HOT … LUKE WARM … COLD FISH KOBE BRYANT After pumping in 45-plus a night for a stretch, the comparisons to Wilt and Baylor were pretty sweet, and it made the Lakers a league-wide, must-see-TV event again. Imagine, he did something MJ never did. Of course, it also makes us wonder if he’ll drop dead by March from casting up 40 shots a game. BODE MILLER Is he sorry that he said he liked to ski wasted, or sorry that it upset all the sponsors for the U.S. Olympic team? Whatever the case, this bad boy on skis is going to give NBC someone to focus on other than a figure skater or hockey team at the Winter Games. They ought to give him his own channel. MARCUS VICK Who’s he taking advice from these days, Ron Mexico? If getting kicked out of school isn’t bad enough, the Virginia Tech quarterback is waving a gun around in a Mickey D’s parking lot, and not because they won’t let him order off the $1 menu. What NFL team is going to put up with that? SURFING THE WEB TUNING IN TO TURIN The Winter Olympics will arrive in less than a month – that’s a warning, not a threat – which gives everyone enough time to curl up to their browsers and find out just who’s the favorite in curling and other things you’d normally not watch unless there was a gold medal at stake. One of the first ways to explore what athletes are competing from the neighborhood is to click onto www.offthepodium.com, which is sponsored by the official NBC Olympic site. Here, the focus is on the competitors’ lifestyle, featuring video, behind-the-scenes photos, journal entries and bio info, from snowboarder Shaun White to speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Find out why snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler likes interior decorating, why skeleton racer Nicole Pikus-Pace considers glitter a must-have, and how figure skater Tim Goebel cooks his famous beet-and-vegetable stir fry. Veteran U.S. women’s hockey player Angela Ruggiero, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley and started her career at various local rinks, has a sight-seeing tour of Turin on the site. Ruggiero also has her own Web site (angelaruggiero.com) that could use some updating. FROM THE LIP “I’m kind of upset about that. Me, being one of the better players in America, separate from the NBA, I want to play for the United States team in the Olympics. I’m an American. I might not be a class act, but I’m an American.” – Ron Artest, currently inactive with the Indiana Pacers, complaining about not receiving an invitation to try out for the U.S. Olympic basketball team.