Holiday road...

The Lakers have officially left town to start their eight game road trip, not to return to Staples until Feb. 3. Sure they travel in style, but as Phil Jackson noted Tuesday at practice, roadies are ready made for surprises. "You never know, traveling in the winter time you never know what's going to happen. If you're going to end up on a bus trip, or delayed flights, or the plane has to get de-iced and you don't get in until four in the morning. Those are always things that are problematic in these types of trips."

You never know. So true. Because as we've learned from the world of cinema, anything- anything- can happen on a road trip. But always keep a smile handy, because as Clark Griswold once said, "Getting there is half the fun."