10/20: Training Camp Reports - Day 21

10/20: Training Camp Reports - Day 21

Postby JSM on Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:52 pm

Mike Trudell of Lakers.com wrote:The roster’s down to 17 after Brandon Heath was let go Monday morning. Here’s the press release:

The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on guard Brandon Heath, it was announced today.

Heath, a 6-3 guard out of San Diego State spent last season playing in France for Entente Orleans 45 where he averaged 12.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 25 games. In five preseason games with the Lakers, Heath averaged 1.4 points in 8.6 minutes.

The Lakers’ preseason roster now stands at 17.
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Re: 10/20: Training Camp Reports - Day 21

Postby therealdeal on Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:54 pm

So what happens to the kid?
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Sasha, Vlad Injury Update

Postby JSM on Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:55 pm

Mike Trudell of Lakers.com wrote:Vujacic
Sasha Vujacic participated through the entirety of Monday’s practice, saying that he had a little discomfort in his ankle but no sharp pain. He didn’t want to push off it too much, and won’t play in L.A.’s preseason game in San Diego on Tuesday. However, he does feel good about his progress and will see how the ankle responds to a day’s worth of activity.

Radmanovic
Vladimir Radmanovic sprained the middle finger on his left hand Sunday night against Toronto, though x-rays were negative. Lakers spokesman John Black said Vlad went through the first portion of practice on Monday and is day-to-day.
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Lakers Practice Report 10-20

Postby JSM on Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:56 pm

Mike Trudell of Lakers.com wrote:After consecutive impressive outputs this past weekend at STAPLES Center, spirits were up at the Lakers’ practice facility on Monday.

The most pressing news: Sasha Vujacic completed his first practice since the first day of training camp. After the workout, we heard from Phil Jackson, Andrew Bynum and Vujacic, interviews you can watch on our video page.

Here are your Phil bullet points:
# He was asked, yet again, about his starting lineup. Wow. This has to be some kind of record (answer didn’t change).
# Jackson said he’s using Lamar Odom and Jordan Farmar in “special roles,” and said that Odom is enjoying his current role in part because he gets to run the show as the leader of that “sequence of guys.”
# Farmar has been impressing Jackson, who explained that part of Jordan and the second unit’s importance is providing energy to the team as the vets ramp things up over the first month or two of the season.
# Jackson said Vujacic looked “OK,” then “pretty good.” Jackson saw him limping once or twice, but heard no complaints.

A note about Bynum: He said that while his knee’s feeling good, he did have a little bit of swelling a week ago, and left it at that.

Stay tuned for a preview of Tuesday night’s action in San Diego against the Charlotte Bobcats with Derek Fisher serving as analyst/assistant coach.
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Re: 10/20: Training Camp Reports - Day 21

Postby therealdeal on Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:01 pm

^ Uh - oh... Bynum should have perhaps kept that to himself. Here comes the wave...
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Re: 10/20: Training Camp Reports - Day 21

Postby Sirron on Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:04 pm

oh snap. Does David Lee know this ish? lol.
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Vukacic Returns to Practice

Postby JSM on Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:18 pm

Ramona Shelburne of the LA Daily News Blog wrote:Apparently, the repairman was able to fix things on the Lakers ``Machine'' a bit ahead of schedule. Sasha Vujacic (ankle) returned to practice Monday morning, a bit ahead of schedule and was able to complete almost the entire practice.

``I did take a little break, I don't want to go too crazy,'' Vujacic said. ``But I didn't feel any sharp pain, so that's good. There was a little discomfort, which is normal. We'll just have to see if it swells up. If it does, we have to slow it down. But it feels good now.''

Vujacic has been out most of training camp with a sprained ankle, which he suffered on the first day of camp. After the ankle was slow to heal, he was re-examined and an avulsion fracture --where a thin piece of bone is peeled away by a ligament or tendon --was discovered. At that point, he was projected to miss 10-14 days. That was just six days ago.

``My goal is to be ready for the first game (on October 28),'' he said. ``And it's going to take me two or three days of practice to come back into shape.''
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Vujacic: no sharp pain, just sharp play

Postby JSM on Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:27 pm

Kevin Ding of the ORange County Register Blog wrote:Sasha Vujacic got the ball and set off on an end-to-end run, dribbling behind his back in traffic as he neared the opponents’ foul line. He crashed into the lane and then dropped the pass off for Andrew Bynum to lay the ball in.

“Game! Game!” Vujacic yelled.

He was right. The Vujacic-to-Bynum basket was the game winner in the Lakers’ final scrimmage of the day, as Phil Jackson called an end to practice — a successful first day back in business for Vujacic and his injured left ankle.

“I didn’t have sharp pain, which is good,” said Vujacic, who wore a brace. “A little discomfort, but nothing major, so it was pretty good.”

When asked what he meant by “discomfort,” Vujacic pinched my arm to show what it felt like (”not pain, but a pinching feeling in there”). He said that was to be expected and will gauge things more by whether his ankle swells up Tuesday.

“He looked pretty good,” Phil Jackson said.
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Powell looks to put comparisons to rest

Postby JSM on Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:28 pm

Janis Carr of the Orange County Register Blog wrote:The number across his back is the only similarity between forward Josh Powell and the guy who used to wear No. 21 for the Lakers. That, and maybe the cornrows.

Powell, a free agent who was signed by the Lakers this summer, has the uneviable task of trying to make fans forget the affable Ronny Turiaf. It’s a job he has quietly taken on — emphasis on quiet.

Powell isn’t flamboyant. He goes about his job without fanfare and the party atmosphere Turiaf infused into the Lakers locker room and sideline.

“Ronny was great for the Lakers organization while he was here,” said Powell after removing his head phones. “The type of person he was, his personality, they way he played – the Lakers fans loved him.”

“He did things the way how he did it and I have my own way of bringing energy and have the same effect.”

Powell is hoping to win over Lakers fans with his play. In a logjam of big men last season with the Clippers, Powell averaged 55. and 5.2 rebounds. His numbers this season might not be much higher considering he will be scounging for minutes behind Pau Gasol.

As for wearing the same number as Turiaf? Powell quickly points out that he has worn No. 21 his entire career.

“That’s the way it is,” he said, shrugging his shoulders. “It’s all good.”

At least no one is confusing this Josh Powell with the mixed martial arts Josh Powell.
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Phil Jackson has clean bill of health … so far

Postby JSM on Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:47 pm

Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register Blog wrote:Phil Jackson hasn’t missed a day of work since skipping the exhibition opener in Anaheim on Oct. 7 because of soreness and swelling in his lower legs. He had a battery of tests done back then to check if anything serious was going on to produce his discomfort, and so far the test results have been encouraging.

Jackson, 63, had so many tests done that not all the results are in, however.

He has been mostly wearing black sandals (sometimes with black socks … I should ask clotheshorses such as Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom what they think of that) that give him added breathability. Along those lines, Kobe Bryant was looking comfy after practice today while wearing what appeared to be Nike’s brand-new version of the popular Crocs sandals.
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The small-forward merry-go-round

Postby JSM on Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:52 pm

Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register Blog wrote:The Lakers’ small-forward situation could take another twist Tuesday night in San Diego in the exhibition game against Charlotte. Vladimir Radmanovic, who has been running with the first team in recent days, sprained the middle finger on his left hand Sunday night and sat out practice today.

Radmanovic, who started late last season but usually gave way to Sasha Vujacic down the stretch of games, had been selling Phil Jackson on starting him to spread the floor for Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. Radmanovic had also been showing increased activity on defense, something he hoped to bring this training camp.

But Trevor Ariza also remains in the running to start and might get another chance to show his stuff as a starter Tuesday night. Ariza is playing so well – and shooting the ball better than advertised – that Jackson might have to think again about starting him. Jackson’s eyes widened after he dumped Ariza onto the third team in practice last week and saw Ariza’s energy inspire that group to success.

Luke Walton’s surgically repaired ankle held up well through the back-to-back weekend games. Vujacic won’t play in San Diego as he comes back from his ankle injury.
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Re: 10/20: Training Camp Reports - Day 21

Postby Sirron on Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:43 pm

lots of good stuff, thanks.
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Re: Powell looks to put comparisons to rest

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:20 am

JSM wrote:
Janis Carr of the Orange County Register Blog wrote:
Powell is hoping to win over Lakers fans with his play. In a logjam of big men last season with the Clippers, Powell averaged 55. and 5.2 rebounds. His numbers this season might not be much higher considering he will be scounging for minutes behind Pau Gasol.
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:man4: Man if can average anything near that 55 and 5.2 we would rock though I would want a few more rebounds out of him :man1:

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For what it's worth, the Lakers also clinched the Pacific Division, an achievement Bryant dismissed by saying "We don't hang divisions." No, only the big NBA championship banners are considered wall-worthy for the Lakers.
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