Week 7 proved to be the Lakers’ best of the year, the team putting together a perfect 3-0 record, while reaching a major milestone in the career of Kobe Bryant.
Before the Lakers hosted the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, Coach Byron Scott and Carlos Boozer traded barbs in the media on the veteran’s benching.
In moving Jeremy Lin and Boozer to the bench for Ronnie Price and Ed Davis, Scott is choosing to trade offensive firepower for better defense in the starting lineup. He admitted that he wishes basketball was more like football, with separate teams for offense and defense.
Bryant and most of his teammates chose to wear “I can’t breathe” T-shirts prior to their battle against the Kings, in protest of a number of racially charged grand jury decisions. The veteran guard said the issue is not about race but justice.
Before the Lakers hit the road for a three-game road trip that will stretch into Week 8, Bryant trash-talked his teammates after a scrimmage, calling them “soft like Charmin.”
The NBA community, including many former Lakers, reached out to applaud Bryant’s achievement.
Meanwhile, cable network Showtime released a trailer for an upcoming documentary entitled “Kobe Bryant’s Muse.”
Lakers owner/executive Jim Buss said he expects the team to be back on top in five years.
Finally, assistant coach Mark Madsen brings a positive charge to the Lakers.