Right there on the Lakers’ practice court, the old and the new were blended together like some sort of strange brew stirred by invisible hands from above. On one court, assistant coach Steve Clifford ran a group of players through some set plays culled from the team’s 2011-12 offense. On another, new offensive assistant Eddie Jordan ran the drills incorporating concepts from his trusty Princeton offense.
Stretching on the floor of the Lakers’ practice floor, Kobe Bryant was as vulnerable as you will see him on a basketball court. He was flat on his back, getting the kinks worked out by a member of the Lakers’ training staff — the old bones moving this way and that, the odometer reading 51,000 minutes (regular-season and playoffs) and counting.
Just days after Kobe Bryant challenged the Lakers’ front office to make a desision regarding Pau Gasol and Ken Berger of CBSports.com filed a scathing and revealing report on the inner dysfunction of the team’s front office, Bryant told reporters that he and Jim Buss should meet for a conversation. And he wasn’t the only Laker great to suggest the idea.
Last we left our negotiating heroes, Billy Hunter had drawn a line in the sand: The players were prepared to make a significant economic move, but only if the owners dropped their insistence on a hard cap.
According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, the Lakers and Mike Brown are finalizing negotiations to make him the next coach. “It’s close,” a source said.
The Lakers and Nuggets have achieved some traction with recent trade discussions involving Andrew Bynum and Carmelo Anthony, two people with knowledge of the talks told CBSSports.com Tuesday.
Kobe Bryant left no doubt about the state of the defending champs after a second straight blowout loss Saturday, a second consecutive Christmas Day no-show that has thrown the Lakers into their annual episode of soul-searching chaos.
In an interview airing later this week on CBSSports.com, Artest revealed that he intends to try out for an NFL team when his contract with the Lakers is up after the 2013-14 season. Artest, who taped the interview at the Lakers’ practice facility on Saturday, his 31st birthday, already has divulged that he’s been training for a second career as a heavyweight boxer when his basketball days are over.