Lakers: Behind the Scenes

The 24-48 Los Angeles Lakers lost by a lot last night. And by a lot, I mean they let up the most points, 143, to the Minnesota Timberwolves. This amount was the most by any team this season. It almost looked like the score to an all star game, except the Lakers didn’t keep up. They only scored a measly 107. This is a decent amount, but not compared to the 143 the Wolves put up.

The underlying story of the game was Kevin Love. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and the Lakers are one of the teams where he could land. It was a great tryout because he tallied a triple-double. But at the end of the day, Love gets to decide where he wants to play. Does he want to share the spotlight with two possibly three other hall of fame players?

Where are Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash? Kobe is out for the rest of the season, and Nash has been fighting some nagging injuries and scrutiny. He was quoted saying that, he’s only going to play next year for the money. He’s set to earn about 9 million dollars. Kobe defended his friend and teammate and pretty much said, professionals play for the love of the game, but at the end of the day, it’s a job. And if I was getting paid 9 million dollars to play basketball or hang up my shoes, I’d easily want to play. Nash has been in the league for 18 seasons, and is 40 years old. But a man with skills like him, will make an impact on any team he is on. He could get by with the help of Kobe’s new investment.

Kobe recently invested 4 million dollars in the energy drink Body Armor. It’s a sports drink that is supposed to be healthier than Gatorade and Powerade. I’m eager to see what the business mind of Kobe Bryant will have to offer in the near future.

The bigger news of the Lakers are definitely those that are happening off the court.



The Young and the Old

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For the first time in 15 years, Kobe Bryant will not partake in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night. After he was voted a starter by the fans, his left knee will keep him on the sidelines. First time all-star, Anthony Davis, of the Pelicans, will take his place. To me, this will be the first of many appearances for Davis. This year, the festivities will take place in New Orleans. Davis’ home court. But is that the main focus of the weekend? Today is Valentine’s Day and I’m sure many people are going out and celebrating with loved ones, or boycotting. I’m laying in bed and writing about all-star weekend. Damian Lillard is going to be busy. He is the first player to compete in all the events. He will be competing in the Three-Point Contest, the Slam Dunk Contest, the Rising Stars game, the Skill Challenge, and the All-Star Game. The fact that he was a sixth overall pick, five other teams passed on him, he was still named Rookie of the Year. The Wizards were one of them. But we have the sharp shooter Bradley Beal. Beal will challenge Lillard in the Three-Point Contest and play on the same team as him in the Rising Stars Challenge. John Wall will go against him in the Dunk Contest and the All-Star Game. Lillard is looking to repeat in the Skills Challenge this year. This years All-Star weekend should be very eventful and full of surprises. I’m predicting a John Wall win in the Dunk Contest and a Bradley Beal win in the Three-Point Contest. I’m not sure if that’s biased but hey, my hometown favorite players are in them. John Wall is the first Washington Wizard to make it to the All-Star since Caron Butler and Antwan Jamison in 2008. Years of terrible records have given us the chance to build our roster for the future, and the future is now.

But I’m not sure how much Kobe Bryant we’ll see in the future.

Hopefully 20 more years.

Doubt it.