again tonight.