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Kobe Bryant upset with teammates' effort (Web links)

May 11, 2012|By Mark Medina
  • Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to get past Nuggets forward Corey Brewer to get to a loose ball during Game 6 on Thursday night in Denver.
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to get past Nuggets forward Corey Brewer… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes that Kobe Bryant and Lakers Coach Mike Brown didn't like the effort Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol provided in the Lakers' 113-96 Game 6 loss Thursday to the Denver Nuggets.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding details the Lakers' meltdown.

--The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman mentions that the loudspeakers at Pepsi Arena played Notorious B.I.G.'s "Goin' Back to Cali." He also details the Nuggets' Game 6 dominance.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why the Lakers couldn't contain Nuggets guard Ty Lawson.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan talks to Lakers assistants Chuck Person and Darvin Ham, who said they believe that Metta World Peace will be ready to play in Game 7.

--The Daily News' Teaford details Bryant's stomach illness.

Sidebars

--The Times' Ben Bolch highlights Lawson's dominance against the Lakers.

--The Post's Jessica Fender says Nuggets forward Chris "Birdman" Anderson has been "excused indefinitely" from team activities while Douglas County sheriff's detectives investigate him for undisclosed Internet crimes against children.

--Sports Illustrated's Mark Haubner breaks down a few nuggets regarding the Lakers-Nuggets game.

 Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke says he believes that the Lakers will win Game 7 against Denver, but he remains highly critical of the team's effort and Brown's coaching.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande says he believes that it's a bad sign that none of Bryant's teammates played well.

--The Post's Mark Kiszla muses about Bryant becoming the Nuggets' public enemy No. 1.

--Fox Sports West's Joe McDonnell says he believes that the Lakers are in trouble.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin lauds Bryant for putting in a good effort despite his teammates not providing any of their own.

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports Bryant plans to talk to Bynum about needing him to play with a stronger sense of urgency.

Blogs

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer argues that the Nuggets deserve credit for the Game 6 win.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to Denver.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Nuggets game.

--Forum Blue and Gold's R.R. Magellan describes the Lakers' game against Denver as "full of vomit."

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore wonders if Brown's job will be on the line in Game 7.

Tweet of the Day: "Mike Brown put Bynum and Gasol front and center for needing to do better. Kobe now strongly echoing Brown comments." -- SHowardCooper (NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper).

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Been watching from overseas ever since first kobe/shaq championship. Never has a game proven more how alone Kobe is on this team. He is the only consistent factor. Especially when it comes to attitude and mindset. Anyone still blaming him for not trusting his teammates on tne occassional night? The "other" lakers can win when things are going their way. And they are embarassing themselfes time and again. Actually you could jump on management for this. But remember, who would have been traded for Chris Paul again? I guess we have to thank this guy who held "basketball reasons" against a certain trade..." -- Wolfgang Aistermann


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