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Phil Jackson: Lakers earn a midterm B

Updated: January 14, 2011, 4:45 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Friday's home game against the New Jersey Nets will mark the 41st game on the Los Angeles Lakers' 82-game regular season schedule. On the eve of the occasion, head coach Phil Jackson doled out a midterm grade for his squad after the team's practice Thursday.

"We're definitely a B-team right now," Jackson said. "We have room for improvement. What I like about it is we've got their attention and they're starting to be attentive on defense and know that they've got an ...

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