The Machine Gets Back on the Court: Sasha Vujacic Returns to Lakers Practice

Ryan WardCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2008

Some good news for the Lakers Monday: Sasha "The Machine" Vujacic has made his way back onto the basketball court after injuring his ankle on the first day of training camp.

After the ankle injury, which was worse than first diagnosed, Vujacic was going to sit out the rest of the preseason to hopefully be healthy to start the regular season. Fortunately for the Lakers, Vujacic was back on the floor for practice on Monday.

"It feels good. There are just certain movements, certain things I can't do," Vujacic said Monday. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow and go from there."

Just this offseason, Vujacic was rewarded for a career year last season and received his first big payday by signing a three-year deal with the Los Angeles worth about $15 million.

The talented shooter said he plans to play at least one of the last three preseason games and should be ready for the Lakers first regular season game on Oct. 28, against the Portland Trail Blazers.