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First (mild) injury of Lakers exhibition season: Steve Blake sprains ankle

September 26, 2010 |  1:20 pm

Lakers guard Steve Blake sustained a mildly sprained left ankle after a collision with Sasha Vujacic near the end of practice Sunday.

"Sasha gave him a little extra push," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "It's a highly competitive drill we end with. These things happen."

The injury is not considered to be serious.

On the second day of training camp, Jackson had kind words for Blake and other Lakers newcomers, including veterans Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff and rookies Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks.

"Every one of them has a part of their game that's a reason we brought them here," Jackson said. "Caracter's a tremedous offensive rebounder, and he's a real physical force in there. Matt showed some speed and quickness. Theo made some jump shots and blocked some shots out there. Steve Blake had a big influence on our practice today, just organizing his team. Devin Ebanks is very active and looks like he'll be a pretty good defender too."

Neither Kobe Bryant nor Andrew Bynum practiced Sunday.

-- Mike Bresnahan


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