The Los Angeles Lakers had a good 2009-2010 season.
They enter the offseason as world champions on a mission.
Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant are clamoring for a third straight title, meaning the work never stops.
For the Lakers, they brought in veteran free agent Steve Blake. Blake will replace at least Jordan Farmar in the rotation. The team is also involved in negotiations to bring back clutch guard Derek Fisher.
To add to that, rumors they are going after Mike Miller, the free agent sharpshooter, have yet to fully dissipate as well.
But in between all the action off the court, the NBA Summer League is about to begin. And even to a team like the Lakers, it may be more important than you think.
Even with such a stacked roster, player development can be key. The Lakers had no first round picks this year, so discovering a summer league gem isn't completely out of the picture.
Lakers Summer League Schedule:
July 9 - Detroit, 5 p.m. PST
July 10 - Denver, 3 p.m. PST
July 12 - New York, 1 p.m. PST
July 13 - Sacramento, 5:30 p.m. PST
July 15 - San Antonio, 1 p.m. PST