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Gabe Vincent joins Lakers on road trip – Orange County Register

INDIANAPOLIS — Guard Gabe Vincent, who has been out most of the season with left knee soreness, joined the Lakers in Indianapolis before Friday’s road game against the Pacers as part of the Lakers’ road trip six games of the team.

Vincent did not play against the Pacers, but coach Darvin Ham said Vincent increased his workload before joining the team.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Vincent, who has been out since late December after undergoing surgery on his left knee, is expected to be available for Saturday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York.

“Right now we’re taking things one day at a time,” Ham said before the game. “He increased his workload. So we’re trying to see how his body reacts to this workload. And that’s all that’s happening for now.

After playing the first four games of the season, Vincent was out for seven weeks with a left knee effusion (swollen joint).

He returned in the December 20 road loss to the Chicago Bulls, playing 14 minutes, but has not played since.

Vincent had surgery on his left knee on Dec. 27, and the team then announced he would be re-evaluated in about eight weeks.

He signed a three-year, $33 million contract with the Lakers as a free agent during the offseason, with the expectation that he would be the primary backup — a role now played by Spencer Dinwiddie, whom the Lakers signed on February 12. .

“I really don’t want to get into it too much,” said star forward LeBron James when asked about Vincent. “Don’t put too much pressure on him. When he’s ready to go it will be a bonus for our team but he’s been out for quite a while.

“So as soon as he’s ready, we’ll welcome him with open arms as our brother, as a teammate and we’ve been waiting for him, but at the end of the day we’re not putting any pressure on him. He has to take his time. “

UNIQUE AND MADE

Ham had a brief tenure with the Pacers – playing only one game for the Indiana franchise in a 100-89 victory over the Toronto Raptors on April 12, 1997, after arriving from the Denver Nuggets via an exchange earlier in the year.

“It was short-lived, obviously,” Ham said. “But it was fun. I still have lifelong friendships on that team, even though it was like the last third of the season or whatever. But I came in, I got hurt and I had to have (knee) surgery. Took me out 4-6 weeks, something like that. Didn’t really get a chance to participate much on the field.

“Larry Brown, who I later played with in Detroit and won a championship with him in 2004. Reggie (Miller) and I still talk about those days. Mark Jackson. Jalen Rose and I still keep in touch. Dale Davis. Antonio Davis. They were fun memories even though I wasn’t actively involved in them. A fun group to be around.

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