The Lakers on Friday finally got their first win of the season, defeating the Nets in Brooklyn, 104-98.
After finishing Week 1 with a 103-93 loss to the Dallas Mavericks and a three-game losing streak, all-star guard Kobe Bryant was given a day off by Coach Byron Scott to clear his head.
Bryant’s farewell tour is off to a bad start, most notably with a poor shooting percentage.
Rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. suffered a broken nose in practice but wasn’t forced to miss any time. Veteran forward Metta World Peace said he had no problem with his initial lack of playing time.
On Tuesday, the Lakers fell to a depleted Denver Nuggets squad, 120-109 -- despite Jordan Clarkson tying his career high of 30 points.
Four straight losses had the team frustrated. Bryant pointed to the team’s lack of experience as part of the problem.
With an 0-4 record, the Lakers hit the road for five games, still searching for their first win. Fans aren’t exactly thrilled with the Lakers’ performance.
Scott warned that rookie guard D’Angelo Russell needs to improve, lest he face reduced playing time.
Russell responded with a career-high 16 points in the team’s win over the Nets.
The Lakers failed to build a winning streak, falling on Sunday to the New York Knicks, 99-95 -- in what seemed like Bryant’s farewell to Madison Square Garden.
Bryant said he won’t sign elsewhere after this season. It’s either re-sign with the Lakers or retire. Scott’s comments suggested retirement as the likely option.
Against the Knicks, Julius Randle didn’t give his best performance of the season, and was his own worst critic. He matched up against New York’s intriguing rookie forward Kristaps Porzingis.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s documentary debuted on HBO.
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