The Los Angeles Lakers have more expectations coming into this year than any other NBA team. Steve Nash and Dwight Howard are All Star additions, and they still have Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol in the starting lineup.
Some more under the radar acquisitions include Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks, two players expected to help the second unit.
With two games of the preseason played, we can finally start getting some picture of how the new additions are performing, and how they are gelling with the returning cast.
Minutes Played: 16:28
Metta World Peace is trying to rebound from two of the worst seasons of his career, and he seems focused this year. One problem has been his three point shooting, which last season sat at 29 percent.
If he returns to form, defenders won't be able to leave him wide open anymore, giving easier looks to the rest of the team. The three steals also show disruptive defense which did not show in 2010 and 2011.
He didn't play a large amount of minutes, but made an impact during the small amount of playing time he did receive.
Minutes Played: 7:50
I doubt most Laker fans will be aware of this signing, but it could prove to be very important. Douglas-Roberts could be yet another bench presence for the Los Angeles Lakers, and could push them over the top.
He scored seven points in just under eight minutes of action after scoring seven in 13 minutes of action against the Trailblazers.
Last season, the biggest weakness of the Lakers was their second unit, and any bright spots in that area will be welcomed in LA.
Minutes Played: 30:15
This is a negative note for the Lakers. Gasol played very good minutes against Portland, but failed to make any impact on the offensive end of the floor.
The partnership with Steve Nash failed to provide the highlights expected, and while some of that can be excused, considering it is preseason, there is no excuse for this type of play.
Gasol played in the Olympics, so he has played at a high level during the offseason, but he was really rusty against the Blazers.
It should definitely be the performance to forget for Gasol, and fans can only hope that they won't have to sit through something similar again.
Minutes Played: 16:52
Another relatively sour note for the Lakers. Antawn Jamison was brought in for the sole purpose of adding some scoring to the bench, but that did not show against the Warriors.
Jamison manged to only put up three points in limited action, and only four rebounds as well. This is not the type of production the Lakers wanted.
LA needs him to be someone who can take over if Metta is having a bad night, and perhaps even start over him in certain games.
I don't think that after this game, there is one fan comfortable with the idea of Jamison starting. First impressions are lasting, and this was a terrible first impression.
Minutes Played: 17:22
I'm sure this was a nice surprise for Laker fans. Ebanks is someone who is highly regarded by the organization, and could see a bigger role on the team this year the way he is playing.
Against the Blazers, he managed to step up and play very well. Not only did he score 10, but he also pulled down four boards in a game that saw the Lakers get out-rebounded 48-38.
If he can continue to hustle and pick up the slack for the team the way he has done thus far, he could be replacing Jamison as the sixth man.
This season is shaping up to be a big one for LA, and this has been a very interesting preseason for them to say the least.
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