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Kaman is getting half, 200 pounds, while Sacre and DiFrancesco are getting a quarter, 100 pounds, each. It was originally supposed to be a four-way split, but longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti backed out. "Gary Vitti ran out of freezer space, so I think he’s out," Kaman said. "So, I got to pick up the slack. I’m happy to, though." ESPN.com

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The Lakers’ star had just torn his left Achilles’ tendon April 12 against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center, an injury that would leave the purple and gold faithful without anyone to guide them through the bumpy postseason waters. But before that unsettling reality settled in, Bryant pleaded one last case to stay on the court. “The warrior that he is, Kobe says maybe I can run on my heel,” Vitti recalls, laughing, in a recent interview with this newspaper. “I was like, ‘Come on. You have to go.’” Los Angeles Daily News

He estimated Bryant remains a “few weeks away” before advancing to full-weight bearing running and then basketball-related activities. Vitti also said “there’s no projected date” on whether Bryant will play in the Lakers’ season opener Oct. 29 against the Clippers or in any of the team’s eight exhibition games through Oct. 25. Los Angeles Daily News

“He’ll come back from this and he’ll be as athletic as he was last year, but not as athletic as he used to be,” Vitti said. “He may bring some other new stuff that you haven’t seen yet.” Vitti sounded more tempered with his expectations for Nash, whom he described as “feeling great” after spending this offseason rehabbing his hamstring. “He might be a guy that would be better off reducing his minutes,” Vitti said of Nash, who played an average of 32.5 minutes per game last season. “Because he wasn’t himself last year, let’s see what he’s like in camp. We’re not going to beat the guy up.” Los Angeles Daily News

September 19, 2013 Updates

A walk into the Lakers’ training room on Thursday morning showed a picture that’s became all too common this offseason, but one that’s visually appealing for Lakers fans nonetheless. Kobe Bryant continued his rehab on his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon, as expected, the latest involving running at 75 percent of his body weight on a treadmill. Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti expects Bryant remains a “few weeks away” before advancing to full-weight bearing running, though he acknowledged that’s a “nebulous term.” Los Angeles Daily News

June 15, 2013 Updates

Gary Vitti: But I think he's going to come back in great shape, and then it's all about how he's used. You don't want to beat him up in practice. Save it for the game, figure out the appropriate minutes that put him in a successful situation. The example I use is Robert Horry, where we played him a lot of minutes, and it was difficult for him to recover and be productive at his age. But he goes to San Antonio, plays 18 minutes a game, and the guy was an unbelievable force off the bench for them. I think if we figure out how best to use Steve, he can be the same way. NBA.com

Gary Vitti: So when Pau left for Spain last week, he had zero pain in the left tendon, and the right tendon was almost pain free. He's coming along really, really well. We also expect his plantar fascia to completely heal by next season. There's a small gap right now, but it's filling in nicely. Having said all that - it's a testament to the toughness of Pau. He's never been regarded as a 'tough guy' on the court, meaning a someone who bangs around out there – he's a skilled, finesse player. But he's always shown a level of toughness to play injured. A lot of times, Pau has been playing through tendinitis throughout different times in his career and he deserves some credit for that. He is the consummate professional. He did everything we asked him to do on the court, whether or not it was good for him individually. NBA.com

Mike Trudell: Basically, your worst nightmare. How did all the injuries impact you, and how do you avoid assigning blame? Gary Vitti: I had a lot of sleepless nights. When things are going bad like that, when there is a bad bio rhythm going, you're staying up at night wondering if you're doing everything you can to get a guy well. That's something you can control. But then you worry about what's going to happen next. Some of that you can control, meaning, seeing if we are doing everything we can to prevent injuries with our training program. For what we can't control, you worry about who's going to get hurt next when a season like this happens, but you have to just put that out of your brain, because it's wasted energy. When you finally get everyone on the floor, another guy gets hurt, and it was just a revolving door until we lost our last game. This was my worst season in 29 years. NBA.com

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