Honolulu Advertiser: For a team looking to get back into the championship spotlight, the dim lights of the ‘Iolani School gym provided an appropriate setting for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers opened their 2007 training camp yesterday with a three-hour practice session at ‘Iolani.
“It’s really kind of a good feeling because this is a lot of where basketball comes from — where we started out as players as kids,” head coach Phil Jackson said. “The lighting is a little bit dim. The floor is soft, and that’s good, so the players like it.”
The Lakers will be in Honolulu for the next nine days. The training camp will conclude with preseason games against the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 9 and 11.
Due to conflicting events at the Stan Sheriff Center, the Lakers had to practice at ‘Iolani yesterday and will be there again today.
“It’s a little strange, but as long as we got a couple of baskets up, it’s all good,” star guard Kobe Bryant said.
The Lakers are coming off a 42-40 season — their worst record in seven seasons with Jackson as head coach.
Bryant expressed his discontent during the offseason, suggesting that Lakers management should make some trades, perhaps even himself.