An examination yesterday revealed that Xavier Henry, the reclamation prospect who had impressed the Lakers in the season's first two months, will sit out an additional month due to a knee injury. Henry was first sidelined a month and a half ago during a game against the Philadelphia 76ers, diagnosed with a bone bruise and the still-nebulous "abnormality of the lateral meniscus". He'll have his knee drained and injected with cortisone, a damning sign considering no one really seems to know how bad this injury truly is.
Henry is the seventh Laker currently on the shelf, along with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Nick Young, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Farmar. Each one of those players are scheduled to be re-evaluated soon after the All-Star break, with Xavier being the lone man who we know will be out a prolonged period of time. Sadly, others may join him soon.
If Henry indeed sits out until mid-March, with practices and conditioning to follow, there is a strong possibility that the Lakers will have just another handful of games to decide if he's worth signing in the offseason. More than many of his teammates, LA needs to see more of Xavier on the court if for no other reason than to see what type of contract they're comfortable with giving him, if any at all this summer.
Just another day and another bad injury update on Silver Screen & Roll.
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