Some morning links to tie you over until the game…
*We’re winding down to the All-Star break and the Lakers will play their last game before some much needed rest tonight against the Jazz. For those counting at home, tonight will be the Lakers’ 14th game in 24 days and they have not had more than one day off in a row since they traveled from LA to Cleveland to start the Grammy Trip. I’m surprised more Lakers don’t look like Dirk in this picture (or Ammo in the one above).
*The trade deadline is still more than a week away. We’ve covered this topic before in this space. But Pincus is bringing you his most recent thoughts on what the Lakers might be thinking as the deadline approaches.
*Forget the trade deadline, though. Some have already moved on to potential matchups in the playoffs. My take on this? I’m not sure if the Lakers are yet a “lock” to win the West (there still is a fair amount of season left to play), but whoever the Lakers play, I don’t expect a cakewalk. If the playoffs started today, the Lakers would face Portland (yikes). But with only 4.5 games separating the 5th and 11th seeds in the West, the opponent could be anyone, litterally.
*You want Kobe to sit out? You want him to play? You think he’d be better off retiring tomorrow to join the front office? The K-Bros poll at Land O’ Lakers is for you!
*UPDATED: Go check out Kurt’s take on Plaschke’s latest “article”. As usual, I agree with what Kurt is saying on this one. Plaschke may not envision fans being upset when Phil decides he’d rather write books on his ranch in Montana, but I (and many, many other fans will be). How can you not love the guy that brought you four titles and six trips to the Finals? How could not love the guy that got a team with Kwame and Smush to the playoffs?