Lakers Struggle Adjusting To Time Change After Trip To China
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Traveling from China to the United States is no easy task and even for professional athletes, the countless of hours in flight can take a toll on the body.

The Los Angeles Lakers played two exhibition games in China and now the team has to get back to California as it prepares for the opening of the 2013-14 season. The Lakers will tip off on Oct. 29 when they host their cross town rivals, the Clippers.

At this point, Chris Kaman may miss tomorrow’s game, but everyone else will be available for tomorrows game. The Los Angeles Times writes that the Lakers are doing what it takes to get things back to normal.

The 12-hour flight and accompanying 15-hour time change left their body clocks wildly askew once they reconvened for practice Sunday in El Segundo.

Coach Mike D’Antoni called off practice a little early and noticed a few players were nodding off during a film session.

“Of course,” D’Antoni quipped, “that could be normal too.”

The Lakers only have eight days until the beginning of the regular season and they must make sure they get back into their daily routine in order to start their 2013-14 campaign off right.

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