About the only thing the
"Yeah, well, I was on drugs back then,"
The Lakers didn't exactly die a slow death on the court in a season that fell far short of expectations, averaging 102.2 points (sixth in the
Which kind of pace does D'Antoni envision the Lakers running this season?
"It won't be crazy," he said, "but we want to push it and get a nice pace. We want to get some easy buckets before the defense sets up, so we'll be up in the top five probably in pace, but it won't be breakneck speed."
Playing at a faster tempo seems to be more of an option this season because the team got younger and more athletic with the additions of Nick Young,
"I think we have to utilize our wings, their speed and athleticism," forward
Can he cut it?
The rookie from Duke who won a national championship as a freshman is one of five Lakers with either partially guaranteed or nonguaranteed contracts vying for as many as four remaining roster spots. The others are
Kelly made his preseason debut during the Lakers' trip to China, looking somewhat shaky as expected for someone who had not played since April after having surgery on his right foot.
He made his first shot — a three-pointer — and averaged five points in only 12 minutes per game during the two-game trip. No one can accuse the second-round draft pick of lacking self-confidence.
"I've never been the biggest, the fastest, the strongest or nothing," said Kelly, who is a wiry 6 feet 11 and 230 pounds, "but I've gotten it done and I'll keep doing it."
Kelly's future with the Lakers could hinge in part on how many players the team decides to keep during the season; its roster can number between 13 and 15. General Manager
Chris Kaman missed practice for a second consecutive day because of gastrointestinal distress and is expected to sit out the Lakers' exhibition game against the