EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Coach Frank Vogel instructed the scoreboard operator to put two minutes on the clock and have the score read 99-96 in the reserves’ favor. It was time for the Los Angeles Lakers to test their crunch-time lineup with LeBron James at the point and Anthony Davis at center on Day 5 of training camp Thursday.
At times it looked sloppy: James had several turnovers, including one where he had his pocket picked in the backcourt by Danny Green.
At times it looked efficient: Davis was a ready recipient of touches at the high post that he converted into face-up jump shots.
At times it looked tried and true: James hit a deep pull-up 3 to tie the score with six seconds remaining.
All of it was a work in progress.
“We have so many different lineup packages that we can probably go to throughout the course of the season,” James said. “So we’re just trying out a few things now in practice — going with smaller lineups, going with bigger lineups, going with quicker lineups, going with slower lineups. But that’s the luxury of having our personnel — we have the ability to do multiple things. So that’s what practice is all about, being able to work on those