Kobe, Mike D’Antoni Losing Their Composure over Lakers’ Struggles

December 11th, 2012 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
If frustrations hadn't yet filled the locker room of the Los Angeles Lakers, then consider their 100-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night as their breaking point.

Despite 42 points from Bryant and 19 points and 20 rebounds from Dwight Howard, the Lakers were unable to overcome a lethargic start that left them with a 15-point halftime deficit.

The team, built for championship contention right now, appears to be in for a dog fight for even a postseason berth. At 9-13, the Lakers are off to their worst start since the 2002-03 season.

The effects of those losses are starting to take their toll.

Bryant told Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register that this has been "the toughest stretch" of his career. Bryant added that the team's tumultuous start has been "baffling," considering the talent on the roster.

With Pau Gasol still sidelined, there's no obvious scapegoat.

Clearly searching for answers, a dumbfounded Bryant couldn't identify the cause of their woes:


Bryant's play to date has kept him entrenched in the MVP race. But the frustratingly inconsistent efforts from his teamma ...

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