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.