Iâ€™m exicted to watch some Lakers basketball. And to watch a sporting event where Frank Caliendoâ€™s new show isnâ€™t promod every 20 seconds.
That said, how much can we read into one preseason game? Not much. Especially one where Lamar Odom, Luke Walton, and possibly Kwame Brown will be in street clothes. If you find yourself getting excited because Elton Brown has a good game, remember the 10 Commandments of Pre-Season Basketball.
There certainly will be things to look for: How does Turiaf in the starting lineup work? How is the new Laker defensive system working? How does Andrew Bynumâ€™s offseason conditioning translate to the court? How is Radmanovic fitting in this year? How is Jordan Farmarâ€™s outside shot looking? Can Coby Karl hit shots in a game, too? Warriors fans have their own sets of questions.
None of those questions really will be answered in one game against the run-and-gun Warriors, but we may start to get a clue. There also are some interesting reports from those watching the Lakers practices in Hawaii, most notably John Irelandâ€™s blog post talking about the team trying to push the tempo this season (thanks skigi). Weâ€™ll see if that translates to the court as well.
Plus, it will be fun to see Derek Fisher back in Laker colors. That may be the thing I am most looking forward to.
For those looking around for it, game tip off is at 10 p.m. Pacific on KCAL 9.