LOS ANGELES (AP) – Nearly seven months and 83 games after the Los Angeles Lakers returned from their second straight championship run, they’re still searching for the mental motivation to chase that third straight title.
The Lakers acknowledged it after Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets made them look like playoff newbies in their first-round series opener.
Lamar Odom says the Lakers must change their disposition to compete with Paul and the Hornets, who played with all the urgency Los Angeles lacked in New Orleans’ 109-100 win Sunday in Game 1.
Yet the Lakers also revealed some fundamental flaws in their defensive rotation and communication while Paul shredded them.
Coach Phil Jackson kept the Lakers in film study for more than two hours before Monday’s practice.
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