Matt Barnes Aims to Return This Week, and Other Laker Off-Day News

LOS ANGELES CA - DECEMBER 21: Matt Barnes #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers puts up a shot against Andrew Bogut #6 and Ersan Ilyasova #7 of the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on December 21 2010 in Los Angeles California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this Photograph user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Matt Barnes - won't play tomorrow in Minnesota but hopes to return either Friday against Charlotte or Sunday in San Antonio. Per Mike Trudell, Barnes practiced with the team today and looked good, according to Phil Jackson. Speaketh the man himself:

I felt really good running today, getting up and down well, jumping, rebounding and shooting the ball. But there's still a lot of the season left and once I come back I want to make sure I don't have to take nights off because of this or that. Hopefully we'll have one more practice like we did today, maybe Thursday, and we'll see what's up for (a return) on Friday or Sunday.

Steve Blake - apparently threw an alley-oop to himself in a pick-up dunk contest after practice today. This also comes from Mr. Trudell, who's possibly just screwing with us at this point to see what crazy nonsense we'll believe.

Lamar Odom - was the last defender to hold Kevin Love without a double double. Mmm... double double....

Mike Bibby - was bought out by the Wizards and is looking to sign with a contender. Chris Broussard says the Lakers are interested, but it very much sounds like he'll end up in Miami.

Tony Parker - is out two to four weeks with a strained calf and will sit out the Spurs' game against the Lake Show on Sunday.

Some Guy - recorded himself doing this.

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