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Starting Blake/Meeks. Young to the bench. Wes to the starting unit. Williams to the bench. Hill into the starting line up: All worked.
To be fair, D'Antoni's last few changes in rotation have worked out well, so I'm willing to give him the benefit of doubt until a disaster.
D'Antoni said of Bryant, "In practice he's looked good, but we'll have to wait until we get to game time. A different level."
Sacre decision, per D'Antoni, is to get Hill back with highly effective bench group, and aid rim protection.
D'Antoni on Kobe's comeback: "He'll figure out how he'll be effective, and he'll come at you with everything he's got."
Mike D'Antoni said he has not seen the Kobe return video. I had unique, awkward opportunity to try to describe it to him.
Mike D'Antoni was asked what his expectations are from Kobe Bryant. "To be a dominant player."
*D'Antoni starts Sacre* Whispers: "Sweep the leg"
*Sacre scores 20, pulls in 12. D'Antoni's genius streak this season continues.*
D'Antoni on his expectations for Kobe when he returns: "That he'll be a dominant player"
Congrats to Sacre for earning a starting job, but good god I'm confused.
D'Antoni's hoping to re-energize Hill with this move, while taking advantage of Sacre's defense. Hill has totaled just 6 points in last 3.
Mike D'Antoni, you so crazy.
D'Antoni says they're starting Sacre over Jordan Hill tonite because he feels like they wore Hill out playing too many minutes as a starter
Robert Sacre moving to starting lineup tonight. Jordan Hill to the bench.
Robert Sacre will start for the Lakers tonight. Jordan Hill will come off the bench.
Lakers Nation Office Poll: How many mins will Kobe play vs. Raptors? Whose got the best prediction? http://t.co/xk1Z9wh1fE
Game shoes tonight! http://t.co/cDetXu7nZ4
Kobe has been practicing since Nov. 16, has gotten increasingly better. Clearly, he feels strong after 3 straight tough practices this week.
With the return on Sunday, Kobe will have only missed 19 games. Pretty incredible.
Kobe's coming back and NBATV is showing a Pistons game from a week ago.
MJ announced he was coming out of retirement w/ a 2-word fax in 1995. Kobe announced he was coming back w/ a 2-min Facebook video in 2013
A quick check on StubHub shows there's still Lakers-Raptors tickets available for Sunday for as low at $71. Have at it, Los Angelinos
Kobe will have day off after Sunday return, two days off after Tuesday vs. PHX--then four road games in five nights: OKC, CHA, ATL, MEM.
Can't tell, but I think you guys might be excited about Kobe coming back.
I wonder what the Lakers production department has in store for when Chris Kaman gets his back figured out.
"Look, Kobe. We're happy to have you back, but let's not get it twisted. This is my team now." - Jodie Meeks, I hope. AK
Kobe's Facebook video ends with the words: "THE LEGEND CONTINUES...DECEMBER 8"
Kobe's Faceook video ends with the words: "THE LEGEND CONTINUES...DECEMBER 8"
Kobe's line on Dec. 8 of his rookie year: 11 pts on 3-of-10 shooting, 3 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk, 22 mins. Good baseline to shoot for Sunday
Anyone going to be at Staples on Sunday?
Kobe knew the significance of his return and first game back in 8 months. He's wasn't going to do that on the road.
Kobe will return against the Raptors. I seem to remember him having a big game against them a few years ago.
Steve Nash said he is trying to find a level of health he can sustain, "instead of trying to rush back at the first sight of improvement."
D'Antoni said Kaman's back is acting up again. Missed a couple of games with back issues, then logged a couple DNP-CDs.
No Nash, no Kobe, no Farmar. Lost in it all, this: Kaman did not participate in shoot around. He hasn't participated in recent games either
Rambling D'Antoni went on to say, "I think it’s nice, I think odds are good. They could be bad. I don’t know anything."
D'Antoni quickly backtracked after putting Sunday Kobe odds at "pretty good." Said: "I just opened up a can of worms."
While D'Antoni addressed media, Nick Young and Shawne Williams engaged in a deep (deep) 3-point shooting contest.
Nash said if Lakers are playing it safe tonight in Sac., then he'd expect the same Sunday vs. Raptors.
Not much news from Steve Nash today. He remains extremely somber when discussing injury. A Sunday return sounds unlikely at this point.
Someone please caption this photo of Blake Griffin. http://t.co/9p22nO9A3P
Avid soccer fan Steve Nash was asked about the US' World Cup draw: "And I thought I had it bad," he said, referring to his bad back
D'Antoni said odds are "pretty good" that Kobe plays Sunday
Steve Nash said he hasn't circled a potential return date yet but added, "You got to dance with the devil at some point"
Chris Kaman did not participate in shootaround. D'Antoni said Kaman's back is bothering him again. Hmm
D'Antoni said the odds of Kobe playing Sunday are "pretty good" but added "I have no idea"
Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.
From what I'm gathering, the USA got as bad a draw as they could have asked for. Yikes.
NBA rookies should be assigned to NBA teams in the same way they're selecting the World Cup draw. That would be entertaining.
He's still trying to get his range of motion back in his left Achilles/ankle area. That's been his biggest hurdle.
Kobe won't travel with the team as he'll have morning and evening workouts in LA the next two days.
So the NBA just took the Lakers/Kings game off tonight and will broadcast the Lakers/Raptors game!……..This Kobe guy is pretty popular, eh?
John Legend is COLD!!
Outta sight, outta mind.
Really taking pleasure in seeing Paul Pierce and KG go down like this. Still doesn't make up for 2008, but it's DAMN CLOSE
Both coaches get a warning. "No more complaining!" Good luck with that.
The fact that TNT took NYK/BRK game over LAC/MEM tells you how important the NY market is. BRK set to play 18 times on ESPN or TNT this yr