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June 15, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant is progressing from his Achilles' tendon surgery on April 13, but Lakers trainer Gary Vitti still doesn't have a specific return date for the All-Star guard. "We don't know yet. Kobe looks exactly the way he's supposed to look at this point in time," said Vitti in an enlightening interview with Mike Trudell at Lakers.com . "Kobe makes you look good as a training staff," said Vitti, who has been with the Lakers since 1984. "We always feel good about how he's going to recover from anything, and that's a credit to him. " Bryant was injured on April 12 in a victory over the Golden State Warriors.
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April 15, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Gary Vitti's workspace at the Lakers' training facility is surrounded by a life-size skeleton, detailed charts of the human muscular system and books about tendons and ligaments. Lots of books. The medical library came in handy this season as the Lakers suffered a continual string of injuries, the worst in Vitti's 30 years as their trainer. A few days before his 60th birthday, Vitti sat down with The Times for a candid interview on how Kobe Bryant will look next season, why the Lakers were ailing all season and the recent outbursts of angry Lakers fans.
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March 10, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
Gary Vitti has seen a lot in his 29 years as the Lakers' athletic trainer. This is his most trying season yet. He has felt the weight of the team's struggles, the Lakers standing at 32-31 and tied with Utah for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference despite meteoric expectations. He also experienced the strain in the trainer's room, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash missing a total of 51 games because of injuries, not to mention major hip surgery for Jordan Hill and Steve Blake's 37-game absence because of abdominal and groin issues.
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March 25, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Pau Gasol missed the Lakers' shoot-around Tuesday and was considered doubtful for the game against New York. Gasol was feeling better, Coach Mike D'Antoni said, but probably would be replaced by Chris Kaman in the starting lineup. Gasol left Sunday's game against Orlando after feeling dizzy and nauseated in the first half. "Gary said [Gasol] feels a little bit better," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said, mentioning longtime team trainer Gary Vitti. Gasol is averaging 17.5 points and 9.8 rebounds.
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February 14, 1990
Laker trainer Gary Vitti was hospitalized at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood because of a relapse with a viral infection that sidelined him for two weeks in January.
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January 12, 1998
As athletic trainer for the Lakers, Gary Vitti works hard at keeping the players in top physical form to compete in the grueling sport of pro basketball. It's no stretch to say that Vitti's expertise has helped the team, whose players include Sean Rooks, right, get a leg up on the competition. The trainer's other pregame chores include taping the players, like Nick Van Exel. Vitti, 43, who has been with the Lakers for 14 years, frequently lectures on fitness and sports medicine.
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June 17, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Phil Jackson and Jerry West did not have a strong relationship when the two were with the Lakers. Speaking at the Alex Theatre in Glendale at his "Live Talks Los Angeles" event last week, Jackson gave his account of the time he asked West to leave the Lakers' locker room. Without saying which game (it's believed to be during the Western Conference Finals against Portland Trail Blazers in 2000), Jackson felt his team needed a serious talk after a difficult night. "The Lakers were really struggling, not enjoying playing together," said Jackson.
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January 30, 2001 | TIM BROWN
Shaquille O'Neal probably will not play tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers because the sore arch on his right foot, which sidelined him for Sunday's game at New York, remained tender Monday. O'Neal, who ranks among the NBA's top five in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, received treatment Monday and will continue therapy for plantar fasciitis. He remained unable to rise on his toes, and therefore did not participate in a light practice at Gund Arena.
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March 25, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Pau Gasol missed the Lakers' shoot-around Tuesday and was considered doubtful for the game against New York. Gasol was feeling better, Coach Mike D'Antoni said, but probably would be replaced by Chris Kaman in the starting lineup. Gasol left Sunday's game against Orlando after feeling dizzy and nauseated in the first half. "Gary said [Gasol] feels a little bit better," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said, mentioning longtime team trainer Gary Vitti. Gasol is averaging 17.5 points and 9.8 rebounds.
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January 9, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
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.
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December 23, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
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.
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December 19, 2013 | By Ben Bolch and Eric Pincus
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.
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December 12, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
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.
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December 7, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
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.
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November 19, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
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.
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April 2, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Andrew Bynum's sprained left ankle was not considered serious enough to follow up with an MRI exam, and the Lakers are officially listing their center as day-to-day before Tuesday's game against New Jersey. Bynum was injured Sunday against Golden State after an awkward landing while trying to block the shot of Warriors power forward David Lee. X-rays were negative at the time. Bynum went to the team's training facility Monday and underwent a series of treatments with long-time trainer Gary Vitti, including electro-stimulation, ice and manual therapy, according to Lakers spokesman John Black.
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March 15, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
INDIANAPOLIS - Kobe Bryant is expected to play Friday against the Indiana Pacers. "He's better. A lot better," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said. Bryant sustained a severely sprained left ankle Wednesday against Atlanta and was declared out indefinitely by the Lakers. He did some shooting almost three hours before tip-off, testing out the ankle. D'Antoni said the coaching staff and athletic trainer Gary Vitti would watch Bryant closely when the game starts. "We'll all sit together and we'll have a conversation," D'Antoni said.
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October 11, 2013 | By Ben Bolch and Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers departed Friday for their trip to China for a pair of exhibition games, and it will be an exotic first for several players who have never traversed the Great Wall or navigated a heavily censored Internet. But for Kobe Bryant, it's eight more days in familiar territory. Make that frighteningly familiar territory. The Lakers superstar is mobbed by basketball-crazed fans every time he visits China, which has become an annual summer stop on his Nike promotional tour.
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June 17, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Phil Jackson and Jerry West did not have a strong relationship when the two were with the Lakers. Speaking at the Alex Theatre in Glendale at his "Live Talks Los Angeles" event last week, Jackson gave his account of the time he asked West to leave the Lakers' locker room. Without saying which game (it's believed to be during the Western Conference Finals against Portland Trail Blazers in 2000), Jackson felt his team needed a serious talk after a difficult night. "The Lakers were really struggling, not enjoying playing together," said Jackson.
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