From Sam Amick, USA Today: The moral of the latest story coming out of Laker Land: only Kobe Bryant can, or should, do a Kobe Bryant impersonation. The future Hall of Famer who has been imitated by his lighthearted Lakers teammate, Dwight Howard, so many times since they teamed up in the summer did a fine rendition of himself on Sunday in Dallas, scoring 38 points with 12 rebounds and seven assists in a 103-99 win vs. the host Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.The Lakers have 11 wins in their last 15 games and are within 2½ games of a playoff spot. They haven’t lost since Bryant guaranteed the team would make the playoffs last week.
From Serena Winters, Lakers Nation: Words may never be able to accurately describe the greatness that is Dr. Jerry Buss. For those that were able to watch Thursday’s enlightening memorial ceremony, hopefully you were able to appreciate the countless ways in which his life positively impacted so many others. Between the tears, memories and uplifting stories, the love and emotion that filled Nokia Theater was also transcending to audiences watching worldwide. I had the privilege of attending the memorial. Sitting in a room of greatness, watching our Laker legends hold back tears, and learning all over again, what makes this Lakers organization so great. As I sat there, listening to story after story, each memory adding yet another layer of impeccable brilliance to the man that is Dr. Jerry Buss, I realized that there was another emotion encompassing that room. A feeling that surpassed the sadness and exceeded admiration – that feeling was inspiration.
From Kevin Ding, OC Register: Kobe Bryant won the game — and social media. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban floated the idea on the radio about the Lakers using their amnesty, cost-cutting provision to cut Kobe Bryant this summer. Purely hypothetical, and actually a logical example of the sort of business decision there is to be made in the new NBA economic climate, but the Lakers sure aren’t doing it — and Bryant sure didn’t appreciate it. “Amnesty THAT,” Bryant offered via his @kobebryant Twitter account after delivering 38 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in the Lakers’ 103-99 victory over the Mavericks on Sunday. Bryant also made a mention of it in his postgame interviews in the locker room, expressing respect for longtime Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki (and his 30-point game Sunday) and calling him “one of my all-time favorites.” “I’m sure if he wants to amnesty Dirk, that’s something that we’ll entertain,” Bryant said.
From Mike Bresnahan, LA Times: Maybe the old legs of the Lakers were cracking and burning with the early tipoff. Maybe Dwight Howard’s self-acknowledged lack of conditioning cost him another game at the offensive end. But maybe the Lakers still have that familiar burst of offense from the one guy who can throw them all on his shoulders when needed. Kobe Bryant turned back the calendar with a impressively efficient 38-point effort in a 103-99 victory Sunday over theDallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. He had 14 points in the fourth quarter, drilling shot after shot, all five he took, sticking it to rookie Jae Crowder, veteran Vince Carter, whomever the Mavericks threw at him.
From Drew Garrison, Silver Screen & Roll: Wake up, make coffee, take warm shower, iron shirt: Sunday was just another day in Corinth, Texas starting up in rhythm with my usual morning routine aside from putting too much cream in my coffee. No time for breakfast, I figured, I have to be there early to soak it all in. I jumped into my car and drove towards the heart of Dallas, ready to take a bite into a marble cheesecake I had been chasing for so long. A rich dessert I often daydreamed of after tossing up 1500 word breakdowns with play charts, or something as simple as a run-down of the top Tweets regarding the Los Angeles Lakers the prior night. I was headed to American Airlines Center to catch a huge game between the Dallas Mavericks and Lakers, and the fine Dallas public relations folks granted media credentials to me to go to the game representing SB Nation and Silver Screen and Roll.