This isn’t good. The Lakers held their media day on Saturday, and Kobe has spoken about how he wants to play, that is, when he does play:
Kobe on the Lakers' playing style this year: "We’re not an up-and-down, run-and-gun type of team by any stretch of the imagination"
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) September 28, 2013
With a younger, more athletic team, the Lakers have been widely assumed to be running a style that mirrored that of D’Antoni’s Phoenix teams. It sounds like Kobe isn’t in favor of that at all. Last season, the mess of a season they had included a myriad of identity problems, but they finished the season 28-12 after changing things up. D’Antoni was running the offense through HORNS sets utilizing Pau Gasol’s skill set. With the core of the Lakers revolving around older players in Steve Nash, Kobe, and Gasol, it may help to run a slower style. Kobe and D’Antoni had a mini episode last season, when Kobe was live tweeting during the playoffs.
We will have a recap of all thirty teams’ media days coming on Tuesday.