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Relive Kobe Bryant's off-the-backboard shot against Phoenix

November 15, 2010 | 12:30 pm


There are plenty of things irking Laker fans right now, such as the team's back-to-back losses, its porous perimeter defense against Phoenix and of course the fact the Lakers (8-2) have to win out if they want to win 80 games.

Don't expect any coddling from Kobe Bryant. When he was asked after the Lakers' 121-116 loss Sunday to Phoenix what he would say to fans upset over the Lakers' recent struggles, Bryant glared and said, "I won't tell them anything. They'll get over it."

Oh yeah? Try telling that to the fan in the photo above.

Here's something that might work though: a little Kobe entertainment that features him throwing a pass off the backbaord to himself for a putback.

As entertaining as that play was, ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin dutifully noted the Black Mamba had done this plenty of times already, including the 2003-04 season against Memphis, the 2008 playoffs against Utah, in the 2008-09 season against Indiana, the 2009 playoffs against Houston and the 2009-2010 season against Charlotte.

Hopefully this will keep your mind off things, aside from gloating over Miami's recent struggles. But if the Lakers lose Tuesday at Milwaukee? Well, considering the Lakers have suffered only one three-game losing streak since Pau Gasol joined the team in Feb. 2008, I'm fully prepared for the Earthquake of comment threads. Bryant does have a point though. Just as it was knee jerk for fans to envision the Lakers shattering the Bulls' 72-win mark after a 7-0 start, it's just as knee jerk to worry about an 8-2 record.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Fans cheer after Kobe Bryant scores during the second quarter of the Lakers' 121-116 loss Sunday at Staples Center. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times