There was some good news coming out of the Lakers’ Saturday morning shoot around. As reporters walked in Jordan Clarkson was seen working under the basket after practice with head coach Byron Scott offering some hopeful updates.
The injury woes continued for the Los Angeles Lakers as the organization announced shortly after Saturday practice that guard/forward Anthony Brown would miss at least four weeks after an MRI revealed a stress reaction in his right foot.
Kobe Bryant got the attention of the sports world with his recent comments to columnist Bill Plaschke on Sunday when discussing the topic of retirement.
I’d be lying if I said that it hasn’t crossed my mind,” Bryant was quoted as saying.”Right now I doubt it…but anything’s possible.”
Bryant was at the Lakers practice facility on Sunday morning, but did not speak to media, leaving his head coach Byron Scott to provided reaction to the comments.
Ronnie Price missed Friday’s game against the Jazz, held out for an aggravated right elbow and his availability for Monday against Phoenix is looking slim.
“He came in today and got his treatment. We will see how he feels tomorrow, but to be honest with you I’m thinking of sitting Ronnie down one more game and seeing how it reacts,” said Scott. “He hasn’t shot a ball basketball…I want to give him another day if I can.”
Price is averaging 5.5 points per game and 3.8 assists with the Lakers in 38 games this season, averaging 23.3 minutes. Price is listed as doubtful.
Coming out of Saturday’s morning short practice, Kobe Bryant’s status for Sunday’s game against Portland was still unknown.
Bryant sat out Friday’s game against Orlando, which the Lakers won 101-84. Head coach Byron Scott tabbed the absence as “just rest” on Friday and would not state if the veteran would be playing Sunday until talking to his star player over the next 48 hours.
In addition to Kobe Bryant sitting out Saturday’s practice (rest), Wesley Johnson did not practice after tweaking his right ankle Friday. But according to the team, the small forward is expecting to suit up and play against the Kings.
Johnson played 28 minutes against Oklahoma City, putting in seven points, three rebounds and three assists. Overall, Johnson is averaging 8.8 points per game. Johnson has started all 26 games this season might be relied on more should Nick Young be suspended for his flagrant 2 foul from Friday.
Coming out of the narrow loss to Oklahoma City Friday evening, the big question surrounding the Lakers was what was going to happen to Nick Young after the small forward was ejected early in the fourth quarter on a flagrant 2 foul.
The Lakers were still waiting on word from the league by the end of Saturday’s afternoon practice. But it’s not something that’s taking up too much of head coach Byron Scott’s energy. At least for the moment.
On Friday afternoon, the Lakers Twitter account was taken over by new head coach Byron Scott for a Q/A session with fans using the #AskByron hashtag. The new Los Angeles skipper took questions for close to an hour. Here are the ten best responses from Scott:
The NBA rookie class participated in an AMA on Reddit Sunday (for those non-Redditors, AMA stands for Ask Me Anything) and a couple questions asked were answered by Lakers rookie Julius Randle, who stole the thread.
Randle took questions on Rookie of the Year awards, his NBA 2K rating and playing with Kobe Bryant.
Reports by ESPN and confirmed by the L.A. Daily News have stated that the Los Angeles Lakers brought in free agent forward Michael Beasley for a workout Wednesday at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo.