Yet, all the talk beforehand centered on Durant. He recently told USA Today that he considered Bryant someone “I’d want to play with a guy like that every day.”“I would love for him to play with a guy like Kobe, too,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “Especially from a coaching standpoint. It would be nice.”It sure would. The Lakers are off to their worst start in franchise history and are on pace to miss the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Durant becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2016, and he would be an acquisition that would expedite the Lakers’ rebuilding process. After all, Durant posted 30 points in 19 minutes in the Thunder’s loss on Thursday to Golden State before his ankle injury, a performance that Scott called “MVPish.”Bryant has remained noncommittal about playing after his contract expires following the 2015-16 season, but Scott reiterated optimism on that development. “Knowing Kobe the way I do, I think he would say yeah,” Scott said. “He would probably play another year or so if he had a guy like Kevin around. Don’t get me fined. I don’t want the NBA to think I’m tampering or anything like that. I’m just answering questions.”Thunder coach Scott Brooks hardly sounded worried, even if he has noticed Bryant has mentored Durant plenty during his seven-year career.“That’s not even a concern at all,” Brooks said. “I’m concerned about beating the Lakers.”Mission accomplished. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Part of Kobe Bryant’s legacy will partly entail an endless list of game-winning shots and scoring binges that make for an extensive highlight tape.But the Lakers’ 104-103 loss on Friday to the Oklahoma City Thunder will not feature any of those moments.Bryant missed an open 17-foot step-back jumper from the left, the shot clanking off the right side of the rim. The Lakers’ star threw his hands up in disgust, his nine points on 3-of-15 shooting telling the story behind his sluggish play. Bryant leaned on a heavy cast of supporters through his poor shooting night. Lakers forward Ed Davis (16 points) and guard Ronnie Price (14 points) posted season-high performances. Jordan Hill posted 10 points and eight rebounds despite nursing flu symptoms that kept him out of practices on Wednesday and Thursday, as well as the morning shootaround on Friday. Nick Young may have sparked an ejection with 11:24 remaining after he shoved Thunder forward Steven Adams in the throat with his forearm amid frustration over a hard screen. A 3-pointer was also later ruled a two-point shot after referees looked at the replays. But the Lakers’ reserves overcame that absence with even contributions from Carlos Boozer (14 points), Jeremy Lin (12 points) and Wayne Ellington (nine points). But that wasn’t enough to beat Oklahoma City (13-14). Instead, the Lakers (8-18) lost their second in a row. Thunder guard and former UCLA product Russell Westbrook posted a team-leading 31 points on 9-of-22 shooting. Reggie Jackson (25 points), Serge Ibaka (16 points) and Anthony Roberson (10 points) all contributed while Kevin Durant sat out because of a sprained right ankle he suffered in Thursday’s loss to Golden State. Durant was seen before the game limping in a Staples Center hallway, though he did not have a boot or crutches.