April 13, 2010 |
Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum watched Tuesday's game from the locker room. It wasn't long before they were joined by Jordan Farmar. The reserve guard left in the second quarter because of a strained left hamstring, another injury issue for the Lakers to address as the playoffs come closer to arriving. The Lakers held off the Sacramento Kings, 106-100, at Staples Center and moved within a game of Orlando for the league's second-best record with one game remaining. But nobody seemed to care about that.
April 11, 2010 |
There were many eye-openers Sunday at Staples Center — two missed free-throw attempts by Kobe Bryant in the final seconds and a last-second three-point play diagrammed for Pau Gasol — but Ron Artest's seat on the bench was also telling. He sat out the final 2 minutes 50 seconds of Sunday's game against Portland, giving way to Sasha Vujacic in the Lakers' 91-88 loss. "He had a tough night," said Lakers Coach Phil Jackson , who didn't like that Portland guard-forward Rudy Fernandez was too fast for Artest while coming off screens.
April 10, 2010 |
Shannon Brown winced in pain in the second quarter and after the game, his sprained right thumb giving him so much pain. Sasha Vujacic was happy and sad. He was happy because he was out of the "doghouse" in a big way, starting in place of the injured Kobe Bryant (swelling in his right knee). Vujacic was sad because he was unable to perform the way he preferred and because the Lakers lost to the Denver Nuggets, 98-96, Thursday night Pepsi Center. Even though they didn't shoot the basketball well, Brown and Vujacic played a role in helping the Lakers come from 15 points down in the third quarter.
April 5, 2010 |
They used be called the Bench Mob. Now they are just (hey, you fill in the blank). Whatever the Lakers' bench used to be, it is no longer that. Sure, they lost a key member of the bench when Lamar Odom began starting for Andrew Bynum (strained left Achilles' tendon). But the Lakers are supposed to have the deepest bench in the NBA. Lately, they haven't even had the best bench in a given game. Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers' bench was unable to give the team a boost.
April 2, 2010 |
Readers' questions for our Lakers' beat reporter Broderick Turner … Question: Consistency is one thing — lack of desire-passion-commitment we're probably talking about something else? What if Kobe [Bryant] were to sit out a game or two? See how the team (the bench in particular) responds. They seemed to play with more effort, more focus when Kobe was out hurt. They all knew Superman wasn't going to be flying in to rescue them. It was up to "them." Kaleo Answer: Kobe Bryant sit out a game?
April 1, 2010 |
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson and his assistants have issues with Sasha Vujacic and as a result, the 6-foot-7 guard has been banished to the bench. Vujacic and assistant Brian Shaw had a face-to-face encounter on the bench during the Oklahoma City game last Friday night after Vujacic said he didn't want assistants yelling at him. It began when assistant Jim Cleamons tried to give Vujacic instructions during the game. Jackson had a 10-minute talk with Vujacic in Houston on Saturday, but Jackson still wasn't happy with Vujacic because he hadn't apologized to Shaw or Cleamons.
March 28, 2010 |
Has Phil Jackson lost control of the Lakers? Uh, no. The Lakers coach opined after Friday's lopsided loss in Oklahoma City that the way players responded to his coaching would factor into his decision whether to return next season. Lamar Odom laughed at the notion that Jackson had somehow lost the players. "I don't think that's the case," Odom said. In fact, Odom partly blamed himself for the Lakers' recent lapses. "When you have a coach that's been around like that, it's up to Derek [ Fisher ]
March 18, 2010 |
Each game Sasha Vujacic plays, it is a step in the right direction for him. After missing eight games with a sprained right shoulder, Vujacic has played in four consecutive games, the one against the Sacramento Kings Tuesday night at Arco Arena being his best. He had six points on three-for-four shooting. "I said at the beginning, when I decided that I was going to play, I'm going to play," Vujacic said. "There's no more holding back." Lately, Vujacic has played at the expense of Jordan Farmar.
March 16, 2010
Reporting from Sacramento Jordan Farmar has seen his playing time reduced significantly in the last two games against the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors. And it has nothing to do with a sprained left pinkie. It has more to do with Lakers Coach Phil Jackson trying to re-integrate Sasha Vujacic back into the swing of things after he missed eight games because of a sprained right shoulder. Still, Farmar played just 2:54 against the Suns last Friday night and 8:18 against the Warriors on Monday night.