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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- With Kobe Bryant retired after two decades in purple and gold, the Los Angeles Lakers are entering a new and somewhat uncertain era featuring a first-year head coach and a roster built around several promising young players.And as the illustrious franchise seeks to reclaim its place among the NBAs elite after three straight seasons of missing the playoffs, and after posting their worst record ever last season, the Lakers looked ahead Wednesday to one of the most exciting, and certain, elements of their future: their state-of-the-art $80 million training complex.Standing before the imposing shell of a two-story, 120,000-square-foot structure that is expected to open by summer 2017, Lakers officials offered a glimpse Wednesday into the new facility while also announcing a long-term partnership with UCLA Health, whose name will grace the not-yet-finished building. Lakers officials said the UCLA Health Training Center will be triple the size of the teams current training facility, the Toyota Sports Center, which sits less than a half mile away. (The Lakers have practiced at the Toyota Sports Center since 2000 and today share the complex with the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League.)Construction on the Lakers spacious new complex -- which, for the sake of convenience, isnt far from Los Angeles International Airport -- began in September 2015. It will house the Lakers business and basketball operations, as well as the teams D-League affiliate, the D-Fenders. Other impressive features include a barbershop, multiple whirlpools, cryogenics chambers, a theater, kitchen and more.We want players to treat this place like a second home, said Lakers chief operating officer Tim Harris.UCLA Health has also been designated as the exclusive in-game health provider for Lakers players, including at the new facility. Aside from speaking well of the new facility and all that it will offer, Lakers officials emphasized injury prevention -- a buzzword in todays NBA -- as key to their new partnership with UCLA Health.All of this, all of this, is with an eye towards prolonging the careers of these great athletes, Harris added, addressing a group of Lakers players in attendance at Wednesdays event outside the facility. It wasnt just about athlete care. It was about prevention, performance and prolonging their careers.Lakers president Jeanie Buss echoed that point, adding, We just retired a player who played 20 years in the NBA in Kobe Bryant and maybe we can keep pushing that, and certainly with the partnership with UCLA Health, that will give us those kind of resources.Wearing hard hats, fluorescent orange safety vests and goggles, Lakers players toured their future home.Its more than helpful, said guard DAngelo Russell. The 82-game season, plus more including the playoffs, is wear and tear on your body. It starts with the rehab and trying to keep your body 100 percent before every practice, before every game, before every road trip. [Its great] just knowing that you have the best people going into the practice facility every day to help your body do that for you.Speaking of the facility, Lakers rookie head coach Luke Walton, a former Lakers player, referenced many new features, such as an underwater treadmill. But one change especially caught his attention: larger ice baths. The Toyota Sports Center features single-person metal tubs; the new center, which will house three rehabilitation pools, can hold up to 15 at a time, Walton said.But will the glittering new facility help attract potential free agents, especially after the Lakers have struck out on big-name targets in each of the past four summers?I think it can, Walton said. I dont think you strictly rely on it. I think the way we play and the way we compete helps lure free agents. I think when players from across the league come and see this place, theyll be very excited about it. But to me, the most exciting [thing] is the ability to train the guys we already have in here. Weve got a great group of guys, a good young core, and to be able to have them in a place like this and work with them every day is going to be a lot of fun. Buss pointed out that, regardless of the new facility, she believes free agents have always been excited about the Lakers.She added that she believes the new facility will further establish the commitment of the organization to be on the cutting edge. In the Lakers current training facility, 11 championship trophies line the window of Buss office that overlooks the practice court -- and a smiling Buss said that feature will continue at the new facility so that the players will always be reminded of what the goal is and to be inspired by the work that they have to put in to get that trophy. Wholesale Nike Free . -- Brandon Jennings made the most of his first game with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. Clearance Nike Free Running Shoes . The (11-11-4) Jets are seventh in the Central Division with 26 points. Fifth place Dallas and sixth-seeded Nashville also have 26 points, but the Stars have three games in hand on Winnipeg while Nashville has two. http://www.discountnikefree.com/ . Tests earlier this week revealed a Grade 2 left hamstring strain for Sabathia, who was hurt in last Fridays start against San Francisco. Its an injury that will require about eight weeks to heal. 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Tottenham Hotspur will leave Australia winless after succumbing to an Atletico Madrid sucker punch in their International Champions Cup meeting on Friday night, losing 1-0 to Diego Simeones side.The Premier League side hit the woodwork twice and forced Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak to work all night in a vastly improved display to their 2-1 midweek loss to Juventus.Diego Godin scored a first-half winner for Atletico, executing their much-honed gameplan; soak up the pressure and strike.The Uruguayan centre-back was on hand to tap in Gabis dinked set piece when Tottenham youngster Anton Walkes played him onside with an unfortunate header.With the start of the Premier League just a fortnight away, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will benefit greatly from the injection of his first-choice defence, who were spared the trip to Melbourne.The Argentinian would have been pleased with signs of life in attack; especially a blossoming partnership between Erik Lamela and recent arrival Vincent Janssen.Janssen was the chief beneficiary of Spurs more lively showing, perhaps because of Lamelas promotion to the starting eleven.The pair traded passes and appeared tuned-in to each other, no more so tthan a 21st minute move that led to Lamela striking the post.ddddddddddddJosh Onomah could also have put Tottenham ahead, lashing the crossbar form a volley when Atletico fluffled their defensive lines.As halftime loomed, Spurs fell asleep and Godin pounced.The veteran snuck a glance at the linesman before celebrating with teammates.A more open second-half brought chances at both ends.Oblak showed his quality to deny Spurs twice in two minutes; the first from a rasping Ryan Mason half-volley, and the second from Janssens free kick.The Slovenian glovemans reflexes and reach were put to the test spectacularly in front of the 42,107-strong MCG crowd.But the 23-year-old showed why he deserves the gloves at one of the biggest clubs in the world each time.Up front, Rojiblancos striker Fernando Torres showed his class, drawing and deceiving Spurs defenders all night.Substitute Amath Diedhiou twice went close as the minutes ticked down, but one would be enough for Atletico.They will play Melbourne Victory in another friendly at Geelongs Simonds Stadium on Sunday. 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