New Coach. New Players. New Attitude: The Lakers Are Finally Smiling Again

September 27th, 2016 by Kevin Ding Leave a reply »

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The common belief behind rebuilding is that you have to hit rock bottom.

You have to feel so bad that you're truly motivated to feel good again.

Dig a deep ditch—then build the big building.

It's not necessarily true.

Rebuilding in sports can occur with the right talent, personality or break.

Or it can begin with the right feeling.

The Los Angeles Lakers finally have that right feeling.

All they want is to grow.

Therein you have the purest hope we can have in sports—or life, frankly.

Lakers media day on Monday was different than in past years. No Kobe Bryant. So, no stars, really.

Just the basketball equivalent of a bunch of gaffers and sound mixers and aspiring actors—and all of them smiling, the optimistic sort of expression you wear when you know the show today will be fun and trust that the show tomorrow will be a little better.

"It's a new everything when you walk in here," Nick Young said.

Indeed, most of these Lakers would be really, truly happy if ...

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