Category: Los Angeles Lakers


Three cheers for Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant, long notable on Twitter by his absense, is trying to put his arrival on the site to good use (Image | Getty)

Kobe Bryant, long notable on Twitter by his absense, is trying to put his arrival on the site to good use (Image | Getty)

The Los Angeles Lakers are currently in the middle of arguably their worst season for a generation, but there is one piece of heartening news to come from the franchise, and it is a lot more important than whether the Lakers make the NBA playoffs or not.

Star player Kobe Bryant has been a recent addition to the legion of athletes on Twitter. I don’t follow Bryant myself, but – at the time of writing – there are over 1.3 million people who do. It’s no surprise to learn that famous sports stars on Twitter are often used as lightning rods for gentle teasing, or that ghastly word, “banter”.

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Pau Gasol is on his way to a permanent reserve role as the Lakers seek a more energetic starting five (Image | Getty)

Pau Gasol is on his way to a permanent reserve role as the Lakers seek a more energetic starting five (Image | Getty)

Pau Gasol is finally back to productivity following his struggles with injuries over the past couple weeks. So the obvious response from Laker coach Mike D’Antoni? Bench him.

The All-Star forward is being shuffled out to make room for Earl Clark, averaging five points a game, in a somewhat baffling attempt to provide more energy in the starting five. On first impressions last night, it looked like the wrong call altogether.

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Could this be the last season in Orlando for franchise poster-boy Dwight Howard? If the front office sees sense, it should be

Dwight Howard’s decision yesterday that he wants to stay in Orlando – this season, and possibly next season – was a stunning about-turn for a man who has been openly courting trade rumours since the middle of 2011. And beyond that, it resembled a massive slap in the face for everyone involved in the Magic organisation.

Amid all the stories, rumours, make-believe and hyperbole coming out of central Florida in the last two or three weeks have been some positively disturbing suggestions. The idea that team president Alex Martins told Howard that he could choose whether or not GM Otis Smith and head coach Stan Van Gundy were fired or retained was particularly troubling – if only because it’s not that hard to believe that this might actually be true.

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Dwyane Wade’s ongoing injury problems are forcing the Heat to switch style

Given that the season started just one month after the NBA’s damaging and embarrassing lockout ended, and that teams had one week for training camp (not two) and two preseason games (not the usual six or seven), it was unavoidable, even expected, that there would be injuries around the league – but boy are they coming thick and fast. Already, Miami’s Big Two-and-a-Half has been reduced to the Big One-and-a-Half, as Dwyane Wade struggles with various nagging leg injuries, and on one occasion, even the Big Half as LeBron James joined his running mate on the sidelines and left Chris Bosh to lead an otherwise rather short Miami roster. (As a Bosh sympathiser, if not supporter, I feel obliged to point out that he had a massive game – 33 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks – to lead the Heat to victory over the Hawks.)

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