NBA.com: The Toronto Raptors’ Chris Bosh and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 7 through Sunday, Jan. 13.

Bryant helped the Lakers to a 4-0 week, which included wins over the Hornets, Bucks and the Grizzlies twice. Bryant averaged 29.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.5 steals on the week. Closing the week with back-to-back 37-point performances, Bryant upped his season average to 27.0 ppg, second best in the NBA to LeBron James’ 29.1 ppg. The Lakers are riding a six-game winning streak and at 25-11, they own the second best record in the Pacific Division and the third best record in the Western Conference.

Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
Jan. 8 @ Memphis: Scored 25 points and added three rebounds, six assists and five steals in a 117-101 victory over the Grizzlies.
Jan. 9 @ New Orleans: Posted 19 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals in the Lakers’ 109-80 win over the Hornets.
Jan. 11 vs. Milwaukee: Tallied 37 points, five rebounds and seven assists as the Lakers topped the Bucks 110-105.
Jan. 13 vs. Memphis: Scored 37 points for the second game in a row, connecting on 14-of-15 free throws and added four steals in a 100-99 win over the Grizzlies.

  • e-bucher

    now you need to be the player on the month for the next 3 months…

  • e-bucher

    of*

  • MILO

    There is no doubt in my mind that Kobe will step it up and look to help out Kwame just as well as Fish and Farmar will.We should be fine all we need is for the Lakers to swing the ball more and look to make the extra pass to a wide open team mate.KOBE WILL BE MVP THIS YEAR

  • keep24

    just the best player of the week?

  • DCLAKER

    You here that BILL WALTON.Somebody call Luke up and tell him to SHUT HIS DADDY UP.I’m sick of his commentary about what Kobe did in the Summer.Even Bynum said if was Kobe he probably would’ve felt the same way(YES!BYNUM SAID IT).So take that Mr.ED(I mean Mr.Walton).

  • Reggie

    I think this is Kobe first player of the week award. I think we will be seeing these a little more often these next couple of months. I just hope we can keep winning while Kobe goes nuts.

  • ab4sure

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    Nobody can shut up Bill Walton. He talks non stop. Bynum said he would have felt the same way, but that is different than publicly calling out the team and organization. Even Kobe said he wish he would have done it differently and that is a good sign.

  • myriam

    KObe really works hard for our team. And congratulations for another achievement 44th in the NBA HIstory for the 1000 3 pts shots. Another feather in his cap.

  • T-Dub

    Ab4sure…Kobe felt he had been used by the Lakers to fill seats, sell jerseys etc. He felt they were more concerned with profit margin over winning..I agree. Everyone says with the money they pay him, he should have never threw them under the bus. You best believe Kobe made they Lakers a hell of alot more money than they’re paying him..he held up his end of the bargin by playing his a$$ off and keeping the seats filled…he didn’t feel they held up theirs. He had every right to speak what felt…He is not an employee, he’s a comodity…You think the people of Enron do not have the right to throw them under the bus for not holding up their end of the bargin?

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    Yet anotheer ascenine comment from T-LackofFaith. You actually believe that crap about the FO lying to Kobe??? Of course the FO wants to win but they also realize that it takes patience for a team to gel together and players to grow, like the Lakers did last year (before the injuries) and now this year (Shaq was here in 96 and didn’t win first title with the Lakers until 2000). The Lakers FO, particularly, Mitch, kept a cool head and let Andrew grow, whereas practically everyone else on this web site wanted to trade him, including boy wonder Kobe Bryant.

    You make it seem like other teams in the NBA don’t use players to sell seats. Hello idiot!! This is the NBA. It is also a business and about making money. All NBA TEAMS use NBA players to fill the seats (this is nothing f’n shocking!!).

    It is clear as day that the Lakers FO knew what they had in Andrew Bynum and were so stubbornly reluctant to trade him (except for KG but well that’s KG and you can thank boy wonder and his big mouth for killing that one). The Lakers FO knows that championships start with a big man (Wilt, Kareem, Shaq, etc). They were looking for a center, they have found him, they were patient with his development and NOW they have him.

    Kobe should NEVER have been so unprofessional to throw his teammates under the buss. These are guys that he goes to war with 82+ nights a year and then to throw them under a buss is dispecable. Only YOU would approve of throwing your teammates under the bus and calling them crap.

    And you’re analogy about Enron is f’n retarded. The employees were cheated out of their LIVELIHOOD (i.e. retirement, pensions, etc). Kobe was not cheated out of his livelihood (he’s making a cool $20M/year so I’m not worried about his livelihood). He’s was a whining little b*tch who was just frustrated and NOW he finally realizes what the Laker FO knew they had, A TRUE CENTER!!!

  • T-Dub

    Lakersfirst…you’re so braindead its pathetic. You are the type of person who would believe the sky was red if someone who you thought was in charge told you. I on the other hand don’t believe anything i’m told by anyone until I see it for myself. Do you you work inside the Lakers Organization?..Exactly! All we can go on is what we’ve seen for 3.5yrs…Nothing! You are about to see the same dismal team that Mitch has built the last 5yrs. The only thing that was good just went down for 8 weeks…Why would anyone give Lame-ar 4 years to prove himself. Joe Dumars built that Piston team. Spurs, Mavs, Suns, Jazz reload every year to stay competitive. The Lakers seem to be the only top tier team who makes no moves in the off season to improve. Building from the draft with players drafted in the 20′s will only get you soo far. Mitch, hasn’t proved he can make a meaningful positive move. The Blazers are missing their big man, and they dont evn have Kobe, yet they are a better deeper team because of all the moves they made! Get ready for 7 or 8 seed or worse, and an early playoff exit again!!!!

  • ab4sure

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    We find out that you and kobe were Wrong. They do value winning before profit margin, but that doesn’t mean you don’t think about cost. Hell, Cuban didn’t resign Nash because Nash wanted another year and more money. Did Cuban value winning or profit margin there??? NO the lakers try to make good basketball decisions. Give me good basketball decisions from an organization, not someone who just throw money around.

    You probably work your ass off on your job. Go ahead and call your employer an Idiot. See what happens. Why don’t you get off this trip of the FO??? Even Kobe said he wish he would have done things differently this summer. Every night now Kobe is thanking the FO for not completing the trade to Chicago. For not trading Bynum for Kidd. For giving him, a championship caliber team. It is about time you start thanking the FO for giving you a championship caliber team to root for.

  • T-Dub

    Ab4sure…there are other teams making great basketball decisions without throwing money around and contending! see Pistons, Spurs, Mavs, Suns, Jazz. I have a problem with Mitch throwing money around and we’re still losing. Kwame extension, Cook extension, Luke extension, Mihm re-sign, not trading Lame-Ar this off season. You can’t defend it man..look at their performance last night and get use to it. This is not a championship caliber tean as you WILL SEE!

  • LakersFirst

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    Again, your rants continue to prove you know absolutely nothing. You keep talking about the Pistons, Spurs, Mavs, Suns, and Jazz but you don’t realize the Lakers have done the same EXACT thing as those teams have to now be a championship contender and that is the Lakers HAVE DRAFTED WELL!!.

    Spurs – They drafted well. They drafted Tim Duncan, which wasn’t a hard choice becuase they had the #1 pick in that draft. Ever since then, the Spurs have never been in the lottery. Furthermore, they drafted Tony Paker and Manu Ginobili, AGAIN THEY DRAFTED WELL.

    Mavs – They drafted well. They drafted Josh Howard and Devin Harris (washington drafted harris on behalf of Dalls in a trade), which are two big contributors to their current team. Furthermore, the Mavs acquired Dirk in a trade for Dirk after he was traded (again, the Bucks drafted Dirt on behalf of the Mavs).

    Suns – They drafted well. They drafted Stoudemire and they drafted Shawn Marion.

    Pistons – They drafted well. They drafted Tayshaun Prince and this year’s resurgence has come to the fact that drafted Aaron Affalo and Rodney Stuckey and even Jason Maxiell.

    Jazz – They drafted well. They drafted Deron Williams (who is the true difference maker on that squad) and Andrei Kirilenko. And if you bring up Boozer and Okur, the Jazz did not trade for them. The Jazz signed them as free agents because they were under the salary cap.

    Quiz time idiot, what do all these teams have in common…THEY ALL DRAFTED WELL!!! The Lakers have recently drafted well in selecting Andrew Bynum, Jordan Farmar, Javaris Crittenton, Ronny Turiaf and yes even Luke Walton (but you fail to acknowledge this). You keep saying that you don’t like the job Mitch has done, but he has drafted well and I have just proved that to be a “championship” team, like the one’s you mentioned, you have to do something really good and that IS DRAFT WELL.

  • T-Dub

    WHEN THEY START PLAYING IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES, WEATHER ITS THE WESTERN CONFERENCE, OR NBA FINALS, THEN AND ONLY THEN ARE THEY A CHAMPIONSHIP CALIBER TEAM DUMBA$$! STOP SAYING THEY’RE A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM WHEN THEY CAN’T GET OUT OF THE FIRST ROUND! ENOUGH ALREADY! PLEASE! KUPCHAKS BUILT TEAM HAS DONE ADSOLUTELY NOTHING YET!
    THEY’RE A 7 0R 8 SEED. THAT’S NOT CHAMPIONSHIP CALIBER. THEN AND ONLY THEN WILL I CHANGE MY STORY ABOUT KUPCHAK!

  • LakersFirst

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    In time T-LackofLakerFaith – You make it seem like last year they weren’t playing well, but then again a majority of their players were injured last year so no one knows for sure how good they really were last year, but now we are seeing that this year, the team is pretty good, pretty damn good, but you fail to realize it. Bynum’s injury is another unfortunate event that will cloud how truly good this Laker team is.

  • LEADERFISH

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    KB24 said it. Gotta believe. Don’t be a doubting Thomas T-DUB

  • LEADERFISH

    It is going to be tough to beat King James he just scored 51.

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    That’s what I’ve been trying to tell him. Have Faith. Believe in the team!!

  • 24allup inya

    Kobe should be named player of the month

  • DCLAKER

    Kobe is MVP,Player of the year and Best on the planet,here,at Lakernation,POINT BLANK.It’s really tooooo early to say their championship caliber team,especially without AB(Kobe said they were but now the injury).I still fel they’ll a lot better in the playoffs,no one will want to play them.DF made big difference in this team by coming home.It seems everyone has picked his leadership skills,even Ariza has gotten the bug.When Kobe wins MVP,he should share half with DF.LAKERSRULETHEWORLD.com.