L.A. Times: It was a light, airy day at the Lakers’ training facility Wednesday, with barely a hint that the San Antonio Spurs had blown into town.
Vladimir Radmanovic tried to sing “Feliz Navidad” for a reporter from a Spanish-language TV station. Trevor Ariza somehow managed to bank a shot off the 24-second clock for a TV bit with FSN analyst Norm Nixon.
Even Lakers Coach Phil Jackson and Luke Walton were in an entertaining mood Wednesday, poking fun at Walton’s first practice since he sprained his right ankle last week.
Jackson was in the middle of telling reporters that Walton was “slow” and “bad” at practice before yelling out, “Luke, how’d you look today?”
Responded Walton: “I was terrible.”
It might have been the jovial aura of the holiday season, or maybe the Lakers were eager for tonight’s game after playing only once since last Wednesday.
Or maybe it’s just the confidence of an improving team that is 12-8 with victories over Utah, Phoenix, Detroit and Houston, and two against Denver.