Tuesday, September 29, 2009

LakerNation-It's That Time Again Media Day

Today is media day in El Segundo, and for the first time since Shaquille O'neal left, their were more cameras around a player that was not named Kobe Bryant. Lamar Odom, due to his recent nuptials to Khloe Kardashian, had what looked like a "circus" of reporters surrounding him, as the Lakers gathered together for their first step toward defending their NBA title. It's 50 years in LA, let's celebrate with another one. The road to 5 starts here.

Lakers power forward Pau Gasol had quite a summer. Playing a crucial role in L.A.’s championship run in June would have been enough to keep the seven-footer smiling in the first place, but going on to lead his Spanish National Team to its first EuroBasket title was the proverbial icing on his cake. In the midst of an always-hectic media day, we posted up next to Gasol to talk about his “offseason” in Spain and Poland, his mindset in terms of defending L.A.’s championship crown, playing with three other outstanding big men (Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest) and more.

While addressing a thirsty group of reporters, Kobe Bryant alluded to his calm, physically restful offseason, said that the Lakers are 100 percent focused on repeating and continuing to improve, and declined to acknowledge any off court distractions.

Lakers center Andrew Bynum spent most of his offseason training in Atlanta, where he told us his primary focus was “getting my base back.” Bynum said that his workouts included a lot of work strengthening the muscles around his knees, and declared himself 100 percent healthy. He also talked about his personal goal for the 2009-10 season and what is was like scrimmaging against Ron Artest.

Shannon Brown came to the Lakers in a February 2009 trade from the Charlotte Bobcats, then promptly showed L.A.’s operations office exactly why they’d coveted his combination of athleticism and skill, particularly in the playoffs.

As such, Mitch Kupchak and Co. re-signed Brown subsequent to the season, and are looking forward to seeing him grow even further after a full summer of digesting Phil Jackson’s offense.

Brown mentioned the benefits of coming into training camp with the team when we spoke to him at media day, talked about what he added to his game and gave a quick review of Jay-Z’s new album.

Source Lakers.com


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