The Los Angeles Lakers finalized a deal to build a new, $80 million dollar practice facility in May. Lakers head athletic trainer Gary Vitti has helped design the state-of-the-art facility currently under construction, and from his lengthy sitdown with Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, it sounds like he is impressed with the teams' work.
"Second to none in the league," said Vitti when describing the plans the team currently has for the facility. Vitti also detailed some of the facilities many amenities, including a barber shop and dry cleaning facility in addition to brand new training rooms, hydrotherapy areas, and locker rooms.
"Free agency is much like college recruiting now. So when you build something, you want all of the bells and whistles," says Vitti, and the facility is projected to be complete just in time for a cap explosion in 2017, with that year's free agency class expected to be headlined by the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook.
While whether or not the Lakers are in the mix for big names like Westbrook will be dependent upon whom they do or do not sign this summer, the development of their young talent, and the team's fortunes on the court over the next two years, having a brand spanking new practice facility certainly can't hurt their pitch moving forward to 2017 and beyond.