The New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets have agreed in principle on a three-way trade that will send Terrence Williams(notes) to Houston, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic(notes) and a 2012 first-round pick from Houston will go to New Jersey. Nets forward Joe Smith(notes) will join the Lakers, who also will send their 2011 first-round pick to New Jersey. In an effort to create luxury-tax savings by trading Vujacic’s $5.5 million salary for Smith’s $1.35 million, the Lakers were willing to include their first-round pick.
Andrew Bynum is set to make his season debut Tuesday vs. the Wizards after one final successful practice Monday.
Bynum had surgery to his right knee on July 28 to reattach cartilage damaged last postseason and will have missed this season’s first 24 games.
Bynum has been expected to be the starting center again immediately. Phil Jackson wants Bynum to carry over his knee looseness from pregame warmups to game action instead of stiffening up on the bench. If so, Lamar Odom would move to the bench, and Pau Gasol would shift from center to power forward, to which he has been looking forward.
“We have to muster up the energy and muster up the motivation to play every night. I’m (annoyed) about it. We’re not doing a good job of doing it. Today, we read the defense and made the right plays.”—Kobe Bryant
It’s a saying you’ll hear Brown utter throughout the course of a season.
“People ask me the question a lot of times, ‘What would you do if you weren’t a basketball player?’ And I honestly can’t answer that question,” Brown said. “I honestly don’t know.
"Growing up, it was my release from everything. It was where I would go to get away from all of the negative. I go to the basketball court. I go to the basketball gym. Whether I’m in there by myself or whether I’m in there with a couple of my buddies, I just go play for three or four hours, five hours and just let it all out. After that, you feel some sense of release, you figure some stuff out and then you go back to whatever it was [that was bothering you].
“It’s my life. I live it. I eat it. I think about it all of the time and sometimes to a fault.
“You don’t want to have to deal with all the things that come along with it sometimes. … When you focus so much on basketball, that’s not good all the time. You definitely got to have that balance.”
When Brown was 15 years old, the hardwood harbored him when his 14-year-old cousin, Tatiana Cannon, was senselessly shot in the back.
“We were real close,” Brown said. “We used to take baths together as little kids and everything. … It hurt me real bad. It hurt me real, real bad. … That was really the first of a string of people that I lost, and it didn’t make no sense to me. The way they said she was killed was dumb — a guy playing Russian roulette.” Read more
It is completely obvious that Andrew Bynum is ready to play — and contribute — to the Lakers now.
Still, after a full team practice Monday with no pain or problems, Bynum said he wants a couple more full practices so he doesn’t feel “too foreign” when he does return to game action on his surgically repaired right knee.
The Lakers have back-to-back games Tuesday against Washington and Wednesday against the Clippers. Their flight to Chicago on Thursday is set for noon, so it’s highly questionable whether Phil Jackson will have a team practice that morning. It’s possible Jackson could just to facilitate Bynum’s return, as Jackson allowed some impatience to seep out as he declined to project a return date for Bynum, saying: “I just can’t imagine it’ll be that long.”
The game in Chicago on Friday starts a six-game trip, the sort of travel and game workload that doesn’t usually feature 5-on-5 team practices. It is possible Bynum could return to game action during the trip without more 5-on-5 work, just smaller sessions with the Lakers’ bench players … in which case perhaps Bynum could make his season debut Sunday in his native New Jersey against the Nets.
“He’s coming right along,” Jackson said. “He went through every aspect of practice.”
Kobe Bryant said Bynum “looks good,” based on practice Monday. Bynum came in Sunday and did a full leg workout in the weight room. He said about the only thing he is lacking from his skill set is “quick jumping,” as in going right back up after landing.
“I’m progressing; I would love to play in December,” he said vaguely.
The meeting with President Obama has been confirmed for a little more than a week away: Dec. 13. The schedule of events for the day is still being finalized – and will hinge on what slightly more important business President Obama has on his schedule that day – but sadly the meeting again will not include Kobe vs. Barack or anything like that on Obama’s home court.
“We’re concerned about it. We’re concerned about the way he played tonight. He didn’t play with any activity, had probably his worst game of the season. He had some hamstring injuries and I think it was mostly physical (and not mental).”—Phil Jackson on Pau’s hamstring