Just another day in Lakerland as the L.A. Times reported on Thursday that Los Angeles Lakers swingman Xavier Henry will be out at least four more weeks. Henry actually had to have his knee drained on Wednesday, as well as needing a cortisone shot. The Lakers training staff have had a history of misdiagnosing injuries and this is just another example.
Henry has been doing drills and workouts in an attempt to make a quick comeback. In reality, he should have been resting as it’s obvious the draining of the knee is directly correlated to all of the recent activity. It seems the training staff either is incredibly misinformed about the severity of injuries, or they don’t have the spine to get a world class athlete to stop training when he should be resting. This has to be heart-breaking news for Henry as he was enjoying a break-out season.
Henry was averaging 10.1 points in just 21.8 minutes per game. He was one of the few Lakers who had the ability to break down the defense and score in the paint, and his absence has been greatly missed. The important thing for Henry now is making sure he gets the knee under control in time to get some games under his belt before the season ends. It is a contract year for the fourth-year forward out of Kansas, and he will have to prove to teams as well as the Lakers that he still has his explosion and strength — which is a massive part of his game.
As for the Lakers, business continues as usual as they weren’t even able to practice on Thursday due to not having enough players to scrimmage. Wesley Johnson, Shawne Williams, and Ryan Kelly will continue to receive heavy minutes in Henry’s absence. The tank-a-thon season continues on Thursday as the Lakers host the Oklahoma City Thunder on TNT which will be the equivalent to a televised train-wreck. Los Angeles will have a chance to tie for the worst record in the Western Conference with a loss.