On the surface, arriving back in L.A. after a 2-1 east coast roadie would appear celebration for, if not a four alarm celebration, little reason to grow worry lines. But God is in the details and the ones surrounding some Laker wins deserved anything but worshipful treatment. There was a propensity for blowing large leads, a bad habit Derek Fisher is reminding teammates can't continue during a championship season. And seeing the Laker bench- considered by some to be the league's best- continually at the center of these collapses also garnered a bit of concern.
Perhaps Trevor Ariza's mind was wandering with thoughts of a new business venture, but then again, Westchester's finest played fairly good games as a whole. Instead, it was Lamar Odom- who played poorly enough to prompt Phil Jackson to give Luke Walton some rare PT- standing out as a super sub more in rep than intensity. The move sat about as well with LO as his play did with PJ, leading some teammates to try and talk down the lefty Swiss army knife. Perhaps a day or so to decompress will do the entire mob some good. Then again, second units tend to struggle on the road. Which makes tonight's game against the Milwaukee Bucks (6:30 pm PT) a welcome opportunity for redemption.
- The Lakers are trying to be like the Celtics, and not just because those guys own the title at the moment.
- The Glove talks everything from the current NBA to the 100 mil it would take to surgery up and play an WNBA season.
- A bunch of advance scouts also talk, but no WNBA jokes.
- Should former high school star QB Allen Iverson get a shot under center for the Detroit Lions?
- You may not have realized it, but the career paths of KG and Starbury have gone in seriously different directions since the duo stopped kicking it together in Minny.