The Lakers beat Memphis last night in double overtime – Andrew Bynum went absolutely beast with 37 points and 16 rebounds. The team plays in New Orleans tonight. The season continues its up and down ways but somehow, the Lakers are now in a solid third place slot. They’re not going to catch OKC but the Spurs are within sight. The storyline around the league of course is the trade deadline – tomorrow is D-day. It has been a relatively quiet barter period this season – due largely to a compressed schedule and the future impact of the new CBA. So far, the majority of noise has come from Dwight Howard who simply cannot resist the urge to issue wholly contradictory proclamations – should I stay or should I go now?
The Lakers should just say no to Dwight Howard – so says C.A. Clark at Silver Screen and Roll.
Danny Chau at Hardwood Paroxysm looks at Dwight’s potential as a villain.
Kevin Ding at the OC Register looks at Pau Gasol’s evolving role as the man behind the man.
It has been a surreal season for Gasol writes Mike Bresnahan at the L.A. Times, but a trade now looks unlikely.
Derek Fisher is at once, one of the hardest working and most maligned guards in the NBA. Daniel Buerge at Lakers Nation reports on Fish’s 10,000 points milestone.
Andrew Bogut’s broken ankle and Captain Jack are heading to Golden State. Kurt Helin at ProBasketBallTalk breaks down one of the stranger recent multi-player trades. The Bucks get Monta and the ever impressive Kwame Brown.
Zach Harper at HoopSpeak also writes about the Warriors/Bucks trade – hilariously.
Brian Kamenetzky at the Land O’Lakers offers insight into tonight’s game against the 10-win Hornets.
Bro Andy has the rapid reaction recap to last night’s double OT win.
ESPN’s The Announcement was on the other night. It’s the moving, well told story of Magic Johnson’s journey with HIV. Jan Hubbard, one of basketball’s finer writers, reflects on the story in Sheridan Hoops.
While there’s still the possibility of a Lakers trade (Sessions and Felton remain tangentially in the mix), there’s nothing tangible to report at the moment. We’ll all be monitoring events on the ground as they say – stay tuned and comment at will.
– Dave Murphy