Here we are, the middle of the first week of training camp. Say it ain’t so. There have been far too many good articles to keep up with. Rey and Philip have been rolling with their excellent media day interviews and other sites are in high gear as well. If there’s any commonality from the Lakers coverage I’ve read, it’s that the team has its work ethic on and one goal in mind. This is not your last year’s Lakers and it is not your last year’s NBA. It’ll be a full training camp, a full exhibition season and a full 82-game grind. And after that comes the playoffs and nobody but nobody is going to accept another second-round exit – that ship has sailed.
J.A. Adande for ESPN, on the Lakers A-type personalities, with a nod to the wisdom of Steve Jobs.
There was a fair amount of reporting on Kobe’s ‘It’s my team’ statement but the statement itself was not one of hubris. Melissa Rohlin at the L.A. Times gives a good factual accounting of it.
It’s an interesting enough story to expand on, via Ramona Shelburne from ESPN Los Angeles.
Ken Berger at CBS Sports gets a frank assessment from Pau Gasol, about the road ahead for former teammate Andrew Bynum.
Kevin Ding at the OC Register reports on Dwight Howard’s first substantial training camp practice with the Lakers.
Jeff Miller at the OC Register brings us the greatness that is Metta World Peace, Care Bears-style.
The Lakers roster expanded even further on the eve of training camp with the signing of Chris Douglas-Roberts. Ben Rosales at Silver Screen & Roll has the story.
There were a number of ‘Lakers look good on paper’ opinions a few weeks back. Eric Pincus for Hoopsworld spins the concept.
Andy Kamenetzky at the Land O’Lakers reports on the Princeton offense and Mike Brown’s take on it.
Arielle Moyal at Lakers Nation goes one-on-one with training camp invitee Reeves Nelson.
From Grantland, Jalen Rose offers his take (via video) on the night Kobe went off for 81 versus Toronto.
Last week we enjoyed a spirited debate vis-a-vis an Aaron McGuire article at Gothic Ginobili. Yesterday, Aaron wrote about Lebron James, through a very personal context. I think it’s well worth the read.
The bright lights were evident in El Segundo on Monday and as big a draw as the Lakers are, the lights were also evident at 29 other team facilities across the country and north of the border. As the season begins and then progresses, there will be obvious arcs and storylines and some teams will prosper and some will fail. For the Lakers however, the media’s glare will be especially hot, all season long. For whatever is said, considered or rationalized, the expectations are high and the stakes are great. Coach Mike Brown had a firsthand taste of the scrutiny last season. That was just a warmup act. Believe it.
- Dave Murphy