Lakers forward Trevor Ariza participated in his first non-contact practice since preseason ankle surgery on Thursday, Dave McMenamin of ESPN tweets. Coach Frank Vogel says Ariza will need a “build-up” period before he’ll play. Ariza was projected as a starter after signing a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum.
We have more from the Pacific Division:
- Lakers guard Avery Bradley will not need surgery on his sprained right thumb, Bill Oram of The Athletic tweets. Bradley will be available to play on Friday but he’ll require a splint to protect the injury. Vogel is unsure whether he’ll play Bradley or to give him more time to recover.
- It’ll be one veteran center or the other in the foreseeable future for the Lakers, Kyle Goon of the Orange County Register tweets. Vogel plans to use either Dwight Howard or DeAndre Jordan on a game-by-game basis. Howard will get the start against the Clippers on Friday, so Jordan probably won’t play.
- Damion Lee will return to action on Friday for the Warriors, Anthony Slater of The Athletic tweets. Lee, who last appeared in an NBA game on November 24, left the team for the birth of his first child. Andre Iguodala will miss his eighth consecutive game due to right knee soreness.
- Despite winning multiple championship, Warriors coach Steve Kerr hasn’t lost his competitive spirit, as he told Sam Amick of The Athletic. “Part of what allowed me to stay in the NBA for 15 years as a player is that losing humiliates me, you know? My competitive desire drives me,” he said. “But like a lot of players at this level, the fear of losing is an even bigger motivator. So even though I don’t stop and think about legacy or anything like that, I just want to (bleeping) win, you know? It burns in me.”
Retweet 3 Share 0 Send via email0
8 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Ariza, Bradley, Howard, Jordan, Lee, Iguodala, Kerr”
Iguodala and Ariza need 60 games EACH load management this season
Their legs are 99 years old each
Every Laker needs load management including young men Davis and Westbrook
No more taking pride and playing 82 games anymore. Overpaid and uneducated, oh what hard work gets you now a days . I’ll put a ball in a hoop for millions and millions of dollars. These are super important things in our life. Load management for the weak
Hard work now gets you, running more than ever before in todays nba, while still having random commenter luke207, talk about how weak you are.
No one is wanting you to put a ball in a hoop. Much less pay to see it.
Nobody pays to see most substitutes, either.
What do you know . I know every player to ever play since the 1950s. You are probably some nerd living in his mom’s basement. I have worked hard in my life. They now play the weakest defense off all time. The older players dealt with way more. These lazy kids now a days . Keep your ignorant comments to yourself cadagan
“I know every player to play since the 1950s”
“You are probably some nerd living in his mom’s basement”
Pot, meet kettle.
No more highlight dunking for Iggy. He got a bit too excited watching and playing with GP2. :)
Steve Kerr is on his way to be named 2024 Olympic Coach. Well deserved.