Some members of the Los Angeles Lakers were in Denver last night and found themselves on the wrong end of a blowout. It was yet another example of Kobe Bryant accepting the challenge, willing himself to do things that most wouldn’t be able to do while healthy, even though he himself wasn’t. There were no-shows as well, the most stunning and disheartening example being Pau Gasol. One thing about doing links posts is that you speed read a lot of material in order to assemble what you feel is representative and worthwhile. And sometimes it’s informative, but not particularly fun – something akin to waiting for punishment, knowing that it’s coming. Pau seemed to be resigned to it before the fact last night, and it’s hard to understand why. For whatever reason, the fight wasn’t there. He looked like a man who had grown old overnight.
Andy Kamenetzky at the Land O’Lakers has the rapid reaction to last night’s game.
Kevin Ding at the OC Register says it’s time for the Lakers’ defense to start with hustle.
Dexter Fishmore at Silver Screen and Roll asks if Mike Brown’s job will be on the line in game seven.
Mike Bresnahan at the L.A. Times writes that Metta’s help on defense is seen as a priority. It’s so true. To say he has been missed is overstating the obvious.
Bill Plaschke at the L.A. Times says it’s a sick joke but the Lakers are forced into a game seven.
Beckley Mason at HoopSpeak writes about the Lakers and responsibility.
Yesterday, Zack Harper at HoopSpeak attributed Pau Gasol’s lack of involvement to Mike Brown. After the game he tweeted that perhaps it was simply Pau himself, and he had a point.
Aaron McGuire at Gothic Ginobili questions the Lakers big three’s lack of passion for the game.
Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports writes about Kobe after the game, and the conversations that he had, and will have, with his missing bigs.
Scott Howard-Cooper at Hang Time Blog also reports on the situation – Kobe and Coach Brown, calling out Andrew and Pau.
Emile Avanessian at Hardwood Hype takes a look at hero ball, and how it’s vilified by the new school observers.
Daniel Buerge at Lakers Nation takes a look at a new era in Lakers broadcasting, as the Time Warner deal kicks in.
And finally, Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie takes a look at Kobe’s flagrant foul on Kenneth Faried.
There’s a lot more articles, more opinions and blame and anger. The 24-hour news cycle will die down just a little before being stroked right back up tomorrow – the possibility of the Lakers losing three in a row to the Nuggets in the first round isn’t a big story, it’s a huge story. Buckle up as they say, we’re in for a bumpy ride.
– Dave Murphy