Via ESPN: “[L]akers coach Phil Jackson acknowledged that the setup leaves plenty to be desired as the foundation for a three-peat quest. ‘This training camp is kind of a bust. You just have to try to do the best you can in this training camp. We’ll try to incorporate these new players, embrace them, educate them in what we do [but] we don’t anticipate in the first two weeks that we’re going to gain any ground, so to speak.’ ‘I think I can respect [Jackson's] point,’ nodded Derek Fisher after Friday’s practice in El Segundo, just a few hours before the plane was boarded. ‘I do think it’s tough to prepare for the type of season that we have in front of us with a disjointed month here in October.’”

Aside from this trip overseas, L.A.’s dealing with Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum’s rehab.