HANG TIME, Texas — There was the stretch from Nov. 9-20 when the Lakers won five out of six games and peeked their heads above .500 for the first time in this tumultuous season.
Then there was the time when they won six out of seven from Dec. 14-28, which included the Christmas Day victory over the Knicks that got them back to dead level at 15-15.
But this time the Lakers really mean it. At least, that’s the message that Kobe Bryant delivered to Sports Illustrated when he told Jack McCallum that the debate over whether his troubled team would make the playoffs was hardly worth the time.
“It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will.” Bryant said. “And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone — Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have zero nervousness about…
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