Okay, the season has NOW officially started!
ESPN: Luke Walton and Derek Fisher sustained minor injuries Friday during the Los Angeles Lakers’ training camp.
Walton strained his right hamstring and is listed as day-to-day. Fisher received a deep one-inch gash to the forehead when he took an elbow from center Larry Turner.
Walton sat out the remainder of the workout, while Fisher did not require stitches and returned. Kobe Bryant didn’t participate in the final minutes of practice as he iced his left knee.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson said injuries during camp are inevitable.
“They’re going to happen,” he said. “Guys are getting in shape and in the process they’ve got tight muscles and things get stretched, pulled, etc.
“We think we’ve got this early enough so we have avoided anything that’s a long-term injury, but we’ll wait and see,” he said.
Jackson said he’s aware some players are more susceptible to injuries than others.
“We do know who the toilet tissue paper players are. We make a note of that. Right now we have a few of them,” he said.