April 16, 2013 |
The Lakers' season all comes down to Wednesday. By the end of the night, they will either have secured the seventh or eighth seed in the playoffs, or they will have been eliminated. Without Kobe Bryant on the court, Dwight Howard knows that the team will be looking to him for leadership. "There's no pressure," Howard said. "We understand the importance of the game but we just need to go play and be free. We don't need to put pressure on ourselves. Just go have fun and win the game.
April 13, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant will be sidelined six to nine months because of a torn left Achilles' tendon, Lakers trainer Gary Vitti said Saturday afternoon. Bryant could possibly be back in time for the start of next season, Vitti said. The NBA will not release the 2013-14 schedule until August but teams typically begin playing around Oct. 31. Bryant was about to undergo surgery at an undisclosed location when Vitti met with reporters a little after noon Saturday at the team's training facility.
April 5, 2013 |
Jonathan Quick was the first goalie to leave the ice Friday after practice at El Segundo, generally the right of the next game's starter. It was mildly surprising, considering that Jonathan Bernier had shut out Minnesota on Thursday, but to Coach Darryl Sutter - who doesn't disclose his starter - it made perfect sense. "We trust them both. We have to do it that way," Sutter said. "With 11 games left we want them both to be consistent and we'll definitely need them both.
March 29, 2013 |
Consider this: The Kings might be able to enhance their roster with a valuable addition, just in time for the playoffs, and the defenseman would come with zero acquisition cost. Hello, Matt Greene. The Kings have been without the services of Greene this season with the exception of one game. Greene, who had back surgery in January, has resumed skating, and his projected return to the lineup is for late April, according to General Manager Dean Lombardi. Greene, who is not on this five-game trip with the Kings, skated for 15 minutes Thursday.
March 5, 2013 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - Did Dwight Howard rush back into the Lakers' lineup? He had back surgery last April, was traded to the Lakers in August and started his comeback by playing two exhibitions in October. He tried not to second-guess it Tuesday a few hours before his 55th regular-season game. "Looking back on it, I could have sat out the whole season until now and starting playing now, but I just felt like we had such a great opportunity," he said. "Some of these guys, their windows for winning are very small, and I just wanted to get back and try to do whatever I can to help this team, knowing that I wasn't in great shape.
February 23, 2013 |
Dwight Howard isn't Dwight Howard. He's not the dunk-tastic, shot-blocking force of energy under the basket that he used to be. But why? The Lakers center continues to point to back surgery last April to repair a herniated disk. "It's one of the biggest factors," Howard said after practice Saturday. "Coming off the injury, I only had four weeks to get ready for the season, which was training camp and then preseason. I didn't really have a chance to really get in good shape.