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Tweeting with the Lakers: A symbolic handle for a money player?

Devin Ebanks is seeing dollar signs since taking on more responsibilities while Kobe Bryant was resting his sore shin.

May 04, 2012|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Danilo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets drives on Lakers guard Devin Ebanks during Game Two of their Western Conference second-round playoff series on Tuesday.
Danilo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets drives on Lakers guard Devin Ebanks… (Harry How / Getty Images )

Mike Bresnahan covers the Lakers for The Times and ties up loose ends before all their playoff games.

The Lakers use Twitter for different reasons.

Metta World Peace invites people to midnight movie screenings. Pau Gasol transmits his thoughts on "Game of Thrones" episodes. Kobe Bryant avoids it completely.

Then there's Devin Ebanks.

He recently switched his Twitter handle from his name to A$AP Ebank$. It coincided with his rise in responsibilities while Bryant was sidelined by a sore shin.

Maybe Ebanks thought he was becoming a money player. Maybe he was looking forward to the July free-agency period. Maybe he liked rapper A$AP Rocky.

"Just changed it for the heck of it," Ebanks said. "No real reason for it."

Fine. I'm changing mine to Mike_Bre$nahan. Just for the heck of it. No real reason.

Q&A of the day

Q: My nephew from Australia will be in L.A. May 25-28. Will there be any pro games playing at that time? If so, who's playing, location, date, etc.

— Karin, St. Petersburg, Fla.

A: The Lakers will be playing Oklahoma City, the Clippers will be playing San Antonio and the Kings will be playing Phoenix. Any other questions?

Final thought

There's no way the Lakers lose this series. Zero chance.

But they will lose Game 3. George Karl seemed a little too upbeat after the Nuggets lost Game 2. And the Lakers showed they hadn't ditched their regular-season habit of losing large leads.

The pick: Nuggets.

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