SAN DIEGO – Five observations from Los Angeles Lakers training camp, based on practices of Oct. 5-6:
My doubts, incidentally, deal a lot more with how Rudy T handles the Hollywood spotlight than the actual coaching. Houston was a small market, and Tomjanovich was one of its favorite sons, virtually bulletproof however the Rockets did. Before his first two media sessions last week, a horde of reporters rushed at him as if it feared it had to tackle Rudy to make sure he stopped to talk.
Dealing with the daily crush, and the inevitable line of negative questioning when the Lakers struggle, could be a bigger drain on Tomjanovich than anything he has experienced before.