New and notes from the final practice before the regular season starts:
Pau Gasol did not practice this afternoon and was called doubtful to play in Tuesday’s game against the Clippers at Staples Center. Gasol missed the last six exhibitions because of a strained right hamstring. He practiced last Wednesday, but had a setback.
Kobe Bryant also did not practice. He has a sore left foot, but probably will play against the Clippers. In other words, you would need an army to keep him off the court when the Lakers face the Clippers in the opener.
Coach Phil Jackson got a sneak-peak at the Lakers’ championship rings and said they might be too big to wear. Jackson said he likes to wear a new championship ring for about six weeks or so, then puts them aside to focus on the season.
Tex Winter, Jackson’s longtime consultant and the architect of the triangle offense, was a visitor to the training facility. Winter suffered a stroke last spring, but looked good. He plans to attend the Lakers’ ring ceremony Tuesday.