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Kersey Finally Feeling Good

December 29, 1996|SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER

Here stands Jerome Kersey, because he can.

That wasn't such an easy thing for the last 2 1/2 months or so, what with the broken left foot that cut short training camp and put him on the injured list for the start of the season, and then the strained right Achilles' tendon that came soon after the return. But now, finally, Kersey said he is a healthy Laker for the first time.

"It's been very frustrating," he said. "Not knowing when the time came that I wouldn't be sore, when I can be as active as I want, not having to worry about where I step. I knew it would come around some time, I just didn't know when."

The Lakers are 8-3 since the veteran small forward became a starter. He continues to make significant contributions, most recently the 13 points, 10 rebounds and five steals in 29 minutes Friday against the Celtics.

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