7:00 PM ET, October 11, 2005
HONOLULU (AP) -- After a peaceful week of training camp, Phil and Kobe officially began their second tour of duty together far away from home.
It was a rousing success, although that really wasn't very important.
Kobe Bryant scored 28 points before leaving the game for good late in the third quarter, and Phil Jackson's Los Angeles Lakers rallied from an early 16-point deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors 101-93 on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams.
Lamar Odom was the only other Los Angeles player in double figures, scoring nine of his 16 points in the final 2:10 as the Lakers pulled away.
"It was pretty difficult to watch for a while," Jackson said. "We collected ourselves and played. Full-court pressure is not an easy thing to do. We must have given up five or six baskets."
Pressure defense is one of the staples for these Lakers. It wasn't for Jackson's five previous teams in Los Angeles.
Odom returned to the game after Luke Walton sustained what was called a severe left hamstring strain -- an injury expected to sideline him for two to six weeks.
Odom said he didn't think he was going to return.
"You can't read my man's mind," he said. "It's cool. It was a good way to finish the game."
"I thought we played hard. We got a little fatigued," Davis said. "That's what preseason is for -- just to see where you're at. I'm not disappointed, but at the same time, I know we're going to have to sustain our level of intensity when the season comes."
Jackson, wearing leather sandals and appearing relaxed on the sideline, was coaching in his first game since June 15, 2004, when the Lakers were eliminated by the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals.
Three days later, Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss informed Jackson his services were no longer desired, but Jackson was rehired last June after one of the most miserable seasons in franchise history.
A book Jackson wrote detailing the 2003-04 season was released nearly a year ago, and it didn't reflect well on Bryant. But the two seem to be getting along just fine, with both saying all the right things since training camp began last week.
Jackson downplayed the importance of preseason games leading up to the opener -- the first of two games between the Warriors and Lakers in as many days at the University of Hawaii before the teams return to California.
Regarding Bryant, Jackson said: "I just think he's a very determined player and dedicated to what he's doing. He's doing a lot of letting things develop on their own."
Both teams played rookies and reserves most of the fourth quarter, with Los Angeles leading throughout. Odom was one of the few veterans to play in the late going. The Lakers outscored the Warriors 12-6 to finish the game.
"We needed a challenge like this," Bryant said. "I think we did a good job keeping our poise when they jumped out to an early lead. Everybody just kind of stayed with it."
Bryant said he believes the biggest change from last year is the Lakers have a system they believe in and trust.
"It's Phil and the system -- absolutely," Bryant said. "It feels great, it's a beautiful system. When everything's clicking, it's a beautiful thing to watch."
Smush Parker scored seven points during a 15-6 run to start the second half, giving Los Angeles a 70-62 lead. The Warriors then outscored the Lakers 12-6 to draw within two points entering the fourth quarter.
Parker, a surprise starter, made the game's first shot. With Richardson scoring five points and Davis getting four assists, the Warriors scored the next 14 points.
Davis scored five straight points to make it 24-8 before coming out for the first time. The Lakers responded by outscoring the Warriors 20-8 to finish the first quarter and start the second to draw within four points.
Davis brought many in the crowd of 7,307 at the Stan Sheriff Center to their feet midway through the second quarter by dribbling behind his back before bouncing the ball off the backboard to set Richardson up for a dunk. Bryant drew cheers later in the period, driving the baseline before scoring on a reverse dunk.
Bryant scored 11 points during a 16-6 run to finish the second quarter, drawing the Lakers within one point at halftime.
The Warriors played without first-round draft choice Ike Diogu (broken left hand) and second-round pick Chris Taft (strained right groin). The Lakers were without first-round pick Andrew Bynum (slight abdominal tear) and swingman Laron Profit (strained right calf). ... Lakers rookie Adam Parada's name was spelled Perada on the back of his jersey. He played briefly in the third quarter. ... The Laker Girls made the trip from California for the doubleheader. ... The Little League championship team, from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, was honored at halftime. ... Several cast members of the ABC television show "Lost" attended the game. ... Kwame Brown had six points and four rebounds in his debut with the Lakers. He also needed seven stitches for a cut he sustained under his left eye in the third quarter.