With Bryant sitting in eight of the past 15 games to rest his 36-year-old body, Ellington has started in his place. Ellington has averaged 10.4 points on 41.2 percent shooting in 28.6 minutes as a starter. “A lot of guys get in different situations where they know they’re starting and they think, ‘I have to go crazy.’ That’s where they mess up,” Ellington said. “I just try to still play my game. Whatever looks I get, I get. I try to be a little more aggressive obviously. At the same time, I stay within myself.”Lakers coach Byron Scott credited Ellington for acting like a “true professional” for how he has handled a fluctuating role while playing with his fifth NBA team in the past six seasons. “Wayne plays hard on both ends,” Scott said. “He’s going to guard people to the best of his ability and when he has open shots, he’s going to take them. He doesn’t force a whole lot of things. He runs through the offense and everything with hard cuts. He does all the little things you had to do. When I have him in there, I’m pretty comfortable.” The Lakers will severely miss Bryant should he sit out for an extended period of time, let alone the rest of the season. But Scott will hardly hesitate in selecting Ellington to fill Bryant’s spot. Ellington still played solid as a reserve alongside Bryant, averaging 6.4 points on 47.3 percent shooting in 16.4 minutes per game. SAN ANTONIO — Only a day passed by, and Lakers reserve guard Wayne Ellington still kept shaking his head.He still had trouble processing Lakers star Kobe Bryant trying to play through a sore right shoulder in Wednesday’s loss in New Orleans.“He was rebounding with one hand and shooting with one hand,” Ellington said. “That’s such a crazy thing to see.”Ellington spoke those words before the Lakers announced an MRI exam that showed Bryant has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, an injury that will keep him out when the Lakers (12-31) visit the San Antonio Spurs (27-16) on Friday at AT&T Center. With team doctors scheduled to reevaluate Bryant on Friday, Ellington will likely have a long-term significant role. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He’s a demanding player. So when you’re out there with him, you’re thinking, I’m out there with Kobe; I have to make sure I get him the ball,’” Ellington said. “But that can hurt the team if you allow everyone to key in on Kobe and everybody else stops playing. That’s not good for us.”Injury updateScott said it’s “50-50” as for whether reserve forward Tarik Black will play in Friday’s game against San Antonio. Black participated in Thursday’s practice after missing Wednesday’s game against New Orleans because of a sprained right ankle. But Scott described Black as looking “very gingerly” in Thursday’s practice. “If he doesn’t move any better than what I saw today,” Scott said, “then I’m pretty sure he won’t play.”
Tuesday, September 3, 2013â€¢1:20 a.m.Â Non-injury accident in the 400 block S. C, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Tyler D. Booth, 23, Wellington and fixed objects/trees.â€¢1:20 a.m. Tyler D. Booth, 23, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear charged with consumption of alcohol in public.â€¢8:52 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a check in the area of 5 Sunset, Wellington.â€¢9:14 a.m. Officers took a report of found property in the 200 block SE Lake Road, of Wellington Lake.â€¢10:28 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary theft and criminal damage to property in the 100 block W. Harvey, Wellington.â€¢8:11 p.m. Austin L. Mayo, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with defective trailer lights.â€¢9:04 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a propane tank in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington. Wellington Police notes for Monday, Sept. 2 to Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013Monday, September 2, 2013:â€¢2:28 a.m. Lisa M. Barnes, WF, 22, Wellington was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving left of center.â€¢2:28 a.m. William K. Schwandt, 30, Willmar, Minn. was arrested and charged with interference of law enforcement officers.â€¢11:02 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block of W. Peachtree Lane, Wellington.â€¢5 p.m. Samantha M. Myers, 36, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dogs at large, no proof of vaccinations and vicious dogs.â€¢5:05 p.m. Officers investigated vicious dogs, dogs at large, no proof of vaccinations and dog bite in the 600 block N. Poplar, Wellington.â€¢5:53 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 400 block S. Washington, Wellington.â€¢7:26 p.m. Linda L. Myers, 67, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with no proof of insurance and expired registration.â€¢9:43 p.m. Officers investigated a battery by a known suspect in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington.