you have Earvin coming in and he’s in there and he’s making phone calls
Mike Cammalleri, C, New Jersey Devils: “I’m not an ice complainer. I think there’s probably people whose job is that specifically, and they’re doing the best job to their ability. As long as both teams have to play on the same surface, I’m happy.”
Frans Nielsen, C, Detroit Red Wings: “I think it’s always going to be a little up and down, especially with those rinks that have so much going on, like basketball the one night, hockey the other — it’s going to be tough to maintain the ice so [that] it’s perfect. But I think you see [at] some of the newer rinks, the ice is really good. [At a] brand-new rink in Detroit next year, I’m sure it’s going to be perfect there too. It’s understandable [at] the older ones, the pipes get old and all that kind of stuff, but if you look at, like, MSG, it’s pretty much every day something’s going on, right? I’m sure [at the] Staples Center, it’s the same thing too. It’s tough to make it perfect, but I think overall they’re doing a really good job at it.”
“Magic came down and talked to the team,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “He wanted to come down and, first of all, say hi to everyone and let them know that he’s here to support and be there for them. It was a quick meeting, but it’s good to get in front of each other.”
“It was a strange day, because I am very close with Jimmy and Mitch and I really enjoyed working with them,” Walton continued. “I had great talks with both of them on the telephone afterward. They were both very supportive. Both gave the message of continue to work, keep working with the young guys. It was definitely a little sad. I think it’s important to remember all the great things they did when they were here too.
“Then, on the other hand, you have Earvin coming in and he’s in there and he’s making phone calls. It was great to work with him. It was a unique, interesting day in terms of the emotions going on. But the main thing everyone talked about was, ‘We have a job to do still.'”