The Lakers and Timberwolves faced off today in the O2 Arena in London, for a pre season match. Fans got to see the Lakers return to the courts and face off with an opponent other than themselves. Matt Barnes, Steve Blake, Theo Ratliff, Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks got to play their first game in a purple and gold uniform, and they were very impressive. Kobe Bryant also got some action despite his knee injury. Kobe had to put on a show for the London fans, and was determined not to let the attendants down. The Lakers were ahead, 56-55, at the half and shot about 49% from the field. The leading scorer for the Lakers was Lamar Odom with 13 points. The game continued on, and the final score was 111-92 in favor of Minnesota.
The Latest on the Lakers
The Lakers took a team picture at the Tower Bridge in London. [Lakers.com BasketBlog]
“Big Game” James Worthy believes the Lakers are the team to beat in the NBA. His statements are true, the defending champs are always the team to beat no matter how much another team may have improved. [Slam Magazine]
Bad news for Laker fans, center Andrew Bynum may be out longer than expected. It has been reported that Bynum will most likely return some time in December. [Yahoo! Sports]
Take a behind the scenes look at the Lakers trip to London with over 50 pictures. [Lakers.com]
Make sure you check out episode number 3 of LakersNation.com’s podcast, “Pulse of Purple and Gold,” with analyst Ivan Kwan, fanalyst Andrew Ducote and correspondent Brytni Jean. [Pulse of Purple and Gold]
The Latest on the NBA
The Celtics may be the the Lakers’ biggest rival, but they can put on entertaining shows in the locker room. [Slam Magazine]
LeBron James is raising money for cancer research by joining an auction. [Slam Magazine]
The Bulls sign Joakim Noah to a 5 year, $60 million dollar deal. This indicates that the Bulls will not send Noah to the Nuggets in return for Carmelo Anthony. [Slam Magazine]
Despite the terror threats, the Knicks still held a practice session in Paris. [ESPN New York]
The Atlanta Hawks are working hard to sign Al Horford and Jamal Crawford to extensions. [Pro Basketball Talk]
Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi has not reported to Grizzlies training camp because he is facing legal problems in Iran. [Pro Basketball Talk]
Check out this “filthy” 360 layup by the 1st overall pick, John Wall of the Washington Wizards.