L.A. Times: Could it be that trade-seeking Kobe Bryant has warmed to his teammates and is actually enjoying playing for the Lakers? . . .
It sure looks that way. . . .
Maybe it’s just his competitive zeal, but Bryant has given no indication that he’s putting out anything less than maximum effort for Coach Phil Jackson, the nine-time All-Star showing his grit again this week by fighting through stomach flu and a bruised left shoulder to help the Lakers sweep a two-game trip. . . .
His will has been impressive. . . .
Trevor Ariza, who scored 15 points in Tuesday’s victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, is the 16th former UCLA player to play for the Lakers, the most notable being Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Gail Goodrich, of course. . . .