March 15, 2013 |
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.
March 28, 2013 |
MILWAUKEE -- Just what the Lakers needed, more injuries to their aging backcourt. Kobe Bryant was seen limping badly in the Lakers' locker room after yet another loss, bothered by a bone spur in his left foot. He will be evaluated by doctors in Sacramento when the Lakers arrive there Friday, a day before they play the Kings to complete a four-game trip. Bryant was icing the foot on the bench in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 113-103 loss Thursday to the Milwaukee Bucks. He re-entered the game with 6 minutes 47 seconds to play and finished with 30 points on six-for-17 shooting.
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 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.
November 13, 2004 |
Kobe Bryant's left foot is now in the hands of Gary Vitti. Vitti, in his 21st season as Laker trainer, detailed Friday the treatment plan for Bryant's plantar fasciitis, a painful swelling of the strip of tissue that stretches from the heel to the ball of the foot. Vitti said the Lakers were "way ahead of the curve on this thing," and outlined a regimen that included deep-tissue massage and the distribution of an anti-inflammatory topical medication via ultrasound and electrical current.
October 6, 2012 |
Teams that refuse to divulge injury information can be more forthcoming than Lakers Coach Mike Brown was Friday about Kobe Bryant's right foot. Bryant sat out the Lakers' morning and evening practice sessions, a team spokesman said, because his foot was bothering him. He was listed as day to day. Asked about Bryant's injury, Brown said, "It's one of his feet. " Pressed for more details, the coach deferred to Gary Vitti , saying the longtime trainer was staying on top of the situation.
November 12, 1997 |
Barring catastrophic injury, A.C. Green on Nov. 20 will play his 907th consecutive game, breaking the NBA record held by Randy Smith. And Gary Vitti will smile. "I will have a soft spot in my heart that night," Vitti said. "Just say, 'Yeah, A.C.' " Green spent his first eight seasons with the Lakers before leaving as a free agent in the summer of 1993 to sign with the Phoenix Suns.
April 18, 2004 |
Gary Vitti walked into Staples Center three hours before game time Saturday, the Laker trainer smiling at his task, five players on the 12-man roster requiring near round-the-clock service. "This is the first game?" he said, laughing. "It feels like Game 7." Vitti and his medical staff put Karl Malone, Rick Fox, Derek Fisher, Devean George and Kareem Rush back together again in the time between Wednesday's game at Portland and Saturday's against the Houston Rockets.
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 3, 2012 |
After suffering what the Lakers termed a "moderate sprain" in his left ankle, Andrew Bynum remains a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup against the New Jersey Nets. He missed morning shootaround to receive anti-inflammatory treatment to minimize the swelling on his ankle, said Lakers spokesman John Black. Coach Mike Brown will turn to the Lakers' training staff to decide whether to rest him or limit his minutes. Brown said he'll either start Troy Murphy or Josh McRoberts, though the Lakers featured Murphy at center when Bynum missed most of the Lakers' 120-112 victory Sunday over the Golden State Warriors.