It's still raining in L.A., which means Land O' Lakers readers need indoor activities to occupy them before tonight's game in Portland. Is there any better way to pass the time on house arrest than listening to the Kamenetzky Brothers Land O' Lakers PodKast? I seriously doubt it. Give 'er a click.
-(2:10): Kobe Bryant's latest injury is a re-aggravated ankle sprain suffered during Wednesday's game against Charlotte, the latest in a series of ailments Mamba's dealt with throughout the season. In light of 24's inability to get in the pink, we debate whether 24 would be wise to take a night or two off.
As our colleague Dave McMenamin notes, last night's effort against Denver --at the very least, his scorching first half-- reminded how Kobe can triumph while playing through pain. But the issue isn't necessarily "can" Kobe play, but rather, "should" he? In my opinion, when it comes to the bigger picture of being healthy as possible for the playoffs, he shouldn't. Kobe's body is clearly hurting and I think it would be worth risking a few losses for the larger goal of April and beyond.
-(13:45): What would it take to make Kobe actually accept a night on the inactive list? One word: intervention.
-(17:15): Like every player and coach in Laker Land these days, Lamar Odom is entering the record books. And in a rather unusual way totally fitting of LO. He's five assists shy of becoming the eighth-fastest player to reach 6,000 rebounds and 3,000 assists. The company he'd keep is pretty damn impressive, a reminder of why Brian and I both think Odom's career has been unfairly labeled but what's missing rather than what's there.
-(24:28): Like we said, EVERYONE in purple and gold is hitting some kind of milestone. It's impressive, but it's also led to a ton of extra work for Brian and me. Getting kinda old, to be blunt. Thus, we're thinking ahead and taking a DEEP look inside the Lakers/NBA record books to see where players are at and where they're going. Now when our editors want a story about Pau Gasol hitting the 12,000 mark on a career (432 points away), it's already covered. Ditto Adam Morrison getting assist #15 in purple and gold and entering a five-way tie for 243rd on the franchise's all-time list.
-(36:38): Mike Dunleavy is relieved of his coaching duties with the Clippers, but remains the team's General Manager. A predictably Clipp-arian move.
Below the jump are a few articles from last night's loss to Denver.
-The L.A. Times' Broderick Turner talks about the confidence Denver gained as the result of this win. Forum Blue and Gold's Darius tips his chapeau to the Nugs' fantastic showing
-Lakers Blog's Mark Medina considers the loss a missed opportunity.
-Denver Stiffs' Nate Timmons wants some Chauncey-fied architecture in Denver.
-Great minds think alike. Silver Screen and Roll is also wondering if last night merits legit concern.