Found April 16, 2012 on The Sport Mentalist 2:

Can the Los Angeles Lakers win without their superstar shooting guard Kobe Bryant in the lineup? Well Bryant has only been out five games while resting his bruised shin but the Lakers are 4-1 in his absence.

Everybody has pitched in to help keep the Lakers in the win column but if there is one lesson that L.A.’s big men will learn from Bryant’s absence is that things are so much easier when the Black Mamba is in the lineup.


Kobe, wife and kids attend Kings game

The Lakers star attended the Kings-Canucks game with his wife and daughters, increasing speculation that the couple could possibly reconcile.

Brown, Bynum define their terms

Lakers Coach Mike Brown and center Andrew Bynum have had some, uh, entertaining moments in their first season together. Bynum hated it when Brown kissed him on the forehead after a late tip-in during a victory over Boston. Bynum also didn't like being yanked for his well-documented three-point attempt last month against Golden State. But Brown said they were fine. "Are...

Kobe 'definitely' returning before playoffs

Kobe Bryant missed his fifth consecutive game Sunday but hinted about his return from a sore left shin, telling ABC sideline reporter Heather Cox he would "definitely" play before the end of the regular season. Bryant spoke briefly to Cox at the Lakers' game against the Dallas Mavericks about his shin, saying he would be back "well before playoffs." The...

Bynum on upper respiratory infection: 'I can't breathe'

As he ran up and down the court, Andrew Bynum took deep breaths. It had little to do with the normal fatigue that surrounds a typical basketball game. It had everything to do with fighting an upper respiratory infection he suffered the night before the Lakers' 112-108 overtime victory Sunday over the Dallas Mavericks. "It was just hard to breathe," said Bynum, who...

Kobe Bryant and Vanessa proceeding with divorce, reportedly ‘really good friends’

After they were seen in public together with their children at an L.A. Kings game earlier this week, speculation was stronger than ever that a reconciliation between Kobe and Vanessa Bryant may be in the works. Combine that appearance with the kiss they shared back in February after a Lakers game and it certainly appeared as though the two were well on their way to working out their...

Lakers better without Bryant? Yeah right

LOS ANGELES If there's anyone alive who still believes that the Lakers are a better team with Kobe Bryant sitting on the bench in a 5,000 suit rather than hoisting jumpers in shorts and a tank top...well...the late Betty Ford's people are holding a suite in Rancho Mirage with your name on it and a 28-day stay included. It has been the latest rage among some fans and local...

Sessions seeking muiltiyear deal with Lakers

One of the knocks on the Los Angeles Lakers entering this season was their lack of a solid point guard. Derek Fisher wasn't going to cut it anymore due to his age and is now with the Thunder after a trade. Steve Blake wasn't what the Lakers wanted in a point guard, and of course we all know what happened to that potential deal to acquire Chris Paul. In the end, the Lakers...

Kobe expected to miss sixth straight game

Kobe Bryant did some shooting Monday at the teams training facility in El Segundo but is not expected to play Tuesday at Staples Center against San Antonio, according to an NBA official who was not authorized to speak publicly. It would be the sixth game Bryant has missed because of a sore left shin. The Lakers are 4-1 in his absence. They beat the Spurs last week, 98-84, in San...

Scouting the Lakers: Lakers rely on Bynum-Gasol without Bryant

The San Antonio Spurs (43-16) are sitting atop the Western Conference momentarily, as the Spurs demolished the Golden State Warriors on Monday, while getting some help from the Los Angeles Clippers who defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder as well on Monday. The Spurs have won three games in a row, but tonight they face the Los Angeles Lakers, who were the last team the Spurs lost...

Kobe Plans To Return Before Playoffs

Kobe Bryant has missed five straight games with a bruised left shin.

Rest Coming at the Perfect Time

The LA Lakers have persevered all season and are looking like a potential 3 seed in the west, which for them may be perfect. Kobe Bryant has played an outrageous amount of minutes for a guy with his kind of mileage (He just had knee surgery in Germany to extend his career). At the start of the season the Kobe talking to reporters about how he will be back Lakers had a million question...

Team USA choices running out

On the day Kobe Bryant, an erstwhile iron horse, sat out his fourth consecutive game with an injured shin, Dwight Howard traveled across the country to have a specialist inform him that it is a bulging disc that has left his back aching and Derrick Rose, in and out of the lineup all season with injuries, awoke to the realization that the Bulls were better off with him on the bench...
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