Happy Monday and President’s Day, folks. Here are some of the best Lakers-centric reads from an incredibly fun All-Star Weekend:
- THE END NEARS: As we all know, Kobe has made his final showing as an NBA All-Star on Sunday evening (*sobs vehemently*). Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical wrote an excellent piece on his All-Star farewell and the remaining final steps toward his official departure.
- STILL SOBBING: Paul Flannery of SB Nation with an excellent piece on Kobe’s legacy and his farewell tour reaching its heights in Toronto over the weekend.
- KOBE THE ANALYST: Alex Wong’s piece on Kobe’s post-career plans includes a few quotes from various retired NBA players and the general consensus seems to be that Bean will make his way to an analyst position. This would be fun.
- SECONDED: As part of their “Alternative All-Stars” series, Bryan Toporek of Hardwood Paroxysm opines that he’d like to see D’Angelo Russell in the All-Star game. The piece itself should also help to remind fans that Russell is still an exceptionally talented prospect.
- RISING STARS: Ben Bolch of the LA Times on how Russell and Clarkson managed to shine in Friday’s Rising Stars Challenge.
- OH YEAH, THAT THING: So, the NBA Trade Deadline is this coming Thursday at noon pacific. Our friend David Murphy thoroughly breaks down what the Lakers’ outlook on the deadline should be in his “Strategy Blueprint”.
- HONESTY: From our friend Kurt Helin, D’Angelo Russell expressed that it can be difficult waiting in the wings behind Kobe.
- SOTL ADDRESS: Honi Ahmadian of Lakers Outsiders with an assessment of the current state of Lakers after the All-Star break.
Lakers Schedule for the Week:
- The team is off until Friday, February 19th when they’ll play San Antonio at home (7:30 PM PT, TWCSN) in what will be Kobe’s last go-around with the Spurs. They then head east for Kobe’s final game against Chicago on Sunday, February 21st (5:00 PM PT, TWCSN).