Shootaround Report: Lakers Feel Comfortable; Bickerstaff’s Future Uncertain

After the firing of Mike Brown early Friday morning, interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff will coach tonight’s home game against the Sacramento Kings. However, as reported by Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News, he has not spoken to the Lakers organization about his own status beyond tonight’s game.

Despite the commotion surrounding the head coaching vacancy, the Lakers are still feeling comfortable going into tonight’s matchup. Lakers reporter Mike Trudell spoke to assistant coach Darvin Ham about the key to a win after shootaround this morning.

“Just play good principle defense and good principle offense….try not to make it a rat race of a game… We feel comfortable going into tonight. We like our chances.”

It’s no secret that the Sacramento Kings have thrived in an area the Lakers are still struggling in: a deep bench. Marcus Thornton, Aaron Brooks, Chuck Hayes, Francisco Garcia, and Jimmer Fredette, to name a few, and as Ham stresses, it hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“They have a luxury of a couple of starter worthy players that they bring off their bench.”

Tonight, the Lakers are looking to start their first two game winning streak since last April, against a team they struggled against in the preseason. Transition, effective pick-n-roll, and offensive rebounding were a few areas the Lakers struggled in defending.

The Kings have won three of their past five matchups with the purple and gold. Tip-off is set for 6:30, PST.

——————————————————————————————————————————————————————

In case you missed it: Video highlights from the Lakers last win against the Golden State Warriors

——————————————————————————————————————————————————————

[jwplayer config=”lakersnation_player” file=”http://youtu.be/ziP5hLWG_1w” autostart=”false”]

You May Also Like

Lakers Rumors & Recaps: Lakers Looking To Make More Moves?

The rumors are starting swirl around the City of Angels once again…

Lakers News: Anthony Davis Explains Yelling ‘Kobe’ For 3-Pointer

Despite a sloppy showing throughout much of the second half, the Los Angeles Lakers escaped Game 2 with a…

Lakers News: Xavier Henry Could Be ‘Limited In Training Camp’

[new_royalslider id=”132″] Former lottery pick Xavier Henry was invited to the Los…

Rob Pelinka: Lakers May Use Salary Cap Space To Re-Sign Players, Not Just Attempt To Lure Superstar Free Agents

The Los Angeles Lakers planning to chase multiple superstar free agents this summer in order to attempt to get them…