Kobe Bryant will not play all 82 games. Unfortunately, the Lakers will.
They kept coughing and wheezing Tuesday, a franchise in need of an on-court cure after a 101-88 loss to the savvier and stronger Miami Heat that looked worse than the final score.
Bryant skipped the game because of a sore back and the Lakers honored him by sitting out the second half.
Lakers Coach Byron Scott said there were trust issues among the players, the latest red flag in a season already filled with them. It was obvious as a 50-49 halftime deficit eventually mushroomed to 18 amid a series of highlight bloopers at American Airlines Arena.
After Luol Deng strolled in from the...