Kobe followed through on a post-game promise:

“I’m going to kick some ass in practice.”

Per multiple Lakers’ media sources, Kobe was “feisty” and “aggressive” with his teammates during today’s practice. He, once again, left without speaking to the media.

Let’s hope that intensity boils over into Tuesday’s match-up with the West leading Spurs.

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According to the O.C. Register, the Christmas Day showdown disappointment drew a 6.4 national TV rating, which was a surprising 45% increase from the Lakers match-up with Cleveland on the same day last season.

The game earned a 15.0 rating in Los Angeles, making it ABC’s highest-rated NBA regular season game since, well, the last time L.A. played Miami on Christmas in 2004.

What’s not included in those numbers is the 5 million TV sets in L.A. that were shattered by flying projectiles during the 4th quarter, the highest reported number since Game 6 of the ’08 NBA Finals.

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NBA.com has reported that rookie forward Devin Ebanks will be assigned to the NBDL’s Bakersfield Jam. He is expected to be in the lineup for tomorrow’s game vs. New Mexico.

This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise considering the depth the Lakers have at the Forward position. If nothing else, Devin will log some serious PT and have an opportunity to find his rhythm.

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  • Leo

    Ughhh…So, in other words, a whole sh** load of people got to watch us get our ass kicked. We kind of suck when our games are covered nationally.

  • Russell

    This is the silly season for The Lakers. OK, the Lakers took the night off and looked sloppy. The Heat got the win in December. Who thinks this is the way the team will play in May or June when a title is on the line?

    • http://deleted Short Dog Loc

      That’s whats up.
      Lakers #1

  • Short Dog Loc

    It’s still Lakers 3peat.
    Lechoke won’t make it pass the first round.
    Flush sucks too. Punk lames.
    Finals=Lakers in 4

  • Kobe 279

    Russell i dont know if anybody told u this but u are ugly as fuck. Damn get rid of that picture.

  • BOWWOWS A BEYATCH

    MAYBE NOW THE LAKERS CAN STOP FOCUSING ON TENNIS SHOES, REALITY TV , RING GIVEAWAYS, MENTAL HEALTH AND PROSTITUTES AND FOCUS ON BASKETBALL!

  • BOWWOWS A BEYATCH

    HOPEFULLY KOBE KICKED HIS OWN A$$ AFTER ALL THE BAD PASSES HE MADE! CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE PUNCH BYNUM IN HIS FACE SO HE CAN TOUGHEN UP AND LOSE THAT DEVIL-MAY-CARE ATTITUDE? CAN SOMEONE TEACH BLAKE HOW TO SCORE IN THE BIGGEST GAME OF THE SEASON? I DONT GIVE A PHUCK HOW NICE THE KARDASHIAN CHRISTMAS CARD IS.

  • 123kid

    I hope everyone just brawled it out in practice. Maybe kobe can light some fire into barnes and artest and make them start playing a lil dirtier and competitive, like they did against kobe. And I hope buttons were being pushed on pau and bynum, and calling them soft against non talented-no ring big men. And hopefully rumors can be started to light some fire in kobe saying that d-wade and lebron have his number, and to tell fish that guards are laughing at his slowness. either way i hope they got all their frustrations out and the fire was lit to full blast. all i want is for these guys to to put these past 30 games behind them and start being cold hearted and cold blooded.

  • bitterfan

    Kobe should stop preachin’ “I’m going to kick some ass in practice”! He himself should play damn defense.

    • LakersThe2010Champs

      Kobe was totally outplayed and dominated by Wade and Lebron. How many times did you see that Wade just drove pass by him with ease? He should be angry at himself. Kobe, in my opionion, is now just an above-average player who got too much hype and credibility. I’d like to see Shannon Brown get more shots than to see Kobe taking all these acrobatic shots with defenders all over him.

      • insitzes

        ur a silly fool, Kobe was getting double teamed most the time and Wade ran around Kobe off high screens, Kobe is more talented than those 2, but they have more juice right now, it was their night, that’s all

        • thebitterfan

          Kobe looked lost in defense several times. Plus he let D Wade do his thing all night long which lead to the total breakdown of team defense. If Kobe would have to open his mouth, he should at least take a look at himself in front of a mirror first!

  • kadafi

    now its time to trade ARTEST & BYNUM!! seriousey that so called locked down d you guys talk about is nowhere to be seen. lets get MELO!!!