Odds and ends
Things to click as Saturday winds down:
- Speaking to the media before training camp kicked off (see the video of that press conference here, here, and here), when asked about how the departure of Kurt Rambis would change the work flow around El Segundo, Phil Jackson said he'd likely be taking on more responsibility with the bigs, an area of focus last season for Rambis. So it's no surprise to hear he'll take a more active role in the development of Andrew Bynum, now that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's role has been scaled back.
- As for Wednesday's preseason opener in Anaheim against the Warriors, PJ may just skip that one.
- The arrival of Ron Artest may mean a significant cut in Luke Walton's playing time.
- I sent it out via Twitter (latimeslakers) the other day, but if you missed it, this feature from SI.com's Chris Ballard on playing ball in San Quentin is a great read.
- During this week's Lakers PodKast, Andy and I riffed on reports from the Boston Herald that, in an effort to combat the spread of swine flu, the NBA had decided to prohibit pregame handshakes. Turns out, that wasn't true. That doesn't mean H1N1 isn't on the league's radar. Read more about the NBA's plan, via TrueHoop. Not that there was much argument, but it's certainly a serious issue for teams. US Soccer star Landon Donovan tested positive for the virus in August, and Houston Texans tight end Anthony Hill was diagnosed this week.