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 media-types to suggest that that since the Lakers were 4-1 with Bryant out nursing a bruised shin, that the purple-and-gold bunch was actually a better TEAM. That theory was gunned down Tuesday night by the San Antonio Spurs, much like the Clanton's and McLaury's were by the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday at the O.K. Corral in 1881.
The Spurs (44-16) beat the Lakers (39-23) in every way that's legal in the state of California, ending up with a 112-91 win at STAPLES Center, L.A.'s worst loss this season.
Tony Parker was brilliant, the Spurs' point guard embarrassing both Ramon Sessions and Steve Blake on the w...