They said he had a sore back... Phil thought he was ready to go. Indeed Pau Gasol started for the 30-16 Lakers and not for long, we would be 31-16 going 3-1 on our current road trip.
So Kobe had an off night going 3-13 scoring only 6 points... Big Deal! On a night where Kobe could not hit the target incurring 7 turnovers, it did not matter. The support crew were more than sufficient to suck the life (whatever is left of it) from the New Jersey Nets on their homefloor. 4 players scored in double figures while Kobe figured he was Steve Nash in his 8 assists. Vlade could not miss a thing with his 16pts in 6-10 shooting and Fish was resembling nothing like a 33-yr old veteran with his team high 28pts, 4rebs, 4asts on 9-18 shooting.
The highlight of the night is the performance of Pau Gasol. 24pts, 12rebs, 3asts, 2 TOs and going 10-15 from the field on your debut? Excellente! I must also credit Mr. Odom for bringing it, silently contributing 14pts, 15rebs and 5asts.
So West, BABVA. Be Afraid... Be Very Afraid.