Lakers center Mihm says ankle making progress

Updated: October 11, 2006, 9:01 PM ET
Associated Press

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers center Chris Mihm's recovery from offseason surgery on his right ankle is going well enough for him to do some running and participate in more basketball drills at practice Wednesday.

Mihm said he was able to work up a sweat and looked forward to seeing how his ankle reacted overnight.

"It's definitely progress," said Mihm, who played in only one game after injuring his ankle March 12 in a game against Seattle. "Like I've said, we kind of go day-by-day. We increased it a little more today, so we'll see how it reacts tomorrow.

"Hopefully, as long as it doesn't swell up or flare up at all, (I'll) keep progressing toward getting back out on the floor."

Mihm said he won't play Thursday night when the Lakers face the SuperSonics in their second preseason game. He said his goal remains to play in at least one preseason game before the season opener Oct. 31 against Phoenix.

"I'd like to just kind of try and get my legs under me in a game situation and kind of work on my timing a little bit," Mihm said. "But that all depends on how this reacts. If it needs those extra four or five days and not playing in a game, if that's going to help, then we'll have to take it. But we'll see."

Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic, who scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting during a 94-79 victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night in Fresno, has a bruised left foot. However, he's expected to play against Seattle.

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