Thursday, December 30, 2010



48794, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA   Wednesday December 29 2010. Lil Wayne (red baseball cap) keeps a close eye on Lakers star Kobe Bryant as he watches his favourite team the New Orlean  s Hornets lose to the LA Lakers at the New Orleans Superdrome. The Lakers beat the Hornets 103 to 88, breaking a three-game losing steak for the west coast team. Wayne   real name Dwayne Michael Carter and also nicknamed Weezy   grew up in the Hollygrove district of New Orleans and has returned home for the festive holidays following his recent stint in prison. Weezy  s time behind bars doesn  t appear to have harmed his recording career.  6 Foot to 7 Foot  , his first single since his release, debuted at No 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and hit the No 1 spot on iTunes this month. It comes from his highly anticipated album  Tha Carter IV  , which will be released in February 2011. Photograph: Paul Harris,

(GAME RECOGNISES GAME: '6, 7' hit man Lil' Wanye watches the 6, 7 Bryant do his thing against his New Orleans)

The Lakers where in need of a post new year victory to close out a bad end to 2010. They found resolution in a 103-88 win over the New Orleans Hornets last night. The Lakers where in need of a change and potential All-Star and sixth man of the year, Lamar Odom came off the bench scoring a team high 24. This is the first time since former player's Tierre Brown 27 in 2005 that a bench player has led the Lakers in scoring. After a week of frustration the Lake Show's bench was seen giggling like school children when Odom got fancy in the paint and then missed a finger roll, only to put it back home with a jam. Odom himself was in high spirits two saying, "It's funny that a play like that happens in New Orleans, basketball is almost like jazz, right?" It sure is and L.O. and L.A. made sweet music in N.O. Kobe Bryant also notched 20 while Odom's starter replacement Andrew Bynum had 18. Pau Gasol was yet again double trouble for the opposition with 11 and 12. "We played much better. We executed much better. Our defense did an excellent job," Kobe said, putting the past week, critics and write offs behind him and his whole team. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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