The LA Lakers are currently 11th in the Western Conference, with a record of 15-18. Unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances the Lakers are currently without a center.
With Steve Nash recently returning from a fracture to the head of his fibula and Dwight Howard edging closer to 100% after his back issues (14 points, 26 rebounds in their most recent game) now is not the time for injuries to occur, but unfortunately they have.
Pau Gasol –
Gasol sustained a concussion in the Lakers most recent game against the Nuggets, this was attained through an accidental elbow from JaVale McGee. Gasol unfortunately was forced to leave the game and did not return. He is currently listed as day to day, and depending on the severity of the concussion he could be out for up to a week. Gasol has also made comment recently that his troublesome knees (tendonitis) are still bothering him.
Dwight Howard –
Howard was scheduled for an MRI early Monday morning to assess his sore shoulder. Unfortunately the results were not good, showing that the Lakers star big man had suffered a torn Labrum (The labrum helps to make the shoulder socket deeper and in this way helps to make the shoulder more stable – sportscarephysio.com). The injury itself was sustained in the recent Lakers v Clippers game, yet Howard played through the injury against the Nuggets. Fortunately the injured shoulder does not require surgery, however he is now listed as day to day and expected to miss anywhere from 1-2 weeks.
Jordan Hill –
The Lakers ever-ready back up big man sustained a hip injury in the third quarter of the recent Nuggets game. Hill has also been listed as day to day and is expected to possibly return on January the 11th to face the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Neither Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard or Jordan Hill will attend the Lakers upcoming road trip in which they will face both the Houston rockets and the San Antonio Spurs in back to back games.
“It’s kind of weird coming to work thinking you have three centers and all three of them are hurt” – Mike Dantoni
These are some trying times for the Lakers organisation and things look like getting worse before they get better.