L.A. Times: Then there are the players who won’t be chasing a championship with the Lakers this season.
Call them the ex-Lakers.
As the Lakers experience a slow period in their schedule (one game in eight days), there’s plenty of time to glance at other teams, including those that are home to their former players.
Brian Cook is complaining about his time in Orlando, Javaris Crittenton is riding pine in Memphis, and Ronny Turiaf and Kwame Brown are off to slow starts with their new teams.
Marc Gasol, on the other hand, is enjoying a promising start to his rookie season in Memphis, even if he is only a former Lakers draft pick.
Cook, who was traded last November for Trevor Ariza, has been buried at the end of Orlando’s bench, though he finally lashed out about a lack of playing time that had been attributed to showing up to camp out of shape.
“I’m sick and tired of all of their excuses and reasons,” he told reporters in Orlando. “But at this point I’m just trying to keep a smile on my face and be ready when they call on me.”
Crittenton, in his first full season with Memphis after being dealt by the Lakers in the Pau Gasol trade, has been buried on the depth chart behind point guards Mike Conley and Kyle Lowry. He sat out the Grizzlies’ first five games.