Lakers Notes: Marshall, Kobe, Carmelo

January 26 at 3:36pm CST By Zach Links

This afternoon, the Lakers travel east to take on the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.  While neither team has set the world on fire this season, all eyes will be on Carmelo Anthony following his 62-point performance against the Bobcats.  Here’s a look at the latest from Los Angeles as the defensively-challenged Lakers look to avoid a repeat of Friday night..

  • Kendall Marshall is making the most of his shot with the Lakers, writes Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.  “It’s been good. I’ve enjoyed it and tried to make the most of [my opportunity],” said the 22-year-old. “When that chance does come about, you have to be ready to help the team in any way possible. It was really tough [the last year] but I lean on the people really close to me — my sisters, my parents, my close friends — that know what I can do. That support system has been great for me throughout the process.”  It’s a small sample size, but the UNC product is leading the league in assists and three-point shooting.
  • Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News wonders if Anthony and Kobe Bryant could ever co-exist with each other.  Lakers forward Wesley Johnson, who shares an agent with Kobe and an alma mater with Melo, thinks they would get along just fine.
  • Kobe told reporters, including Medina (Twitter link) that he’ll happily answer any questions Carmelo has about free agency and the Lakers but will also give him space.
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