Some intriguing storylines for the Lakers include Kobe Bryant's recovery, Mike D'Antoni's first training camp with the Lakers, and the new players that have joined the squad.
Without further ado, here are the three biggest questions the Lakers will face during training camp.
How far along is Kobe Bryant with his recovery?
In their push to making the playoffs last season, the Black Mamba suffered an Achilles injury right when the Lakers started winning some games.
However, Kobe's incredible work ethic and determination to recovery has been going according to plan. Though no one is certain of Bryant's timetable, Laker fans should not worry. While the 35-year-old isn't getting any younger, Kobe is determined to have a full recovery and come back strong in order to make a push with the pieces that are intact.
Hopefully, the wait for Bryant's return won't take too long.
What can Mike D'Antoni implement in his first training camp with the Lakers?
The Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni five games into last season in hope of bringing Showtime back to L.A. Well that never went according to plan.
However, coach D'Antoni finally has the chance to execute his offensive scheme due to the full training camp ahead of him. D'Antoni clearly isn't going anywhere this season, and the Lakers made that evident this offseason when they signed young and athletic guys like Nick Young, Wesley Johnson and Jordan Farmar who are expected to thrive in D'Antoni's open court offense.
This season it's do or die for the former Phoenix Suns' coach, as he has the opportunity to prove if he is the right coach for the Lakers.
The Lakers' training camp roster includes seven players with either partially guaranteed or non-guaranteed deals, featuring Shawne Williams (partial), Elias Harris (partial), Marcus Landry (non-guarantee), Xavier Henry (non-guarantee) and draft pick Ryan Kelly (non-guarentee).
The Lakers have 11 players with guaranteed contracts, and they are allowed a maximum of 15 players for the regular season roster. As a result, training camp will feature plenty of battles amongst the invites.
Kelly is recovering from a foot injury, so he is at a disadvantage in comparison to the others. Williams and Landry provide much needed outside shooting for D'Antoni's offense. Harris gives the Lakers athleticism and versatility to play multiple positions. Also, if Henry can somehow regain his shooting stroke and transform his play back to his days with Kansas, the Lakers may find their hidden gem.
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