The Lakers bump along, brilliance against the best and mediocrity against a team they should have handled easily. If you had put a ball machine on the floor and fired lobs to the basket every trip down, Andrew could probably have won the thing by himself. That’s not really true (it may be a little true). One game down, two more to go on this mini road trip. The Lakers visit the 8 & 29 Washington Wizards tonight, in what would normally be called an opportunity, here on planet earth.
What would have happened if Kobe had gone to the Bulls in 2007? J. Tinsley at the Sports Fan Journal has an intriguing take on the time continuum.
Eric Freeman at Ball Don’t Lie explains that the short-lived black Mamba mask was constructed by Rip Hamilton’s mask-maker. Don’t ever use the enemy’s mask-maker. It is not wise.
Pau Gasol’s feeling somewhat better, after a conversation with Mitch Kupchak – this from Ramona Shelburne at ESPN.
“We live in a society obsessed with the faces… and inspired by fears being faced.” This, from a terrific article about Kobe, from Kevin Ding at the OC Register.
Ryan Ward at Lakers Nation explores the continuing Pau Gasol to Minny rumors.
The Lakers identity remains unsettled says Mark Medina at the L.A. Times Lakers blog.
The March 15 tradeline is little more than a week away. With a shortened season growing shorter by the moment, wins against Washington and Minneapolis will help keep the villagers peaceful and their torches unlit.
– Dave Murphy