Backup center, Theo Ratliff, participated in some conditioning drills with the reserves on Thursday for the first time since having arthroscopic knee surgery on November 17th.

He is expected to participate in his first full practice on the short road trip at Dallas (January 19th) and at Denver (January 21st). The Lakers will have a day off practice the day after they return to L.A., so his first team practice will likely be on January 23rd.

Ratliff, not known for being an offensive threat, has really helped tighten up the second unit’s defense. His mere presence in the paint along with his reputation of being a notorious shot blocker will have players thinking twice about challenging him.

  • GOD AND KARMA

    FIRST http://bit.ly/a6iLTr BYNUMS BACK UP IS BACK! KILLER B’S D!

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    Hope to see you soon. Coming off the bench and having a reputation for blocking shots is exactly what the doctor ordered.

  • daboss1848

    hurry back we need you warming that bench

    • daboss1848

      persistent hack.

  • Los Lakers

    i cant wait to have this mofo back… thank god we have joe smith

  • Laker Warrior

    Great we have Theo s 50 year old ass an joe smith 60 year old ass and fiser when does the senior league start ?
    Plus Luke who is well as a 50 year old with his speed and hops.

  • Yellowpurplefever

    We def. can use some D. and rebounds. Still like Theo after all those years. Old man still has some GAS in him to get us help in the Finals, thats all it will matters. Get healthy soon Matt B.