In his latest post, Darius focused on one of the Lakers’ new assistant coaches, Steve Clifford, and the potential impact on the team’s defensive mindset. Change continues to be a large part of the evolving story. Former lead assistant John Kuester has been reassigned to scouting, putting another piece of the puzzle into place. News updates on Dwight Howard’s rehab have also been front and center, giving some positive indicators on his progress since having back surgery. And as we enter the endgame of a national election cycle, I can’t help but think of parallels in sports, media and all else. There’s always a spin, no matter which side you’re on.
Ben Golliver at Eye On Basketball, uses the Mark Cuban remarks as a framing device for a larger chemistry conversation.
Kevin Ding at the OC Register brings the news of Dwight Howard’s first team training session.
Brian Kamenetzky at the Land O’Lakers provides an overlook for coaching changes that are no less aggressive in nature than the summer roster shakeup.
Lisa Dillman at the L.A. Times reports on the Lakers and social media wars.
At some point, the Lakers conversation always seems to come around to money. A recent article in Businessweek shows how the money is spent, and actually spent smartly.
The Lakers have a crowded roster heading toward training camp. Ryan Ward at Lakers Nation looks into the rumor that Leandro Barbosa may still be in the mix.
Perception is in the eye of the beholder as the old saying goes. Whether in sports, politics or personal conversation, our inner dialogue colors all that we see and hear. Or as John Lennon said, “The more I see, the less I know for sure.” Training camp is a little more than two weeks away. And with it some answers, and inevitably, more questions.
– Dave Murphy