Reporting from London — The Lakers were three days into a breezy eight-day swing through Europe when reality arrived.
The team received news of an upcoming travel alert, issued by the U.S. State Department on Sunday morning, urging American citizens in Europe to be vigilant, especially in public places such as tourist sites and transportation hubs.
The Lakers play exhibition games Monday in London against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Thursday in Spain against FC Barcelona.
The travel alert was considered less serious than a travel warning and was issued in response to intelligence about a possible Al Qaeda plan to send gunmen into crowded European places to harm Western civilians, similar to the 2008 attacks in Mumbai.
NBA security officials briefed the Lakers before Sunday's practice.
"NBA security is staying in touch with the U.S. Embassy, the FBI and Scotland Yard and keeping us updated on the situation," Lakers spokesman John Black said.