Lakers' 99-82 victory over New York Knicks sparks optimism
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes how healthy Kobe Bryant looked in the Lakers' 99-82 victory Thursday over the New York Knicks.
--The New York Times' Howard Beck explains how the Knicks had no answer for Bryant.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes how the Lakers have renewed optimism about the season.
--The New York Daily News' Frank Isola credits Bryant for playing well despite the injuries.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford credits the Lakers' team effort in their win over New York.
--The Times' Bresnahan focuses on how Metta World Peace is still getting used to his name change.
--The Daily News' Teaford highlights Bryant's contention on how the Orthokine procedure significantly helped his right knee.
--The Times' Ben Bolch credits the Lakers' reserve unit.
--The Times' Bill Plaschke is warming up to Lakers Coach Mike Brown.
--The Times' T.J. Simers demands an explanation from Lakers center Andrew Bynum for receiving two citations.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne credits Bryant's resolve during the Lakers' adverse times in the past three weeks.
--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker notices the Lakers showing signs of life.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' win over New York.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notes Mike Brown's belief that young teams have an early advantage during this lockout-shortened season.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Knicks game.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore argues the Lakers are moving in the right direction.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano provides the good, the bad and the ugly from the Lakers win over New York.
Tweet of the Day: "Mike Hopkins, an asst coach at Cuse & friend of Mike Brown's, likes to say, "Nothing great was ever accomplished w/o enthusiasm." Fitting." -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "We sure could have used the "3 ball" last year! anyhow, if L.A. continues to make shots from "3 point-land," it'll really open things up for kobe, pau and 'drew. nice defensive work last night!" -- Steven Paul Martinez
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, front, saves a ball from going out of bounds in front of New York's Bill Walker during the second quarter of the Lakers' 99-82 victory Thursday at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / Dec. 29, 2011)