Los Angeles Lakers’ Future Coming at Tricky Cost and Thursday NBA Takeaways

February 5th, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

With Mardi Gras right around the corner, the Smoothie King Center probably welcomed more than a few tourists in to see the New Orleans Pelicans get nipped by the Los Angeles Lakers, 99-96, Thursday night. But none would've piqued the interest of the NBA teams on the floor—the Lakers, in particular—more than Ben Simmons.

Simmons, a star freshman forward at LSU and the presumed No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, made the 80-mile trip from Baton Rouge to the Crescent City to cheer on Lakers rookie D'Angelo Russell. The pair won back-to-back national high school titles as teammates at Montverde Academy in Florida.

In watching his friend help the Purple and Gold to their 11th win of the 2015-16 season, Simmons might've also seen his chances of reuniting with Russell in the pros slip beyond his (and the Lakers') reach.

Not that a proud organization like the Lakers would ever reject a victory, especially one in which Kobe Bryant starred. After scoring 23 points against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday and piling up 38 points in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, Bryant p ...

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