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Masai should focus on gathering future firsts -- 15,16,17 etc. Great assets to have as a team grows ...'14 probably over-priced now.
So little understanding by MattW 2 compare Gay trade by Memphis & Toronto & opposite responses by Hollins & Casey. Sad not 2 know difference
Hawaii Bowl is a tough travel but Beavers don't travel we'll anyway. OSU hoops team in Hawaii at same time. Plus some island players.
Could see a different starting line up to better fit/space around Bryant. Maybe Williams at the 4, or Meeks at 2? D'Antoni said we'll see.
Hawaii Bowl originally wanted Notre Dame. After Irish went to pinstripe, ESPN liked a w. coast matchup > Conf. USA vs Boise State.
Steve, what do you want for your post-game meal? "I don't know, we'll figure it out tomorrow."
Something tells me Steve Blake isn't so happy about Kobe's return and how it affected him. Super pissed postgame.
"I don't know, we'll figure it out tomorrow. -Steve Blake after every question.
Steve Blake didn't seem to pleased to be addressing the media after tonight's game. Yeesh.
I asked D'Antoni if he considered holding Kobe out of the fourth quarter, and he clearly did but said: "I wanted to live a little bit."
Be careful driving tonight if you are still on the roads. 696 is an ice rink right now. Cars stopped and stalled at 696 and Mound. Be safe.
D'Antoni said He will consider yet another change to starting lineup to try to help flow.
Ray McCallum minutes! Great point by Smitty from the city! Underrated rookie
Oh-oh my taxi slippin and slidin. slow down my dude I'm almost there. Lol
D'Antoni intends to keep Kobe's minutes in the 25-26 range for the near future. He played 28 tonight.
Man there is snoweverywhere here in Philly. Might make a snowman now that I'm here. Ha
Still can't get over 32 and 10 for Amir Johnson.
The single most insurmountable truth in the NBA is big-market dominance. I know that because NY-Chicago-LA is a combined 42-57.
It's going to be about 20 minutes until we hear from Bryant, who is icing down.
D'Antoni said it was unrealistic to think Kobe would already be in mid-season form. "There's no way..." he said.
D'Antoni on idea of Kobe coming back in "midseason form": "I know everybody thought he could, but there's no way..."
D'Antoni said he would like to play Bryant 25-26 minutes moving forward. Kobe played 28 on Sunday
I don't hate the Kings move. I can explain more later, but I think it's a good thing.
D'Antoni said Gasol will be back, will be fine. Thought ankle may have bothered him tonight as he wasn't moving well. Didn't play in 4th.
D'Antoni's repeated word for Lakers upon Kobe's return: "disrupted."
The nice thing about being iced in is there were some good NBA, NFL and NCAA games on TV over the weekend. Some good movies, too.
Amir Johnson 32, DeMar DeRozan 26, Kyle Lowry 23, Lakers starters 23.
D'Antoni on Gasol, who had 7 points on 3-for-11 shooting: "We need him." Gasol did not play in 4th quarter.
D'Antoni not pleased but not surprised. Team was tentative w/Kobe return and all the excitement, and TOR played loose after the trade.
Kobe's return: 2-of-9, 9 pts, 8 turnovers, 8 rebounds, 4 assists.
Good night, LA. Can't wait for this red-eye flight to Toronto. Ugh. Oh...and the snow that'll be waiting for us too! See ya folks.
Before I leave LA...my thoughts on Gay deal: TOR got legit back up (starting?) PG, front court depth & financial flexibility. Good overall
Think the Raptors ran more pick and rolls tonight than rest of season combined. News flash, works pretty well even without Stockton/Malone
No Lakers starters scored in double figures tonight.
Kobe had eight turnovers tonight. I'm sure that will change, but anyone else in the NBA would have/should have been yanked.
I really like Amir Johnson ... But maybe Masai should make a few calls tonight to see if he could land a draft pick or two for him ...
How the Lakers will ever play Nash and Kobe together... I have no idea. Probably won't much, unless they want to give up 120 a night.
If I see an angel float out of a Crown Royal bag, I'mma start drinking
Seriously: A+ stuff from Amir and Kyle tonight. DeMar wasn't too far behind. Fun (?) to watch.
Final: Raptors 106, Lakers 94. LAL shot 43%, turned it over 19 times, allowed 62 paint points to 32 + a 19-4 disadvantage in FB points.
Masai, wielding nightstick: "Kyle — love your work. Three years, 36 million sound cool? It's yours in July. Now, bring me your knee."
Raps counterpart, DeMar DeRozan, finishes w/ 26 pts, five reb, five assts. A ways to go for No. 24 until he's truly back, it would appear
Lakers looked rusty and out of it. Not totally unexpected but this was probably worse than anyone thought against Toronto.
Just the first game back, but Kobe is going to need the "courtesy" defensive assignment for the rest of his career, I think.
Lakers lose 106-94 to the 7-12 Raptors to fall to 10-10. Kobe: 9 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 8 turnovers.
FINAL: Raptors 106, Lakers 94. Kobe Bryant with 9 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 8 turnovers in 27 minutes.
Lakers fall to Raptors 106-94 in Kobe Bryant's return. Bryant has 9 points on 2-for-9 shooting with 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 8 turnovers.
Kobe's final line: 9 points on 2-for-9 shooting, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 8 turnovers in 28 minutes.
Bryant's final line: 9 points on 2 of 9 FG's and 5 of 7 FT's, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 8 turnovers.
Kobe returns...and Lakers never led all night. It's over.
Kobe rusty in his return: nine pts on 2-9 shooting, 8 reb, 4 assts, & 8 - yes, 8 - turnovers in Lakers' 106-94 loss to Toronto.
Why is Kobe in game??? Down 10, 35.8 to go???
With this loss tonight, LAL will be 10-10 after 20 games. They were 9-11 last season.
Remember this is a Raptors team that found out during warm-ups that Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy were out and being traded.
Lakers' 10-game winning streak at home against Toronto about to end.
Every team from Dallas through Miami alphabetically is actually pretty good.
Kobe is now 2-9 with 9 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 8 turnovers.
Just catching up on Lakers-Raptors -- why did Lakers give the crappy, limpy guy on the 10-day contract Kobe's jersey?
Was nice of Fields + Novak to go 1-for-15 combined in Rudy's honor tonight. A fitting tribute.
Nick Young has 16 points and Kobe has 9. Absolutely no doubt whose team this is now.
Young enjoys drawing crunch time charges, apparently, as he does right here. LAL down 9, 41.8 left.
Kobe has 8 turnovers tonight. Most of them have been forced by a player not looking for his shot tonight.
103-94 Raptors. 41.8 seconds left and D'Antoni will take a TO.
Raps about to win. Cue fan panic.
Luckily for the Lakers fans who have stayed, Nick Young doesn't know what the score is and just drained a three-pointer.
This one's just about over, TOR going up 103-91 after 2 more DeRozan FT's (he's 10 for 11). Young's 3 cut it to 9, but w/54 sec. left.
Raptors will win tonight - Grizzlies won 15 of 19 after trading Gay last year. Think of the lead in the Atlantic the Raptors would have
Raptors 101, Lakers 91 with 1:11 and now most are heading for the exits.
Crowd has seen enough and are heading toward the exits with 1:11 left and Kobe still on the floor
Kobe turns the ball over for the 8th time. That could do it with 1:11 left to play.
Pau is sitting out the entire fourth quarter.
Kobe hits two free throws, cuts the lead to 8 with two minutes left. Get a few stops and this could be a game.
It felt like a playoffs game before the tip but the second half has been a buzz kill for this sellout crowd.
Some Raptor yelled "Good D!" after Kobe missed the first FT....
Can't. Stop. Watching. Nick. Young. 360. Layup. Attempt......Powerless
Kobe being hidden on defense, assigned to guard Landry and Novak.
The Lakers starters are a combined 8-for-31. The bench is 25-for-44.
Raptors 99, Lakers 89 with 1:55 left. Some fans are starting to leave.
Both Raptors and Lakers playing mini-ball lineups.
DeRozan continues to score in the 4th, now with 8 of his 24 after a pull-up J in the paint. LAL remain down 10 after 2 Hill FT's.
If they don't watch out, the Raptors will be leading the Atlantic again in a week.
What a great screen by Amir. Crafted that beautifully, stayed stationary on contact.
This is a Toronto team that has lost five consecutive and had Rudy Gay traded pregame. Points in paint: TOR 60, LAL 32.
So the Kings got a bigger, much more expensive, just as shoot-shoot-shooterly Monta. Will probably sell tickets. Beyond that? Hmm...
“No seriously, U guys watchin the game? Gotta love Kyle, U know what I mean?” -Masai Ujiri’s 29-person group text message
Watching Nick Young in crunchtime is not my idea of a goodtime -- unless he's missing 360 layups in which case it's cool
Catching up to this: Sacramento trades for Rudy Gay? Well, GSW people always told me Vivek Ranadive's favorite player is Monta Ellis...
The Lakers have 18 turnovers tonight.
At train station in Philly. Now gotta get taxi to hotel. Almost. Almost
DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have taken 15 free throws. So have the Lakers. All of them.
Nick Young, power forward?
DeRozan's emulating fellow L.A. native James Harden tonight, drawing fouls on jump shots then hitting FT's. He's 8 for 9 at the line.
I see the Lakers are really into fouling jump shooters tonight.
Now Steve Blake returns for the final 3:19, with Johnson heading to the bench. Blake/Bryant/Meeks/Young/Hill is LAL's small line up.
Kobe has seven turnovers vs. four assists. Steve Blake coming back in with 3:19 left. TOR 95, LAL 87.
Masai better trade Lowry ASAP
Gasol (3 for 11) and Blake (1 for 6) remain on the bench for the final few minutes with Hill in at C, Bryant initiating the offense.
I know why D'Antoni put Kobe back in. I don't know why he took Henry out.
DeRozen's FTs puts the Raptors back up 8. The Lakers have kept it close, but can't get over the hump.
Bryant rimmed out on a leaner to his right, as LAL trail by 8 after DeRozan's FG, then 2 FT's on the next trip. Kobe is 2 for 8 tonight.
Noticed a lot of camera flashes in the crowd as Kobe shot those free throws. In case you didn't the memo, folks are excited he's back. AK
Kobe hits two FTs. Lakers down 89-85.
Kobe did a lot of the talking int hat Lakers timeout. Now two free throws by him. TOR 89, LAL 85 with 4:50 left.
It took Dirk awhile to get his legs back after knee surgery last year. The same holds true for Kobe this year.
Kobe is still looking to pass first with 5 minutes left in a six-point game. I'd expect that to change soon.
A JR Smith/Nick Young backcourt would be the end of basketball as we know it.
Bryant will be shooting bonus FT's with LAL down 6 and 4:50 to play out of a time out. Has 5 points, 8 boards, 4 assists in 23 min.
Haven’t seen him grab one I don’t think, but Ross has been going way over the rim all night in search of offensive rebounds
GREAT pass from Wes to Hill. Six point game.
Kobe saw Steve Novak as a white cornerback on that pass...
Lakers score on fast break thanks to heady outlet pass from Bryant. He helps, even though the shot hasn't been there.
This 4th quarter is so stressful.
Doesn’t mean they’ll be giving guys away. Just open for business.
Bryant enters with LAL down 89-81 after Lowry FT's. Tough call for D'Antoni to pull Henry after 8 quick 4th Q points. Meeks stays in.
Just randomly thought about how much playing time Nick Young would earn on a Woodson-coached Knick team. Probably a lot.
Kobe back in to play point guard. If he plays the rest of the way, he'll play 28 minutes. TOR 89, LAL 81.
As I noted in that piece, nobody’s safe anymore. Ujiri willing to deal anybody for right return. No more untouchables.
Bryant is set to return (after a "We want Kobe!" chant, no less) at the 6:53 mark. He'll play 28 minutes if he stays in.
Kobe checks in the close out the game.
6:53 left, Lakers down 8, and Kobe Bryant is back in the game. Checks in for leading scorer Xavier Henry.
So here he comes with 6:53 left.
It worked. Kobe is now coming back into the game.
And Mike D'Antoni gives the people what they want. AK
A loud "We want Kobe!" chant. He's played 21 minutes and these people paid good money to see him play.
Fans want to see more, and are chanting "We Want Kobe"
Ask and ye shall receive, Kobe is checking back in
A "We want Kobe!" chant is starting with 7 minutes left in the 4th and the Lakers down 6 with Bryant on the bench
"We want Kobe" chant building at Staples. AK
"We want Kobe" chant starts up. Lakers down six, 7 mins left.
Thanks my peeps Who Dat. Ha
Staples Center: "We want Kobe..."
Xavier from three again. Lakers down four. 7:30 left to play.
Xavier Henry's still rolling, draining another triple to cut the lead to 4. He has 17 off the pine in 13 minutes.
Don't be surprised if Kendall Marshall ends up being part of the guard tryout in Memphis. Nice kid who needs/deserves a restart.
Ujiri: "Amir, your ankles have been surprisingly strong this year." Amir: "Yeah. It's great." Ujiri: "Don't you find that odd? I do."
Curious to see how many starters D'Antoni goes back to down the stretch. Bench has been so much better.
There you go, Jordan. Get Hill rolling to the basket instead of having him create his own shot.
No more Jordan Hill isolations, please.
Almost all of Jazz best 2 man line-ups include Marvin Williams - one exception Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans together
This just in: Jason Kidd says he has an assistants' job for Mike Woodson waiting for him. Well, either Woodson or Byron Scott...
Any update on Saints score anybody
Love me some Nick Young 360 baseline layups that miss by a mile and become shot turnovers that lead to wide open 3s!!!
Nick Young's missed 360-degree reverse layup: A thing of beauty. Full pirouette & toss-up that nearly went over backboard.
I did literally LOL at that Nick Young shot.
Toronto has made 2 of its last 3 triples after starting the game just 2 for 19. LAL are 7 of 20 from 3.
Xavier Henry went full on traffic cop with the pointing on that play
It's funny watching Mike D'Antoni get angry when his team plays shoddy defence. I mean, it's not like he teaches it.
Nick Young is Swag World Champion
Of course Terrence Ross hits a three on the other end following the Nick Young 720 air balled layup.
In fairness to the Lakers, the scouting report on Terrence Ross is that he's best from 60 feet out. AK
Great defense there, Xavier
The most fun missed layup ever from Young, a 360 finish that wasn't close, resulted in a transition 3 for TOR. Raptors back up 10.
Nick Young, ladies & gentlemen...
We live in a world where Nick Young just attempted that shot.
Nick Young just panicked and pressed all the buttons on the controller.
Nick Young .... O_o
Nick Young is the only player in the NBA physically incapable of knowing time, place and score. It's really incredible.
Nick Young just attempted the worst shot in the history of basketball. No exaggeration.
Love you Nick Young.
Wonder if the Raps just work out a buyout with Salmons.
Since that tweet about the five bench points, the Raps have got nine more from its bench.
Xavier Henry finished a second tough FG with his off hand (right), then answered Novak's 3 w/1 of his own. 82-75 TOR, 9:35 left.
Did MacDonald just describe the Raptors' record as 6-FOR-12? Seriously? So awful.
Xavier with the right again?
Jazz defensive rating with Alec Burks and Trey Burks on the floor together over 122 minutes is 119.8 (team 108.1) (league average 102.7)
Julyan Stone with the tomahawk jam. Yeah, he's starting to look comfortable.
Young's up to a team-high 16 points after 2 FT's. Meeks has 14 off the pine, Williams 10, Henry 9, Hill 2. Deficit at 7 after 2 TOR FG's.
As this is Kobe's night (we kind of forgot), he has five points in 21 minutes so far.
Young heading to the line with a chance to cut the Raps lead to 5.
Raptors up 73-68 after three - Lakers make late run led by burst from Nick Young
Really interested to see who closes out this game for the Lakers.
The Raps bench has five points, three of them came on the buzzer-beating heave from behind centre by Terrence Ross at the end of the first.
Toronto has a very, very thin bench esp. after the trade. Novak, Ross, Stone combined for just 5 points tonight.
Nick Young is all like, "Kobe, I'm really happy for you, and I'ma let you finish, but..."
Second unit cuts TOR lead to 73-68 entering 4Q. Would you dare sit Kobe the rest of the way?
Of course no one in their right mind can see Rudy passing on $19.3 million player option but, FWIW, there were no promises made.
Meant at the end of 3. Sorry folks.
The last 2 minutes (or so) of action might have been J Hill's best in about a week. His activity helped spark a 10-1 run for the Lakers.
Tidbit relating to Kings-Raptors deal: I'm told there were no discussions between Rudy Gay/Kings about whether he'll opt out this summer.
Lakers turn up the energy late in the third with Bryant and a struggling Gasol on the bench. Raptors lead 73-68.
Lakers trail 73-68 after three quarters, cutting TOR's 14-point lead back into striking distance. Young and Meeks have 14 pts apiece
Valanciunis managed 1 of 2 FT's in the final seconds to halt that 10-0 LAL run, but the deficit is only 5 (73-68) after 3.
How did Swaggy miss that? That’s his shot.
LAL continues to get excellent defense from this bench unit. Very active from 1 to 5. Three straight stops spurred a 10-0 LAL run.
That they're functioning better without Kobe on the floor shouldn't surprise anyone. This is what they're used to. BK
Lakers have trailed by as many as 14 in this game. Even with Bryant playing, it's the Meeks/Young/Hill/X/Williams unit keeping Lakers in it
Lakers on a nice little run there to finish off the third quarter and cut the lead to five.
Solid tank lineup here for your Raptors.
Jordan Hill slams one home to cut lead to four, 72-68 with five seconds left in 3rd
Can’t wait for Kobe to be credited when the Lakers bench rallies back to win the game.
Nick Young’s vision on pick and rolls has improved unbelievably since his time in D.C.
Meeks rimmed out on a momentum three that would have cut it to 3, but Hill's follow-up jam of Henry's miss then cut the lead to 4.
Williams, Meeks and Young have got the Lakers rolling. Trail by six, 72-66.
Five straight Nick Young points, plus another Shawne Williams 3 capped an 8-0 push to cut TOR's biggest lead of 14 to 6.
Nick Young doing what Nick Young do
Oh hai, Jordan Hill
The Lakers' season low in points this season is 85. They have 61 as a team with 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter tonight
Nick Young: Accidental offense.
Amir Johnson has scored twice as many points as anyone else in the game tonight.
After Amir Johnson got away with that double-dribble last year he just assumed he was golden on travels.
Someone please explain what offense these Lakers are trying to run right now. These sets are foreign to me.
And then Amir Johnson and Kyle Lowry trap Steve Blake on the baseline. Amir is excellent.
Amir Johnson has 32 points on 14-for-17 shooting. He was averaging 9.8 points before tonight's game.
Kyle Lowry Audition
Biggest lead of game right now for Raptors (14)
The Raptors blew a 27-point 3rd Q lead in Golden State the other night. The margin is 12 with 3 minutes to go in the 3rd right now.
Amir Johnson up to 32 points
Amir Johnson seems cool with Gay trade.
Weird how there’s all this space for Amir Johnson in the pick and roll.
After a 3 from Williams cut Toronto's lead to 7, the Raptors rolled off a 5-0 answer to push the lead back to 12. Johnson up to 30 points.
Kobe was missing even in halftime warmups. Didn't bother to make his last one before stopping. He's 2 for 6 in the game and sitting again.
Meeks has much improved his ball-handling & finishing this year, but his last FB didn't show it. Ended in a TO after he failed to draw a PF.
Memphis is bringing in several guards to workout early this week, including Darius Morris, Reggie Williams and Seth Curry, sources tell Y!
KD on his matchup with Paul George: "Anybody who's guarding me, I take it personal."
Should have stated this prior to GM 1 w/KB, but if you didn't expect an adjustment period once he returned, you were only fooling yourself.
He's been great in that role all season, doesn't make sense to almost completely take him away from what's made him successful.
Lowry getting on Valanciunas again. It's tough love but it's going to pay off eventually.
At some point, Steve Blake is going to have to start taking over some of these ball handling duties from Kobe.
DeRozan looks like he's possessed by the spirit of Rudy
Kobe has more turnovers (6) than points (5). And we're in the 3rd quarter.
NBATV crew is wrong 2 think Kobe should do anything specifically/creatively on offense, cept try 2 recapture feel 4 game...
That's twice tonight Kobe has tried to absorb charges. Is that going to be a post-Achilles adjustment? BK
Kobe tries to draw the charge, but was clearly moving on that one. DeRozen extends the Raptors lead to 13.
Bryant's up to 6 turnovers, 3 in the first 6 minutes of the 3rd. LAL have 13 to TOR's 6, a major factor tonight.
Wished I could have seen Musial live in his HOF career. I do get to see Brees in his HOF career. Both the rock of their team and city.
Kobe has as many turnovers as points, 5 apiece, in 20 minutes of play. TOR 61, LAL 50.
The 4th Bryant assist got Meeks a transition dunk, but TOR got an answer from DeRozan to take a 61-50 lead at the 7-minute mark o/t 3rd.
Kobe drops the dime to Meeks on the break. Lakers down 9.
No rich trade history between Kings-Raps: Christie for Corliss Williamson; Solomon for POB; James Johnson for a 2nd … that’s it.
Make that a career-high of 27 points on the night for Amir Johnson. Lakers had better find a way to place a body on that young man.
Raptors have 36 points in the paint after Amir Johnson scores on Gasol. Guess Kobe cant fix everything
Lakers are -16 in Robert Sacre's 6 minutes of action, which is reflective of the big lineup and not Sacre himself.
Light boos after Gasol missed a free throw. Some jeers after Amir Johnson scored on him. Not a good night for him at all.
Amir Johnson has a new career high, already, with 27 points on 12 of 15 FG's. He'd been replaced by (now injured) Hansbrough as a starter.