Jordan Hill has been out of commission since January 23rd when he had to have hip surgery, but he’s now been cleared to play.
The Los Angeles Lakers' statement said:
“Hill, who had surgery on his left hip on Jan. 23 that included removal of loose fragments, repair of a torn labrum and a microfracture procedure to repair damaged cartilage, was expected to be out for the season. Instead, he has steadily progressed, participating in contact drills throughout the week with no setbacks. As such, the training staff cleared him for game action. Whether or not he plays in Game 2 will be a coaching decision, but look for him to certainly see the court soon. Hill will most likely be used as a backup center/power forward, allowing Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol additional rest, while competing for minutes with Earl Clark.”
It was reported on ESPN 710 that Hill was spotted with a bag of ice strapped to his leg and didn’t seem like he’d be a big minutes guy.
The Garbage Man is such an electric player off the bench that it will be good to have him back, but the lesson of the Lakers season should be to not make players come back before they’re ready.