The Lakers finally won a game!
Here are five takeaways from their 104-98 victory Friday against the Brooklyn Nets.
1. It could be worse. The Lakers could be the Nets, an even more confounding jumble of bloated contracts (Joe Johnson) and less-promising young players.
2. D'Angelo Russell can hit some shots. After struggling mightily in his first four games (34.1% shooting), Russell looked at ease with his mid-range jumper, making six of nine shots overall, including two three-pointers, on the way to 16 points.
3. Kobe Bryant still has plenty of followers. A...