Wednesday Bullets

  • Kobe Bryant makes his teammates better.

  • Ronny Turiaf is back with the Lakers, although he's not expected to play much if at all. But then again, no one expected him to be back in the NBA at all, let alone this fast. I'm not betting against Ronny Turiaf.

  • A healthy Andrei Kirilenko is a tremendous thing: 18 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists.

  • Doc Rivers on playing young guys: "I definitely want to play our young guys more. But you have to make them give you a reason with their play. What they can't do is hurt the team. If they hurt the team, then you have to sit them because if you don't you're killing the fabric of everybody else who's out there doing the right things to help the team win."

  • Who can remember the last time the Blazers were four-point favorites? Also, Ruben Patterson's value must have gone up when LeBron James pointed out that Patterson is one at the best in the league at stopping him.

  • Eddy Curry goes back to Chicago.

  • Check out those Sacramento Kings: Kevin Martin scored 25, Francisco Garcia had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and they killed the Suns.

  • Whit Watson on Steve Francis's return to the Orlando Magic: "Francis, in a rare fit of contrition, went so far as to claim that he would 'live with the decision' to come off the bench, if it came to that. That sounds great - and I'm not doubting Francis's sincerity - but all NBA players know that it's not who starts, it's who finishes. It's worth noting that second-year guard Jameer Nelson, a player reportedly deemed "untouchable" in any trade offers made to the Magic these days, leads the team in fourth-quarter points, and has scored a majority of his season total in the second half and overtime."

  • Ira Winderman on an unmotivated and injured Shaquille O'Neal: "...if two blocked shots from Greg Ostertag, being spun silly by Lakers teen center Andrew Bynum, and leaving Staples Center a loser aren't enough to inspire O'Neal, then you have to wonder if motivation ever will arrive."

  • BlogaBull points out one of the worst statistical lines he has ever seen. Against the Pacers, Tyson Chandler played four minutes and had five fouls and one turnover. At least he didn't miss a bunch of shots.