There were silly questions and silly answers, tension in some parts, moments of gravity, moments of levity and even some basketball conversation.
It was a typical kickoff media session for NBA All-Star weekend, except for one thing.
Not one single Laker was in the room.
“First time in 20 years?” Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “Wow.”
Actually, it’s been 21 years since the Lakers were not represented in the All-Star game.
“Helps when you have Kobe Bryant,” said Thompson, whose father, Mychal, won two championships with the Lakers in the 1980s. “The Lakers have always been stocked with talent. That’s shocking, wow. It’s a great stat for...