After losing to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night, the Los Angeles Lakers took some time off. On Monday, however, the Lakers got back to work. First, they arrived early and had a team signing session.
Typically, the coach and players meet with media after practice, but on this occasion, the Lakers opted to meet reporters and take questions before breaking a serious sweat. Jordan Hill and Nick Young were back on the practice court, so spirits were high.
Young, in particular, is not one to shy away from any subject or offer some friendly banter.
When asked about some of Kobe Bryant’s trash talk, the 28-year-old former USC Trojan relayed some memorable trash talk dropped by Bryant earlier in the day. “'I don’t talk to players on teams that are 20 games under .500,'” Young said.
Young has missed nearly a full month with a knee injury, but he hinted that he could return this week.
Was Wednesday a possibility? Young smiled and responded, “Never know.”
“This could be my last couple times playing in this uniform.“ Young added, “I’m a Laker fan for life.”
Another "Laker fan for life" that was healthy and playing with the team was Jordan Farmar. However, Farmar suffered a right groin strain during Monday’s practice. Lakers PR revealed that he will be evaluated by Tuesday at the latest. One would expect that Farmar would likely be listed as doubtful for Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.
Farmar was one of the veteran voices in the locker room and one of the standout performers on the court. However, the former UCLA Bruin missed about two months with two separate hamstring tears, and his inability to stay healthy has marred the point guard’s return to the Lakers.
For this team, injuries are nothing new, as they have more games missed due to injury than any other team in the league. Prior to taking off on their last road trip, the team confirmed that Kobe Bryant was done for the season. A short time later, Steve Nash was also ruled out for the year by Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. Whether or not Farmar's injury has any impact on Nash's return remains to be seen.
For these Lakers, however, a day without a new injury just would not feel right.