Summer League Summary
Winning is not the focus for L.A. in the summer league, as the coaches and management prefer to see what certain players can offer regardless of fit on the court and score.
And it was thus no surprise that the Lakers dropped their first four games before rebounding for victory in the fifth and final game. Below are links to the content pieces from L.A.'s trip to Las Vegas.
Summer League Gallery – Vegas
A photo gallery from our Lakers.com trip to Las Vegas, behind the scenes with the team.
Lakers Beat Clips to Close Summer League
After a rough 0-4 start, the Lakers played for the win in the fifth game - coach Chuck Person cutting his rotation down - and emerged with a 75-69 result.
Podcast: Bill Bertka from Vegas:
Hoops legend Bill Bertka sits down with Lakers.com to discuss the ideal NBA team, how the game has changed over the years and what he thinks about L.A.'s young prospects.
Morris Shines in Loss
The Lakers dropped their fourth consecutive summer league contest, 92-81, but got a strong individual game from point guard Darius Morris, who finished with 24 points on a perfect 9 of 9 shooting performance.
Lakers Drop Third Straight in Vegas:
After a much-improved effort in the second summer league loss, the Lakers fell back to their poor form from an opening loss to Golden State by being blown out 106-56 by Miami.
Kupchak Checks in From Vegas:
We caught up with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak to discuss how the Steve Nash acquisition impacts the rest of free agency (and may encourage veterans to sign with the Lakers), what Dr. Jerry Buss considers before signing off on something, what Kupchak focuses on at summer league and more.
Can DJO's D Help the Lakers?
We took a look at how rookie Darius Johnson-Odom's physical perimeter defense might help L.A.'s senior squad come training camp.
Vegas Game #1: Lakers - Warriors
The Lakers were no match for lottery picks Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes in the first game in Sin City.
Summer League Tip Off:
A look at the players the Lakers would bring to Las Vegas, including five of the team's second round picks.