Happy Monday, everybody. The Lakers shot their shot on Sunday and are now world champions (that’s how this works, right?). It hasn’t stopped raining in LA since. Here are your best Laker-centric reads from the week and plenty from Sunday’s win:
- HOW: Harrison Faigen thoroughly breaks down exactly how the Lakers managed their upset victory over the Warriors (No, Luke did NOT drug the Gatorade).
- HOPE: Bleacher Report’s Michael Pina on how Russell and Clarkson’s brilliance on Sunday offers a glimpse of hope for the Lakers.
- STILL LEARNING: Bill Plaschke with a column on Russell’s maturity slowly, but surely rounding into form.
- SUPERSTAR BUCKEYE?: Bill Landis of cleveland.com posits that Russell can become Ohio State’s first NBA superstar.
- SAGE MAMBA: Michael Lee with a piece on Kobe’s health, mentorship role and the advice he gave to a few Warriors players postgame.
- ONE FINAL TIME: Here’s Mark Purdy of San Jose Mercury News reflecting on his first encounter with an 18-year old Kobe Bryant in the Warriors’ former home in San Jose’s SAP Center. Really great work here.
- THEY CAN NOW: Eric Pincus postulates if the Lakers can truly lure Kevin Durant and does a wonderful job breaking down the various avenues by which they could look to do so.
- OH, HAI: In the vein of 2016 free agency, soon-to-be FA, Al Horford, had strong praise for Julius Randle after the Lakers’ loss to Atlanta.
- SPEAKING OF RANDLE … : Broderick Turner on Randle’s strong knack for rebounding the basketball.
- LUUUUUKE: Rusty Simmons of SF Gate on Luke Walton’s close relationship with the Lakers organization, including some quotes from Walton on his view of the LA’s current direction and his head coaching future.
- THIRSTY FOR THIBS: Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Sharp ranks the teams that need Tom Thibedeau the most and, as you can assume, the Lakers are high among this list.
Lakers’ Schedule for the Week:
- LA is at home all week and kick off the stretch with a Tuesday, March 8th (7:30 PM PST, TWCSN) matchup versus Orlando before facing Cleveland on Thursday, March 10th (7:30 PM, TNT, TWCSN) in the NBA’s final Kobe v. LeBron matchup. The team closes out the week against the Knicks on Sunday, March 13 (6:30 PM, TWCSN) in the last Kobe v. Melo matchup. The end is near.