I freely admit that I haven’t been reading a ton of basketball over the past few days. I’m just not ready yet. It was a season born under a bad sign, with bumps and roadblocks and departures, but the team made some runs at it and there was reason to believe that it could win more games than not, in a series. Thanks to Darius for sending me some choice links to include, and to him and everyone else at FB&G for a lot more than that. Here’s the bullets:
Ramona Shelburne at ESPN, on what drives Kobe, and his dwindling inner circle. This one’s gold.
Ethan Sherwood Strauss at The Classical, writes about Andrew Bynum and the evolution of his running style.
There’s a number of exit interviews at the Kamenetzky brothers’ Land O’Lakers site, but I found the Jordan Hill piece especially interesting. His season was a unique one, inserted into the lineup at the very tail end of the season but he immediately became a factor.
C.A. Clark’s Lakers/OKC series review at Silver Screen and Roll.
Mike Bresnahan at the L.A. Times writes that the Lakers’ roster options are limited.
Steve Fryer at the OC Register takes a closer look at positional needs.
Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports says that Kobe’s ready to bet the house on the Lakers’ future.
There’s still basketball to be played, of course. Tim C. at Pounding the Rock, writes about match-ups with OKC.
The seasons come and go, and to each a unique rhythm. This one was closer to a series of aftershocks on a Richter scale. From a mass exodus to a new coach and staff, from lockout to the blockbuster trade that wasn’t, and from departures to arrivals – 2011/2012 had a certain oddball sense of character and I won’t soon forget it.
– Dave Murphy