10/22: Training Camp Reports - Day 23

10/22: Training Camp Reports - Day 23

Postby JSM on Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:11 pm

Ty Nowell of Lakers.com wrote:The NBA’s annual General Manager survey has been released by the league and over 46% think the Lakers will take home the title this year.

The Celtics came in second with 19.2% of the vote and the Hornets garnered 11.5%.

The Purple & Gold are also the overwhelming favorite to win the West (66.7%) and the Pacific Division (100%).

As for individual honors, GM’s thought that Phil Jackson was the second best coach in the league (behind Gregg Popovich), but was the best motivator in the league by far. Guard Derek Fisher also made the top three of active players that will make the best head coach someday.
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Lakers Cut Roster to 15

Postby JSM on Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:12 pm

Mike Trudell of Lakers.com wrote:The Lakers requested waivers on guard Joe Crawford and forward CJ Giles on Monday, opting to keep guard Coby Karl on the squad perhaps in part due to the condition of Sasha Vujacic and Kobe Bryant.

Phil Jackson acknowledged how tough it is to cut young guys this late in training camp, particularly as both Crawford, Giles and Brandon Heath (waived last week) gave maximum effort for L.A.

Crawford was the 58th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Lakers after the 22-year old completed four season at Kentucky, where he averaged 11.3 points, 3.4 boards and 1.5 assists in 127 games. The Detroit, Michigan native averaged 2.8 points in 7.3 preseason minutes for the Lakers.

Giles, a 6-11 forward who finished his collegiate career at Oregon State after playing two seasons at Kansas, managed 6.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in ten games last season for the Beavers. He competed in four preseason games for L.A., averaging 2.0 points and 2.5 boards in 7.2 minutes.
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Bryant Expects to Play Thursday

Postby JSM on Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:14 pm

Mike Trudell of Lakers.com wrote:Kobe’s knee seems to be just fine…

A night of tension regarding Bryant’s knee hyperextension Tuesday night in San Diego rendered positive reports after Wednesday’s practice.

Lakers spokesman John Black said that the original diagnosis by the Lakers’ training staff of a hyperextended knee was accurate, adding that there are no plans for Bryant to see a doctor. Bryant did not practice on Wednesday in favor of receiving treatment, and Phil Jackson noted that while Kobe is “a little sore,” Bryant “expects to play tomorrow” against Charlotte in Anaheim.

Bryant addressed the media himself after Jackson was done; we’ll have the full video on lakers.com momentarily.

Here are some of the major points covered by Bryant:
* He’s used to getting injured, but it’s the minor ones that worry him because little tweaks can sometimes wind up being serious. Kobe was concerned last night but it “feels OK” right now.
* On whether he’ll play tomorrow: “If I’m good to go, I’ll go. I don’t see why not.” Bryant added that he “should be fine” for the opener, not seeming concerned at all.
* Bryant said the scariest part was doing tests for areas of the knee like the ACL, but fortunately, there was no soreness in that movement.
* He’s very relieved.
* He wasn’t convinced he was going to be OK until this morning, when there was no swelling and the movement was pretty good. He’s putting weight and pressure on it already.
* Bryant didn’t sleep much last night, opting to get up every once in a while to stretch out and test his knee.
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Kobe Audio

Postby JSM on Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:14 pm

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GMs predict Lakers will win this time

Postby JSM on Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:16 pm

Janis Carr of the Orange County Register Blog wrote:According to NBA general managers, the Lakers will go all the way this season, beating the Celtics in the Finals and give Phil Jackson his 10th title. That’s their prediction based on an annual NBA.com survey to be released today.

Nearly half the GMs — 46 percent — predicted the Lakers would win the championship, while 10 percent picked the Celtics and 12 percent picked New Orleans. San Antonio received 8 percent of the vote and was not the preseason favorite for the first time in five years.

Individually, however, the GMs weren’t as favorable to the Lakers, picking LeBron James over Kobe Bryant for MVP, but they did say that Bryant is the player they would want taking the final shot with the game on the line. He received 89 percent of the vote, the most for the seventh consecutive season.

Andrew Bynum was tabbed as the player most likely to have a breakout season.
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Jackson can motivate, but coach?

Postby JSM on Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:19 pm

Janis Carr of the Orange County Register Blog wrote:So Phil Jackson is good, but not the best, according to the league’s GMs.

In their annual survey, Jackson was voted the best motivator by an overwhelming margin, but finished second to San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich as the best coach. Popovich received 53.8 percent, while Jackson just 23.1 percent.

And when it came to making in-game adjustments, Jackson made the “also receiving votes” list.
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Bynum was limping after knee to thigh

Postby JSM on Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:21 pm

Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register Blog wrote:In case you were wondering why Andrew Bynum was limping around a bit in the game Tuesday night, it was because he got kneed in the right thigh midway through the third quarter. I asked him about it after the game, and he explained that it was nothing more than that — which is why he didn’t want to come out of the game when Pau Gasol subbed in for him minutes later and why he waved off trainer Gary Vitti’s offer for medical assistance.

While Bynum was limping around and staying in the game, he drew oohs from the San Diego Sports Arena crowd with a monster block of Emeka Okafor. Bynum came back into the game later.
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Knee checking out OK, Kobe likely to play Thursday night

Postby JSM on Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:24 pm

Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register Blog wrote:The sky-is-falling doomsayers out there will have to look for something new: Kobe Bryant’s knee is OK.

Bryant is probable to play in the exhibition game vs. Charlotte on Thursday night in Anaheim. He had only minor soreness today in the right knee he hyperextended Tuesday night in San Diego.

“It feels OK,” Bryant said. “It’s sore, but it’s all right.”

Bryant said there was initial panic when he heard a crunch and a pop upon landing in an awkward collision with teammate Josh Powell, but the ACL tests he did with trainer Gary Vitti soon after largely ensured no major damage.

“I saw the (championship) ring flash before my eyes,” Bryant said. “I was pretty worried there for a second.”

And on Wednesday morning, Bryant knew for sure he was totally fine when there was no swelling in the knee and he could put pressure on it. So the panic over Bryant’s health and the Lakers’ future can subside. And there was certainly panic, at least on the part of some in the media.

There were text messages being sent to Lakers personnel as early as 6 a.m. Pacific time, seeking updates. Then there were calls every half-hour by some other reporters.
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Re: 10/22: Training Camp Reports - Day 23

Postby therealdeal on Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:14 pm

THEY KEPT COBY KARL????
Stu : "Yeah, that's an old fashioned whoopin'."
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Re: 10/22: Training Camp Reports - Day 23

Postby Sirron on Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:29 pm

therealdeal wrote:THEY KEPT COBY KARL????
whitey quota :bang:
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Re: 10/22: Training Camp Reports - Day 23

Postby therealdeal on Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:08 am

sirronstuff wrote:
therealdeal wrote:THEY KEPT COBY KARL????
whitey quota :bang:


Damn Affirmative Action...
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Re: 10/22: Training Camp Reports - Day 23

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:12 am

sirronstuff wrote:
therealdeal wrote:THEY KEPT COBY KARL????
whitey quota :bang:


:man10: you can't get any more whiter than Karl that kid needs some sun.
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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