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Sasha Vujacic will miss Lakers' exhibition games this weekend

After suffering a concussion during Thursday's practice when he was accidentally hit with an elbow, Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic will sit out this weekend's pair of exhibition games. The team will reevaluate him on Monday

"Sasha says he's feeling pretty good actually," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said after Friday's practice at the team's facility in El Segundo. "He doesn't have blurred vision. He doesn't see lights and they did find a brain when they went in."

Did that surprise you?

"No it didn't," he said, smiling.

On a more serious note, Jackson said Vujacic's absence in Saturday night's game against Denver and Sunday's game against either Utah or the Clippers could spur minutes for rookie forward Devin Ebanks to play at shooting guard behind Shannon Brown and Kobe Bryant, whom Jackson said he hopes to limit to under 24 minutes against Denver after being limited to only an off-court workout on Friday. Vujacic averaged 3.7 points in 15.3 minutes per game in the first three exhibition games.

In other injury news, Lakers center Andrew Bynum showed a small step forward by participating in rubber-band type exercises. But don't brace for a return anytime soon.

"It's going to take him awhile before he's on the court with us," Jackson said. "We hope it's within a week or two he's on the court with us. It doesn't mean he'll do a full practice, but he can do some of the things."

-- Mark Medina

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Utz -

I am very disappointed our Red Birds didn't make the playoffs...yes we looked so strong and slam dunk to win the division, but don't know what happened at the end...

I still think our boy Pujols should get NL MVP...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

MM - you've been working OT cranking out 5-6 post a day. Good job.

I'm glad Sasha is recovering well. Hopefully DEbanks can take advantage of the opportunity this weekend.

Good news on AB staying a small step to get back on the court.

It was Lamar Odom's elbow that accidentally made contact with Sasha's head. Which is why Lamar might be the Lakers' MVP.

@utz - I knew you were channeling your inner Morris Day that's why I said, What Time Is It...lol. Anyway I think your Dead Presidents quote was when Clifton Powell was talking about old dude when he came back from Vietnam. Or was it the Terrence Howard poolroom scene?

@Lew - Another #1 hit from 1971 I believe. Also you know I had the correct answer on your pop quiz!

@LakerTom - Whew I even got tired just looking at your schedule. Good thing you're not trying to squeeze in any college football.

@Lew - oh yeah I think the draft was moved to Monday 7:30PST, but you can double check it on the fantasy bball homepage.

@ LakerTom - wow! you got so much going on this weekend sounds too tiring but I'm sure you enjoy doing all those things.

@LakerTom - Whew I even got tired just looking at your schedule. Good thing you're not trying to squeeze in any college football. Posted by: LRob | October 15, 2010 at 02:43 PM
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No, LakerTom NO! Don't add College football to your list!!! LOL!

@LRob: You're correct. He said that right after he knocked Larenz Tate down the staircase. I wish the Hughes Brothers would have added a scene with Larenz getting some form of payback.

Speaking of the whole ESPN lovefest with the Heat...did anyone mention that ESPN hired Brian Windhorst from the Cleveland Plain Dealer to move to Miami to cover the Heat.

I've always enjoyed reading him at the Plain Dealer and didn't feel like he gave Lebron preferrential treatment. Nevertheless Cavs fans are also giving him a hard time about leaving. See article below.

http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/2010/10/on-brian-windhorst-leaving-plain.html

Jon K - what's your take on Windhorst since you read him much more than I did? Is he perceived as a Lebron puppet or a good journalist?


I think they should just put a helmet on Sasha and throw him in there. How awesome would that be? To see Sasha running around the court with a helmet? Seriously. It's the only way this can go, really.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

Obviously you're right 888 about the bigger picture...I guess I was speaking somewhat selfishly only because I scored some free tickets to Saturday night's game and would love to see everyone play as much as possible.

Posted by: Jefe101 | October 15, 2010 at 01:02 PM
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I must confess that after Bynum suffered knee injury #1 in 2008, I was curious to see what kind of shape he was in after surgery and rehab, so I went by myself to the Pond (Honda Center, whatever) to get floor seats so I could gauge it for myself. Looking back at it, what was I thinking?

Well the good news for Sasha is that this should mean more QT with Maria!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5ORhl1CEVo&feature=related

LMAO "...and they did find a brain when they went in."
But I no laugh at Machine. Machine is JelloJigglin's slavic brethren. Jello thinks machine unlucky.

LRob,
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The entire Cleveland media including the Plain Dealer protected LeBron James. When his mother was caught driving high and kicked out the back window of a police car screaming, "I'M THE QUEEN OF CLEVELAND!" It barely made a blip in the local media... due to a phone call by LeBron.
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Dan Gilbert certainly enabled LeBron's narcissism with said protections.
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The Akron Beacon-Journal was actually a lot more honest in its reporting than the Plain Journal was.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

Somewhere, Faith is shedding a tear, weeping quietly, "Oh, no... Not my sweet Sasha..."

Don't you worry, Faith. Our sharpshooting instigator will be fine in no time at all.

Go Lake Show!

LEWSTERS
If you're ever back in the CO, let me know!

Posted by: Hugo Boss | October 15, 2010 at 02:15 PM

ABSOLUTELY...First round is on me...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

OH SWEET JESUS NO! Please, please tell me it's not true! I hope the eyebrows didn't get hurt! SASHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHA!!!

When his mother was caught driving high and kicked out the back window of a police car screaming, "I'M THE QUEEN OF CLEVELAND!" It barely made a blip in the local media... due to a phone call by LeBron.
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ROTFLMAO!!! Stop it Jon K! STOP IT NOW!!! Obviously this woman is as mad as her daughter The Princess Biatch!! Great Stuff Jon K!!!!!!

Hmmm Sasha has a concusion?? Maybe this will reset The Machine. They've tried everything else and elbow to Sasha's head might be the equivalent to kicking the vending machine as hard as you can to make it work..

Our blog has a very mean streak. It seems that every comment on Sasha's injury is a joke or is down right mean. It seems our blog is non-caring and serious injuries are only important to our starters. It is a poor reflection on our overall society.
Tony Sassi

"I'M THE QUEEN OF CLEVELAND!" ROTFLMAO!! I can't stop laughing at this ISH!!!

ROFLMAO!

I think they should just put a helmet on Sasha and throw him in there. How awesome would that be? To see Sasha running around the court with a helmet? Seriously. It's the only way this can go, really.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | October 15, 2010 at 02:58 PM

Major cudos to Jon K. for this comment!

Our blog has a very mean streak. It seems that every comment on Sasha's injury is a joke or is down right mean. It seems our blog is non-caring and serious injuries are only important to our starters. It is a poor reflection on our overall society. Posted by: Tony Sassi | October 15, 2010 at 03:45 PM
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Yes, Yes I think you covered that very well! LMAO!!!! Sir we are The Freakin Lakers nation we care for each and every member of our nation. But we also enjoy letting off steam every now and then. It is a terrible curse we have, having to appear in the Finals 31 out of the 62 times it has been held. And if laughing at the misfortune of one another now and then helps us cope with this terrible burden then so be it.

Actually, Toni, most of us here have a soft spot for Sasha. The jokes? Come on. We're all feeling a bit punchy waiting for the season to start. And by "season," I mean "April," of course.

Go Lake Show!

Tony Sassi - "Our blog has a very mean streak."

Hey, we eat our own young, that's how mean a streak we have. We don't flinch when balls are faked at our heads. Or, in the immortal words of Marty Augustine: "Her, I love. You, I don't even like."

Hey, we eat our own young, that's how mean a streak we have. We don't flinch when balls are faked at our heads. Or, in the immortal words of Marty Augustine: "Her, I love. You, I don't even like." Posted by: 63 Footer | October 15, 2010 at 03:58 PM
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GOD$$#@@#^%^ !!! You said what I tried to say much more succinctly and much better!!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!

Sasha's case for more playing time is getting grimmer and grimmer...

He needs to impress PJ not only in practice, but to execute and perform during game times...

We are already loaded in the guard position, playing time will be scarce...not the way to lobby that you deserve more...

Granted it was an accidental Lamar elbow...but his play has not been sensational, and last game he was terrible...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Justanothermambafan, I want you to come back to this Blog and I want you to come back now!!! LEWSTRS is ready to snatch the Pebble from your hand and I'll even let you Punch me in the throat again. So just come on back Fabulous!!!!! Pleasssssssse!!!!

@EL GUAPO… “Hmmm Sasha has a concusion?? Maybe this will reset The Machine.” LOL. Seriously, that was the exact first thought I had about Sasha. I also had the same thought when he sprained an ankle a few days earlier. I know personally that every time I came back from a bad ankle sprain, my outside shot would really get in a grove, partly because I was always ready to catch and shoot since I couldn’t drive in traffic.
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@LROB & MAMBA… My college football team is UCLA. That answers why there no NCAA football on my busy schedule. Now I understand the granddaughters “have” to go to the slide at the Pumpkin Place and “have” to buy some big pumpkins to carve. Can you imagine all that pumpkin innards all over them? LOL!
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@TONI SASSI… Yes, when there are not enough trolls to eat, we have been known to attack Lakers players or other bloggers. And all those spurious rumors that we actually eat our young have not been substantiated.
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TOM

@TONI SASSI… Yes, when there are not enough trolls to eat, we have been known to attack Lakers players or other bloggers. And all those spurious rumors that we actually eat our young have not been substantiated.Posted by: LakerTom | October 15, 2010 at 04:23 PM
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ROTFLMAO!! OH SWEET JESSUS!! 63 Footer you see what you started!!!

Does Kobe Bryant have LeBron James' number?

When Bryant was asked on the Los Angeles Lakers' recent trip to London whether he or James would win a game of one-on-one, he smiled and quickly said he would come out on top.

"I'd win," Bryant said. "That's what I do. One-on-one -- that's easy for me. One-on-one is how I grew up playing. It's, like, my thing. LeBron is more like a Magic Johnson. He's a great passer and plays an all-around game. At the core of me, I'm a one-on-one player. I'd do that in my sleep."

KOBE VS. LEBRON

Kobe Bryant versus LeBron James when guarding each other on the ball, in isolation situations in the past six seasons. They have met in seven games:
Category Kobe LeBron
Plays 27 13
Points 20 7
Points per play .74 .54
Field goals 9-24 2-8
Turnovers 2 1

As it turns out, Bryant may be right.

According to ESPN researcher Alok Pattani (using Synergy Sports Tech's video tracking of individual in-game possessions), Bryant has outperformed James in one-on-one situations.

Looking at times when Bryant and James guarded one another on-ball in "isolation" situations over the past six seasons, Bryant has scored 20 points in 27 isolation plays, while James has managed just seven points in 13 isolation plays.

On a points-per-play basis, Bryant wins, 0.74 to 0.54.

This was taken from a ESPN article.

Laker Tom -

You are a great grandfather, and Mrs. Laker Tom is a great grandmother...You know this is what it's all about...The priceless moments, like watching the grandkids carve pumpkins and making a big mess...I was fortunate to be the first child to give my parents their first grandkids...They were spoiled rotten of course...lol

And anytime I can fly Laker colors, I definitely try to do so...way to represent at the office today...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Our blog has a very mean streak ......

Posted by: Tony Sassi | October 15, 2010 at 03:45 PM

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All Lakers' forums have mean streaks! This one is MUCH kinder and gentler than most. If you want to see "MEAN" go to thelakersnation.com and check out their resident d-bag, "Real Deal" the Forum Administrator and his band of Merry Trashers. They make the Bynum Bashers in here sound like LakerTom!

Guy R.- Dude that's weak, In reality the King would DESTROY Kobe "believe it".

GO HEAT/GO LAKESHOW

LOL, if our BLOG has a mean streak, then what does Phil Jackson have?

Phil: "Sasha says he's feeling pretty good actually, he doesn't have blurred vision. He doesn't see lights and they did find a brain when they went in."

Actually, I'd love to see Sasha in a helmet, it would have to be one like Peter Cech (EPL goalie) wears:
http://img.skysports.com/08/11/800x600/petr-cech_1449036.jpg

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I'm gonna keep reposting this until EVERYONE has seen this video! It's only a few seconds long, but freakin hillarious. It's Tommy Heinsohn going berserk the other night when KG was ejected during the C's/Knicks preseason game:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka7D6RUAXJg


GO LAKERS!!!!!

What the heck is up with Micheal Jordan and his big fat ego? He wouldn't give Kobe credit for being a top ten player of all time, instead saying he's a top ten guard of all time. Top 10. Not top 5. Top 10.

What guards are better than Kobe? Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, Micheal Jordan, Jerry West, and....................who else? Can someone give me another guard that would take Kobe out of the top 5? I can't think of another...

Bottom line, Micheal Jordan's ego is out of control. I cannot wait for Kobe to take him out on championships. All Kobe needs is 1 more and he's tied with Jordan. And there's nothing Micheal Jordan and his Stephen Jackson led Charlotte Bobcats can do about it.

Micheal Jordan can suck it with his fat ass ego!

Go Lakers!

Rocky-Dude tell Jordi what you really think about him, the man has opinion. Michael knows Kobe love his dirty jock, always has and always will. Kobe hads taken Michael's game to another level, it's only a matter time.

Rocky: "What the heck is up with Micheal Jordan and his big fat ego? He wouldn't give Kobe credit for being a top ten player of all time, instead saying he's a top ten guard of all time. Top 10. Not top 5. Top 10.

What guards are better than Kobe? Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, Micheal Jordan, Jerry West, and....................who else? Can someone give me another guard that would take Kobe out of the top 5? I can't think of another...

Bottom line, Micheal Jordan's ego is out of control. I cannot wait for Kobe to take him out on championships. All Kobe needs is 1 more and he's tied with Jordan. And there's nothing Micheal Jordan and his Stephen Jackson led Charlotte Bobcats can do about it.

Micheal Jordan can suck it with his fat ass ego!"

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haha! So true, so true...

It must be eating MJ alive that Kobe is creeping up on him, and people see that he is a better scorer than Michael was. MJ can't turn back the clock, but instead of being classy he is goin' Wilt on Kobe.

SHOW SOME CLASS MJ AND ACKNOWLEDGE KOBE FOR WHAT HE'S ACHIEVED!!!!!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

>>>I think they should just put a helmet on Sasha and throw him in there. How
>>>awesome would that be? To see Sasha running around the court with a
>>>helmet? Seriously. It's the only way this can go, really.

Would he also have to ride the short bus to the arena?

@Jon K - A helemt would be the absolute best outcome of this scenario. Sasha's hair, flying out from under the helmet, shooting 3s, dribbling, yeah, a helmet would be awesome. Best suggestion all day.


Just arrived in SLO, hanging with my lady, wishing y'all a fantastic weekend!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

So Michael Jordan has turned into Calvin Murphy, the '72 Dolphins, and Bitter Gordie Howe all rolled into one.

To think I used to worship the guy.

Sad to see that Javaris Crittendon has been let go by Charlotte:

http://tinyurl.com/2b9ut5j

According to the story, Larry Brown was happy with JC's work; he's just not enough of a point guard. Any other year, Brown said, JC might have stuck b/c he was scoring just fine, but this year the Bobs need a PG.

Anyway, it sounds like Javaris still has game; he just has to find a team that requires his skill set.

Obviously, our team doesn't--we are in the situation of having to let a guard like Trey Johnson go, and he looks like he can really hoop it up. I'm still hoping Mitch will find a way to keep him around because in a year or two, he could be very valuable.

The NBA is a really difficult business all the way around.

L Rob - Appreciate the love. It's been fun thus far man, and it's only beginning.

I'm going to have to disagree about the assessment on Windhorst. He's a very good journalists and has LOTS of credibility in the industry. He was what you call one of those dogged, shoe leather type reporters where he was just determined to try to get information. Nothing flashy about his approach. But he was good at talking to everyone and then getting the straight scoop

MM

BTW, we got a new post up on a topic that's more controversial than the Miami Heat, Kobe Bryant's status in the NBA, Andrew Bynum's injury and Luke Walton's contract COMBINED. What could this possibly be? Officiating, of course

MM

So, all Laker forums are mean. It seems being considerate is not in our DNA. Sasha deserves better treatment but mean is in. I guess teamwork is not of any value to the blog. I guess I am out of touch in supporting the best interests of every Laker.
Tony Sassi

The entire Cleveland media including the Plain Dealer protected LeBron James. When his mother was caught driving high and kicked out the back window of a police car screaming, "I'M THE QUEEN OF CLEVELAND!" It barely made a blip in the local media... due to a phone call by LeBron.
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Dan Gilbert certainly enabled LeBron's narcissism with said protections.
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The Akron Beacon-Journal was actually a lot more honest in its reporting than the Plain Journal was.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | October 15, 2010 at 03:08 PM

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Jon K,
Great post and how sad for Cleveland fans that Cavs printed out their 2010-2011 fan book with LeBiach on the cover.

I would bet money that Sasha would remove the helmet before each free-throw to fix his hair. Would the refs hit Sasha with a tech for removing his helmet?...LOL.


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