Pacific Notes: Bryant, Amnesty, Cousins

With three NBA games scheduled, the Clippers are the only Pacific division team in action tonight.  Let's round up links from the division here:

  • Just because the Lakers aren't thinking about amnestying Kobe Bryant just yet, doesn't mean everyone else isn't.  An ESPN Los Angeles poll shows that most do not think the Lakers should use the amnesty provision on their longtime star.  Amin Elhassan of ESPN is in favor of cutting ties with Bryant, writing that the team could conceivably re-sign him if he can return to full strength.  On the other hand, Arash Markazi sees Bryant helping the Lakers next season and thinks the franchise's image would take a hit should they release him. 
  • Markazi follows up on Twitter, clarifying that the Lakers can only use their amnesty provision on Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Blake or Metta World Peace, adding that he believes the team will use it on either Blake or World Peace.  Markazi also tweets that for a player to be eligible for the amnesty provision, he must have been with the team that amnesties him since July 1st, 2011, as Luke Adams noted in his amnesty refresher this afternoon.
  • In an all-access interview with Bleacher Report's Jimmy Spencer, Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins insists that he is not interested in a change of scenery.  "No, I am loyal to this organization," Cousins said.  "The biggest reward to me would be, at the end of the day, hearing them say, 'He turned this around. He stuck with it through thick and thin and he made it happen.'"  While the story comes with a disclaimer that Cousins granted the interview with an agenda in mind, there are plenty of worthwhile quotes that make it worth a read. 

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