Blake played Tuesday with the ligament tear, dishing out 10 assists with nine points, but the Lakers fell to the
Bryant was hard on himself, but after watching film of his debut last Sunday against the
As a team, the Lakers are among the best in three-point field-goal percentage, but their true issue has been on the defensive end.
While D'Antoni said Bryant would start with Westbrook as his defensive assignment,
In truth, the Lakers didn't guard Westbrook,
D'Antoni noted that he doesn't want to hear complaints from Gasol about the offense, especially when the team isn't playing defense.
The Lakers coach did sympathize with Bryant, playing out of position at the point and fresh off his return from injury.
In a difficult game Saturday, the second night of a back-to-back, the Lakers closed well to beat the
Injuries have led D'Antoni to keep his starting lineup in near-constant flux.
Despite Bryant missing most of the season, he still ranked as the top guard in All-Star balloting, at least by the
The Lakers star also responded to negative comments made by former NFL star Jim Brown.
In other odd news, two stolen Lakers championship rings were found. A security guard was charged in the theft.
Finally, the free agents signed by the Lakers over the off-season are now trade eligible.