Saturday night's win in Portland marked the Lakers' fifth game in seven days. They've traveled enough to make Ryan Bingham proud. They're weary and beat up to the point even Kobe Bryant is missing time. No surprise then then to see Phil Jackson give his team a much-needed day off Sunday afternoon.
Certainly Pau Gasol, admittedly working with some heavy legs, wasn't about to argue.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, break time was fleeting. Monday has arrived and with it a home date with the San Antonio Spurs (7:30 PT, TNT). No postponing it, despite lingering health problems for Kobe and also Andrew Bynum, who left Sunday's game in the first half with a hip contusion. This on top of the knee bruise he was already dealing with. Kobe is listed as "day-to-day," but PJ characterized Bynum as "more doubtful" to play tonight.
During our last PodKast, Andy and I guessed it might take a full blown intervention for Kobe to miss a game and get some rest. I didn't come to that (or did, and we weren't invited), but we're in uncharted waters here, so determining when he'll come back is still a little tricky. Bynum's potential absence could certainly impact his decision as well (though I hope it doesn't.)
After Saturday's game, I wrote about what life without Kobe might look like. It's not nearly as bleak as Life After People, but obviously isn't ideal, particularly with two tough games- tonight vs. the Spurs, Wednesday in Utah- left ahead of the All-Star break. So what do you want to see? Vote below. Ignore the poll, and spit in the face of the founding fathers.