The Lakers clinched the NBA’s second-worst record the previous night, so they hit the court Friday and celebrated the best way they knew — with another loss.
It was a weird one, a 110-102 defeat against a New Orleans team so ravaged that Kobe Bryant was hugged by Alexis Ajinca and James Ennis afterward, not exactly a who’s-who of players lining up to wish him well.
He finally found injured forward Anthony Davis in street clothes and they embraced. There are three games left in Bryant’s career.
He hearkened back to the old days for a bit, not the ones from several years ago but several months ago.