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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant shows frustration as Lakers lose again

11.08.12 at 6:42 am ET
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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Colts at Jaguars, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Thunder at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Clippers at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College football: Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Florida State at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The Lakers are 1-4 after Wednesday’s 95-86 loss to the Jazz in Salt Lake City, and Kobe Bryant, who only days ago was ripping impatient critics, is having trouble containing his frustration with everyone around him.

Bryant played Wednesday night with an anger he acknowledged he had not displayed in a while, although he wouldn’t say the reason for his motivation.

“Nothing I care to share,” said Bryant, who finished with 29 points and six turnovers.

Said teammate Dwight Howard: “Sometimes I think as a team, we ought to be able to not really show our frustrations that much. A lot of the guys look at me and Kobe and they feed off us, so we have to do a better job of keeping our frustrations on the inside and just playing through it so our teammates won’t get down on themselves.

“I know [Bryant] was a little frustrated tonight. He wants to win just as bad as all of us do. We’ve just got to stay together, remember it’s a process and stay focused.”

Meanwhile, Lakers executive vice president Jim Buss isn’t ready to give up on coach Mike Brown.

“I have no problems with Mike Brown at all,” Buss said. “He just works too hard and he’s too knowledgeable for this to be happening.”

‘™¦ Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has also been the team’s general manager for many years, but former coach Jimmy Johnson insists that Jones’ implication that he was calling the shots during the team’s dynasty years in the early 1990s is false.

“This is completely a bunch of crock,” Johnson said in an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “Jerry started putting all those titles on himself after I left. He didn’t call himself general manager and president and all that stuff when I was there. He was just the owner.”

Actually, Jones was listed as president and GM while Johnson was coaching, but that means little to Johnson.

“It was in my contract that I had total responsibility for all football decisions,” Johnson said. “It was all in my contract, and he didn’t allow anybody to have that in their contract after I left.”

‘™¦ Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he spoke to center Joakim Noah about his decision to shoot a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of a 99-93 victory over the Magic in an attempt to win free hamburgers for fans at Chicago’s United Center. If the Bulls had scored 100 points, all fans in attendance would have received the free burger.

After Noah missed one free throw with 23 seconds left and teammate Kirk Hinrich missed two free throws with 10 seconds left, the fans missed out on the treat, and many of them booed at the final buzzer.

“You have to respect the game because you never know what can happen in a game,” Noah said. “I just got caught up in the moment and I was trying to get the people a Big Mac. They really wanted a Big Mac [judging by how loud the crowd was getting] and I felt like, not only did I take the shot and miss the shot, we didn’t even get the Big Mac. Next time, I won’t take that 3-pointer.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 8, 2000, which player was named the 16th captain in Bruins history?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “My first thought was I looked and saw who was second. Hey, I finally beat Belichick. I got him. I knew it would take time, but I finally got him. … Like it hasn’t been a tough enough year. Nah, I wasn’t offended by it. At the end of the year, we’ll see who’s overrated.” – Jets coach Rex Ryan, on being named the most overrated coach — one spot ahead of Bill Belichick — in a Sports Illustrated poll of NFL players

STAT OF THE DAY: 3-of-10 – The Wizards’ shooting numbers in overtime of Wednesday night’s game, a 100-94 Celtics win

‘NET RESULTS: Here’s a bizarre play from Saturday’s high school football game in New Jersey between Bergen Catholic and Friendship Collegiate Academy.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Center Jason Allison, who would be traded to the Kings the following season after holding out

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Rickie Lee Jones turns 58 Thursday.

Read More: Dwight Howard, Jerry Jones, Jimmy Johnson, Joakim Noah