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Anthony Brown Injury: Updates on Lakers Forward's Foot and Recovery

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Brown (3) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in Denver. The Nuggets won 117-107. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2017

It's going from bad to worse for the Los Angeles Lakers, as rookie forward Anthony Brown will be on the shelf with a right foot injury. 

Continue for updates. 


Brown Not Certain to Return This Season

Sunday, March 6

The Lakers' official Twitter account announced on Saturday that Brown is expected to miss at least four weeks "after an MRI revealed a stress reaction in his right foot."  

When discussing the injury on Sunday, Lakers head coach Byron Scott noted Brown could miss the remainder of the season, per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.


Injury Derails Brown's Progression

Brown has been used more in Los Angeles' rotation of late, appearing in each of the last three games, including a career high 35 minutes on Friday against Atlanta. 

The 23-year-old was drafted in the second round last year. He's struggled in 29 games this season, averaging four points and shooting just 31 percent from the floor, but his presence on the roster has been invaluable due to Kobe Bryant's injury woes and general ineffectiveness of Metta World Peace. 

With Brown out, the Lakers will be searching for healthy bodies to use at small forward heading into Sunday's game against Golden State. Bryant is listed as questionable with a right shoulder injury, with World Peace listed as the No. 2 player on the depth chart.  

This has been nothing short of a disastrous season for the Lakers, whose only reason for relevance right now is Bryant's retirement tour that he's infrequently part of because of his shoulder problems. 

Brown's setback is just the latest in a long line of problems for the Lakers. He may not be a huge part of the team's future, but they still need bodies to finish out the final games of the season. 

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