From yesterday/today's LA Times:
But first, encouraging news about the Lakers, and something that should make fans a little more forgiving when it comes to their poor team.
Long after most folks had gone complaining into the night after the Lakers' loss to Oklahoma City, Coach Mike D'Antoni told the media Friday night the Lakers have been at a serious disadvantage.
Apparently unlike every other team in the NBA, the Lakers' season doesn't begin until Sunday, D'Antoni said.
"I told the team the biggest thing is our season starts Sunday," he said. No word on whether he told the team it's time to start playing defense as well.
D'Antoni also unveiled his strategy for getting the Lakers into the playoffs: wishful thinking.
"I'm an optimist," he said in explaining why he thinks the Lakers can suddenly turn things around now after six straight losses. "I think it can happen. We can play well enough to win. Yes."