Saturday, January 1, 2011
New PodKast: Kobe's rant, Bynum's return, the west's best
By Andy Kamenetzky
Happy 2011, Land O' Lakers community! 2010 treated the K Bros kindly on several counts, not the least of which was the Larry O'Brien remaining in L.A. What lies ahead in the new year? We take a look ahead, along with an eye on the recent past. Among the talking points:
Andy and Brian talk about Kobe Bryant's tirade after the Christmas loss, the Lakers' quest to get back on track and the competition in the Western Conference.
It's not a huge deal, but we were a little surprised, as we've been generally impressed by Kobe's evolution as a leader.
- There was a team meeting, however, before the game in New Orleans universally credited as a positive experience. This meeting of the minds, combined with Andrew Bynum's return to the starting lineup, coincided with a whupping of the Hornets. Along with Friday's win, a nice trend is in the works, but how long do we think it'll realistically take for the Lakers to get back on track?
- The Lakers are now looking up at teams in the Western Conference for the first time in a few years. How big a threat are the upper echelon teams honing in on the defending champs' turf? We offer our takes on the Spurs, Mavericks, Jazz, and Thunder.