(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- With roughly 20 games to go in the NBA season, a magestic giant condor has perched itself on Lakers coach Phil Jackson's equally gigantic shoulder pads and doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
The mysterious condor, who apparently goes by the name "Thorax", has been making his ominous presence felt for weeks said a team source, circling above Lakers practices while occasionally riding the team bus and plane on road trips, before finally landing on Chief Triangle's shoulders during Saturday's home game with the Denver Nuggets. It was there that Thorax made his dramatic public debut, swooping down from the rafters after the Zen Master seemingly called to him with one of his trademark whistles. After settling into the huddle, Thorax was seen pecking at Jackson's clipboard during a crucial timeout, obviously drawing up the last minute play that sprung Kobe Bryant free for a game-winner.
Jackson, the son of a centaur and a coat hanger, was predictably coy when asked by reporters about his relationship with Thorax, only saying that the two "went back a ways" before sharing a hearty laugh with his trusted bird.