Interesting pre-game scene here in Charlotte, where the Bobcats will host the L.A. Lakers tonight.
Michael Jordan spent some time a couple of hours before tonight's 7 p.m. game with Phil Jackson, now the coach of the Lakers but MJ's longtime coach with the Chicago Bulls. As Jordan exited the Lakers' locker room, he called over his shoulder: "Good luck, Phil Jackson."
When asked if such a comment was serious, Jackson said no. "Michael's team needs to win some games," Jackson said. "So right now he's trying to psych us out."
A couple of other pregame notes:
-- Laker star Kobe Bryant had a very lengthy shooting session before the game, practicing on the goals at Time Warner Cable arena for an hour longer than many of the other players. Bryant is nursing a bit of a bad ankle, but he's expected to play tonight.
-- The game should be the Bobcats' 7th sellout of the season. Two of the best players in ACC history are expected to be among that sellout crowd -- Jordan, of course, and also David Thompson, the former N.C. State star and current Charlotte resident.
-- Everyone will see a Bobcats team trying to win for the sixth time in the last seven games against the Lakers -- one of the most inexplicable sports streaks I've ever heard of, given that the Bobcats haven't made the playoffs in their existence.
-- A small break for the Bobcats: Kevin Garnett is injured and won't play for the Celtics when Charlotte travels to Boston for a Wednesday night game.