Brian Kamenetzky of the LA Times wrote:
It was a pretty mellow day in El Segundo as the Lakers prep for Saturday night's matchup with Barcelona at Staples, but there was (as you'd suspect) an influx of Spanish media in the building. Clever, gift bearing Spanish media. After peppering Kobe with questions about the global nature of the game, and, of course, the obligatory soccer queries, they presented him with a personalized, autographed photo of Lionel Messi, who (and you'll forgive my ignorance of the beautiful game) is apparently the best futbol player on the planet. No surprise, Kobe liked it a great deal.
Beyond that? It's clear that Phil Jackson is still tinkering with the rotation, and all the combinations available to him. Vlad has been playing with the starting unit, but isn't guaranteed to stay there. LO is still bringing the ball up... but didn't today in practice. Trevor Ariza and Luke Walton? Working their way in. They've experimented with the 6'7"-and-above lineup. How about starting the season with the same group of starters that ended last year? "There's a chance of that," Jackson said. "We play five games in the next six or seven days, so we'll have a lot of time on the floor to get us working things out, rotations and stuff." He's thought about playing Fish and Jordan Farmar together, but may not have time to get there in the preseason.
So short of DJ Mbenga at the two- and seriously, he's the unsung king of the heat check, so a little time at off guard could be fun- everything else is still on the table?
Not much else to report. Chris Mihm's movement continues to improve. He's running, and Jackson noted that his "hop" is returning. The rest of the game, shooting, rhythm, etc., ought to follow. That's the hope, at least. In today's scrimmage, Mihm looked very comfortable, running the floor for a dunk and making a nice post up move on Mbenga to hit a baby hook.
I also got a laugh from hearing Jim Cleamons bark instructions to Sun Yue, pronouncing it "Soon Yi." The intricacies of inflection aside, it gave me a brief, somewhat uncomfortable Woody Allen flash.