Open Forum Recap: An overwhelming majority of Lakers fans say that Jeremy Lin has been the most impressive Lakers newcomer so far this season.
Bryant led the Lakers with 27 points, five rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes of play. Still, the young Jazz team put up a good collective effort as they were led by Gordon Hayward, who recorded 16 points. Derrick Favors and Dante Exum added 15 and 13 points respectively.
Bryant's challenges are centered on coming back from two severe injuries and proving he can stay healthy, but it’s more than that. It’s also about showing he can reinvent his game and remain effective as he ages, and it’s about proving he can lead a band of mostly young, unproven Lakers back into playoff contention.