With the Grammy road trip over, the Lakers were back in action last night against the Atlanta Hawks. They managed a win but there was some unpurty ball being played in the midsection. The Lakers are 12-2 at home this year, while not particularly looking like a team that should be 12-2 anywhere. Much of the talk over the past few days has centered on the Gilbert Arenas situation, Coach Brown’s rotations, and Metta World Peace’s winter of discontent with said head coach (although the latest reports bespeak a detente).
The Peace accord as relayed by Dave McMenamin at ESNP, is more about consistency than frustration.
Over at Fox Sports West, Joe McDonnell has a bit of a different take on the situation.
Brian Kameneyzky at the Land O’Lakers looks at last night’s game, observing the excellence and rarity of a MWP double-dunk game.
A terrific article by Bruce Arthur at the National Post, about Kobe Bryant and his relentless drive.
Interesting take by Ben R, over at Silver Screen and Roll, in which he puts Murphy into the beast slot, with Kobe and Andrew as burdens. I will duck out of the way.
C.A. Clark, also at Silver Screen and Roll, offers up a somewhat more charitable Laker analysis, likening last night’s game to the best worst offense ever.
A look at team play as an inspiration point, by Kevin Ding at the OC Register.
Here’s a lively 5-on-5 at ESPN with Danny Chau, Dan Feldman, Zach Harper, John Krolik and Chris Palmer.
And last but certainly not least, with the recent attention being on Hibachi, here comes a J.R. Smith conversation with Mike Brown, as reported by Mike Bresnahan at the L.A. Times.
Last night’s win may have quieted the drumbeats, but probably not for long. Pick whatever analogy you want, this team cannot seem to stay on the same page. The Suns come to town for a Friday game, with a Sunday rematch back in Phoenix. By all rights, two games in five days, against a team with a .414 record, should be an opportunity for a little rest, a practice or two, and a couple solid wins. Right?
– Dave Murphy