Nobody thinks a week off between the end of the Lakers/Jazz series and the start of the Lakers/Suns series was a good idea (it was even a day longer for the Suns). Well, the NBA league offices think it’s a good idea, but nobody logical.
The Lakers were at least hoping to get one good thing out of it — Andrew Bynum’s knee would get some rest. He would come back stronger.
Nope. Bynum said his knee is continually feeling worse the more he plays.
The good news, relatively, is that it’s not getting worse. He hasn’t practiced with the team, so the knee is the same. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground… same as it ever was.
Bynum says he can play through it. Thing is, his minutes likely would have been reduced some this series as the Lakers leaned more on the more mobile Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom anyway. The Lakers would still have their size advantage inside but can defend the pick and roll better with that pair.
Bynum likely will spend most of his time on the just back from injury Robin Lopez in a battle of the hobbling big men.
Kobe Bryant reflected, told stories and showed his emotions.
For nearly 25 minutes, the Lakers star talked about his pending retirement. It was pretty cool.
DeAndre Jordan‘s free-throw problems – 38.7% this season, 41.5% for his career – are mental.
You can’t watch this trip to the line and convince me otherwise.
Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.
Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.
So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.
So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?
Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.
Sometimes – as Kristaps Porzingis sees against Dwight Howard – it’s more flattering just to play James Harden-level defense.