The ever so pesky injury bug that has plagued the Los Angeles Lakers for the past three seasons is already wreaking havoc on this year’s roster. After just three days of practice, three players are battling injuries. Metta World Peace (calf), Nick Young (back spasms) and prized rookie, D’Angelo Russell (foot), are already ailing.
Luckily, all are considered to be minor injuries, although it is still concerning to have injuries right out of the gate.
With no disrespect intended to World Peace and Young, Lakers fans especially held their collective breath when news of Russell limping off the court surfaced. Just a few hours later, however, they could breathe easier again, as Russell was able to fully practice in the team’s evening session.
Today, the bone bruise in Russell’s foot caused some soreness again, forcing him to exit practice after about 15 minutes. Stay calm, Lakers fans. The soreness Russell is experiencing is to be expected, and is not thought to be anything major.
As for the first preseason contest on Sunday, Russell expects to play in his purple and gold No. 1 jersey for the first time, according to Mike Trudell:
Russell expects to play in Sunday’s preseason game against Utah here in Hawaii.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 3, 2015
Trudell also noted that Russell believes he will be ready to go for tomorrow’s practice, but will be monitored closely.
Head coach Byron Scott has been running the team extremely hard so far in training camp, leading many to point the blame for the early injuries on his long, demanding practices. Whether you agree with that or not, I think we can all come to an agreement on one thing: The injury bug needs to buzz off.
(Editor’s Note: That last pun was all Gary)