Thereâ€™s a long list of things I want to see this exhibition season. That starts with the Lakers’ first game Tuesday up in Fresno â€” I want to see it but donâ€™t have the chance. Itâ€™s not on television and you need a much better reason than a Laker preseason game to get me to drive to Fresno. I guess I wait until Thursday.
So, starting Thursday, there are things I hope to see:
â€¢ Defense against the pick-and-roll. Or at the very least good rotations.
â€¢ Jordan Farmar shoot consistently from the outside. And, if he wants to earn minutes when it matters, I want to see good, hard-nosed defense.
â€¢ Kwame Brown to consistently collect the passes that come his way.
â€¢ Kobe to play in at least one game.
â€¢ Radmanovic to find the spot-up spaces within the triangle.
â€¢ Maurice Evans to grow more comfortable in the offense (some reports are suggesting heâ€™s having a hard time getting used to the triangle, although if everyone has been running it for a year or more and you come in cold, thatâ€™s hard).
â€¢ Nobody to blame their 3 of 13 shooting night on the new ball.
â€¢ Someone to step up and say, â€œI love the new ball!â€ Not because I think it should stay (why change whatâ€™s working) but just because I love contrarians.
â€¢ Aaron McKie to be bought out to make way for Pinnock or Green (or whoever steps up).
â€¢ Pinnock to step up and earn that roster spot (I think he has the most long-term potential).
â€¢ Shammond Williams. Really, I just want to see him, I have no idea what to expect.
â€¢ Kwame to stop saying things like â€œ”You can’t do nothing without the rock.â€ (A quote from a Los Angeles Times interview). Ignoring the painful grammar of that sentence, you can do a lot without the ball: set picks, get into position for rebounds, move to a space where you can get the rock or at least keep the floor spaced. Plus, thereâ€™s defense. If heâ€™s going to be successful he needs to do all of those things without the rock.
â€¢ What the Kings and Suns look like (not sure how much you can tell in preseason, but Iâ€™m curious).
â€¢ Kurt Rambis to get tossed from a game for arguing with a referee.