In just five days, the Los Angeles Lakers will hit the ground running for their first basketball game since March 10, although I guess it would be more accurate to say their first basketball game against another team because they eventually got a scrum. the Saturday.
Unlike the scrimmages that the Lakers will play before the start of the season on July 30, Saturday’s scrimmage was not televised on Spectrum SportsNet, but we did have some snippets of the scrimmage through the official NBA YouTube account. The video also includes clips of players doing shooting practice.
The first thing that stands out is the units used by Vogel in the melee. While the starting five of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and JaVale McGee were not a surprise, the bench unit of three guards with Quinn Cook, Alex Caruso, Dion Waiters, Kyle Kuzma and Dwight Howard was. He was also surprised to see Talen Horton-Tucker saving time with this unit.
The second unit will almost certainly be different once Markieff Morris joins the Lakers in Orlando, and Vogel very rarely has a floor lineup without James or Davis, but it’s still something worth watching, especially since Vogel said James and Davis are unlikely to play all three scrums.
Here’s what happened in the bubble on Saturday.
James Lebron at what age?
At the start of next season, LeBron James will be 36 years old. With the exception of Andre Iguodala, no NBA player over 35 looks like James, and even then James is on a completely different level than Iggy.
I mean, look at this nonsense.
While I think I would love to play an NBA game, I’m pretty sure a bump from a 35-year-old James would keep me out for the rest of the season. Not even from an injury; just out of fear.
Chicago Skyguard and Reno / Sparks legend Gabby Williams paid tribute to the late Gianna Bryant on Team Media Day on Saturday with a design of Gigi on her left sneakers. Expect a wave of similar tributes to Bryant this season and for the foreseeable future.
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