Sweet. Bring on the Spurs, I say!
L.A. Times: An unusual scene, to be sure.
All 15 Lakers were on the practice court, healthy, Sunday at the team training facility.
Kwame Brown didn’t sit out because of his heel, Maurice Evans wasn’t bothered by his back, and Lamar Odom felt no ill effects in his shoulder, just in case his 18-point, 10-rebound effort Friday against Minnesota didn’t already prove the point.
Fifteen players, none of them watching from the sidelines while bouncing a ball absent-mindedly between their legs. For once, it was a quiet practice for trainer Gary Vitti.
“It’s the first time in a long time,” Brown said. “It feels good to have everybody out there — you’ve got three teams of five. It was cool, a good little run out there today.”
Brown came off the court briefly after the bursitis in his right heel flared up, but he returned within a few minutes. Jumping still remains a bit of a problem for him, but he is able to run relatively well, which brings up a good point — who starts at center the next couple of games for the Lakers?
San Antonio will obviously have Tim Duncan in the post Tuesday, and Houston a day later means more Yao Ming, who had 25 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots in the Rockets’ 95-93 victory over the Lakers in the season opener.
In a break from past tendencies, Coach Phil Jackson might choose his starting center on a game-by-game basis, be it Brown, Chris Mihm or, less likely, Andrew Bynum.