The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Wednesday that Josh Hart had suffered a fracture in his left hand after colliding with a teammate during practice. Hart has since undergone a successful surgery, but the question in the back of everyone’s mind has been “Who done it?”
On Monday during media availability at shootaround, Hart finally spilled, via ESPN’s Ohm Young.
Josh Hart talks about his injury, how he got hurt and who may have caused it (wait for it...) pic.twitter.com/xlA85n2b1U— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) March 5, 2018
“I was just going for a ball in practice. When I reached for it, I think the ball hit my hand and whoever was defending my kind of tried to like, deflect the pass, so I think he hit my hand and then the ball hit ... the angle was just kind of messed up and broke it,” Hart said.
So who did it?
“I don’t even know,” he said before pausing and smiling, “ ... Gary Payton.”
The Lakers picked up Gary Payton II on a two-contract for his upside on the defensive end, but I’m guessing they were hoping he would show flashes against opposing teams, not his own teammates.
Hart is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks as his hand heals, per reports, but there’s a chance he returns before the end of the season.
“I definitely think it’s a possibility,” Hart said of coming back this season. “We’ve just got to make sure to kind of take our time with it. Not to rush, but make sure it’s fully back to where it was before I get out there.”
The Lakers will try and continue their undefeated post All-Star break streak with Hart and now Brandon Ingram, who will miss at least one week with a strained groin, watching from the sidelines.
“Definitely disappointed, but it’s part of the game ... I’m there to support my teammates the same I was before. This sucks, but it is what it is,” Hart said.