Full Health Status for Every L.A. Lakers Player at Start of 2012-13 NBA Season
The Los Angeles Lakers have a ton of hype surrounding their star-studded cast. However, it's obvious that if is this roster is to do any damage, it needs to be healthy.
The Lakers did a good job of picking up not just good players, but durable players as well.
Injuries can change the entire momentum of the season, and mess up the bonding process if they occur early in the year. Let's see how healthy the Lakers are as of today.
PG: Steve Nash
Steve Nash is perfectly healthy as of now, and played 34 minutes in the opening game against the Dallas Mavericks.
He also played in every preseason game, with the injury being a rolled ankle in a game against the Sacramento Kings. It was not even an injury really, considering he only missed a few minutes of game time.
Nash is known for his durability and endurance, and from the looks of it, both have made it to Los Angeles.
SG: Kobe Bryant
Kobe had a few minor injuries during preseason, with a strained shoulder and sprained foot causing him to miss a total of three games.
The foot injury kept him out of two of them and has not allowed him to practice with the Lakers this past week. However, he suited up for the Mavericks game last night and played very efficiently.
Kobe is a warrior, and the foot injury was never thought to be serious. He played 35 minutes, played well, and it looks like injury will no longer be a problem.
SF: Metta World Peace
Metta played in all of the preseason games and competed last night as well, logging in 36 minutes of action. There have been no injuries of note, and Metta looks to be fully healthy.
World Peace has been a relatively healthy player through most of his career, playing a lot of minutes and avoiding the bigger injuries. He shouldn't be a concern for Lakers fans.
PF: Pau Gasol
Pau also has clean bill of health as of this moment. He sat out one preseason game just to rest, and played 40 minutes in the season opener.
Gasol has been a very reliable player for the Lakers, and has almost never missed time due to injury. He has remained healthy during preseason, and that will carry over into the season.
C: Dwight Howard
Howard has spent his summer recovering from a herniated disk that many thought, would have him sidelined for the first few weeks of the season.
Well, after playing two preseason games, Howard played 38 minutes against the Dallas Mavericks to open the 2012-2013 season.
His back did not seem like a problem, and he should go right back to being the best center in the NBA. Outside of the back injury, Howard has been an ironman, rarely missing games throughout his career.
Aside from this one major injury, Howard has been durable, and I don't expect to see him missing games this season.
In 14 minutes on the floor, he scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds (four of them on the offensive end). It looks as though he will be able to play through the injury, which should be good news for Los Angeles.
While it is still something that needs to be kept an eye on, it should not be a huge issue going forward for Hill.
Steve Blake had a painful injury in September, when he stepped on a spike strip in a parking lot. The injury was supposed to keep him out for three weeks, but he only missed one preseason game.
He is back, and he played 14 minutes in the first game of the season. While it wasn't hist best performance, that is not due to injury and he is fully healthy and ready to compete.
It was a painful injury, but nothing serious, and should not cause any concern.
Antawn Jamison did not miss any action during the preseason and played in the opener as well. He played 15 minutes in the opener and managed to contribute five points and five boards.
With his decreased role on the roster, he will not miss many games this year due to to injury. Expect to see him on the floor nearly every night.
Jodie Meeks has not had any injuries reported, and played in all eight preseason games as well as the opener.
He is another durable player who the Lakers can count on to be physically ready for every game.
The Rest of the Roster
The rest of the roster has not had any injuries of note, but also did not participate in the opener.
Chris Duhon and Devin Ebanks are two noteworthy players who did not play last night, but that was not due to their health. Duhon participated in five preseason games and lost the backup point guard spot to Steve Blake.
Ebanks played in all of the preseason games, but was not given any playing time against the Dallas Mavericks.
However, the rest of the roster is healthy and ready to play, but in a tightly contested first game, the Lakers could not afford to go deep into their bench.
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