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Lakers announce agreement to purchase site for future practice facility

Apr 2, 2014, 9:14 AM EDT

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The Lakers announced an agreement to purchase land to build a new training facility, one that won’t be far at all from where the team currently practices in El Segundo.

From the official release:

The Los Angeles Lakers announced today that they have entered into an agreement with CDC Mar Campus, LLC for the purchase of an approximately five acre undeveloped portion of the development known as Elevon at Campus El Segundo located in El Segundo, CA. The site is at the northwest corner of Mariposa Avenue and Douglas Street. The site is intended to be the future home of a brand new training center for the Lakers and its Development League team, the Los Angeles D-Fenders. The facility will also house the business operations offices for both teams. The completion of the purchase is subject to various conditions, including the approval by the City of El Segundo of the proposed use of the property by the Lakers.

It’s baby steps with a project of this magnitude, one that will go through several stages of development before a target date for completion can be set.

L.A.’s current facilities are by no means substandard, but the team is renting the space in a building owned by AEG.

The new facility will not only be state-of-the-art to keep up with the fairly new one the Clippers have in Playa Vista, but it will also be one which is owned by the Lakers.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    The new tanking practice facilities… Will they hire 76ers coaching staff too?

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      They don’t need to… They’ve even one upped the Sixers in this regards…

      They are thinking about keeping D’Antoni for next season…

      This means that they will try to win every game and will still end up with a worse record than teams who are TRYING to tank…

  2. therealhtj - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    The thing that continues to baffle is housing this thing in El Segundo while the Stadium is in Downtown LA. With no traffic, it’s 45 minutes from the practice facility to the arena. We’re talking LA here, so that’s typically over an hour and around game time it’s a good 90 minutes or more to get from the South Bay where a lot of the players live (to be closer to the training facility) to Staples Center.

    When you’re a billion dollar franchise, why not build this new facility somewhere closer to where the games are actually played? I guess it’s just another ponderous decision by the baby Busses.

    The biggest drawback to Los Angeles is the traffic, and I’d wager it’s worth at least another 2-3 wins a year if you cut the commute times by two-thirds.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      This comment is ridiculous on multiple levels. Do you really think if they moved the practice facility from El Segundo to closer to downtown, that the players would move from the Beach Cities to Downtown? The reasons for living in places like Manhattan and Redondo go beyond the practice facility being close.

      Not to mention how close the practice facility is to the airport.

      Basically what you are saying is that the only thing separating the 2000 Lakers from the 72 win Bulls was the placement of the practice facility.

      This is just hating for the purpose of hating. There is no facts in this statement. Acting like most people in Los Angeles don’t live far from work anyway.

      • therealhtj - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        Sure most typical working class stiffs have long, lousy commutes. I know for a fact Trevor Ariza still has a condo downtown because as a LA native, he knew he’d rather commute to the the South Bay than deal with that long shlep back after games. Multimillionaires can live wherever they want and if the practice facility were somewhere more geographically desirable to Staples Center, I’m sure the players would locate closer to there.

        Kobe and his chopper excluded of course.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        There are a multitude of reasons for young, rich, single men to want to live in the Beach Cities over Downtown beyond location of the practice facility.

    • John White - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Most of the players and coaches live in the South Bay. Practice and rehab/PT should be close to home. The proximity of a practice facility close to LAX makes a lot of sense.

      Lakers play 41 games at Staples in downtown (no more playoff dates for now, right?). They’ll spend 3-4 times that many days at their practice facility.

      • spursareold - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        43 games at Staples, including those ridiculous 2 “road” games against the Clips.

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