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Mike D’Antoni hopes to have Kobe, Nash back on Jan. 28

Jan 10, 2014, 4:27 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Bryant and point guard Nash of Canada after shaking hands after beating the Charlotte Bobcats during an NBA basketball game in Charlotte Reuters

The Lakers (and Clippers) are about to be kicked out of Staples Center for a couple of weeks so Lorde, Robin Thicke and Katy Perry can drag down the collective musical intelligence of our nation perform and win those oh-so-prestigious Grammy awards.

When the Lakers get home from that 12-day adventure, Mike D’Antoni is hoping the team is greeted with a big surprise:

Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, ready to play.

D’Antoni was on ESPN 710 radio in Los Angeles Friday and said this, via Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

That seems early for the Kobe timetable from the fractured bone in his knee. Yes, this is Kobe and he is a mythological superhero who can play through any pain and all that, I get it, but bones have to heal and then there would be conditioning (lower extremities issues limit conditioning). It’s not unreasonable early, it could happen, it is just a week or two earlier than expected.

And if he is back then, you know the league is not going to let him out of playing in the All-Star Game.

As for Steve Nash, who knows? He is trying to learn how to move and shoot differently, in ways that do not aggravate the nerve root issue that has bothered him for a year now. That takes time.

But at least those two will be back, healthy soon and the Lakers can make that run to the 10 seed in the West.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder are also playing the Grammys

  2. hryanana - Jan 10, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this sight is very current – always on top of things. It can also be very opinionated and often overly so. I find it pretty offensive that you can generalize those three artists into the same category of “draging down the collective musical intelligence of our nation”. I happen to like some of the music by one of those artists but apparently to you Kurt Helin, my musical intelligence is quite low. Poor form Kurt.

  3. RavenzGunnerz - Jan 10, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    You fools!!!

    — D.Rose

    • zacksdad - Jan 10, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Yes, his sitting out of the playoffs worked so well.

  4. saint1997 - Jan 10, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    I get the Thicke and Perry dislike, but Lorde? She’s actually got some good music man!

    • antistratfordian - Jan 10, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      The audacity to blabber about “collective musical intelligence” after lumping Lorde in with Katy Perry…

  5. dinofrank60 - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    So MDA can play them 40 min a night?

  6. censoredpost - Jan 11, 2014 at 3:37 AM

    Please no. Just chill out Mr Nash. If you take the med exempt, you get paid and the Lakeshow gets your 9+ mil to spend on toys that can be played with. You used to be a Hitachi but now you just vibrate a lil. Let it go, take the dough.

  7. davidly - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Let’s be clear: it’s Grammy itself–the broadcast, in particular–that drags down collective musical intelligence. By all means be wary of anyone attached to UMG and disregard any music you want based upon personal taste, but with a view to her resume alone, Lorde is a genius. Like, so is Kanye, and I don’t enjoy either one of them in the least.

  8. davidly - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    BTW: this is an example of the author himself trolling his own article, ie. framing a sports story in something likely to distract from the main point.

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