Continuing their oscillating wave pattern through the western conference standings, the Lakers’ past two performances have been winning, with last night’s victory against the lowly Bobcats serving as a welcome 4th quarter respite for Kobe & other weary starters. The season has been proceeding in sections – weird rotations and the seeming inability to marry necessary components within the same game. The outside shot has been our bogeyman to date. Not so the second half – a cavalcade of long range bombs from guys that have recently occupied waiver wire wish lists. A plethora of good storylines today:
Silver linings sometimes come with dark clouds – Dave McMenamin at ESPN writes about the threat of trade as a motivator.
Tempering the blowout with a reality check, Andy Kamenetzky at the Land O’Lakers observes just how bad this Charlotte squad truly is.
On the eve of the annual Grammys road trip, Wondahbap at Silver Screen and Roll points out the need to use games like this as practice opportunities.
Metta’s back as a starter – Mike Bresnahan at the LA Times reports on the Lakers’ revolving door policy.
Kevin Ding at the OC Register looks at last night’s balance and execution.
An accounting of rookie Darius Morris’ service to his hungry and exacting teammates, is hilarious – thank Melissa Rohlin at the LA Times.
A page of writing about Kobe Bryant and the passage of time, by Danny Chau at Hardwood Paroxysm.
Sometimes a good one slips under the radar, as is the case of the nexus between Kobe and Russian literature by Aaron McGuire at Gothic Ginobili.
The list of topics continues across the cyber universe, from Mini-Mamba to the possible pursuit of Kenyon Martin and I might as well toss in the kitchen sink while I’m at it. I’ll leave additional sleuthing to you, fearless readers – do some digging and report back.
– Dave Murphy