Under capable Cleamons, Lake Show goes on

Lakers "acting" head coach Jim Cleamons, Phil Jackson's understudy, shined in the spotlight.

Updated: May 12, 2003, 6:04 PM ET
By David Aldridge | Special to ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- He didn't view this as a special chance, because he already knows what he can do and he thinks you should, too. But Sunday was, to me, a no-win situation for Jim Cleamons. Win, and you're only doing what you're supposed to do on your home floor. Lose, and it would take folks about a nanosecond to look at the bench, see that Phil Jackson wasn't there and figure out some way to blame you.

"That's maybe why I was so relaxed," Cleamons said late Sunday, next to his team's locker ...

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