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Kobe Adapts as Leader of a Different Kind

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LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers' season hit rock bottom earlier this week in Memphis, another troubling loss that was preceded by that now infamous team meeting in which grievances were aired and selfishness was supposed to have been checked at the locker room door.

 

After returning for a brief homestand that leads into the annual Grammys road trip -- seven games in 12 days -- the Lakers finally made a stand Sunday, finally made the effort to play together and go somewhere. It was a 105-96 victory over the defending Western Conference champion Thunder, the cohesive, drama-free team that has passed the star-studded Lakers and become the class of the conference with their simple, effective, blissfully bland way of doing things right all the time.

 

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