There’s something of a lull before the storm when it comes to the Lakers and the media right now, especially the national media. The team’s in a tough spot but it’s too risky to write them off. A win tonight will tilt articles toward redemption possibilities, and a loss will bring out the doomsday scenarios. A game will be played tonight and the focus will shift away (perhaps momentarily) from the last shot of Wednesday night’s game.
The Great Mambino at Silver Screen and Roll, writes about the Lakers optimism, despite history not being on their side.
Mark Medina at the L.A. Times reports on Steve Blake dealing with the shot that didn’t go in, and the resulting twitter hate received by his wife Kristen. This one’s beyond the pale.
Kevin Ding at the OC Register shares the news of Pau Gasol being named citizen of the year by the NBA.
Ben Golliver at CBS Sports Eye On Basketball breaks down tonight’s Lakers/Thunder match.
Tom Spousta at the NY Times writes about Kobe Bryant’s recent difficulty closing out games.
Elizabeth Benson at Lakers Nation about lessons learned from the game two loss.
There’s a very old Jack London short story entitled A Piece of Steak. It chronicles an aging boxer’s last stand, against a fighter in the bloom of youth. It’s about shelf-life and inevitability, and shares a commonality with many other stories before and since. We know that OKC is younger, faster, and deeper. For now, we wait for the game, hoping that our veteran team can come away with a win, and a bit of extra meat on the bone.
– Dave Murphy