Lakers Preseason Begins Tomorrow

Phillip Barnett —  October 3, 2010

Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest shoots during warm ups at the Pepsi Center on April 8, 2010 in Denver. The Lakers currently lead the Western Conference.  UPI/Gary C. Caskey Photo via Newscom

Tomorrow marks the Lakers first preseason game of the year as they’ll take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in London, England. Below is a short list of things to pay attention to in not only the Lakers’ first preseason game.

1. The Starters
There are going to be problems both offensively and defensively. It’s unrealistic to ask for any basketball team to come back from the offseason and be sharp in their first preseason game. However, I do think shooting is worth paying attention to. It’s not a secret, Derek Fisher and Ron Artest really struggled from the line last season and have been working during camp to improve their long distance strokes. It’s one thing to knock down shots against guys you see every day, it’s another thing having the confidence to knock down shots against new defenders. I don’t necessarily think that this preseason will set the tone for the full season, but I do think we’ll be able to get some idea about the improvements of those two in particular.

2. The Reserves
With Andrew Bynum not playing for a while, Lamar Odom will spend the early part of this season as a starter. This means new comers Steve Blake and Matt Barnes are going to have to come off the bench and provide some kind of spark. Yes, Shannon Brown and Sasha Vujacic will be available, but during these first few games, it will be interesting to see how much of the offense the new guys have picked up. Early reports were saying that Steve Blake has picked up the triangle well, just how well he and Barnes have picked up the offense is what I’ll be paying attention to.

3. The Rookies
All offseason both of the Lakers rookies, Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter, have been talked about ad nauseum and will have an opportunity to play with the team this offseason. Caracter has impressed the most, but Ebanks has seen comparisons to ex-Laker Trevor Ariza. When these two are on the floor, I’ll be paying attention to how well Caracter rebounds and how Ebanks plays on the defensive end of the floor. I think we’ll see some good things from these kids, but I don’t expect them to see heavy minutes in the preseason or into the regular season.

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5 responses to Lakers Preseason Begins Tomorrow

  1. I will be tuning in tomorrow,but will have low expectations. Just want to see some bball, need to fill that void from over the summer. Maybe Phil will bring out the small ball lineup with LO at the 5 to keep the game interesting.

  2. I agree… it’ll just be good to watch some ball. I’m really more interested in seeing the reserves in action at this point anyway. I want to see Blake, Barnes… want to see how Theo fits into the system since he’ll be getting some actual PT with Andrew out. And the rookies for sure. Should be a lot of fun… and to be honest I want to get a look at the T-Wolves, they got a lot more size this year.

  3. It’d be interesting to see which team understands the triangle better once the subs come out to play…

  4. That’s an excellent point harold. With the changes in LA, plus Kurt R having had a season to implement triangle aspects in Minnesota, that bench matchup could be interesting.

  5. Can’t tell you how torn I feel seeing as I’m currently 200 miles from O2 but really should be hanging with the in-laws. At least they don’t mind sitting in front of the telly with me and get their minds blown watching this odd sport where giants play each other and can touch the ball with their hands.

    In 3 weeks we’ll be back in LA for a Lakers’ season for the first time since 2002-2003. No shots of Kobe and Fish crying on the bench this time.