LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant had seen enough.
Another humiliating loss to another bad team Sunday night had the Lakers co-captain ready to take on the whole team if his teammates don’t start getting their games — and attitudes — together.
“I’ll kick everybody’s ass in this locker room if it doesn’t happen,” Bryant said after a 113-103 loss to the Orlando Magic at Staples Center. Yes, the 6-10 Orlando Magic. “It’s the attitude you have to have. Metta (World Peace) is the same way. Dwight (Howard) has it in him as well. Even though he smiles a lot, he cares a lot about this. Come hell or high water, this has to get done.”
The Lakers, now 8-9, entered the fourth quarter with a 77-73 lead, and later added three more points to give them a 7-point margin with 7:50 to play. But instead of the more-talented team taking over and closing out the game, the Lakers went to sleep, allowing the Magic to score a massive 36 points from that point on to win by 10.