Lakers Daily Links: Thursday

A day later, Lakers coach Byron Scott still reveling in Kobe Bryant's 38-point effort: Byron Scott was still glowing over Kobe Bryant’s performance a night earlier, and why not? The Lakers coach said Wednesday he would try to hang on to the feeling of watching Bryant drop 38 points on Minnesota as long as possible. -- The Orange County Register

Vintage Kobe Bryant draws rave reviews from Byron Scott: It seems as though everyone is still reveling in a vintage Kobe Bryant performance. Well, maybe everyone except Sam Mitchell, that is. The day after Bryant torched the Minnesota Timberwolves for 38 points at Staples Center, Lakers coach Byron Scott was able to admire the performance. -- Los Angeles Daily News

How would Ben Simmons fare with the Lakers?: His name has given the Lakers and their fans hope amid a lost season. His talents have evoked comparisons to Magic Johnson and LeBron James. His mere presence even prompted President Barack Obama to give him a shoutout during a town-hall meeting. Ben Simmons has sparked as much excitement down here as Mardi Gras. The LSU freshman standout has dazzled the college basketball world, where the 6-foot-10 forward can both direct the offense as a playmaker (5.0 assists per game) and grab rebounds as a bruiser (12.5). Simmons can also do other things, including scoring (19.5) and playing defense (40 total steals, 20 total blocks). -- Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers Coach Byron Scott can appreciate a vintage Kobe Bryant performance the day after: Lakers Coach Byron Scott said he didn't get caught up in Kobe Bryant's vintage performance Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. After all, the Lakers were trying to avoid setting a franchise record for consecutive losses and had already blown an 11-point fourth-quarter lead before salvaging the game in the closing minutes. -- Los Angeles Times