Kendall Marshall is in a funk, just like rest of Lakers

INDIANAPOLIS — Count Kendall Marshall among those dragged down by the Lakers’ woes.

He was a surprisingly successful pick-up from the NBA’s Development League, churning out double-digit assists almost immediately when signed in December.

Now, though, the guard is like the rest of the Lakers. And he’s not enjoying it.

“It’s not fun at all the way we’re playing,” said Marshall, scoreless with only four assists in the Lakers’ 118-98 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.

The road figured to be a respite for the Lakers, who lost nine of their last 10 games at Staples Center.

Not so Tuesday. And not for Marshall, who averaged 3.5 points and 7.5 assists his last two games before Tuesday.


“I want to get back on track, find a way to help this team. We’re kind of stumbling around in these games as of late,” he said. “So hopefully as a point guard, and I look at myself as a leader on this team, I can help figure it out.”

Helping Lamar Odom

Pau Gasol has a never-to-be-broken, two-championship kinship with Lamar Odom, who recently signed to play professionally in Spain.

So Gasol, who grew up in Barcelona, wanted to wish Odom well.

“I didn’t have a chance to talk to Lamar. I wish I could have,” Gasol said. “The guy is very hard to reach. I love him to death.”

Gasol settled for the next best thing.

“I talked to the coach of the team that signed him and I told him, even though I’m a little biased with Lamar … I know how much he loves the game,” Gasol said. “And I hope he takes advantage of his opportunity to be able to get back and play. ...

“I know it’s not the ideal situation for him. It’s not easy to go and leave your country and go play somewhere else where you have no friends and you don’t speak the language. And I can relate to that. Hopefully, he’ll just focus on basketball.”

Nick Young is sidelined again

Nick Young will sit out at least two games because of lingering soreness in his left knee.

He had 10 points against Brooklyn on Sunday after sitting out six games because of a bone bruise and non-displaced knee fracture.

Coach Mike D’Antoni said there was “nothing to worry about but there’s no reason to push him.”

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