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Lakers' Kobe Bryant is chippy, Ron Artest is bald, Sasha Vujacic is healthy and Derek Fisher isn't worried

March 8, 2010 |  2:21 pm

The Lakers were already sporting a different look upon their return to Southern California on Monday, with Sasha Vujacic back on the court and Ron Artest unveiling his second hairdo in two days.

Coach Phil Jackson said Vujacic would likely return Tuesday against Toronto at Staples Center from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him since Feb. 19.

Artest shaved his blond hair, but the dye with the word "defense" inscribed in three languages remained.

Kobe Bryant described the Lakers as "a little edgy" in the wake of their first three-game losing streak since January 2008, and the guard lived up to his description with a series of short answers to reporters' questions. Asked if his stomach was feeling better a day after it forced him to miss the team bus to Amway Arena, Bryant said, "I'm getting a stomach virus now with all these questions."

But veteran guard Derek Fisher downplayed the Lakers' struggles.

"There's been a lot of rain in L.A., but it's not our fault," Fisher said. "The sky is not falling."

-- Ben Bolch

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