The Los Angeles Lakers underwent a massive roster overhaul at the NBA trade deadline to create a much younger and more talented group than was there before. While there is still a lot of work to do, there is optimism in the air for the first time in a long time in LA.
Normally, the all-star break is a great chance for teams to unwind and recharge to get ready for the second half. This year was a bit more frustrating for Lakers fans, who just want to see the new-look team in action together.
LeBron James was the only Laker that participated in the all-star festivities (and suffered a minor injury) so the rest of the roster had plenty of time free time on their hands. Some of the players took that time for much-needed rest, while others are hitting the gym.
How the new-look Lakers spent the all-star break:
Mo Bamba has played the fewest number of games for the purple and gold out of all the new faces in LA and he is doing his best to get acclimated. Bamba is already back in the gym trying to get better as he figures out what kind of role he is going to have in this rotation.
Not only was Bamba in the gym (as seen on his Instagram story), but he was in the gym in the middle of the night. That is someone who wants to get better. Kobe Bryant would be proud.
Jarred Vanderbilt was busy during the break but for different reasons. The former Utah Jazz actually went to Salt Lake City for all-star weekend, although he did not participate in any of the events that the league put on.
Klutch Sports put on an event during all-star weekend that Vanderbilt (and other Klutch clients) attended. Perhaps Vanderbilt and LeBron were able to get some “legal” tampering in with fellow Klutch clients for next season.
D’Angelo Russell’s birthday is on Thursday when the Lakers return to action against the Golden State Warriors. Since Russell will not be able to celebrate it fully then, he had a mini birthday celebration over the break and took his time off to relax.
The rest of the Lakers were radio silent during the break, so we like to assume that they were also putting in the same kind of work that Bamba was and just didn’t take the time to document it on social media.