“Kam Pashai thinks that Andrew’s MRI results are more important than the SuperBowl tomorrow.” That’s a Facebook status update from TLN’s Creative Director, Kam Pashai last night. Sadly, despite what went on in the week, those words ring all too true for fans today. The Lakers opened the week with a strong performance against San Antonio only to hit a speed bump against Charlotte. They closed out the week with a pair of comfortable wins to start the road trip, but still, the looming concerns over Andrew Bynum’s right knee overshadow everything.
It’s tough to look back at the week knowing that it was a time all too familiar to last season before January 13, but hey, all you can do it sit back and hope for the best…
Sunday, January 25, 2009
- As noted, the Lakers kicked off the week on a good foot with a statement win early Sunday. The 99-85 win over the Spurs saw Andrew Bynum continuing his tear with a 15 and 11 game on one of the league’s best post defenders (Tim Duncan). Kobe Bryant added 22 and Trevor Ariza posted 17 off the bench.
- Meanwhile, the Clippers contacted the league office to complain about a little incident from their game with the Lakers on January 21. Lamar Odom was called out for grabbing crotch following a dunk. Everyone played dumb, and the situation has since blown over.
Monday, January 26, 2009
- Lakers fans everywhere united in protest over the Green Lakers shirts with a shamrock on the sleeve being sold over at NBA.com for St. Patrick’s Day.
- Alonzo Mourning had some nice things to say about Andrew Bynum.
- More in the Marbury saga: Stef claims he has two teams willing to sign him once he works out a deal with the Knicks.
- Andrew Bynum’s play from the week prior landed him the coveted accolade of Western Conference Player of the Week. Man, it’s difficult talking about this stuff right now.
- Jason Riley broke down all things Lakers including playing the Spurs on Sundays in another installment of Out of Bounds.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
- Reports out of The Boston Globe mentioned that the Lakers were among three teams recruiting Reggie Miller for a comeback for the ages. Interesting, to say the least.
- The tides turned Tuesday night, as we saw an all too familiar sight. The Bobcats beat the Lakers. Kobe’s 38 and Bynum’s 24 and 14 weren’t enough to quell the hot hand of Raymond Felton, who was one assist away from a triple double. The 110-117 double-overtime loss was the Lakers’ ninth of the season and fourth at home. FB&G broke down the final minutes.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
- Kobe Bryant’s jersey was once again named the #1 seller across the NBA. Pau Gasol’s was #6.
- Voice of the Nation: Episode 20 dropped on Wednesday. David and G discuss the Bobcat’s win, AM 570’s national syndication, and the looming road trip.
- Mitch Kupchak sat down with Lakers.com for a State of the Lakers-style interview. Mitch talked about expectations, the resigning of Andrew Bynum, Kobe’s career dominance, and much more.
- More fallout from Andrew Bynum’s flagrant foul on Gerald Wallace that sent him to the hospital with a semi-collapsed lung. The league announced that they would be reviewing the call. (no fine, no suspension)… meanwhile, according to Bobcats coach Larry Brown, Andrew waited by the team bus to apologize to Wallace following the game. You have to love that.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
- David Brickley has the conclusion on Lamar Odom.
Friday, January 30, 2009
- Pau Gasol was rewarded for his stellar first half of the season, being named an All-Star for the second time in his career.
- The Lakers sought redemption against the T-Wolves following the ugly loss on Tuesday, and got it in another run-away win; 132-119. Andrew Bynum was golden with 27 points on 10-15 from the field with 15 rebounds. Kobe added 30.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
- The s**t hit the fan Saturday night as Andrew Bynum went down after Kobe made accidental contact with his right knee. The early diagnosis is a sprain, which would be a lot better than it looked when it happened. Lakers fans were immediately taken back to January, 13, 2008. Andrew’s putting up All-Star numbers, Andrew gets hurt. Against the Grizzlies, be it. The Lakers ended up winning the game, but the sheer weight of Andrew’s injury overshadows just about everything… Now we wait.
Here’s a look at the upcoming week of Lakers Basketball…
Monday (2/2) – Lakers @ New York
Wednesday (2/4) – Lakers @ Totonto
Thursday (2/5) – Lakers @ Boston
Sunday (2/8) – Lakers @ Cleveland