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Harris Completes Second 10-Day Contract

Charlotte Bobcats v Los Angeles LakersManny Harris finished up his second 10-day contract with the Lakers with an efficient 19-point performance at Minnesota on Tuesday evening.

Harris hit eight of his 11 shots, and grabbed eight boards, both highs in his nine games for Los Angeles that delivered averages of 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds.

As NBA teams are limited to signing players to two 10-day contracts per season, the Lakers had to either commit to signing Harris for the remainder of the season or release him and make him an unrestricted free agent.

“As well as he played for us last night, we simply felt it is more important for us to maintain roster flexibility rather than to have committed our 15th spot to him at this point,” said Lakers spokesman John Black.

With that said, the Lakers D-League affiliate, the D-Fenders, continue to hold the D-League rights to Harris and expect him to return to the team on Saturday at Santa Cruz should he not be signed by another NBA team. The D-Fenders defeated Bakersfield 155-140 on Wednesday night at Toyota Sports Center to place them in a three-way tie for first place in the West Division with Santa Cruz and Reno.

Harris was named a D-League All-Star on Monday after averaging 30.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals in 13 games with the D-Fenders this season. He was first called up to the Lakers on January 26.

LAL 119, Cavs 108: 2/5 Running Diary

Below is a running diary of L.A.’s road contest at Cleveland with comments drawn from Mike Trudell’s @LakersReporter Twitter account, to ensure you’re covered from start to finish:


Starters
Lakers: Farmar, Blake, Johnson, Kelly and Sacre
Cavs: Irving, Jack, Deng, Thompson, Varejao


FIRST QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Cleveland Cavaliers
SECOND QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Cleveland Cavaliers
THIRD QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Cleveland Cavaliers
FOURTH QUARTER

Lakers Practice on Super Bowl Sunday

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers - Game FourWhile the rest of the world – or at least the country – was preparing Super Bowl snacks, the Lakers gathered at the team’s practice facility for a session after a rare off day on Saturday.

Granted, the players would have plenty of time to get home before kick off, but they got a few hours or work in without the latest key player who’s fallen to injury, Pau Gasol*.
*L.A. already leads the league by a considerable margin in games missed with 158, a total that will continue to rise.

The Spaniard is expected to miss at least one week after an MRI revealed a strain of his right groin. One could make the argument that the Lakers are now without their five best players in game action: Gasol; Kobe Bryant (knee); Steve Nash (back); Steve Blake (elbow); and Jordan Farmar (hamstring). The point guards, however, all practiced for a second consecutive time, with Nash and Blake still in consideration to play on Tuesday.

“They looked good,” said Mike D’Antoni. “I think they came through it OK. We have another practice tomorrow, so we’ll see how they (look afterwards), but it looks pretty good.”

D’Antoni may not determine Tuesday’s line up until that morning’s shootaround in Minneapolis. If Blake and Nash are able to play, they’re in line to split backcourt duties with current starters Kendall Marshall and Jodie Meeks. Meanwhile, D’Antoni could slide Chris Kaman into Gasol’s starting center slot, and keep the bench rotation as is with Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre.

In short, all currently injured players but Bryant may be back on the floor within a couple of weeks, but the 16-31 Lakers are in such a big hole that they’re closer to having the league’s worst record (Milwaukee, 8-39) than they are to the playoffs in the West (Memphis, 26-20, is the No. 8 seed).

Lakers Leading League in Unfortunate Stat

Utah Jazz v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemA plethora of injuries have made a bigger impact on the 2013-14 Lakers season than perhaps anything else, with starters Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash leading the games-missed train with 40 of the 46 apiece on the shelf.

In fact, L.A.’s 153 total games missed this season easily lead the NBA, and are 16 more than second-place Milwaukee and 42 more than the squad with the third most (New York, 111). Here’s a list of some of the most injury-plagued squads (and least injured):

LAKERS:
Kobe Bryant: 40
Steve Nash: 40
Steve Blake: 25
Jordan Farmar: 24
Xavier Henry: 15
Chris Kaman: 5
Pau Gasol: 3
Wesley Johnson: 1
TOTAL: 153

MILWAUKEE:
Carlos Delfino: 43
Larry Sanders: 26
Zaza Pachulia: 25
Caron Butler: 14
Luke Ridnour: 7
John Henson: 5
Ersan Ilyasova: 5
Brandon Knight: 4
Ekpe Udoh: 4
Gary Neal: 2
O.J. Mayo: 2
TOTAL: 137

NEW YORK:
Tyson Chandler: 24
Metta World Peace: 21
Raymond Felton: 16
Pablo Priginoi: 16
Amare Stoudemire: 12
Kenyon Martin: 11
Beno Udrih: 5
Carmelo Anthony: 3
Andrea Bargnani: 3
TOTAL: 111

WASHINGTON:
Al Harrington: 36
Otto Porter: 17
Chris Singleton: 13
Glen Rice Jr.: 14
Bradley Beal: 9
Nene: 7
Trevor Ariza: 5
Kevin Seraphin: 2
Martell Webster: 2
TOTAL: 106

DENVER:
Danilo Gallinari: 42
JaVale McGee: 37
Wilson Chandler: 8
Darrell Arthur: 8
Anthony Randolph: 3
Kenneth Faried: 2
Ty Lawson: 2
Jordan Hamilton: 1
Randy Foye: 1
TOTAL: 104

PHOENIX:
Emeka Okafor: 43
Alex Len: 28
Eric Bledsoe: 19
Goran Dragic: 3
Leandro Barbosa: 2
TOTAL: 95

BROOKLYN:
Andrei Kirilenko: 26
Brook Lopez: 25
Deron Williams: 16
Jason Terry: 15
Paul Pierce: 5
Kevin Garnett: 1
TOTAL: 88

PORTLAND:
C.J. McCollum: 34
TOTAL: 34

INDIANA:
Danny Granger: 25
George Hill: 3
Lance Stephenson: 1
C.J. Watson: 1
TOTAL: 30

OKLAHOMA CITY:
Russell Westbrook: 20
Thabo Sefolosha: 4
Nick Collison: 1
Kevin Durant: 1
Serge Ibaka: 1
TOTAL: 27

TORONTO:
Tyler Hansbrough: 8
Landry Fields: 4
Quincy Acy: 3
DeMar DeRozan: 1
John Salmons: 1
TOTAL: 17

LAL 92, Pacers 104: 1/28 Running Diary

Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles LakersBelow is a running diary of L.A.’s home contest against Indiana with comments drawn from Mike Trudell’s @LakersReporter Twitter account, to ensure you’re covered from start to finish:

Starters
Lakers: Marshall, Meeks, Johnson, Kelly and Gasol
Pacers: Hill, Stephenson, George, West and Hibbert

FIRST QUARTER


Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers
SECOND QUARTER


THIRD QUARTER


Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers
FOURTH QUARTER

LAL 102, Heat 109: 1/23 Running Diary

Los Angeles Lakers v Miami HeatBelow is a running diary of L.A.’s road contest at Miami with comments drawn from Mike Trudell’s @LakersReporter Twitter account, to ensure you’re covered from start to finish:

Starters
Lakers: Marshall, Meeks, Johnson, Kelly and Gasol
Heat: Chalmers, Allen, James, Battier and Bosh

FIRST QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat
SECOND QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat
THIRD QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat
FOURTH QUARTER

Lakers Injury Update from Miami

Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix SunsLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemHealthy bodies have been quite difficult to find on the court for the Lakers this season, and that trend continued at Wednesday’s session in Miami in which Mike D’Antoni didn’t have enough guys available to play 5-on-5.

Available (nine): Kendall Marshall, Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson, Ryan Kelly, Nick Young, Manny Harris, Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre, Chris Kaman
Unavailable (six): Pau Gasol (foot), Xavier Henry (knee), Jordan Farmar (hamstring), Steve Blake (elbow), Kobe Bryant (knee fracture), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation)

Gasol is the one player off the latter list who will play against the Heat on Thursday evening, as an open wound on his left foot won’t keep him out of game action, despite making it a bit painful to run, jump and cut.

Here’s the update on the Lakers who remain on the shelf:

XAVIER HENRY:
Henry did some running, lateral slide drills and shooting, but did not participate in practice with his teammates on Wednesday. He said he’s progressed from where he was last week with a knee strain suffered on Dec. 29, which has caused him to miss 11 games thus far. Henry has been ruled out of Thursday’s game in Miami and Friday’s in Orlando. He’ll be evaluated over the weekend.

KOBE BRYANT:
Bryant is expected to be evaluated when the team returns to Los Angeles on either Monday, Jan. 27., or Tuesday the 28th. Bryant said that he expected to get an MRI in “February,” but that could apparently come a few days prior to the change of month. Kobe’s been keeping in cardio shape by doing work on a stationary bike, but needs the knee fracture to fully heal before he can resume basketball activities. That said, Bryant has made it clear in respective media sessions in Boston and Chicago that he fully plans on returning as soon as he’s physically able.

STEVE NASH:
Nash has been with his personal physical therapist/trainer working out in Vancouver, trying to improve daily so that he can test out the back, hamstring and nerve root issues that have plagued him this season. He’ll be re-evaluated by the Lakers when the team returns from the road trip just as Bryant is.

STEVE BLAKE:
Originally diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow that would take a minimum of six weeks, Blake will visit with his doctor in Los Angeles when the team returns, and a potential return date may be established at the time. One can speculate that it’s going to be a bit longer, as the key word in the original timetable was “minimum.”

JORDAN FARMAR:
Farmar tore his left hamstring in a different spot from an original tear in early December on Dec. 31, and was given a four-week timetable until re-evaluation, which could come at the beginning of February. Don’t be surprised if it’s a couple of weeks after that until Farmar hits the game floor.

LAL 100, Bulls 102: 1/20 Running Diary

Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago BullsBelow is a running diary of L.A.’s road contest at Chicago with comments drawn from Mike Trudell’s @LakersReporter Twitter account, to ensure you’re covered from start to finish:

Starters
Lakers: Marshall, Meeks, Johnson, Kelly and Gasol
Bulls: Hinrich, Butler, Dunleavy, Boozer and Noah

FIRST QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago Bulls
SECOND QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago Bulls
THIRD QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago Bulls
FOURTH QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago Bulls
OVERTIME

Manny Harris Makes Lakers Debut

Los Angeles Lakers v Boston CelticsCalled up from the NBA D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders just 24 hours earlier, Manny Harris made his debut in Lakers purple and gold on Friday night in Boston, chipping in towards a 107-104 road victory that snapped a six-game losing streak for the Lakers.

Harris saw nearly 23 minutes of action, hitting 2 of 7 field goals (1 of 2 three pointers and 2 of 2 free throws) plus three rebounds and an assist, while competing to coach Mike D’Antoni’s liking on defense.

The 24-year-old, 6-5 guard had been lighting up the D-League for L.A.’s own affiliate, averaging 30.6 points per game with 6.5 boards, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals per night, when he received the call up on a 10-day contract from Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak.

Harris spent the 2013 preseason with the Orlando Magic. After not making the final roster, he was planning on heading to the D-League’s Canton Charge, the affiliate of the Cavs, for whom he’d played 80 games from 2010-12. Meanwhile, D-Fenders GM Nick Mazzella was working on acquiring Harris’ rights for the D-Fenders, and after consulting Lakers assistant GM Glenn Carraro, reached a deal to acquire Harris in exchange for a second round draft pick.

Harris exploded onto the D-Fenders scene, dropping 41 points in his first game, a win over Santa Cruz, before earning consecutive Performer of the Week accolades.

“We really liked what we had seen from Manny before initiating the process of acquiring him,” said Mazzella. “His ability to get to the basket and finish is his biggest strength, and we think that translates to the NBA level.”

Harris is the third D-Fenders player already this season who’s worked under the coaching staff led by Bob MacKinnon to move on to other professional opportunities, in addition to Malcolm Thomas (San Antonio) and Jamario Moon (Olympiakos of Greece).

CORPERRYALE L’Adorable
There’s certainly nobody else in the world that can lay claim to Manny’s government name: “Corperryale L’Adorable Harris.”

Harris broke it down prior to the game in Boston:

Cor: After his cousin, Corin
Perry: After his uncle, Perry
Ale: Four of Manny’s nine siblings have an “Ale” in their name. Manny is the second-to-youngest of the Detroit clan.

L’Adorable: All 10 Harris siblings have a “L’A” in their name.

Manny: Called Manny for his whole life, Harris says his father, James, claims that it’s after Manny in the movie “Scarface.” But since Manny meets a grizzly end in that film, Harris prefers the story that his mother, Merrick, thought he looked like a man-child when he was a baby.

LAL 107, Celtics 104: 1/17 Running Diary

Los Angeles Lakers v Boston CelticsBelow is a running diary of L.A.’s road contest at Boston with comments drawn from Mike Trudell’s @LakersReporter Twitter account, to ensure you’re covered from start to finish:

Starters
Lakers: Marshall, Meeks, Johnson, Hill and Gasol
Celtics: Rondo, Bradley, Green, Sullinger and Humphries


FIRST QUARTER



SECOND QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics
THIRD QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics
FOURTH QUARTER