There were three medical updates at practice today.
Luke Walton probably won’t be able to play in Game 1 against the Houston Rockets on Monday. Coach Phil Jackson doesn’t expect the backup forward to be ready to play. Walton injured his left ankle in Game 4 of the Lakers’ first-round win over the Utah Jazz.
Andrew Bynum said playing without his bulky knee brace is not an option yet, so he’s going to do his best against Houston’s Yao Ming with it. Bynum said the brace restricts his movement, but it’s necessary to wear it in order to protect his injured right knee.
Tex Winter, the Lakers’ special consultant, has been moved to an extended-care facility in Kansas City that specializes in treating stroke victims. Winter suffered a stroke while attended a reunion of Kansas State basketball players and coaches.