Los Angeles Lakers reserve forward Jordan Hill sustains back injury

10/8/12 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Monday that Jordan Hill has a herniated disk (L5, S1) in his back, after he was examined a back specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins Jr.
The Los Angeles Lakers offered no further information on the treatment being adopted to deal with Jordan Hill’s back injury or a schedule for his return. However, the Los Angeles Lakers will provide an update on their reserve forward Jordan Hill’s status next week after he’s re-evaluated.
The 25-year-old Jordan Hill was acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers in a trade deadline deal with the Houston Rockets this offseason. The Los Angeles Lakers only recently re-signed Jordan Hill to a two-year, $7.1 million contract.
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown had noted that Jordan Hill looked great during training camp. Jordan Hill was also coming off a strong performance at the Los Angeles Lakers’ preseason loss to the Golden State Warriors in Fresno, on Sunday.
Jordan Hill scored 10 points on a 5-11 shooting and had 3 rebounds as well as 3 assists, in the Los Angeles Lakers’ defeat at the hands of the Golden State Warriors. Jordan Hill also played the maximum minutes (20) on the Los Angeles Lakers’ roster in Sunday’s game.
However, during the game, Jordan Hill was being reportedly treated with a heat pad while on the bench and looked visibly “in pain.”
In Jordan Hill’s absence, the Los Angeles Lakers have other big men Pau Gasol, forward Antwan Jamison and rookie Robert Sacre to start at the position. All-Star center Dwight Howard, who has been also included in the rotation, is still recovering from an offseason back surgery.
The Los Angeles Lakers also could also try the 7-foot-3 Greg Somogyi and Ronnie Aguilar, who played in the NBA’s Developmental League this summer, at the spot. But while Greg Somogyi may have a size advantage at the spot, it’ll still be a long shot if he makes the final roster.
In fact, the Los Angeles Lakers’ second-round pick Robert Sacre has may have a greater likelihood of making the final roster due Jordan Hill’s back injury.
Meanwhile, Antawn Jamison  who’s been playing on the front court at the No.3 spot so far this season could be moved to No.4, if Jordan Hill remains inactive for a longer part of the season.
While the Los Angeles Lakers may have a deeper bench this season, sadly it still doesn’t stand in competition with other NBA teams.
 The Los Angeles Lakers play the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, and maybe Robert Sacre as well as Greg Somogyi will get a shot at the game.
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