The Lakers sent out a decidedly grim injury report for tonight’s game with the news that Kwame Brown will be out three to four weeks with a rotator cuff bruise and bursitis in his right shoulder. Vladimir Radmanovic is out a minimum of two games with a sprained ligament in his hand and Aaron McKie is out a minimum of three games with his back injury.
Not sure where the Lakers go from here at center, although Andrew Bynum has to be considered the first option. The Lakers also have given Ronny Turiaf and Lamar Odom minutes at center during the exhibition season. Chris Mihm is still struggling in his return from ankle surgery and is probably questionable at best to be available Oct. 31.
The Lakers’ first two games are against Phoenix and Golden State, followed by a home-and-home with Seattle. Bynum started and matched up against Kurt Thomas in Sunday’s exhibition game against the Suns. The Warriors are playing Troy Murphy at center, which would be a good match up for Odom. Seattle starts Johan Petro, whom the Lakers worked out against Bynum before the 2005 draft.
Brown said going into the season that the biggest key for him was staying healthy and avoid anything that could keep him out like last season’s hamstring injury. He’s looking at missing between six and nine games if the Lakers’ timetable is accurate.
Also, the Lakers will have no chance to play as a unit with Kobe Bryant before the season opener, even if Bryant plays in one of the final two exhibition games. Radmanovic, especially, needs the chance to see where he’s going to spot up with Bryant on the floor.
One other thing: Von Wafer is doubtful for tonight with a bruised left heel.