Mitch Kupchak

Lakers keep emphasizing a defense-first approach

Lakers keep emphasizing a defense-first approach

Offense is the fun part, but for most of training camp so far, Lakers Coach Luke Walton’s focus has been elsewhere.

It’s been defense, which he thinks will allow theatrics on offense.

“I think that’s where we can make a lot of progress as a team is how we get after it on defense,” Walton said. “Ultimately that will allow us to get out and run.”

Training camp opened Tuesday at UC Santa Barbara, and the first two practices focused almost solely on defense. Thursday’s morning practice included more work on offense, but didn’t neglect defense either. It’s a part of the game at which the Lakers...

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