December 21, 2009 |
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson has turned to his bench in each of the last two games, and the results haven't been what he had hoped. Jackson put his reserves into the game against Detroit on Sunday night and asked them to protect what seemed like an insurmountable 21-point lead against a Pistons team that was missing three key players. But the substitutes let that lead slip to 15 points and that forced Jackson to reinsert starters Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest and Pau Gasol with 5:59 left in the game to change the momentum the reserves had given away.
November 6, 2009 |
It was a day of medical terms and injury evaluations, a time for the Lakers to take a breath after two overtime road victories and, of greater importance, take stock of their ailing big men. Andrew Bynum was their latest 7-footer to undergo an MRI exam, the results showing a strained right elbow that left him listed as doubtful for tonight's game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Pau Gasol did some work on the practice court Thursday but declared himself out for tonight's game, unless his strained right hamstring suddenly felt much, much better today.
November 3, 2009 |
Because his right hamstring had been slow to heal, Lakers forward Pau Gasol decided to undergo an examination, one facet of which was a sonogram that revealed he might have a slight tear. Gasol also had an MRI test Monday, which offers a more detailed picture. The Lakers didn't have the results by the end of practice, but they could have them by today. "It's not as sophisticated a test," Lakers spokesman John Black said about the sonogram. "That's why we are doing the MRI. It's much more sophisticated."
October 20, 2009 |
It was a prevalent theme last season, Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza facing an uncertain future with the Lakers while in the last year of their contracts. Odom stayed, Ariza left for Houston, and what will become of this year's Lakers in the last year of their deals? It's a party of five -- Derek Fisher , Jordan Farmar , Adam Morrison , DJ Mbenga and Josh Powell -- with only one starter among them. Fisher, who makes $5 million this season, will be 36 a year from now. He has already said he wants to keep playing after this season, though he's not stressing out about it. "I'm kind of excited about it this time around," he said.
October 18, 2009 |
Down one starter and then down the backup to that starter because of an injury, the Lakers were forced to use a smaller starting lineup Saturday night in an exhibition game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Staples Center. With power forward Lamar Odom unable to play because of a bruise on his lower right leg, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson started guard Shannon Brown in the backcourt with Derek Fisher . Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest started at the forward spots and Andrew Bynum started at center.
January 22, 2008 |
Try hibernating for a while, then get shaken awake and be told to run a marathon. That's how it is for Clippers forward Josh Powell right now, life in the fast lane. Powell, a forward from North Carolina State, spent much of this season on the bench but is now entrenched in the Clippers' rotation. With Paul Davis out for the season because of a ligament injury and Aaron Williams dealing with the lingering effects of a bruised wrist, Powell has stepped in as center Chris Kaman's lone backup.
October 14, 2007 |
The Clippers will try to survive the onset of the season, says Coach Mike Dunleavy, on a mobility-based transition offense. So Josh Powell should be a good fit after spending part of last season with the high-scoring Golden State Warriors. Powell said he can see the Clippers sporting a similar offense. "It starts on defense and getting stops," he said. "Once it starts there, you are able to bust out and get on offense quickly. "We have the guys to do the same type things.