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."
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