Los Angeles Lakers rookie and 2015 second overall pick D'Angelo Russell sat out of the team's training camp practice due to "soreness in his bruised right foot" according to Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times. Bresnahan reports that Russell began the practice before being forced to sit out due to nagging pain from the "minor" bone bruise he suffered yesterday.
After losing the team's last lottery pick, Julius Randle, for nearly the entire season last year, Lakers fans are understandably worried about Russell's health, but the bruise was not troublesome enough to hold rookie out of the team's second practice of the day yesterday, so while it is worth monitoring, it will hopefully remain a minor issue with proper rest and maintenance. Russell has also shown a propensity to play through injury in his short time with the Lakers, as he played on the team's Las Vegas Summer League roster with ankle issues. The injury was also not enough to prevent Russell from knocking down jumpers like a seasoned veteran in practice yesterday, so everyone should just take a deep breath.
Via Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News, here is a picture of Russell intently watching practice with Kobe Bryant and Mettta World Peace, who also sat out of the training session to rest (DNP-OLD, basically):
Kobe and Russell quite serious watching from sideline while Metta is on edge of his seat pic.twitter.com/jkN0812o27
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) October 3, 2015
Update: Russell says he does not consider the injury to be serious, plans to play in Sunday's preseason game vs. the Utah Jazz:
D'Angelo Russell isn't worried about his bone bruise. Says trainer Gary Vitti "got me right." Plans to play Sunday.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 3, 2015