What’s up with the Lakers and back issues?
As Dwight Howard prepares to return from back surgery six months ago, the Lakers found out today that Jordan Hill has suffered a similar injury.
A herniated disc can be treated in a number of ways, some elect for immediate surgery to remove the piece that’s protruding…others choose rest and rehabilitation as the body itself solves the problem. Jordan didn’t look to be in pain last night as the team faced Golden State…in fact, he was the major bright spot in the loss. He showed some solid moves inside and a shiny new left hand. ’J’ was even laughing with Dwight on the bench a few times.
While the Lakers haven’t announced the next course of action for Hill, don’t expect to see him in the lineup before Christmas. I am the proud survivor of a herniated disc, it’s not something you want to play with. He’ll be back when he’s 100%…maybe more.
The good news for Laker fans is that rookie center Robert Sacre looked good in their preseason opener Sunday starting alongside Kobe, Steve, Pau, and Metta.
The injury to Hill just may cost one of the guards a spot on the final roster (see Darius Morris).
UPDATE: (10/8/12) Lakers announce that Hill will not need back surgery, but rehabilitation.
UPDATE: (10/19/12): Jordan Hill cleared to return to light practice.