Within a two-day span, Nick Young’s expected return time shortened by about two weeks.
After his agent anticipated Young missing the next six to eight weeks because of a torn ligament in his right thumb that will require surgery, Lakers coach Byron Scott said on Sunday that he has been told his absence would likely last anywhere between four to six weeks.
The Lakers will not know definitively until Young has surgery with Dr. Steven Shin of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic on Monday.
Young spent Sunday’s practice working on dribbling drills with his left hand and challenging forward Xavier Henry to a foul shooting contest. That entailed Young (left) and Henry (right) shooting with their non-shooting hand. Henry has also stayed sidelined for the past week because of back spasms while also rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee.
“Nothing full court and nothing with running,” Scott said about Henry’s work. “He’s still having a little bit of stiffness. We want to see if we can get that going in the next few days before we get him out there.”
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Lakers forward Xavier Henry isn’t expected to be ready for training camp. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)
The season has not even started, and the Lakers already have injuries to monitor.
Lakers forward Xavier Henry will not be ready to practice once training camp starts on Tuesday, according to the team, because he has not fully rehabbed his right knee after having surgery on it in mid-April. The Lakers say Henry’s left wrist has fully healed since having surgery on it during the same time period.
Though the Lakers do not have a current timetable on when Henry could practice, he is currently limited toward running on a weight-bearing treadmill.
In an interview with this newspaper earlier this month, Lakers coach Byron Scott reported the likelihood Henry would not be fully healthy once training camp starts. It wasn’t clear at the time, however, the specifics surrounding Henry’s progress.
The Lakers resigned Henry this offseason to a one-year deal at around $1 million after averaging a career-high 10 points despite appearing in only 43 games because of his wrist and knee injuries. Henry will likely compete for playing time with Wesley Johnson and Nick Young at small forward, and Jordan Clarkson and Wayne Ellington at shooting guard.
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“New Lakers head coach Byron Scott at the Lakers training faciltiy in El Segundo, CA on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze)”
You read about Lakers coach Byron Scott preaching about wanting to win an NBA championship even if hefty challenges await. You read about Scott stressing he will stay firm in limiting Kobe Bryant’s minutes, both to maximize his productivity and ensure long-term health. You read about Scott’s tentative starting lineup that currently favors the Lakers’ veteran players. You read about Scott’s revelation that Xavier Henry might be limited during training camp because of his left wrist and right knee have not fully healed since having surgery four months ago. You read about Scott nearly finalizing the rest of his coaching staff.
But pictures always tell a 1,000 words. And in the case of LANG’s photo gallery of Scott’s exclusive interview at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo, plenty of images tell various stories.
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In this file photo, Utah Jazz’s Brandon Rush, left, and Derrick Favors defend as Los Angeles Lakers’ Xavier Henry (7) passes the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (Gene Sweeney Jr./The Associated Press file)
The imagery jumped out on Xavier Henry’s shoes.
The Lakers forward sported a new pair of Kobe Bryant’s new Nike shoes dubbed the “Kobe 9 Nike IDs.” Beyond the flashy footwear that both showed affection for his teammate’s branding stood an important message Henry has tried to follow.
Two words were inscribed on the back of his left shoe: “Built For.” Two words were inscribed on the back of his right shoe: “The Grind.” Combine those four words together, and you have a mission statement summing up how Henry has approached the rehab surrounding his left wrist and right knee that he believes will fully heal within the next five to six weeks.
“It’s been a long time, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Henry, who has rehabbed since having surgery on both his left wrist and right knee in mid-April shortly before the 2014-15 season ended. “I feel good. I’m heading in the right direction. I feel all right.”
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