It might be the funniest thing to happen to the
One of their toughest TV critics let loose and ran a couple of on-camera victory laps at the TWC SportsNet studios,
Worthy almost lost his breath, the Hall of Famer sounding more optimistic than realistic after finally taking his seat for the postgame show.
"Where there's one, there's many more, baby. Played like champions tonight!" he said.
It was a sign of the tension felt by Lakers past and present, a single sigh of relief after so many of exasperation.
There was even some entertainment in the locker room delivered by
Young then declared himself Robin to Bryant's Batman, the latest analogy uncorked from a mind with an apparently endless number of them.
Young had grabbed the metaphorical microphone from Bryant, who became the first
Worthy was beside himself with delight after watching Bryant's game. A share-the-ball believer akin to Phil Jackson, Worthy enjoyed the dozen assists Bryant handed out.
Said Bryant: "They shot the ball with confidence. When they do that, they become very difficult to guard. It enables me to kind of pick the opposition apart."
Up next for the Lakers is a three-game trip through Eastern Conference stops, perhaps easier now than ever.
The Lakers are 1-13 against the West but 3-0 against the East, adding Sunday's victory to previous ones against the Charlotte Hornets and
"It's never fun to go on the road, but that's good to have with us," forward
The Lakers have the NBA's fifth-worst record and play Tuesday against the league's second-worst team, the
When: 4:30 PST.
Where: The Palace.
On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330.
Records: Lakers 4-13, Pistons 3-14.
Record vs. Pistons (2013-14): 2-0.
Update: The Pistons are off to a surprisingly poor start, losers of eight in a row and unable to blend interesting pieces into anything consistent. Josh Smith continues to underperform, averaging 13.5 points on 37.7% shooting, and center Andre Drummond has regressed slightly after a promising 2013-14, averaging 10.6 points while shooting only 44.8%. The Lakers own a modest four-game winning streak against the Pistons.