New Lakers center Timofey Mozgov injured his groin in an international friendly match on Friday. The big man hurt himself in Russia’s friendly match against the Ukraine, according to Russian news site Match TV.
Timofey Mozgov injured his groin and left early during today's game. Will undergo MRI tomorrow and likely skip the next game.
— Alexander Chernykh (@chernykh) August 12, 2016
Mozgov signed a four-year, $64 million deal with the Lakers at the onset of free agency. Fans and analysts alike have criticized the deal for its length. A major reason for that is his injury history.
Mozgov was injured for large portions of last season after a botched knee injury. He played in no more than 45 games in his first three seasons in the league.
The severity of Mozgov’s injury is unknown. A severe injury could sideline the center six weeks or longer which would put his availability for training camp at a risk. Muscle injuries also leave the risk of re-injury if it does not heal correctly.
We obviously do not know whether this is a very serious injury. However, it could be a big blow to the Lakers and their starting center.