*During the Denver game, we all had a bit of a scare when both Bynum and Gasol left the game clutching their knees. As Andy Kamenetzky put it, we were all holding our breath and hoping for the best.
*Well, we can all breathe a sigh of relief as Gasol has been diagnosed with a bone bruise and is listed as day to day and Andrew Bynum is fine, crediting his knee brace for saving him from another injury after Odom crashed into his leg.
*The other big news in the Laker family is the announcement that Triangle architect Tex Winter will be inducted to the Hall of Fame. This is most deserving and long, long overdue. Tex was a fantastic college coach and a key ingredient to Phil Jackson’s success as a coach with both the Bulls and the Lakers. After practice yesterday Phil held court, speaking to the press about all things Tex. Great stuff.
*Speaking of the HOF, there are several other guys that I’d love to see in. One of them is Jamaal Wilkes, a player whose career is littered with winning and championships at both the college and pro level. Everyone remembers Magic Johnson’s historic performance in the clinching game of the 1980 Finals, but what is consistently overlooked is how fantastic Wilkes was in that game 6. See for yourself.
*Since I’m an old-school Laker kick, check out this interview with Gail Goodrich over at Slam online. He talks his career at UCLA, playing with other greats like Wilt, West, and the Hawk (Connie Hawkins), and parts of his game that he’s rarely remembered for.
*It’s basically a foregone conclusion that Phil Jackson will retire after this season (sad face). With few opportunities left to be around PJax, J.A. Adande takes inside “Phil’s Room” at Staples and gives us a behind the scenes look at the coach we’ll all miss.
*Dexter Fishmore, on the other hand, is looking ahead and wondering who might replace Phil. He’s considering a name that’s rarely mentioned.
*The Nugget’s hiccup aside, the Lakers have been on fire of late. Silver Screen & Roll takes us inside the numbers on what’s been working and what hasn’t in this streak of strong play.
*Before that Nuggets game, Mark Medina of the LA Times sat down with Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy to talk Lakers. What followed was a good conversation about the team on topics ranging from Bynum’s emergence to LO’s candidacy for 6th MOY and more. Give it a read.
*Are you (or do you know) a 8 to 18 year old that wants to learn how to play like Kobe Bryant? Here’s your chance to make that happen.
*The other day on Twitter I mentioned that I really appreciate Joe Smith. A lot of veteran guys wouldn’t take to his role the way that he has. Over at NBA.com, Steve Aschburner has a very good feature on Smith who 16 years after being a #1 overall pick is loving his life on the Laker bench. This is a very good read.