Still eight days from anything resembling a playoff basketball game, the Lakers reconvened at their practice facility in El Segundo, worked out, watched film, and tried not to think about how many days like Tuesday were left before the NBA finals.
They are off again today and probably will take Sunday off as well. Ten days after the San Antonio Spurs were eliminated, the finals will begin June 6 at 6 p.m. at Staples Center.
Meantime, the players were devising ways to rest and stay sharp, emotionally and physically.
"I want to do what we've been doing," forward Rick Fox said. "I don't want to change anything, coming in here working still as hard as we've worked to get to this point. Get some extra sleep.
"I don't want to adopt any sort of attitude that it's summer, that there's need or reward to celebrate. That can creep in. It can creep in just by walking around town, getting patted on the back. I know we should all appreciate the love and support, but don't buy us too many drinks, don't feed us too much food. We haven't brought home the trophy yet. If we bring home the trophy, people can celebrate."