I personally would have stuck with the power game in the third quarter last night but what do I know? Regardless, the Lakers split the mini road trip with a win against Dallas and a loss to OKC. I’ll go with the half-full glass, heading into the gathering of stars. Let’s hope the team and organization come back from the break focused, and free from all possible distractions. When diamond rainbow unicorns roam the earth.
From brilliance to carelessness, Helene Elliott at the L.A. Times, writes about the Lakers, sliding into the All-Star break.
Mike Bresnahan at the Times says the team looks fairly fatigued heading into the break. This is shocking news.
Completing our LAT trifecta, Mark Medina gives us five things to take away from last night’s loss.
Andrew Bynum will get an oil change on his right knee, so says Kevin Ding at the OC Register.
Ian Thomsen at Sports Illustrated looks at Coach Mike Brown’s growing pains.
Undressed by the best in the west is how Dexter Fishmore at Silver Screen and Roll describes last night’s loss.
Dave McMenamin at ESPN writes about Sam Presti and the art of burning CDs for Coach Mike Brown.
Kurt Helin at ProBasketballTalk looks at last night’s Lakers/OKC game as a changing of the guard.
Nothing to do with our beloved Lakers but Eric Freeman at Ball Don’t Lie reports that J.R. Smith was fined more than $1 million (about a third of his salary), for missing some practices in China. So… there’s that.
And finally, I can’t resist Matt Moore’s sublime article for CBS Sports, about LeBron’s penchant for having his steak cut up for him at restaurants.
There’s bound to be plenty more news around the cyber universe but after the last link, I really have no desire to proceed further. Enjoy your weekend, sports fans.
– Dave Murphy