June 6, 2013 |
The Lakers inched closer last week as their early off-season slowly continued. Kobe Bryant shed the walking boot after surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon, moving to a "medical mamba" shoe. Bryant also started walking on the weight-bearing treadmill known as an Alter G. Pau Gasol lost his crutches after nonsurgical procedures (knees). He also saw his brother Marc Gasol, with the Memphis Grizzlies, get swept by the San Antonio Spurs. Bryant added to his tattoo collection . The Lakers guard's dispute with his mother over memorabilia will see a New Jersey courtroom June 17. General Manager Mitch Kupchak said he expects Dwight Howard to explore his opportunities instead of giving the Lakers an early commitment.
March 25, 2013 |
The Lakers (36-34) went winless in Week 21 against two sub-.500 teams. A short-handed loss to the Suns in Phoenix on the second night of a back-to-back might have made some sense -- but losing an 18-point lead to the Washington Wizards at Staples Center was a debacle. Now the Lakers have 12 games left to climb to the sixth or seventh seeding in the Western Conference -- or at the very least protect their hold on eighth place. That battle takes shape on Monday with a visit to the Golden State Warriors.