As the Los Angeles Lakers return home from a tiring eight day trip to China full of media activity, preseason games and charity events, they will look to get ready for their final two preseason games before the tipoff of the regular season. Both of these last two exhibition games are against the Utah Jazz.
The Lakers are surely jet-lagged from such a long and labor intensive trip meaning old veterans players like Steve Nash and Pau Gasol will be spending more time nursing swollen joints and preparing for the regular season tipoff against the crosstown rivalry Los Angeles Clippers than they will giving energy to an exhibition content against the season tanking Jazz. The only other piece of news of extreme relevance to come out of the Lakers camp the last few days is that Kobe Bryant looks to definitely not be prepared for the season opener and has still not announced when he expects to be able to return to the hardwood floor.
The only thing that will matter in these last two preseason games will be players towards the bottom of the depth chart getting their last few chances to fight for a roster spot or regular season minutes since the starting roster is just about set. There is only one last remaining piece missing to that starting roster and that will be who starts alongside Pau Gasol in this shaky Lakers front court. Don’t be surprised if both Chris Kaman and Jordan Hill swap that starting role multiple times throughout this season.
As a Lakers fan it’s time to cheer on Nick “Swaggy P” Young‘s ridiculous scoring antics and just ignore the scoreboard.
Hold on to your seats; it’s going to be a long year.