The Lakers are in China to play some preseason games against the Warriors. As a team bonding exercise of sorts, the Lakers visited the Great Wall and did a little alpine-sliding-type activity on their way back down. It ended up being more of a team breaking exercise.
Nick Young, looking sharp in a paddy hat, documented his grisly collision:
And, for serious this time, Chris Kaman may have actually hurt himself. From the L.A. Times:
"I didn't hit the brake the whole time. Guys on the edge were yelling 'Slow down' and I just kept going," Kaman said. "All of a sudden I catch up to this guy close to the bottom, so now I have to brake. Shawne Williams comes behind me without hitting his brake at all and just smashed right into me."
Williams was going 20-25 mph hour and Kaman was going only about 3 mph at the time of the collision, Kaman said.
"My hand smashed right between the two sleds. I didn't feel the end of my finger for, like, an hour," Kaman said, extending a bandaged, swollen middle finger. "It's starting to throb a little right now."
The lessons learned:
1. Maybe NBA teams shouldn't encourage their players to rocket down Chinese mountainsides in wheeled sleds.
2. The 2013-2014 Lakers are the BEST.