Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  6 responses

Los Angeles Lakers Held Players-Only Meeting Amid Rumors, Controversy

The Laker players decided to band together as everyone else around them — with rumors swirling, a fractured front-office, and unhappy players — goes a bit crazy. Per the LA Times: “Pau Gasol had been twisting in the trade winds, Kobe Bryant had called out the front office, and Andrew Bynum had complained publicly about too much time devoted to shoot-arounds. So the Lakers held a brief, informal team meeting after beating the Portland Trail Blazers, 103-92, Monday at Staples Center. They hammered home the importance of togetherness, like they did most of the game against the Trail Blazers. Don’t worry about the front office. Don’t worry about practices being too long. Just worry about games. And winning them. The meeting came before a short but important road trip leading up to All-Star weekend. The Lakers are at Dallas on Wednesday and at Oklahoma City on Thursday. They are 5-11 on the road. It couldn’t hurt to try to crystallize their thoughts. The get-together wasn’t long at all, but one person familiar with it said it would ‘hopefully help everyone stick together.’ The Lakers also held a brief team meeting on their recent six-game road trip. It was believed to be in the aftermath of their crushing loss in New York City, a game in which Bryant was so irritated he kicked a trash can in the locker room afterward. The Lakers recovered in time to beat Toronto in their next game and finish 3-3 on the trip.”

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  • bull22

    @lakeshow, no one got schooled son i dont live on this site like many of you morons do to respond every second , its apparent you don’t know how to read. i have given lin his props but he is overhyped. all this get the freak out and go away business, grow up.. we ain’t at your house man, lol. you are just upset because you la laker sucks, hahahahahahahahhahahaha

  • hushabomb

    Like Metta said “its the front office job to think about the team. Just like its our job to play”. Trading Gasol might be the thing yet who you gonna get back. For the Lakers to go back on Gasol after being through wars and battles is wrong, yet after getting rid of Odom, I wouldn’t put it past them.

  • bull22

    lakers are done. they were done the moment they gave up odom for nothing,
    even if they get howard this year that still won’t be enough to win title.

  • http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/200/420/BRTky.jpg?1321408042 LakeShow

    “a game in which Bryant was so irritated he kicked a trash can in the locker room afterward.” … CLICK MY NAME

  • bike

    I get the impression that Mike Brown is simply along for the ride with this team right now.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Bike…. Your right.