Lakers News & Rumors: Kobe Bryant Out & Wade on Getting Paid

Top Story:

After missing three consecutive games with an ailing shin injury, Kobe Bryant will miss fourth straight game by sitting out against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night at the Staples Center. Even though this is an unexpected and uncharacteristic absence by the league’s leading scorer, the Los Angeles Lakers have played well without their superstar leading the way with two wins in three games.

Lakers Guard Kobe Bryant Out Friday vs. Denver Nuggets

Lakers Nation:

Does Kobe Bryant have a future in coaching? [LakersNation]

Former Lakers’ forward Lamar Odom rocks a Lakers championship shirt in return to Los Angeles from Dallas. [LakersNation]

Lakers Media:

Bynum shows growth as player [OCRegister]

Andrew Bynum’s 30-rebound game is no surprise to Lakers great [LATimes]

Lakers’ Metta World Peace seeks to fill leadership role [LATimes]

On Enjoying The Regular Season, And How The Lakers Make It Really Hard [SilverScreenAndRoll]

Has Steve Blake rediscovered his game [ESPNLA]

Top NBA News:

Reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose benched in the fourth quarter in favor of C.J. Watson in win over the Miami Heat [NBA.com]

Maloofs pressed to give up Kings [OCRegister.com]

New Orleans Hornets sold to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson [NBA.com]

Blazers’ forward LaMarcus Aldridge has season-ending hip surgery [SI.com]

Retired NBA star Jayson Williams released from jail in New York [SI.com]

Magic’s Dwight Howard flies to L.A. to get back exam [ESPN.com]

New deal for Sacramento Kings’ arena falls through; Kings on the move? [ESPN.com]

Dwyane Wade: No pay for Olympics [ESPN.com]

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