Kobe Bryant said after the Lakers dropped to 17-23 — with two tough games in Chicago and Memphis left on this trip — that such struggles can lead to a team fragmenting because of the blame game.

"Everybody wants to know what's the reason, or whose fault it is , this that and the other," Bryant said.

Bryant requested the blame fall on him.

Bryant said: "Just point the finger at me. Let me take all that, and this way we don't have to worry about that as a team. It's a part of my responsibility. I'll take the arrows; we can just focus on doing what we do best, which is playing together and trying to figure out how we can get out of this ditch."

Bryant added: "I've been through the most, man. I've been through worse times than that, so let me take all that."

Bryant played 42 minutes and shot poorly in the loss to Toronto, and the Lakers come right back without a day off to play in Chicago on Monday. The Bulls might be short-handed, as NBA minutes leader Luol Deng — and sometimes a defender against Bryant — is questionable with a hamstring injury.