Tag:Theo Ratliff
Posted on: December 5, 2010 4:01 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:16 pm

Lakers' Andrew Bynum goes through 5-on-5 practice

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum completes a five-on-five practice for the first time during his knee rehabilitation. Posted by Ben Golliver andrew-bynum The major milestone to look for in any rehabilitating player's return from injury is simple: when is he allowed to return to full five-on-five practice work? That date usually precedes a return to NBA action by a week or two, and represents the time when the player is deemed healthy enough for the physical pounding that will occur in regular game action. Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum, one of the NBA's premier young big men, has been working his way back gradually from an offseason knee surgery. On Saturday, Lakers coach Phil Jackson told the Los Angeles Times that Bynum went through a five-on-five practice for the first time.
"He said he was tired, which is natural," Jackson said. "That's going to happen."
Bynum, who didn't talk to the media after practice, has said he'd like to be ready to play around Dec. 19 at Toronto, which would be the last of a six-game Lakers trip. "He said there was just one moment where he had a little twinge," Jackson said. "But other than that, he was OK."
The fatigue thing isn't a big deal, as rehabbing players, especially big men, are reintroduced into the rotation gradually, allowing them to build up their endurance. Bynum's return is welcome news for the Lakers, who have dealt with injuries to frontline players Pau Gasol (hamstring) and Theo Ratliff (who had surgery on his knee earlier this season).  Due in part to the injuries, and a stretch of uncharacteristically poor play that resulted in four straight losses, the Lakers have dropped to 14-6 on the season, good for fourth place in the Western Conference. 
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:49 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 11:50 pm

Lakers loss leads to ominous stat

Lakers lose fourth in a row, which leads to push-come-to-shove streaks, one of which must end. Posted by Matt Moore

One loss is a laugh-off. Two is an annoyance. Three is concerning. Four? Four losses in a row? That's ominous.

The Los Angeles Lakers lost 109-99 to the Houston Rockets Wednesday night, pardon me, the 5-12-entering Houston Rockets for their fourth consecutive loss. why are four losses, even ones as apoplectic as these, significant whatsoever for a championship-proven team in December?

Because of this, courtesy of Andrew Siciliano of FSN :

So that's pretty ominous. The Lakers aren't struggling because Kobe Bryant's out injured or because Pau Gasol is out injured (though Pau is struggling because of the lack of center depth with Theo Ratliff out and Andrew Bynum Andrew Bynuming). They're struggling because they're having significant lapses at the defensive end (Shane Battier scored 11 straight on them in the final minutes for crying out loud), and on offense, too often a no-longer-29-year-old Kobe Bryant is constantly putting up bad shots. On key possessions Bryant opted for the 40-foot-three-pointer shots instead of using all his knowledge and craft to create easier opportunities, extend the game or work for a quality shot.

The other trend that the 4-game streak omen is up against? Phil Jackson has never failed to complete a 3-peat. Given the fact that LA has five months to get it right, Andrew Bynum returns in a few weeks, and this team could not care less about the regular season and they're still only losing these games by a handful of buckets, we should probably bet on the latter trend holding up.

But it still should be noted that the Lakers right now? They're not very good at all.

Posted on: November 17, 2010 6:54 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:51 pm

Andrew Bynum has 'no idea' when he'll return

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum has "no idea" when he will return to the court after having surgery on his knee. Posted by Ben Golliver andrew-bynum-knee

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum has yet to take the court for the defending champions this season, as he continues to work his back from summer knee surgery.  Bynum's rehabilitation has been filled with twists and turns. He has been criticized for waiting until after soccer's World Cup to undergo the surgery. He's also dealt with whispers about how hard he's working to get back, but that seems par for the course in the NBA whenever fans and media grow impatient with a player's extended rehabilitation.  Lakers.com has posted a transcript of a brief interview with Bynum, however, that might raise the eyebrows and heart rates of Lakers fans just a touch.  In the interview, conducted Wednesday evening, Bynum says he has "no idea" when he will be back on the court, that he's really only doing "straight line" running during his workouts, that he has yet to move laterally in game-like situations, and that he's not sure he will be practicing with his teammates by Thanksgiving. Bynum concludes by saying that his slow progress shouldn't be a major cause for concern.
I’m not real concerned with it, just trying to get healthy and get back. My big thing is to be in the best shape that I can be when I get out there so nothing else happens. I don’t want to have a set back or regress.
A go-to comment for NBA coaches and general mangers when a player is in a situation like this is: "as long as he's back for the playoffs, we'll be OK." Most of the time, that's just lip service, and the team simply doesn't want to add additional pressure to a player that's going through a painful physical process of rehabilitation. Given how well the Lakers have started the season, and how well Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom have held down the post in Bynum's absence, there is no good reason to rush Bynum back. The Lakers, unlike so many other teams, honestly don't need their injured big man until the playoffs. Sure, everyone involved would like Bynum healthy, and he would be an asset, but the risk/reward balance of rushing him back when the Lakers are playing so well without him is totally out of wack.  While the Theo Ratliff knee surgery leaves the Lakers temporarily short-handed in front, that will be a blip in the radar come the post-season. Managing Bynum's health is all about the long-term play. Forget Thanksgiving. If he's not back by Valentine's Day, then it's time to get concerned. 
Posted on: November 15, 2010 1:07 am

Lamar Odom to have MRI on right foot

Posted by Royce Young

Via the Orange County Register, Laker forward Lamar Odom will get an MRI on his right foot after suffering what Phil Jackson called a “bone bruise” in the Lakers’ 116-121 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday Night.

Odom didn't exit the game early and played really well, contributing 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists in 42 minutes. Obviously it's only an MRI, but any time a player has one of those, there's always the chance something could be up. Something has to be enough of an issue to make the training staff see one as necessary.

And in news not important enough to warrant its own post or a mention in the headline, Theo Ratliff will also have an MRI on a sore left knee. I guess Monday is just MRI Day for the Lakers.

Posted on: July 23, 2010 5:47 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 5:57 pm

Lakers expect to sign Brown, do sign Ratliff

Posted by Royce Young

The Lakers are actively working to finish filling out their roster. As it stands, the Lakers have 11 players under contract for 2010-11 after signing Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff late Thursday. Of course they are expected to finish deals on second-round picks Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter as well, meaning the roster will meet the requirement of 13.

But what about Shannon Brown? He's reportedly shopped around a bit, with his name popping up in places like Charlotte and Chicago. But it appears the Lakers will re-sign him. Kevin Ding of the Orange Country Register reports general manager Mitch Kupchak indicated Brown would be re-signed in the coming weeks.

With Jordan Farmar signing with the Nets, Brown has some pretty good value for the Lakers. He's a reliable point guard that can score and run an offense for a limited amount of time. Plus, he jumps really, really high.

Another thing Ding notes is that the Barnes signing was more for insurance on Luke Walton because Walton's back may cause him to miss all of, or at least most of next season.

Posted on: July 23, 2010 12:11 am
Edited on: July 23, 2010 9:42 am

Matt Barnes is a Laker

Posted by Matt Moore

Remember how the Lakers bench was terrible last year? Yeah, not so much this season.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Matt Barnes has signed a two-year, $3.6 million contract Thursday, and also signed Theo Ratliff. So the one, merciful, mockable weakness that the Lakers had has been eradicated, replaced by a list of reasonable contracts for quality players. They're reserves, to be sure. Barnes has terrible catch handles and thinks he's a much better perimeter shooter than he is. Derek Fisher (now a backup with Steve Blake on board) is a defensive liability and has the offensive versatility of a tree stump at this point. Ratliff had a worse PER than Kwame Brown last year.

But it's when you consider how small of a gap they have to cover while the megastars rest. The Lakers added a defensive stopper to go with Ron Artest, a quality backup point guard (who has started for them for years), and a veteran center Phil jackson might actually trust to play. It's a terrific combination of signings. Not enough to match the other teams' signings this summer, but then, the Lakers didn't need much either. Being, you know, defending champions and all.

The Lakers have addressed their biggest need, which wasn't really a need , since they won the NBA championship with that weakness. Miami can add all the guys they want. Until someone else winds up with a ring, the Lakers still run this league. And they just got stronger.

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