Lakers Media Day In El Segundo, CA
Boo Yah! Prepare for the Year of Bynum, I mean The Lakers. Well, today was the annual Media Day for the Lakers where the media ask the same things over and over and expect a different answer each time they ask them. Media Day is always refreshing because to the players and staff, it is almost like the start of school again. Everyone looks a bit different and everyone usually has on a smile because the players are meeting each other for the first time since the exit interviews.
Though everyone basically looks the way we last remembered them, there are some noticeable differences that must be noted. For instance…
Phil Jackson used to resemble the likes of Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
However, Phil went ahead and chopped his mustache off and cleaned up a bit. Now he looks 15 years younger. Look out for the leaner, sleeker, faster Phil Jackson this year.
In terms of Laker players, Andrew Bynum is looking yoked and cut the fuck up just ready to fuck up Amare Stoudemire, Shaqueer O’Neal, Dwight Howard (That’s right Dwight muthafuckin’ Howard), Meow Ming and especially Kevin Gaynett. All Bynum has been talking about to the media for the last month is not his role in the Laker offense, but his commitment to defense. Sounds a lot like Garnett and the Celtics last year. Though Kobe has everything to prove this year, the most heated matchups this year will be between Andrew Bynum and the rest of the league’s bigs. You will see a passing of the torch this year as the young Bynum battles the league’s older bigs like Shaq, while testing his skills against his younger peers. Just remember those Shaq, Hakeem, David Robinson bouts of the 90s. So, out with the old and in with the new. As you can see, Bynum followed through on my prediction that he will grow out facial hair. One for one, baby. Check his interview below.
Meanwhile, Pau‘s beard is still patchier than ever, while Kobe looks a million times happier than he did during last year’s Media Day. Last year’s barrage of questions revolved around Kobe’s future with the team. This year’s barrage of repetitive comments towards Kobe seems to be about his age, since he turned 30 this summer. Phil also entertained the fact that he will try to limit Kobe’s minutes this year. Newsflash geniuses…Phil tries to do this every year with every player. If he is playing Kobe 40+ minutes, it’s not because he wants to, but because he has to. It’s just that Phil probably thinks that those scenarios will be more rare this season because of the Lakers’ insane depth. Just as Sasha would say, “We have a very dip tim [deep team].”
Probably the most interesting thing Kobe lets us know is that because of people’s disbelief in his abilities now, he was drug-tested after he windmill dunked in the layup line before an Olympic game. Not too sure if he was joking or not though. You be the judge. Don’t matter: 30’s the new 20.