Yesterday it was reported by the L.A. Times that the Lakers had a players-only meeting in the midst of Gasol trade rumors (again) and an unreserved Kobe Bryant speaking to the media about his frustrations for the Lakers organization. Such a meeting was long overdue.
Apparently something worked from that get together as the visiting Lakers beat the reigning champs 96-91 to begin their back-to-back road trip carrying must needed momentum into OKC before hitting the All-Star break.
Lakers did win convincingly over the Blazers just the other night but still the victory was quickly rained on with sports radio expecting L.A. to beat the struggling team. Tonight was an opportunity to silence the airwaves by beating a very tough Dallas team with a home record of 13-6. Objective complete.
Free-throws were an issue in the closing seconds of tonight's game (2-8) but still the offensive balance displayed among the Lakers first unit should stand out above all. Four starters scoring in double figures? Now "that will get it done" - Stu Lantz.
Whats next for L.A.? The very hot OKC Thunder who have always given the Lakers trouble with their run and gun offense. Actually they've given almost every opponent trouble. We all know that the Lakers kryptonite is a fast opponent. This will be the Lakers toughest match-up so far this season.