A few notes in the aftermath of the Bobcats' 98-83 win over the L.A. Lakers Friday night before a sellout crowd of 19,568 in Charlotte:
-- Kobe Bryant was very angry after this one. He had a venomous scowl on his face in the visitor's locker room postgame and promised he was going to be having a talk with his teammates very soon about their lack of energy. Would it be a nice talk? "What do you think?" Bryant growled.
Kobe is the subject of my column for Saturday's paper, which you can find here. He did have one magnificent play among his 26 points Friday -- seemingly getting trapped, then apparently passing the ball off the backboard to himself (officially, a rebound) and scoring.
-- Charlotte has now gone 7-2 against the Lakers in the two teams' last nine games. That's just outright bizarre.
-- Former Bobcat Adam Morrison played three minutes and 32 seconds against his former teammates and earned a huge round of boos when he came into the game. Morrison, formerly the Bobcats' No.3 overall pick, said he understood the boos because he didn't play well in Charlotte and was quite pleasant in a postgame interview. He also said he was still trying to sell his house in Charlotte since being traded to L.A.
-- The Lakers didn't get into bed until about 4 a.m. Friday, Lakers coach Phil Jackson said, because they played Thursday night in Miami and then flew to Charlotte afterward. If they lose at Orlando Sunday, the Lakers will lose 3 straight games for the first time since they acquired Pau Gasol.
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