Here are a few tidbits from today’s practice:
Kobe Bryant practiced with his teammates and reported no lingering trouble from the groin strain that slowed him down in Sunday’s loss to the Houston Rockets. He said he’s increased his medical treatments and plans to play Tuesday against Detroit Pistons.
Pau Gasol also practiced with his teammates and said his injured right hamstring was much improved. He doubted he could play against the Pistons, but didn’t rule out playing Thursday against the Chicago Bulls.
Coach Phil Jackson harped on the Lakers’ inability to outhustle the Rockets for rebounds and loose balls. After watching an offensive rebound get away from the starters during a scrimmage, he bellowed, “That’s what hurt us last night. Go get the ball.”