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ESPN: Maybe it’s the general tropical nuttiness that is Waikiki, where the Lakers are staying. Or maybe it’s holding the first two days of training camp at a high school, conjuring up the time in everyone’s life when anything seemed possible. (Heightened by the fact that the school, Iolani, considers anything less than four state championships in a year as a major disappointment, based on the wall banners.) Or maybe the Lakers have just decided to take a page out of Stuart Smalley’s book and eliminate their many shortcomings with blammer rays of positive thinking.
Whatever the explanation, and no matter how fragile the Lakers may look to the rest of the planet, inside the purple-and-gold bubble it’s all rosy. It’s as if last season’s 15-25 closing swoon and perfunctory first-round playoff dispatch by Phoenix never happened and Kobe Bryant never called the front office out for expecting anything different.
Whether it was Ronny Turiaf cheering a Brian Cook pull-up jumper (“I see you, Cookie!”) as if it were a Game 7 or GM Mitch Kupchak feigning ignorance of any offseason hullaballoo involving Kobe or Lamar Odom nodding toward Kwame Brown and predicting “he’s going to be one of the best players in the NBA,” all that was missing were Jack Nicholson, Chief and little paper cups with brightly colored meds.
“Expectations aren’t very high and that’s OK with me,” said Kupchak, startling the crowd of beat writers hearing it as much as it probably did you just now reading it. Then he clarified his logic: “All I keep reading is we’re not a very good team. Obviously, I disagree with that. We feel that if we stay healthy, we’ve got a good team.”