Before the Hornets' shootaround Friday morning at about 11 a.m. at the American Airlines Center, New Orleans coach Byron Scott was asked what he thought about Jerry Stackhouse's radio comments from Wednesday evening. As a quick refresher, Stackhouse called out Scott's coaching ability, said he was, according to things he's heard from other players, hard to deal with and he called Scott a sucker. Stackhouse also mentioned an in-game conversation they had earlier this season in which he said something to Scott and Scott replied by saying, talk to me when you win a ring. Stackhouse then replied that if he had played with Magic, Kareem and Worthy that he'd have a ring, too.
So, as the drama unfolds, Scott was asked what he thought:
"You see me laughing about it, right? No big deal; don't think about it all to be honest with you."
Do you remember the on-court conversation and is Stackhouse's version accurate?
"Yeah," Scott said to remembering it. "No, it's not that accurate. He said what I said, but he forgot to put what he said in there. But, no big deal, we'll just play basketball."
Could we print what Stackhouse said?
"We'll just play basketball."
Would the Lakers have won a title with him instead of you in there?
"We'll just play basketball. Anymore questions about the Hornets-Dallas game?"
Are Stackhouse's comments a sign of desperation?
"I don't know. I don't know to be honest. Like I said, I hadn't laughed this morning so it was a good laugh for me. It made me feel pretty good."
As for Stackhouse, he did not want to comment on his comments for a second straight day.
-- Jeff Caplan