After a road-heavy December, the Lakers returned home for a long stretch with 12 games in January at home. Despite the team’s poor 8-27 record this season, the Lakers have a few things to look forward to.
Former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni returned refreshed and revived to Staples Center as an assistant coach with Philadelphia.
Bryant, still struggling with a sore shoulder, was unable to play against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. The Lakers were able to win their third straight with a blowout over the Suns, 97-77. Coach Byron Scott wasn’t thrilled with the team’s poor fourth quarter.
The Lakers have found a potent double dose of power at forward with Larry Nance Jr. and Julius Randle.
Finally, the Lakers have to decide soon on the contracts of Metta World Peace, Tarik Black and Marcelo Huertas.