He spent eight seasons with them, an eternity among so many losing seasons (seven), but he was an All-Star in 2010 before being traded in the
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It's a Clippers town now? Not according to
"I respect what they're doing and what they've done, but still, they're nothing like the Lakers," Kaman said Monday. "You look up here at all the championships. They're never going to have that. It's never going to happen. I don't see it.
"There's just something about the Lakers. The history behind everything."
The Lakers have 16
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What changed? The Paul trade, the successful drafting of
"I think [Sterling] is getting older and he wants to see the fruits of his labor and he's willing to spend some more money," Kaman said. "The year he made that [Playa Vista] practice facility, everybody knew he was kind of turning over a new leaf and kind of going a different direction. They've got some great players in there now and they're paying their players and taking good care of everybody.
"It's changed a lot over the last 10 years that I've been in the league."
He knows they're now covering up Lakers championship banners and retired numbers with large Clippers posters during Clippers home games.
"That's fine. They have to be confident," Gasol said. "They have a pretty good team and let's see how the game goes."
Kobe Bryant was back to running on an "anti-gravity" treadmill, but the Lakers were reluctant to call it a setback.
Bryant ran on solid ground two weeks ago in China, jogging for 20 minutes in an arena while the Lakers practiced.
He hasn't spoken to reporters since saying last week he "scaled back" his running. The Lakers maintain he simply tapered off after increasing the workload on his repaired Achilles' tendon. The anti-gravity treadmill lessens the impact on the body by reducing a person's weight.
A return date was unclear, though Bryant recently said he would need at least three weeks of solid conditioning before coming back to play.
"That's what I heard," Williams said.
Williams, 27, is undersized for the position at 6 feet 7, but he's apparently a starter after being a mere invitee to training camp.
He averaged 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in exhibition play, but D'Antoni liked his ability to stretch the floor after he made 10 of 30 three-point attempts.