In just five days, the Los Angeles Lakers will take the court for their first game of organized basketball since March 10, although I guess it would be more accurate to say their first game of organized basketball against another team because they finally got a scrimmage in on Saturday.
Unlike the scrimmages the Lakers will play before the season starts on July 30, Saturday’s scrimmage wasn’t televised on Spectrum SportsNet, but we did get a few snippets of the scrimmage thanks to the official YouTube account of the NBA. The video also includes clips of players doing shooting drills.
The first thing that stands out is the units Vogel used in the scrimmage. While the starting five of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and JaVale McGee wasn’t a surprise, the three-guard bench unit with Quinn Cook, Alex Caruso, Dion Waiters, Kyle Kuzma and Dwight Howard was. It was also surprised to see Talen Horton-Tucker get some playing time with that unit.
The second unit will almost certainly look different once Markieff Morris joins the Lakers in Orlando, and Vogel very rarely has a lineup on the floor without one of James or Davis, but it’s still something that will be worth keeping an eye on, especially since Vogel has said it’s unlikely that James and Davis will play all three scrimmages.
Here’s what else happened in the bubble on Saturday.
LeBron James is how old?
By the start of next season, LeBron James will be 36 years old. With the exception of Andre Iguodala, no in the NBA that’s above 35 years old looks like James does, and even then, James is on a completely different level than Iggy.
I mean, look at this nonsense.
As much as I think I’d enjoy playing in an NBA game, I’m pretty sure a bump from a 35-year-old James would keep me on the sidelines for the remainder of the season. Not even from an injury; just out of pure fear.
Chicago Sky guard and Reno/Sparks legend Gabby Williams paid tribute to the late Gianna Bryant at the team’s media day on Saturday with a drawing of Gigi on her left sneaker. Expect a flurry of similar tributes to Bryant this season, and for the foreseeable future.