Los Angeles Lakers: Training Camp

Lakers waive Boateng, Gadzuric

October, 9, 2013
McMenamin By Dave McMenamin
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers waived free agent centers Eric Boateng and Dan Gadzuric, the team announced Wednesday.

Boateng appeared in one preseason game for the Lakers, totaling three rebounds, four turnovers and four fouls in 12 minutes. Gadzuric also played in one preseason game, totaling two points, three rebounds and one assist in six minutes.

The Lakers training camp roster now stands at 17 players. The team next plays in Las Vegas on Thursday against the Sacramento Kings, their fourth preseason game.

Watch Pau Gasol talk about Robert Sacre as if he's not in the room

October, 14, 2012
Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
LOS ANGELES -- Among the stars of Saturday's Lakers preseason loss to the Jazz was Robert Sacre, whose nine-point/10-rebound/three-block/limitless-hustle performance marked the latest example of "Mr. Irrelevant" capitalizing on the unavailability of Dwight Howard and Jordan Hill. Thus, a slew of media types predictably swarmed after the game around his locker, which happens to be next to Pau Gasol's, who eventually made his way through the sea of bodies to take a seat and address questions of his own. Before Sacre could even move, Gasol was peppered with questions about Sacre ... with the lad still sitting there.

Strangely, nobody beyond me and BK (who you can hear giggling in the video below), seemed to recognize the hilarious awkwardness unfolding. I mean, asking Pau if he could picture Sacre helping the team with the kid not even six inches away is essentially a Saturday Night Live skit. Upon Pau affirming Sacre's ability to help, Brian then asked if he would answer the question differently were the rookie not within earshot. Everyone laughed, the players shared a few yuks over the absurdity of the situation ... then Pau was immediately offered another question about Sacre.

Occasionally, an NBA locker room emerges a goldmine of unintentional comedy.

Lakers sign Chris Douglas-Roberts

October, 1, 2012
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
The Lakers held their annual Media Day on Monday in El Segundo, putting new stars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the same gym with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol for the first time. Still, they aren't quite done tinkering with the roster.

This afternoon, the team announced the signing of swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts, originally selected in the second round of the 2008 draft by New Jersey. He played two seasons with the Nets, then one in Milwaukee Bucks before joining Virtus Bologna before the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.

The 25-year old University of Memphis product has career averages of 7.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 20.6 minutes over 155 NBA games, including 53 starts. In 2009-10, Douglas-Roberts set per game career highs in minutes (25.8), points (9.8), and rebounds (3.0).

Unlike some other recent signings -- I'm looking at you, Reeves Nelson, Ronnie Aguilar and Greg Somogyi -- this one can't simply be written off as a move to ensure Mike Brown has enough bodies to run a training camp. CDR has shown the ability to score in bunches at the NBA level. During his year in Milwaukee, an up and down affair to say the least, Douglas-Roberts twice put up 30 points. The season before in Jersey he had another 30-point game, plus a host of 20-plus nights.

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The Forum: Mike Brown and the upcoming season

July, 27, 2012
By The Kamenetzky Brothers
This season, Mike Brown gets to coach a better roster under better circumstances. How, if at all, will this change the way he's evaluated as a coach? Is Brown the right person to lead the Lakers? We discuss both questions.

Quite the first day of training camp for Mike Brown (VIDEO)

December, 9, 2011
Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
"Oh, man. I don't know where to start," laughed Lakers coach Mike Brown while assembled before the media, in response to one reporter noting it was "quite a day."

By definition, joining the Lakers means a date with the spotlight. This is the biggest team in Los Angeles. L.A. is among the biggest cities and markets in the world. The franchise is synonymous with "drama." You do the math from here.

But even if this ain't his first day at the NBA rodeo, there's no way Brown could have possibly anticipated camp kicking off quite like this, even with everything already piled high on his plate.

Forget implementing new offensive and defensive systems on the fly during a compressed season. Forget deciding between Derek Fisher or Steve Blake to start at the point. Forget developing a rapport with that Kobe Bryant guy. Forget even the unexpected development of Metta World Peace's spare tire. Dude's now dealing with the aftermath of a historically unprecedented vetoed trade, the hurt feelings of Pau Gasol and, especially, Lamar Odom, and an organization stuck in limbo. (An entire league stuck in limbo, really, but that's a problem above Brown's pay grade.)

For all Brown knows, he'll be working this season with the triple towers of Pau, LO and Andrew Bynum, a Kobe-Chris Paul backcourt, a Kobe-CP3-Dwight Howard super team, or a completely brand new scenario lurking behind door #4. That's a lot to digest, especially for a guy following in the footsteps of the most iconic coach in NBA history and inheriting a squad last seen getting swept by the Dallas Mavericks.

Thankfully, Brown is a mellow sort of fellow, who appears pretty adept at the art of taking things in stride. Whether in terms of the space he plans to allow Lamar and Pau as they sort through this confusion or not worrying too much whether he'll be coaching a team especially blessed with size or backcourt presence, Brown sees rolling with the punches as part of the gig.

"That’s what a head coach does," insisted the new guy. "He’s gotta be able to make adjustments, whether it’s on the floor or off the floor.

Asked if today provided the sense he didn't just become a part of any franchise, Brown actually shared how a different member of the coaching staff became a deer in the spotlight.

"Coach [Ettore] Messina, coming from Italy, he was the first one upstairs. "I was in my office getting ready for tomorrow’s practice and he goes, 'Whooooohhh!” I’m trying to figure out what he went 'Whooooooh” for. Maybe he had a good conversation with Kobe or something like that. And he said, 'Did you see all the cameras?' ”

I said, “Welcome to the Lakers.”

Welcome, indeed.

Click below the jump for more videos, plus some quotes from Brown.

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D-Fenders prep for Lakers training camp invitations

December, 6, 2011
McMenamin By Dave McMenamin
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- For several members of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, Monday’s home game against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers was more than just a D-League contest.

It was the unofficial start to Los Angeles Lakers training camp.

The Lakers are set to open camp Friday on the same Toyota Sports Center court on which the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ D-League affiliate, played their game against the Vipers. As many as seven players on the D-Fenders’ 12-man roster are expected to be invited to camps across the NBA, with several of those players staying in L.A. to try out for the varsity version of the purple and gold.

“We have a staff that works very closely with [the Lakers],” said D-Fenders CEO Joey Buss, son of Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss. “Our offices are very close in vicinity so we keep collaborating with [Lakers general manager] Mitch [Kupchak], Mike Brown and the Lakers' assistant coaching staff. I think you’ll see when official training camp rosters are set, what influence is there.”

The players expected to make the leap from D-League standouts to NBA hopefuls are guards Jamaal Tinsley, Elijah Millsap, Eniel Polynice and Courtney Fortson; forwards Brian Hamilton and Zach Andrews; and center Brandon Costner.

Official training camp rosters will not be released until later in the week after the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified, but two of the more intriguing players who could be vying for a spot next to Kobe Bryant & Co. are Tinsley and Millsap.

Tinsley, the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s D-League draft, averaged 9.8 points, 6.6 assists and 1.59 steals in eight years in the NBA but hasn’t played in the league since 2009-10 with Memphis.

He appeared slimmed down Monday and, despite the frantic pace in the D-Fenders’ 132-126 win, was able to maintain steady control of the game on offense at the point guard position.

After being out of professional basketball last season, he had a humble perspective when asked about the possibility of playing in a pro training camp.

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Kobe Bryant
22.3 5.6 1.3 34.5
ReboundsJ. Hill 8.1
AssistsK. Bryant 5.6
StealsR. Price 1.5
BlocksE. Davis 1.1