The Lakers had plenty to say after their 109-103 loss Friday to the Orlando Magic extended their losing streak to two games. They also lost in the closing seconds Wednesday to the San Antonio Spurs, 112-111.
The Lakers made only 20 of 27 free throws against Orlando, prompting Kobe Bryant to say, “It’s not a concern. We’re a much better free throw shooting team than we were tonight, obviously. That hurt us a little bit, not being able to convert those plays. We’ll fix that. We’re a better free throw shooting team than that.”
Bryant on facing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday: “They’re obviously playing at a high level, but so are we.”
Bryant on whether the Cavaliers have enough talent surrounding James: “It’s good enough. Any time you surround a player that can penetrate with great shooters, you’re going to be a threat.”
Bryant on his relationship with James, a fellow U.S. Olympian: “It’s great. Everybody on the team, we’ve become like a fraternity. Everybody looks out for each other, everybody stays in touch with each other.”
Sasha Vujacic on returning to the team after sitting out the two-game Texas trip because of back spasms: “I’m feeling better. I was disappointed I wasn’t able to be with my teammates down in Texas, but I had to stay and get treatment. This happens to a lot of people right now. It’s mostly a concern that I would have problems when I sit down or stop moving. But that’s why I’m still getting treatment.”