The Lakers kicked off their training camp Sunday with their annual media day, which left fans with even more excited for the start of the season. Various members of the Lakers sat down with Time Warner Cable to discuss the upcoming season.
First, Mike D’Antoni sat down with the group to discuss expectations for the new season and how this year will be different than last year. Namely, D’Antoni talked about the fact he’s had a full off-season and training camp with the roster which has given him a chance to scout the talent he has.
Kobe Bryant, obviously, talked about his recovery. Bryant stated he is into his next phase of recovery where he’s building up muscle endurance and “making sure the explosion is there.”
“[The Achilles] feels fine. It feels really strong. It’s stable. The hard part is over in the sense of the tightness of the tendon. There was always a concern in making sure we don’t overstretch it too early. That hasn’t been the case.”
He also said he hasn’t done any basketball activity, which is not a good sign for fans expecting him back by opening night.
In Nash’s interview, he talked about his role with the Lakers this year, specifically the possibility of reduced minutes or nights off during the season. He also talked of the importance of team chemistry, which was something D’Antoni had harped on during the off-season.
Pau Gasol talked about his renewed focus and the changes in his role over the last couple seasons. With the move to his natural position of center, Gasol’s output this season will be key to the Lakers success.
A host of other Lakers sat down and talked with TWC, including Jordan Farmar, who talked about what it meant to come back to LA, which he calls home.
Chris Kaman talked about why he chose the Lakers, which he says was his best fit and where he could best help a team.
Lastly, Jodie Meeks talked on his disappointing season last year and what his role will be with the hobbled Bryant to start the year.