Reporter: Jason Barquero | Follow @JayBarquero
Kobe Bryant and the Lake Show earned a rare road win last night by defeating the Timberwolves for the 16th straight time, 106-101. It also marked the first time in 14 games that the Lakers put 100 points on the board. The mamba was good for 35 points and 14 rebounds, while Pau Gasol put up 28 points. It wasn’t the prettiest of wins as LA let an 18-point lead slip away as Minnesota was able to get back on top 94-93 with 3:19 to play. Ultimately, Kevin Love’s 33 and 13 were not enough to get the win. Last night also marked another milestone for Kobe, as he surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most field goals made in franchise history.
Now two big rumors broke out over the weekend that had the LakersNation talking. One was the report from various sources that the purple and gold are showing interest in agent zero – Gilbert Arenas. Keep in mind that Arenas has missed at least 50 games in three of the last four seasons, being plagued by injury. So with the recent strong performance of Andrew Goudelock, do you let the young rookie lead the charge, or do you seek the help of a risky veteran…
The other big talk was started by a tweet that basketball writer Roland Lazenby sent out over the weekend, that Mitch Kupchak could be leaving the Lakers. Now he also added, “I want to stress that what I hear is only talk about Kupchak. But in the past you’d never even hear such talk”. Meanwhile, anger is growing among the fans as they lit up the social media circles, calling for the heads of many of the Laker management. On facebook, Brandie Gray said, “Please go away, Lakers go get Jerry West! Get Dwight Howard, bring back Phil Jackson! Andy Misquez defended the GM by saying, “if it wasn’t for Kupchak’s moves, we wouldn’t have as many titles as we do now”. He can’t go. And Ronald Scott says, “Jim Buss is doing to the Lakers what Frank McCourt did to the Dodgers”.
And speaking of the Dodgers, Laker legend Magic Johnson has reportedly moved forward in the ownership bidding process for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Magic is leading the group that is largely funded by Guggenhiem Partners CEO Mark Walter, in a bid that many sources say could be upwards of 1.5 billion dollars. Now many baseball experts are saying that Magic’s group is one of the strongest ones, and one that could very well end up with the team. Magic as team president of the Dodgers? What do YOU think?
That about does it for this Monday, join us for more LNTV tomorrow. I’m Jason Barquero – see ya next week.