A sign above serves as a reminder of what your lungs already know before you can get away from

the coach buses' exhaust fumes that are idling on the Ball Arena loading dock.

The greeting reads, "The Mile High City." Height: 5,280 feet.

People within the Lakers organization were still doing their best to look at their

squad with that kind of perspective going into Wednesday's game against

the Nuggets; the emphasis on broad concepts and the big picture was still

prioritizing the gory details. But the urge to change that emphasis only

increases with every game that goes by

Russell Westbrook is out with an injury