Kobe Bryant had 35 points and seven assists last night, but it wasn’t enough to power the Lakers past the Thunder last night. Here’s a look at the latest on the Lakers as they get set take on the Jazz tomorrow night..
- The Lakers are debating whether to bring Pau Gasol off the bench when he returns from knee tendinitis, a person familiar with the team’s thinking told Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. The team is trying to weigh how a demotion would affect Gasol and will keep him if the starting lineup if they feel that it would hurt his play. Last night, Steve Nash confirmed that he asked the Lakers not to trade Gasol as a prerequisite for him joining the team.
- There’s panic in L.A. over the Lakers’ 9-10 record, but their poor results have been driven by luck as much as they have by skill, argues John Hollinger of ESPN.com (Insider sub. req’d). The Lakers are just 1-9 in games decided by ten points or fewer, and have gone 8-1 in the others.
- Brian Geltzeiler of Sheridan Hoops looked back at the vetoed blockbuster that would have sent Chris Paul to the other Los Angeles team. The proposed deal would have put Paul alongside Kobe Bryant and shipped Gasol to the Rockets.