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
- Smush Parker sniveled his way into the news cycle, Monday, with some choice comments on Kobe and his leadership.
- 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.”
- Ric Bucher shows Trevor Ariza some love.
- 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
- D-Bricks and G-Small talk ‘diddy boppin,’ playoff match-ups, and Kobe hating on Episode #31 of Voice of the Nation.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
- Lakers Live analyst and former Laker, Norm Nixon, was arrested for suspicion of DUI late Monday night. Norm was booked and posted $5,000 bail.
- Spike Lee’s highly anticipated documentary “Kobe Doin’ Work” will premiere on April 25th at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in Lower Manhattan, NYC.
- Kobe rocked a St. Patrick’s Day colorway on his Zoom Kobe IVs for Tuesday night’s game.
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]
- Trevor Ariza apologizes for not fouling Andre Iguodala at the end of Tudsday night’s game.
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.”
- Sports Illustrated ran an unbelievable story on Lamar Odom; Another Sunny Day in Lamar’s L.A.
- 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.
Friday, March 20, 2009
- KCAL 9 sideline reporter, John Ireland, joins D and G on Episode #32 of Voice of the Nation.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
- Kobe has hooked up with high-end timepiece company, Nubeo, for a set limited-edition high-tech sport watches. Pricing? $21,000-$285,000.
- 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.”
- LD2k & Silo Present: “Bynum: Born To Lead”