The preseason continues with game 2 of the Lakers’ schedule, this time mixing it up against the Portland Trailblazers. Darius has the FB&G preview, pointing out that the coaches are still in search mode with the bottom half of the roster. Dave from Blazer’s Edge has the Portland-centric preview and no, not me Dave – another Dave. Speaking of me which I’m often prone to do, I ponied up the extra seven bucks per month for TWC and the Lakers channel, only to have the TV decide that it’s time to change its hues to sickly purple and green tones with the other major color being gray. This will probably necessitate an outing to a nearby mall at some point soon. Tonight however, I’ll kick back and enjoy in glorious purple and gray. On to the links:
There’s been much speculation about Kobe Bryant’s end date. Brian Kamenetzky at the Land O’Lakers balances the physical preparation and the mental drive that goes into Bryant’s decision making.
Brother Andy at the LOL offers detailed practice notes and video, including Jordan Hill’s back, Kobe’s life plan, Coach Brown’s reaction to the Warriors game and the 2-guard backup scenarios.
Kevin Ding for the OC Register, surmising that Kobe’s flame can’t burn forever.
Zach Lowe for Grantland looks at the top tier teams, including the Lakers who he puts at #3, as a true contender.
Darius drops by to chat with Matt Moore on his CBS Sports podkast, about the Lakers and the circus life. Other guests include Ken Berger and Mark Medina.
Here’s another really interesting piece about Kobe’s retirement saga, written by Basketball Reasons for Silver Screen and Roll, and entitled The Pyramid Song: The Finale Begins.
Mike Bresnahan at the L.A. Times writes about a happier Pau Gasol, ready to celebrate the season with his team.
While Dwight Howard has been cleared for full-contact practice, he won’t be playing tonight against the Trailblazers. Mark Medina at the L.A. Times reports the story.
Arielle Moyal at Lakers Nation interviews Robert Sacre, the last pick in the draft and a guy who has a decent shot of making the roster.
The afternoon has somehow slipped away, game time is a few hours away. The next exhibition offering after tonight will be on Saturday versus Utah. And at the end of the month on a Wednesday night, the official season opener against the Mavs. By that time the rotation may be a bit more sorted out, although there doesn’t seem to be any real urgency. The sense I get from the various reports and articles is that this is a team that’s comfortable with the process, and methodically getting its house in order. I’m not in a hurry either. Just perfectly content to relax and enjoy a full slate of preseason basketball, just me and my deteriorating Sony picture tube. – Dave Murphy