But it wasn't all
serious. When Iavaroni noted that Kaman is an underrated passer, Weber added
that he and Brand have "great chemistry." D'Antoni had one question:
"Does that mean they vacation together?"
coaches traipsed downstairs, where the team was waiting for practice. The mood
of the players was similar to that of the coaches--loose and confident but also
businesslike. They sang an off-key Happy Birthday to Marion, who turned 28 on
Sunday, but kept their thoughts on the Clippers. In fact, there was little
mention of the Lakers' meltdown. "We shouldn't have even been in a Game 7
because we should've beaten them earlier," said forward James Jones.
"Plus, the Clippers have been sitting around thinking about us, so we
needed to start thinking about them right away."
And though the
Suns took Game 1, L.A.'s other team is likely to give them plenty more to think