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Thursday Practice Report

Here’s a summary of Phil Jackson’s post-practice chat with the press, which we captured on video for your viewing pleasure:

  • When prompted about Wednesday’s victory over the Hornets, Jackson explained that the box score looked fine the next day, but that he was concerned that his team got itself in jeopardy by not executing offensively and by letting down defensively.
  • As a visiting scout told me last night, one thing the Hornets started doing was running David West along the baseline, which was pretty effective.
  • When asked about having 7-of-8 games at home, Jackson gave the old “one game at a time” answer. He doesn’t worry at all about his team’s motivation to play against some of the poorer teams record wise, like New Jersey, Chicago and Sacramento, in the least.
  • Most of the starters except for Vladimir Radmanovic and Lamar Odom sat out of a late scrimmage in practice to rest.
  • Jackson expects the Pistons to have some good and bad times after acquiring Iverson, but explained that Iverson’s activity level is going to increase what Detroit’s able to do.

    In Other News

  • I spent a few minutes talked to Sun Yue about Yao Ming, with whom he spent a little time when the Rockets were in town. Sun said that while Yao is certainly the great guy that we often hear about from anyone who knows him, his celebrity is so insane in China and other places around the world that Yao can seldom go places with the rest of the team. Sun also admitted that he’s occasionally been called “Yao!” by random people in America.
  • Luke Walton, after going through a tough practice, was still running sprints and going through shooting drills with Jordan Farmar 45 minutes after practice ended. I was going to catch up with Luke, but decided to wait until later since he didn’t seem interested in stopping any time soon. It’s of course good to see the guys who aren’t getting many minutes at a certain stage of the season to be working extra hard in practice … and after practice.
  • Stay tuned for a full interview with as I tried to learn what I could about the Detroit team heading into STAPLES on Friday night, Allen Iverson and all.

  • Sun Yue Back At Practice

    Guard Sun Yue was back with the team today after missing media day and the first three days of training camp due to mononucleosis.

    “The doctor said that I’m just recovered, so I still need a lot of time to rest, but I didn’t want to miss much in camp,” Yue said.

    Sun ran a little bit, but said he still felt a little weak after not being able to do any physical activity over the past week.

    Having Yue in camp, even on a limited basis, gives the coaching staff a chance to get to know his game and evaluate what they have.

    “He’s a talented young guy and has drawn the attention of our crack scouts and personnel people so we want to see what kind of evaluation they gave him. How he fits in our system,” Head Coach Phil Jackson said.

    Yue Diagnosed with Mono

    The newest Lakers guard will not be ready for the beginning of training camp after being diagnosed with mononucleosis Wednesday night.

    Sun Yue, who arrived from China on Sunday, was taken to the emergency room the same day as his introductory press conference.

    Yue will be monitored by the team, but no timetable has been set for his return to the floor.

    Read the press release here

    Sun Yue Audio

    You can check out the video and some notes here, but if you just want to listen to yesterday’s press conference with Sun Yue, here ya go.

    Sun Yue Press Conference

    Sun Yue is currently meeting with the local media. We’ll have pictures & video from the event coming later.

    UPDATE: Here’s the link to the video and some bullet points.

    Lakers Ink Sun Yue

    A few weeks after agreeing to terms, the Lakers have officially signed guard Sun Yue to a multi-year contract.

    Since originally agreeing, Sun has spent time starting alongside NBA players Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian for the Chinese National team in the Beijing Olympics.

    Although China was ousted in the first game of the medal round, Sun played well, averaging 6.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

    Lakers Agree to General Terms with Sun Yue

    Team officials with the Lakers have confirmed that the team has agreed to general terms on a contract with point guard Sun Yue. The Lakers hope to finalize the terms and formally sign Sun soon. Per team policy, terms will not be released.

    Earlier in the off-season, General Manager Mitch Kupchak had commented that the team hoped to be in contact with Sun about this upcoming season.

    The Lakers drafted Sun Yue in the second round of the 2007 NBA draft at #40 based on his size and ball handling ability. Click here for an interview with Mitch Kupchak following the 2007 draft or you can watch Sun’s pre-draft workout from 2007.

    Since that time, Sun, 22, has continued to play with his club team Beijing Aoshen and with the Chinese national team. The Chinese National team played in the 2007 Las Vegas Summer League and will participate in the upcoming Olympics, playing Team USA this Sunday.

    This off-season the Lakers have also signed guard Dwayne Mitchell and drafted guard Joe Crawford, who remains unsigned.

    Sun Yue would join Derek Fisher, Jordan Farmar, Kobe Bryant, recently re-signed Sasha Vujacic and Coby Karl in the Lakers backcourt.