The Lakers lost in embarrassing fashion to the Timberwolves last night, giving up 143 points on 67.1% overall shooting. The rumors surrounding Los Angeles aren’t very positive, either. Let’s take a look:
- Kevin Love downplayed questions about joining the Lakers in the future when speaking with reporters including Mark Medina of Los Angeles Daily News after he led the Wolves in drubbing the purple and gold. “You know, my parents live there and they had me there. It’s not my fault,” Love said. “So, I don’t really care about that right now. I just go out there and play and don’t think about it.”
- Steve Nash told reporters including Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com that how his health will affect the rest of this season and his career is a virtual unknown to the 40-year-old. “Frankly, I don’t know if I’ll play again or if I’ll play every game [the rest] of the year,” Nash said. “I think the bottom line right now is this is a situation where I want to play; that’s the only reason I played tonight. But I also want to go into this summer healthy.” Nash has repeatedly said he wants to play out the final year of his contract and avoid a scenario where the Lakers exercise the stretch provision on his contract.
- Chris Kaman admitted to having frustration with his lack of playing time for the Lakers, telling reporters including Mike Bresnahan of The Los Angeles Times he doesn’t understand coach Mike D’Antoni‘s explanation. “It’s a frustrating situation all around. Maybe he thought he was going to go with the young guys, but Steve Nash is 40 years old. He stayed with him so I’m not sure that’s par for the course,” said Kaman, who was the subject of trade rumors earlier this year and will become a free agent this summer. “It’s hard for a player to know what to think, know what to do and what to say. I’m just trying to be cool about it and stay positive, but it’s definitely difficult.”