The first training camp session concluded for the Los Angeles Lakers, and Byron Scott had his team running. Not Mike D'Antoni open court running, but old school suicide line drills running:
There was so much running that's about all the Lakers' official Vine account could muster up from the first day of Lakers training camp:
So, really, how much running did Scott put these guys through? Enough to have 19-year veteran Kobe Bryant admitting it was the most running he's ever done in practice. Really:
Kobe says he has never ran this much in a practice. Ever. Under any coach. Interesting.— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) September 30, 2014
That might not be the type of comment you'd want to hear from someone who has over 45,000 minutes logged in the regular season alone, but it sounds like Scott will have the Lakers' conditioning in check by the time the regular season comes around. Both Kobe and Steve Nash will sit out the second practice when the Lakers begin two-a-days on Wednesday, though, reports ESPN's Arash Markazi:
Both players said they felt good after their first practice but will have their minutes monitored in camp and during the season. When the Lakers go through their first two-a-day practice on Wednesday, Bryant and Nash will only participate in the morning session, which will include a scrimmage.
Speaking of Kobe, the Mamba was back in his stomping ground in El Segundo and slipped right back into his usual oversized jersey:
Of course, Kobe's "Kobe" moment was when he spoke with media after cooling down wearing a "RINGSSSSS" shirt that any Lakers fan would love to have hanging in their closet. Count 'em. Here's what Kobe had to say after practice:
That's all for now. The Lakers begin two-a-day practices tomorrow, which hopefully ends with rookie Julius Randle not feeling completely wiped out, as he looked by the end of his first real day on the job:
Basketball is nearly back in full force, and the Lakers have officially begun their journey together.