The official LakersBasketBlog has put up some awesome pictures of the Lakers arriving in London for their first pre-season game Monday night. Check them out here.

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After a full practice session on Thursday afternoon, the Lakers players, coaches and staff gathered at an LAX terminal to check in for a 10-odd hour journey across the Atlantic to London. Derek Fisher wouldn’t need those sunglasses in the United Kingdom.

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The American Airlines 777 plane was Andrew Bynum to the team’s usual charter’s Muggsy Bogues, boasting a massive engine like the one pictured as team spokesman John Black boarded the aircraft. The players and coaches sat in the first class section, while team staff, sponsors and the Lakers Girls held down the back sections.

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At 11:40 a.m., or 3:40 a.m. in Los Angeles, the plane landed in London. It was no surprise that clouds of rain were present to welcome the players, many of whom slept for at least a portion of the flight. It was a quick departure off the 777, with the players boarding one bus that took them straight to practice with the intention of loosening up some muscles that may have grown stiff across the journey.

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London’s Heathrow airport is on the extreme west side of town, while the team hotel is all the way east, prompting a bus ride straight through the heart of the city, during which the bus/tour company man gave a modified tour. He pointed out the most expensive new apartment complex in downtown London, the penthouse of which he said sold for 120 million pounds, near the famous Hyde Park. Other sights included the London Eye on the River Thames, and the Tower of London (pictured).

For a more detailed look at the trip, particularly before takeoff at the terminal, check this video on Lakers.com.

  • mike

    mmm.. fish and chips

  • More Cookies 4 Kob

    Pissing rain in London, what else is new

  • Robert.

    Cheerio & all that. London is in a bit of a fog, eh? Will the Lakers kicketh some bum to start off the season?

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    jet -lag,time change, food poisening,metric system,the euro……….kobe`s pinkie…built in excuses for that first loss!

    • andy

      LMFAO

      get a life dawg

    • laffs atu!

      All talk and no action makes laffs atu a DULL GIRL!

    • si pepe

      jealous..

    • showtime4eva

      EXCUSE?? WE HAVENT EVEN PLAYED YET…OR LOSS..DO YOU HAVE THE BRAIN CAPACITY TO REALIZE HOW FUCKING RETARDED YOU always SOUND? YOUR NOT A FAN BUT YOU HANG OUT HERE.AND YOUR NOT LIKED!! NOTHING YOU EVER SAY IS TRUE OR BACKED WITH FACTS..JUST STUPID ONE LINE TALKING OUT OF YOUR ASS INSULTS.JUST TO SHOW WHAT A HALF WIT INBRED IDIOT YOU ARE!! REALLY WE DO LAFF AT YOU!!!

  • damase

    I gonna be there and see my team!!!

  • pat oslon