Injured center, who has missed 14 games since hurting his left knee and ankle, won’t make four-game trip, Jackson says.
L.A. Times: Christmas isn’t coming early for Kwame Brown.
He was supposed to travel on the Lakers’ upcoming four-game trip, but Coach Phil Jackson decided against it because Brown “couldn’t get on the floor and practice with us yet.”
Brown began rattling off one-liners as soon as reporters told him what Jackson said Sunday.
“I’ll inbound the ball,” he said. “Just let me go.”
He has been trying to recover from injuries and boredom since Chicago center Ben Wallace tumbled into his left knee and ankle on Nov. 18. He has missed 14 games with moderate sprains and was acerbic when told he would apparently be skipping another trip — which also meant more one-on-one workout time with athletic performance director Chip Schaefer.
“Usually Chip stays back and works out the guys . . . but you don’t want to stay back with Chip. It’s no fun,” Brown said, smiling. “Whatever part of your body that’s not hurting, you will work it.”
Brown has been able to run in a straight line but has had trouble cutting and stopping quickly.