After Saturday’s practice at L.A.’s facility, we heard from Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and center Andrew Bynum. Here are some selected notes from the conversations:
Saturday’s was a relatively light, tactical practice.
Both Kobe Bryant and Sasha Vujacic responded well to playing in Friday’s win over Oklahoma City in Ontario, Calif.
Derek Fisher left practice late to go into the training room but Jackson did not hear any complaints or anticipate any problem.
Jackson didn’t bite too heavily on a question about the Bynum-Greg Oden matchup, though he did say it’d be interesting to watch and that he thought they may have played against each other previously.
Jackson added that while he was pleased with Bynum’s progress, we should credit his teammates for some terrific passes to the low post.
Reiterating what he’d said earlier, Jackson talked about how well Gasol has been playing.
The biggest thing that changed to him from early training camp to his terrific performance in the final game was simply playing time. Getting 29 minutes allowed him to get comfortable out there. Otherwise, it was just getting in better shape.
When asked about his matchup with Oden, Bynum suggested that he was focused on the entire Blazers team, not just Oden. He named Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and (injured) Martell Webster by name.
Bynum said he hasn’t played against Oden since an AAU tournament in sixth grade. Oden was four inches taller, apparently. “I think a lot’s changed since then,” he added.
His timing is getting better on both ends, the reasons for his alley-oops and blocked shots in the past two games especially.
The Lakers finally have a day off on Sunday, but will resume practicing on Monday.