Los Angeles Lakers: postgame video

Lakers Late Night Replay - Game 3 vs. Oklahoma City

May, 19, 2012
5/19/12
12:17
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The Lakers got off to a great start, but from there Friday's game turned into a slugfest. In the end, though, they came out on top, effectively saving the season and giving them a chance to knot up the series Saturday night.

We broke it all down on Lakers Late Night with special guests Arash Markazi and Dave McMenamin!



Click below for all the postgame moving pictures, from Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, Mike Brown, Andrew Bynum, Ramon Sessions, and Steve Blake.

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Lakers Late Night Replay, Game 5 vs. Denver (plus postgame video)

May, 8, 2012
5/08/12
11:57
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By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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The Nuggets played Game 5 like their season depended on it (can't imagine why) and the Lakers played like they wanted one more view of the Rocky Mountains before next season.

As a result, there will be a Game 6 Thursday night in Denver. Lakers lose, 102-99 Tuesday at Staples Center.

On tonight's edition of Lakers Late Night, we get into a very disappointing loss, starting with ...
  • A befuddling lack of intensity early in the game.
  • Poor perimeter shooting, allowing Denver to collapse consistently on L.A.'s bigs in the paint and help take them out of the game. Which, in turn, seemed to take Andrew Bynum out of the game defensively.
  • A huge fourth quarter for Kobe Bryant, who found himself short on support.
  • The practical implications of losing Tuesday's game. Fair to say the Lakers did themselves no favors.
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Click below for postgame video from Bryant, Mike Brown, Bynum, Gasol, Jordan Hill, and more:

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Lakers Late Night Replay vs. Memphis, plus postgame video

March, 25, 2012
3/25/12
11:22
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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The Lakers, save a few minutes in the third quarter, gave a sluggish effort Sunday night, and paid for it. They lose their fourth home game of the season -- and second in a week (give or take) -- 102-96 to the Grizzlies.

Of course, the big story was Mike Brown's decision not to play Kobe Bryant for a key stretch in the fourth. Brown didn't provide much of an explanation to the media following the game, for the most part simply saying he felt like he wanted to make a substitution. Nor did Brown believe it was a decision he needed to justify to Kobe, personally. No surprise Bryant didn't enjoy being on the bench, but refused to question Brown's choice. As you'll see in the videos below, in terms of diffusing the issue, it's hard to picture Bryant coming up with a better response.

That fourth quarter sequence will be Monday's big storyline, but had little if anything to do with why they lost and was just one of the things we kicked around on tonight's edition of Lakers Late Night. Among the other big topics of conversation...
  • Another poor effort defensively, as Memphis shot 51.2 percent from the floor and still managed to get 14 offensive rebounds. That ain't good. Andrew Bynum said after he was a big part of the problem. No disagreement here -- he only had four rebounds and was awful on the pick and roll -- but he had company.
  • The bench, outscored 41-9 by their Memphis counterparts. To be sure, points aren't the best way to measure their performance, but unfortunately when judged by all the better ways, it still amounted to a very poor night. Steve Blake in particular had a very rough go.

In-show video from Brown, Bryant, and Pau Gasol. Click below for more from those three, plus Bynum and Ramon Sessions, who kicked in with a solid-but-quiet 18/5, dulled a little by three turnovers.

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LAL 97, MIN 92 - Postgame video: On Sessions, Fisher, deadline, and more

March, 17, 2012
3/17/12
1:06
AM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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The Lakers played well Friday night at Staples, generally maintaining control throughout their 97-92 win over Minnesota. Ramon Sessions made an impressive debut, and the team seemed pleased to have the trade deadline behind them, though clearly disappointed to be going forward without Derek Fisher.

After the game, Bryant talked about the addition of Sessions, and the loss of Fisher:

Bryant on playing without Fish:
Bryant on the skill set Sessions brings, and how he'll benefit from his presence:


Click below for more from Kobe, along with Sessions, Pau Gasol, and Matt Barnes.

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Lakers Late Night Replay vs. New Orleans

March, 14, 2012
3/14/12
8:33
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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Once again it required extra basketball -- not exactly ideal against a 10-win team -- but the Lakers overcame a slow first half to grind out an important win over New Orleans Wednesday night. Once again, Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum led the way, but Metta World Peace came up with a few big plays late as well.

We discuss their work, the incredible endurance of Bryant over the last two nights, the determination shown by the Lakers this week, and of course the trade deadline. What would it mean to add Michael Beasley? Who else might be coming, and who is on his way out?

Plus, vintage 7-Up commercials.

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Lakers Late Night Replay vs. Detroit

March, 6, 2012
3/06/12
8:03
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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So Miami happened. And then Detroit happened.

Lakers lose, 88-85 in OT. We break it down, including:
  • A monster game inside from Andrew Bynum, and strong work as well from Pau Gasol.
  • Tough sledding for Kobe Bryant, who finished 8-of-26 from the floor.
  • Why the Lakers were so unproductive offensively, losing on a night where they held the Pistons to 78 points in regulation. Certainly 13 points from players not named Bynum, Gasol, or Bryant didn't help.

All of this, plus the cat!

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The Lakers made things interesting Friday night at Staples Center, but came away with the win, 115-107 over the Kings. Kobe Bryant was again mask-a-riffic, piling up 38 points on 13-of-24 from the floor. He was supported well by Andrew Bynum (19/15) and Pau Gasol (15/7/4) and a big 15 point night from Metta World Peace.

Now, we can all look forward to Sunday's game against Miami, which is basically what everyone was doing anyway, except now the clutter of another game in between has been removed.

Friday on Lakers Late Night, we hit on these things, and more, including:
  • A steadily improving offense for the Lakers. Can they continue the trend against the league's better teams?
  • Why Kobe ought to keep the mask. Apparently, the thing brings good fortune.
  • Mike Brown continuing to give his players more freedom offensively, something they appreciate.
  • L.A. vs. Miami. What do the Lakers need to do to win, and what would a victory mean?
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Lakers-Pacers Lakers Late Night replay, plus postgame videos

January, 23, 2012
1/23/12
12:41
AM PT
Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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Whatever ails the Lakers apparently won't be automatically solved by home cooking. Sunday's 98-96 loss to the Pacers marks the third defeat in the row, and their fourth in five recent tries against playoff caliber teams. That ain't good. We tackled several issues during the show, and like the Lakers, our execution left something to be desired, so be aware of some technical issues at the outset. Among the talking points:

- The failure on several counts during a critical possession with about 30 seconds remaining in the game. The players did a lousy job manufacturing a good look, and Mike Brown, by his own admission, should have called timeout beforehand to set up a play.

- The decreased defensive efficiency after a stifling first quarter. In particular, the Lakers did a bad job minding the three-point line, repeatedly collapsing whenever a Pacer would penetrate. As a result, Indiana drilled nearly 56 percent (10-18) of their shots from behind the arc. As Brown noted, the general intensity waned after the opening 12 minutes.

- The offense was relatively improved, but problems still linger when it comes to generating points. For one, the place where Pau Gasol operates (almost solely the high post) feels problematic. Obviously, he can be used to good effect as a facilitator from the elbow and above -- 10 dimes on the night -- but such a talented scorer down low shouldn't spend so much time away from the basket. Pau, for one, would like to operate more in the low post. Unfortunately, between Andrew Bynum's limitations in the high post and the team's shortage of creators, keeping him there over long stretches becomes difficult.

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Click below the jump for videos from Kobe Bryant, Mike Brown, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, and Metta World Peace.

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Lakers Late Night Replay vs. Miami

January, 19, 2012
1/19/12
8:33
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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There was much to dislike in Thursday's loss to the Heat in Miami Thursday night, and we talk about all of them!

Among the big topics of conversation:
  • After scoring 73 points Monday against Dallas, the Lakers managed to post 87 tonight... but needed a garbage time, 31-point fourth quarter to get there. L.A. had 39 points at the half, which ain't gonna cut it. Pau Gasol had a nice game, but everyone else struggled.
  • Things have slowed down over the last two games for Kobe Bryant. We talk about why.
  • The lack of bench production, or more specifically the lack of specific parts that might make the guys they have more effective. The whole Metta World Peace-as-sixth-man experiment appears to have stalled.
  • Friday vs. Orlando: We try to put all the Bynum-for-Howard talk in context.

All that, plus a jaunty tune to lighten the mood. Hope you enjoy it.

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Lakers Late Night Replay vs. Dallas, plus postgame video

January, 16, 2012
1/16/12
11:23
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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It wasn't much fun to watch, not until the end at least, but when it was over the Lakers had a three point win. Better to describe it that way than give the final score, because 73-70 just isn't appropriate for an NBA game.

This is what you get when two teams have played a combined 29 games over the course of about 22 days.

On tonight's show, we:
  • Break down a big fourth quarter for Derek Fisher. Not just because of that game winning 3-pointer, but the stuff coming before.
  • Get inside another tough night for the Lakers offense. Via postgame interviews, Fisher and Mike Brown explain why things simply aren't functioning the way they'd like. Because games have come so fast, the Lakers haven't had any full contact pratices since the start of the year. They're learning and installing on the fly, quite often during games. Obviously, it ain't ideal.
  • Pau Gasol had a tough night offensively, but played a huge role on Dirk Nowitzki at the other end. Through comments from Brown and Gasol, we examine Pau's work Monday against Dallas, and also the massive transition he's facing from last season to now.
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Kobe Bryant scores 42, Lakers outlast Cleveland (postgame video)

January, 14, 2012
1/14/12
1:33
AM PT
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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There were some things to like during Friday's 97-92 win over the Cavs at Staples Center Friday night, and other things... not so much. Either way, following an 0-2 start, the Lakers have now found themselves on the right side of the scoreboard in nine of their last 11, pushing them to the top of the Pacific Division. Still, it's a little tough to measure just how good this Lakers team actually is.

We'll find out soon enough. Starting Saturday against the Clippers, the Lakers play six straight against playoff caliber opponents. They'll do it without Steve Blake, expected to miss 3-4 weeks in the wake of his rib injury, but with a red hot Kobe Bryant, who scored another 42 points on 15-of-31 from the floor, his third straight 40 point game and 110th over a 16 year NBA career.

One reason for hot streak: That bum wrist is getting a little less bum.

Maybe he should ding it up again? The results over his last seven games, including six Lakers wins, have been otherworldly. 37.4 points on 50 percent shooting, plus 5.7 rebounds and five assists. Perhaps it's best not to change a thing?

I kid. In the clip below, Kobe attributes the run to the quality of shots he's been getting since sitting down with Mike Brown following the Denver game on New Year's Day. Certainly Brown and his staff have learned to put Kobe in advantageous positions with consistency, a major improvement over last year. So there's that, plus a healthy dose of motivation brought by playing with the wrist and a totally palpable desire to send a message to anyone who believes (or more importantly who Kobe believes, believes) his time as an elite player has run its course.

My position hasn't changed. As a fan of basketball and athletic achievement, Kobe's play has been amazing and a ton of fun to watch. As someone paid to form an opinion on how it impacts the Lakers, I'm less enthused. Kobe has talked about his scoring as a weapon they can use as needed. Unfortunately, it's one they've fired a lot in the early going. At some point, the Lakers collectively need to find ways to lighten Bryant's load, or the odds of a happy outcome this season go down.

There's time to get it done, but this season in particular time is of the essence. Until they do, though, the fireworks likely continue. There's a reason people like fireworks.



More from Bryant below, on the absence of Blake, Andew Bynum learning to deal with double teams, and more. Video as well from Darius Morris, Bynum, and Brown.

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Finding a backup shooting guard: Mike Brown on Andrew Goudelock

January, 9, 2012
1/09/12
9:32
AM PT
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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First things first: It's pronounced Gowd-lock.

"Goude" (rhymes with loud) "lock" (as pad, combination, or stone cold). It's really not that hard, and even understanding he's a rookie second-rounder from a little school, it's still a little mystifying nobody can get it right. Mike Brown tends toward Goo-dlock, but fluctuates among about 13 different pronunciations. I've heard it six ways to Sunday on television and radio, and even Lawrence Tanter, the NBA's best P.A. guy by leaps and bounds, can't quite settle on a delivery.

But according to a source close to the situation authorized to speak on the record (Andrew Goudelock), the correct one is described above.

It's worth committing to memory, because Goudelock, who saw a few minutes at the top of the season, might be getting a little more floor time over the next few games. The departure of Shannon Brown to Phoenix left the Lakers without any true backup to Kobe Bryant at the 2-guard spot. During camp, Mike Brown expressed confidence it could be filled with the guys on the roster (what else would he say?), and started veteran small forward Jason Kapono in the second preseason game while Kobe nursed his wrist injury. I was skeptical then, and with cause. It hasn't worked. The bench, inconsistent in most games and only more so with the diminished play of Metta World Peace, has suffered without the expected skill set a real guard brings.

"Offensively with the second unit, we haven't been able to play the way the way that I thought we would," Brown said. "I just felt the last couple of games I just wanted a guy that could go do something off the dribble."

Someone, anyone.

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Lakers Late Night Replay vs. Memphis, plus postgame video

January, 8, 2012
1/08/12
9:53
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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The Lakers didn't win pretty, but there's no category in the standings for aesthetics, just victories. Despite turning the ball over 27 times, they still knocked off the visiting Memphis Grizzlies Sunday night, 90-82. It's the team's sixth win in the last eight tries. Following the game, we fired up the Lakers Late Night machine, hitting on the following topics...
  • Turnovers and defense. The former were plentiful, the latter was good. Take out the tallies Memphis gained on the break, largely provided by L.A.'s generosity, and they basically couldn't score in the half court. Mike Brown was pleased with the team's effort defensively, just not the carelessness.
  • Kobe Bryant was stellar Sunday, with 26 points on 11-of-22 shooting, plus nine dimes. Once again, he received the ball in his comfort zones, and was set up for a host of catch-and-shoot jumpers. I asked Brown if he's at all worried about the load Kobe currently carries, and (as you'll see), he's not. Why? Because they're doing a much better job putting him in positions to succeed with the least amount of effort.
  • As was the case Friday against Golden State, Matt Barnes was again outstanding. No surprise, he's wrapped up the starting gig at small forward.
  • This was the team's 10th game in 15 days. How much does fatigue play a role, and can anything be done about it?

In-show video from Brown and Barnes.

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The postgame video is below. Clips from Brown, Pau Gasol, Josh McRoberts, and Barnes.

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Postgame video: Lakers knock off Golden State

January, 7, 2012
1/07/12
1:42
AM PT
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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The high priests of technology did not smile upon Friday night's edition of Lakers Late Night, so unfortunately we can't (at least right now) bring the replay to you. Hopefully we can find whatever cloud it floated to, and post it. In the meantime, the most provocative comments following L.A.'s 97-90 win over the Warriors at Staples came from Kobe Bryant.

The team's pecking order offensively, he said, has likely shifted. Not to spoil the videos below, but Bryant is still on top. Behind him, it's another story. Andrew Bynum may have moved past Pau Gasol. "It seems like it's changed a little bit... Andrew is thirsty to score and he can score. He has more of a scorer's mentality [than Gasol], so we'll take advantage of that," Kobe said.

It's easy to get too simplistic parsing the definition of a second option, a third option, and so on. Gasol is unquestionably a highly skilled offensive player and will have his share of big scoring games this season. Friday, he posted 17 points to Bynum's nine, and had six more shots. These categorizations are fluid, and likely to change perhaps even game to game as teams adjust how they defend Bynum and the Lakers generally.

Still, in a world where Bynum evolves into a more aggressive scorer and Kobe remains Kobe, someone has to cede some shots or L.A.'s Big Three won't function.

"It's a little bit of an adjustment, but Andrew has been effective so that's why we're going to him a little more," Gasol said. "As long as he's effective and he scores and he's big in the paint as he has been, we'll continue to do that. We have to have a little bit of balance. We can't just be posting up. Somebody has to space the floor a little bit and sacrifice themselves a little bit, so we just have to understand that and [do] whatever it takes to win games."

That "somebody" is obviously him. Particularly given the personalities involved, Gasol's willingness to take that step isn't surprising. Those who don't like Pau's on-court demeanor or question his mental toughness will likely see it as a negative. I don't. Gasol has tremendous pride in his skill level, but is also hardwired for a team oriented approach. Some guys want to score. Gasol has an almost slavish devotion to making the right play, whatever it may be. Admirable, but sometimes detrimental as well.

Except here the alternative would be for him to complain or sulk. How is that productive?

Here's Kobe on "the shift:"

Gasol, on his evolving role:



More video from Friday below, including Kobe, Matt Barnes, and Andrew Goudelock...

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Lakers Late Night Replay vs. Blazers

January, 5, 2012
1/05/12
10:41
PM PT
Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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Whatever it is about that Portland water, the Lakers can't seem to drink some, then win a game in the Rose Garden. This was a disappointing loss, one that exposed some recurring weaknesses while offering some fresh new concerns. Among the talking points:
  • Matt Barnes, Devin Ebanks and Metta World Peace joined forces at small forward to offer absolutely nothing on either side of the ball. (On a related note, Blazer small forward Gerald Wallace enjoyed a monster game.) For that matter, nobody not named "Kobe," "Andrew," or "Pau" brought much to the table.
  • The defensive issues, whether in transition or preventing the likes of Ray Felton from splitting double teams on pick and roll coverage. Plus, that Jamal Crawford fella sure got hot in the fourth quarter.
  • The offensive slippage over the second half, and the difficulties creating shots along the perimeter. Is there a way to address this from within the roster?
  • Um... oh-fer from downtown?
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