Even when you’re at the top, you have your hiccups. The Lakers had a chance to make it a perfect week, but a blown lead and a foul to give on Tuesday got in the way. Solace lies in this road trip. Now is the time for the Lakers to bond before the chaos of the playoffs. This trip may be a blessing in disguise.

Here’s what you may have missed during the week…

Monday, March 16, 2009

  • Andrew Bynum on his return: “I’ll definitely be back this season. I went to get on the court and see what happens if I start trying to do some moves and things like that,” Bynum said. “I don’t have a [specific] date. I just know in a couple of weeks, hopefully, I’ll be able to participate with the team a little bit more in practice, and a week after that, I should be back in game shape.”
  • For the third time this season, Kobe Bryant was named Western Conference Player of the Week: Bryant paced the Western Conference in scoring (28.5 ppg) and added 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists, leading the Lakers to a 3-1 week.
  • Phil Jackson on Mark Cuban: “I don’t think I could work under those conditions. I just don’t.”
  • Quote of the week?: “With the current state of the economy, we feel that increasing ticket prices for the upcoming season would add to the financial burden that most families and individuals are suffering at this time,” said Buss. “We are determined not only to continue fielding a team that enjoys a high level of success on the court, but also to keeping our games affordable for our loyal fans, who are the heart and soul of the team. Although we are freezing prices for the upcoming season, rest assured that we will continue to do whatever is necessary to bring another NBA Championship back to Los Angeles.” -Executive Vice President of Business Operations Jeanie Buss

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

  • Spike Lee’s highly anticipated documentary “Kobe Doin’ Work” will premiere on April 25th at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in Lower Manhattan, NYC.
  • Philadelphia 94, Lakers 93: Box | Recap

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

  • Kobe Bryant reported, and was dismissed, from jury duty in Santa Ana, Wednesday: Judge: “What do you do for a living?” Kobe: “I play professional basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers” Judge: “Go Lakers!”
  • Phil Jackson: “We have some disgruntledness on the team, and that’s because their own personal game isn’t going well, and they have to break out of that.” [LA Times]

Thursday, March 19, 2009

  • Andrew Bynum set to begin basketball-related activity: “I’m going to increase my lateral movement come Friday and I’m going to try to get back on the court and do a little bit of drills on Friday as well.”
  • As per The OC Register: Jackson said that it appears as though Bynum remains a month away from being able to play again which means the 21-year old center would miss the remaining regular-season games and not be back until the playoffs.
  • Lakers 114, Golden State 106: Box | Recap

Friday, March 20, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

  • Garbage Time All-Stars came strong with another great NBA comic: MVP Couch Rage.
  • Phil Jackson on returning next season: “I still have a year left on my contract.” When asked about leaving on top if the Lakers win the title this season, Jackson replied with “No, I certainly don’t.”