Two days removed from straining and building up scar tissue in his right wrist, Antawn Jamison vows that won’t keep him sidelined when the Lakers play Monday against the Golden State Warriors.
“As long as I’m able to shoot it and put it on the ground for one or two dribble,” Jamison said, “I should be fine.”
Jamison practiced Sunday in only the Lakers’ non-contact drills so he’d avoid experiencing further damage to his wrist. He also wore kinesio tape along his wrist, a device that helps strengthen the muscles. Off the court, Jamison also will wear a brace and receive ice and electronic muscle stimulation.
The injury to Jamison, who has averaged 9.2 points and 4.7 rebounds this season, coincided with Lakers forward Pau Gasol returning after missing 20 consecutive games because of a torn plantar fascia in his right foot. With Gasol’s return, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni planned to feature Jamison as the team’s primary backup power forward.
“You’re always concerned,” D’Antoni said. “But if he says it’s fine. It’s fine. The biggest problem is if he reinjures it or gets hit again. It will sting for a while.”
That’s why the Lakers plan to reevaluate Jamison at the end of the season to see if he needs surgery.
“My biggest thing is I don’t want this to be a problem the last year or two I have after the season,” said Jamison, who will become a free agent this offseason after completing his 15th year. “I want to make sure I’m healthy. We’ll look at it after the season to make sure no further damage has taken place.”
The injury stemmed from Washington center Kevin Serpahin blocking Jamison’s dunk attempt late in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 103-100 loss Friday to the Wizards, a sequence Jamison said gave him a “numbing sensation.” Jamison sat out the entire fourth quarter and wore a wrist brace after receiving x-rays that turned out negative.
But Jamison said the MRI showed that the soreness in his right wrist stemmed from a couple weeks ago when he used his hand to delay falling down during a play.
Although the injuries are much different, the Lakers plan to handle Jamison’s wrist injury the same way they have regarding Dwight Howard’s torn labrum in his right shoulder. In both instances, the Lakers have and will leave it up to both players in determining their pain threshold.
“Each day it’s feeling a lot better,” Jamison said. “I’m able to get a range of motion and go through a little bit more. I’ve played through pain before. Initially, these first few road games I might have to play throgha little pain. But after that, I should be fine.”
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