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October 19, 2014 Updates

Scott said he hasn’t talked with Lakers trainer Gary Vitti about Kelly’s timetable, but it seems likely he will not play in any preseason games. The Lakers have three other exhibitions on Tuesday (vs. Phoenix at Staples Center), on Wednesday (vs. Portland in Ontario) and on Friday (vs. Sacramento in Las Vegas). Los Angeles Daily News

"It was a time for me to go through some bumps and some hurdles and learn how to grow," Lin said in retrospect. "When I first got there, I was supposed to be the guy and they were supposed to kind of hand the torch to me. And I ended up getting traded away basically for nothing. Actually, they had to give up a draft pick to convince someone else to take me. Pretty much given away for nothing. Definitely not how I envisioned it." Los Angeles Times

October 18, 2014 Updates

Another person with high expectations for Randle is Kobe Bryant, who compared Scott’s decision to rest Randle in the second half to when Bryant broke his wrist in 1999, which caused him to miss the season’s first 15 games. “I think that’s all part of the process,” Bryant said. “I remember a big year for me (was) when I got hurt in Phil’s (Jackson) first year here and I had the chance the chance to watch and observe and sit next to Tex (Winter) and really study the game from that perspective. So there are myriad ways to learn. It doesn’t just have to be on the court.” NBA.com

A full offseason to recover proved not enough for Lakers forward Xavier Henry to heal from a surgically repaired right knee. So Henry will travel to New York City and Germany for additional treatment, ensuring that will stay sidelined for the Lakers’ four remaining preseason games. The Lakers estimate Henry will return Oct. 24, four days before the Lakers’ season opener against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. Henry will see Dr. Keith Pyne in New York City for a second opinion. Henry will then see Dr. Jens Hartmann in Dusseldorf, Germany sometime next week and undergo Regenokine treatment, a non-invasive procedure that Kobe Bryant has undergone numerous times in recent seasons. The treatment will entail blood being removed from Henry’s knee and spun in a centrifuge. Doctors will then create a serum and inject it back into his knee to fight off proteins and molecules that cause inflammation. Los Angeles Daily News

"I expected things to happen. It's inevitable with everything I've gone through that there's going to be issues adapting back to the game," Nash said before practice at the team's facility. "On the other hand, I did get through seven or eight hard days well, which I didn't do last year. So there is some improvement, and if I can adapt continually once I heal up here, I'll be back on course." Coach Byron Scott ruled out Nash for the Lakers' exhibition game Sunday against Utah. "I really don't know what the future holds for Steve right now," Scott said. "The one thing I do know, like I said, in talking to him, [is] he wants to play. He wants to play badly." ESPN.com

“He wanted to pretty much retire together,” Gasol said of Bryant. “That was an attractive option. One part of me wanted to stick with him and try to turn it around. But deep inside of me, I felt it was time after everything that I’d been through that I wanted to put myself in a position where I was highly stimulated. Kind of change directions a little bit, fresh start and get going again.” Washington Post

“You’ve got a lot of teams that just live and die by it,” Scott said after the team’s practice here Friday. “Teams, general managers, coaches, they kind of draft that way to try to space the floor as much as possible. But you have to have shooters like that; you also have to have guys that can penetrate and get to the basket, because that opens up the floor.” But does Scott believe in that style? “I don’t believe it wins championships,” he said. “(It) gets you to the playoffs.” ESPN.com

Seven of the last eight NBA champions led all playoff teams in 3-point attempts and makes. And it’s not as though Scott isn’t familiar with the 3-point shot. During his second season with the Lakers as a player, he led the NBA in 3-point field-goal percentage in 1984-85 (43 percent) and was in the top-10 in that category in three other seasons. Scott also ranked sixth in the NBA in 3-point attempts (179) and ninth in makes (62) during the 1987-88 season. ESPN.com

Each and every year, ESPN ranks the top 500 players in the NBA. 36-year-old Kobe Bryant, who missed 76 games last year, was ranked No. 40, his lowest ranking since ESPN started #NBARank — but Kobe isn’t bothered by his spot in the lineup. “I’ve known for a long time they’re a bunch of idiots…. I tend to use things as motivation that tend to be in the realm of reality.” For The Win

October 17, 2014 Updates

LeBron James said he spoke to Kobe Bryant prior to the start of training camp, welcoming him back to the NBA after he missed all but six games with the Los Angeles Lakers last season due to a knee injury. "I love Kobe, I love his competitive nature," James said prior to the Cleveland Cavaliers' preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks Friday night. "I love competing against him and I talked to him before the season and just said how it's great to have him back. Like I said about (Kevin) Durant and a couple guys our league doesn't seem right with certain guys not in uniform." On Wednesday, James said he had reached out to Oklahoma City's Durant via text message to console him after breaking his foot over the weekend – which could cost Durant two months. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Bryant is entering his 19th pro season; James is in his 12th. The Lakers and Cavaliers appear to be heading in opposite directions, with Los Angeles seeking to rebuild in Bryant's final years while Cleveland is positioned to contend for championships in James' prime. "I know he doesn't enjoy kind of the rebuilding phase, especially at this point in his career," James said. "One thing about him, he's going to give it his championship effort every night. And you have to understand that when you're competing against him." Cleveland Plain Dealer

 

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