Walton “Absolutely” Expected to Play

Luke Street ClothesOn his way out of the practice facility, we caught up with Luke Walton to see how his ankle is feeling almost a week after he partially tore the deltoid ligament in his left ankle.

“I’m feeling really good,” he said. “I’m excited with how well my ankle’s responding and how much better it feels from day-to-day*.”
*Listen for yourself with the audio at the bottom of this post.

You did hear the word “absolutely” in there, though a specific date is (as always) not available. Nonetheless, Phil Jackson weighed in on Walton’s situation with this post-practice comment: “He’s happy with (his progress). Luke looks like he’s going to be a player who’s going to play in this next series, for sure.”

It was good ankle news all around in El Segundo, as Trevor Ariza called his a non issue, while even Sun Yue seemed fully recovered from his ankle sprain from a few weeks back.

Meanwhile, the Lakers will take Friday off, and resume practice on Saturday.