first_imgBy Elliott Teaford STAFF WRITER Chris Mihm wakes up on some mornings and feels no pain. On other days, he awakes to a painful reminder of the two surgeries on his right ankle. On those days, he knows he will spend more time dunking his foot in a bucket of ice than dunking a basketball through a hoop. Mihm started against the Bobcats after scoring 11 points in a reserve role against the Seattle SuperSonics on Thursday in Bakersfield. He had six points and five rebounds in 11 minutes in Saturday’s game. Lakers beat Bobcats The Lakers’ victory over Charlotte was overshadowed by a left knee injury suffered by Bobcats forward Adam Morrison midway through the third quarter. Morrison was running out at the Lakers’ Luke Walton, who had the ball on the left wing and began to drive to the basket. Morrison suddenly collapsed in a heap, screaming in pain and clutching his knee. He had to be helped to the locker room. A Bobcats spokesman said Morrison suffered a sprain. An MRI exam was scheduled for today. Vladimir Radmanovic scored 14 points and Derek Fisher and Maurice Evans added 13 apiece to lead the Lakers, who improved to 2-2 in exhibition play. Kobe Bryant had six points and four assists in 21 minutes and did not play in the fourth quarter. Luke Walton had 10 assists. The Lakers face the Clippers tonight at 7:30 at Staples Center. News from Dallas Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told a reporter on Friday that he wouldn’t trade Dirk Nowitzki to get Kobe Bryant. Cuban also said he hasn’t spoken to Lakers owner Jerry Buss, adding, “So until that happens, nothing can happen.” “If and when I talk to Jerry, I’ll make it clear that we’re not going to trade Dirk,” Cuban told the Dallas Morning News. “And we’re not going to dismantle our team. Kobe’s one of the top players in the league. But without the right team around him, he’s in the same position he was in, in Los Angeles. “So you don’t want to just shuffle the deck chairs. Either you’re making an improvement to your team or you don’t do it. And with a team that won 67 games last year, it’s tough to improve significantly.” The Mavericks and Chicago Bulls reportedly are Bryant’s top two destinations should the Lakers pull the trigger on a deal. Bryant asked to be dealt in May and Buss said more than a week ago that he would listen to offers for the superstar guard. Bryant has four seasons and a little more than $88 million remaining on his contract, but he can terminate the deal after two seasons. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s something I’ve got to adjust to,” Mihm said before the Lakers defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 113-93, in an exhibition game Saturday night at Staples Center. “It’s something I’ve never had to deal with in the past.” Getting loose and staying loose is perhaps the most difficult challenge for Mihm at this point in the preseason. His timing, or lack thereof, after sitting out all of the 2006-07 season was his chief concern going into training camp. That’s no longer the case for Mihm, a 7-foot center who underwent ankle surgeries July 26, 2006 and Nov. 14, 2006. “I’ve had a good camp,” he said. “The foot has reacted well to everything I’ve put it through. I fully expected to have some ups and downs, but so far so good. I’m starting to get my timing back. I’m starting to get the flow again. “The game is slowing down after the first couple of games I played and everything seemed to move pretty quickly. Only through the game-time situations can you get that feel for how fast the game moves.” last_img read more