Actually, the Lakers didn’t practice Thursday, but they were a pretty chatty bunch. Here are a few notes and quotes one day after they slogged through a 115-110 victory over the Phoenix Suns and one day before the meet the Sacramento Kings.
–Coach Phil Jackson said he would probably start Luke Walton again at small forward instead of Vladimir Radmanovic. Walton said he had fun while scoring eight points and adding six assists Wednesday. Radmanovic said he didn’t wish to talk about his demotion after starting the season’s first 20 games.
–Walton had this to say about his first start of the season: “It was a lot of fun to be back out there. I missed it from the first game this season. Every game that you sit there is hard. Being back out there, you realize why you miss it because it’s so much fun.”
–Andrew Bynum made another plea for more minutes at the end of games. Jackson said he would play Bynum only when Bynum shows he can stop some of the league’s top centers on a consistent basis with the game on the line.
–Sasha Vujacic said he felt more comfortable than he has in a while, which accounted for his season-high 15 points against Phoenix. He had struggled offensively over the previous four games, but he said his confidence returned.
–Said Vujacic: “It was a great thing to be on the floor. It was a great thing that coach had the confidence in me, especially in the last couple of minutes when the game was on the line. Not only the coach, but my teammates. They found me in the offense and I got some open shots and I knocked them down.”