Lakers Nation Week In Review: Dec. 29 – Jan. 5

1104140_sp_lakers_clippersThe Los Angeles Lakers opened the new year with a two game week and they did not begin 2013 on the right note as they lost both of their games. The Lakers had a very disappointing end to 2012, and everyone was hoping the turn of the calendar would help the Lakers get back on track.

It was another hectic week for the Lakers as they faltered against the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 1, and could not beat the Clippers in a much anticipated Battle of Los Angeles on Saturday night. The Lakers are now two games under .500 and things are not looking good.

The team is not playing up to expectations and fans are beyond frustrated with the way the Lakers are playing. It was an upsetting past seven days for the Lakers and here is a week-in-review.

Lakers Nation Game Recaps:

In the Lakers’ first game of the new year, the faced off with the young Philadelphia 76ers team in Los Angeles. The game remained close throughout, but the veteran Lakers team made many mistakes down the stretch which cost them the game. Sixers’ point Jrue Holiday has a magnificent performance and Philadelphia walked off the court winners, 103-99.

In Saturday night’s Battle of Los Angeles, the Lakers faced a double-digit deficit for most of the game, but relied on a fourth quarter rally to get back in striking distance. However, the hole was too deep for the Lakers to crawl out of and their efforts proved to be too little. The Clippers pulled through in the final minutes and sent the Lakers to two games below. 500.

Lakers Nation News:

Kobe Bryant created a Twitter account during the past week.

Bryant told reporters before the Clippers game that he believes Jamal Crawford should be Sixth Man of the Year.

The third All-Star ballot returns have Bryant as the top-vote getter, something that surprised him.

Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss are engaged to be married.

Jodie Meeks views Kobe Bryant has a mentor.

New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire indirectly criticized Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni.

Robert Sacre explained his unique dance moves.

Jodie Meeks has no hard feelings for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Kobe Bryant’s dieting has helped extend his elite career.

Dwight Howard wants Kobe to push him to the next level.

Kobe Bryant called the Lakers “old” and “slow.”

Sixers coach Doug Collins called Kobe Bryant a “basketball genius.”

Kobe Bryant believes this is the best basketball he has played in a while.

Antawn Jamison regrets the comments he made about his benching.

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