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Lakers Daily Links: Thursday

Kobe Bryant says Lakers won't accept losing, after loss to Kings, 112-93: These are the lost games in a long-ago jettisoned season. The pattern fell into the same circular file, the Lakers playing against a sub-.500 team at Staples Center. -- Los Angeles Times

Lakers' D'Angelo Russell needs to hit the weight room: Does D'Angelo Russell need to put on weight? He's only 19, still growing into his body at 6 feet 3 and 195 pounds, but Lakers Coach Byron Scott wants to see him in the weight room after this season. Russell isn't getting "bounced around" by opposing guards but other things on the court catch Scott's eye. -- Los Angeles Times

Lakers appear sluggish on offense and defense in 112-93 loss to Kings: The feedback centered on Lakers guards D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson amid coach Byron Scott’s hope both would offer more glimpses of their potential with increased play-calling responsibilities. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Sacramento’s Caron Butler calls his friendship with Kobe Bryant “special”: Kobe Bryant walked swiftly out of the Lakers’ locker room before stopping suddenly. Sacramento Kings forward Caron Butler stood there, the man Bryant moments earlier had described glowingly as “my brother.” -- Los Angeles Daily News

Randle lands endorsement deal with Mountain Dew: The beverage that Lakers second-year forward Julius Randle has endorsed likely would not meet the approval of the team’s training staff. Avoiding such consumption also helped Randle lose about 20 pounds while rehabbing his surgically repaired right leg during his rookie season. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers have no answer for Kings' Rondo, Cousins: Before losing to the Sacramento Kings by three points earlier this month, the Lakers fell into a deep hole. They trailed by 27 before the young core led a spirited and galvanizing comeback, albeit one that ultimately fell short. -- The Orange County Register

Lakers won't be 'chumps' and accept losing: What you need to know: With a 112-93 loss to Sacramento on Wednesday, the Lakers fell to 9-35. They have lost four straight games, and are on pace to finish well below the 21-win threshold they managed a year ago. That four-game losing streak? It’s the seventh such run this season. -- The Orange County Register