If you’re still trying to take in everything that happened in Laker Nation (and around the NBA) yesterday, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In what can be described as both perfect and terrible timing, today is Lakers Media Day at their facility in El Segundo.
We’ll be posting all of our updates, pictures and quotes right here in this post as they happen. For the fastest updates, be sure to also follow @LakerNation on Twitter.
Fisher on Odom: “Obviously, I would never agree with anything that would have Lamar leaving our team for anybody. That’s how much he’s meant to us. I would assume that the trade is not being made just for exercise purposes, but maybe I’m wrong in assuming.”" (via Ramona Shelburne)
Bynum on trade rumors: “Mitch [Kupchak] has said nothing to me or my agent, so I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing.”
Bynum on the potential Dwight Howard trade: “If that happened that’s great for the organization, and I guess I’d be hoopin in Orlando.”
Pau: “This is not personal. It’s a business. Franchise is doing what is best for team.”
Fisher on Magic’s blow up the team comments: “Magic blew himself up when he left. He is no longer a part of the organization.”
Kobe on Odom: “I don’t understand the criticism of [the] reality shows. I don’t get it. He had his best season last year. It clearly wasn’t a distraction. He played his ass off. I don’t get where that comes from.” (via Mark Medina)
Kobe on Odom Trade: “I don’t like it. He’s great at bringing guys together. I trust management knows what they’re doing.” (via Mike Bresnahan)
Kobe: “I got a nickname for everybody at ESPN. You guys are all starship troopers over on the mothership.”
Barnes on Lamar to Dallas: “It’s weird, but the defending champs just got better.”
Kobe on Lamar: “I doubt Mark Cuban protests this trade.”
Kobe on Pau: “We’re all thankful that Pau is still here. I was hoping we would have same core.”
Mike Brown: “I gave Kobe and Fish the opportunity to talk to the team about whatever they want.”