10/12: Training Camp Reports - Day 13

10/12: Training Camp Reports - Day 13

Postby JSM on Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:12 pm

Mike Trudell of Lakers.com wrote:The NBA mandates that head coaches address the media an hour and 15 minutes prior to the start of games; here are some notes from Phil Jackson’s pregame chat:

- Jackson couldn’t care less about preseason wins and losses: “I haven’t thought about that for 15 years or so.” By the way, why do people always say “could care less” when they really mean “couldn’t”? That subtle change completely changes the meaning of the phrase. This bothers me. But I digress.
- One of the things about which Jackson is concerned is the team’s high turnover output in its first two games.
- Phil’s college coach, Bill Fitch, had 28 days of two-a-days with one exhibition game before the season started. Jackson explained that practices are more important than games in the preseason, and would prefer it to go Fitch’s way. Of course, the league mandates otherwise.
- The head coach expects the starting lineup to switch several times this preseason, and should be different tonight than it was last week.
- Sasha Vujacic’s ankle is “OK” according to Jackson, and Luke Walton’s is getting better. However, Jackson doesn’t want to risk putting Walton into full action at this point, and we probably won’t see Vujacic tonight.
- Jackson doesn’t want Andrew Bynum to play the four position, meaning he will not interchange with Pau Gasol, who is much more comfortable on the perimeter.
- When asked about his health, Jackson said he’s feeling “great.”
- The Lakers are wearing all whites today.
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Re: 10/12: Training Camp Reports - Day 13

Postby Ras Algethi on Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:30 pm

New practice reports are up.


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Postgame (Rookie) Talk

Postby JSM on Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:46 pm

Mike Trudell of Lakers.com wrote:From the outside looking in, one might think that rookies Joe Crawford and Brandon Heath are in a very tough spot. It’s not like they’re the bad guys in a Steven Segal movie or anything, but still…

The talent-laden Lakers roster currently fits 17 players. Yet and still, everyone knows it’s about to be cut down to 15, if not 14. And of those 15 spots, not many are up for grabs, particularly as most Lakers are under contract. These spots appear to be set in stone, though anything could happen:

1) Kobe; 2) Pau; 3) Lamar; 4) Drew; 5) Fish; 6) Ariza; 7) Vlad-Rad; 8) Farmar; 9) Vujacic; 10) Walton; 11) Powell; 12) Mihm; 13) Sun Yue; 14) D.J. Mbenga.

Does Coby Karl, second-round pick Crawford or undrafted free agent Heath (or C.J. Giles) figure to sneak onto the roster?

Eager to see how the rookies were feeling about their situation after Sunday’s game in Las Vegas, I sat down with Heath and Crawford, who instead of worrying about that roster situation are simply glad to have the opportunity they’ve been granted thus far.

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