Lakers’ Week 11 in review
The Lakers were given a stacked deck for Week 11, taking on the high-scoring Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder without Dwight Howard (shoulder), Pau Gasol (concussion), Jordan Hill (hip) and Steve Blake (abdominal surgery). Predictably, it didn’t go well.
Last week’s games didn’t go especially well for the Lakers.
Steve Nash recorded his 10,000th-career assist in Houston but the Lakers lost to the Rockets, 125-112. The Spurs held off a late charge and a big game from Earl Clark to win in San Antonio, 108-105. The Thunder pounded the Lakers, 116-101.
The main problem for the Lakers this season? Their defense is offensive.
Lakers executive Jim Buss told local radio, “We’re not going to panic,” despite the team’s dismal play. After giving support to Coach Mike D'Antoni, Gasol and the team’s roster as a whole, Buss blamed most of the team’s problems on bad luck with injuries.
Of course, the question is how much should Buss’ words be trusted.
The Lakers waived rookie Darius Johnson-Odom, deciding to keep freshman center Robert Sacre. The team’s roster stands at 14 players, one fewer than the league maximum.
Despite their difficulties, the Lakers remain in reach of a top-eight seed, but they need to start winning games regularly.
Off the court, Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa announced that they’ve reconciled and are no longer pursuing a divorce.
A YouTube parody from BallerballFilms begged for a team to trade for Gasol.
Nash joined Magic Johnson and Chris Paul in an NBA ad featuring the Clippers point guard.
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