The Lakers squeezed in one more practice before leaving today for London, where they will have a few days of practice and then play their exhibition opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the O2 Arena. Among today’s highlights:
–Kobe Bryant did not practice. Again. He might not play Monday, and even if he does it might be for only a a couple of six- to eight-minute bursts. He didn’t seem too broken up about the possibility of sitting out the exhibition against the Timberwolves. He has practice only once with his teammates since camp began Saturday. He said there was no swelling in his surgically-repaired right knee, however.
–Matt Barnes and Luke Walton, who are fighting for the backup small forward’s role, each came down with minor hamstring strains and had to sit out practice. Barnes’ injury is in his left hamstring and Walton’s is in his right. They are considered day-to-day.
–The Lakers made their first cuts of training camp. Anthony Roberson and Russell Hicks were waived after practice. The team will take 16 players to London and Barcelona.
–Derek Fisher has a new shoe deal. His contract with Nike ended and he has signed a new three-year deal with Adidas, which will help him with his summer youth camp..