Great news for Laker fans. Bad news for the rest of the league.
ESPN: With exactly two weeks remaining until the start of the NBA regular season, the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers still have a lot of work to do.
So much so that head coach Phil Jackson said Tuesday he hasn’t thought about the curtain coming up against the Houston Rockets on Oct. 26.
“We’re aware of it, but it’s out there at some distance,” Jackson said. “I think next weekend, at 10 days or so, I’ll be ready to think about it.”
Jackson’s thoughts about star player Kobe Bryant’s right knee were put somewhat at ease after the 15-year veteran joined the team midway through practice and impressed after going through full shooting and weight workouts on his own in the morning before the team’s session started.
“I think he looked OK, actually,” Jackson said. “He had gone through a full regimen before he took the floor so I think that affected him a little bit, but I think he looked better than he’s looked so far.”
Bryant shot 2-for-18 while playing 31 total minutes in the Lakers’ 0-2 start to the preseason in Europe last week. Jackson said Monday that he would limit Bryant to 16-18 minutes in the Lakers’ third preseason game Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas, but softened on that stance after seeing Bryant play on Tuesday.
“I’m going to play him eight-minute segments, probably first and second half,” Jackson said. “If he feels up to it and he comes to me and talks to me about it, I’ll see what it looks like at the end of the game.”