No quote of the day today, but the series of quotes
related to Rider's first time late to practice is
interesting. Jackson made it clear that he won't cut
Rider any slack and will reveal any false step of his
to the press...if Rider isn't careful he could end up
as Jackson's designated "*** boy" in the media.
Jackson said that he plans to distribute the minutes
fairly evenly tonight. The Lakers brought 18 players,
so some won't play. Horry is supposed to get some early
playing time at SF.
Interesting report about the scrimmages:
"The No. 3 team (Cory Hightower, Mark Madsen, Stanislav
Medvedenko, Andy Panko and Shawn Respert) again had its
way with the more proven Lakers in Tuesday scrimmages.
The No. 2 team (Greg Foster, Devean George, Tyronn Lue,
Robert Horry, Rider and Brian Shaw) has been ineffective
most of camp." (OCR)
About how he'll play Shaq and Kobe only about half the
game, Jackson said:
"Last year, we had two guys (Bryant and Travis Knight)
hurt in the first exhibition game we played, so I want
to go nice and easy with this one." (OCR)
Praising Penberthy, Jackson said:
"I like this kid Mike Penberthy, a small guard. I'll play
him a little bit in (Tyrone) Lue's spot in one of those
two (exhibition) games." (RPE)
Note: Jackson may give Penberthy 12-16 minutes tonight.
"During Tuesday's scrimmage, Penberthy was on the gold
jersey team with starters Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal,
Rick Fox and Horace Grant. A long shot to make the team,
he has shown himself to be a tremendous shooter." (RPE)
About how he is difficult to understand even by players
whose native language is English (referring to Medvedenko),
" . . . My language as opposed to some people's hearing
ability is difficult anyway, the lingo that I use. So I
think for most of it, it's a communication gap. Then you
put (Lakers assistant coach) Tex (Winter) out there and
he's talking in terms of '50s language, which is altogether
different. We do have a terminology dictionary for these
players that we give them." (RPE)
Note: Aside from his 3-hour daily English lessons,
Medvedenko has been getting help with the English
language and Jackson's terminology from Madsen.
About Rider, Jackson first said:
"He's a great shooter, he's very competitive, defensively
he likes to get out and play. He's finding his way offen-
sively. It's going to be awhile for him to find all the
nuances in this offense. But, we expected that. So that's
not a surprise." (LAT)
Jackson paused and then added:
"He's only been late once. That's the biggest surprise."
(LAT, LBPT, LADN, OCR, RPE)
Note: "Rider, meanwhile, was visibly uncomfortable
answering for his tardiness, which has been a chronic
problem in his career and he vowed to rectify as a
Laker. Only after being asked repeatedly about it
Tuesday did Rider offer any explanation." (OCR)
Note: Rider also parked one day in the well-marked
spot for LA Kings' coach Andy Murray. Jackson didn't
say what practice Rider was late for this week.
Note: "Rider has worked longer than his new teammates
almost every afternoon, in part because he played almost
no basketball after he was released by Atlanta in March.
Now he's been late once in eight days." (LAT)
About Rider's first response to reporters:
"What's your point? Hurry up - I'm going inside," Rider
said when approached. He proceeded to respond to several
more questions about his tardiness with the flat
response: "Next," wanting to change topics." (OCR)
About Jackson saying that he was late once, Rider said:
"You should talk to [Jackson] about that. We're supposed
to be in the gym, shoes tied and ready to go. [Jackson
and I] walked in together. My shoes weren't tied. So, I
was late." (LAT)
"We're supposed to be on the floor with our shoes tied,
ready to go - and (Jackson) walked in, and I walked in.
And that's what happened. Period. My shoes (weren't)
tied. So, you're late." (OCR, RPE)
"Talk to him about it. I don't have any problem with it.
Neither does he, obviously. I'm still here smiling." (LBPT, OCR)
Note: "Rider smiled, but he was clearly unhappy with the
nature of the questions, and perhaps not pleased that his
new coach had chosen to go public. It is possible that
Jackson exposed Rider as a warning that similar slip-ups,
no matter how minor, will not be tolerated, and that
Rider will be held accountable." (LAT)
Note: "But he walked on the court with years of troubled
baggage, so whether Jackson was trying to send a not-so-
subtle message or not, it was clear every move he makes
is going to be watched closely." (LBPT)
Rider put up his hands and said:
"I'm the least of your worries. I'm fine." (LAT, OCR, RPE)
"I'm the least of your guys' worries. I'm fine. We're
supposed to be on the floor with our shoes tied and
ready to go. He walked in, and I walked in. That's
what happened, period. My shoes wasn't tied, so you're
Note: " similar incident with Dennis Rodman was finally
the excuse the Lakers used to release him two years
Asked if his lateness was borderline in this case, Rider:
"Whatever you want to call it. I don't have a problem
with it. Neither does he, obviously. I'm still here
smiling. . . . What's up?" (RPE)
About the triangle offense, Rider said:
"I don't have a problem with it. We're playing good.
I'm getting one shot a scrimmage, but that's all right.
It should be fine." (LAT)
"I'm getting like one shot a scrimmage, but it doesn't
matter to me. We're playing good, and we're working
inside out. It doesn't bother me at all. I'm sitting
here working hard and getting in shape daily." (OCR)
Note: "He has worked primarily with the second team.
Jackson and assistant Tex Winter have noted Rider's
superior athletic ability and his willingness to learn
the system, but have cautioned that he'll need at least
the exhibition season to become familiar with the
triangle offense. It could take longer." (LAT)
Note: If Rider is just getting one shot per scrimmage
when playing with the 2nd team, that tells me that he
hasn't learned where to get his shots in the triangle.
Looking forward to the exhibition games, Kobe said:
"We're just going to be running up and down. Guys will
probably run into each other a couple of times. Fans
don't get discouraged, because it happened last year,
About playing on the first team (with Shaq/Kobe/Horace/
Fox) in their scrimmage yesterday, 6'3" Mike Penberthy:
"It's beyond my dreams. It doesn't get any better than
"It's another step for me. I have to get to the point
where I'm not thinking 'Where's Shaq? Where's Kobe?
Where am I supposed to be?' and I'm just playing.
Sometimes it's easier when I'm not playing with these
guys, because you're worried, 'Oh, shoot, I made a
mistake. I missed this pass.' . . . Once I get over
that adjustment, I think I can fit it well with these
Note: Penberthy has a public backer in Tex and if he
is a 6'3" version of Kerr, that would be enough to get
him the Fisher-replacement roster spot. If Mike plays
well during the exhibition season, players such as
Davis, Respert, or Hightower may be in a serious
battle just to get a spot on the injured list.
Note: Penberthy has played on the first team for 2
straight days now. Background information on him:
"Penberthy, 6-foot-3, is the former The Master's College
star who had stops in the CBA, Venezuela and Germany
before signing with the Lakers after guard Derek Fisher's
injury was discovered." (LBPT)
Note: Davis has also had time with the first unit.
I don't think that both Davis and Penberthy will make
the active roster, but one of them might earn a spot
at least until Fisher comes back. Until the past 2
days, I would have put Davis (despite his health prob-
lems) as far more likely than Penberthy to make the
team...but now things look to be favoring Penberthy.
Their play during the first batch of exhibition games
might decide who stays and who gets cut soon.
About his playing style, Penberthy said:
"I'm not the kind of player that is going to hurt a
team. I dribble around, get guys in the offense and
try to spot up when they need me. I just try to make
things run smooth." (LBPT)
Note: LBPT reports that both Tex and Jackson have openly
praised Mike. Unfortunately, LBPT didn't pass along
what it heard Jackson say.
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