In a week that started with Kobe Bryant’s succession of Elgin Baylor for #20 on the NBA all-time scoring books, you would think smooth sailing was ahead for the Lakers. The week would start off strong, but the wheels soon fell off. Poor shooting percentages, sub-par defense, and maybe a little bit of fatigue plagued the team to close the week. But as we all know, the ship sails on.
Here’s what you may have missed…
Monday, February 23, 2009
- Forum Blue & Gold started the week off with 25 Random Things about the Lakers. Be sure to tag 25 friends.
- Pau Gasol was named Western Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. Gasol averaged an impressive 20.3 points on .635 shooting from the field, 10.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.0 blocks.
- D-Bricks and G-Small get swaggerific on you with Episode #25 of Voice of the Nation. The boys discuss the week that was and play a couple of your voicemails.
- Lamar Odom was featured on Rome is Burning Monday afternoon. Lamar talked about starting in Andrew Bynum’s absence, being 100% healthy, and meditation with Phil Jackson.
- The Lakers had a special focus on Monday’s practice–defending the pick-and-roll. “Last night (in Minnesota), the screen-roll defenses really hurt us,” Phil Jackson said. “In Utah, the screen-roll defenses hurt us.” The same can be said for much of the season.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
- The Lakers traveled to Oklahoma City, Tuesdady, getting the win by a score of 105-98. Kobe Bryant’s 34 points helped him become the youngest player ever to score 23,000. Pau Gasol added 22 and 14, and Lamar Odom kept with his ways, scoring 12 and pulling down 18 rebounds.
- ESPN’s Scoop Jackson unveiled his Los Angeles Lakers Mount Rushmore.
- Lakers.com sat down with Pau Gasol for a game of 20+ Questions. Pau likes Frosted Flakes, Sushi, Rafa Nadal, “Friends,” “Braveheart,” books, his brother, Vancouver, and wearing jeans.
- The OC Reg ran a fantastic piece on the future of Derek Fisher.
- Andrew Bynum’s rehab is going well. “He said the swelling is minimum right now that he has,” Phil Jackson said. “He’s walking without aid. So he feels pretty good about what he’s doing. We know that this first two weeks is going to be kind of sketchy. As he starts healing, things will start changing a little bit.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
- And just like that, Bynum was a no-show on Wednesday.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
- Inside the Lakers dropped another Andrew Bynum update: Andrew Bynum has started workouts on a stationary bicycle and an elliptical trainer this week, the first steps in his rehabilitation and recovery from a torn medial collateral ligament.
- The Lakers returned home to face the Suns Thursday night, getting the big win–132-106. Lamar Odom scored 23 on 11-12 from the field with 9 rebounds. Five other Lakers finished in double figures. Shaq said some nice things: “They’re playing team ball, playing great ball. Nothing bad you can say about them.“
- Kam Pashai came strong with some quotes and notes from the Kobe/Shaq match-up.
- TLNtv debuted G-Small’s exclusive All-Star practice coverage.
Friday, February 27, 2009
- George Karl thinks the Lakers are better without Andrew Bynum.
- Episode #26 of Voice of the Nation dropped Friday. D and G talk Andrew Bynum, Kobe/Shaq, and much more.
- The Lakers shot 29% from the field in their 79-90 loss to Denver, ending a 6-game winning streak. J.R. Smith and Chauncey Billups teamed up for 22 points apiece. Kobe Bryant half-jokingly blamed Sun Yue for the loss: “Blame Sun. Sun took too long getting our In-N-Out Burgers last night after the game. I don’t know where…he went. He could have went to the one in Compton for all I know.“
Sunday, March 1, 2009
- The Lakers hit the desert, Sunday, facing Shaq and the Suns for the second time in four days. A distinct lack of defense lead to Shaq’s 33 points in the Lakers’ 111-118 loss. Kobe chimed in with 49 and 11, and Pau added 30 and 7.
Here’s a look at the coming week of Lakers Basketball…
Tuesday (3/3) – Memphis @ Lakers
Friday (3/6) – Minnesota @ Lakers