Prior to the final game of L.A.’s seven-game road trip, Phil Jackson offered an update on Theo Ratliff’s ailing left knee, upon which he had arthroscopic surgery back on Nov. 16.
“I think (Ratliff) had a conversation with Dr. (James) Andrews in Alabama,” said Jackson. “We talked a little bit about it before we left (on the current trip). Based on that conversation, we decided that he should stay behind and start over on rehab, basically.”
Jackson mentioned that Ratliff had one “minor set back” that became an irritant to his knee, and more diagnostics resulted. In short, the Lakers are not expecting Ratliff on the court any time soon.
“We have to monitor it very closely if he’s going to play at all,” Jackson concluded.