Lakers welcome return of Brown

first_imgWalton, who underwent an MRI on Friday, will not travel for Sunday’s game at Phoenix and his availability for the Lakers’ upcoming trip is uncertain. The Lakers will play back-to-back games at Minnesota and Milwaukee beginning Tuesday. “It’s not healing enough and he’s still having pain in certain movements,” team spokesman John Black said. “So we’ll send him over and check that out.” Brown, meanwhile, made his decision to return mostly out of necessity with Bynum missing three days of practice this week because of illness. In addition, Brown feared he would not be able to return in full for the playoffs if he stuck to his original timetable. “They wanted me to be out another three weeks,” Brown said. “There’s no way I can get in shape if I sit out another three weeks. So I just said, `Let’s try to give it a go.”‘ “It was a bit nostalgic to see him in the uniform today,” Bynum said of Brown, who was injured Dec. 31. “But I’m really happy for him. I know he’s excited to be back and I think it’ll help us out a lot.” The injury news wasn’t as good for Luke Walton, who hoped to return Friday from his own sprained ankle. But Walton has been unable to overcome the injury and will be re-examined Monday by ankle specialist David Thordarson at USC. • Photo Gallery: 03/02: Lakers vs. Kings LOS ANGELES – Andrew Bynum was waiting with a joke Friday as fellow center Kwame Brown returned to the Lakers after missing 27 games with a severely sprained left ankle. center_img Brown consulted with trainer Gary Vitti, who said his ankle might not be pain-free the rest of the season. He joked that he was moving at more of a “fast trot” than running full speed but added, “I’m pretty quick, so it’s faster than most people.” By returning now, Brown also has a chance to salvage what he hoped would be a breakthrough season before it was derailed. Brown is averaging 8.7 points and 6.6 rebounds but has missed 34 of 59 games because of injuries. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Chelsea line-up v Maribor: Mourinho to rest nobody for clash?

first_img1 Despite a trip to Old Trafford looming, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists he is fully focused on Champions League opponents Maribor. That means a strong team will take to the Stamford Bridge pitch.Diego Costa, Ramires, Andre Schurrle, Kurt Zouma and Didier Drogba are all out, but that won’t stop Chelsea looking to maintain their position at the top of Group G.“I do not have Manchester United in mind, I have Maribor in mind. I don’t rest players,” Mourinho said.Possible Chelsea line-up v Maribor: 1 Left-back Filipe Luis is likely to get his opportunity on the left against Man United with Cesar Azpilicueta suspended for the Premier League match.Do you agree with the above starting XI? What is your prediction for the match? Jose Mourinho will not rest key players last_img read more