In the NBA’s attempt to reduce games on consecutive nights and stretches of four games in five nights, the league has created a schedule quirk that annoys Lakers Coach Luke Walton:
One-game trips several time zones away.
The Lakers this season have played the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder in separate one-game trips. And they’ve got upcoming one-game trips to San Antonio and Minnesota.
“A one-day trip to Minnesota is, I don’t get it,” Walton said. “It doesn’t make sense. We’ve flown over Minnesota probably nine times already this season. One of those times let’s stop and play there...