Lakers notes: Brown optimistic on return

first_imgAlthough he is supposed to wear the boot for three weeks, Brown said, “It feels better than the three weeks, so I’m going to talk to the doctor right after the All-Star break and see if I can try to speed it up a little bit.” Brown, who has missed 22 games since suffering the injury, was able to do some light shooting at Monday’s practice. He plans to work out next week in a hard cast and gauge things from there. The injury hasn’t cost Brown his sense of humor, as he joked about needing to shoot and feel the ball as much as possible while he isn’t playing. “I already can’t catch,” Brown said, “so if I wait this long and (don’t) touch the ball, you’ll really see something special.” Since Brown was injured Dec. 31, the Lakers have made due with teenage center Andrew Bynum starting. Coach Phil Jackson underscored the importance of Brown’s return when he was asked before Tuesday’s game about Bynum wearing down. “Without a doubt,” Jackson said. “He’s a 19-year-old kid. Jordan Farmar, who’s gone through some longer UCLA college seasons, has also hit the wall. They’re starting to come back a little bit. I see a little more life in them now as they come through this.” The rundown: There are issues of great importance in the NBA these days, like choosing sides in the All-Star weekend charity footrace between Charles Barkley and 67-year-old referee Dick Bavetta. “I talked to Dick Bavetta actually a couple games ago. He assured me that he’s in the best shape of his life,” Kobe Bryant said. “If I had to bet, I’d probably go with Dick.” Two-for-none: Jackson revealed that the Lakers suffered from a lack of communication in the final minute of Friday’s loss at Toronto. The coach wanted the Lakers to play the two-for-one possession game but the Lakers didn’t take a shot for nearly 20 seconds. “Not to have a two-for-one when you have 44 seconds (left), those are little things that we’re working at,” Jackson said. “I’m trying to get into that huddle a little bit earlier and be more direct with my comments and make less assumption that they know.” Good feelings: Not that he would say anything differently after playing 44 minutes Sunday at Cleveland, but Bryant said his health was good heading into the All-Star break, and his surgically repaired right knee was “100 percent” better. “Night and day,” Bryant said. “I don’t have to warm up or anything. I can just go out there right now and play. Last year, I had to warm up about 30 minutes just to get out there.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The timetable Lakers center Kwame Brown was given when he went for a second opinion last week on his sprained left ankle called for him to miss another four to six weeks and return sometime in March. But Brown said he was optimistic that he would be able to beat that projection. He has been wearing a walking boot day and night – even while he sleeps – and said the immobilization was helping his ankle. last_img

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