Jackson glad to see dress code

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The dress code mandates players wear collared shirts and slacks or dress jeans to games. Inactive players on the bench will have to wear sports coats in addition. Players also can’t wear baseball caps or oversized jewelry when engaged in team-related activities. “To a majority of these young men,” Jackson said, “the rap stars, hip-hop guys are really kind of like heroes or colleagues … We even have some that are owners in the league. And it’s not the same audience. Our audience is corporate businessmen and businesswomen and kids. So it’s a different audience that you’re dealing with and these players should be aware of that.” Jackson acknowledged that enforcing the code will be difficult and there will be many fines issued. The biggest loser out of the whole thing might be the Yankees, with at least one Lakers player showing up each day wearing a New York cap. “It’s just too bad that we couldn’t do a better job at representing ourselves,” forward Lamar Odom said, “that they feel like they’ve got to enforce a dress code.” – Kwame Brown and Gilbert Arenas, former teammates turned antagonists, got through Monday’s game without incident as the Lakers beat the Washington Wizards 111-108 in overtime at Rabobank Arena. BAKERSFIELD — On the issue of the NBA’s new dress code, which covers sports coats but not soul patches on the bench, Allen Iverson and Phil Jackson apparently are going to have to agree to disagree. Jackson hadn’t even read the full memorandum sent to teams but has emerged as an outspoken supporter of the dress code, referring multiple times in recent days to the attire of some players as “prison garb.’ – Wizards forward Caron Butler came off the bench and played against his former team. Before he was traded to Washington, Butler worked out several times over the summer with Kobe Bryant. They still talk regularly to this day. “He was just on it,” Butler said. “I think he was ready for change, obviously, whether it was Phil or whoever was coming in, he was prepared for it.” – Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said the team’s roster would not be fixed until the February trade deadline but admitted how difficult it would be for a player from outside to pick up Jackson’s triangle offense. “It’s not an ideal situation,” Kupchak said, “and that’s a factor if we decide to do anything.” The Lakers waived guard Will Conroy and learned that forward Corie Blount has a sprained left foot. Blount will be re-evaluated in a week and did not make the trip for Monday’s game. — Ross Siler can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “The players have been dressing in prison garb the last five or six years,” Jackson said before Monday’s exhibition game. “All the stuff that goes on, it’s like gangster, thuggery stuff. It’s time. It’s been time to do that. “But one must remember where one came from. I was wearing bib overalls when I was a player one time. But I wasn’t going to the games or events in them.’ last_img

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