LA Lakers 2013-14 Preseason Tracker: Latest News, Tweets, Media from China Trip

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistOctober 14, 2013

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 13: Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers visits the Great Wall as part of 2013 Global Games on October 13, 2013 at the Great Wall in Beijing, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers have quite a slate of action lined up for their preseason. In fact, it should top the Miami Heat's training camp adventures in the Bahamas as the most interesting trip of the pre-regular season action. 

It's all about China, the country that has embraced Kobe Bryant as one of its own over the years. 

After an international flight on Friday, Oct. 11, the Lakers had a full slate of activities lined up. Between then and the second preseason game against the Golden State Warriors, one that will take place on Oct. 18 in Shanghai, the team will visit The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and so much more that their envy-invoking destination has to offer. 

However, while the trip will be full of exciting sights, sounds and experiences, the focus still has to be on preparing for the 2013-14 season.

And that's why you can keep it tuned here for all the notable tweets, top images and biggest news items coming out of this big adventure.


Notable Tweets

UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 17 at 12:00 pm ET by Adam Fromal

Kobe coming in at No. 25 in ESPN's #NBARank may have caused quite a stir in the United States, but Mike Trudell reports it's just being overlooked in Shanghai. 

Good. It's ridiculous. Much more relevant is the fact that Kobe's Achilles is still al little tight. 

Things still aren't looking great for a return to action in the season opener. 

--End of update--


UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 12:10 pm ET by Adam Fromal

The Lakers are now in Shanghai, and the team might end up being completely exhausted. 

They'll have to recover in about 24 hours so that they can look good against the Golden State Warriors in the next preseason game. And speaking of recoveries, David Stern decided to weigh in on Kobe Bryant's fight to return from his Achilles injury

Finally, Mike D'Antoni had something to say about Dwight Howard

Actually, I guess he really didn't...

--End of update--


UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 12:05 pm ET by Adam Fromal

It doesn't look good for Kobe's ability to suit up during the Lakers season-opener on Oct. 29. 

Something tells me we're about to see an influx of tickets on the market. StubHub and Ebay are about to get busy. 

--End of update--


UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 11:15 am ET by Adam Fromal

What would the day be without an update on Kobe Bryant's injured Achilles? 

Of course, Kobe's injury isn't the only one affecting the Lakers right now. Jordan Farmar and Wes Johnson are both dealing with maladies of their own.  

Hopefully everyone is healthy by the start of the regular season. It sounds as though these are more precautionary holdouts than anything else. 

--End of update--


The Lakers aren't the only celebrities in China. B/R's own Kevin Ding is drawing a little bit of the paparazzi for himself as well!

L.A. fever is just crazy over there. And it'll get even crazier if Kobe starts practicing and gearing up for the regular-season opener. 

We still don't have a definitive update on when the Mamba will return to action, but the signs are starting to point toward a return in line with the aggressive timetable he's set for himself throughout the summer. 


Best Images

UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 18 at 11:20 am ET by Adam Fromal

Even though Kobe Bryant wasn't playing in the final preseason contest, he still made quite a stir just by showing up and participating in a few drills. 

We still have a while to go before live game action, but it's good to see the Mamba both running and drilling jumpers, even if isn't getting much elevation when he shoots the ball. They're more set shots than anything else. 

But that's not the only great image from the final day in China. 

Who could forget the team picture? Talk about a great view. Now Lakers fans just get to sit back and hope that the team is great as well. 

--End of update--


UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 17 at 12:00 pm ET by Adam Fromal

The last few days have been filled with fun, but there's also been plenty of work going on. 

Between Pau Gasol's lifting and shooting, Kobe's rehabbing and everyone else's activities, the China trip has been rather busy for the Lake Show. As it should be, since this is still training camp and preseason for the team as it prepares for a tough run at one of the eight playoff spots in the Western Conference. 

But it's not as though the work has presented the team from having any fun. 

Kobe even got to catch up with Yao Ming between some of his drills, and the team has spent a lot of time working with kids. Remember, the Lakers are just insanely popular in China, and running drills with the purple-and-gold clad stars is nothing short of sensational for them. 

There is nothing I want more than a high five from Pau right now. 

--End of update--


UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 12:10 pm ET by Adam Fromal

The Lakers sure seem to be having a good time in Shanghai. 

And it's hard not to when you feel like you're on top of the world. The skyscrapers there are absolutely massive, big enough that they even make NBA giants look small. 

--End of update--


UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 11:15 am ET by Adam Fromal

The commissioner is in the building!

Maybe not quite as important as Elvis—or Kobe—being there, but important nonetheless. David Stern has done a fantastic job building the NBA's global brand during his time in the league office, and he's not stopping now even though Adam Silver will soon be replacing him. 

And speaking of famous people, what would you do without the oh-so-necessary shot of the Laker Girls?

You're welcome. 

--End of update--


It's insane how big the crowd was at the airport when the Lakers arrived. If you think the United States brings hoards together whenever a famous person (or group of famous people) lands, well, you ain't seen nothing yet. 

I'm still waiting on this type of fanfare whenever a plane I'm on lands, just FYI. But don't expect the crowds to be the only craziness during this excursion. 

For example, did you ever think you'd see Jordan Farmar on a camel? 

There's no telling the effect it might have on his basketball game, especially as he makes his return to the NBA after playing in Turkish league last season, but the point guard certainly looks at home. 

Even that may not have been the most unlikely image. How about Pau Gasol walking away from a haggling session because his asking price wasn't met?

The Spanish 7-footer has always been one of the "nice guys" in the Association, so Kevin Ding (and just about everyone else) was quite surprised when he didn't just cave in and spend some of his fortune. 

Of course, don't think they're just seeing the sights and doing the rounds. Practice is happening too. 

See? We even have visual evidence!


Biggest News Items 

UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 18 at 11:15 am ET by Adam Fromal

There just weren't many positives during the second—and final—preseason game in China. 

The Lakers were absolutely trounced by the Golden State Warriors, falling 115-89 thanks to a truly putrid second half of action. And unfortunately, the lack of positives extends beyond the final score. 

Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill both looked good, but you have to go beyond the box score to find anything else that might evoke a smile. At least we had dunks like Nick Young's: 

And I suppose that the Lake Show can take solace in the fact that they held Andre Iguodala to only four points. They'll just have to ignore the "14" in his assist column, though. 

--End of update--


UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 17 at 12:00 pm ET by Adam Fromal

A roster move has been made in China. 

DJO just never cut it with the Lakers, even after his stellar career at Marquette. 

--End of update--


UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 11:20 am ET by Adam Fromal

The Lakers played their first exhibition game in Shanghai, losing 100-95 to the Golden State Warriors. 

It was the David Lee show, but that doesn't mean the contest was devoid of positive revelations for the Lake Show. Ryan Kelly scored his first NBA points, for example. 

And we can't forget about this Xavier Henry alley-oop that made the crowd go nuts. 

Henry, Nick Young and Chris Kaman were the stars of the show for the Purple and Gold, combining for 47 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists on 19-of-30 shooting from the field. 

--End of update--


The Great Wall of China is one of the most impressive sights in the world. In fact, it's supposed to be the only manmade object that can be seen from space (even if that's nothing more than a myth, as no astronaut has ever claimed to have seen it). 

So of course the Lakers went and had a gander for themselves. It was a day filled with gondola rides, camels and breathtaking sights, and you can view Kevin Ding's photo diary of the spectacle for yourself by clicking here

However, that wasn't the biggest news that Ding reported during the early portion of the trip. He relayed a quote from Kobe that should cause Lakers fans to be filled with unmitigated joy: "I feel pretty damn good, so I'm going to get out today and try to move around on the court."

Well, how's that for a development? 

Kobe isn't the only one dealing with injuries, though. 

Steve Nash has ben dealing with an ankle injury, but according to's Mike Trudell, it looks like he'll still be playing in Tuesday, Oct. 15th's preseason game against the Dubs. 

Los Angeles is already playing from behind the eight ball this season, and the team needs everyone possible to be healthy. Nash is obviously no exception, especially because it's on him to make all of the rather lackluster supporting pieces look better. 

Plus, the Lakers need to stay away from tobogganing in the future. Chris Kaman crushed a finger when Shawne Williams crashed into him, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times (h/t B/R's Zach Buckley). 

Neither player was seriously injured, but it doesn't seem as though they had as much fun as Nick Young. 

Ah, to be in China. You can also check out Stephen Curry's diary on for more information on the China trips, just from the perspective of the Golden State Warriors. 


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