January 9, 2014 |
The Lakers are a household franchise -- love 'em or leave 'em -- because they've won 16 championships and advanced to the NBA Finals 31 times. But now they're collecting something far different from trophies. Injuries. Lots of them. You can keep track of the Lakers' injuries and the lineups the team has used this season with our new interactive graphic . The Lakers played against Dallas and Houston this week with two healthy guards. Two. Longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti has never been busier.
December 23, 2013 |
Mychal Thompson may not need the map that he says shows where his two Lakers championship rings are buried in the Bahamas, if such a map really exists. This is a man who remembered, without prompting, the correct time and date of his first game with his beloved team: Sunday afternoon, Feb. 15, 1987, at the Forum against the hated Boston Celtics. Thompson helped the Lakers to a three-point victory, telling reporters afterward that they were dancing on the beaches of his native Bahamas in celebration.
December 19, 2013 |
The rash of injuries to Lakers point guards that has afflicted starters, backups and fill-ins alike struck Kobe Bryant on Thursday, the All-Star learning he will miss about six weeks with a broken bone in his left knee. Bryant initially shrugged off the injury he suffered Tuesday in the third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies as a hyperextended knee, but an MRI exam showed he had broken the lateral tibial plateau. He stayed in the game after conversing with trainer Gary Vitti.
December 12, 2013 |
Last season, while Dwight Howard was recovering from back surgery, he also apparently was struggling with another problem -- sugar. After watching Howard play for the Lakers, Dr. Cate Shanahan was struck by what she saw. "It looked like he was wearing oven mitts out there," Shanahan told cbssports.com . "It reminded me of patients who have pre-diabetes and neurological problems because of how sugar impacts the nervous system. That's where I became really concerned. " Shanahan contacted longtime Laker trainer Gary Vitti, and set up a meeting with the 28-year-old center. She discovered that Howard's glucose readings were sky-high.
December 7, 2013 |
One question is answered: Kobe Bryant will return to the court Sunday night against Toronto at Staples Center. But then it gets a little murky from there. How will he look? Who loses playing time? Will the Lakers continue to have a winning record, after somehow holding down the court with a 10-9 mark without Bryant? Answers on the way. Maybe. Bryant will play 20-something minutes against Toronto, Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said after Bryant completed a brief but symbolic practice Saturday, his final one after almost eight months of recovery and rehabilitation from a torn Achilles' tendon.
November 19, 2013 |
It was strange, a media circus more suitable for a playoff series in May, but this was November and the Lakers were pursuing only a .500 record. Kobe Bryant practiced again, though, the second time in four days, and didn't flinch afterward when asked if he could envision returning to game action this month. "Yeah, I can," Bryant said Tuesday, 221 days after sustaining a torn Achilles' tendon. He took part in a full-court scrimmage that was closed to reporters and then a half-court, five-on-five that was open to the media.