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Budinger Practices, Bryant Injured Again, Duke Over UCLA

Some bits and nobs for your morning cup of Canis. Sorry, no donuts.

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Well, that didn't take long. 6 games into his return from a torn achilles tendon, Kobe Bryant is out again, this time for an expected six weeks with a fractured tibia.

The Lakers are already without Steve Nash, Steve Blake, and Jordan Farmar; Bryant was playing the point for them over the past few games. Without a real point guard available to them, the Lakers have signed Kendall Marshall from the D-League.

No idea who is going to start tonight against the Wolves--it might be Xavier Henry as the nominal point guard.

Meanwhile, Chase Budinger participated in his first full practice since injuring his knee prior to the start of the season. It apparently went well. Here's a video including him discussing it.

A big game for draft prospects last night as Duke beat UCLA. I didn't see it, but:

  • Jabari Parker: 7-13 (4-8 threes), 10 rebs, 5 asst. 23 points
  • Kyle Anderson: 7-13 (1-3 threes), 10 rebs, 7 asst. 5 stl, 6 TO, 15 pts
  • Jordan Adams: 4-10 (0-3 threes) 5 rebs, 1 asst. 2 stl, 1 blk 10 pts
The Spurs were without the injured Tony Parker, and rested Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and still beat Golden State on the road. Marco Belinelli went for 28 off the bench in 29 minutes.

Today in history:

1192: Richard the Lionhearted is captured in Vienna
1606: Virginia Company leaves England to establish Jamestown, VA
1803: Louisiana Purchase officially completed
1860: South Carolina becomes first state to secede
1924: Adolf Hitler released from jail

Today's musical birthday is Kim Weston (born in 1939):

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