Well, it’s that time of the year again. The playoff push is in full-swing around the league, the post-ASG lull is wearing off, and the Lakers have only one regular season task left to accomplish: Home-court advantage throughout. Don’t have a heart attack.

Here’s the week that was…

Monday, March 23, 2009

  • Kobe on having the best record this season: “I don’t really care. . . . I believe we can win anywhere. We want the best record just to say we have the best record, just for the challenge of it.”

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

  • Kobe on the MVP debate: “Ah, dude, that’s like an endless debate. I hear so many people come up with different criteria, mathematical formulas and data. It’s so silly to me. I don’t know.” Thank you.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

  • Ryan Hollins on Kobe: “Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in the game, and I think sometimes he has issues trusting his teammates. Maybe we catch them off guard, kind of get Kobe into playing a little one-on-one or doing a little too much, I think we’ve got a shot at them definitely.”
  • Don Nelson on playing the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs: “I think anybody can beat anybody, just like when we beat Dallas, we were eight and they were one. I think it could happen again…” “I don’t think everybody’s as deep as they thought. Even the Lakers are lacking something. They’re still winning, but they’re not as powerful. … If Bynum doesn’t come back, they’re as vulnerable as anybody else who’s missing a major player.”

Friday, March 27, 2009

  • Phil Jackson on Andrew Bynum’s return: “We’ll just have to see how he comes back, not when. Does he come back in condition where he can play 25 to 30 minutes? Is he going to be a ‘Starbury’ where he’s playing 12 or 14 minutes a game, and then increase it that way? So, we’ll see how he fits in. He’s running on the court, and that’s about it. He’s doing some basketball skills. There’s a considerable amount of time before he’s even able to practice with us.”
  • Phil Jackson on Andrew Bynum’s effect on the Lakers offense: We’re more fluid as an offensive team without Andrew. Obviously, with two seven-footers, you don’t run as well, you don’t have as quick a fastbreak or as consistent a flow game, which the NBA is really suited for. It gives us an opportunity to play Lamar Odom considerable minutes. He’s a terrific player, gives us a whole different cast of how we play. That releases Kobe to play a forward position, a striker position, and he’s much more aggressive at that spot.”Vindication, Mr. Rafner?
  • Phil Jackson, again, on Andrew Bynum: “He has a considerable amount of time yet before he’s going to be even at practice with us.”

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009