The Lakers lost Kobe Bryant for most of the game against the Indiana Pacers and still managed to win while Bryant sat on the sidelines getting electro-stimulation treatment on his sprained ankle.
It was arguably the team's best win of the season, but with Bryant hinting his retirement could be near, it shows the Lakers are not ready for life without their All-Star guard.
At 34 years old, Bryant is playing some of the best basketball of his career. He couldn't keep himself from suiting up in a Pacers game he had no business playing in. How is he going to let the NBA go at the age of 35?
"If I was the Lakers," wrote former Times columnist Mark Heisler for LakersNation.com, "I'd be looking for a price they can afford in this repeating luxury tax penalty era that he could accept for two or three more seasons -- and talking to him about it now."