'Alo, mates! It's Dave McMenamin!

ESPNLA.com Lakers beat writer Dave McMenamin is traveling with the Lakers during their European (working) vacation. He'll be sending a series of videos with the latest purple and gold skinny, but as you can see from this first installment, his journey thus far has mostly consisted of watching movies, avoiding rain and fixing typos.

He also passed along the following note:

Phil Jackson already dubbed training camp a "bust" because of the unwanted interruptions that injuries and a league-mandated European vacation caused on the opening chapter on his fourth bid at a three-peat.

I'll just say that the first day of the Lakers participation in Europe Live was a "wash" because it rained. All day. Thankfully it let up late in the day. I saw Picadilly Circus (London's Times Square) and also West India Quay (across the river from where the Lakers will play in all its splendor, the 'Pin cushion,' aka the O2 Arena.)

Between now and Tuesday, I want to find out just how much sports (especially basketball) matters in their lives.

By the way, I know you're all thinking it, so I'll just say it. Dave McMenamin in HD: Dreamy!