Update: Brandon Bass has been ruled out of Thursday night's game with a knee contusion.
Over the past few seasons, the Los Angeles Lakers have suffered an injury epidemic, even leading the league in the amount of games their players missed due to injury last season. This season's training camp has seen a lot more of the same with Larry Nance, Jr. (back), Marcelo Huertas (hamstring), Jabari Brown (hand), Anthony Brown (shoulder), and Metta World Peace (calf) all missing time from various practices and games due to maladies.
Perhaps most terrifying for Lakers fans was the recent injury to rookie point guard D'Angelo Russell, who crumpled to the hardwood early in the team's recent preseason game against the Utah Jazz after attempting to protect the rim from Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert. Russell lay there for a gut wrenching few minutes before being helped off of the floor by teammates.
The good news is that the team has diagnosed Russell with a bruised glute, and only held him out of the rest of the game as a precaution. Russell said that he "feels fine" after the game, but according to Baxter Holmes of ESPN he will be a game time decision.
The other Lakers player to be injured during Tuesday night's game was veteran forward Brandon Bass, who injured his knee during a fall in the second quarter of the game. Bass returned to the game, but the team announced yesterday that an X-ray done after the game was "inconclusive" and that he will need further testing.
These injuries continue to stack up for the Lakers, and while Russell and Bass' were of the "freak accident" variety, maybe the team should just play in bubble wrap for the rest of the preseason just in case. The Lakers next take on the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night in Ontario.