Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol spent the final minutes of practice playing one-on-one with each other on a side basket while their Lakers teammates shot free throws and ran wind sprints.
The results were pretty lopsided in Bryant’s favor. “Not much of a contest,” said Kobe. “I’m a beast on that block.”
The pairs minutes on the floor will be closely monitored this pre-season after both advanced to the gold medal game in last month’s Beijing Olympics. The extra time on the floor in China combined with a trip to the Finals last season has left little time for either to rest.
“I’m just going around this week and seeing how they do, how they feel and seeing their energy level and then we’ll adjust,” said Phil Jackson.