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Cuban, Jackson behave before Game 1

LOS ANGELES -- The war of words won't start before the series.

It's very unlikely that Phil Jackson and Mark Cuban can continue to be peaceful toward each other, but neither threw any verbal jabs during their pregame chats with the media.

Jackson even said that he thought Cuban would be a good owner for the Los Angeles Dodgers, a topic Cuban declined to touch. Cuban resisted several attempts by reporters to get him to discuss Jackson.

The closest Jackson came to jabbing Cuban was saying, "I wouldn't want him behind my bench, but ... " Cuban just laughed when informed of that comment.