Coach Phil Jackson ruled out a return of Pau Gasol in Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks. Said Jackson after today’s practice, “No, there’s not a chance he’s going to play.” The Lakers say they’re not worried about Gasol and his strained right hamstring, but the plain fact is that he has already missed their first two regular-season games plus their final six exhibitions. He last played Oct. 9 in an exhibition against Golden State at the Forum. It remains to be seen if he can play in either Tuesday’s game at Oklahoma City or Wednesday’s contest at Houston. He’s not practicing with the team and there’s no timetable for his return to the court.
“We probably wanted it a little too much and that’s what resulted in some of the turnovers, shots going in and out. You’ve got to get stops. Keep teams off the free throw line. We were just a little stagnant, but it will be better.”—Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant looked at the box score from the Houston Rockets’ preseason game against the Boston Celtics and was alarmed by the stat line of one player.
Trevor Ariza, Bryant’s former teammate with the Los Angeles Lakers the previous two seasons, had missed all but one of his 11 shots – including all four of his 3-point attempts – and failed to hand out a single assist. Bryant figured Ariza was in need of a little brotherly advice, so he sent him an encouraging text message.
“He was like, ‘I’ve been through the same situation before. So just slow down, stay focused on your goal and it will come around. You’re in a situation where you have an opportunity, so take advantage of it,’ ” Ariza said of Bryant’s message.
Ariza welcomed Bryant’s advice because he now finds himself in a unique position: The Rockets need him to become their go-to scorer, a role Ariza hasn’t held since he was a senior at Los Angeles’ Westchester High six years ago. In his six NBA seasons, Ariza has never averaged double figures in scoring.
So, this article basically contradicts all those people that say no one wants to play with Kobe, Kobe’s a bad teammate, people leave because they don’t want to play with him, etc. Bye haters.
“Everybody should police themselves and it is about individuals being responsible for themselves. But ultimately, it falls on Kobe. When Artest hauls off and does something totally out of character for the team, that’s not going to be taken well by Kobe. He has to talk to him in practice, get him on the right page and let him know what [his] demands are as a leader of the basketball team. So when game time comes, it’s about a routine.”—Scottie Pippen
“All the years of being here in Los Angeles with the fans and everything, and some think, ‘Aw, he’s getting older and the clock’s ticking and blah-blah-blah-blah.’ I’ve been playing for all these years, and you guys still don’t know what I’m about.”—Kobe Bryant
In August Tony signed a pro contract with Hapoel Gilboa Galil Elyon, a team in the top professional league in Israel. Gaffney will be joined by three other former college players from the United States. Jeremy Pargo, a point guard from Gonzaga, Dion Dowell , who played at Texas and the University of Houston, and Brian Randall who played at Illinois. Interestingly enough Gaffney will be one of the tallest players on the team.
“Our goal should be to break the Bulls’ [72-win] record,” Bynum said. “I know that’s much easier to say than do, but we have that kind of a team.”
In the rugged West, that’s a stretch. But Bynum gives the Lakers reason to dream. Already, he looks both leaner and faster. After taking a month off to backpack around Europe, he spent much of the remainder of the summer working on strengthening his lower body. In previous years, Bynum weighed close to 290 pounds at the start of camp. This year he checked in at 272.
Los Angeles Laker forward Lamar Odom has listed his Manhattan Beach home for $2,399,000.
The two-level Mediterranean has five bedrooms and five bathrooms in about 4,200 square feet. Custom-built in 2002, the house has an open floor plan, a family room with a hand-carved bar, three stone fireplaces, an office and a swimming pool with a spa. There are views of downtown L.A., the Hollywood sign and the mountains.
Odom, 29, bought the house in 2006 as a family home and a place to entertain his fellow Lakers, according to reports at the time.
“We had all summer to cry… It was great emotion, it was unbelievable what they did for us. We definitely enjoyed the moment, but it was something we did last year and we have a new journey now. I think we have a very good team, i think we’re much stronger than last year. We’re young, but we’re mature enough to win another one. Each night is going to be a real challenge for us, everyone is going to come in and try to beat us, but i think we’re good enough to hold them off.”—Sasha Vujacic
only Sasha would say something like “We had all summer to cry” haha