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On Augustin: I don't think he's particularly a great basketball player. But the Lakers need PG depth.
Kobe w/ another quip about his Star Wars "Imperial March" player intro: "I'm more Darth Vader than I am Luke Skywalker"
Kobe on being introduced Sunday night to the Stars Wars "Imperial March"..."I'm more Darth Vader than I am Luke Skywalker."
Kaman has been battling back pain, but said in BKN he was ready to play. Even if healthy, he seems to have been bumped from rotation for now
Unclear whether Chris Kaman's run of DNPs has been injury, benching or convenient blend of both. Hasn't practiced since Nov. 20.
Kobe went through a light practice, said he'd upgrade his game grade from an "F" to a "D" after reviewing video.
After a thorough video review of his debut, Kobe said today his timing was off but "it wasn't as bad as I thought it was."
Pau on Kobe: "He's a superhuman, but he's still a human"
Bryant said he's always had "sucky" preseasons, and obviously doesn't have games that don't count to get revved up this season.
Bryant said he feels pretty good physically today after his game debut. He was encouraged w/his ability to get into the paint.
Big man 1-on-1 right now: Gasol has scored about 20 straight times on Hill/Sacre rotating. Bounce back from last night's struggle tomorrow?
Glad that Kobe felt better today than yesterday, D'Antoni preached patience with Kobe comeback: "It's going to take a while to get on par."
D'Antoni said Kobe told him he felt "great" today after his debut last night.
The Clippers lack toughness and a player with a championship ring. Stephen Jackson brings both to the table.
Not sure for who, but Lowry's $6.2 million comes off the books at the end of this year.
I know I've been reluctant to talk trade stuff with you all, but I think the Lakers should explore trades for Lowry.
I guess there's no better time to let that out than the night after he kills the Lakers with the basketball world watching.
Many of you are saying the team seemed nervous & focused on getting the ball too much too Kobe, very similar to what Nick Young had to say
Do you think the hype around Kobe's return was a distraction for the team last night and could have contributed to the loss?
Kobe chatted with the media for over 15 minutes, talking in length about how he felt after his subpar performance, smiling, laughing...
Despite the loss and a forgettable season debut performance, Kobe Bryant was in pretty good spirits last night.
Tough news on Gronk.
Unexpected halftime surprise from @paul__jones: Robert G. Peterson's "Hoop Dweebs" (cc @shotdrjr) http://t.co/ZnISctFJx7
Henry played 14, Young and Blake 30 apiece, with Bryant playing 28 minutes. Will be interesting to see how D'Antoni uses each guy.
Meeks played a team-high 35 minutes towards 14 points on 6 of 12 FG's in Kobe's return. Shows he's earned D'Antoni's trust w/his play.
Looked back at the start o/t 1st as LAL fell behind 15-4. Guys were pressing, missing wide open shots. Had to climb uphill from then on.
Don’t think I’ve ever seen all five starters score below double digits individually and every bench player score at least 10 or more.
In fact, Nick Young almost came close to matching the entire starting five in points. All five starters totaled 23 points. Young had 19. WOW
Nick Young led the way for the Lakers in the scoring dept with 19 followed by Xavier’s 17. Bench played well. Much better than the starters.
That wasn't pretty, just have to keep workin.
That said, there were times I wondered if he looked a touch slow. But Kobe said the issue wasn't turning the corner, but what he did next.
Final take from Kobe: The areas he felt he struggled were things that will come, like TOs. His explosiveness, he said, was still there.
Nick Young on "shot": "I do that all the time. I did it, I was kind of stuck, and he hit my arm, which is why the ball went over the rim."
DeMar DeRozan on Kobe: "I think he's going to be back to the old him."
Amir Johnson (career-high 32 points): "I'm from L.A., a big Laker fan, a big Kobe fan. And I'm just happy he's back and he's healthy."
Kobe said he weighs 225 pounds with 8% body fat. "Now I feel like after playing the game, I need to drop some more (weight)."
Kobe had already watched game film (while he did therapy) before he addressed reporters. Said he'll "watch film pretty much all night."
Asked to grade himself, Kobe was pretty blunt. "F." Kinda harsh, considering the circumstances, but there you have it. AK
Re game, MDA said: "Everybody got hyped up and psyched up and excited ... and to come out and just lay an egg, thats basically what we did."
Gasol said his sore ankle still is bothering him and might have affected the way he played, but won't sit out.
D'Antoni called Kobe's first game "baby steps. "He's coming back from a tough injury ... he's human, I think."
Important, encouraging points for Kobe were his ability to get in the lane and turn the corner and his ankle did not tighten up on him.
Kobe said his favorite "Star Wars" movie is "Return of the Jedi." Gotta admit, the notion of him embracing Ewoks disappoints me. AK
Best news from tonight moving forward for the Lakers: Bryant said his Achilles tendon feels "completely fine."
Kobe: "It was hard every single day just to get to this point. Every day. ... From that standpoint, I'm very proud."
Someone ask Kobe if he can feel that string on his head.
Kobe gave himself an "F" for his game tonight: “I can’t wait to watch film and start criticizing every little thing.”
Where did that Star Wars intro come from? Kobe: "I think they know I'm a huge John Williams (the composer) fan"
Kobe: "I feel optimistic, like I know exactly what I need to do. That part is exciting."
Bryant is excited about things moving forward. He is optimistic because he said he knows exactly where/how to improve.
Kobe: "I feel very optimistic, I know exactly what I need to do."
Kobe gave himself an F when asked to give a grade for his first game back
Bryant said he'd give himself an "F" for the game. He's pleased w/the effort of his teammates, and said at least he physically feels good.
On Darth Vader music Kobe said, "I think they know I'm a huge John Williams fan."
Kobe says "a little bit" of his explosiveness was there, one encouraging sign
Kobe's been quite critical of his play, especially the turnovers. Said his legs aren't quite there yet explosively to catch and shoot.
Kobe says he'll watch film "pretty much all night."
Kobe is being pretty critical of himself. Lamenting his turnovers, saying he messed up. Says he will rip himself more when he watches film
Kobe says he's at 225 pounds and 8 pct body fat. After tonight, he says he thinks he needs to slim down
Kobe feels like he needs to drop a few pounds to be more effective.
Bryant referenced "a bunch of things I completely messed up on.
Kobe makes joke about soreness and age: "That's probably because I'm 60."
"I'm still not sure exactly what I can do." -Kobe on movement during the game
Kobe says he feels better than expected after tonight's game.
Kobe with a solid one-liner: "I think the last time I had eight months off I was still in the womb."
Kobe: "I think the last time I had 8 months off I was in the womb. It felt good to get there."
"I think the last time I had eight months off I was still in the womb." - Kobe, on his absence. AK
Kobe on playing again: "Weird. It was really weird."
Kobe: "I think the last time I had eight months off I was still in the womb."
Kobe: "My rhythm is completely out of sync ... But this is a start. I guess a start is good"
Kobe: "It's a start."
Pau on Kobe's return: "We know it's going to take a little time for things to be smooth again."
Despite the loss and Kobe's pedestrian stat line, Pau had his back: "I think tonight was a very positive performance by him"
Tonight marked eighth different Lakers starting lineup--and D'Antoni suggested it will change again. Guessing Shawne Williams for Sacre.
Nick Young took jokes about that missed spinning layup in stride and predicted he'd end up on "Shaqtin' the Fool." AK
Xavier Henry didn't notice the "Darth Vader" theme during Kobe's intro. And with good reason. He's never seen "Star Wars." AK
A loss in early December isn't the end of the world, you guys. I promise.