LA Times: You again?
It’s obviously not playoff time, and the bickering coaches seem to have reached an uneasy truce, but the Lakers and Phoenix Suns face each other a third time this season tonight at Staples Center.
There’s really not much at stake, merely first place in the Pacific Division, the top record in the Western Conference, and the head-to-head tiebreaker in case the teams meet again in the playoffs.
If the Lakers win, their fanciful season continues, despite the loss of Andrew Bynum for about eight weeks, an injury considered so vital to the Lakers that long-time trainer Gary Vitti briefed reporters after Wednesday’s practice with a five-foot skeleton next to him for a frame of reference.
“It’s about Andrew’s size at birth,” Vitti quipped, pointing to the skeleton.
The rivalry between the Lakers and Suns was born anew this season, just in case their back-to-back playoff series didn’t cause enough tense moments.
Vladimir Radmanovic had an MRI exam Wednesday after continuing to feel pain in a sprained right ankle that had sidelined him for seven games. . . . Jackson acknowledged the need to look into signing a free agent such as Chris Webber. “We have to consider possibilities to strengthen our roster,” he said. “We need some depth.”