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Jackson experiments with Lakers' lineup

Updated: December 25, 2009, 12:15 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPN Los Angeles

The soul patch, thanks to his girlfriend and Lakers vice president Jeanie Buss, has long since been shorn.

Which means the image you might have of Phil Jackson stroking that little tuft of hair on his chin as he dreams up new rotations or combinations or ways of getting just a little bit more out of the NBA's most talented team doesn't quite work.

Image or no image, though, whatever time he has saved by streamlining his grooming routine seems to have been added onto the already considerable ...

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