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Extra! Extra! (11.14)

November 14, 2006 |  9:05 am

It's day two of the Let Kobe's Knee Heal four-day restathon, so, who predicted he'd get to 95% healthy from around 70% by Friday night's game against Toronto, should be at what, close to 80% by now? The purple and gold took a needed day off Monday, and will use the break not just to give Kobe a chance to get stronger, but work out some kinks with the team and find some cohesiveness in an increasingly healthy batch of players.

Competition for PT will be stiff everywhere (unless it says Kobe or Lamar on your locker), including center, where a healthy-ish Kwame Brown is trying to play his way back into a starting gig over Andrew Bynum. However it works out, sharing the playing time pie doesn't seem like it'll create tension between them. At guard, it's a matter of finding not just minutes, but quality ones. It wouldn't hurt for Smush to get his mojo back. Yeah, baby! At least he's in good company on this list.

Turns out it was more duck than stork that helped deliver hoops.

For those of you who subscribe to Insider, Luke Walton is getting some fantasy love, which sounds far more scandalous than it actually is. Speaking of fantasy, it would help you to have a few of these dudes on your team, and the Lakers to sneak at least one more player onto this list, or move up in these.