10/14: Training Camp Coverage

10/14: Training Camp Coverage

Postby JSM on Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:09 pm

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Janis Carr of the Orange County Register Blog wrote:Luke Walton suddenly was in a hurry. He didn’t expect to travel with the Lakers to Las Vegas for preseason game No. 3, so he didn’t pack a bag.

Then he heard he was booked on Wednesday’s flight and had to scramble to gather his stuff before the 2 p.m. takeoff. He probably didn’t need to pack his game shoes, though.

Walton is not expected to play Thursday when the Lakers take on Sacramento because of a sore back. He said Wednesday that it “feels a little better but it’s still sore.”

“It’s not like I hit something or something happened and then it started to hurt. It just started feeling a little big spasm-y,” Walton said.

Pau Gasol also will make the trip but not expected to play. Phil Jackson said called their chances of being on the court “doubtful.”

“Both of them sat out today and we will give them an opportunity to get back out there when we feel comfortable with the situation,” Jackson said. “There’s nothing defining for either one of them right now.”
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Re: 10/14: Training Camp Coverage

Postby therealdeal on Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:13 pm

I honestly feel like Pau just wants this time off. I don't blame him though.

Luke on the other hand... I'd call him a wuss but that'd be an insult to all of those wusses out there.
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Re: 10/14: Training Camp Coverage

Postby JSM on Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:27 pm

Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times wrote:Past the midpoint of the exhibition season -- 16 days down, 13 to go until the real games begin -- the Lakers kind of like what they see.

It's not overly surprising, given that they won an NBA championship four months ago and are favored to win another one next June, but the pieces seem to be falling into place as far as two fairly important players are concerned.

"This is the first training camp I've had where everybody played," said forward Ron Artest, who is entering his 11th season. "This is the first training camp I've had like that. Usually guys are taking breaks, guys are not playing. That shows dedication."

Two Lakers might miss Thursday's exhibition against Sacramento because of minor injuries -- Pau Gasol (hamstring) and Luke Walton (back) -- but Artest's thoughts were confirmed by Kobe Bryant.

"We're working really hard," Bryant said. "Every drill's pretty intense, guys are competing pretty well. It looks good. We've still got some things to work on, but we're ready to compete."

The Lakers have six more exhibition games and they are going to come in a hurry, crammed into the next nine days. The season opener is Oct. 27 against the Clippers.

Artest unplugged

Artest speaks his mind on just about any topic, and this afternoon was no different when he was asked about Golden State guard-forward Stephen Jackson.

Jackson and Artest were with the Indiana Pacers when the infamous "Palace Brawl" took place in 2004. Artest stood by his former teammate when asked about Jackson's recent demeanor, which included a two-game suspension on top of a demand to be traded.

"The greatest did it before -- Kobe, the greatest to ever play the game -- and he won a championship after that" demand, Artest said. "He wanted to win. He didn't want out; he wanted to win. Stephen Jackson probably isn't as talented as the greatest, but he has got as much heart."

While on the subject of Golden State, Artest said the NCAA selection committee erred by not including Davidson in last season's tournament. Former Davidson star Stephen Curry is now a rookie guard with Golden State.

"I just love the kid. I just love his game. I think everybody was deprived last year when they didn't play him in the NCAA tournament," Artest said. "They should have found a way to get him in there. Even though his record was what it was [26-7], they should have cheated. Everybody's got a little bit of cheat in them. That was one time to be corrupt. Put Stephen or Steven Curry, whatever his name is, in the NCAA tournament."

Davidson lost to St. Mary's in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.
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Re: 10/14: Training Camp Coverage

Postby therealdeal on Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:01 pm

I love how Ron didn't say Kobe, he kept saying "the Greatest".
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Re: 10/14: Training Camp Coverage

Postby KB24 on Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:51 am

therealdeal wrote:Luke on the other hand... I'd call him a wuss but that'd be an insult to all of those wusses out there.


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Re: 10/14: Training Camp Coverage

Postby KB24 on Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:56 am

Ron is so...weird...

some years ago he wore the 23 because he is the greatest of all times

a couple of months ago he says Brandon Roy is the greatest player who has ever played against him...

now a few months and a MLE later...Kobe is suddenly the greatest of all times...

bandwagoner...lol
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Re: 10/14: Training Camp Coverage

Postby ben_ready on Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:37 pm

he said brandon roy was the hardest to cover not the best player in the league yell
great "scott"! you're too "green", and not "worthy" enough to taste the "magic" "kareem"(cream)/You flew the "coop" "west" so don't fuss just drive the "buss"(bus),while i eat my "chick" n' "stu"(chicken stew) in the aisle,"back 2 back" with "riles" my favorite laker squad
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Re: 10/14: Training Camp Coverage

Postby KB24 on Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:18 pm

ben_ready wrote:he said brandon roy was the hardest to cover not the best player in the league yell

yet, thats wrong too.
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