Roy Hibbert Injury: Updates on Lakers Star's Ankle and Return

Oct 8, 2015; Ontario, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert (17) looks on during the game against the Toronto Raptors at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2016

Los Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert suffered a left ankle sprain on Feb. 6 in a 106-102 loss to the San Antonio Spurs and did not return. It is uncertain when he will be back in action.

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Hibbert Active vs. Cavaliers

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reported Hibbert will start Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Hibbert a Solid Veteran Contributor for Lakers

This offseason the Indiana Pacers traded Hibbert, 29, to the Lakers in exchange for a second-round pick. The two-time All-Star averaged 10.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 25.3 minutes per game last season. The Pacers disappointed on the whole, finishing 38-44 and missing the postseason, and Hibbert's departure was hardly surprising. 

Hibbert entered Saturday averaging 6.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks this season.

With the Lakers, he joined a team in a transition phase, stuck between the past of talented superstar Kobe Bryant as he winds down his career and the future of youngsters like D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle. Hibbert, then, was one of the veterans brought aboard to bridge the two generations and help the Lakers improve upon last season's dismal 21-61 record.


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