With two days without games in one of the world’s greatest cities, you’d think that L.A.’s coaches would have a moment or two to relax, right?
Perhaps walk up and down one of New York’s famed avenues, check out the giant tree at Rockefeller Center or even see a show on Broadway.
But on Thursday, assistant coach Jim Cleamons was busy watching film and finalizing a scouting report for the New Jersey Nets, L.A.’s opponent on Saturday, and getting set to look ahead at the Oklahoma City Thunder, whom the Lakers host next Tuesday.
Fellow assistant Frank Hamblen is busy preparing for L.A.’s Sunday opponent, the Detroit Pistons.
In fact, on the plane ride from Milwaukee to New York City last night, each coach (Brian Shaw and Phil Jackson included) was breaking down film, discussing tactics and figuring out how the team will spend its next few days.
In short, “off days” don’t really exist for NBA coaches.