What a startling development. The Lakers continue to have injury issues.
Nick Young will sit out when the Lakers (19-39) host the Sacramento Kings (20-37) tonight at Staples Center and likely beyond because of persisting soreness in his left knee.
“I don’t think he’s real close,” Lakers spokesman John Black said.
Young returned Sunday against Brooklyn from a six-game absence because of a bone bruise and non-displaced fracture in his left knee. But he sat out of the Lakers’ recent two-game trip in Indiana (Tuesday) and Memphis (Wednesday).
Kobe Bryant (fractured left knee) and Steve Nash (nerve irritation in back) remain sidelined. But the Lakers made some progress regarding some other health-related measures. After experiencing soreness in his back that kept him out of the Lakers’ loss Wednesday to Memphis, Chris Kaman participated in Friday’s shootaround and will suit up against the Kings.
Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni also held out hope Xavier Henry could play Monday in Portland after playing in a rehab assignment Thursday with the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ Development League affiliate.
After staying sidelined for nearly two months because of a bone bruise in his right knee and an abnormality in his lateral meniscus, Henry plans to play Saturday with the D-Fenders Saturday in Texas. He would then return to Los Angeles to practice with the Lakers on Sunday before departing for Portland. Though Henry posted 15 points and four steals in the D-Fenders’ loss Thursday to the Texas Legends, the Lakers still want to see how his body responds.
“That would be the plan if everything goes 100 percent,” D’Antoni said.
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