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January 28, 2015 Updates
January 27, 2015 Updates

Safe to say Nick Young had some fury to unleash against his former team. But three weeks after the Lakers sixth man declared, “I hate the Wizards,” coach Byron Scott said Young will be unavailable to play Tuesday night, sidelined by a sprained right ankle suffered in Monday’s practice. For a Lakers team that has been beaten down by injuries, most recently and notably Kobe Bryant’s torn rotator cuff, it’s just another blow. “It’s one of those things,” Scott said, “one guy gets down, there seems to be a snowball effect and it just keeps happening. Just got to keep trying to plug guys in and see what happens.” Orange County Register

Between the ages of 30 and 34 the Lakers played Bryant 37 minutes a game. On a mission to prove he didn't need Shaq, Bryant played through a host of injuries. He won some titles, too. At age 34 in the 2012-13 season, Bryant played 76 of the Lakers' first 78 games and was averaging nearly 39 minutes a game. He averaged 45 minutes per game over the last seven games he played before he snapped his Achilles tendon after playing 45 minutes in that fateful game. Bryant's career was derailed by that injury but not at that moment, because he's was barreling toward it for years. There's no need to ask then coach Mike D'Antoni or the Lakers organization if they have any regrets. Byron Scott certainly has regrets about playing Bryant 35 minutes a game this season with a lingering sore shoulder. Had the Lakers been more judicious over the past five to six years with Bryant, would he be in this position today, having a third straight season ended by injury? No one knows. ESPN.com

January 26, 2015 Updates

Coach Byron Scott said Monday that Bryant was in high spirits when they spoke Monday morning, adding that he “probably sounded worse than (Bryant) did. We all know how tough he is and he’s a trooper.” Scott said he also expects the Lakers guard to return to the court next season. “I think he’s already proven that with the Achilles’ last year,” Scott said. “Everybody said he was done and the first month of the season, he proved to everybody that he still has a lot left in the tank and I think he still has that hunger and competitive nature and will prove it again. At times, we don’t appreciate all the stuff he has been able to accomplish or appreciate how tough he is and all the things he’s come back with.” Orange County Register

If there is some good to come out of the rotator cuff injury that sidelined Kobe Bryant for the remainder of the season, it is that the Lakers could lose a whole lot of games the rest of the way and finally be in position to draft a Kobe guy—this time, Arizona’s Stanley Johnson. Several times in recent years, Bryant has formed a connection with a top prospect in the upcoming draft, with an introduction and the possibility of workouts and friendship. Those players wind up signing with Bryant’s agent, Rob Pelinka. Such was the case with Dante Exum last year, Derrick Williams in 2011 and James Harden in 2009. But the Lakers could, finally, wind up with a Kobe draftee. According to league sources, Pelinka is in position to sign the fast-rising Johnson, should Johnson do the inevitable and leave school early. As Arizona has pushed its way up the rankings—they’re 18-2 and currently No. 6—Johnson’s stock has soared. Sporting News

 

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