After a turbulent start to their season, the Lakers have won six of their last seven games as they look to climb back into the Western Conference playoff picture. For most, the recent hot streak could only have brightened the mood for the organization and their fans alike. Antawn Jamison, however, doesn't seem to share the same change in sentiment. Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times delves into the puzzling situation that the 15th-year veteran has found himself in, going from nearly 30 minutes per game to not being in the rotation at all. Here are more Pacific Division notes:
- Sam Amick of USA Today writes that some people close to both Kings GM Geoff Petrie and the Maloof brothers do not think that Petrie's 19-year run with the organization will extend beyond this season. Going further, Amick also writes about how the unilateral decision by ownership to reinstate DeMarcus Cousins went against the wishes of the front office, and that Petrie was not part of the reinstatement process.
- Stan Van Gundy says that Dwight Howard has not "looked himself" this season, specifically noting the lack of explosiveness and quickness that he had shown before, writes Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times. However, the former Magic head coach believes that Howard is more than capable of adjusting to his situation and insists that the two are in good standing with each other.
- Pau Gasol has seemingly found his rhythm within Mike D'Antoni's offense, and the addition of a potent three-point shot has certainly helped expedite that process, writes Janis Carr of the Orange County Register.
- Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times believes that the Clippers and their 16-game winning streak face a tough test ahead of them, with four of the next five games against above .500 opponents.