For a few hours on Friday, the drama of the past week gave way to the part of this the Lakers love.
The result wasn’t what they wanted, but some normalcy returned for the Lakers on Friday, after an All-Star break that included a complete restructuring of the front office and two trades.
With new president of basketball operations Magic Johnson watching and evaluating at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Lakers played a game for the first time in nine days. They lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 110-93, falling despite cutting their deficit to single digits in the fourth quarter.
“Us at the end, being down by 20, not tucking our tail at the end, shows...