Observations from Lakers' Wednesday practice
This idea may prove short-lived, knowing most of the Lakers' practices aren't open to the media. Typically the doors open around when they're wrapping up. But when we are privy to a healthy portion of practice to notice some things, I'll be sure to take some notes. In the future, I also plan to shoot video of those practices for your viewing pleasure.
Here's a few notes to chew on:
-- As The Times' Broderick Turner mentioned in a previous post, Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum sat out of Wednesday's practice. Bryant participated in non-basketball drills (weightlifting), but didn't see any time on the court. I noticed a few instances where he was sitting on the sideline, dribbling a basketball. Clearly, he's eager to play. Meanwhile, Bynum completed drills in which he shot the ball flat-footed, but Jackson said he's done nothing beyond his physical therapy.
-- Lakers forward Ron Artest seemed to have gotten his stroke back. He nailed four consecutive jumpers, penetrated the lane through traffic and drew contact. You obviously take it for what it's worth, but it's a good sign considering Artest confirmed Jackson's assessment that he's had some hamstring issues.
-- If I filmed practice today (which I didn't, I'm sorry), you would've seen Lamar Odom personify his game in a nutshell. He worked in the lane through tight spaces and also played on the perimeter. Today marked one of those days where you watched Odom and appreciated the nuances he brings to the game.
-- The team seems to have a really good attitude. They're very business-like, but loose. No one seems to be rowdy, no one is getting upset. Of course, you take this for what it's worth: the media caught about the last 20 minutes of practice and the Lakers are in good spirits coming off back-to-back championships. But it's the right approach to have for now.
-- Mark Medina
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