Happy Monday, folks. I also want to extend my condolences to the Williams and Donaldson families. As always, here are your best Lakers-centric reads of the week:
- ALTERNATE HISTORY: In a piece from Baxter Holmes, Kobe shares how he twice came near becoming a Chicago Bull and, while it never came to fruition, the idea of living up to Michael Jordan’s legacy was apparently never intimidating to him. Of course.
- SPEAKING OF CHICAGO … last night’s loss to them was still quite an entertaining affair. Perhaps the primary reason for this is that D’Angelo Russell earned his first of 25 more starts on the season. As part of his excellent postgame breakdowns, Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen and Roll details how, against Chicago, Russell showed why his new starting role is well-deserved.
- ALSO GOOD NEWS: Julius Randle is another player who shined on the national stage Sunday evening and, as Mark Medina writes, his starting role is all but secured as well —at least partially thanks to his emerging jumpshot.
- IN THE INTEREST OF YOUNG PLAYERS … here is Ricky O’Donnell arguing the case for drafting Duke’s Brandon Ingram over LSU’s Ben Simmons.