ESPN: Kobe Bryant and Luke Walton sat out the Lakers’ morning workout Saturday as they recovered from minor injuries. Bryant rested a sore right knee, while Walton has a strained right hamstring. Coach Phil Jackson said he expected Bryant to participate in the evening practice, but Walton, Lamar Odom and Kwame Brown would not.
“Some of it’s preventative, some of it’s the two-a-days and the attrition from it,” Jackson said.
Walton said he felt a “tug” while running during practice Friday. He expects to return to workouts as early as Monday.
“It’s just one of those things where it’s only going to be a couple days, but you just can’t rush it because it could turn into something a lot worse,” he said.
Two years ago in Honolulu, Walton strained his left hamstring late in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ preseason game against the Golden State Warriors and missed a few weeks of the regular season.
Jackson said he was “seriously considering” starting Ronny Turiaf because of his high energy and shot-blocking ability.