The Los Angeles Lakers’ digital team has been sharing an exciting offseason for the franchise, with players filling up the new training facility and franchise headquarters seemingly every day as they prepare for the start of camp.
While it’s been great to see the snippets, the important takeaway is how much work the entire group has been putting in before official team activities have even begun. There’s been so much activity, in fact, that head coach Luke Walton has been forced to ban players from coming in for training at times this summer.
The endless stream of weight work, on-court drills and practicing has helped keep the spirit of basketball alive for Lakers fans through the dog days of the NBA offseason, and Brook Lopez revealed that it’s gotten to the point that Walton had to shut down the gym to force players to take the time to recover.
“He’s had to close the gym off a few times just to keep people from coming in, just officially locking up, no one’s allowed in,” Lopez said in an interesting profile on the incoming big man penned by Bill Oram of the Orange County Register.
Lopez opened up about growing up in California as a fan of the Lakers, how surreal it is to him that he’s a member of the purple and gold now, and how quickly the team is bonding together. Brook called the workout sessions he’s witnessed and been a part of “amazing” and loves the camaraderie that is being built in the offseason because of it.
That the whole team has voluntarily kept the buzz alive in the Lakers’ new training facility is a great sign for things to come in training camp, with the group already focused on taking a step forward as a franchise together. We’ll get to see the fruits of their labor soon enough.