The Los Angeles Lakers came into the offseason winning there 2nd straight NBA Title over the Boston Celtics. The Lakers have head coach Phil Jackson coming back for another year and attempting for his 4th three-peat as a head coach.
Lakers star Kobe Bryant underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last week, the Lakers officials site reported. Kobe dealt with a finger injury and knee injury that affected him most of the season. Bryant is rehabbing and is expected to be recovered and healthy prior to the start of training camp which starts on September 25.
The Lakers have said that it is possible that SF Luke Walton could miss the entire 2010-2011 season. General manager Mitch Kupchak said Friday that Walton will work through the summer to rehabilitate and build strength in his back but acknowledged the prospect of future surgery still exists. Walton only played in a career low 29 games last season because of back problems debilitating enough to require surgery.
The Lakers have added some depth to there team by signing SF Matt Barnes and C Theo Ratliff. Matt Barnes played for the Orlando Magic last season averaging 8.8 ppg, 5.5 rbg and 1.7 apg. Ratliff played for the San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Bobcats averaging 3.6 ppg, 3.2 rbg and 1.2 apg. Ratliff will be a bench player and not average much playing time. Matt Barnes will be one of the first players off the bench for the Lakers.