Hi this is Tania Ganguli,
This week offered a good reminder of the human element in sports.
It's a scary proposition to see a family member go through that. Ball did his best to focus on basketball throughout the day. Laker Coach
After the game, Ball, a man of few words, offered five to reveal that this wasn't absent from his mind, "It's still my little brother." But then quickly reminded us again of his steely focus by directing the conversation back to basketball.
The Lakers landed in Washington late Wednesday night after losing to the
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The Lakers were dealt a major blow Nov. 2 when they lost power forward Larry Nance Jr. to a broken bone in his left hand. Nance was despondent in the locker room Thursday night. It was a rare moment when he refused to speak to reporters postgame.
He had surgery the next day and was fitted with a cast. The bone he broke is the second metacarpal, which anchors the index finger.
His spirits quickly rebounded. Nance joked with us before the Lakers' Sunday night game against the Grizzlies that the biggest tragedy of his injury was that he couldn't fit video game controllers in the opening of his cast.
In truth, what made the injury especially sad was that Nance had worked so hard to finally become a starter in his third season with the Lakers and then had this setback. This could also jeopardize Nance's availability for the Slam Dunk contest during All-Star Weekend, which would have been a nice story. Nance's father won the contest in 1984, and this year's festivities are in Los Angeles. Nance wasn't able to participate last season because of a bone bruise.
Since last we spoke
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--Luol Deng went public with his desire to be somewhere else: Deng and his agent have been working with the Lakers since shortly after the season began to find him a new home, whether that’s through a trade or a buyout. He first spoke about it with
The Lakers will be on the road until Monday. After facing the Wizards, they'll play Milwaukee and then Phoenix.
In Milwaukee they'll face Giannis Antetokounmpo, perhaps the player in the league with the highest ceiling.
When Kuzma was asked last week if he compares himself to other rookies, he said he doesn't. Instead, he said, he compares himself to the kinds of players he aspires to be like one day. The two he mentioned? LeBron James and Antetokounmpo.
(All times Pacific)
Thursday at Washington, 4 p.m.
Saturday at Milwaukee, 5:30 p.m.
Monday at Phoenix, 6 p.m.
Wed. vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. ESPN