Although Kobe's injury was said to be something of little concern, coach Phil Jackson still kept Kobe in street clothes Thursday night against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Honda Center in Aneheim in which the Lakers prevailed 88-77.
Sounds like a smart decision to me, not like these preseason games meaning to anyone other than the rookies and free agents trying to make the squad before the Lakers cut down the roster.
The win over the Bobcats was seemingly effortless for the Lakers, but the first half was as ugly as could be for both teams with turnover after turnover. At halftime, the Lakers complain that the ball was a bit slippery which resulted in the refs switching basketball in the second half.
Pau Gasol ended the preseason game as the Lakers top scorer with 13 points followed by 12 from Jordan Farmar off the bench. Even though Andrew Bynum put three shots in which he score on two, he was a force on defense with three blocks and ripping down 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.
Lamar Odom had an impressive outing in his new sixth man role scoring 9 points, grabbing 6 rebounds, dishin' 5 assists and having two blocks along with 1 steal in 24 minutes on the floor.
As for the Bobcats, Adam Morrison has the top scorer with 13 off the bench going 3-4 from deep.
All and all it was terrible shooting performance by the young Bobcats as they shot a miserable 32.9% from the floor. Charlotte does look promising with a bunch of good young players that seem much improved from seasons past like Gerald Wallace, Raymond Felton and Emeka Okafor.
With a roster full of youngsters, coach Larry Brown will have his work cut out for him once again trying to turn the Bobcats into a playoff team for the first time in franchise history, but if anyone can change a team like this it is Larry Brown.
SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST NIGHT'S VICTORY