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LA Lakers prepare for Timberwolves game in London

10-03-2010 12:55 BJT

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The LA Lakers are set to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in London as part of the sides Pre Season tour. LA will be hoping to send out a strong message to their rivals the Miami Heat with a big victory.

The LA Lakers are in London to open their pre-season campaign. With two-time NBA finals MVP Kobe Bryant in the line-up, the Lakers are by far the most high-profile team to embark on the overseas tour.

However, Bryant is still recovering from surgery on his right knee. But the off-season headlines have been dominated by the Miami Heat which features the trident of LeBron James Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The Lakers appear not to be worried what's going on out east.

DLA Lakes Guard, said, "It is not about what anybody else is doing at all. We are fully confident and I think we fully understand that if we do what we do, we can adjust, adapt and figure out a way to beat anyone we play. And that is the mentality that we go into every game with."

Meanwhile, as for the driving force behind this team - after 11 Championship rings in total, coach Phil Jackson makes up his mind.

Phil Jackson, LA Lakers Coach, said, "It is an opportunity to win for the third time in a row which is always something special. The fact that Kobe and Derek Fisher have been with me a long time is also something very special. And for me, it just felt like the right time to say "this is it - this is my last stand."

The Lakers' less illustrious opponents put time in on court ahead of the 'David and Goliath' match-up. It looks like Kevin Love is the closest on the Minnesota roster to a superstar, who performed well in the US team that recently lifted the World Championship. The Timberwolves won just 15 games last season - only the New Jersey Nets performed worse. That led to a complete overhaul of the roster.

Kurt Rambis, Minnesota Timberwolves Coach, said, "We are still putting things in. We are still working on things. We have got nine new guys. We are only bringing back four-and-a-half new guys considering Darko (Milicic) only played 24 games last year for us. So everyone is learning everything fresh and new, offensively and defensively and trying to get everybody on the same page."

Whatever approach Rambis adopts, a defeat is widely expected. But the Timberwolves are a young team and with the right ingredients, could impress many over the new season.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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