While we've had our own share of turmoil and disarray in Boston, things aren't quite as bad as they are in Los Angeles.
A league source told the Daily News that the Lakers stars got into a heated exchange following a New Year’s Day loss to the 76ers, and Bryant went for a low blow – referencing and agreeing with Shaquille O’Neal’s criticisms of Howard being soft. Howard was restrained from going at his teammate, according to the source, and there have been rumblings from the center’s camp that he’s been unhappy with Bryant since earlier in the season.
Of course everyone denies everything so nothing to see here I guess. They cannot deny that the team is still struggling (they have lost 3 straight and are in 11th place in the West) and now they have some injury concerns.
The Lakers announced Monday that an MRI revealed that center Dwight Howard has suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder. His recovery timeline is not yet known, although he will miss at least a week before being re-evaluated.
The Lakers announced Monday that forward/center Pau Gasol suffered a concussion after taking an elbow to the face from Nuggets center JaVale McGee during the fourth quarter of a 112-105 loss at the Staples Center on Sunday night. Gasol will not travel with the Lakers for road games in Houston on Tuesday and San Antonio on Wednesday, and he is officially listed as out indefinitely.
They still have time to get things right and they still have a lot of talent, but things aren't going so well right now and they have a pretty tough week ahead with games in Houston and San Antonio plus a game against the Thunder at home.