Lakers News & Rumors Recap: Sick Kobe Drops 40; Sacre Sent Down

The Los Angeles Lakers had a brilliant performance against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday after losing two straight to the Sacramento King and Memphis Grizzlies. Unfortunately, the streaky Lakers couldn’t keep up their winning ways against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday with yet another disappointing loss on the season, dropping them below .500 with a 7-8 record.

Kobe Bryant put on a show, despite suffering flu-like symptoms, with a game-high 40 points and 10 rebounds. Although the offensive numbers were impressive for Kobe, the five-time NBA champion committed 10 turnovers in the loss and was baffled by his performance after the game.

In other news, the Lakers sent rookie center Robert Sacre down to the Los Angeles Defenders on Tuesday. Despite being a fan favorite and a useful backup if Dwight Howard suffers any setbacks with his back during the season, the Lakers opted to send Sacre and fellow rookie Darius Johnson-Odom to the D-Fenders.

Lakers Nation News

Lakers News: Steve Blake Out Another Two Weeks With Abdomen Strain

Video: Dwight Impersonation – Lakers D’Antoni & Mr. Mackey

Lakers News: Mike D’Antoni Praises Kobe Bryant’s Intensity

Lakers Assign Rookie Robert Sacre To D-Fenders

Kobe Bryant On 10 Turnovers: ‘It Boggles My Mind’

Pau Gasol Believes Free Throws Are Mental And About Confidence

Metta World Peace: A Brand New Player In 2012

Lakers News: Mike D’Antoni Believes Gasol Can Fit In System

Last Second Layup Dooms Lakers In Loss To Pacers At Staples

Video: Robert Sacre vs. Ronny Turiaf NBA Dance

Lakers News

Whicker: Lakers Still Very Much A Work In Progress [OC Register]

Woeful Shooting Sinks Lakers [OC Register]

D’Antoni: Gasol ‘A Big Part Of What Were Going To Do’ [OC Register]

D’Antoni Disregards Lakers’ Struggles [OC Register]

Ding: Pau Gasol’s Future Is Now [OC Register]

Crawford Satirizes Basketball; Lakers Fall, 79-77 [Silver Screen and Roll]

Steve Blake Out At Least Two More Weeks [Silver Screen and Roll]

Lakers Go Cold In Loss To Pacers [LA Times]

Live Discussion: What’s Gone Wrong With The Lakers And Clippers [LA Times]

Half Of The Lakers’ Eight Losses Were Left On The Free-Throw Line [LA Times]

Kobe Bryant Baffled By His Turnovers [LA Times]

Lakers’ Steve Nash Expects To Be Out Until At Least Next Week [LA Times]

Pau Gasol’s Bonus If He’s Traded Is Smaller Than It Appears [LA Times]

For Lakers, Free Throws Are Anything But Free Points [LA Daily News]

Indiana Associate Coach Brian Shaw: Lakers Passing On Phil Jackson As Coach ‘Mind-Boggling’ [LA Daily News]

LAKERS: Dan D’Antoni Says Team Has Only Started To Learn New System [LA Daily News]

LAKERS NOTEBOOK: Gasol Works Through Struggles [LA Daily News]

LAKERS NOTEBOOK: Nash’s Return Date Remains Uncertain [LA Daily News]

Some Art For Your Walls… [Forum Blue and Gold]

James Tops Durant, Bryant For NBA’s Most Popular Jersey [The Point Forward]

D’Antoni Regrets Leaving Suns For Knicks [The Point Forward]

Video: NBA Referee Crawford Dances At End Of Lakers/Pacers Game [The Point Forward]

NBA News

Report: Wolves’ Ricky Rubio Cleared For Full-Contact Practices [Sports City]

Dikembe Mutombo Will Save The World In An Awesome 4 1/2 Weeks [Sports City]

Report: Chauncey Billups To Make Season Debut Tonight With Clippers [Sports City]

Video: Chris Duhon/Joey Crawford With The Best Danceoff Ever [Sports City]

Warriors’ Andrew Bogut Had Microfracture Ankle Surgery In April [Sports City]

Hornets’ Davis (Ankle) Out For 6th Straight Game [ESPN]

Lawyer: Kardashian ‘Handcuffed’ To Humphries [ESPN]

D-Will Says He’s Playing Through Wrist Sprain [ESPN]

New Net Blatche Says Wiz Didn’t Have His Back [ESPN]

Harden, Houston Shift Focus To Basketball [Yahoo Sports]

Love In On ‘Token White Guy’ Jokes, Up To A Point [Yahoo Sports]

Rankings: Crowded At The Top [Yahoo Sports]

Bogut May Be Sidelined Months [Hang Time Blog]

Blogatable: Pick A Point, Rondo Or CP3? [Hang Time Blog]

Rockets Pay Tribute To Sasha McHale [Hang Time Blog]

Collison, Brand Benched In Mavs’ Loss [Hang Time Blog]


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