Larry Nance Jr. Injury: Updates on Lakers Forward's Knee and Return

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Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. left the floor on Jan. 16 against the Utah Jazz with a knee injury and had been out of action ever since. However, he is ready to return.Β 

Continue for updates.

Nance Active vs. MavericksΒ 

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Nance Jr. was available for Tuesday's game against Dallas, per Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official website.Β 

Lakers Advise Nance to Skip Slam Dunk Contest

Monday, Jan. 25

The NBA "reached out" to Nance to gauge his interest in participating in this year's Slam Dunk Contest, per Baxter Holmes of ESPN, but the Lakers training staff advised him not to compete because of his ongoing knee soreness.

Injury Slowed Nance's Development

Knee tendinitis slowed Nance to start his maiden NBA season, but the 27th overall pick in the most recent NBA draft has nevertheless managed to crack the starting lineup as a rookie.

In 2014 lottery draft pick Julius Randle, Ryan Kelly and veteran Brandon Bass, L.A. has three players at the 4 who helped pick up the slack while the 23-year-oldΒ recovered.

Nance has excellent athletic ability but raw skills and will likely need a full season or more to develop. However, he's averaged 8.9 points in the last 10 games and has shown steady improvement.


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