The Lakers are back on a winning track. Maybe there will be more deep breathing and introspection at their practices.
In an effort to stop the team's hemorrhaging after home losses to Charlotte and Memphis -- with a combined road record of 15-59 -- Coach Phil Jackson put the Lakers through a meditation session at Sunday morning's shoot-around, as he sometimes does during the season.
Several hours later, the Lakers beat Washington, 126-120, in a frenetic overtime game.
Apparently, something had changed in them. "We were all nice and centered," Luke Walton said with a smile.
It would behoove them to stay that way, with the top five teams in the Western Conference separated by less than two games in the standings.