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Not sure if the Suns crowd is saying “Boo” or “Booz” every time Kobe touches the ball.
Fun Fact of the Night: Jeff Hornacek used to guard and now coaches against Kobe.
Miles Plumlee - 2, Lakers - 0.
This is such a great World Series
Kobe's right shoulder heavily wrapped in ice as he's introduced as a starter here in Phoenix.
No more injuries, Basketball Gods.
Kobe is wearing an icepack over his right shoulder as he is introduced with the Lakers starters tonight.
Expect Ed Davis to get a lot of minutes for LAL, as he can play both the 4 and 5. W/Randle out, Robert Sacre will see some run at the 5 too.
A bit of levity amid a lousy situation: Nick Young turned to Jordan Clarkson & teased, "So, you're by yourself to do all the rookie duties."
Byron Scott said he spent some time with Randle after last night's game "basically just holding him and listening to him cry."
Pau Gasol in a Bulls uniform <<<
It’s likely that Eric Bledsoe sticks mostly to Jeremy Lin. Patrick Beverley did a good job on his former teammate last night.
Hornacek detailed that if one guy, say Dragic, tires from battling Kobe for a few trips, he can call Morris over for a switch.
Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said he’ll deploy multiple defenders against Kobe, but will start with either Dragic or Marcus Morris.
The Lakers can only dream. http://t.co/0aZsydaQf1
Wayne Ellington (concussion) is available to play, meaning LAL will have 11 players in uniform. No Randle, Nash, Young or Kelly.
A league source said the league could possibly make an exception for Julius Randle given the circumstances but it hasn't been discussed yet.
Julius Randle did play in last night's game which would normally mean he's ineligible for next year's Rookie of the Year award.
Julius Randle underwent successful surgery today to repair his fractured right tibia and will miss the remainder of this season.
Per the Lakers, Julius Randle underwent successful surgery for his fractured right tibia, but is expected to miss this season. AK
Randle becomes the second Laker, after Steve Nash, expected to miss the entire 2014-15 season. Nick Young (thumb) is out until December.
Julius Randle had successful surgery to repair a fractured tibia in his R leg. Expected to make a full recovery, he’s out for the season.
As reported elsewhere, Randle out for season after a.m. surgery. Surgery was performed by Dr. Donald Wiss at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
The Lakers will be cautious with Julius Randle and his rehab. He will be back next season, essentially as a 20-year old rookie.
The timeline for Julius Randle may be 4-6 months but there's no reason to rush him back at the end of this season for obvious reasons.
Julius Randle's agent, George Bass, confirmed the rookie underwent surgery this morning but referred other questions to Lakers PR
Last night’s post-game comments about Dwight reflect one of Kobe’s more unheralded talents: A mastery at getting the last word. AK
I'm sure Kobe will tell Julius Randle the same thing. Has to use this setback as an opportunity to get better. Yeah, Kobe's a bad teammate.
Kobe also suggested Kevin Durant "try to improve the mental aspect of it (the game) and come back a better player."
When Kevin Durant fractured his foot, Kobe said the following: "Just got to be patient and do what he can in the interim and study the game"
DJ on how good San Antonio looked: "It looked like the just had an All-Star break, and that's it."
DJ on Randle's injury: "Can you all stop asking me the hurt questions? I don't want to think about that."
DJ on Randle's injury: "You cant think about getting injured, or think about what could happen, because that's usually when things happen."
Julius Randle underwent surgery this morning and is expected to make a full recovery from his broken leg. He won't return this season.
CP3 on Westbrook: "Russ is a competitor... You could put him on the court with the Bad News Bears and he’ll be ready to play."
CP3 on Westbrook playing w/o Durant: "You could put him on the court with the bad news bears, and he's going to be ready to play."
Doc on Randle: "That broke my heart. It really did. It honestly broke my heart. I hate that. I really do. It’s awful. That was bad."
CP3 on Randle: "For him to be as talented as he is and for that to happen to him in his game as an NBA player, I hate it for him.”
Chris Paul said season-ending injuries are his worst fear: "I dont think people realize how much guys love to play this game," he said.
Chris Paul on Julius Randle injury: "I hate it for him."
Fergie will sing the National Anthem at the Clippers season opener tomorrow.
I just brought up two players in recent memory who were out their rookie years. Julius Randle is only 19 and has a long career ahead of him.
We haven't seen Nerlens Noel in the regular season, but he averaged 8.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.3 steals in the preseason.
Blake Griffin suffered a broken kneecap his rookie season and averaged 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds the next season in 82 games.
No official word on Julius Randle yet, but remember this: Blake Griffin and Nerlens Noel were out their rookie seasons and came back strong.
L.A.'s basketball media guide covers this season. http://t.co/lcYkE8CuRn
Thunder could be more like a barely audible crackle against Clippers with Durant (foot), Morrow (MCL), McGary (foot) and Jerrett (ankle) out
The fear last night was Randle could miss 4-6 months, but until surgery is done & he's evaluated again, it's hard to say for sure.
Kobe called Dwight "soft" and a "teddy bear" last night. He's called him far worse behind closed doors.
Source says Julius Randle is having surgery this morning. It was a clean break of the tibia. Full recovery expected, but will be out a while
LAL have arrived at the hotel in Phoenix, the team’s collective heart heavy for 19-year-old rookie Julius Randle (fractured tibia).
Last "Clipper Curse" moment was Blake Griffin's broken knee cap as a rookie. Since then, all the bad luck has fallen on the Lakers
Remember when awful, random, freak things used to happen to the Clippers? Since CP3 "trade," that's been reversed. Just eerie.
After watching Randle's injury tonight, just cant shake the thought that the Lakers seem to have "Clipper Curse" of years ago.
Kobe scored 19 points in the first game of his 19th season as the 19-year-old went down with a major injury.