Not to take anything away from the other Los Angeles Lakers‘ players, but the recent news that both Xavier Henry and Nick Young will be out up to a month is the worst possible news fans could receive at this point. Henry has been sidelined since December 29 with what was at the time diagnosed as a bone bruise. At first, he was only supposed to miss a maximum of 10 days, but each time he has been re-evaluated, that number has increased substantially.
Just yesterday, news broke that he would miss an additional four weeks after having his knee drained and receiving a cortisone shot. This is certainly not the news that the injury plagued Lakers wanted to hear after Young fractured his knee last week. Like Henry, Young was having his best season of his NBA career. Laker fans immediately fell in love with the energy that both players exhibited, as well as their passion for the game.
Even though it has been an extremely stressful season for Lakers Nation, both players provided not only the fans, but the team with energy and excitement. Henry has been a heat-check guy all season, especially at home. We cannot forget when he put Jeff Withey on a poster a few months back, or when he dropped 27 points on the Portland Trail Blazers. The same goes for Young as he would feed off the crowd’s cheers game in and game out off the bench.
Henry and Young both seemed to revitalize their careers this season, but the injuries have destroyed any momentum that they were carrying. Watching a Lakers game now is not the same without the two. It felt as if their individual performances overshadowed what has really been a difficult season for everybody. All fans can do now is wait until they are both healthy to bring that that excitement once more.