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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