November 16, 2010 |
Reporting from Milwaukee ? The Lakers aren't content to wait for Andrew Bynum's return. They're looking to add a big man after losing reserve center Theo Ratliff for at least four to six weeks because of surgery on his left knee. "We have to have some support there interim until Andrew comes back," Coach Phil Jackson said Tuesday. Bynum is expected to return around Thanksgiving from off-season knee surgery. "Sounds about right, sir," he said in a brief interview.
April 16, 2010 |
The Lakers practiced for a long time Friday, which might be the most optimistic thing written about them in a while. Kobe Bryant proclaimed to be well-rested, Andrew Bynum can't wait to be game-tested and players were still digesting the latest let's-get-going speech from Derek Fisher . The Lakers are showing a brave front despite a 3-6 skid to end the regular season. Even Coach Phil Jackson spoke to the media despite being irritated by another $35,000 fine from the NBA. The Lakers' first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City starts Sunday.
April 14, 2010 |
Andrew Bynum will be back soon. Now what? "We don't know whether he can play six minutes a half or play 10 minutes a half," said Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, already downplaying expectations of a player who hasn't been in a game since March 19. "We'll look and see how his conditioning is and measure it from there after Friday and Saturday if things go right." Bynum has missed 13 games because of a strained left Achilles' tendon but has gradually increased his workload this week.
April 10, 2010 |
Reporting from Minneapolis -- There's one starter on the Lakers who doesn't want any rest. Pau Gasol continues to play down the stretch, even shooing away Coach Phil Jackson's offer to sit out a game or two over the final days of the regular season. Gasol looked sharp Friday in the Lakers' otherwise humdrum 97-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, collecting 29 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots. "I want to keep playing," he said. "That's just my way of feeling better going into playoffs.
March 28, 2010 |
Has Phil Jackson lost control of the Lakers? Uh, no. The Lakers coach opined after Friday's lopsided loss in Oklahoma City that the way players responded to his coaching would factor into his decision whether to return next season. Lamar Odom laughed at the notion that Jackson had somehow lost the players. "I don't think that's the case," Odom said. In fact, Odom partly blamed himself for the Lakers' recent lapses. "When you have a coach that's been around like that, it's up to Derek [ Fisher ]
March 21, 2010 |
The Lakers will take whatever good news they can get regarding center Andrew Bynum . A day after Bynum said he still was in pain because of a strained left Achilles' tendon, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said Sunday that Bynum showed some improvement. "The best thing that I heard today was the fact that he felt better from day one to day two," Jackson said. Bynum, who was injured Friday against Minnesota, is expected to miss at least five more games after sitting out Sunday night's game against the Washington Wizards.