Updates from Friday, April 11
The Lakers' official Twitter feed had the latest on Henry's condition:
.@XavierHenry underwent successful surgeries today to repair both a torn ligament in his L wrist & the cartilage abnormality in his R knee.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 11, 2014
Henry is expected to make a full recovery by the beginning of training camp.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 11, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 7
The Los Angeles Lakers updated Xavier Henry's status after being shut down for the season:
.@XavierHenry will have surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist as well as arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 7, 2014
Updates from Friday, April 4
Mike Trudeau of Lakers.com has bad news about Henry:
Xavier Henry has been shut down for the season. He’s been battling knee and wrist issues, but LAL don’t want to make either any worse.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 4, 2014
Updates from Sunday, March 30
Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News has the latest on Xavier Henry:
Pau and Nash doubtful. Henry out— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) March 30, 2014
Updates from Sunday, March 23
ESPN's Dave McMenamin has an update on Henry:
Nash is "doubtful" vs ORL per D'Antoni. Henry is out (wrist) but told D'Antoni he hopes to play Tuesday— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) March 23, 2014
It probably has been a little too long since the Los Angeles Lakers suffered a major injury. Xavier Henry became the next guy added to the team's walking wounded.
The Lakers officially announced Henry's injury:
INJURY UPDATE: Xavier Henry underwent an MRI today on his left wrist. The results showed a torn ligament.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 23, 2014
Henry will be examined by a hand specialist on Monday and an estimate on his return will be given at that time.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 23, 2014
Mike Trudell of Lakers.com first reported the news, which is not great news for a team that's already had players miss a combined 249 games with injury:
1/2: Results of an MRI on Xavier Henry's left (shooting) wrist revealed a torn ligament. He'll be examined by a hand specialist on Monday.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 23, 2014
2/2: An estimate on how Henry will be out will come after he sees the hand specialist. LAL have missed 249 games to injury.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 23, 2014
Earlier in the week, head coach Mike D'Antoni spoke about how much Henry had been playing through pain for the past few games, per ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin:
"Xavier is battling through a lot of stuff," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said after the game. "He could call it quits. He has a little bit of a problem here and there [with his knee], but he's playing with some pain and he wants to play and it's up to him. You got to [respect him]. It's good for him. He's trying to do it and he looked good tonight. Hopefully he can manage his pain and play the rest of the season and keep getting better."
A torn wrist ligament will almost certainly end Henry's season. There's so little time left in the season that there's little reason to push him back quickly and risk further injury. Plus, it's not like the Lakers have anything to play for at this point.
Henry was one of the few pleasant surprises for Los Angeles this season, and his main focus should now be on how to build upon his success from this year and carry it over to the 2014-15 season.