One of the
That was 2009. This is 2015.
The Lakers and
The Lakers lost the game in overtime, 103-97, but as many of their fans will tell you, they weren't total losers.
It's a fine line to start saying losing isn't a bad thing, especially one week into February. There are still 30 more games until the Lakers' miserable season gets carted off the court.
But they are more entrenched in the NBA's losers cartel, "gaining" a game on Orlando (16-37) and creating a little separation for the league's fourth-worst record.
It's been well-publicized that the Lakers (13-37) retain the first-round draft pick they owe Phoenix if it's still a top-five selection after the lottery.
The Lakers lost, so the Lakers . . . won?
"The guys are not in there having a party right now because we lost the game because they think it's going to help us get a better draft pick," he said crisply. "They're in there right now upset because they know that we let a game get away. If I have guys in there right now that's partying, they won't be here next year anyway."
True. Nobody was partying in the locker room.
He was having a solid game on offense, 14 points in 18 minutes. Same for Jeremy Lin, who had 14 points on six-for-eight shooting but didn't return after checking out with 4:16 left in regulation.
"The guys out there are getting great experience," Boozer said diplomatically. "Hopefully it will turn around and help us in the long run."
He wasn't even a little bitter on the bench?
"It's just the way it's been going this year. You never know how many minutes you're going to play while you're out there," he said. "But while you're out there, play as hard as you can."
The Lakers played the final stretch of the fourth quarter and overtime with rookie
"It was just, 'I'm going to see what you [young] guys can do. I'm going to leave you in there,'" Scott said. "With guys like Jordan especially, this is great experience for him. He's going to go through some heartaches and some growing pains going through it, but at the end of the day, he has to gain that experience."
The Lakers had chances to win in regulation, but Clarkson missed a three-point attempt and Ellington had a three-point shot blocked at the buzzer after Sacre took the rebound.
"I thought Wayne got fouled on his attempt to shoot the three. They didn't call it," Scott said. "I got fined the last time I was here . . . so I'm not going to say anything else."
It didn't really matter for the Lakers, who lost for the 12th time in 13 games.
Kelly had 20 points and Clarkson had 14 on six-for-14 shooting, along with six assists and four steals at
The Lakers' 11-point fourth-quarter lead vanished, as did
Scott could have checked out, say, Twitter to see some Lakers fans celebrating the loss. He chose against it.
"That's one of the main reasons I don't go on Twitter. You've got a lot of people that don't know what the hell they're talking about," he said.