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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:

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Injury Update: Jordan Farmar

Milwaukee Bucks v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemJordan Farmar exited the Lakers-Bucks game with 6:33 in the third quarter because of hamstring tightness. He did not return, and is scheduled to undergo an ultrasound on Wednesday.

Farmar originally suffered a partial tear of his left hamstring on Dec. 1 in the first quarter against Portland, and missed three-plus weeks. He returned against Miami on Christmas Day, but missed Monday’s practice because of tightness in the same area.

Farmar, Henry and Kaman Miss Practice

Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemThough the Lakers got Pau Gasol back on the practice floor, Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry and Chris Kaman were all non-participants on Monday.

Farmar told’s Mike Trudell he experienced some “tightness” in his hamstring against Philly on Sunday evening. Despite this, he plans to play against Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Xavier Henry, who injured his right knee late in the first quarter of the Lakers-Sixers game, underwent an MRI on Monday morning that showed a bone bruise and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus. He will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.

Kaman, who played just 10 minutes against Philly after tweaking his ankle at Utah, got treatment during practice and could play tomorrow, but will likely be limited, according to D’Antoni.

Farmar To Return Against Miami

Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles LakersThe Lakers received some good news in advance of their Christmas Day matchup against the Miami Heat: Jordan Farmar was cleared to play after undergoing an ultrasound that showed complete healing of his hamstring.

“I felt good for awhile,” Farmar said post practice. “But finally to get the clearance and just be able to come out there and help the guys out and do anything I can is what I’m excited about.”

Farmar had missed the previous three-plus weeks after suffering a tear in his left hamstring in L.A.’s home contest against Portland on Dec. 1. While sidelined, the team also lost Steve Blake to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and then Kobe Bryant to a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau of his knee. With only three healthy guards on the roster, that left Xavier Henry to assume starting point guard duties over the last three games.

“He did a good job,” Farmar said of Henry filling in at point guard. “It’s tough to just throw somebody out there who has no previous experience and then have no backup for a long time. It was tough and he did a good job with it. Now I look forward to him being able to attack and do what he does best.”

Farmar understands his main duties for a team that has struggled of late on the offensive end, especially in the last two games at Golden State and at Phoenix. In those contests, the Lakers averaged just 86.5 points and shot 34.8 percent from the floor, and their assist numbers were down from 23.3 per game to 11.5.

“I’m just trying to get everybody back to doing what they’re comfortable doing and be in positions where they can really be successful,” Farmar said.

Prior to his injury, the UCLA product had been playing some of the best ball of his career, particularly on the team’s three-game road trip at the end of November. In those games, he was averaging 16.7 points, 4.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 61.3 percent from the floor and 62.5 percent on three-pointers.

His return comes against a Miami team that has won five in a row and seven of their last eight games. The Heat defeated Atlanta in overtime on Monday, after erasing a seven-point deficit in the final 1:39 of regulation.

“They move the ball, they spread the floor, they’re very aggressive defensively and they turn you over,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “That gets them out on the fastbreak and they’re a devastating team (in transition).”

Miami ranks first in the league in forcing turnovers (18.4 per game) and ranks second in the league in offensive efficiency (109.6). LeBron James, who is shooting a career high 59.9 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent on three-pointers, spearheads that offense.

“He’s playing at a very, very high level,” D’Antoni said. “He gets better every year, which is scary. You don’t him to get to the rim and you don’t want to foul him. You try to do that and you try to contain him as much you can.”

But with Farmar back in the mix, the Lakers receive what they hope will help spark a team that has lacked the playmaking ability on offense recently. And the coaching staff remains optimistic that this group can get it done, despite facing adversity all year long.

“We have to rise to the occasion,” D’Antoni said. “This is another chance to do that. We have a good group that’s fun to coach and we have to pull in the same direction to make sure we’re hitting on all cylinders.”

Injury Update: Jordan Farmar

Los Angeles Lakers v Brooklyn NetsLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemJordan Farmar, who tore his left hamstring in the first quarter of a Dec. 1 loss to Portland, showed healing and improvement in the area in an additional ultrasound exam on Monday afternoon with Dr. Luga Podesta.

Farmar “still has a ways to go” before he returns to practice or games, according to team spokesman John Black.

Farmar will accompany the team on their upcoming road trip through Oklahoma City, Charlotte, Atlanta and Memphis from Dec. 13-17, getting treatment and doing rehabilitation work with the training staff throughout.

The UCLA product and L.A. native will be re-evaluated upon the team’s return to Los Angeles.

Lakers Open Practice in Beijing

practice1Lakers practice on Sunday morning had all of the usual components: dissection of the offense; drills on defense; shooting work; and on the bright side for the team, participation from Steve Nash (ankle), Wesley Johnson (strained foot), Jordan Farmar (strained calf) and Ryan Kelly (foot).

And, oh yeah, the team is in Beijing, China.

“It’s really exciting to be here,” said Farmar. “I was actually here with the Nets once before, but it’s great to have this much time to spend with teammates, and have a cultural experience from some huge basketball fans.”

nash1Farmar strained his left calf in L.A.’s first preseason game last Saturday, and has yet to return to game action, but said he’s feeling better by the day and hopes to return to game action soon. The team’s next game is on Tuesday, against Golden State in Beijing, and he’s calling himself a question mark at this time.

Kelly is also a question mark for that game, but the second round pick out of Duke continues to ramp up his work in practice and participated in all of Sunday’s session.

Johnson left the team’s second preseason game (Sunday vs. Denver) in the first half and has yet to return to action, but did practice fully for the first time, and hopes to play on Tuesday. Likewise, Nash thinks he’ll play against Golden State. His ankle continues to be bothersome, but he practiced in full before icing down (pictured) after the fact.

As such, everybody on the roster but Kobe Bryant (Achilles) practiced. Though in fairness, Bryant’s handling of his incredible celebrity in China appears* to be pretty hard work in its own right.
*Check for videos throughout the week.

After practice, the players and team staff boarded some buses destined for the Great Wall of China, the first of many cultural experiences of the week in the Far East.

Farmar, Vujacic Return to Los Angeles

With the New Jersey Nets coming to town for a Friday night contest against the Lakers, so too do two players that earned a pair of championship rings for L.A. in Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic.

Vujacic, traded in early December for Joe Smith, is playing a healthy 27.3 minutes per game, averaging 11.3 points with 3.1 rebounds and 1.17 steals. He hit a game-winning shot for the Nets last week against the Bulls, and scored 22 points against the Timberwolves on Jan. 1.

“I had seven great years here,” said Vujacic prior to Friday’s game. “I learned how to become a champion in the NBA, and this organization was always good to me from day one. When I come to L.A., it always feels like I’m home.”

Vujacic has been particularly happy to be playing minutes again, saying that he was “suffocating” without playing time, but is now “breathing again.”

Farmar has averaged 9.8 points in 24.7 minutes since signing with the Nets in the offseason, and played very well in the absence of usual starter Devin Harris against Milwaukee on Jan. 8, scoring 20 points with 10 assists in a narrow loss.

“I’m (excited),” said Farmar of returning to his hometown to collect his ring and play for the first time in an opposing jersey. “I don’t get excited about a lot of things, but we worked hard for it … it’s a big deal, and I’m trying to cherish it.”

When asked if he expects and nostalgia to kick in, Farmar talked about his former teammates.

“I’m always going to miss the guys here, and our relationships were amazing,” he said. “You miss the day-to-day interactions with all the guys you’ve been to war with, but I’m happy to be playing ball, learning and trying to grow in my career.

Farmar will receive his championship ring in a ceremony prior the game from Laker captains Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher, while a video of Vujacic highlights with the Lakers will be shown at some point during the game.

2010 Exit Interviews: Jordan Farmar

farmarJordan Farmar posted averages of 7.2 points and 1.5 assists while leading the Lakers in three-point shooting (37.6 percent) in 18 minutes per game, and offered 4.6 points and 1.4 assists in 13 playoff minutes.

Farmar’s exit interview, however, dealt mostly with the fact that he’s a restricted free agent and will have the opportunity to sign a contract with any NBA team on July 1. Since he is restricted, the Lakers could match any offer he receives if they so choose.

The summary of Farmar’s statements:

- Farmar stated that while he’s extremely proud of playing a role in two championship teams – particularly in his native Los Angeles – he’s hoping to move forward to the next stage of his personal career. Farmar would like the opportunity to lead a team as he did the scout teams while preparing L.A.’s starters to go against their respective playoff opponents, and is confident that he could do so.

- (Describing what he wants): “I want to see what kind of player I can be in this league. I know I can do a lot, I know I can lead a team. I definitely want to win and that’s important to me, but I don’t know if I could look back at my career if I didn’t get a chance to see what kind of player I can be. I want to see what I can do on the floor every night in this league.”

- Farmar said that he, Phil Jackson and Mitch Kupchak were all “at peace” with his situation moving forward, though he couldn’t comment specifically on their conversation.

- Farmar mentioned how well Derek Fisher played and how important his leadership is and thought that Fisher (also a free agent) may have the edge in terms of L.A.’s point guard position. Farmar again implied that if he were to be in a different situation, he’s certainly want the opportunity to start and show what he can do. “I feel like I can do so, so, so much more.”

- Farmar’s expecting a child shortly with his fiance, and detailed: “I have a family of my own starting, and we’re going to be together no matter where we’re at. I have a little one on the way and a lot of things are going the right way.” The implication is that he has to do what’s best for him from a basketball standpoint because his family will be there no matter what.

Farmar brings 6th grade photo of Fisher & his class

60335254Phil Jackson shared a fun anecdote during his post-practice presser with assembled media after L.A.’s Monday practice.

“We were just in the player’s (lounge) and Jordan (Farmar) walked in with a photo of his sixth grade class, and Fisher was a speaker in the class,” said L.A.’s coach. “That’s a veteran for you.”

Fisher begrudgingly verified the story.

“Only because there is photographic evidence,” he quipped. “It is a true story, yes. I work with a guy that was in the sixth grade when I first got into this business … it’s pretty humbling.”

Fisher was of course aware that Jackson shared the story as a way to praise his starting point guard for continuing to make valuable contributions despite being one of the league’s oldest players (35).

“I think he’s done a remarkable job of staying attached to the speed, the quickness, the physical nature of this game and how to recover between games,” said Jackson. “It’s not an easy task for a guy that’s his age.”

Fisher has saved his best play for the playoffs this season, shooting 43 percent from the field and making 14-of-30 three-pointers (46.7 percent) to average 10.2 points with 3.3 assists in the First Round against Oklahoma City, and opening the Second Round with 10 points, three assists and a game-high five steals against Utah.

Jordan Farmar Strains Left Hamstring

*****UPDATE: Farmar will be re-evaluated on Wednesday morning, but according to Lakers PR, he may in fact play in L.A.’s game against the Clippers. It was originally reported (see below) that he would not play.

Jordan Farmar strained his left hamstring in the second quarter of L.A.’s Tuesday evening game against Sacramento, and would not return to action.

The Lakers announced that Farmar would also not play in the team’s regular season finale on Wednesday evening against the Clippers.

He is listed as day-to-day and will be re-evaluated heading into the playoffs, which the Lakers will open against Oklahoma City.