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Bynum Rotator Cuff

Lakers center Andrew Bynum suffered a minor rotator cuff strain in Tuesday night’s 113-107 win over the Golden State Warriors. Bynum did not practice Wednesday due to the injury but is being listed as probable for Thursday’s game against the Denver Nuggets in Anaheim.

“My training staff hasn’t anticipated anything that would prohibit him from playing, but we’ll see what it’s like (Thursday),” said head coach Phil Jackson.

Injured forwards Pau Gasol and Luke Walton both participated in Wednesday’s practice after missing the past couple games.

“I put them through practice today. We’ll see how they react to that tomorrow. They looked okay,” Jackson said.

The Lakers carry a 5-1 record into the first of back-to-back games against the Denver Nuggets. Tonight’s game is schedule for a 7pm tip from the Honda Center in Anaheim on KCAL/9 and TNT. Tickets available here.

Monday Injury Update

58679772After Monday’s practice at L.A.’s facility in El Segundo, Phil Jackson provided an injury update for his three players on the MASH list:

Lamar Odom: The small forward, who suffered a bruised shin against Sacramento on Thursday in Las Vegas, participated almost fully in practice and is probable for Tuesday night’s game in Ontario, CA, against Golden State. Odom confirmed that he was feeling better after a few days of ice and stim.

Pau Gasol: Gasol, who tweaked a hamstring and first missed practice on Tuesday, Oct. 13, was a limited participant in practice but is listed as doubtful to face the Warriors.

Luke Walton: Like Gasol, Walton first missed practice last Tuesday, and is also doubtful for the Ontario game.

The next chance for Gasol and Walton to play will be on Thursday in Anaheim when the Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets, though Jackson has said that team’s priority is getting each Lakers’ player ready for the Oct. 27 season opener.

Walton, Gasol Miss Another Practice

Lakers Forwards Pau Gasol and Luke Walton sat out practice for the second day in a row Wednesday due to a slight hamstring strain and minor back pain respectively.

“There’s nothing defining for either one of them right now,” said Head Coach Phil Jackson. “Pau felt a little twinge when he was doing warmup exercises and what not.”

Both will travel with the team to Las Vegas for Thursday night’s matchup with the Sacramento Kings, but Jackson expressed doubt when asked about their ability to play.

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO OF PHIL JACKSON AFTER TODAY’S PRACTICE

Gasol, Walton Sit Out Tuesday’s Practice

Walton GasolAll-Star Pau Gasol and reserve Luke Walton sat out Tuesday’s practice witih respective minor injuries.

Lakers spokesman John Black said that Walton was experiencing minor back pain, while Gasol had a slight hamstring strain.

Both players are listed as day-to-day.

Walton Workout Video

Training camp may be two weeks away for the 2009-10 Lakers, but several of the players have been in El Segundo to get a jump on the process, particularly in the past few weeks.

Last week, Lakers Director of Athletic Performance/Player Development and strength coach Chip Schaefer walked us through a player-by-player update of each player.

This week, he invited us into the training room – video camera in hand – to follow along with forward Luke Walton’s circuit-style workout.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

Several Lakers Gather for Wednesday Workout

Training camp is still a few weeks away for the Lakers, yet several of the players gathered in El Segundo on Wednesday afternoon to shoot, lift and play some pick up ball.

As Shannon Brown explained in the above @Lakers Twitvid, he was joined by Luke Walton, Sasha Vujacic, Ron Artest, Jordan Farmar, Josh Powell and Adam Morrison in addition to some D-Leaguers (to round out a 5-on-5 run).

Prior to the full-court action, some of the players went through lifting and general strenghtening activities with Lakers Director of Athletic Performance Chip Schaefer (Walton and Brown specifically), others got some shots up (Vujacic and Farmar) while others worked with assistant coach Brian Shaw and advance scout/assistant coach Rasheed Hazzard on running L.A.’s offense (Artest and Brown).

“It’s just good to get back in here,” said Walton. “I think we’re all excited about the coming season and eager to get ready to go.”

It won’t be long, since the first preseason game is only three weeks away on October 7 against Golden State.

Luke Walton: Exit Interview

blog_090616lukewaltonEmbracing his roll off the bench after starting 34 games before the All-Star break, all the while battling foot and ankle injuries, Luke Walton played a key roll off the bench in the playoffs thanks primarily to his basketball IQ and ability to move the basketball.

He averaged 5.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 17.9 minutes per game on 43.6 percent shooting, plus 3.8 points, 2.5 boards and 2.1 assists in 15.8 minutes of postseason action.

Below are highlights of his exit interview:

- Walton pointed out that Adam Morrison should be the one to play the Mark Madsen dance role at the parade.

- “We feel like we can (do it again),” Walton said when asked about his outlook on next season. He noted that the front office is going to have a lot of work to do to keep the team together, and said: “I know they want to.”

- Like Fisher and Gasol, Walton had a positive note about Phil Jackson’s potential return: “I hope he’s coming back. The way he was talking was what he expects for next year, everything with the intention that he’ll be back. Obviously I can’t read into Phil, not many people can. I’m sure he’ll let the people know this summer.”

- On his adversity-filled year: “I think because of all (the adversity) it makes it that much more special. I had surgery in the offseason and when I came back they were already going with Vladi (Vladimir Radmanovic) and Trevor (Ariza) off the bench…” Then Walton hurt his foot, and had to earn back his bench minutes after Radmanovic was traded.

- Walton first developed his knack for making plays by competing with his older brothers as a way to stay on the court (they wouldn’t let him shoot much). He said he’s always enjoyed making plays, and then when it became easy to get 30 in high school and do what it took to get games, but when he got to college with players like Gilbert Arenas and Richard Jefferson (at Arizona), he “Stopped shooting as much and turned more into a facilitator.” Full circle.

- His primary focus in the offseason is putting his body in position not to get hurt, in addition to improving his outside shooting.

- Walton said he hasn’t focused too much on being one of three father-son combinations, and quipped that there will be some pressure on one of his future kids to win one when prompted by a reporter’s facetious question.

- Finally, on the season: “It was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had. I thought we had an unbelievable team as far as chemistry and I think if we can bring this team back we’ll definitely be competing for a title at least for the next couple of years. It’ll be interesting to see how they work it out … We’ll have to see what other teams are offering (to our free agents).”

Walton To Be Activated

Luke Walton has made steady progress since partially tearing the deltoid ligament in his left ankle in Game 4 against Utah, so much so that Phil Jackson said he’s likely to be activated against Houston for Game 2.

Walton had “no effects from yesterday’s practice,” according to Jackson, and has been cleared for action.

Kobe Bryant “Fine,” Will Start

“He’s OK,” said Phil Jackson on Monday about Kobe Bryant, who missed Sunday’s practice with a sore throat. “He says he’s fine, and we’ll go with that … I really don’t have any concerns.”

Bryant got a workout in early on Monday morning and participated in shootaround, and will start against the Rockets.

Jackson also had positive news regarding Luke Walton’s progress from the partial tear in the deltoid ligament of his left ankle. While the head coach said that Walton remains a game time decision, he acknowledged that his backup small forward did participate in shootaround:

“He’s looking better, we’re hopeful,” he concluded.

L.A.’s Game 1 tip against Houston is at 7:30 p.m.; for a full series preview, CLICK HERE.

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.