Not much to report from today’s practice. Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum laid low, getting an extra day away from the court to rest and recover for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Monday against the Phoenix Suns. Sasha Vujacic said he’s ready to play Game 1 after sitting out 10 games in the playoffs because of a sprained ankle. Pau Gasol was back on the court after sitting out Wednesday because of sinus trouble.
When someone asked Lakers coach Phil Jackson about the difficulty of trying to prepare for playing against Suns point guard Steve Nash, Jackson said without hesitation, “Yeah, because you can’t carry the ball like he does in practice. You can’t pick up the ball and run with it.” Jackson has been a frequent critic of the tactic, which used to be called a discontinued dribble and now is called standard operating procedure.