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Inside the psychology of Lakers coach Phil Jackson

Updated: May 17, 2010, 2:36 PM ET
By Patrick Hruby

Can someone please explain to my narrow, unsophisticated mind why Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson is considered basketball's answer to Sigmund Freud?

Last week, Jackson was asked whether it's tough for the Lakers to prepare for Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash's frenetic style of play. The coach responded by making a basketball-palming gesture and saying, "Yeah, because you can't carry the ball like he does in practice. You can't pick up the ball and run with it."

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