Originally written January 22, 2013 on Larry Brown Sports:
Things are not getting any better for the Los Angeles Lakers, and it would appear that the team’s struggles are starting to do a number on Kobe Bryant. The Lakers have lost nine of their last 11 games. On the rare occasions that they play well defensively, they don’t score enough points. When they put up plenty of points, the defense isn’t there. After L.A.’s loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports said Kobe sat his locker with his uniform on until well after the team bus had left. Everyone else on these Los Angeles Lakers had showered, dressed and bundled themselves to march out into the coldest night across the past two winters here. As the clock lurched past midnight in the losing locker room, the team bus gone, Kobe Bryant still wore his purple and gold jersey inside a tiny cubicle. For some reason, he was holding onto one more night, one more loss, a little longer on Monday. He had marched past the Michael Jordan statue in the United Cente...
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