Since 1984, one constant remains in the Los Angeles Lakers locker room from the days of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: head athletic trainer Gary Vitti.

Having just completed his 28th NBA season – not to mention hundreds of playoff games – Vitti joined us to lend some perspective on the second lockout-shortened season he's overseen, offering details about how he, his staff and some good fortune got the Lakers through the compressed season in relatively excellent health:

EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised a team option on Andrew Bynum’s contract for the 2012-13 season, it was announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

Bynum, an early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft, became the youngest player in NBA history to be selected when the Lakers used their first round pick (10th overall) to acquire the 7-foot center. A two-time NBA Champion with the Lakers, Bynum signed a multi-year contract extension in October of 2008.

EL SEGUNDO - The Los Angeles Lakers have signed radio play-by-by announcer John Ireland and color analyst Mychal Thompson to multi-year contract extensions, it was announced today by the team.

Ireland, who took over the team’s radio play-by-play duties last season, previously had been the Lakers’ TV sideline reporter since 2002. A four-time local Emmy Award winner, he also co-hosts the popular Mason and Ireland show on the Lakers’ flagship station 710 AM ESPN Radio.

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