In a game where the two LA teams meet, one was thoroughly embarrassed, while the other one looked like a championship caliber team. The Lakers suffered the worst loss in franchise history, losing to the Clippers 142-94. The game was over at halftime.
The Lakers did play well in the first quarter, but afterwards it all just seemed like a bad dream. The Clippers simply out played and out hustled the Lakers. It was like the Lakers just couldn't stop the bleeding no matter how had they tried. This is one of those season that all Laker fans want to forget. All the injuries, different lineup changes has led up to what you see out on the court. The only hope is that the Lakers get healthy in the off-season, pick up a good draft pick and try to get some key free agents during this summer or the next. Meanwhile, the Clippers are a very good team and could legitimately compete for an NBA title.
While the Lakers glory days are all but over, they do have the track record of getting back into the swing of things. It wont happen soon, but they always find a way to be contenders.
Its news that all Lakers fans didn't want to hear. Kobe is out with another injury. This time, Kobe was diagnosed with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau. He suffered the injury in the game against the Grizzlies on Tuesday, Dec 17. Kobe is expected to be out at least 6 weeks. Its a rather devastating blow to not only the Lakers, but to Kobe himself who has worked vigorously to get back on the court after suffering a torn Achilles. The question now is how will the Lakers do without their superstar on the court for possibly the next month to month and a half?
Well, the Lakers did do something. They signed free agent guard Kendall Marshall out of the University of North Carolina. The Lakers didn't really have many options, as they are depleted in point guards. Farmar, Blake and Nash are still all out. Farmar is expected to be back in about a week or two. Marshall was drafted by the Phoenix Suns, then traded to the Wizards. Shortly after, the Wizards waived the guard and Marshall has been playing in the D-League with the Delaware 87ers where he's been averaging 19pts, 9ast.
The Lakers were doing okay without Kobe, but Kobe is still the leader of the team and his ability to close out games is what the Lakers have been missing. It will put a lot of onus on Gasol once again to score. The Lakers are still capable of winning games, but defense has been an issue. With not much interior defense it's going to be a tough road ahead. When the guards come back (Farmar,Blake,Nash) it should make the Lakers a little better due to the fact that they will have ball handlers and guys who can initiate the offense. Health is a key factor for any team, but recently for the Lakers, it seems its a reoccurring theme. Hopefully, everyone on the team can be healthy and the Lakers can make some sort of a run this season.
Nike basketball has finally unveiled the Kobe 9. It's not the low-top shoes that we've been accustomed to seeing over the years. It's now a high-top shoe. Its definitely a different style of shoe for Kobe Bryant. It looks to have aggressive ankle support. In the top picture, there are red line stitches. We're assuming those are for the stitches Kobe Bryant had while surgery was done to his Achilles. It looks light weight, and assume it is to give Kobe some good movement and stability. We shall see them soon enough on the court.
"The KOBE 9 Elite redefines the aesthetics
and performance of abasketball shoe featuring leading technologies:
Nike Flyknit, Flywire and Lunarlon." - NIKE BASKETBALL
Nike is also set to release the Kobe Prelude Pack. They will release Kobe 1-8 each Saturday, starting December 7th. They are definitely a nice collection of vintage Kobe's.
The Lakers donned new jerseys since the introduction of the Sunday white jerseys. The jerseys are dubbed "Hollywood Nights", and surely enough, the game had some drama. The Lakers started the game off very strong as they hit most of their shots. The team continued their dominance til halftime as Brooklyn couldn't get anything going. The second half, the Nets started to get a rhythm going and game back from a 27 point deficet. It was very close the last two minutes of the game, but it was the Lakers at the end who didn't fold and escaped with a 99-94 victory.
The Lakers have had trouble keeping big leads through most of the season. Tonight was no different. The team still has to learn to get that killer instinct if they want to finish games. They had to expel a lot of energy, due to the fact that they had to play hard to keep their lead. The Lakers were led by Nick Young, who scored 26 points off the bench, followed by Gasol who contributed 21 points. The Nets were led by Joe Johnson who had 18 points, and Teletovic with 17 points. The Nets have had their struggles as they have been riddled by injuries. When the Nets were put together, they looked like a very good team on paper. The Lakers know how "looking good on paper" can be deceiving. The Lakers who had 4 superstars last year struggled and were bounced out of the playoffs.
The Lakers still have a lot of work to do if they are thinking of making the playoffs. They must limit turnovers, especially on the road. The team has been quite woeful on the road, but tonight's win should help a little. The Lakers will head to Detroit and play the Pistons on Friday.
With only 1 road win this season, the Lakers were looking to change that with a win in Washington tonight. Unfortunately it didn't happen as the Lakers fell to the Wizards 116-111. Usually, when the Lakers give up 100 plus points to an opponent it usually translates into a loss.
The Lakers hung around the entire first half, but lackluster defense and turnovers let the Wizards stay ahead. Farmar led the Lakers with 22pts off the bench, followed by Gasol who contributed 18pts. All five Lakers starters were in double figures. The Wizards started to turn it on in the second half and started shooting the ball well. The Wizards were led by John Wall who had 31pts and Nene who contributed with 30pts. The Wizards also had all five of their starters in double figures. Ultimately at the end, it was the Lakers turnovers that did it in for them. Blake had two critical turnovers down the stretch. One was a shot clock violation, and the other was a telegraphed pass that he was trying to get to Farmar. There's no break for the Lakers as they play the Nets tomorrow. It will also be the debut of the Hollywood Nights all black jerseys for LA.
The Lakers must find a way to win games on the road. At the confines of Staples Center, the Lakers seem to have a different kind of energy and execution. They have to mimic that when they are away from LA. Earlier in the day, Bryant spoke to the media about his contract extension and the Lakers organization praising them for what they did. There is still no timetable for his return.
According to ESPN, Kobe Bryant has signed a 2-year contract extension worth $48.5 million with the Lakers. Kobe will recieve $23.5 million in the first year, then $25 million in the second year of the extension.
This could possibly be the last 2 years Kobe maybe in the NBA, although who knows how much longer the 5-time NBA champ will go. Bryant has been practicing and seems to be getting ready for a return, but no one knows exactly when he will return to the court.
The Lakers have also issued a press release, which can be seen HERE!