By Nick Parker
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers teammates took showers, changed, handled their media responsibility and exited the locker room rather quickly, all with smiles on their faces over a 20-point comeback win that will surely go down as one of the greatest in the season to date.
Ten minutes passed as only Dwight Howard remained. Then the Mamba finally showed up, with the Kobe scowl seemingly inscribed into his face. No smiles, none of the jovial nature his teammates had displayed 20 minutes prior.
"Just irritated, very irritated. That's all," Bryant said.
It was a scene similar to the Lakers' performance on the floor Friday night. For an entire half, Kobe Bryant was nowhere to be found, going scoreless in the first half. It was almost as if he were out there to make a point that he could get his teammates involved and didn't have to be the offensive focal point, taking only two shots.
But then, just as he had emerged from the ...