first_imgCaldwell-Pope emerged as the team’s best bowler, although that wasn’t much of a surprise. He said he tries to go every weekend with his 5-year-old son, Kenzo.“I’m thinking about getting my own shoes and my own ball,” the starting shooting guard said.Of course, where there is competition there is ribbing.“My team won,” Walton said. He said Caldwell-Pope was the most impressive on the lanes but “faded in the finals” and that among the rookies, “Kuz was better than Zo.”FULL HOUSEFor a few hours Tuesday, the highest concentration of NBA players anywhere in the world was in a luxury hotel on Canal Street.The Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers were all staying in New Orleans, adjacent to the French Quarter, for games against the Pelicans.“We checked in and Dennis Smith Jr. was downstairs getting ready to go to the arena,” Walton said, “and throughout the day you see the coaches.”The Pelicans were originally scheduled to face the Mavericks on Tuesday and the Lakers on Thursday with an off-day in between. However, a leaky roof in Smoothie King Center on Feb. 7 led to a scheduled make-up game with the Pacers wedged in between.ALSOIngram did not practice and was ruled out for Thursday. … Josh Hart continues to rehab his broken hand, and is meeting daily with a physical therapist specializing in hands. And yes, if his former teammate James is the target, Frye will happily make a phone call.“I’ll make a call to Jesus if I have to,” Frye said, “if that’s going to help get a win.”For now, Frye will be focused on helping the team win on the court. He is eager to get back on the floor.“I’m happy to just be back,” he said, “actually not working out with myself anymore. It’s one of those things, today I feel good, tomorrow I’ll be really sore. … But conditioning’s a factor and just kind of getting a rhythm and figuring out plays and where I fit in.”How Frye feels on Thursday morning will determine his availability against the Pelicans.“We’ll see how he reacts to practicing,” Coach Luke Walton said. “As long as he continues to feel good, I’ll have a talk with him in the morning. We’ll see how he feels.”PINS AND NEEDLINGThe Lakers did not practice Tuesday when they arrived in New Orleans, instead loading onto buses and going bowling.It was the kind of activity that has become common on the road for the Lakers, whether going to an “escape room” in Milwaukee or attending “Hamilton” on Broadway.“It’s just great team bonding,” Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said. “Everybody’s having fun … laughing, joking and a little competition which is good. It’s good for the chemistry off the court, and maybe on the court.”Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIn two months since being traded from Cleveland, Frye has found all of those qualities in the Lakers, with a popular coach and an exciting young core of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram.“I think you’re going to see a lot of guys this summer who want to play with Lonzo and Kuz and Brandon and guys that they have here and just build from that,” Frye said. “This is a pretty appealing place. It doesn’t hurt that it’s the Lakers and that these young guys are some of the best young guys in the NBA.”Frye has not played since Feb. 14, less than a week after being traded. An appendectomy over the All-Star break has sidelined him since, although he returned to practice Wednesday and could be available against the Pelicans on Thursday.With just 12 games remaining in the regular season, Frye said he wants to see where he “could fit in for the future.” If it’s with the Lakers, he also can envision himself serving as a bit of a matchmaker.“I think a lot of vets are going to ask me how it is,” Frye said. “They’re going to ask I.T. (Isaiah Thomas) how it is.” Lakers want Lonzo Ball to be more aggressive on offense center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW ORLEANS — It has been three years since Channing Frye’s season ended without a trip to the playoffs. With the Lakers well out of the postseason chase, the 34-year-old veteran forward has started thinking about how he will utilize his extra time come April.“This has been the first time that I’ve had a while to really work on some things,” he said. A pending free agent, Frye said he plans to attack the offseason “like I’m 22 again,” getting in great shape but also taking some time to consider what’s next.Where will be next?Unlike top free-agent targets LeBron James and Paul George, Frye is not expecting to be flooded with maximum contract offers July 1. He is, however, looking for many of the same things in free agency that elite stars like James and George want – stability, culture, a chance to win.last_img read more