I‘m not really sure why it is, but I’ve always liked lists. Lists just seem to keep you organized and on the right path. When you’ve got a plan that needs to be executed, lists help you remain self-critical, on target and they pretty much help you achieve what your goal was in the first place. So, I’ve picked up some things I figured I learned from last night’s game, along with a couple other things some of the Lakers players have figured out (at least from what they shared in their postgame talks) and created a list of 5 things I noticed were important last night and might be even more important in the future.
1. The Detroit Pistons – Well, primarily I’ve learned that the fact that the Lakers played the Pistons was a good thing. Detroit came into the Staples Center with a 0-2 losing record (curiously enough, one loss away from the Lakers’ 0-3 record) and they are not likely to do much this season unless they make some serious structural moves. As a friend of mine would say: “It’s five against five and they all get paid”, which is true. But come on, it’s the Detroit Pistons, a team that I’d say is easier to chew for a Lakers team that is still in its first days of existence. L.A. certainly needed something less threatening in order to get it going.