The Lakers lost three of four games through Week 12, falling to 9-34 on the season.
The week opened with a 95-91 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday at Staples Center. Both teams have struggled for wins and health this year. All-Star Kobe Bryant tried to play through an injury but left halfway to rest his sore Achilles tendon.
Outside of Bryant, the Lakers have avoided serious injury. Coach Byron Scott has tried to keep the faith in his team despite the record.
On Thursday, Bryant returned to the court, making his last appearance in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors.
Former Lakers player and executive Jerry West, now with the Warriors, reflected on his relationship with Bryant.
Bryant later announced he won’t play in the Olympics this summer. The Lakers have struggled to find the balance between developing their young players with Bryant’s farewell.
Bryant passed West on the Lakers’ all-time assist list.
Finally, Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside could garner a big pay raise in free agency this summer.