Found February 20, 2012 on
(AP) — Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was unhappy about more than just his team’s poor performance in its most recent game.
Given the recent dominance at home against Portland, a visit from the Trail Blazers on Monday night might help Bryant put aside his conflict with management and help the Lakers bounce back from that disappointing effort.
Los Angeles (18-13) trailed by 27 points in the third quarter before attempting to rally in a 102-90 defeat in Phoenix on Sunday. The loss wasn’t the only thing that rankled Bryant, who scored 32 points but also committed an NBA season-high 10 turnovers.
He also expressed his dissatisfaction with the Lakers’ treatment of Pau Gasol. The forward’s name has been in trade rumors for much of this season, and Bryant is seeking closure for his teammate, who is averaging a career-low 16.6 points.
“I wish management would come out and either trade him or not trade him,” Bryant said. “It’s tough for a player to give his all when you don’t know if yo...
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