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Tweetable nuggets from Lakers' practice on Saturday

October 9, 2010 |  3:50 pm

--After an eight-day European trip that featured little practice time and an 0-2 preseason start, the Lakers had a three-hour practice Saturday. "We haven't played well," Coach Phil Jackson said of the team's training camp. "That's to be expected. We're out of focus a little bit and we didn't have a lot of practice time in Europe so we'll get that together."

--Jackson said three players missed practice Saturday: Andrew Bynum (recovering from surgically repaired right knee), Kobe Bryant (recovering from surgically repaired right knee) and Luke Walton (strained right hamstring). Jackson said he expects Walton to be out for another week. "He's coming along OK," Jackson said.

--Jackson said Saturday's practice primarily centered on "getting our feet on the ground" and defensive drills.

--Jackson is far from pleased with how Bryant looks, particularly after he played 25 minutes Thursday against FC Barcelona. He has made only two of 19 field-goal attempts in two preseason games. "I didn't like the way he looked on the floor, personally," Jackson said. "He wanted to be competitive and try to keep the game competitive, but he's entirely not ready yet to play. Yet he went out and gave an effort, which was nice. But I'm going to have to talk to him about some of the progresses as we go through this training camp." Jackson also said Bryant lacks strength and power in his right leg.

--Lakers forward Ron Artest said he weighs about 250 pounds right now and wants to weigh 245 by the postseason. He was listed on the roster this season at 260 pounds. "I really worked hard this summer to get rid of the weight," Artest said, adding that his off-season regimen included extra running and abstaining from alcohol since late July.

--Mark Medina

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E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com


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