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Lakers Daily Links: Thursday

Surprisingly, Kobe Bryant is enjoying saying goodbye: After further review, Kobe Bryant is having a great time on his goodbye tour. He swore in September he didn't want one, wouldn't need the gifts and adulation from adoring road crowd. -- Los Angeles Times

Despite their best efforts, Lakers' skid reaches seven with 128-119 loss to Grizzlies: Byron Scott had a message for Lakers fans who wanted their team to lose. Sorry, the Lakers will keep trying to win. Lottery enthusiasts need not worry. Trying to win and actually succeeding remained entirely different concepts. -- Los Angeles Times

LA Lakers’ poor defense, D’Angelo Russell’s emergence overshadow Kobe Bryant in loss to Memphis: This city once represented the place that Kobe Bryant unleashed his scoring outbursts against an opponent he described as “physical.” But in the Lakers’ 128-119 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday at FedEx Forum, Bryant’s last game here featured a few different things. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Byron Scott insists LA Lakers aren’t tanking: The question disturbed Lakers coach Byron Scott. So much that he professed not wanting to answer it. The Lakers’ 128-119 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday at Fedex Forum cemented a six-game losing streak. But that loss could turn into a win. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Byron Scott praises D'Angelo Russell for offensive growth: The relationship between D’Angelo Russell and Byron Scott has been one of this season’s most intriguing subplots. Scott has been quick to criticize, or offer frank analysis of Russell’s rookie season. when Russell plays well, he points to the areas in which Russell could improve. -- The Orange County Register

Lakers' losing streak reaches seven games after 128-119 loss to Grizzlies: With Jordan Clarkson hitting 3-pointers and D’Angelo Russell setting a career high for assists, it was tempting on Wednesday to overlook the Lakers seventh straight loss, 128-119 to the Memphis Grizzlies, and enjoy the sneak peek at the Lakers backcourt of the future. -- The Orange County Register