The Lakers' barnstorming tour of Europe isn't going so well.
Thursday, FC Barcelona shocked the defending NBA Champs with a 92-88 win in front of its fans in Spain.
Making matters worse, Kobe Bryant looked like he was indeed playing at 60 percent, unleashing a dreadful 2-of-15 shooting performance in 25 minutes.
It's only preseason, but Phil Jackson's concerns about his team are being realized.
Elsewhere in the NBA, Carmelo Anthony readies for his preseason debut with the Nuggets Friday night.
Much to his relief, 'Melo has been forced to answer fewer questions in recent days with trade rumors dying down a bit.
Here's a closer look at the Lakers' plight and some other news and notes from around the NBA Thursday evening.