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Lakers Daily Links: Monday

Byron Scott: Kobe Bryant “probably” will have to manage shoulder pain through 2015-16 season; The throng of season-ticket holders filled up some of the seats at Staples Center at morning shootaround eager to see the Lakers’ main attraction. More fans sat down later that evening for the same thing. But Kobe Bryant wasn’t there. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers’ third consecutive win over Phoenix soiled with nearly blown lead: The Los Angeles Lakers moved the ball crisply and shot the ball with deadly accuracy. They defended by rotating swiftly and unyielding hustle. Soon enough, the streamers fell down from the Staples Center rafters as the fans cheered endlessly. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers win their third in a row with a 97-77 blowout of Suns: Before the game, Metta World Peace talked about winning one more championship before he retires. He meant with the Lakers. He meant this season. -- The Orange County Register

Russell, Randle performing well off the Lakers' bench: Coach Byron Scott’s decision to put two talented rookies on the bench wasn’t popular, especially with the rookies involved. Especially when both were top 10 draft picks and no doubt believed they figured in the Lakers’ rebuilding process. -- The Orange County Register

Byron Scott is only three-quarters happy after Lakers rout Suns for biggest win this season: Watching the Lakers build a 38-point lead on their way to a 97-77 thumping of the slumping Phoenix Suns on Sunday night pleased Coach Byron Scott. But watching his second unit become lax in the fourth quarter at Staples Center, letting the lead slip to 14 points, left Scott displeased. -- Los Angeles Times

Mitch Kupchak says Lakers can't move on until Kobe Bryant retires: After Kobe Bryant retires, the Lakers will eventually hang his jersey in the rafters at Staples Center. Which of Bryant's two numbers will the Lakers honor? "I don't know the answer. Obviously it's going to be 8, 24 or it could be both," said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak at a season-ticket holder event Sunday at Staples Center. -- Los Angeles Times