One November morning during his rookie year, Larry Nance Jr. arrived dutifully at a film session.
Nance was sure he was still in New York, but all the clips showed the Miami Heat.
“Are we gonna fly there later today?” Nance thought.
Nope. The Lakers were already in Miami. It was Tuesday and they were playing the Heat that night.
It was only Nance’s seventh game as a pro, but he already understood a basic truth of life in the NBA: players and coaches almost never know what day of the week it is. Sometimes they don’t even know where they are.
“I will tell people in conversation all the time the wrong day of the week,” Lakers Coach Luke Walton said....