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Lakers say Matt Barnes' MRI reveals "continued improvement" in surgically repaired right knee [Update]

Matt-barnes_300 After obtaining the results from Matt Barnes' MRI exam on his surgically repaired right knee, the Lakers said he has made "continued improvement" and his rehabilitation efforts will last for "at least another few weeks."

"We expect a full recovery," Lakers spokesman John Black wrote in an email regarding Barnes' injury, which stemmed from tearing his lateral meniscus in a regular-season game Jan. 7 against the New Orleans Hornets. "Other good news is that he has regained full range of motion in the knee."

[Update 4:45 p.m.: Barnes said swelling remains in his knee and that he's limiting his rehab with spot-up shooting, light weightlifting, continued medical treatment and keeping his knee attached to a compression machine that helps reduce the pain, swelling, tissue damage and muscle spasms.

"We figure we still have a long time to go," said Barnes, who said his rehab efforts involve working with Lakers trainer Gary Vitti and special therapist Judy Seto. "We're defnitely not rushing anything. We're just easing my way back into it."]

Barnes tweeted Thursday that his knee was "feeling better" and he expected the MRI results to indicate improvement. Though he returned to the court two months following the injury, Barnes said that he struggled adapting to limited lateral movement on the court. As a result, Barnes' ability to provide energy and efficiency in making hustle plays, offensive put-backs and cuts through the lane soon evolved into playing tentatively, relying too heavily on three-point shooting and committing silly fouls at the expense of sound defense.

Barnes spent the last 3 1/2 weeks continuing rehab efforts on his knee. Barnes indicated after Coach Mike Brown's introductory news conference 10 days ago that he suspected he was still a month away from being cleared to participate in running and jumping exercises.

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Photo: Lakers forward Matt Barnes received an MRI exam on his surgically repaired right knee Thursday, and the Lakers indicate his rehabilitation is on track. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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Good News

@Mark

Thank you for following up with what you said!
Good news finally!

someone mentioned a Trade with the Wolves?
how true is that or is it another rummor!?

Okay fellaz,

Techa N9na signin out!

enjoy game 5!

LRob,

I do remember you defending me. You have my thanks.

re: getting in my shots. Would you have preferred that I just took it on the
chin from him? You said that it takes two to tango. I argue that if one person
doesn't fight when someone's hitting him ... you don't have a fight. You have
an a**-whipping.

It's against my personal philosophy to take those.

In any case, once again I thank you for your defense of me and I appreciate
& respect your comments. :)

Go Dirk!
Go Mavericks!!!

@LROB … Sometimes anonymity reveals as much as it hides. When you’ve known someone virtually over a good period of time and under a wide range of circumstances like I’ve known you, you get a pretty good sense of a person’s basic character and demeanor. If we all could live up to the standard of courtesy, civility, and fairness you consistently display, this blog would be a far more enjoyable venue with far fewer conflicts and confrontations. Of course, it also could be pretty boring. LOL.

Thanks for chiming in on the Practice Season issue. Even 888 admitted in a post that he mad on Hollinger’s ESPN blog that he bought into it in the fan foolish hopes that the Lakers could pull off another title before their bad habits came back to bite them in the ass. And like you pointed out, the theory really is just saying that the real season is the playoffs. Doesn’t mean regular season doesn’t count. Just that you can’t predict how a team will play in June based solely on regular season play.

Count me as a fan who would prefer that nobody got banned or hounded into leaving for another blog or continually humiliated even after he has left. Not saying that Kenny didn’t own a big share of the controversy but give me a blog where we bring Lakers fans together rather than fracturing them into broken splinter groups. Isn’t that what the original purpose of this blog was? Why can’t we just agree to disagree remembering that we all want the same thing – more championships and parades.

Let’s all try and prevent any more defections. In fact, let’s try and create a blog atmosphere and environment that will lure back Edwin and Lewsters, 888, and any other blogger who got tired of the trolls wars and blogger battles. The best way to start would be to stop the bashing of 888. So PSP, Tech N9ne, Yellow, et al. I think the Lakers blog, much like the team, crashed in the playoffs. Maybe it was thread fatigue but we lost our chemistry and synergy. Let’s work to get our own mojo back. The TypePad registration seems to have restored order and the changes overflow with excitement. Now it’s up to us to get the dialog and sharing and learning humming. No more practice season.
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LAKERTOM


LakerTom

Why hasn't 888 come on here and apologized/admitted the same? Hate it or love it, the man (or woman, not sure) is a walking trouble maker. You realize that there have been virtually NO FIGHTS since he left? I find it hard to defend him especially when he came in here and started attacking anyone who went against anything he said. He called me all kinds of names and insulted me merely because of the blog handle I chose. Is that right? Of course the PSP had to start slinging the mud back eventually. Like Hobbit said, if only one side is throwing punches its not a fight, its an a$$ whipping.

Anyway I hope most of the people we lost (esp Edwin Gueco) come back and blog with us again BUT the PSP is not one to stand down and be walked all over, so if the lawyer comes back and tries to start something you best believe the PSP is reloading the magnum .45's, locked and loaded baby.

Thanks
PSP Intern

"We expect a full recovery," Lakers spokesman John Black wrote in an email regarding Barnes' injury, which stemmed from tearing his lateral meniscus in a regular-season game Jan. 7 against the New Orleans Hornets. "Other good news is that he has regained full range of motion in the knee."

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Wow. So it's true. Barnes was nowhere near 100% when he returned for the playoffs. No lift, limited ROM (esp. laterally for defense), chronic swelling. 10 playoff games, 130 mins. Trooper.

Poor princess, he looks lost and confused out there. So now the rumor mill is saying it's Rashard Lewis knocking boots with LeChoke's girlfriend? tsk tsk

Thanks
PSP Intern

So when will LeBron take his talents to the 4th quarter? LOL

Hats off to the Mavs. They finally learned how not to choke and to make the clutch shots at the end of the game.

This also shows how desperately the Lakers need consistent 3-pt shooting.

This looks like last year's script. LA won game 1 and the cs won game 2. LA won game 3 in boston and the Cs won game 4 and 5 to take a 3-2 lead. LA clinched the title at home.

Mavs win a must win game with the same shooting late that Lakers saw!

Game 6 is crucial for Mavs to put it all out there, as game 7s are a toss-up.

Tom

your infatuation with 888 is curious to say the least. His sheer pomposity was enough to set off other bloggers with the nuts to call him out.

Here is 888's entire comment

"I admit that it was more wishful thinking than anything else that we would three-peat this season, but I'm a fan. I am also a fan who admits when he's wrong and doesn't disappear wagging his tail between his legs when he's wrong like clean did last season after we WON! No, some people prefer to gloat, which is why he's here after we LOST! As the Great Tate once said, he's not a Lakers fan, he's a clean fan"

So here is 888 now saying

1. it was "wishful thinking"
The man who attacked fellow bloggers who had a different read was now just wishing he was right?

2. "and doesn't disappear wagging his tail between his legs when he's Wrong..."
Guess he forgot about the call-outs on this blog

3. "No, some people prefer to gloat"
Does anybody of sound mind and body believe that if the Lakers had won it again this year that 888 wouldn't be here reveling and gloating to the nth degree?

888 is the very very definition of a Chicken Little. His hit and run tactics are the act of of coward.

As the saying goes, if you want to dish it out, you better be able to take it. That's what made this Laker Blog special over the years. MM and a lot of people have seemed to forgotten it.

Yes indeed Trollman, that is part of what made this blog special. You remember Jon K and Mike T getting ready to tear each others throats out; as in they were seriously going to meet up somewhere and duke it out. Haha

Thanks
PSP Intern

I just watched Dallas beat Miami.

That was soooo satisfying! The biggest game of LBJ's career per his words.

Sweet!

GO DALLAS!

D Fish "Breaks Bread" with Coach Brown

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=6646743

>>>someone mentioned a Trade with the Wolves?
>>>how true is that or is it another rummor!?

If it was me, it has no basis in fact or expectation or anything else. I just have a compulsion. When people say "Hey we need an upgrade at point guard", I feel compelled to evaluate what kind of point guards are even a tiny bit possible to acquire and to think about what it would take to get them (whether I want the team to make a trade or not).

And as with most years, I'll make the disclaimer that I doubt the Lakers will trade off any of their core players. And I don't necessarily think they need to. This is a good core of players with a similar feeling to the 80's Lakers. Add a piece or two, regroup, focus on defense, and they could easily be back in the playoffs next season.

In fact it has the potential to recreate the feel of the 80's Lakers even more. If you'll recall, the Lakers duked it out with Philly, then the Celtics for a few years, then with Detroit, until Detroit finally overtook them (with some help from a couple of pulled groins by Scott and Magic).

If it shifts to the Lakers playing Miami the next couple of years (and maybe Chicago the year after that), it would have an eerie similarity.

PSP
those were the days. lol.

Concerning Graphic Designing for the "Practice Season Theory" The RSP has no talent in that area but if you need a Eulogy or part thereof, I'm certain I could come up with something entertaining.

However, to bury it and forget it would be a mistake in my humble opinion.
We should never repeat this gross mistake, If anything it should go into the Laker "Hall of Shame" along with that bandleader KobeMVP888 as a reminder to not to be fooled by a fool who tells us what were seeing isn't really happening or matters.

Lebron james tweeted out today about tonight's game now or never! Lets see 9 for 19 from the field and 0-4 on 3 pointer attempt. Never could a tripple double be so absolete in an Nba finals game.I guess that means never.

This looks like last year's script. LA won game 1 and the cs won game 2. LA won game 3 in boston and the Cs won game 4 and 5 to take a 3-2 lead. LA clinched the title at home.

Posted by: Island Priest | June 09, 2011 at 09:06 PM


Remember the celtics may as well won that championship if they had they guy Perkins healthy.But look at the Heat they now have injury issues also D.wade.
Go LAKERS!

Aloha,

Lebron demonstrated again that he is not Jordan or Kobe or Magic or Bird. He may have more tools then anyone that has ever played the game but he doesn't appear to have the mental toughness to prevail when it counts the most. Even if the Heat pull it out, which they very well could at home, it will be because of Wade not Lebron. Wade does belong with the players I mentioned, Lebron, not so much.

One big lesson here for Laker fans. I know you all want to trade for a big time point guard but would that even work? The Heat have two player in Lebron and Wade that have dominated the ball their entire careers. But that is what makes it a tough fit for them at times. We have Kobe, a guy that need to dominate the ball to succeed. What happens if we bring in a Cris Paul or Dwill both dominate the ball? What happen to Kobe's game? Look at the Mav's with Kidd who distributes and shoots 3's. I think that is more of what we need. I think if we were to trade for a PG I think a Raymond Felton would be a better fit.

Aloha

A 41% career shooter Ray Felton will drop to 37% just like Steve Blake went from 40% to 36%.

I say go for Tony Parker career just under 50% his FG% will only go down to 46%.

besides, him and Pop aren't exactly fond of eadh other right now.

Aloha Troll Man,

I would love to have Tony Parker but I am kind of targeting guys that we could actually get. Tony is an unrestricted free agent. We don't have the cap space and for some reason I can't see the Spurs doing a sign and trade with us. I don't that same vibe from Denver.

Aloha

MH


Glad to read that Matt is healing. Hopefully, he'll be healthier by the preseason and fully healed and ready to go by the reg. season. Perhaps, he'll be more effective in whatever scheme MB comes up with and can be a key guy off the bench.

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Wow, I'm REALLY enjoying this year's finals, all these guys are playin' hard and givin' maximum effort..well...almost everybody...has LBJ played in the 4th qt. of the last 2 games? Seems like he wasn't even on the floor. :-)

JJ, Jet, and even JKidd, all stepped up last night and lended Dirk a helpin' hand and they almost won by dbl digits! I think these guys have regained their confidence and will be more aggressive offensively in Miami on Sunday, than they were in the first 2 games...should be lots of fun.

~

@LRob: Glad you enjoyed 'Paul Desmond', my Mom actually turned me on to him. I learned a lot about Jazz music from both my parents. :-)

~

For today's musical contribution, Imma go with a true innovator of this idiom...enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8V6gW6_RLQ&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swJ-BZyCIh8&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEswV8qowM4&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5zQ08biHew&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIhca6mZuAk&feature=related

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Let's go Ls...and make a comeback next season!!!!!

Hey MM,

I couldn't sign-in using Twitter, some sort of error...ended up using Yahoo but couldn't figure out how to change to my old handle. Could you check to see what the problem might be with me signing in with Twitter. Thanks in advance.



Let's go Ls ... and make a comeback next season!!!!!

I am rooting for Mavs in this Finals matchup. Isn't it nice to actually root for a team that shows grit and makes a game of it every game in this matchup? Haven't seen that predictability out of the Lakers for a year. I'm glad to see other teams get a dose of that lights out shooting we had to endure against the Mavs..........the kind we need to get on this team ASAP!

the thing about this concept of a "practice session season" is that by it's nature, it reflects a certain arrogance that can and did blow up in one's face. the idea of just "turning on the switch" is a wonderful, ego-enhancing idea, but it is not a realistic one.all you have to do is read the previous thread about matt's progress to hip you to the idea that it's not that easy to get back to fittness. i hate to say this but it's the work every day that makes the difference BECAUSE if you really believe this nonsense then how could have anyone complain about any player [i'm thinking shaq] show up at TRAINING CAMP unfit, you can't have it both ways

>>>Lebron james tweeted out today about tonight's game now or never! Lets see
>>>9 for 19 from the field and 0-4 on 3 pointer attempt. Never could a tripple
>>>double be so absolete in an Nba finals game.I guess that means never

That should be his new nickname... LeNever

>>>What happens if we bring in a Cris Paul or Dwill both dominate the ball?
>>>What happen to Kobe's game?

Actually, either of those guys would be fine with Kobe in the back court.

They're both reasonably good outside shooters (CP3 much better from 3, but DWill can hit the 20 footer), and they're both capable of slashing and kicking the ball to an open player.

A large part of Dallas' effectiveness on offense is that they have several players who are capable of hitting a 3 (Terry, Barea, Dirk, Kidd, Stevenson, Cardinal), and half of those guys are capable of driving to the hoop and making good decisions whether they're open enough to shoot or whether someone else is more open. When their offense is clicking, it's a series of feints toward the lane until one of them gets into the open in the lane and either shoots a layup or a floater or kicks out to a shooter.

This year's Lakers team, OTOH, had only Fish shooting 3's consistently in the playoffs, so teams could sag off of the perimeter players to cover the lane better. And the Lakers had three guys who would sometimes hold the ball too long, letting the defense rest - Kobe, Pau, Drew, and Shannon Brown.

If you watch Miami, a significant portion of Wades' & James' assists are to each other. It would be the same thing if the Lakers got CP3 - a bunch of his assists would be to Kobe and a bunch of Kobe's assists would be to Paul. I'm sure they'd play very well together.

But again, they don't really NEED that good a point guard. They may be able to limp by even with their current PGs. But I'd feel more confident about a finals comeback if they had someone more athletic at the 1 next year.

Nuggets Country,

re: Isn't it nice to actually root for a team that shows grit and makes a game of it every game in this matchup?

my response. Yep!

Michael H,

Aloha.

you wrote: He may have more tools then anyone that has ever played the game but he doesn't appear to have the mental toughness to prevail when it counts the most.

my response: Actually, LBJ does not have more tools than anyone who has
ever played the game. That's actually part of the point. What he does have
is a freakish combination of size & speed. He hasn't honed his craft as well
as superstar's of yesterday or as well as Kobe.

you also wrote: We have Kobe, a guy that need to dominate the ball to succeed.

my response: I'm not quite sure what you mean by this. I think I disagree.
When Kobe played on team USA he didn't dominate the ball. he didn't need
to for the team to win. He only did it in a few games where *HE* determined
that he was going to insure victory.

Example #1. Against Argentina I believe. He put the dagger into their heart
in the opening 5 minutes.

Example #2. The Gold medal game in the last few minutes where Coach K
went to Kobe and said, "Time for you to go to work. "

Kobe would play fine with another quality guard.

this was written: This looks like last year's script. LA won game 1 and the cs won game 2. LA won game 3 in boston and the Cs won game 4 and 5 to take a 3-2 lead. LA clinched the title at home.

Posted by: Island Priest | June 09, 2011 at 09:06 PM

my response: So ... You're comparing a team that had gone to the finals
2 years in a row with a team that hasn't been yet. You're comparing a group
of veterans who had multiple championships [ Kobe & Fish ] to a team
that won 1 championship 5 years ago. [ Wade & Haslem ]

I don't think that's a really good comparison. LBJ has never shown the poise,
determination or ruthless killer instinct of Kobe.

I guess we'll find out if your comparison is accurate on Sunday. Btw, does it
hurt that your precious non ball-hog god [ LBJ ] is down 2-3 to the Mavericks?

Lance Bialik,

I agree with your words. I tried to point this out to some people, who shall
remain nameless, but they wouldn't listen to me. I was deemed a "negative bob & a naysayer".

TrollMan,

you wrote: If anything it should go into the Laker "Hall of Shame" along with that bandleader KobeMVP888 as a reminder to not to be fooled by a fool who tells us what were seeing isn't really happening or matters.

my response: You've got my vote on this.

Go Dirk!
Go Mavericks!!!

Thanks M Medina.........I finally figured it out on how to get on here!! It's been awhile since I have been on but just had to comment about THE KING!
Thanks Scottie Pippen for annointing Princess Jimmy the next MJ!!! He isn't even the next Kobe Bryant. And we now know why he took his talents to Miami....cause he knows he would never win a championship with him being the main guy!!! In their quest for 7 straight titles they might just be 0 and 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cheering for the Mavs.. Would be nice for Kidd to win one and Dirk to win MVP.. NewMexicoLL

This is really good news since we could use a healthy Matt Barnes next season. While some Lakers fans are not happy with Barnes please remember how well he played before he was injured. Barnes brings a lot of energy to the Lakers bench and we could use more of his type energy on that bench.


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