The Lakers are hoping for a good two weeks, and it isn't entirely about the playoffs. Reserve guard Steve Blake has chicken pox, a common but contagious illness typically reserved for children. The Lakers can only hope nobody else gets it. Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest have never had the illness, making them more susceptible than the rest of their teammates. It takes about two weeks for signs to show. It was not immediately known if they had vaccines for the illness. It is less common to contract the illness if a person has already had it or has received the vaccine in the past. Bynum had other medical things on his mind after leaving Tuesday's game against San Antonio because of a hyper-extended right knee. He will have an MRI exam Wednesday. Blake, a reserve guard, was diagnosed Tuesday and will miss about one to two weeks. He did not play against San Antonio. He had a fever Monday but sat in with the team for a video session. His illness was a head-scratcher. He saw a doctor Tuesday and was given a diagnosis usually reserved for kids. Lakers trainer Gary Vitti then had to ask players if they had ever contracted chicken pox. Most said yes, except for three fairly important players. It is rare for adults to get the illness, but it can hit them harder than kids. Blake hasn't shot well this season (35.9%) but had three three-pointers last Sunday against Oklahoma City. His wife, Kristen, provided updates on his condition via her Twitter account. "And before anyone asks NO my kids didn't give it to him," she wrote. "They were vaccinated and are healthy. No clue where or how Steve got chicken pox....I'll have him healthy and back in no time."
Lakers hope to shake a case of chicken pox before playoffs begin
Los Angeles Times | Apr 13