Part 1: Lakers vs. Kings Recap

This the first part of a 2-part article recapping my experience watching the Lakers vs. Kings game on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010. Sitting courtside, I was witness to Kobe’s game winning 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Lakers first 20+ point comeback since 2006.

The game started very slowly as I’ve seen most Lakers games begin.

They played lethargically and without energy going down 5 at the quarter and 15 at the half.

I cannot figure out why the Lakers play like this, but Sacramento showed much more energy and enthusiasm during the first half.

Washington alum Spencer Hawes absolutely went off, starting from the opening tip. He had 30 points in the game, including 4 three-pointers, and 11 rebounds.

I was actually more impressed with his aggressiveness on the boards than his scoring performance. Going up against a front line of Gasol, Bynum, and Odom can be a difficult challenge for a smaller team like the Kings, but Hawes did seem to hold his own.

There was a bit of “no matter what” aggressiveness where he was rebounding balls away from his teammates. He never stole it from them, but just outrebounded them, almost with ignorance to which team they were playing for, the way an aggressive rebounder should.

Brockman got a bit of time as well, which I was glad to see, and even got a bucket at the end of a scoring stretch that annoyed Lakers fans enough to draw boos on the hometown team.

Hopefully Brockman is able to continue to get a few solid minutes while their team rotates through injuries.

At half time, I managed to run into an old friend Bob Myers, who—with Arn Tellem—represents Hawes, Brockman, Tyreke Evans, and other Kings. He was happy to see Hawes doing so well, yet not so happy to be working on New Years Day.

One last guy that I really liked on the Kings was Udoka.

This guy was very smooth and skil...

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