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Lakers health update: Andrew Bynum reports no pain, Matt Barnes and Ron Artest have knee injuries, Steve Blake will miss Game 1 of Lakers-Hornet series

Any Lakers health update usually involves center Andrew Bynum.

So here's the latest: Bynum participated in what he said was a full practice Friday, reported little pain from the bone bruise in his right knee and will suit up Sunday in Game 1 of the Lakers-Hornest first-round playoff series.

"It felt fine," said Bynum, who has frequently iced his knee. "It was all right. I'll be all right. It's nothing that's not normal at this point."

But not everything turned out according to plan. Bynum couldn't practice in five-on-five scrimmages like he had hoped because other teammates weren't available. Lakers guard Steve Blake won't play in Game 1 because of chicken pox, and Jackson hopes he can return for Game 2 on Wednesday but said he isn't certain. Jackson also said forwards Matt Barnes (sore right knee) and Ron Artest (hyperextended knee) sat out of Friday's practice and are listed as "probable" for Game 1 against New Orleans. Barnes has missed the last two games because of soreness in his surgically repaired right knee, although an MRI exam revealed no further damage. Jackson said Artest hyperxtended his knee in the Lakers' 116-108 overtime victory in their season finale Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings, but declined to say which knee was hurt.

The Lakers are cautiously optimistic on Bynum playing Sunday while monitoring Blake's progression in returning to health after his battle with chicken pox.

Jackson wants to see how Bynum's body responds Saturday after feeling the full effects from Friday's practice before envisioning what he can provide for the Lakers-Hornets series. But the initial accounts appeared positive. Only the latter portion of the Lakers' practice at their facility in El Segundo was open to the media, and during that time Bynum worked on his shooting, passed basketballs to Pau Gasol during shooting drills and seemed in high spirits when he talked with Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw. He appeared to move well without limitation, and the Lakers offered positive assessments. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said he looked "normal," Gasol said he was "moving well" and Jackson acknowledged Bynum surpassed his expectations.

"Actually I was concerned," Jackson said of Bynum's surgically repaired right knee, which was hyperextended Tuesday against San Antonio. "He started off practice and it looked like the knee was a little loose and a little different. He preceded it and played fine."

Meanwhile, the Lakers aren't sure how long it will take for Blake to fully recover from the chicken pox. The Lakers characterized Blake as feeling more energetic and having less of a rash. They had everyone on the team take immunity tests Thursday and are awaiting the results to see if any other team member has been infected. And Jackson stopped by Blake's house to deliver game tape and to see how he's doing.

"We didn't touch, but we stood close enough to talk," Jackson said of Blake. "He looked very speckled. He has a lot of poxes on it. But he says he's feeling better. We hope his recovery is rapid. We're holding out for Sunday but the reality is it might be Wednesday he'll be able to get back."

Meanwhile, Blake's wife, Kristen, has provided plenty of updates via Twitter on Steve's recovery, which she said included taking oatmeal baths. She also added that Theo Ratliff's family sent out a feast and a get-well card to the Blake family.

"Sorry guys but the only one who knows the EXACT day Steve will return (as with every injury or illness) is God! But he is recovering well," Kristen tweeted. "And he's getting better and stronger every day. Thanks for your continued thoughts and prayers. Much love. :)"

--Mark Medina

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

 
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Hey Mark, did GLAD have any comments about how practice went?

I have no clue what it is that kobe bryant said as i fell asleep at 8pm on tuesday night and have been so out of the basktball world because of school. However, with that being said: im really starting to get sick of gay people.

Fine him for saying a bad word, fine, he deserves it. But dont go around calling Kobe a homophobe for saying something negative using a gay connotation. I call things gay all the time or my friends fags when they're beig stupid. I don't have any negative meaning behind it, and i dont know anyone who gets offended by it.

The problem with this whole situation is how badly they are makinng a big deal out of it. Calling him a homophobe and making him do all this stuff for GLAAD is retarded. He said a bad word, move on and get over with it. Seriously, I just want the play offs. If anything this might put a negative spin on the gay community because of the way this whole story line is being spun. I tihnk, I am not making sense, my brain is fried basically what I am trying to say is that they are making this out to to be more of BIG DEAL then it needs to be.

Also MM, its really hard to catch up in laker world when you write about 10 articles a day

Patrick,

"Hey Mark, did GLAD have any comments about how practice went?"

I laughed for approximately 10 seconds.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

With all of today's technology it funny that Phil couldn't just talk to Blake and send him the tape via the web. Or he couldn't just went old school and call him on the Telephone...


@Lew - keeping in line with your first them.

ELO featuring Jeff Lynne
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZB-DUCrhVQ

Good to read all the positive feedback on Drew's recovery.

we are tapping on kobe's home phone and cell starting tonight...

Oh-Oh PFunk's worst fears....

One league source said the Buss family is trying to convince Jackson to return in what could be a less taxing lockout-shorten season. Jerry Buss will likely be deliberate and guarded with any decision he makes on a potential replacement.


http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AkxfCWRxX_YSN0C.7NO9MQq8vLYF?slug=mc-spears_nba_coaching_carousel041511

we're also requesting the NBA comish to mic'd up kobe for the rest of his NBA career.

Aren't we being coy Phil? Not revealing which knee is hurting with Ron Artest.

LRob,

Can you imagine the humor if Phil Jackson comes back?

Someone should tell Phil about P-Funk just to try to convince Phil to come back one more year.

My God, the humor in watching P-Funk's response would be beyond delicious.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Diandra, there is blog fatigue here.

If Artest will not play on Sunday, it will be the day when a crow will join the doves and turn into a white crow! People, he wants some attention because it is all focused on Drew.

Every playoffs season, Phil always has some surprises maybe another ace in his sleeve.

I think the Lakers have been setting people up making them believe they have a chance. The only question is whether those other teams fell for it. Bynum is walking around and jumping like nothing happened.

Oh-Oh PFunk's worst fears....

One league source said the Buss family is trying to convince Jackson to return in what could be a less taxing lockout-shorten season. Jerry Buss will likely be deliberate and guarded with any decision he makes on a potential replacement.


http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AkxfCWRxX_YSN0C.7NO9MQq8vLYF?slug=mc-spears_nba_coaching_carousel041511

Posted by: LRob

LRob, Jon K.

Thanks for the heads up guys...........but I'm already prepared because in reality I don't see Phil walking away.........I never did..............I HOPE he does, but Phil really knows how to pick a bandwagon and he's been riding on Kobe's coattail the last 3 years now.

Phil's biggest fear is to walk away while Kobe is in his prime...........His fear? He'll be exposed as the biggest fraud since Jeff Skilling, Henry Lay and The Wizard of Oz


Phil Jackson - Kobe Bryant and Micheal Jordan = Kurt Rambis

LRob - WOW were are on the same wave length...This was the song I was going to post, then changed my mind and went with the set instead...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R20f-TPKjzc&NR=1

LOVE ELO...one of the first concerts I went too...I loved the string section, and the lasers...lol

this comment will be buried by the next thread in 3-2-1...

@Lew - Loved that one too. I'm with you 100% on ELO.


@pfunk - that's funny stuff on Phil...Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay. But at the very least you have to give him credit then for being smart. Question for you...how did Phil win a title in the CBA? I'm sure he didn't have MJ or Kobe then.

You've been hitting Phil with lefts & rights and I know you're not going to quit, but since your handle is pfunk I thought I'd George say it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBXU2t4hodo

If Phil give Trey Johnson Blake's playing time, Blake will be traded next season.

What we say matters. If I had a gay son or daughter, I imagine I'd be sensitive to how people speak. In my classroom, when a student says something along the lines of "that's so gay," I stop my class and we discuss the implications.
Lastly, I imagine an earlier post using the word "retarded" implies no one in that family lives with a mental disability.
I love laughing at absurd things, and we are all funny daily, but I've learned that what we say matters.
Ask any Hispanic friends you may have, or any other group.
I love our team, and am excited about our prospects for the playoffs.
And I think if Kobe called me asking to have a beer, I'd pass.

patrick - Haha I have to admit. That's pretty good. I've yet to hear them make a statement.....

Jon K - I've told Phil about pfunk's criticisms. He was confused and thought I was talking about George Clinton.

Diandra - Sorry for the difficulty. I have to report the news and other items going on. I've spaced out threads that are non breaaking news items at least two hours apart

Pay attention to the prototypes underneath each blog post regarding the various bios on Laker players. It's a cool touch we're adding to the blog

"And I think if Kobe called me asking to have a beer, I'd pass."

When hell freezes over and that happens, have him call me! I got no problem with hangin' with the GOAT.......L.....NBA when all's said and done.

We won't be talkin' politics! Hoops only.

"Pay attention to the prototypes underneath each blog post regarding the various bios on Laker players. It's a cool touch we're adding to the blog"

I like it!

Mark Medina,

"I've told Phil about pfunk's criticisms. He was confused and thought I was talking about George Clinton."

Really? Are you serious?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!


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