Week of Words in Laker Nation
—Magic Johnson of ESPN, Friday night on Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard: "Kobe is saying [to Dwight], 'Hey, you are coming to a team that wants to win the championship.' You must do things different than you did in Orlando.' Right now, Kobe needs to hug Dwight. A lot of pressure on him. He's not hitting his free throws. Everybody in L.A. and around the country are talking about it."
—Charles Barkley of TNT, Thursday night: "Dwight Howard is not a 30-point guy and I definitely don't think he is a 30-point guy on that team. He's playing with better players. ... The free-throw thing, I think they're going to have to address. At this point it is psychological."
—Kenny Smith of TNT, Thursday night: "Hack-a-Shaq, it was to stop Shaq. They couldn't stop him. Hack-a-Howard is a strategic thing to stop the team and him. ... It's a different mind-set."