Los Angeles Lakers lose but still honor Kobe Bryant, 4 lessons

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been in the news for a possible trade. Here’s why Kyle Kuzma needs to stay. 

Lakers rumors are still swirling about Kuzma being traded to the Sacramento Kings. Lake Show Life will have a complete breakdown of all of the trade rumors as soon as possible. With the Kobe Bryant tragedy, those stories had to take a back seat to what was important all week.

There are five more days until the trade deadline. If Kyle Kuzma did not show how badly he wants to stay in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform after this game, outside of washing cars or mowing lawns, there’s nothing else this kid can do.

He deserves all of the credit in the world for busting his behind on an emotionally charged night like this one. Kyle Kuzma put it on the line and played with heart, scoring 17 points and led the team with 15 rebounds. five of those rebounds were offensive, meaning the man was active on the floor.

But before Rob Pelinka makes that deal, he needs to go back a couple of decades to the history of Kobe Bryant. The first three years.

People forget he didn’t get a lot of playing time back then. Before Kobe passed he stated on the “All The Smoke” podcast that he wouldn’t have gotten time then had it not been for injuries. Press the colored words and go to 20:30 of the video. It’s a must-listen.

Lake Show Life has been on top of all of the rumors from the beginning. Now that it’s down to the last week before the trade deadline, this post-game is proof warning the Los Angeles Lakers that they will be really sorry in the end if they trade Kyle Kuzma. Book it.

Final observations:

Let’s take Damian Lillard out of the mix here. Nobody will be stopping him for the next couple of weeks. However, the defense was an issue for the Lakers. There is no way. No, let’s say that again for clarity. There is no way that Hassan Whiteside can be allowed to be as hot as Damian Lillard. No. Can’t happen.

JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard will look good in the box scores combining for 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots on 6-of-7 shooting from the field. Here’s where they look bad.

Whiteside scored 30 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, blocked five shots and had two assists and two steals. Here’s where it gets crazy, he shot 13-of-14 from the field. If he had a better game in his career, good luck finding it.

The Los Angeles Lakers fly to Sacramento to take on the Kings tonight night at 7:00 p.m. PST, 10:00 EST.

This loss dropped the Lakers to 36-11. It’s time to stop the losing streak at two games tomorrow. Lake Show Life will be there with post-game analysis. We leave you with a Kobe Bryant tribute.

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Thank you, sir, for the inspiration.