Bad record. Passive defense. Hot-and-cold offense.
Kobe Bryant will be the only Lakers player left from that 2010 Finals,
"That's crazy," Bryant said Wednesday night. "That is absolutely crazy. Time flies."
Maybe that's why they were seen having breakfast together Thursday. Rondo, 28, will be a free agent next July, and Bryant is a long-time admirer of the Celtics point guard.
Maybe they were simply reliving past times. The good ol' days when championships were at stake, not lottery position.
It's somehow more dismal to go through the Lakers' roster from that 2010 championship team.
Andrew Bynum and
"It's just the nature of the beast, man," Bryant said. "That's what happens. The cycle of careers. In my case, you're with an organization for almost 20 years, you see more of those cycles. It's just part of it."
The Lakers (5-14) tend to avoid downward cycles as a franchise, experiencing only four losing seasons since 1976. They're in one now and so are the Celtics (5-11) despite existing in the extraordinarily weaker Eastern Conference.
The Celtics are 3-7 at TD Garden, the Lakers 3-6 on the road, and it's anyone's guess how Friday night turns out.
They've actually been basement brothers since last season — when the Celtics finished with the fifth-worst record and the Lakers were right there at sixth-worst.
There's one thing the Celtics have that the Lakers don't — first-round draft picks. Lots of them.
The Lakers still owe Phoenix and Orlando one each for
Arrest in Ellington case
An arrest was made Thursday in the fatal shooting of
Philadelphia resident Carl White, 34, was arrested on a murder charge in connection with last month's death of Wayne Ellington Sr., 57, who was found in a car with a gunshot to his head in a Philadelphia suburb. He was taken to a hospital and died there.
An argument for an unspecified reason sparked the incident, police said.
Ellington took an 11-day leave of absence from the Lakers to mourn his father's death.