He just wasn't cut out for the media attention and the spotlight of a big city like Los Angeles. He also didn't care for his coach [ Mike D'Antoni ] or his other coach [Kobe Bryant] and was real
tired of playing second fiddle to Bryant." Howard's departure might ease Gasol's longstanding angst about securing enough touches in the post, something longtime fan Geno Apicella said could help
the 7-footer enjoy a bounce-back season in which he averages 20 points and 10 rebounds. "It will not be a good thing for Pau," said Apicella, 50, who works in sales, distribution and production
of watersports products and has been a Lakers season-ticket holder since 1988, "it will be a great thing." Apicella also likes the free agents the Lakers obtained this summer through the NBA
equivalent of bargain-bin shopping. Young and fellow forward Wesley Johnson should provide needed length and athleticism, point guard Jordan Farmar provides a younger and speedier alternative to
Nash, and Kaman is only three seasons removed from being an All-Star. "These four players are far and away a better fit for this team," Apicella said, "and when you can get younger and better
without spending a lot, I think it was a coup." One issue that universally worries fans is Bryant's return from the injury he suffered in April when he crumpled to the floor against Golden State
at Staples Center. While the typical recovery period for a torn Achilles' tendon is six to nine months, Bryant recently posted on Instagram a picture of himself running on an anti-gravity
treadmill and said he was ahead of schedule. But should he push himself to return by the Lakers' opener Oct. 29 against the Clippers even if it means placing himself at increased risk of
aggravating his injury? "Kobe should not try to rush back," said Reilly, the corporate recruiter.
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I didnt think it would ever happen, that this dream I had many years ago could become a reality, the Racine native said of playing for the Bucks. Thats funny. Im good for whatever is needed. Im
definitely in great shape and I cant wait for the season to start. [...] Last season he averaged 10.4 points and 2.9 rebounds despite playing just 24.1 minutes per game. After I got back healthy,
I actually wanted to play more, Butler said. I had to accept the role I was given. I felt I was back to my old self. Its never been hard for me to score.
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But theres enzymes [Paul needs to] take. Dont take vitamins, those kinds of vitamins just normally you see guys throw in. I explain to guys what the stimulation of their body means. Is Chris Paul
eating less meat these days? No. I was with him, hes probably eating [meat]. I showed him the less seafood you eat during the year, the less aches and pains and arthritic, the less acid you put
in your body, the less alkaline you put in your body, the better it is. I once was vegetarian for a year and I can remember my friends making fun of me.
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