This afternoon, after talking with the media, the Lakers will hop on a plane and head to Hawaii for training camp. Itâ€™s a time of the season filled with optimism.
In that vein here is my with list of what I hope to see and hear about over the next several weeks.
â€¢ A focus on defense. I hope to hear players talking about it at media day. I hope to hear about the focus on defense first in camp. I hope to see better defense starting with those first couple of preseason games against the Warriors.
â€¢ The slimmed-down Kobe bringing some of his defensive energy from Vegas this summer to Hawaii (then back with him to the mainland again). And that energy rubbing off on his teammates.
â€¢ Someone to step up and take charge of the center position. Ideally Andrew Bynum, but Iâ€™ll take it from anyone.
â€¢ Phil Jackson looking uncomfortably out of place in a Hawaiian shirt.
â€¢ A stronger, more savvy Jordan Farmar bringing defense to the point guard position along with improved shooting (particularly from three).
â€¢ That Derek Fisherâ€™s daughter gets the care and help she needs here in LA. Iâ€™m not worried at all about what heâ€™ll bring to the team.
â€¢ Lamar Odom getting healthy enough to play.
â€¢ Nobody else getting injured.
â€¢ Baron Davis staying healthy through camp and through those first two preseason games.
â€¢ Radmanovic finding his comfort zone within the triangle, getting to the open spots and shooting like he is capable of.
â€¢ Ronny Turiaf playing well, getting the attention of the coaches and getting more minutes.