The Lakers' Kobe Bryant was pulled from Game 1 after failing to run down court after a steal that turned into a Sonics fast break and then arguing with buddy Eddie Jones on the court after failing to pass to a waving Jones, instead telling him to "chill out."

Said Van Exel: "The guy's been built up so high, there's nowhere to go but down. It's like, `What do you do now?' It's like if he only scores two points in a game he becomes a bad guy. It's not fair. But I want to win it now."Translation: The guys sympathize, but they aren't all that unhappy to see the wild-shooting Bryant on the bench when it matters.