Xavier Henry Should Take Time In Returning to the Los Angeles Lakers

By Scott Groff
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Los Angeles Lakers swing-man Xavier Henry strained his right knee while driving to the basket on Dec. 29 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Since then, there has been very little information about the severity of the knee. Henry practiced on Jan. 12, but later reported soreness in the knee. On Monday, it was reported by multiple sources that he intended on practicing hard on Wednesday the 23. However, Henry did not practice and was only able to participate in light drills that day.

Time Warner Cable interviewed Henry on Wednesday and he said, “I’m feeling better, I’m not where I want to be. I’m out here doing drills, being able to move around, run, jump, cut, things like that. I just want to get to pain-free, then we’ll go from there.”

Later Mike D’Antoni mentioned how he was hopeful Henry could be ready to return on Sunday against the New York Knicks. I didn’t see how that would be possible considering the man was saying he is still not pain-free yet. D’Antoni has been consistently wrong in prognosticating injuries over his tenure as Lakers coach.

On Friday, it was reported by Lakers reporter Mike Trudell that Henry would miss another 10-14 days. So there’s that. By the looks of it, Henry is still not anywhere near a return and it might be wise to take his time in returning to action.

The Lakers have already had multiple players this year come back too early from the disabled list. Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Jordan Farmar all thought they were ready to play only to reinjure themselves when returning to action.

It’s concerning for Henry and Lakers fans, as he was averaging a career-high 10.1 PPG, and gave the team a facilitator that would be much needed at this time.

Scott Groff is a writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @ucla_unknown. He can be reached at scott_groff@yahoo.com. Add him to your network on Google.

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