“We have guys competing for jobs,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said at practice Monday. “They’re trying to earn jobs. So it’s a hard time for these players but they’re doing well.”
The Lakers play two exhibition games against the Warriors: in Beijing today and in Shanghai on Friday.
Although he made the trip to China, Bryant is expected to be out for much of the season with a torn Achilles tendon and an ailing right knee.
Pau Gasol said the Lakers have enough offense to make up for Bryant’s absence.
“It’s just a matter of having everybody else healthy so we have as many guys as possible to be able to make up for Kobe’s absence,” he said.
KINGS: Power forward Carl Landry will have hip surgery today and probably miss much of the season.
Landry tore a left hip flexor muscle during a recent practice and is expected to miss three to four months.
Landry signed a $26 million, four-year contract in July. He averaged 10.8 points and six rebounds in 23.2 minutes off the bench to help the Golden State Warriors reach the second round of the playoffs last season.
JAZZ: Rookie Trey Burke will undergo surgery on a broken finger on his shooting hand.
Burke will have the surgery today in Salt Lake City. Pins will be inserted to stabilize the point guard’s right index finger, which he fractured during a preseason game Saturday night.
CAVALIERS: Guard Jarrett Jack will miss at least 10 days with inflammation in his left knee and rookie Carrick Felix has a sports hernia.
Also, Cavs rookie Sergey Karasev has left the team to obtain his work visa. He is expected to be back for Thursday’s preseason game against Detroit.