Trans. Dec 19 8:43 ET (Dec 19 8:43 ET ) Just how good is Kendall Marshall, and did the Wizards make a mistake in not finding a way to retain the point guard when they orchestrated a trade with the Phoenix Suns for Marcin Gortat? Marshall, who was released along with Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee, signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.The Lakers are in dire need of help with injuries to guards Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake. The Wizards wanted another center because Emeka Okafor had a disk injury in his neck and was out indefinitely.
It can sometimes be difficult to keep track of all the Christmas characters in American culture. There are the big ones like Santa Claus, Rudolph, and Frosty; somewhat less canonical figures like Emmet Otter , Heat Miser , and Mr. Fezziwig ; and downright minor creations like Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, and Matt Lauer . There is seemingly no limit to our collective holiday imagination.
While we all know of these characters in some form, it can be a little challenging to remember them when challenged to do so. Take, for example, the Los Angeles Lakers' performance when asked to list Santa's reindeer by local affiliate KABC (via PBT ). It's not so great, even if Mike D'Antoni has some fun with it:
Except, that is, for backup point guard Jordan Farmar. The curiosity here is that Farmar was brought up Jewish, attending Hebrew school and being bar mitzvah'd as a young boy in the San Fernando Valley. Although the story of Santa and his reindeer is not exactly part of a religious tradition, it's a little funny that the person not force-fed Christmas stories his entire life got the most of the bunch.
On the other hand, as described in the relatively new Christmas film " Switchmas ," it can be kosher for a Jewish child to embrace the traditions of the holiday provided that he maintain his ties to his own culture. We are all in this together, especially when required to list eight similarly named fictional animals.
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The Los Angeles Lakers star seems comfortable in either spot. Bryant is trying to take on the roles of both scorer and ball distributor for the injury-plagued Lakers, who continue a four-game trip Monday against the Atlanta Hawks. With point guards Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar all sidelined, coach Mike D'Antoni has tried to shift Bryant into more of a catalyst role - which may suit the veteran a bit better as he continues to work his way back from a torn Achilles. It's not pretty right now," D'Antoni said.
Injuries are forcing the Los Angeles Lakers to use Kobe Bryant as a point guard, and his coach, Mike D'Antoni, is continuing to feud with Pau Gasol. Oh, and the Lakers are also mired in their longest losing streak of the season after a lopsided defeat last time out. While some of their other woes might not go away quickly, the Lakers will at least try to snap a three-game skid Saturday night by sending the host Charlotte Bobcats to a season-high third consecutive defeat. Already missing point guards Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar to injuries, the Lakers won't have Steve Blake for at least six weeks because of a torn ligament in his right elbow.
Steve Blake will be out at least six weeks with a torn ligament in his right elbow, leaving the Los Angeles Lakers without all three of their injured point guards. Blake was hurt Nov. 26 in Washington, but kept playing until the Lakers' team doctors diagnosed the tear this week. He has been starting in the absence of Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar, averaging 9.8 points and 7.7 assists in a strong season. ''It's still a little bit in shock right now that I'm having another injury and having to sit out,'' Blake said Thursday before the Lakers' flight to Oklahoma City to open a four-game trip.
The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that point guard Steve Blake has been "diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow," and is "expected to be out a minimum of six weeks," dealing a major blow to a Lakers team already struggling with backcourt injuries and working to reintegrate recently returned shooting guard Kobe Bryant.
While there's some discrepancy in reports of when exactly Blake sustained his injury — the team statement says that it happened "in the second half of the Lakers vs. [the Sacramento Kings] game on November 24," but Blake himself said Thursday it took place "on the road against [the Washington Wizards," according to ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin — we've known that Blake's not 100 percent for nearly two weeks now. Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reported on Dec. 2 that the point guard had been dealing with a hyperextended right elbow.
Despite being limited to the point where he shot left-handed during Lakers practices , though, Blake continued to play through the injury, starting every game and logging 30 or more minutes in six of the last eight games, including 39 in the Lakers' Tuesday night home loss to the Phoenix Suns. And while his shot was clearly affected — Blake hit just 34.6 percent from the field and 28.1 percent from 3-point range after the Washington game — he continued to distribute, dishing 8.8 assists against 3.5 turnovers in 32.6 minutes per content.
The Lakers needed Blake to suit up despite the ongoing elbow injury because he was their only option at the one. Expected starter Steve Nash continues to work his way back from a variety of ailments . Expected third-string point guard Jordan Farmar will miss at least the next two weeks after suffering a tear in his left hamstring . With Blake now unavailable, and Nash not traveling with the team on the four-game road trip that begins Friday with a visit to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Lakers officially have no more point guards.
As a result, desperation and necessity have bred invention:
D’Antoni’s plan for Friday in OKC with a lack of healthy PGs: “Kobe & Jodie will be out there at the 1 and 2.”
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 12, 2013
Bryant is essentially going to play PG on offense with the starters, and Henry with the bench. — Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 12, 2013
This, clearly, is far from an ideal situation. Meeks functions best as a spot-up shooter and lane-filler in transition. Henry's done some work on the ball this year for L.A. in practice and in limited game situations, but relying on him to be a second-unit triggerman and facilitator for others seems like a recipe for an awful lot of Nick Young isolations. And they, obviously, are just the tip of the iceberg.
While Bryant is a gifted playmaker who has worked hard to find his teammates opportunities in his first two games back and has dabbled in pass-first play in the past, the Lakers are still clearly in the midst of a major adjustment in terms of how their offense functions when initiated by Bryant out of the post as opposed to the pick-and-roll/motion-heavy looks generated out of head coach Mike D'Antoni's system earlier in the season. This, at the very least, figures to complicate that adjustment, especially for as long as there's no actual point guard available, which could be a little while.
No one seems to have a firm grasp yet on when, or in what form, Nash will be back. Farmar's stepping up his workouts, but reportedly hasn't really pushed it, and figures to be at least two weeks away from full-go. General manager Mitch Kupchak said Thursday that the team, which does have an open 15th roster spot, will be monitoring the market for potential additions, but doesn't expect to find anyone who provides a better option than Meeks and Henry; one wonders if available ex-D'Antoni types like Leandro Barbosa and Chris Duhon, or ex-Lakers like Shannon Brown and Darius Morris, would merit a look should the "no-point-guard-by-committee" approach come up snake eyes.
Whatever comes next, it seems inevitable that we're about to see Kobe resume nearly complete control of the Lakers offense just three games after returning from the most serious injury of his live, and to begin the process of doing so against perhaps the best team in the Western Conference. Friday night ought to be plenty interesting, Lakers fans. Consider pouring a stiff drink before you tune in.
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar will be out for roughly four weeks after tearing his left hamstring.The Lakers announced their backup point guard's injury Monday. The team also announced Pau Gasol has a mildly sprained right ankle.Farmar left Sunday night's game against Portland after playing just 56 seconds. He had an ultrasound examination Monday.Farmar is off to a strong start in his return to the Lakers, where he won two NBA titles before playing in New Jersey and Turkey. ...
Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash is expected to return to practice on Tuesday after missing 10 straight games because of back and hamstring problems, ESPNLosAngeles.com reported. It's possible -- but far from definite -- that both he and Kobe Bryant will return to action when the Lakers play the Sacramento Kings on Friday. Nash spent last week in Vancouver, British Columbia, working out with his personal trainer, Rick Celebrini, while the Lakers were on a three-game trip through Washington, Brooklyn and Detroit. Nash, 39, is averaging 6.7 points and 4.8 assists this season, and the Lakers need him more now that Jordan Farmar is expected to be sidelined for several weeks.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar will be sidelined about four weeks with a torn left hamstring but Spanish big man Pau Gasol has only a mild right ankle sprain, the NBA club said Monday. Farmar underwent an ultrasound test Monday to diagnose his problem while Gasol had an MRI exam to confirm his injury was not more serious. Farmar suffered his injury in the first quarter of Sunday's 114-108 home loss to Portland. In 18 games this season, Farmar is averaging 9.2 points, 4.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar will be out for roughly four weeks after tearing his left hamstring.
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Lakers' Pau Gasol out vs. Warriors with illness (The Associated Press) (1 Day Ago | courtesy: The Associated Press) OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol will not play against the Golden State Warriors because of an upper respiratory infection. More...