Don Nelson has had some successes since returning last year. But beating Phil Jackson, who has long refused to play small against Nellie-coached teams, is not one of them, J.A. Adande writes.

Updated: December 10, 2007, 4:23 AM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

(Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

It can be a struggle, but Kobe (and Phil) get the better of Baron (and Nellie) in this California rivalry.


When Facing Nellie, Jackson Refuses To Think Small

LOS ANGELES -- Any time Don Nelson is involved, the subject always comes around to matchups.

But when it comes to the Lakers and ...

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