The Los Angeles Lakers passed down the news during the game against Oklahoma City that Center Jordan Hill has a hip injury which will require surgery and he'll be out for the season.
This is a huge blow to an already injured team, especially since Hill had proven to be a very important, explosive player off the bench. He was averaging 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in 15.8 minutes, but it's the things he does that can't be quantified that were most helpful.
He was a defensive presence on a team that has lacked a ton of defensive energy already this season. Most importantly, Hill played with urgency and desire which has also been lacking on too many occasions this season. The player tweeted:
Right now, Dwight Howard is currently out with an injury, as is Pau Gasol, so Robert Sacre is left as the main option for the team at center. This isn't horrible, but the rookie, who has been playing in the D-League for most of the season, will now have a ton of responsibility. He needs to work on his rebounding and overall aggressiveness if he wants to contribute to the team.
I guess everybody heard the news, man I can't believe it,just keep me in y'all prayers. #LUVYALL— Jordan Craig Hill (@jordanchill43) January 12, 2013
The worst part of this is that Hill is one of the guys who really wants to play, as was evidenced by him sitting on the bench with the team in a suit during the game, and not behind it. He will no doubt still be contributing to the energy as much as possible. Out of all of their injuries so far, this may be the worst for the Lakers.