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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: New-look Lakers preach patience after falling to 0-2

11.01.12 at 7:59 am ET

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‘™¦ Before his Mavericks upset the Lakers on Tuesday, Mavs owner Mark Cuban was pointed when asked to assess the reloaded Los Angeles squad.

“I don’t know, I don’t care, I just hope they suck,” Cuban said with a laugh.

Through two games, Cuban is getting his wish.

A night after losing their opener to the Mavericks in Los Angeles, the Lakers dropped a 116-106 decision to the Trail Blazers in Portland. Adding injury to insult, point guard Steve Nash left the game with a bruised leg after a collision with Blazers guard Damian Lillard.

“We’ve got to learn how to play together,” said Dwight Howard, who had 33 points and 14 rebounds. “You’ve got to be good before you can be great.”

Added Howard: “We didn’t expect to just come together and be awesome. It’s always a process. We’ve got to stick with it so that at the end of the year we can have a trophy.”

Coach Mike Brown is being criticized for his restrictive offense that doesn’t give Nash enough time with the ball in his hands, but the team is preaching patience.

“We’re not sharp,” Nash said. “I think the guys are trying, we just didn’t live up to what we’re trying to do.”

‘™¦ Reggie Bush and the Dolphins appeared to get in the last word vs. the Jets with Sunday’s 30-9 beatdown, but the feuding between the teams is not over.

On Wednesday, Bush responded to Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie calling him a “punk,” apparently referring to a play on which Bush stiff-armed Cromartie, leading to a retaliatory shove and a head-butt that cost Cromartie a 15-yard penalty.

‘€œI’€™ve been called a lot of things, but not a punk,’€ Bush said with a laugh. ‘€œI don’€™t feel like I did anything illegal. I didn’€™t try to hurt him. I didn’€™t talk about hurting him or ending his career or anything like that. What I did was perfectly within the rules, and if he didn’€™t like it, it’€™s tough. That’€™s football. I’€™ve been on the side of some ugly stuff. The last thing I’€™m going to do is cry about it and call somebody a punk.’€

Added Bush: “If they don’t like me, I guess, tough.”

‘™¦ New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg overruled the NBA on Wednesday, announcing that Thursday’s season-opener between the Knicks and Nets at Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center will be postponed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The league had said a day earlier that the game would be played, but Bloomberg decided that the city needed more time to recover from the damage. Many of the subway lines in the area have been suspended.

“We are disappointed that we can’t play, but there are a lot more important things going on right now,’€ Nets point guard Deron Williams said. ‘€œA lot of people lost homes, a lot of people lost loved ones, so a basketball game doesn’€™t mean much right now.’€

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 1, 2005, Jason Varitek became the first Red Sox player in 14 seasons to win a Gold Glove. Who was the team’s previous recipient, in 1991?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This is the second, but there are going to be a lot more. You should enjoy this and feel this in your hearts.” World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval, to Giants fans attending Wednesday’s parade in San Francisco

STAT OF THE DAY: 22 — Times that Tom Brady has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week, tying him with Peyton Manning for the most all-time (the award was established in 1984)

‘NET RESULTS: Celtics legend Bill Russell makes an appearance in Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving‘s new “Uncle Drew” commercial for Pepsi.

The Rockets-Pistons game in Detroit was delayed when the arena’s fog machine couldn’t be turned off.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Catcher Tony Pena

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Barry Sadler, who died in 1989, was born on this day in 1940.

Read More: Antonio Cromartie, Dwight Howard, Mark Cuban, Michael Bloomberg