The Lakers dropped all three games through Week 15, falling to 13-38 on the season. Given the team's obligation to the Phoenix Suns, sending their 2015 first-round pick provided it's not in the top five, losing at this point in the season is better for the franchise long-term.
Before the Lakers started their week in Milwaukee against the Bucks, it was announced that Jordan Hill would be lost to the Lakers for an extended time with a hip injury.
Despite a late lead, the Lakers faltered down the stretch and the Bucks pulled away in overtime, 113-105.
Lakers Coach Byron Scott, who coached Bucks Coach Jason Kidd with the New Jersey Nets (now in Brooklyn), said the two are "cordial" after a difficult ending with the Nets.
With their draft pick in mind, the Lakers had a must lose on Friday, which barely came to pass in a 103-97 overtime loss in Orlando to the Magic.
Ryan Kelly had a break-out game against the Magic, in what has been a frustrating season for the second-year forward.
The Lakers fell on Sunday in Cleveland to the Cavaliers, 120-105, losing their 10th consecutive road game.
The difficult week bodes well for protecting their first-round pick, but the Lakers' schedule is fairly easy the rest of the season.
Regardless, Scott is in it for the long haul with this team.
Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant and Jimmy Fallon once went on a beer run together in 1996.
Nick Young said he's a "romantic," planning to put heart and soul into a new month.
Lakers affiliate player Jabari Brown was named a D-League all-star with the D-Fenders.
Finally, forward/center Tarik Black has heard it all when it comes to saying his name.
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