Lakers Daily Links: Friday

Kobe Bryant steals the show again in Lakers' win over the Pelicans: It was a fun day with plenty of parades, sunshine and good times during Mardi Gras. The French Quarter was happily rolling toward Fat Tuesday, the locals and tourists ready for a weekend of gumbo, hurricane drinks and everything in between. -- Los Angeles Times

Clarkson adds skills challenge to his All-Star weekend schedule: Jordan Clarkson's All-Star weekend keeps getting busier. The NBA added more tasks to his schedule, making him part of the eight-player skills challenge next Saturday in Toronto. The league announced last week that Clarkson would take part in the rising stars challenge next Friday, a game that includes only first- and second-year NBA players. -- Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant spurs LA Lakers to 99-96 victory over New Orleans: The Lakers showed as much festiveness as the Mardi Gras celebrations. They became as prolific as the most determined bead collectors. They played in rhythm as well as the jazz music here. All of which helped the Lakers accomplish something they have rarely done all season. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Byron Scott recalls Kobe Bryant playing through injured right shoulder vs. New Orleans: This city conjured up more memories for Lakers coach Byron Scott beyond the tasty seafood, the festive jazz music, his initial success here and his unceremonious firing. But this hardly marked a joyful moment. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Kobe Bryant carries Lakers on win 'streak': The Lakers are far from a team record this time, but here they are on another streak. A winning one, at that. The Lakers won their second straight game on Thursday, beating the New Orleans Pelicans 99-96 at Smoothie King Center. -- The Orange County Register

Kobe Bryant 'exorcises demons' in New Orleans: What you need to know: A backpack slung over his shoulders, Kobe Bryant strolled out of the locker room at Smoothie King Center and brushed aside questions over an apparent injury that had forced him to play one-handed. “I’m not too concerned,” Bryant said confidently. The next day an MRI revealed a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. -- The Orange County Register