Letter to readers about the new California section


Gordon Hayward
Another poor exhibition by Lakers
Another poor exhibition by Lakers

There are a handful of reasons for exhibition games. Get players in shape. See what schemes need work. Make a few extra bucks at the ticket office. Hope nobody gets hurt. For the Lakers, though, it has been a historic October for not-so-pleasant reasons. They got drilled again in another exhibition, 119-86, against Utah in front of a sparse Honda Center crowd. The Lakers have now experienced their worst two-game stretch in exhibition history, adding Thursday night to a 41-point loss Sunday to Golden State. That makes consecutive losses totaling 74 points, easily outdoing their previous exhibition low of 47 points in back-to-back defeats in 2012. Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and...