This is awesome. I would love to have watched this special scrimmage:
O.C. Register: Let us decree that it shall be known henceforth as the “Turkey Trot Massacre.”
After all, eyewitness Kobe Bryant called it “a massacre” … this 145-100 rout by the Lakers’ small guys over their big guys Thursday morning.
“They don’t need me,” said Bryant, who was held out of Phil Jackson’s traditional Thanksgiving scrimmage to rest, as in most recent years. “Did you see what the guards did? They beat the (crap) out of the big guys! They beat the (crap) out of ‘em!”
The winners were Ron Artest, Adam Morrison, Sasha Vujacic, Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar. They led by as many as 60 points. Veteran Derek Fisher also sat out, and injured Luke Walton was the referee.
The losers were Andrew Bynum, DJ Mbenga, Pau Gasol, Josh Powell and Lamar Odom. So much for the notion that the Lakers’ bench stinks and the team’s greatest strength is its size advantage over opponents!
I asked Bryant for a game recap, and he was hilarious. He said: “Bigs can’t (mess) with the guards. Too much speed. Too many outside shooters. At one point they hit about 12 straight 3’s. It wasn’t even close. It was a massacre. Massacre.”
Just like at Staples Center in Lakers victories where the fans can get free tacos, the chant rose up down the stretch: “Tacos! Tacos!” as the bigs happily tried to keep the smalls to fewer than 100 points. It helped the smalls considerably that they had the 6-foot-7 Artest doing his thing.
“The whole squad was on fire,” Bryant said. “The bigs had no (expletive) chance whatsoever. … It was bad, bad. Like bad, bad, bad, bad.”