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.
October 11, 2013 |
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.
June 17, 2013 |
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.