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Xavier Henry headed to New York, Germany to have knee treated — Lakers guard/forward Xavier Henry has struggled to recover from a December knee injury that sidelined him for much of last season. According to the team, Henry will travel to New York City to have Dr. Keith Pyne examine and give a second opinion on Henry's right knee.

Ryan Kelly to the rescue? Lakers forward hopes to play vs. Utah Jazz — The Lakers have looked especially punchless over their last three exhibition games, losing on Sunday to the Utah Jazz, 119-86. Injuries have been a significant issue, with Ryan Kelly (hamstring), Nick Young (thumb), Jeremy Lin (ankle), Steve Nash (back), Jordan Clarkson (calf) and Xavier Henry (back) all sidelined.

A Look at Extensions, Options & Final Rosters — Please enable Javascript to watch this video The 2014-15 NBA regular season is less than two weeks away. While most general managers are close to finalizing their 15-man rosters, teams still have a number of items to resolve before November. Extensions Teams have until Halloween to ink extensions with first-round picks in the final year of their rookie contract.

Kobe Bryant ranked as NBA's 40th-best player by — According to, Kobe Bryant is the 40th-best player in the NBA. The sports website ranks nearly every player in the league annually prior to the season. Last year, Bryant was slotted 25th, with uncertainty surrounding his Achilles injury. The Lakers' All-Star guard managed just six games after suffering a knee fracture.

Steve Nash hurts his back moving bags, won't play Thursday — Life at 40 has not been easy for Steve Nash. Nash managed to play through a quarter of the Lakers' preseason 116-75 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday before asking to be taken out because, according to Coach Byron Scott, "He just didn't feel right."

Gambling website gives Kobe Bryant 30-1 odds of winning NBA MVP — At 36 years old, Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant doesn't have much of a chance of winning the NBA's most valuable player award, according to gambling website Bovada. Bryant is 11th on Bovada's list, with 30-1 odds. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, the league's reigning MVP, was recently diagnosed with a foot injury -- hurting his chances to repeat.

Kobe Bryant challenges notion players should take below market value — While still recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles last November, Kobe Bryant signed a two-year, $48.5-million extension with the Lakers. The team has drawn criticism for giving the now 36-year-old veteran a contract that limits the team's spending power, given the need to add star power to the roster.

Jeremy Lin is a game-time decision for Thursday vs. Utah Jazz — Jeremy Lin is a game-time decision for the Lakers Anaheim exhibition game against the Utah Jazz on Thursday. Lin suffered a sprained ankle in practice on Sunday, sitting out the Lakers' 116-75 loss to the Golden State Warriors. "He's a little ginger," Byron Scott said of Lin after practice on Monday.

Lakers' week in review — The Lakers were beset by injuries through the entirety of the 2013-14 season. The 2014 preseason has gotten off to a similar start. Scorer Nick Young underwent thumb surgery to repair a torn ligament, knocking him out for about eight weeks After defeating the Denver Nuggets ( 98-95), in the exhibition opener, the team lost rookie Jordan Clarkson for at least a week with moderate calf strain in their 120-105 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Jeremy Lin sprains left ankle in practice, to be reevaluated Sunday — Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin sprained his left ankle in practice on Saturday. Lin suffered the injury toward the end of practice while scrimmaging with his teammates. He'll be reevaluated on Sunday. The Lakers will play their third preseason game on Sunday when they host the Golden State Warriors in Ontario.
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Oct 19, 2014

RT @AndrewDBailey: @EricPincus Jazz actually sat Hayward and Favors in second, third and fourth quarters.

Oct 19, 2014

Lakers 98 - Jazz 91 - Lakers grind out a win - which sometimes is enough regardless of how and why

Oct 19, 2014

Lakers getting their 2nd win of preseason - may have taken Jazz sitting Favors, Hayward 2nd half, Burke game - but win nonetheless

Oct 19, 2014

@2Kstauff good to hear - i'll look for your message tomorrow

Oct 19, 2014

Ronnie Price is playing on a non-guaranteed contract currently - but he's a lock for this team

Oct 19, 2014

RT @calder_h: Ed Davis is now shooting 15-19 this preseason and hasn't missed more than one shot in any game

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