Panel on Time Warner Cable SportsNet previews Lakers’ trip to China

The Lakers, including Pau Gasol, traveled the Great Wall of China on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Pau Gasol's Twitter account.

The Lakers, including Pau Gasol, traveled the Great Wall of China on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Pau Gasol’s Twitter account.

So many conflicting feelings surround the Lakers on their week-long trip to China.

Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni says he’d “rather bond at home” than across the world. Yet, he believes it’s a privilege for the Lakers to become ambassadors for the NBA. Lakers guard Steve Nash believes this trip will bring a team together, but he’s mindful of his health surrounding his sore left ankle. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has plenty of marketing opportunities in China thanks to his efforts with Nike and various philanthropic projects. But he, too, has to monitor his torn left Achilles tendon and surgically repaired right knee.

This all became a topic of discussion on Time Warner Cable’s Access SportsNet recently where host Chris McGee, analyst Dave Miller and I previewed what the Lakers should get out of their trip to China, which includes a pair of preseason games against the Golden State Warriors in Beijing (Tuesday) and Shanghai (Friday).

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