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Jackson looking to bring out increased toughness from within

Lakers coach Phil Jackson offered some pre-training camp remarks that could signal a different role for Lamar Odom, J.A. Adande writes.

Updated: September 26, 2008, 8:58 PM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- This was Phil Jackson talking about the Los Angeles Lakers, not your ordinary speaker or subject by any means, and yet even after 1,300 words it was hard to escape the bottom line that this team's season will be about the same old NBA themes of minutes and money. Oh, and one other "m" word of particular concern to the Lakers: mettle.

They were humbled by the Boston Celtics in the Finals, sent slinking off into the summer like scolded puppies, but any increased ...

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