Lakers Nation Week in Review: Jan. 29 – Feb. 4

The last week saw some ups and downs for the Lakers, and finished with the team leaving L.A. for their longest road trip of the season. The team played three times over the past week, and managed to post a perfect record of 3-0. Following last Saturday’s disappointing loss the the Milwaukee Bucks, the Lakers have strung together three consecutive wins and will look to make it four tonight in Utah.

Game Recaps

The Lakers hold off a feisty Nuggets team for their third road win of the season
. The Lakers got their most impressive road win thus far, defeating the Nuggets 93-89 amidst a snowstorm in Denver.

L.A. rides three-point barrage to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats. The Lakers may be the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA, but on Tuesday night against the Bobcats they rode the three-point wave to a convincing victory.

The Lakers finally get their second road win, defeating the Timberwolves in Minnesota
. L.A. entered this game with a 1-7 record on the road, and after losing to the lowly Milwaukee Bucks the night before needed a win to get back on track. They were able to find that win, despite a late run by the Wolves.

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News of the Week

Kobe Bryant named Western Conference Player of the Month for games played in December and January. After a tremendous start to the season, Bryant was given the award for the 14th time in his career.

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard says he will not sign an extension if traded to the Lakers. After seemingly adding a new team to his list every week, Howard took one off his list when he announced Friday that his desire to be traded to the Lakers no longer existed.

Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum named as starters in the All-Star game. This was the 14th appearance for Bryant in the All-Star game, and just the first for center Andrew Bynum. The Lakers will have two starters on the All-Star team for the first time since sending Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal to the game.


Pictures of Kobe Bryant working out with the Celtics during pre-draft camps surface
. Everybody has become so accustomed to seeing Bryant wear the Lakers’ signature purple and gold that the thought of him in another uniform seems somewhat preposterous, especially when that uniform belongs to the Lakers’ most bitter rivals.

The Lakers celebrated two anniversaries over the past week. The first came on Feb. 1, which marked the four year anniversary of the Pau Gasol trade. The following day, Feb. 2, marked the three year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s impressive 61-point outburst at Madison Square Garden.

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