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Practice Report: Kobe On The Sidelines And Roster Spots Uncertain Reviewed by Momizat on . The Lakers were on day five of training camp Wednesday, and the media was buzzing around like the Lakers were gearing up for playoffs. Well, with the exception The Lakers were on day five of training camp Wednesday, and the media was buzzing around like the Lakers were gearing up for playoffs. Well, with the exception Rating:
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Practice Report: Kobe On The Sidelines And Roster Spots Uncertain

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The Lakers were on day five of training camp Wednesday, and the media was buzzing around like the Lakers were gearing up for playoffs. Well, with the exception that the Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant wasn’t available to the media. Bryant, though, has been on the sidelines during practice, while the Lakers have been partaking in two-a-days. Lakers guard Nick Young said Bryant’s been telling him to improve his dribbling going left and head coach Mike D’Antoni said that he saw Bryant shoot for the first time.

“I saw him shoot the ball today for the first time, I don’t know if it’s his first time but it’s the first time I saw him so that’s a progression…I think he was on his tip-toes, I mean he wasn’t jumping, but he wasn’t flat-footed.” – Mike D’Antoni

D’Antoni also said this morning’s practice involved a lot of contact. Lakers center Pau Gasol  said his progression has been coming along better than expected, but he needs to work on his turnovers in practice. There was also an overall feeling that no roster spots are set in stone.

“There’s definitely competition. Guys are playing hard, right now nothing’s set in stone couple spots with the lineup can change, we know Mike likes to make changes during the season sometimes you have a guy play in 10 games and that guy won’t play for another 10 games and we’ll will be wondering why, but so far people are in good spirits playing hard…”

The Lakers heard coach also reiterated that he’s not necessarily looking at who’s filling roster spots at the moment, commenting that all the guys on the roster have the ability to start. So, what’s going to be the difference maker in training camp for who nabs the final roster spots? Chemistry.

“The biggest thing is in the exhibition season, will be to watch their interactions with other players. They’re all very good players and they all can start, it’s not going to be that, just [going to be about] a better fit with different players.”

D’Antoni did say that he won’t be experimenting with Young at the four, Young will be primarily at the two and three, but said Wesley Johnson definitely has the ability to fill in at the four. Coach sure seems to be enjoying his first real training camp with the Lakers. He currently has 19 players to work with, once the regular season comes around he’ll be looking to trim, at minimum, four guys off the roster. The Lakers first preseason game is this Saturday against the Golden State Warriors.

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  • Straight Cash Homey

    It’s going to be a loooooooooooong ass season.:-(

    • cj

      ya because of a deep playoff run

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        good one cj… I am loving this vibe… it’s like 2008 all over again…

        • cj

          i agree this team reminds me alot of 08-09 season

  • Lakers4Life

    Serene to show off more cleavage at the practice facility.

  • Straight Cash Homey

    This Just In Breaking News B.J. Young has been released by The Rockets!The Lakers can really use this kid on the roster since Steve Nash is 39 years old and he has some health issues with his leg and back and hamstring,we also Steve Blake has been injured with rib and stomach issues the last 2 seasons that leaves just Jordan Farmar especially if Steve Blake plays shooting guard while Kobe is out.B.J. Young is a Eric Bledsoe type of player he is fast and athletic he plays great defense a end to end fast player with point guard skills.We can definetly use B.J. Young in the Mike D’Antoni system catered towards fast point guards and he can also fit right in with the Lakers youth movement.Thoughts?

    It’s obvious why the Rockets released him because they have 4 point guards Jermy Lin,Aaron Brooks,Patrick Beverly,Isaiah Canaan and they still are trying to figure out a way to bring him back that how good he is and highly thought of he is by them.Also Rockets signed him to a 3 year deal originally.I say please sign the next Eric Bledsoe B.J. Young we need a extra point guard in case of more injuries.Use the veteran minimum on him.What do you think Lakers Nation yes or no?Lakers will be happy if they get him.Hey Go Ya’ll.Lets make it happen.Gotta get all of dem talented players.

    The Houston Rockets have made their first transaction in training camp, releasing guard B.J. Young Wednesday afternoon. An undrafted rookie free agent out of Arkansas, Young was signed by the Rockets in July after averaging 11.8 points with the Rockets summer league team.

    With the release of Young, the Rockets’ roster is trimmed down to 18 players.

    Young still remains a candidate for a roster spot with D-League affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He averaged 15.2 points, while shooting over 47 percent from the field during his 2 seasons at the University of Arkansas.

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