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Kobe Bryant out tonight, as is Andrew Bynum


The Lakers will be short-handed...again.

Kobe Bryant is sitting out a second consecutive game because of a sprained left ankle and Andrew Bynum will be sidelined tonight because of a bruised right hip, leaving the Lakers without two starters against San Antonio.

Bryant sat out the Lakers' 99-82 victory Saturday over Portland, and Bynum missed the second half of that game after feeling hip pain. He also has a sore left knee, the product of a collision with Charlotte guard Stephen Jackson last week.

Bynum said he wasn't playing as he walked into the locker room.

"No, my [body] hurts," he said.

Lamar Odom will replace Bynum in the lineup as Pau Gasol shifts to center. It was unclear who would replace Bryant.

--Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Kobe Bryant tries to take Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo off the dribble during their game last week. Credit: Chris Carlson / Associated Press

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Ok. Now we get to see if they hustle and how the Triangle works against
a good veteran team with a pretty full contingent of players.

I'm sure every one has seen this... notice the Lakers opponent's B2B games!

I hate the celtics like most of you - but at least doc can admit to his team that they are not better than the other teams they lost to. Unlike PJ who does not want to berate his team for not showing up for games. Tell it like it is man!!!

I'm glad that Kobe is sitting out - he needs to rest his wiped out body and be ready for the playoffs. Also, it's allowing the other players to step up their games. Maybe Sasha finds his confience and stroke back? Maybe Pau gets his hands back?

Go Lakers! Win or lose - as long as you play smart and give a full effort - I will cheer whole heartedly for you.

Adam Morrison should replace Bryant ...

Watching Magic vs NO...

I can't tell who's funnier - Coach Van Fatty or Coach Pringle.



i was waiting for this moment for long time. let's see what they r made of. and SA is a good partner for measuring up. quick point guard, solid interior presence. at the same time it is known that SA can lay big eggs from time to time, even if they r healthy.


It was unclear who would replace Bryant.

--Mike Bresnahan

NO ONE? great journalism!


man, this whole times word censorship thing is going nuts.


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…we always hear about the times that other point guards blow by Jordan Farmar but not about all of the times when he blows by those other “quick” point guards? Think about it! Farmar might have the best blow-by differential on the team right now and for sure the best of the point guards. His replacing Fisher in the starting lineup could replace the speed we lost by trading Artest for Ariza in the offseason. Defense of point guards is a team responsibility.
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…the world seems to be populated half with GHFers (Glass Half Full thinkers) and half with GHEers (Glass Half Empty thinkers)? It’s like some cosmic joke to make sure there is conflict in even the most peaceful moments of existence. Or a celestial thrust to the heart when it comes to politics. When the peacemakers naively ask “why can’t we just get along,” they don’t realize that the propensity for conflict has been inbred in all of us and is now part of e-DNA.
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…fans refuse to connect the dots when it comes to statements from the Lakers front office that they want to reduce salaries rather than holding or increasing them or commentary about asking Phil to take a pay cut? Does that sound like an ownership and front office that is going to take on the contracts of blog favorite point guard trade targets? It’s like the salesman who keeps making a new pitch never realizing that the customer has long left the store.
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…everything has to be taken to the extreme, including our attention and interest, to the extent that we lose perspective in the heat of the moment and beauty in the kinetics of the chaos? Watching the spectacle that the Super Bowl has become amazes me. My son was born on the day of the first Super Bowl game, played in Pasadena but not on free TV until the midnight replay. I always believed my wife’s doctor induced labor so he could watch the game.
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We are watching the rise of the generation of excess. You have to listen carefully and between the noise to find and hold on to the transcendent moments that can bring a thrill to your life - like the Lakers pulling together and showing how the Triangle Offense works when run right. Pau needs to get his mojo back and Lamar needs to corral 20 boards again. Look for Ron Ron to lead the team in scoring. He has quickly become our best 3-point shooter at 43%.
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Thank god finally we will see some team play! He should know basketball is not a one man game!

Tom, great comment!
I like your insight, is very hard to find cultured Americans nowadays, it's almost exotict. I am not too old 19, but I have been arround to find myself filling those shoes that this society wears. I find myself all too familiar with the perspectives of interest that my generation displays, I feel like it's a garbage filled media frenzy and we are all stuffed with it.
I too cheat for the lakers W or L as long as they give me a good game. I would have never liked basketball wouldn't it been because of the lakers and mr. Bryant, best player in my heart.

Wow! The great hero Kobe Bryant turns out to be a hearltes, gutless coward. James would never dream of sitting! Homecourt and a repeat championship are at stake at heartless Kobe and that big goof Bynum quit on us. Big shock. 2 guaranteed L's in a row heading to the break. Nice job.


Go to BSPN to spew your trash. Nobody is forcing anybody to watch Lakers. There are other games played. Personally, I don't watch much of Cavs because I don't like them and can't stand LBJ and his antics. I watch Celtics though because I celebrate their every defeats. A Lakers win and a Celtics loss, PRICELESS. You can throw in a Lebron's loss for add on.

I told you all.

they don’t realize that the propensity for conflict has been inbred in all of us and is now part of e-DNA.

um. i think you mean bred, not inbred. unless you know something i don't.


I have a different angle in looking at that the last 2 wins. In the last 2 seasons, when Bynum was injured, most of the time, Pau was the sole center. In the last 2 games, without Bynum, Pau was again the sole center. The lane seemed to be less congested and triangle flew better. Particularly in the 3rd and 4th quarers in Spurs game, Lakers was able to pick up the pace in their offense without silly turnovers. I do remember that, last season, Lakers was able to play in a fast pace with the starters and the 2nd unit, but not this season. I suspect that it has to do with having 2 7-footers in the lineup. I don't think it is because Bynum is slow. I think it has to do with having 2 post players and the lane becomes congested. In the last 2 games, I could see Jordan and Shannon (and even Fisher) moved freely in their offense; whereas if Pau and Bynum were in the post, they didn't move, stood around to see if they could pass to the post and, if not, jacked up jumpers.

If I am PJ, I will try to put Bynum back in the 2nd unit and see if the triangle moves better. Bynum can definitely help shoring up 2nd unit's defense. In my opinion, the reason that the 2nd unit losing the leads is because they cannot defend not because they cannot score.



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