Their charter flight touched down at
The 12-hour flight and accompanying 15-hour time change left their body clocks wildly askew once they reconvened for practice Sunday in El Segundo.
"Of course," D'Antoni quipped, "that could be normal too."
With only eight days left before their season opener, the Lakers must quickly get back into a normal routine.
Not that they want to erase the memories of their trip.
Young said he loved tobogganing down the Great Wall and was thrilled to hear a fan shout his nickname — Swaggy — amid all the
The highlight for D'Antoni was a dinner with former
"We asked him what was this, what was that," D'Antoni said. "He goes, 'In China, you eat first and you ask later.' "
A banner season?
The team's championship banners and retired jerseys were covered with massive pictures of
Of course, it also happens to obscure the Lakers' storied past.
"Oh, that's disrespectful," said Young, who has played for both teams. "We've got to talk to Doc. He can't have that. We've got to do something about that."
Their first chance comes in their opener Oct. 29 against the Clippers, which will be a designated Lakers home game. The first time the teams will play with the Lakers' banners covered will be Jan. 10. Mark it down.
"That's their court at that time," D'Antoni said. "So, yeah, I probably wouldn't have Lakers stuff overhead if it's my court. So I don't blame [Rivers]."
Young apparently does.
"I think he shouldn't come in and have that much pull like that," Young said. "He has to earn his keep."
Even though Rivers won an
"But," Young said, "he hasn't won a title in L.A."
Chris Kaman did not practice because of a stomach