The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to move their training camp from their practice facility in El Segundo to Santa Barbara, according to a report from Mark Medina and Bill Oram in the Orange County Register. Lakers’ spokesman John Black confirmed to the Register that a move was “in the works.”
The Lakers held their training camp in Hawaii last year, and while Santa Barbara isn’t quite that picturesque, it’s still a very pleasant place to visit. A theory for the move posited in Oram and Medina’s report is “coaches often like to seclude players early in the season to help build chemistry,” which would make some sense for such a young team with a brand new coaching staff.
The Lakers are coming off of a franchise worst season and are not projected to be much better this year, so a dose of seclusion to build an “us against the world” mentality could be just what the team needs to develop the type of camaraderie necessary to get through a tough year, or even to be more competitive than people expect.
Training camp is still expected to kick off with Media Day on September 26th. Stay tuned to Silver Screen and Roll for more on this story as it develops.
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