Lakers’ Brandon Ingram expected to miss additional week with sprained ankle

first_imgMEMPHIS — As the Lakers prepared for the second game of a road back-to-back on Saturday, some news came in from back in Los Angeles.A little bit good. A little bit bad.The good: Brandon Ingram’s sprained left ankle isn’t worse than that. A precautionary MRI on Thursday evening showed no signs of more serious injury. But the Lakers also aren’t expected to be able to bring him back for the next week, as he recovers from landing on LaMarcus Aldridge’s foot in a game against the Spurs on Wednesday.Coach Luke Walton was accepting of the positive but still rankled by being without his third leading scorer for at least two more games after the trip. JAMES GIFTS GRIZZLIES EMPLOYEE HIS SHOESIn the closing minutes of the game, there was a stir near the end of the bench as LeBron James appeared to hug a woman on the edge of the court. She then brushed at her eyes as she walked out of the arena into the tunnel.James later said that the woman was a Grizzlies employee he’s seen over the years. Every game he’s played in Memphis, he’s seen her wearing an exclusive pair of his signature Nike shoes. For the first time on Saturday night, he talked to her as he sat on the end of the bench in the win.“I’ve always noticed it, I’ve never said anything to her,” he said. “And tonight I said something to her for the very first time, and she said, ‘Yeah, I’ve always been Team LeBron. Always.’ So she got a pair of LeBrons.”James gave her his game-worn purple LeBron 16s, causing her to tear up, and spurring cheers from a large camp of Lakers fans who were on hand to witness the exchange.“It’s very humbling the fans respect the way I approach the game and who I am off the floor as well,” he said. “I try to give them my appreciation as well by being on the floor and doing what I love to do. And that’s playing the game at a high level. It’s definitely reciprocated.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“We really just miss the fact that we keep losing out on a great opportunity for our team to kind of find that rhythm together,” he said. “Every time we start to find a little bit of a rhythm, we lose a big piece. And we’re doing a good job of filling in, but it’d be nice to start to get that continuity down with the same group of guys.”Ingram (15.2 points per game, 4 rebounds per game) is going through his second absence after serving a four-game suspension at the beginning of the season. Walton bitterly noted that the Lakers didn’t have the 6-foot-9 forward’s length in all four games against San Antonio this season (he was injured in the first quarter of the third game in the series), during which DeMar DeRozan scored 30 or more in each game.The Lakers would like to bring back Ingram’s length on defense, where he had been putting together a string of strong efforts to supplement his scoring. His presence also helps smooth out the second unit, which relies on his shooting and play-making ability.Walton has compensated by starting Josh Hart for the past two games, but of course, the Lakers are also hurting for depth without veteran point guard Rajon Rondo (right hand fracture), who traveled with the team on the trip but did not play. Rondo’s original timeline of four to five weeks of recovery would put him in line to return soon, and he’s been cleared for some physical contact.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “His hand is pretty swollen,” Walton said. “Until the swelling is down, we’re not playing him.“last_img read more

101 arrested during 4-day crime assault

first_imgLANCASTER – Law enforcement officials are calling a four-day saturation patrol of central Lancaster that concluded Friday the opening salvo of an effort to eradicate the Antelope Valley’s streets of criminal street gangs. The saturation patrol produced 101 arrests – 38 for felonies and 63 arrests for misdemeanors – and another 57 citations, Palmdale sheriff’s station Lt. Bobby Denham said Monday. Of those arrested, 56 had outstanding warrants, and five were known gang members, Denham said. Denham said four arrests were for illegal firearms possession, and 26 involved illegal narcotics possession. Four firearms were recovered, including one shotgun. “The number of deputies on the streets are there to send a message to gang members that we’re here and we will continue to be here,” Denham said. “At the same time we want the public to know that we in law enforcement will do all we can to reduce gangs and crime throughout the entire Antelope Valley.” (661) 267-7802 Some 60 sheriff’s deputies flooded a roughly 31/2 -square-mile area from Avenues H to J-8 between 20th Streets East and West most of last week in an unprecedented effort that will continue indefinitely, law enforcement officials say. About 40 out-of-area deputies were summoned to Lancaster, joining existing Community Oriented Policing and High Impact Team units assigned to proactively pursue criminal activity. Lancaster residents say it was hard not to notice the increased law enforcement presence. “Everybody’s talking about it, good guys, bad guys, everybody knows about it,” said Lancaster resident Rami Darghalli, who owns Bob’s Market on Avenue I in Lancaster. “It won’t solve the problem completely, but I think it can help. They need to do it more often.” Denham said similar saturation patrols are planned for Palmdale and surrounding unincorporated regions. last_img read more