On the heels of a wild few days in the NBA, the Lakers opened their doors in El Segundo this morning for Media Day. It was a day that Laker Nation hoped would bring some clarity to the confusing speculation being circulated, but instead, left most of us still scratching our heads, wondering what exactly would come next for the Lakers.
The most discussed rumors have suggested the Lakers package Andrew Bynum and their newly acquired $8.9m trade exception to the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard. When asked, ‘Drew acknowledged the possibility of being included in a trade for Howard:
“If they were able to pull a move like that off, it would be great for the organization, and I’d be in Orlando, you know, hoopin’.”
Hardly the portrait of stress, Bynum later clarified his somewhat passive stance on the situation:
“You don’t let it affect you. It just really doesn’t bother me because I know, wherever I am, I’m going to be happy and playing basketball.”
While it remains to be seen if Andrew Bynum will still be a Laker on Christmas Day, what we do know is that Lamar Odom will not. Most of the Laker players expressed confusion and disappointment with the surprising news, and ‘Drew was part of that group:
“For the team, it’s going to affect chemistry. It’s definitely a blow. (Lamar) is a friend of mine, and he’s always been able to keep things light around here. A lot of laughs come from his direction, so it’s definitely going to be a different feel inside the locker room.”
I think I speak for all of us when I say it will definitely be a different feel outside the locker room, also.