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.
- THE PROCESS: Baxter Holmes details the fullest of full-time jobs that is keeping Kobe in tact this season.
- HMM: Here is Sam Amick of USA Today with a piece full of Jeanie Buss quotes centered on her belief the Lakers can be seriously competitive next season.
- WELL, ACTUALLY: And here is Jerry Khachoyan of Lakers Outsiders arguing that the Lakers’ free agency ventures should not be solely focused on adding talent, but rather acquiring pieces that best suit their young core.
- OH HEY THERE: In a not-so-Lakers-related (but very well could’ve been) piece, Jonathan Tjarks breaks down both the substantial benefits and drawbacks that come with the “Jahlil Okafor Experience”. As a whole, the piece offers a greater examination at what skills should be valued from a big man in today’s NBA.
Lakers’ Schedule This Week:
- LA is on the road to play the Bucks tonight (5 PM PT, TWCSN), then head to Memphis for Kobe’s final game in FedEx Forum on Wednesday, February 24th (5 PM PT, TWCSN). The team then closes out the week by heading home to play the Grizzlies again on Friday, February 26th (7:30 PM PT, ESPN and TWCSN). Following that one, the Lakers will be off until the following Tuesday.