“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.
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.
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.