Wednesday at Phoenix, 6 p.m. PST, Ch. 9 -- This is the week the Lakers get down to business. Really start playing. This time they're serious. Swear to God. This is it.
Friday at Sacramento, 7:30 p.m., Ch. 9, ESPN -- Let us count the villains: Shaquille O'Neal writes songs and moons them (and the mayor of the city is Chinese), Phil Jackson derides the rural Americans among them, Rick Fox attacks one of their players. Should be fun.
Saturday vs. Utah, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net -- Another reason the Laker brass is taking guff: Matt Harpring could have been had for the $4.5-million exception.