There aren’t a ton of post ideas I could submit to my boss and have him try to shoot me down, but on Friday morning I found one and decided to write it anyway.
New Los Angeles Lakers Head Trainer Gunnar Peterson has been a must-follow on Instagram and social media for the looks he’s been offering into the team’s training process since he was hired over the summer. From previews of various players lifting weights to Ivica Zubac working out with ropes, Peterson’s Instagram has been the place to go for Lakers fans desperately looking for any glimpse of their team getting ready for the season.
On Friday, video of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Thomas Bryant and Larry Nance, Jr. belting out Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” as they put in an offseason workout was added to the list of things Peterson has shared on social media, and let’s just say the team at SS&R didn’t take it well when I proposed writing it up (come for the video, stay for the look at our RIGOROUS editorial process):
Silver Screen and Slack is handling the Lakers singing country music well pic.twitter.com/VkRLn6Nveo— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) September 1, 2017
Oh it's happening sorry guys pic.twitter.com/3b2PdsDqL3— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) September 1, 2017
Then, thanks to Lakers Twitter’s noted country aficionado, Kendrew (@TLiens), I was able to figure out which song it was:
.@TLiens is @LakersSBN's rigorous fact checking department: pic.twitter.com/XWCs7ddIjA— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) September 1, 2017
After that it was just a matter of getting my headline approved:
We always try to workshop headlines together. It's not going well today pic.twitter.com/cIFFEJytb0— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) September 1, 2017
In all seriousness, that video is a hilarious look behind the scenes at the dregs of the offseason. Fans should be encouraged that it looks like the team is building awesome chemistry, and that Nance and Caldwell-Pope are passing on veteran habits to a rookie in Bryant.
Still, they need to pick better music if they want to have a chance this year. Come on guys, no one has ever won a title listening to country. It’s like a verifiable fact* that this is why Karl Malone never won a ring. The Lakers need an official DJ to make sure stuff like this doesn’t happen again.
Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.
*Editor’s note: This is not a verifiable fact