It appears that the Lakers won’t be holding their training camp in the Toyota Center in El Segundo. According to a report from Bill Oram of the Orange County Register, the Lakers had initially planned to host the yearly camp there. Instead, they decided to relocate the camp to Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara is not official yet, but according to Lakers spokesman John Black, it is currently in the works. The reason that the coaches want to host training camp in Santa Barbara is unknown. This process is normal for coaches to seclude players from their friends and relatives to simply build team relationships.
No more hula skirts
Though stated before, this officially rules out Honolulu, Hawaii as the destination for the Lakers camp this year. Last year and during the early 2000’s, the Lakers frequently hosted their training camp at the popular tourist destination. It is unclear why they decided not to do so this season. Our hearts go out to the resident Laker fans of Honolulu.
Media day is announced
In other news today, the Lakers announced that the team’s media day would be held on September 26th, which is just over a month away. This means that training camp will be just a day or a few days afterwards. Shortly after that on October 4th, the Lakers and their young team will be playing their first preseason game in Anaheim California at the Honda Center. It will be the first time we get to see Luke Walton on the bench. For those who didn’t get the opportunity to go all the way to Las Vegas, it will be a good opportunity to see the new additions to the team. The new era is right around the corner, Laker fans. To get you all more excited for this coming season, the Lakers posted some hype-worthy photos of the young core putting in work. They call them “the breakfast club”:
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 23, 2016
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 24, 2016
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