Will Kobe Bryant Fit in with the “New” Lakers?

February 16th, 2010 by Paul Peszko Leave a reply »

Okay, so they're not really new.  Mitch Kupchak hasn’t pulled the trigger on any trades thus far.  Maybe I should have called them the "new look" Lakers.

However, one thing is for certain: They are a completely different team without Kobe Bryant and, to a lesser extent, Andrew Bynum.

Before the All-Star break, the Lakers played three games some might have expected them to lose without the two. They went into Portland with a nine game losing streak at the Rose Garden, not having won there since 2006.

No problem. The Lakers came away with a 99-82 victory.

Just before the break, they traveled to Utah to play the red hot Jazz who were carried a nine-game winning streak into the contest. The Lakers had previously lost seven of their last ten games there.

No problem.  The Lakers whipped the Jazz to the tune of 96-81.

Sandwiched between those two games was a match at Staples Center against their Western Conference rivals, the San Antonio Spurs, who were playing healthy ...

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