Happy Monday, everybody and happy birthday, Martin Luther King Jr. Here are a few of the best Lakers-centric reads and notes from around the web:
- MORE TO COME: The LA Times’ Eric Pincus recently profiled Jordan Clarkson and one of the key takeaways was that both Clarkson and the team believe he has yet to stop improving. The piece also includes some interesting notes about Tarik Black’s motivation to find staying power in the league.
- BLACK AND BROWN: For more on Black, Janis Carr of the OC Register details his effort to not only remain in the NBA, but to prove to Byron that he deserves significant minutes. On another note, Carr also took to Twitter to suggest that Black is unlikely to stick with he team beyond the trade deadline.
- RUMORS GALORE: Elsewhere in the rumor mill, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders suggested that the team has been testing the trade market for Roy Hibbert.
- TRADE MACHINE: Our friend David Murphy recently explored three “under-the-radar” trade scenarios LA could make before the NBA’s deadline.
- “I’VE HAD MY MOMENT”: In case you missed it, Kobe ruled himself out of consideration for the 2016 Olympics late last week, all but confirming his final game will be in a Lakers jersey against Utah.
- …IF HE MAKES IT THERE: Kyle Hartwick of Lakers Outsiders recently penned a letter to Kobe and Byron, asking what we’ve all been pleading for: Please don’t break Kobe. Someone make sure this sees Byron’s desk.
- MAGIC MAMBA: In other Kobe news, he also passed Jerry West for second place on the franchise’s career assist list during last night’s loss to the Rockets. You can take a guess at who’s first.
- THE GAME IS CHANGING: In a non-Lakers related piece, Jesse Blanchard recently wrote about the evolution of the power forward in the modern NBA and how the position has quickly become the most crucial one in the league. Considering that LA has two talented fours of their own (and perhaps another one eventually incoming) they could find themselves in ideal position to develop them alongside one another.
- RUH-ROH: Speaking of those power forwards, reports suggest that Julius Randle may have broken his nose in last night’s loss. This will be something worth monitoring in the coming days.
Lakers Schedule This Week:
- The team is off until Wednesday, January 20th when they face the Kings in Staples (7:30 p.m. PT, TWCSN). The Lakers then stay home to kick off a back-to-back set against the Spurs on Friday, January 22nd (7:30 p.m. PT, TWCSN) before heading north to take on Portland on Saturday, January 23rd (7:30 p.m. PT, TWCSN).