The pain persisted, leaving Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade with only one option amid a sleepless evening in Miami.“I had to go in and take care of my body,” said Bryant, who received cold tub treatment the night before the Lakers played the Heat in late November. “He came strolling in and had to do the same thing. We compare notes quite often.”Those notes involved more than basketball. They detailed medical charts, rehab routines and dietary suggestions. Bryant has tried to maximize all those areas as he recovered from season-ending injuries to his left Achilles tendon (April 2013), left knee (Dec. 2013) and right shoulder (Jan. 2015). Wade has had to do the same thing amid limitations in 2013-14 (knees), 2014-15 (left hamstring) and 2015-16 (thigh bruise).It appears likely Bryant and Wade will share more notes when the Lakers (15-59) host the Miami Heat (43-30) on Wednesday at Staples Center. Bryant said he and Wade have “developed a great friendship” ever since he entered the NBA during the 2003-04 season. Incidentally, Scott said those words before Randle had only two points and one rebound in Monday’s loss to Utah. Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson was equally ineffective. He had nine points on 5-of-18 shooting, marking the seventh time in the past nine games he has shot less than 50 percent.“As a player, when I got into slumps, which was pretty often at times, I stopped focusing on that end of the floor,” said Scott, who played 11 of his 14 NBA seasons with the Lakers. “I stopped focusing on the offense. I focused on the defense and other things to help the team with loose balls, steals, deflections, guarding your man. Forget the offensive end. That will take care of itself.”Wrong side of historyThe three NBA rings Scott collected represent the positive memories he has with the Lakers after playing for them during the Showtime Era.Scott will also remain associated with a few things that will go down in the Lakers’ record books for the wrong reasons.He is on pace to oversee the Lakers ending with their worst season in franchise history for the second consecutive year.The Lakers’ 123-75 loss to Utah on Monday tied a franchise record for the largest margin of defeat, matching a 48-point loss to the Clippers on March 4, 2014, under former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni.“Any loss makes me [ticked] off,” Scott said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s one or two points or 48 points. Anytime we lose a game, I’m pretty upset about it.” “We talked this summer quite a bit about training,” Bryant said. “He was asking me what can you do at this stage of your career. Not just maintain yourself, but get stronger as the season goes on.”Growth processThe double-doubles seemingly grow by the game. Lakers second-year forward Julius Randle also notched his first career triple-double last week against Denver.Despite Randle leading his class with 32 double-doubles, however, Lakers coach Byron Scott wants more from Randle on weakside defense and executing off pick-and-roll plays.“I’d like for him to look to roll more, get to that basket and keep our spacing better,” Scott said. “At times, he seems to float around. He’s gotten much better at it than earlier in the season. The growth process for him each and every month has been good.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Although he is only 22-years-old, Meyer made 192 appearances for the Royal Blues – his debut coming in February 2013, when he was aged just 17.Meyer also has four senior international appearances to his name but has not been part of the Germany squad at the last two World Cups.Speaking to talkSPORT’s Jim White on The Jim White Show, Hodgson suggested this was the perfect opportunity for the new signing to show he was a good player in a league other than the Bundesliga.Hodgson said: “We’re very pleased, of course, to get his signing at last, it’s been going on for a while. Roy Hodgson said he is impressed with the attitude and maturity of Max Meyer after the German signed a three-year deal with Crystal Palace.Meyer joins the Eagles after seeing out his contract with Bundesliga club Schalke. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets targets RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Meyer has signed a three-year deal with Palace moving on “We always wanted to make sure he became a Palace player for this coming season and, luckily, yesterday it was sorted out to everyone’s satisfaction.“The times I have met him I’ve been very impressed with his attitude and his maturity for a young person as well.“He’s 22 and he’s got a lot of Bundesliga games under his belt and a lot of international matches and Champions League matches.“We’re signing a young but experienced player and a player who I think will be keen to show he’s a very good player in a league other than the Bundesliga.” The arrival of Meyer could pave the way for Wilfried Zaha to leave the club – who has been linked with moves to Tottenham and Chelsea The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 IN DEMAND Latest Transfer News The midfielder, who is Palace’s third signing of the summer is a great acquisition with rumours circulating that Wilfried Zaha wants to leave Selhurst Park.However, Hodgson also told talkSPORT that the £70million-rated Zaha has given no indication he would like to leave.