And so here we are. The tail end of the regular season, the last of the three game series against the Spurs, and the return of Kobe Bryant after seven games off. The team has played well in his absence, and is certainly an emerging contender for another title run.
Andy Kamenetzky at the Land O’Lakers, has five questions about the return of Kobe.
Brian Kamenetzky at the LOL reports on Portland, possibly making a run at Mitch Kupchak.
Wondahbap at Silver Screen and Roll writes that the Lakers seemed primed for a serious playoff run
Dexter Fishmore at SSR wonders if the MWP rebirth can survive Kobe’s return.
Theshmoes at SSR writes about the western conference seedings.
Kevin Ding at the OC Register says it’s mostly fascination by association, but offers a peek inside a sportswriter’s life.
Interesting piece from Mark Heisler at Sheridan Hoops, about Kobe’s long and winding road.
Mike Bresnahan at the L.A. Times writes about the need for balance, with Kobe’s return.
Jabari Davis at Lakers Nation, on MWP and Matt Barnes as the Lakers’ renaissance men.
A game preview from Quincy Scott at the excellent Spurs blog, Pounding the Rock.
Adrian Wojinarowski at Yahoo Sports writes about the union leadership battle between Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher.
Tonight’s game is an impossible one to predict – there are simply too many variables. The Spurs are bound to be more prepared at home than they were for the last Lakers visit. And the Lakers need to have more resolve and desire than they did at home on Tuesday. And of course, everybody’s asking the Kobe question. My own sense is that he’ll go with the flow, find his spots, and be an assassin. Beware of Mamba.