Monthly Archive for July, 2008

Friday Roundup

Walton Surgery
Luke Walton had surgery to remove bone spurs and scar tissue as well as clean up cartilage debris from the right ankle that bothered him the majority of the season.

The recovery process is expected to take six weeks, which would be the last week in August, giving Luke plenty of time to be right for training camp in October.

Full Press Release

Turiaf a Warrior
As was widely suspected, the Lakers did not match the lucrative offer sheet extended to Forward Ronny Turiaf meaning that #21 will be suiting up as a member of the Golden State Warriors next season.

All the things Turiaf brings to a team can not be summed up in the 6.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, but the dollars (a reported $17 million over 4 years) were just too much.

Ronny becomes apart of the new look Warriors who acquired free agent Corey Maggette after losing face of the franchise point-guard Baron Davis to the Clippers.

Ariza Working Out
Forward Trevor Ariza visited the team’s training facility this afternoon to get some shots up and run a few drills.

Since the season ended Trevor has been focusing on strengthening the ankle that caused him to miss time during the season and relaxing, recently returning from a trip to the Bahamas.

Kobe Nominated for Two ESPYs

The ESPYs gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances.” –ESPN Press Release

This year’s 16th annual ESPYs awards features 37 categories, but there are two that Lakers’ fans should focus on–Best Male Athlete & Best NBA Player.

Kobe Bryant is nominated in both.

Being named the league’s MVP doesn’t guarantee that #24 will win these awards. That’s where you come in.

For the first time you can decide who takes home the ESPY. Voting has begun on ESPN’s ESPY website and will continue through July 12th.

The ESPY awards will be hosted by Justin Timberlake and will air on Sunday July 20th at 6pm Pacific on ESPN.

Click here to vote for Kobe