Fight the power
By now, most fans know about the league directive requiring bench players to sit when not engaged in spontaneous celebration or checking into a game. I like the rule, though it will cost the game some beautiful moments, including the tradition of standing until teammates have dropped their first bucket of the game.
Not to worry. The Lakers showed Thursday night in Anaheim an ability to honor that moment with creativity and style (and show a sense of film literacy at the same time). Keep an eye on the bench in the footage below:
Clearly Josh Powell was somewhere else when they rehearsed, but they still earn high marks for execution.
In other news, if you missed it, here's the LAT report on the Bynum and Gasol injuries.