Happy Monday, everybody. Here are some of the best Lakers-centric reads from around the web:
- TYPICAL KOBE: The Lakers kick off the week against the Mavs and, if you recall, one of Kobe’s best-ever scoring displays came against this team 10 years ago. It was the utterly insane 62-point outburst in which he outscored the entire Mavericks team after three quarters. ESPN’s Baxter Holmes recently revealed what drove Kobe on that faithful night and … it’s so Kobe..
- “KOBE, MAYBE IT’S NOT THE RIM”: Speaking of #24, current Blazers guard Gerald Henderson recently penned a piece for the Players Tribune about the first time he ever guarded Kobe. The story is well-written and also contains a hilarious exchange between he and Kobe about the rim being off a quarter of an inch.
- POOR ROY: Here’s a fun fact: Roy Hibbert was an NBA All-Star. Twice. And now, just two years since his last appearance, he seems as far removed from those days as ever. Hibbert’s swift and surprising downfall is something that Jesus Gomez covered for SB Nation, relaying that the game has simply advanced beyond Hibbert’s skill set.
- TRADE, TRADE, TRADE: Bleacher Report’s resident Lakers writer and fellow friend of FB&G, David Murphy, broke down the four biggest issues that LA must address at the approaching trade deadline.
- A VERY YOUNG TEAM: As you know, the Lakers are a primarily young team and have looked like such for the majority of the season. After Saturday’s loss to Portland, the LA Times’ Broderick Turner spoke to Byron Scott about how he views the young guys thus far and going forward. While I am sure many hold presumptions about how he views the group, hearing it from the man himself can always serve well.
- THE ODDEST COUPLE: Apparently, via Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times, Greg Popovich and Byron really enjoy one another’s company. Who knew?
- MORE MINUTES, PLEASE: D’Angelo Russell has looked much-improved since the start of the New Year, posting improved numbers nearly across the board fro the month of January. Silver Screen and Roll’s Harrison Faigen took an in-depth look at Russell’s two latest performances against the Spurs and Blazers and relayed that the kid deserves more playing time.
- ANTHONY BROWN, EVERYBODY: Anthony Brown has also come on very well for the Lakers as of late, even leading us to suggest that the team needs more players of his ilk. Brown’s progression and impact on the team was recently given an in-depth look by Gary Kester over at Lakers Outsiders.
- CHANGING OF THE GUARD: So, this is interesting. In an interview with Nick DePaula of NiceKicks, Nike Basketball’s Design Director Leo Chang noted that Kyrie Irving is the most sensible player to replace Kobe as the brand’s signature athlete. The interview itself offers a great in-depth look about the design behind the new “Kyrie 2” but the quote regarding Kobe can be found below:
Our sports marketing guys have a very clear strategy of who they feel possesses that type of quality to be a signature guy within the Nike roster. For us, from the footwear side, it made sense, because we have these silos that you’ll every now and then see in a Nike store: Electric Quickness, Explosive Power and Dynamic Versatility.
KD is in the middle, with the Dynamic Versatility. Explosive Power is of course LeBron, and Kobe at his pinnacle has really exemplified Electric Quickness. We felt like, “Well, Kobe is going to retire, and obviously his game is very different now.”
Kyrie really was a sharp point for Electric Quickness. He exemplified that notion of speed in multi-directions. It was awesome to have that kind of player that could be one of the muses for that silo. It worked out great in that way. Each guy has their own lane, which is kind of nice.
Lakers’ Schedule for the Week:
- The week kicks off a week full of LA match-ups against the Mavericks on Tuesday, January 26th (7:30 pm PST, NBA TV and TWCSN). Next, the Bulls come into town in the first of a back-to-back on Thursday, January 28th (7:30 pm PST, TNT) before a pseudo-road matchup against the Clippers on Friday, January 29th (7:30 pm PST, NBA TV and TWCSN). LA then closes out the week on Sunday, January 31st (7:30 pm PST, TWCSN) at home against the Hornets.